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April 14 1956
(+ 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 Studios - Nashville, Tennessee
Producer : Steve Sholes
Engineer : Bob Farris

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Guitar: Elvis Presley Gordon Stoker; Ben Speer; Brock Speer
Guitar: Scotty Moore  
Guitar: Chet Atkins  
Bass: Bill Black  
Drums: D.J. Fontana  
Piano: Marvin Hughes  

I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
G2WB 0271
  April 14 1956 (Sat: 9.00am - 12.00pm)
Take 1 (In)Comp. 0:07+ (announcement only) Elvis Presley (FTD)°+Flashback (FTD)° (spliced with intro of Take 3)
Take 2       (recorded over?)
Take 3 Complete 3:05   Elvis Presley (FTD)°~When All Was Kool°~There's Always Me 1°~I Beg
Of You°~Studio Sessions '56 (MRS)°+Flashback (FTD)°
Take 4 Complete 2:56   Elvis Presley (FTD)°~Platinum 1 °~Studio Sessions '56 (MRS)°~When All
Was Kool°~I Beg Of You°~There's Always Him°
Take 5 Fragment 0:14+   Elvis Presley (FTD)°
Take 6       (recorded over?)
Take 7       (recorded over?)
Take 8       (recorded over?)
Take 9       (recorded over?)
Take 10       (recorded over?)
Take 11       (recorded over?)
Take 12       (recorded over?)
Take 13 Complete 2:57   Elvis Presley (FTD)°~Today Tomorrow And Forever 1°~Studio Sessions
'56 (MRS)°
Take 14 (In)Comp. 1:50 (used for spliced master) Elvis Presley (FTD)°~Studio Sessions '56 (MRS)°
Take 15 Complete 2:55   Elvis Presley (FTD)°~A Legendary Performer Volume 2°~Studio Sessions
'56 (MRS)°~Elvis Presley / Elvis (Sony)°~Totally Stung°~I Beg Of You°
~There's Always Him°
Take 16 Complete 2:52   Elvis Presley (FTD)°~Totally Stung°~50s Box 5°~Studio Sessions '56
(MRS)°~I Beg Of You°~There's Always Him°
Take 17 Complete 2:49 (used for spliced master) Elvis Presley (FTD)°~Studio Sessions '56 (MRS)°
Spliced M 2:41 Spliced from takes 14 & 17
(G2WB 0271)
Elvis' Golden Records (FTD)°~Young Man With The Big Beat 2 (Legacy)°
~Elvis Presley (FTD)°~(DSD)°~Complete Elvis Presley Masters 2 (Sony)°
~The Ultimate Love Songs (Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Collection 25)°
~Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight 1 (Legacy)°~Elvis 75 CD1°~Studio
Sessions '56 (MRS)°~Complete Single Collection 2°~Love Songs (K-Tel)°
~Elvis 56 (DSD)°~50s Box 2°+Mono To Stereo (MRS)°° (digitally
extracted stereo)


The matrix number of 'I Want You, I Need You, I Love You' is confusing. It is announced as G2WB 0270 and that number is also printed on the master log instead of the correct matrix number G2WB 0271. The RCA session log for 'I Want You, I Need You, I Love You' even has the April 11 1956 date (for the recording of 0270) printed on it!

On April 11 Jim Reeves recorded three sides G2WB-0268-0270 ('I've Got Just The Thing For You' is 0270) and someone crossed out 0270 as it was not intended for release. It finally came out on a Bear Family box set. There are two recording pages to this session. The second one correcting 0270 with composer credits and publisher.

It appears that on April 14 the engineers recording Elvis did not realise that 0270 was still being used and incorrectly announced 'I Want You, I Need You, I Love You' with this matrix number instead of the next in sequence - G2WB 0271.

Take 14 is listed on Elvis - A Legendary Performer Volume 2 but it is actually Take 15.

No other takes of 'I Want You, I Need You, I Love You' have been released although the covers of I Beg Of You and There's Always Him say differently. "Take 5" should read Take 14 (the announcement is for Take 5, that's all) and "Take 11" is actually Take 16.

The count-in for Take 3 of 'I Want You, I Need You, I Love You' on Flashback is spliced with part of the count-in for Take 1. It is in the correct sequence on the Follow That Dream release of Elvis Presley.

"(In)Complete" in this context means that the take is incomplete because the rest was erased by a recording engineer, when the tape was reused for sessions with another artist. What is left of this session is presented perfectly on the Follow That Dream release of Elvis Presley.

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 Kurt Rokitta for the Jim Reeves session logs.

Session Logs
Recording Information
G2WB 0270
G2WB 0270
Recording Information
April 14 1956
April 14 1956

Music Sheets
Music Sheet
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You