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March 15 1971
(+ means you need both    ~ means same material    °° means stereo or binaural    ° means mono)
(SFS = Short False Start | FS = False Start | LFS or BD (Breakdown) = Long False Start | PB (Playback) or Complete = Complete Take)

RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee
Producer: Felton Jarvis
Engineer: Al Pachucki
(6.00pm - 9.00pm / 10.00pm - 1.30am)

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Guitar:
James Burton The Nashville Edition: Dolores Edgin; June Page; Hurshel Wiginton;
Guitar: Chip Young Joe Babcock
Guitar: Charlie Hodge Mary Holladay; Ginger Holladay; Millie Kirkham
Drums: Jerry Carrigan  
Piano: David Briggs Duet:
Bass: Norbert Putnam Ginger Holladay (The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Not Used)
Vibes / Harmonica: Charlie McCoy  

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
APA4 1255
  March 15 1971 (Mon)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9        
Take 10        
Take 11        
Take 12 (M) 3:54 Duet with Ginger Holladay (Not Used)
Behind Closed Doors°°~Twenty Days & Twenty Nights°° (Cut - 3:28)
+Unedited Masters - Nashville 1971 (Venus)°° (Complete)
Take 12 (M)   Ginger's vocals removed from 'Track'  
Overdub (M)   Vibes overdub  
         
Overdub (M) 3:42 Backup vocal overdubs on March 18 (Not Used)
If I Loved You° (with later overdubs)
Take 12 (M)   Elvis' original vocals & backup vocals
removed, leaving only Take 12
rhythm track
 
Overdub (M) 3:18 Duet with Temple Riser on May 21
(Not used)
Pure Diamonds Vol. 1°°~Rough Cut Diamonds°°~Tiger Man - An Alt.
Anthology Vol. 2°° (Listed as Ginger Holladay Duet)~It's Different Now°°
V.O. (M)   Vocal re-recorded by Elvis on May 21  
Overdub (M) 3:34 Vocal repairs & additions on June 9 Pure Diamonds Volume 4°° (Channels Reversed)
Overdub M 3:54 Brass & string overdubs on June 21 Complete Elvis Presley Masters 21 (Sony)°°~The Ultimate Love Songs
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 25)°°~Complete Single
Collection 7°°+Elvis Now (FTD)°°~Rare Elvis°°~Single°°~Elvis Aron
Presley 3°°+70's Box 1°° (Different mixes)+Elvis Aron Presley (Cassette
- 4:19)°°+Unedited Masters - Nashville 1971 (Venus)°° (Different Mix &
Additional Dialogue)

Amazing Grace
APA4 1256
  March 15 1971 (Mon)
Take 1 LFS 1:39 (Preceded by Rehearsal) He Touched Me (FTD)°°
Take 2 Complete 3:38   He Touched Me (FTD)°° (Count-In)~Complete Elvis Presley Masters 28
(Sony)°°+70's Box 3°°+Unedited Masters - Nashville 1971 (Venus)°°
(Different Mixes)
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5 (M)   (Undubbed Master)  
Overdub (M)   Vibes overdub  
         
Overdub M 3:36 Backup vocal overdubs on March 18
He Touched Me (FTD)°°~Complete Elvis Presley Masters 21 (Sony)°°
~Moved By Faith (Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 13)°°
~I Believe - The Gospel Masters 3°°~Ultimate Gospel (DSD)°°
~He Touched Me (24 Bit)°°~Peace In The Valley 2°°

Early Mornin' Rain
APA4 1257
  March 15 1971 (Mon)
Take 1 FS+LFS 1:00   Elvis Now (FTD)°°
Take 2 FS+LFS 1:29 (Preceded by Rehearsal) Elvis Now (FTD)°°
Take 3 Complete?   (Missing from tape
- Used for Spliced Master ?)
Elvis Now (FTD)°° (Not Listed - Count-In only)
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9 LFS
2:04   Elvis Now (FTD)°°
Take 10 Complete? 0:39+ (Missing from tape
- Used for Spliced Master ?)
Elvis Now (FTD)°°+Unedited Masters - Nashville 1971 (Venus)°°
(Not Listed - Announcement only)
Take 11 Complete 3:08   Elvis Now (FTD)°°+Unedited Masters - Nashville 1971 (Venus)°°
(Count-In)+I Sing All Kinds (FTD)°° (Different Mix)
Take 12 Complete?   (Missing from tape
- Used for Spliced Master ?)
 
