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December 15 / 16 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 - 6.00am)

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 Harmony Vocal:
Drums: Ronnie Tutt Elvis Presley (Promised Land )
Clavinet: Per Eric "Pete" Hallin (Promised Land )  

Promised Land
CPA5 1628
  December 15 / 16 1973 (Sat / Sun)
Take 1 Complete
2:32 "Mother fucker" On A Jet To The Promised Land°°
Take 2 FS+Comp
2:58 "Softly As I Leave You" Promised Land (FTD)°° (Unedited)~Today, Tomorrow & Forever 4°°
~Our Memories Of Elvis Vol 3 (Victrola)°° (Track 18 - Listed as Undubbed
Master - Announcer edited out)
Take 3 Incomp. 0:32   Promised Land (FTD)°°
Take 4 Complete 2:36   Promised Land (FTD)°° (Count-In)~Our Memories Of Elvis Volume 3
(Victrola)°° (Track 3)+Essential Elvis Volume 5°°~Elvis At Stax 1°°
("Columbus Stockade Blues")
Take 5 Complete 3:36   Promised Land (FTD)°°~Elvis At Stax 1°° (Count-In)~Platinum 4°° (3:21)
+Let It Roll°°
Take 6 (M) 3:40 "Columbus Stockade Blues"
(Undubbed Master)
Promised Land (FTD)°°
         
Overdub (M) 3:01 With Echo (Not Used) Stax Trax°° (Complete only - with echo)
V.O. (M) 3:06 Harmony vocal overdub by Elvis
(Not Used)
Unedited Masters - Stax '73 (Venus)°° (Complete)~This Is Elvis (FTD)°°
~The Legend Lives On (Readers Digest box set)°° (1:56 - Edited)
         
Overdub (M) 2:51 Organ & Cowbell overdub on
January 2 1974

(Organ Not Used)
Our Memories Of Elvis (FTD - 3)°°~Bilko's Gold Cuts°~More Pure Elvis°
Overdub M 2:57 Tambourine overdub on Jan 15 1974 Complete Elvis Presley Masters 25 (Sony)°°~Songs Of The Seventies
(Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Collection 3)°°+Elvis 75 - Good Rockin'
Tonight 4 (Legacy)°°~Elvis 75 CD3°°~Promised Land (FTD)°°~Complete
Single Collection 8°°~Promised Land (20 Bit)°°~Elvis At Stax 3°°+70's
Box 2°°~Promised Land (2000)°°+Second To None°°

Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming
CPA5 1630
  December 15 / 16 1973 (Sat / Sun)
Take 1        
Take 2 LFS 0:41   Promised Land (FTD)°°
Take 3 LFS 2:14   Promised Land (FTD)°°
Take 4 Complete 3:37 "A Little Less Conversation"
Elvis At Stax 2°°+Promised Land (FTD)°° (Additional Dialogue)+Essential
Elvis Volume 5°° ("Find Out What's Happening" - See Note)~On A Jet To
The Promised Land°° (3:25 - 2nd Count-In & Unedited)
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8 LFS 0:54   Promised Land (FTD)°°
Take 9 (M) 4:01 (Unedited Undubbed Master)
(HPA5 6382)
Promised Land (FTD)°° (Count-In)+Stax Trax°°~Our Memories Of Elvis°°
~Our Memories Of Elvis (FTD - 3)°° (Faded - See Note)
Take 10 Complete 3:54   Promised Land (FTD)°° (Count-In)~Today, Tomorrow & Forever 4°°
         
Overdub (M) 4:00 String overdubs on January 11 1974 Unedited Masters - Stax 1973 (Venus)°°
Faded M 2:53 (Master faded) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 25 (Sony)°°~The Ultimate Love Songs
(Franklin Mint Comp Masters Collection 25)°°~Promised Land (FTD)°°
~Elvis At Stax 3°°~Promised Land (20 Bit)°°+(2000)°° (Diff. Mixes &
longer fade out)

