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May 20 / 21 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 / 9.00pm - 12.00am / 1.00am - 4.00am)

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
James Burton The Imperials: Jimmie Murray; Terry Blackwood; Greg Gordon; Joe
Guitar: Chip Young Moscheo; Armond Morales
Guitar: Charlie Hodge Mary Holladay; Ginger Holladay; Millie Kirkham
Guitar: Joe Esposito  
Drums: Kenneth Buttrey  
Piano: David Briggs  
Bass: Norbert Putnam  
Organ: Charlie McCoy  

I'm Leavin'
APA4 1285
  May 20 / 21 1971 (Thur / Fri)
Take 1 Complete
4:06   Elvis Now (FTD)°°
Take 2 LFS 2:26 (Followed by Rehearsal) Elvis Now (FTD)°°
Take 3 Complete 3:37   Elvis Now (FTD)°°+I Sing All Kinds (FTD)°° (Extra Dialogue at end)
Take NA (M) 3:52 (Undubbed Master)  
Overdub M 4:06 String overdubs on May 25 Elvis Now (FTD)°°~Single°~Greatest Hits (Readers Digest 7 LP Box Set)°
+Complete Elvis Presley Masters 22 (Sony)°°~Loves Lost (Franklin Mint
Comp. Masters Coll'n 12)°°~Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight 4 (Legacy)°°
~Complete Single Collection 7°°~70's Box 1°°+Elvis Aron Presley 3°°
(Different mixes)+Elvis Aron Presley (Cassette - 4:33)°°+Let It Roll°°
(Unedited - Listed as Take 8)+Unedited Masters - Nashville 1971
(Venus)°° (Count-in)

We Can Make The Morning
APA4 1286
  May 20 / 21 1971 (Thur / Fri)
Take NA (M)
  (Undubbed Master)  
Overdub (M)   String overdubs on May 25  
Overdub M 4:11 Brass & String overdubs on June 21 Complete Elvis Presley Masters 22 (Sony)°°~Songs Of The Seventies
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 3)°°~Complete Single
Collection 7°°~Elvis Now (FTD)°°~(20 Bit)°°~70's Box 1°° (3:54)+
Unedited Masters - Nashville 1971 (Venus)°°

It's Only Love
APA4 1287
  May 20 / 21 1971 (Thur / Fri)
Take 1 FS
1:06 (Preceded by Rehearsal) Elvis Now (FTD)°°
Take 2 LFS 1:39 (Followed by Rehearsal) Elvis Now (FTD)°°
Take 3 FS 1:06 (Announced again as Take 2) Elvis Now (FTD)°°
Take 4 Reh'sal 1:47 "Farther Along" Elvis Now (FTD)°°
Take 5 Reh'sal 1:03 "I Shall Be Released" (WPA5 2573) Elvis Now (FTD)°° (Extra Dialogue)~Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 28
(Sony)°°~70's Box 4 °°
Take 6 FS
0:47   Elvis Now (FTD)°°
Take 7 Complete 2:54 (Announced again as Take 6)
("It's only sex")
Elvis Now (FTD)°°+I Sing All Kinds (FTD)°° (With dialogue edited in
from before Take 8)
Take 8 Reh'sal 0:58   Elvis Now (FTD)°°
Take 9 Complete 4:34 (Preceded by Rehearsal) "Farther Along" Elvis Now (FTD)°°+Essential Elvis Volume 4°° (Edited)
Take 10 (M) 2:20 (Undubbed Master) Pure Diamonds Volume 1°~Rough Cut Diamonds° (See note)
Overdub (M)   Backup vocal overdubs on May 21  
Overdub (M)   Strings overdubs on May 25  
Overdub M 3:00 Brass & Strings overdubs on June 21 Complete Elvis Presley Masters 22 (Sony)°°~The Nashville Sessions
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 27)°°~Elvis 75 CD3°°~Elvis
Now (FTD)°°~Complete Single Collection 7°°~70's Box 1°°+Elvis Aron
Presley 3°°+Single° (Different mixes) (2:41)+The Sound Of Your Cry°°
(Extended) +Elvis Aron Presley (Cassette - 5:34)°°+Unedited Masters
- Nashville 1971 (Venus)°° (Unedited)


Tape reel #2 from this session is missing, and this is the reel that would have included the last takes of I'm Leavin' and the outtakes of We Can Make The Morning.

An excerpt of Listen To The Bell can be heard edited in before It's Only Love on 'Essential Elvis Volume 4' - This is from before Take 4 of A Thing Called Love (May 19).

Remixed versions of I'm Leavin' and It's Only Love can be found on 'Elvis Aron Presley' box set.

Extended versions of I'm Leavin' and It's Only Love were featured on the cassette only release of the box set 'Elvis Aron Presley'. It's Only Love from the cassette release was also released as a 12" Single in 1980, and was also featured on the UK LP 'The Sound Of Your Cry'.

The unedited master of I'm Leavin' on the Madison release 'Let It Roll' is listed as Take 8. Do "Madison" know something?

It's Only Love on 'Pure Diamonds Volume 1' and 'Rough Cut Diamonds' is probably just the left channel only (centred) of a stereo acetate of the fully overdubbed master. By eliminating the right channel on the same track on the '70's Box' I was able to get the exact same results. This is possible because backing vocals (and occasionally strings) tend to be panned 100% right on the original mixes from these sessions, so you can often eliminate them by cutting out the right channel, with no discernable bleed.

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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