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December 13 / 14 1973
(+ 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)

Stax Studio - Memphis, Tennessee
Producer: Felton Jarvis
Engineers: Mike Moran / Dick Baxter
(9.00pm - 12.00am / 1.00am - 4.00am)

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Guitar:
James Burton JD Sumner & The Stamps: Bill Baize; Ed Enoch; David Rowland
Guitar: Charlie Hodge Voice : Donnie Sumner; Sherrill Nielsen; Tim Baty; Per Eric "Pete" Hallin
Guitar:
Johnny Christopher Mary Holladay; Susan Pilkington; Kathy Westmoreland; Jeannie Greene
Piano / Organ: David Briggs  
Bass: Norbert Putnam  
Drums: Ronnie Tutt  
Piano: Per Eric "Pete" Hallin (My Boy)  

My Boy
CPA5 1625
  December 13 / 14 1973 (Thur / Fri)
Take 1 Complete 3:42
  Elvis At Stax 2°°+Good Times (FTD)°°+On A Jet To The Promised Land°°
Take 2 Complete 4:07   Good Times (FTD)°°+On A Jet To The Promised Land°°
Take 3 (M) 3:19 (Undubbed Master) (HPA5 6378) Good Times (FTD)°° (Count-In - Unedited)~By Special Request - From
Louisiana To Tennessee° (Faded)+Our Memories Of Elvis°°~Our
Memories Of Elvis (FTD - 1)°° (See Note)
         
Overdub (M)   String overdubs on January 10 1974  
Overdub (M) 3:23 Brass overdubs on January 15 1974
Unedited Masters - Stax 1973 (Venus)°° (Unedited)
Edit M 3:19 (Ending is edited & has chorus repeated) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 25 (Sony)°°~Loves Lost (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 12)°°~Elvis 75 CD3°°~Good Times (FTD)°°
~Good Times (20 Bit)°°~Complete Single Collection 8°°~Elvis At Stax 3°°
+70's Box 2°°+Always On My Mind°°+Tiger Man - An Alternate Anthology
Volume 2°° (Different Mixes)+The Definitive Love Album°° (Edited)

Loving Arms
CPA5 1626
  December 13 / 14 1973 (Thur / Fri)
Take 1 Complete 2:56
  Good Times (FTD)°°
Take 2 Reh'sal + 1:23   Good Times (FTD)°°
  Complete 3:07   Good Times (FTD)°°+Essential Elvis Volume 5°°~Elvis At Stax 1°°
("Softly As I Leave You")
Take 3 (M) 3:41 (Undubbed Master) "Farther Along" Good Times (FTD)°° (Count-In & Unedited)~By Special Request - From
Louisiana To Tennessee°°
         
Overdub (M) 3:03 String overdubs on January 10 1974 Unedited Masters - Stax 1973 (Venus)°°
Edit M 2:50 (Backing Vocals removed) Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 25 (Sony)°°~Country Legend (Franklin Mint
Comp. Masters Coll'n 18)°°~Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight 4 (Legacy)°°
~Good Times (FTD)°°~(20 Bit)°°~Elvis At Stax 3°°+70's Box 2°° (Different
Mixes)

Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues
CPA5 1627
  December 13 / 14 1973 (Thur / Fri)
Take 1 FS
0:34 "Rags To Riches" Good Times (FTD)°°
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4 LFS 1:35   Good Times (FTD)°°
Take 5        
Take 6 Complete 3:47 "Get out of there Charlie!" Good Times (FTD)°°
Take 7 LFS 0:36   Good Times (FTD)°°
Take 8 Reh'sal+ 0:40 "Good time Charlie's lost his mind" Good Times (FTD)°°
  Complete 3:34   Good Times (FTD)°° (Count-In)+Essential Elvis Vol. 5°°~Elvis At Stax 1°°
(Different Mix)+Keep Rollin' On (Venus)°° (Count-in / Not faded - 3:22)
Take 9 (M) 4:22 (Unedited Undubbed Master) Good Times (FTD)°°
Edit (M) 3:09 (Edited Undubbed Master) By Special Request - From Louisiana To Tennessee°°
         
Overdub (M)   Band Overdubs on January 2 1974  
Overdub (M) 4:42 String overdubs on January 11 1974 Unedited Masters - Stax 1973 (Venus)°°
Edit M 3:09 (Master Edited - Repeated verse removed) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 25 (Sony)°°~Country Legend (Franklin
Mint Comp. Masters Collection 18)°°~Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight 4
(Legacy)°°~Good Times (FTD)°°~70's Box 4°°~Elvis At Stax 3°°+Country
(2006 - DSD)°°+Good Times°° (20 Bit - Too Slow) (Different Mixes)

Notes

The undubbed masters on 'Our Memories Of Elvis' weren't really the pure undubbed masters. They were the fully overdubbed or regular masters but with certain instruments and backing vocal channels removed or stripped down.

My Boy was edited for release by RCA by looping the ending of the song. The complete unedited undubbed master can be found on FTD's 'Good Times' classic album release and the complete unedited overdubbed master can be found on the Venus bootleg release "Unedited Masters - Stax 1973".

An edited (2:11) version of My Boy, with omitted verse ("I know, it's hard to understand why did we ever start..." to "Taken all I can take, but I'll stay here just the same..."), was released in 1987 on the BMG Ariola release 'The Definitive Love Album'.

Elvis can be heard singing a couple of lines of Softly As I Leave You before Take 2 of Loving Arms on 'Essential Elvis Volume 5' and 'Elvis At Stax' but it is edited in from before take 2 of Promised Land (December 15).

Backing vocals were removed on Loving Arms before release. The Venus bootleg release "Unedited Masters - Stax 1973" has the overdubbed master with backing vocals.

A different mix of Take 8 of Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues can be found on 'Essential Elvis Volume 5' where the backing vocals are mixed out during the song, along with Elvis' vocals after 2:56, and the unfaded ending to Take 8 can be found on the bootleg "Keep Rollin' On".

Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues is edited from the same take (Repeated verse removed). The complete unedited undubbed master can be found on FTD's 'Good Times' classic album release and the complete unedited overdubbed master can be found on the Venus bootleg release "Unedited Masters - Stax 1973".

My Boy, Loving Arms and Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues were remixed when used on the '70's Box'.

Although it is the best source with regard to sound quality apart from FTD's 'Good Times' Classic Album and the 2007 remaster, Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues runs approximately 2.4% too slow on the Japanese 20 Bit mastered 'Good Times' release.

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.

All outtakes and masters used on the Sony 3xCD set 'Elvis At Stax' have been completely remixed and remastered from scratch.

Thanks to Matthew Worsley for pointing out the difference on the Japanese 'Good Times' release.

Thanks to Adrian V Stokes regarding the edited versions of songs on the BMG Ariola set of 'Definitive' albums.

Session Logs
Music Sheet
Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues
Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues (Thanks to Glen Johnson)
Recording Information
December 13 1973
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