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May 14 1964
(+ 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)

Radio Recorders Studio B - Hollywood, California
Soundtrack Session for Paramount's Roustabout
Paramount Producer : Joseph Lilley
Engineer : Dave Wiechman


Roustabout (vocal overdub)
RPA3 5273
NOV May 14 1964 (Thur)
Take 1 LFS 0:38 Vocal overdub of Track NO-11 Roustabout (FTD)°°
Take 2 LFS 1:20   Roustabout (FTD)°°
Take 3 LFS 1:36   Roustabout (FTD)°°
Take 4 LFS 1:04   Roustabout (FTD)°°
Take 5 FS 0:29   Roustabout (FTD)°°
Take 6 Complete 2:14 ("raving maniac" ending) Collectors Gold 1°°+Roustabout (FTD)°° (count-in)
Take 7 LFS 0:43   Roustabout (FTD)°°
Take 8 Complete 2:17 ("raving maniac" ending) Today, Tomorrow And Forever 2°°+Roustabout (FTD)°° (count-in)
Take 9 (M) 2:14 Movie version Paramount Lobby Spot Promo° (acetate - 2:00)+Roustabout (FTD)°°
Take 10 LFS 1:24   Roustabout (FTD)°°
Take 11 LFS 1:12   Roustabout (FTD)°°
Take 12 Complete 2:11   Memphis Tennessee (LP - acetate)° (1:55 - without "NO Take 11" count-in)
+Roustabout (FTD)°° (count-in)
Take 13 Complete 2:10   Roustabout (FTD)°°
Take 14 FS 0:22   Roustabout (FTD)°°
Take 15 FS 0:24   Roustabout (FTD)°°
Take 16 Complete 2:13 ("raving maniac" ending) Roustabout (FTD)°°
Take 17 M 1:58 Record version (2:15 with count-in) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 11 (Sony)°°~Fun At The Fair (Franklin
Mint Comp. Masters Collection 23)°°~Roustabout (remastered s'track)°°
~Roustabout (FTD)°°~Double Feat's - Love In Las Vegas / Roustabout°°
(master only)+Roustabout (FTD)°° (count-in)

Roustabout (movie version)
Overdub (M) 1:22 Instruments overdubbed to
Take 9 & is edited


The version of 'Roustabout' heard in the movie has the second verse edited out.

The movie version of 'Roustabout' can be found on a very rare Promo that was given to select movie theatres to play in the lobby of the theatre, while the movie Roustabout was playing.

The take on the bootleg Memphis Tennessee is taken from an acetate source, and originally had the NO Take 11 (track) announcement which was cut.

The engineer calling "Hey" that can be heard on Collectors Gold is from the rhythm track, and not the vocal overdub.

The song 'Shout It Out' was originally submitted to be used for the movie, but was eventually dropped in favour of 'Hard Knocks' being used instead for scene 74. Other songs with demo's submitted, but not used were 'I Never Had It So Good' and 'Carnival Of Dreams'. 'I Never Had It So Good' was replaced by 'One Track Heart' in the movie (scene 66), whereas 'Carnival Of Dreams' was dropped at the pre-selection stage.

Shout It Out was eventually recorded for the movie Frankie And Johnny in 1965.

The last production number used at the March sessions was "LO", which was for 'Wheels On My Heels', and the next number used is "NO", which was for the rhythm track for 'Roustabout ' on April 29. It is unknown what the missing "MO" production number could have been for.

An EPE auction in July / August 2010 however, has thrown up some questions regarding these sessions, as one of the lots had some of Elvis' personally owned acetates of demo's presented to be used in this movie. Looking at the acetates, an interesting thought has emerged that the missing "Track MO" from these sessions could have been reserved for 'Shout It Out.' When you look at the acetate it has "USED" written on it, where the others - 'Carnival Of Dreams' and 'I Never Had It So Good' clearly has "Demo - Not Elvis" written on them. This indicates that 'Shout It Out' could have actually been planned to be recorded, but then not used in the movie Roustabout, but as the tapes are still missing from these March sessions apart from the masters and takes used for masters, there is no way of knowing exactly what was recorded. Another possibility is that production number "MO" was reserved for either 'Shout It Out' or 'I Never Had It So Good' to be recorded, but was not eventually used at all.

Update: At another EPE auction in 2016, more acetates from Roustabout were sold by Mary Lilley, daughter of Joseph Lilley, but there was no sign of an acetate of 'Shout It Out' by Elvis, recorded for the movie Roustabout!

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 Ernst Jørgensen and Erik Rasmussen for information regarding the vocal overdub of 'Roustabout'.

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Demo Acetates
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Roustabout - Lobby Spot Promo
Roustabout Lobby Spot Promo

Roustabout Tape
September 11 1964
Roustabout Tape
Roustabout (Record Version)
Roustabout (Record Version)

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