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February 17 / 18 1969
(+ 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)

American Sound Studio - Memphis, Tennessee
Producers : Felton Jarvis / Chips Moman
Engineer: Al Pachucki
Technician: Roy Shockley

Musicians:    
Guitar: Elvis Presley  
Guitar: Reggie Young  
Organ: Bobby Emmons  
Bass: Tommy Cogbill  
Piano: Bobby Wood  
Harmonica: Ed Kollis  
Drums / Tambourine: Gene Chrisman  

Stranger In My Own Home Town
XPA5 1266
  Feb. 17 1969 (Mon: 8.00pm - 11.00pm)
Take 1 (M) 4:55 Unedited undubbed master American Sound 1969 4°°~Back In Memphis (FTD)°°~Memphis Sessions
(FTD)°° (unedited)~Memphis Memories (LP)° (acetate - edited) (too fast)
         
Overdub (M)   Backup v.o's on May 6 (morning)
(not used)
 
Overdub (M)   String overdubs on May 7 (aft)  
Overdub (M) 4:55 Brass overdubs on May 7 (eve)
A Legendary Performer Volume 9°°
Faded M 4:23 Master faded (SPA1 4120) Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°~Rhythm & Blues (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 9)°°~Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight 3
(Legacy)°°~From Elvis In Memphis (Legacy)°°~Back In Memphis (FTD)°°
~Back In Memphis (24 Bit)°°~Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969
Anthology°°~60s Box 4°°+The Memphis Record°° (4:39)+Reconsider
Baby°° (remix & edited - 3:50)

True Love Travels On A Gravel Road
XPA5 1265
  Feb. 17 1969 (Mon: 8.00pm - 11.00pm)
Take 1 FS      
Take 2 PB 2:36   Today Tomorrow & Forever 3°° (faded)+American Sound 1969 4°°~From
Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°° (complete)~Unsurpassed Masters 4-13°°
(ending only)~The American Way Volume 4°° (ending only)
Take 3 PB 2:54 (continued later) Unsurpassed Masters 4-13°°~The American Way Volume 4°°~American
Crown Jewels° (listed as Take 1)~There's Always Me Volume 3°°
(listed as Take 2)

It's My Way (Of Loving You) / This Time / I Can't Stop
Loving You
WPA5 2513
  Feb. 17 1969 (Mon: 8.00pm - 11.00pm)
Take 1 M 3:51 (jam) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 30 (Sony)°°~From Elvis At American
Sound (FTD)°°~Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology°°
~60s Box 5°°~American Sound 1969 4°°

True Love Travels On A Gravel Road
XPA5 1265
  Feb. 17 1969 (Mon: 8.00pm - 11.00pm)
Take 4 4xFS+PB
2:32+ (continued) (bass drum / intro) American Sound 1969 4°°~From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°° (count-in
& PB)~Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology°° (PB only)
Take 5 PB 4:01 "Streets paved with fucking gold..."
(no bass drum / intro)
American Sound 1969 4°°~From Elvis At American Sound (FTD)°° (edit)
+Unsurpassed Masters 4-13°°~The American Way Volume 4°°~There's
Always Me Volume 3°°
Take 6 SFS+FS 1:07 (preceded by rehearsal) American Sound 1969 4°°~From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°°~Memphis
Sessions (FTD)°°
~Unsurpassed Masters 4-13°°~The American Way
Volume 4°°~There's Always Me Volume 3°°
Take 7 PB 3:28   American Sound 1969 4°°~From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°°~Memphis
Sessions (FTD)°°
~Unsurpassed Masters 4-13°°~The American Way
Volume 4°°~There's Always Me Volume 3°°
Take 8 SFS+LFS 2:30   Unsurpassed Masters 4-13°°~The American Way Volume 4°°~There's
Always Me Volume 3°°
Take 9 SFS 0:19   Unsurpassed Masters 4-13°°~The American Way Volume 4°°~There's
Always Me Volume 3°°
Take 10 FS+SFS 1:05   Unsurpassed Masters 4-13°°~The American Way Volume 4°°~There's
Always Me Volume 3°°
Take 11 (M) 3:31 Undubbed master American Sound 1969 4°°~From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°°+Unsurpassed
Masters 4-13°°~The American Way Vol. 4°°~There's Always Me Vol. 3°°
         
Overdub Incomp. 0:30+ Guitar & tambourine overdub
(not used)
Unsurpassed Masters 4-13°°~The American Way Vol. 4°° (cut / erased
- preceded by tape rewound through master take)
         
V.O. (M) 2:27 Harmony v.o. by Elvis on Feb 22 Elvis Rocks & The Girls Roll (LP)°~The Alternate 1969 Recordings°
Overdub M 2:38 Strings & backup v.o's on Mar 25
(SPA1 4132)
From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°°~Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°
~Country Legend (Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Collection 18)°°~From
Elvis In Memphis (Legacy)°°~From Elvis In Memphis°°~Suspicious Minds
- The Memphis 1969 Anthology°°~60s Box 4°°+Unedited Masters - The
Next Generation (Venus)°°~Unedited Masters - Life (Venus)°° (diff. mix)
+Other Side Of Memphis°° (channels missing)+The Memphis Record°°
(different mix - without Elvis' harmony vocal overdub)

