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June 10 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:
Scotty Moore The Jordanaires: Gordon Stoker; Neal Matthews; Hoyt Hawkins; Ray
Guitar: Chip Young Walker
Guitar: Harold Bradley The Imperials: Armond Morales; Jake Hess; Gary McSpadden & Jimmie
Drums: D.J. Fontana Murray
Piano: David Briggs Millie Kirkham; June Page; Dolores Edgin
Bass: Bob Moore  
Organ: Henry Slaughter (of The Imperials) Guide Vocals:
Steel Guitar: Peter Drake Red West
Drums / Tympani
& Bongos:
Murrey 'Buddy' Harman  
Saxophone: Rufus Long ('I'll Remember You' & 'If Every
Day Was Like Christmas')

Indescribably Blue (track)
  June 10 1966 (Fri: 7.00pm - 10.00pm)
Take NA (M) 2:48 (Vocal overdub on June 12) Unsurpassed Masters 4-12°°
Take 2 Edit
1:18   Unsurpassed Masters 4-12°°

I'll Remember You (track)
  June 10 1966 (Fri: 10.00pm - 2.00am)
Take NA (M) 4:08 (Vocal overdub on June 12) Unsurpassed Masters 4-12°°

If Every Day Was Like Christmas (track)
  June 10 1966 (Fri: 10.00pm - 2.00am)
Take NA (M) 2:54 (Vocal overdub on June 12) Unsurpassed Masters 4-12°°


Elvis had a cold and said he wasn't in the mood for recording. He told Red West and Charlie Hodge to go to the studio and fill in for him while the musicians laid down tracks.

Besides from providing the guide vocals, Red West supposedly recorded his own 'If Every Day Was Like Christmas' and 'Sleepless Nights, Endless Days' during this session as well. The arrangements on 'If Every Day Was Like Christmas' are however so different that it's not impossible that Red's version was recorded at a different session. The guide vocals are audibly bleeding on the final masters by the way. A fact that could be considered when comparing with the criticism of bleeding vocal tracks and the proficiency of the MGM sound stage engineers later the same month.

Red's own version can be found on The Colonels Collection taken from an acetate or vinyl source, supposedly with Elvis singing background vocals!

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June 10 / 12 1966
June 10 / 12 1966