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May 25 / 26 1966
(+ 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
Producer : Felton Jarvis
Engineer : Jim Malloy

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Guitar:
Scotty Moore The Jordanaires: Gordon Stoker; Neal Matthews; Hoyt Hawkins; Ray
Guitar: Chip Young Walker
Drums / Tympani: Murrey 'Buddy' Harman The Imperials: Armond Morales; Jake Hess; Gary McSpadden; Sherrill
Drums: D.J. Fontana 'Shaun' Nielsen
Piano: Floyd Cramer Millie Kirkham; June Page; Dolores Edgin
Bass: Bob Moore  
Steel Guitar: Peter Drake  
Saxophone: Homer 'Boots' Randolph  
Saxophone: Rufus Long (10.00pm - 7.00am)  
Piano: Henry Slaughter (10.00pm - 7.00am)  
Bass / Harmonica / Guitar: Charlie McCoy  

No Selections Recorded
  May 25 1966 (Wed: 6.30pm - 9.30pm)
         

Run On
TPA4 0908
  May 25 1966 (Wed: 10.00pm - 1.00am)
Take 1 LFS
2:06   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (count-in)~You'll Never Walk Alone
(Reeltrax)°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 1°+The How Great Thou Art Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 2 Complete 2:45   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (count-in)~Easter Special (FTD)°°
~Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°+You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°
~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1° (count-in)+The How Great
Thou Art Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 3 LFS 0:40   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°+You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°
~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1° (count-in)+The How Great
Thou Art Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 4 LFS 1:25   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°
~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1°+The How Great Thou Art
Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 5 2xFS
+LFS
0:46   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (count-in & LFS only)+You'll Never Walk
Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1°+The How
Great Thou Art Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 6 Complete 2:38   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~So High (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed Mast. 3-11°
+You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°+How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 1° (extra dialogue)+The How Great Thou Art Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 7 M 2:24 (2:33 with count-in) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 13 (Sony)°°~Gospel Jubilee (Franklin
Mint Comp. Masters Collection 11)°°~I Believe - The Gospel Masters 2°°
~The How Great Thou Art Sess' 1 (FTD)°°~How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°
~How Great Thou Art (24 Bit)°°~Ultim' Gospel°°~Peace In The Valley 1°°
~Amazing Grace°° (master only)+The How Great Thou Art Sessions 2
(FTD)°° (count-in)

How Great Thou Art
TPA4 0909
  May 25 1966 (Wed: 10.00pm - 1.00am)
Take 1 LFS
0:35   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°+Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°
~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1° (extra dialogue)+The How
Great Thou Art Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 2 Complete 3:09   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (count-in)~Platinum 2°°~Unsurpassed
Masters 3-11°+Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou
Art Sessions Volume 1° (count-in)+The How Great Thou Art Sessions 2
(FTD)°°
Take 3 FS 1:05   Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 1°+The How Great Thou Art Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 4 M 3:00 (3:10 with count-in) Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 13 (Sony)°°~Songs Of The Sixties (Franklin
Mint Complete Masters Collection 2)°°~Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight 3
(Legacy)°°~I Believe - The Gospel Mast. 2°°~How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°
+The How Great Thou Art Sessions 1 (FTD)°°~Inspirational°°~Ultimate
Gospel°°~How Great Thou Art (24 Bit)°°~Peace In The Valley 1°°
~Amazing Grace°°+He Walks Beside Me°° (different mix)(master only)
+Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 1° (count-in only)+The How Great Thou Art Sessions 2 (FTD)°° (count-in+M)
         
Re-Recording 3:05 2014 re-recorded backing track If I Can Dream°°
Re-Recording 3:08 2018 re-recorded backing track Where No One Stands Alone°°