There's A Honky Tonk Angel (Who Will Take Me Back In)
CPA5 1631
  December 15 / 16 1973 (Sat / Sun)
Take 1 Complete
3:22   Promised Land (FTD)°° (3:06)+On A Jet To The Promised Land°°
(Count-In & Unedited)+Essential Elvis Volume 5°°~Elvis At Stax 1°°
(Different Mixes)
Take 2 FS 1:41   On A Jet To The Promised Land°°
Take 3 Incomp. 3:18   Promised Land (FTD)°° (Spliced with takes 5 & 8)+On A Jet To The
Promised Land°°
Take 4 FS 0:14   Promised Land (FTD)°°
Take 5 LFS 1:53+   Promised Land (FTD)°° (Spliced with takes 3 & 8)
Take 6 LFS 1:03   Promised Land (FTD)°°
Take 7 LFS 2:26   Promised Land (FTD)°°
Take 8 (M) 3:06 (Undubbed Master) (JPA5 6066) Stax Trax°°+Our Memories Of Elvis°°~Our Memories Of Elvis (FTD - 2)°°
(See Note)+Promised Land (FTD)°° (Spliced with takes 3 & 5)
         
Overdub M 3:30 String overdubs on January 11 1974 Complete Elvis Presley Masters 25 (Sony)°°~Country Legend (Franklin
Mint Comp. Masters Collection 18)°°~Promised Land (FTD)°°~(20 Bit)°°
~Country (2006 - DSD)°°~Elvis At Stax 3°°+Promised Land (2000)°°
(Different Mixes)(2:53)+Promised Land (FTD)°° (Count-in - Rough Mix
Master)(3:30)~Unedited Masters - Stax 1973 (Venus)°° (3:17)

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.

Elvis' "Harmony Vocal" and the "Organ" overdubs were removed on the original release of Promised Land. The complete "Harmony Vocal" overdub can be found on the Venus bootleg release "Unedited Masters - Stax 1973".

The first 'Cowbell' strike is missing from the beginning of Promised Land on the remaster used on Sony's 'The Complete Elvis Presley Masters' box-set and the 'Franklin Mint' set.

Promised Land was remixed when used on the '70's Box' and the BMG 2000 release of 'Promised Land'.

Elvis can be heard singing a few lines of Columbus Stockade Blues before Take 4 of Promised Land on 'Essential Elvis Vol. 5' and 'Elvis At Stax' - This is actually edited in from before Take 6.

Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming and There's A Honky Tonk Angel were faded for release by RCA. The complete unedited overdubbed masters can be found on the Venus bootleg release "Unedited Masters - Stax 1973".

Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming and There's A Honky Tonk Angel were remixed when used on the BMG 2000 release of 'Promised Land', and Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming has a longer fade out on this release too.

Elvis can be heard singing a part of Find Out What's Happening before Take 4 of Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming on 'Essential Elvis Volume 5', but this is edited in from before Take 6 of If You Talk In Your Sleep (December 11 1973) - Elvis actually sings a line of A Little Less Conversation before take 4 of Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming.

You can hear the “harmony vocals” and the “organ” very clearly on Take 1 of There's A Honky Tonk Angel on the bootleg "On A Jet To The Promised Land" which were removed from the master on the original release of 'Promised Land'. On ‘Essential Elvis – Rhythm and Country’ they weren’t audible at all on Take 1.

On FTD's 'Promised Land' is a splice of Takes 5, 3 and 8 of There's A Honky Tonk Angel - The order of the splice is as follows:-
Take 5 (00:00 to 01:53) From "When was the last time..." to "... oh, and there's an old friend out there".
Take 3 (01:53 to 02:26) From "... and she's waiting..." to "... 'cause if you don't want..."
Take 8 (02:26 to 03:03) From "... the love I can give you..." up to the end.

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.

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