         
Spliced (M) 2:51 Spliced - Takes 3, 10 & 12 ?
(Undubbed Master)
Our Memories Of Elvis Volume 3 (Victrola)° (Listed as vibes overdub)
~Acetate°
Overdub (M)   Vibes overdub  
         
Overdub M 2:55 Backup vocal overdubs on March 18
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 21 (Sony)°°~The Nashville Sessions
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 27)°°~Elvis Now (FTD)°°
~Elvis Now (20 Bit)°°~A Canadian Tribute°°

(That's What You Get) For Loving Me
APA4 1258
  March 15 1971 (Mon: 10.00pm - 1.30am)
Take 1 Complete
3:09 (Preceded by Rehearsal) Elvis Fool (FTD)°°
Take 2 Reh'sal
+LFS
0:59+ "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" Elvis Fool (FTD)°° (LFS - Not Listed)+Unedited Masters - Nashville 1971
(Venus)°° ("I Want You, I Need You, I Love You")
Take 3 ? 0:02+   Elvis Fool (FTD)°° (Count-In only)
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7 LFS
1:59   Elvis Fool (FTD)°°
Take 8 Complete 2:22   Elvis Fool (FTD)°°
Take 9 FS 1:44 (Preceded by Rehearsal) Elvis Fool (FTD)°°~I Sing All Kinds (FTD)°° (FS - Not Listed)~Today,
Tomorrow & Forever 4°° (FS)
Take 10 Complete 2:35   Elvis Fool (FTD)°° (Faded - 2:26)~Today, Tomorrow & Forever 4°° (2:22)
+Unedited Masters - Nashville 1971 (Venus)°°+I Sing All Kinds (FTD)°°
Take 11        
Take 12 M 2:24 (Master is without overdubs) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 21 (Sony)°°~Loves Lost (Franklin Mint
Comp. Masters Coll'n 12)°°~Elvis Fool (FTD)°°~(20 Bit)°°~70's Box 3°°
(2:08)+Unedited Masters - Nashville 1971 (Venus)°° (Different Mix)

Notes

Tape reel #1 from this session is missing - This includes takes 1 to 10 of The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face was originally recorded as a duet with Ginger Holladay on March 15, but Ginger Holladay's vocals were not used, and removed from the rhythm track, leaving only Elvis' vocals. Additional backup vocals were then overdubbed on March 18.

With Elvis' original vocals and the backup vocal overdubs then being removed from the multi-track tape, leaving only the original Take 12 rhythm track, on May 21 Elvis tried The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face again as a duet, this time with Temple Riser, but this was also not used. Elvis re-recorded his vocals again on this day to the original Take 12 rhythm track.

Additional vocal repairs and additions were done for The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face on June 9 by Elvis and The Imperials.

A remixed version of The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face was featured on the '70's Box'.

An extended version of The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face was featured on the cassette only release of the box set 'Elvis Aron Presley'.

Take 11 of Early Mornin' Rain on FTD's 'I Sing All Kinds' is presented in a different mix as opposed to the same take on FTD's 'Elvis Now' package. On 'I Sing All Kinds' there are no backing vocals in the mix, although between 1:26 - 1:34 you can hear them faintly, and the harmonica is way back in the 'I Sing All Kinds' mix. The same mix as FTD's 'Elvis Now' is also on the Venus release "Unedited Masters - Nashville 1971" but is not faded.

The master take (or whether it was spliced) of Early Mornin' Rain cannot be determined as the complete Takes 3, 10 and 12 seem to have been lifted, and are missing from the session reel.

Takes 9 and 10 of (That's What You Get) For Loving Me appear on FTD's 'I Sing All Kinds' although only Take 10 is listed. Take 10 is faded on 'Today, Tomorrow & Forever'.

Elvis sang a few lines of I Want You, I Need You, I Love You at this session, and this can be heard before Take 10 of (That's What You Get) For Loving Me on the Venus release "Unedited Masters - Nashville 1971" where Take 10 is listed as an unknown take. The few lines of I Want You, I Need You, I Love You actually come from Take 2 of (That's What You Get) For Loving Me which is a rehearsal and false start. Take 10 of (That's What You Get) For Loving Me can also be found on FTD's 'I Sing All Kinds' where it isn't clipped at the beginning and has additional dialogue at the end of the take.

In March of 2007, Sony decided to go through all of Elvis' masters. They retransferred everything and remastered all tracks including repairing as many clicks, pops, bad edits and dropouts as they could. They have used these newly mastered recordings on their new releases since 2007 including budget soundtracks, 'Legacy' releases, the 30 disc 'Complete Elvis Presley Masters' collection and the Franklin Mint package.

Thanks to Luuk Bonthond regarding extended versions of songs on the cassette version of 'Elvis Aron Presley'.

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