And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind
XPA5 1267
  Feb. 18 1969 (Tue: 1.00am - 4.00am)
Rehearsal & Tuning 0:46   The American Way Volume 3°°~Unsurpassed Masters 4-13°°
Take 1 FS 0:47   American Sound 1969 4°°~Back In Memphis (FTD)°°+The American
Way Volume 3°°~Unsurpassed Masters 4-13°°~There's Always Me
Volume 3°°
Take 2 LFS 2:20   American Sound 1969 4°° (not listed)~Back In Memphis (FTD)°°+The
American Way Vol. 3°°~Unsurpassed Masters 4-13°°~There's Always
Me Volume 3°°
Take 3 LFS 1:38   American Sound 1969 4°°~Back In Memphis (FTD)°°+The American
Way Volume 3°°~Unsurpassed Masters 4-13°°~There's Always Me
Volume 3°°
Take 4 LFS 1:25   The American Way Volume 3°°~Unsurpassed Masters 4-13°°~There's
Always Me Volume 3°°
Take 5 FS+LFS 2:28   American Sound 1969 4°°~Back In Memphis (FTD)°° (LFS only - ending
edited)+The American Way Volume 3°°~Unsurpassed Masters 4-13°°
~There's Always Me Volume 3°°
Take 6 FS+(M) 3:56 Unrepaired undubbed master American Sound 1969 4°°~Back In Memphis (FTD)°° (count-in+FS+M)
~Memphis Sessions (FTD)°° (FS+M)~The American Way Vol. 3°° (FS+M)
~Unsurpassed Masters 4-13°° (FS+M)~American Crown Jewels°° (M only)
         
V.O. (M) 3:32 Vocals replaced on February 22 ? American Sound 1969 4°°~Back In Memphis (FTD)°°
         
Overdub (M)   String overdubs on May 7 (aft)  
Overdub (M)   Brass overdubs on May 7 (eve)  
Overdub M 3:10 Backup v.o's on May 8 (aft) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°~The Memphis Sessions
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 33)°°~From Elvis In Memphis
(Legacy)°°~Inspirational (DSD)°°~Back In Memphis (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°
~Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology°°~60s Box 4°°
         
Re-Recording 3:40 2014 re-recorded backing track If I Can Dream°°

Notes

The February sessions started with a jam of 'Stranger in My Own Home Town' that was edited down, assigned matrix number and was actually used as master.

Originally, 'Stranger In My Own Home Town' had an additional verse which Elvis didn't sing, as follows:

I built a house on a hilltop cause you see I'm a family man
I work hard in my kind of business, do the very best I can
Now I don't mistreat nobody, be a lie if they say I do
Oh, there's some here that like me, but they're so very few
That's why I feel like a stranger,
Like a stranger in my own home town...

Take 2 of 'True Love Travels On A Gravel Road' on Today, Tomorrow And Forever has the left and right channels swapped.

Take 5 of 'True Love Travels On A Gravel Road'is edited to take out Elvis swearing ("Streets paved with fucking gold") on FTD's From Elvis At American Sound release.

A guitar (Reggie Young) and tambourine (Gene Chrisman) were overdubbed to 'True Love Travels On A Gravel Road', but this overdub was not used.

Remixed versions of of 'Stranger In My Own Home Town' an d'True Love Travels On A Gravel Road' can be found on The Memphis Record.

A different, edited remix of 'Stranger In My Own Home Town' can be found on Reconsider Baby.

Sessions III lists vocal repair of 'And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind' as being done on September 26, but this surely cannot be the case as the strings and backup vocals were overdubbed on May 7. The most likely date for the vocal repair of 'And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind' is February 22.

The re-recording of 'And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind' 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.

By taking out two of the four channels from the rare Japanese Quadraphonic LP of From Elvis In Memphis is how the "previously unreleased versions" were created on the bootleg The Other Side Of Memphis (Bilko).

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
From Elvis In Memphis
& Back In Memphis
From Elvis In Memphis
Recording Information
February 17 1969
February 17 1969
Tape Legends
Overdubs
Tape Legends (Thanks to Follow That Dream)


Music Sheets
Music Sheet
Stranger In My Own Home Town
Stranger In My Own Home Town
Music Sheet
True Love Travels On A Gravel Road
True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (Thanks to Christopher Brown)
Music Sheet
It's My Way (Of Loving You)
It's My Way (Of Loving You)

Music Sheet
This Time
This Time (Thanks to Christopher Brown)
Music Sheet
I Can't Stop Loving You
I Can't Stop Loving You
Music Sheet
And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind
And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind (Thanks to Christopher Brown)

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