Stand By Me
TPA4 0910
  May 26 1966 (Thur: 1.00am - 4.00am)
Take 1 FS+FS
0:20   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (count-in & 2nd FS only)+Where No One
Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1°
+The How Great Thou Art Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 2 Complete 2:44   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (count-in)~So High (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed
Masters 3-11°+Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou
Art Sessions Volume 1° (count-in)+The How Great Thou Art Sessions 2
(FTD)°°
Take 3 FS+FS
+LFS
1:01 (also announced again as Take 2) Back In Living Stereo 4 (MRS)°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°+Where No
One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1°
(count-in)+The How Great Thou Art Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 4 LFS 1:12   Back In Living Stereo 4 (MRS)°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°+Where No
One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1°
(count-in)+The How Great Thou Art Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 5 LFS 0:45   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~Back In Living Stereo 4 (MRS)°~Where No
One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1°
+The How Great Thou Art Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 6 FS+FS 0:28   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (count-in)~Easter Special (FTD)°° (listed
as Take 2)+Back In Living Stereo 4 (MRS)°~Where No One Stands Alone
(Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1° (count-in)+The How
Great Thou Art Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 7 Complete 2:35   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~Easter Special (FTD)°° (count-in - listed
as Take 2)~Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°~Stand By Me°+Back In Living
Stereo 4 (MRS)°~Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)° (not listed)
~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1° (count-in)+The How Great
Thou Art Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 8 Reh'sal
+LFS
1:33   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (dialogue only - not listed)+You'll Never
Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°+How Great Thou Art Sessions Vol. 1° (count-in)
+The How Great Thou Art Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 9 LFS 1:35   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°+You'll Never
Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Vol. 1° (count-in
& extra dialogue)+The How Great Thou Art Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 10 FS+Comp 2:43   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~Close Up 3°°+Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°
+You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 1°+The How Great Thou Art Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 11 M 2:27 (2:40 with count-in) Comp. Elvis Presley Mast. 13 (Sony)°°~Hymns From The Heart (Franklin
Mint Comp. Masters Collection 34)°°~I Believe - The Gospel Masters 2°°
~The How Great Thou Art Sess' 1 (FTD)°°~How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°
~How Great thou Art (24 Bit)°°~Peace In The Valley 1°°~Amazing Grace°°
(master only)+How Great Thou Art Sessions Vol. 1° (count-in only)+The
How Great Thou Art Sessions 2 (FTD)°° (count-in+M)
       
Re-Recording 2:48 2018 re-recorded backing track Where No One Stands Alone°°

Where No One Stands Alone
TPA4 0911
  May 26 1966 (Thur: 1.00am - 4.00am)
Take 1 Complete
3:28 (ending used for spliced master) How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (spliced with ending of Take 4)+You'll
Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1°
(2:40 - tape cut)+The How Great Thou Art Sessions 2 (FTD)°° (complete)
Take 2 LFS 0:32   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°+You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°~How
Great Thou Art Sessions Vol. 1° (extra dialogue)+The How Great Thou
Art Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 3 LFS 2:36   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (count-in)~Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°
+You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)° (not listed)~Where No One Stands
Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1° (count-in)
+The How Great Thou Art Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 4 Complete 2:56 (used for spliced master) How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (spliced with Take 1)+Where No One Stands
Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1° (count-in -
part used for master cut from tape - 0:57)+The How Great Thou Art
Sessions 2 (FTD)°° (complete)
         
Spliced M 2:44 Spliced from takes 4 & 1 Complete Elvis Presley Masters 13 (Sony)°°~Hymns From The Heart
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 34)°°~I Believe - The Gospel
Mast. 2°°~How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°~Peace In The Valley 1°°
~Amazing Grace°°~The How Great Thou Art Sessions 1 (FTD)°°
+The How Great Thou Art Sessions 2 (FTD)°°

Where No One Stands Alone (work part)
  May 26 1966 (Thur: 1.00am - 4.00am)
Take 1 FS+Comp
1:50   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°+You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°
~Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1°
(extra dialogue)+The How Great Thou Art Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 2 FS+FS 0:28   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (count-in & 2nd FS only)+You'll Never Walk
Alone (Reeltrax)°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°~How Great Thou Art
Sessions Volume 1°+The How Great Thou Art Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 3 Complete 1:21   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°
~Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1°
+The How Great Thou Art Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 4 Complete 1:17   The How Great Thou Art Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 5 LFS+Comp 1:06 (announced as "number 2") How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (complete - 0:44)+The How Great Thou Art
Sessions 2 (FTD)°° (LFS+complete)
Take 6 FS+Comp 1:39 (not used) The How Great Thou Art Sessions 2 (FTD)°°

Where No One Stands Alone (Duet / Re-Recording)
   
Re-Recording 3:40 2018 re-recorded backing track Where No One Stands Alone°°
      - Duet with Lisa Marie Presley  

