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February 24 / 25 1965
(+ 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 B - Nashville, Tennessee
Soundtrack Session for MGM's Harum Scarum
MGM Producers : Fred Karger / Gene Nelson
Engineer : Bill Vandevort
(11.30pm - 3.30am)

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Scotty Moore The Jordanaires: Gordon Stoker; Neal Matthews; Hoyt Hawkins; Ray
Guitar: Grady Martin Walker
Guitar: Charlie McCoy  
Bass: Henry Strezelcki  
Drums: D.J. Fontana  
Drums: Kenneth Buttery  
Piano: Floyd Cramer  
Tambourine: Hoyt Hawkins (?)  
Conga Drums: Gene Nelson (?)  
Flute: Rufus Long  
Oboe: Ralph Strobel  

  February 24 / 25 1965 (Wed / Thur)
Take 1     (C-2001)  
Take 2     (C-2002)  
Take 3     (C-2003)  

Shake That Tambourine
SPA3 6752
  February 24 / 25 1965 (Wed / Thur)
Take 1 BD   (C-2004) "Elvis' vocal partly off"  
Take 2 SFS   (C-2005)  
Take 3 SFS   (C-2006)  
Take 4 SFS   (C-2007)  
Take 5 BD   (C-2008)  
Take 6 SFS   (C-2009)  
Take 7 SFS
0:16 (C-2010) Harum Scarum (FTD)°°~Avventura In Oriente°°
Take 8 Complete 2:22 (C-2011) Harum Scarum (FTD)°°~Avventura In Oriente°°
Take 9 BD   (C-2012)  
Take 10 BD 0:53 (C-2013) "Teeny Feet" Harum Scarum (FTD)°°~Avventura In Oriente°°
Take 11 SFS   (C-2014)  
Take 12 FS   (C-2015)  
Take 13 BD   (C-2016)  
Take 14 BD 1:46 (C-2017) (preceded by talking
and "2070" slate)
Hard Knocks (Venus)°°~Avventura In Oriente°°
Take 15 SFS 0:26 (C-2018) Hard Knocks (Venus)°°
Take 16 Complete
2:11 (C-2019) Harum Scarum (FTD)°°~Hard Knocks (Venus)°°~Avventura In Oriente°°
~Come What May° (listed as Take 19)
Take 17 No Take 0:05 (C-2020) "slate only" Hard Knocks (Venus)°°~Tape°
Take 18 SFS 0:18 (C-2021) Harum Scarum (FTD)°°~Hard Knocks (Venus)°°~Avventura In Oriente°°
~Come What May° (listed as Take 21)
Take 19 SFS 0:14 (C-2022) Harum Scarum (FTD)°°~Hard Knocks (Venus)°°~Avventura In Oriente°°
~Come What May° (listed as Take 22)
Take 20 LFS 0:30 (C-2023) Harum Scarum (FTD)°°~Hard Knocks (Venus)°°~Avventura In Oriente°°
~Come What May° (listed as Take 23)
Take 21 Complete 2:08 (C-2024) Harum Scarum (FTD)°°~Avventura In Oriente°°
Take 22 Complete   (C-2025)  
Take 23 SFS   (C-2026) (preceded by talking)  
Take 24 Complete   (C-2027) (used for spliced master)  
Take 25 SFS   (C-2028) (preceded by talking)  
Take 26 SFS   (C-2029)  
Take 27 BD   (C-2030)  
Take 28 SFS   (C-2031)  
Take 29 BD   (C-2032)  
Take 30 Complete   (C-2033) "bluesy ending"  
Take 31 SFS   (C-2034) "I'll Take You Home"  
Take 32 BD   (C-2035)  
Take 33 FS   (C-2036)  
Take 34 SFS   (C-2037)  
Take 35 SFS   (C-2038)  
Take 36 LFS   (C-2039)  
Take 37 BD   (C-2040) (followed by unknown 1-liner)
Take 38 Complete   (C-2041) (used for spliced master)  
Spliced M 2:05 Spliced from takes 24 & 38
(C-2027 & C-2041)
Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 11 (Sony)°°~Around The World (Franklin
Mint Complete Masters Collection 20)°°~Harum Scarum (FTD)°°~Double
Features - Harem Holiday / Girl Happy°°~Avventura In Oriente°°
+Avventura In OrienteĀ°

Shake That Tambourine (movie version - transfer)
Take 1     Mono transfer of spliced master
Take 2 (M)

Shake That Tambourine (movie version)
Overdub (M)
2:22 Overdubbed instruments and intro
Avventura In Oriente°~Soundtrack°


It is not known what tracks C2001 to C2003 are, but they are possibly for an instrumental used in the movie.

MGM transfers to acetate for movie purposes are numbered as follows:-
2401 - My Desert Serenade
2402 - Go East - Young Man
2403 - Animal Instinct
2404 - Mirage
2405 - Kismet
2406 - Shake That Tambourine
2407 - Hey Little Girl
2408 - Golden Coins
2409 - Wisdom Of The Ages (rejected version)
2410 - So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise)

2411 - Harem Holiday
2412 - Wisdom Of The Ages
2413 - Harem Holiday

2414 - ?
2415 - ?
2416 - ?
2417 - ?
2418 - Sabre Dance / Hey Little Girl

2419 - ?
2420 - Harem Holiday

The songs 'Baby, If You'll Give Me All Your Love', 'Let Yourself Go' and' Please Don't Stop Loving Me' were originally submitted to be used for the movie, but were eventually dropped. They were, however, used in later movies (Double Trouble, Speedway and Frankie And Johnny).

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.

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