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March 12 1975
(+ 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 C - Hollywood, California
Producer: Felton Jarvis
Engineer: Rick Ruggieri

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
James Burton Voice : Donnie Sumner; Sherrill Nielsen; Tim Baty; Tommy Hensley
Guitar: Charlie Hodge  
John Wilkinson  
Clavinet: David Briggs  
Clavinet: Greg Gordon (Bringin' It Back)  
Bass: Duke Bardwell  
Drums: Ronnie Tutt  
Piano: Glen D Hardin  
Piano: Tony Brown (Bringin' It Back)  

Bringin' It Back
EPA3 1602
  March 12 1975 (Wed: 9.00pm - 12.00am)
Take 1 Complete 3:18   Christmas Today°° (Extra Dialogue)~Today (FTD)°°
Take 2 FS 0:18   Christmas Today°° (Count-in)~Today (FTD)°°~6363 Sunset (FTD)°°
Take 3 Complete 3:09   Christmas Today°°~Today (FTD)°°~6363 Sunset (FTD)°°
Take 4 (M) 3:08 (Undubbed Master) Christmas Today°° (Count-in)~Today (FTD)°°~(Legacy)°°~Yesterday /
Overdub (M)   Bass part re-recorded on April 8 (Evening)  
Overdub (M)   Backup vocal overdubs on April 9  
Overdub M 2:59 String overdubs on April 14 Complete Elvis Presley Masters 27 (Sony)°°~Songs Of The Seventies
(Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Collection 3)°°~Today (FTD)°°~(Legacy)°°
~Today (20 Bit)°°~70's Box 2°°

Pieces Of My Life
EPA3 1603
  March 13 1975 (Thur: 12.30am - 3.30am)
Take 1 Complete 3:43   Today (FTD)°°~Today, Tomorrow & Forever 4°°
Take 2 FS 0:35   Today (FTD)°°
Take 3 Complete 3:55   Today (FTD)°°
Take 4 (M) 3:57 (Undubbed Master) Christmas Today°° (Count-in & Complete)+Today (FTD)°°~(Legacy)°°
(Different Mix)
Overdub (M)   Bass part re-recorded on April 8 (Aft)  
Overdub M 4:03 String overdubs on April 14 Complete Elvis Presley Masters 27 (Sony)°°~Loves Lost (Franklin Mint
Comp. Masters Collection 12)°°~Today (FTD)°°~(Legacy)°°~(20 Bit)°°
~70's Box 2°°~Country (2006 - DSD)°°~Always On My Mind°°+Yesterday /
Today°° (Different Mix)


The piano on Bringin' It Back on "Christmas Today" is on the right channel and guitar is on the left, whereas on the FTD of 'Today' it is the other way around. The original vinyl release of 'Today' we have piano (and guitar at times) making an appearance on both speakers creating a mono like feel if it weren't for the stereo percussion.

On "Christmas Today" is a different mix of the undubbed master of Pieces Of My Life with Elvis' vocals way back and the backing vocals more up front in the mix.

Nothing is mentionned in "Sessions III" regarding Pieces Of My Life having the bass part re-done by Norbert Putnam on April 8, although it was re-done on that date.

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.