On the session reel for Padre, Take 8
was cut out of the reel, and consequently that
is the master. However, the ending of Take 11
has been cut out as well, indicating that they
have spliced that ending on to take 8, supposedly
because the ending of take 8 was not as good.
Take 7 of Holly Leaves & Christmas Trees
is incorrectly listed on "Christmas Today".
The original LP Master of Merry Christmas
Baby was edited and had a guitar overdub by
Eddie Hinton mixed directly with the two-track
The unedited Master of Merry Christmas Baby
(7:59) was first released in 1982 on 'Memories
Of Christmas' at which point it was issued a new
Master serial number (MWA5 9086). This seemed
to be a new mix, but at approximately 4:30 the
previous mix was re-inserted for about a minute
and ten seconds. This can also be found on the
FTD Classic Album release of 'The Wonderful World
Of Christmas' along with the rehearsal beforehand.
The complete new mix and unfaded ending can be
found on the Venus bootleg "Unedited Masters
- Nashville Revisited" but the rehearsal
is edited in at the beginning from an acetate
On 'Reconsider Baby', there is a slightly shorter
edit of Merry Christmas Baby (7:16), but
this time we have a perfect mix of the original
undubbed studio jam.
On "Christmas Today" we have what is
supposed to be the 'Unedited Undubbed Master'
of Merry Christmas Baby. Although this
is the original session mix as originally recorded,
along with the rehearsal preceding the song, it
is cut short at the end and stops at James Burton's
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.