Down In The Alley
TPA4 0912
  May 26 1966 (Thur: 4.00am - 7.00am)
Take 1 Complete
3:27   Elvis Sings Guitar Man (FTD)°°~60s Box 5°° (count-in)+How Great Thou
Art Sessions Volume 2°° (extra dialogue - no count-in)+The How Great
Thou Art Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 2 FS 0:20   Elvis Sings Guitar Man (FTD)°°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Vol. 2°°
(count-in)~There's Always Me Vol. 4°°+The How Great Thou Art Sess' 3
(FTD)°°
Take 3 LFS 1:59   Elvis Sings Guitar Man (FTD)°°+How Great Thou Art Sessions Vol. 2°°
~There's Always Me Volume 4°° (extra dialogue at end)+The How Great
Thou Art Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 4 FS 0:53   Elvis Sings Guitar Man (FTD)°°+How Great Thou Art Sessions Vol. 2°°
~There's Always Me Volume 4°° (extra dialogue)+The How Great Thou
Art Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 5 No Take 1:23   How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2°°~There's Always Me Vol. 4°°
(announcement only)+The How Great Thou Art Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 6 Complete 2:49   Elvis Sings Guitar Man (FTD)°°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Vol. 2°°
~There's Always Me Volume 4°°~So High (FTD)°°+The How Great Thou
Art Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 7 LFS 2:33   Back In Living Stereo 4 (MRS)°°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Vol. 2°°
+The How Great Thou Art Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 8 LFS 0:33   Back In Living Stereo 4 (MRS)°°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Vol. 2°°
+The How Great Thou Art Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 9 M 2:49 (2:59 with count-in) Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 13 (Sony)°°~Rhythm & Blues (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 9)°°~Elvis Sings Guitar Man (FTD)°°
+The How Great Thou Art Sess' 1 (FTD)°°~Tomorrow Is A Long Time°°
~Spinout (FTD)°° (repaired)~60s Box 3°°(cut) (master only)+How Great
Thou Art Sessions Vol. 2°° (count-in & dialogue at end only)+The How
Great Thou Art Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
         
Remix   3:04 Screaming girls version The Complete Spinout Sessions°°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°° (track 8)
+Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°° (track 9 - 3:09)

Tomorrow Is A Long Time
TPA4 0913
  May 26 1966 (Thur: 4.00am - 7.00am)
Take 1 FS 0:23   Elvis Sings Guitar Man (FTD)°°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Vol. 3°°
~There's Always Me Vol. 4°°+The How Great Thou Art Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 2 2xFS
+Complete
5:53   So High (FTD)°°+Elvis Sings Guitar Man (FTD)°°~How Great Thou Art
Sessions Vol. 3°°~There's Always Me Vol. 4°° (count-in)+The How Great
Thou Art Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 3 M 5:21 (5:40 with count-in) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 13 (Sony)°°~The Nashville Sessions
(Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Collection 27)°°~Elvis 75 - Good Rockin'
Tonight 3 (Legacy)°°+The How Great Thou Art Sessions 1 (FTD)°°~Elvis
Sings Guitar Man (FTD)°°~Tomorrow Is A Long Time°°~Spinout (FTD)°°
~60s box 3°°+A Valentine Gift For You°° (remixed) (master only)
+The How Great Thou Art Sessions 3 (FTD)°° (count-in)

Notes

Although slightly edited, the definitive release of these sessions can be found on Follow That Dream's limited edition The How Great Thou Art Sessions 5xCD set, where everything has been compiled and remastered from scratch, from the original 3-track tapes, and all masters and outtakes are presented in the best possible sound.

Some of the mono sessions as released on the 2001 bootlegs The How Great Thou Art Sessions - Volumes 1, 2 and 3 sound heavily compressed, as if they were taken from an MP3 source. The stereo sessions on the same releases however, actually sound better than the same takes released by BMG, as they are clipped, and too loud, on some of the BMG releases.

The re-recording of 'How Great Thou Art' can found on the 2015 album If I Can Dream, which contained Elvis' original vocals but with new backings by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and which actually went to number one in the UK album charts.

The takes of 'Stand By Me' on the Memphis Recording Service book and 6xCD set Back In Living Stereo are actually mono but have been manipulated to create a strange stereo sound effect.

six drum beats of the intro of 'Down In The Alley' were missing on the 60s Box. When rectified on the CD Tomorrow Is a Long Time, a remastered intro with better ambience was spliced onto the 60s Box master rather than remastering the entire song again. It is possible that the intro was cut from the multichannel tapes in the first place. The FTD extended soundtrack release of Spinout has the song severely clipped.

It is unknown why a remix with overdubbed screaming girls was made by RCA, but it was never released officially. This remix can be found on the bootleg The Complete Spinout Sessions.

From this session BMG's remasters as released on the 60s Box and Tomorrow Is a Long Time are more conservative and far better than Amazing Grace or Peace In The Valley.

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.


Session Logs
Recording Information
May 25 1966
May 25 1966
Recording Information
May 26 1966
Down In The Alley
 


Music Sheets
Music Sheet
Run On
Run On
Music Sheet
How Great Thou Art
How Great Thou Art
Music Sheet
Stand By Me
Stand By Me

Music Sheet
Where No One Stands Alone
Where No One Stands Alone (Thanks to Christopher Brown)
Music Sheet
Down In The Alley
Down In The Alley (Thanks to Christopher Brown)
Music Sheet
Tomorrow Is A Long Time
Tomorrow Is A Long Time (Thanks to Christopher Brown)

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