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March 29 / 30 1972
(+ 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 C - Hollywood, California
Producer: Felton Jarvis
Engineers: Al Pachucki / Rick Ruggieri
(7.00pm - 1.00am)

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
James Burton JD Sumner & The Stamps Quartet: Bill Baize; Ed Enoch; Donnie Sumner;
Guitar: Charlie Hodge Richard Sterban
Guitar: John Wilkinson  
Guitar: Joe Esposito  
Piano: Glen D. Hardin  
Bass: Emory Gordy  
Drums: Ronnie Tutt  

Always On My Mind
BPA3 1259
  March 29 / 30 1972 (Wed / Thur)
Take 1 (M) 3:39 Undubbed master Pure Diamonds Volume 4°°+Let It Roll°° (announcement only)
Take 2 Complete
3:56 "A Hundred Years From Now" Standing Room Only (FTD)°° (count-in)~Platinum 4°°~Always On My
Mind (2007 single)°° (3:32)+Let It Roll°° (extra dialogue)
Take 3 Complete 3:47   Standing Room Only (FTD)°°~6363 Sunset (FTD)°° (3:34)~Unedited
Masters - Hollywood To Nashville 1972-1980 (Venus)°° (listed as
undubbed master)+Let It Roll°° (count-in)
Take 4 Complete 3:49 "You blew the end" Standing Room Only (FTD)°° (faded)+Let It Roll°° (announcement only)
Overdub (M)   Band overdubs on April 27  
Overdub (M) 3:47 Brass & string overdubs on May 8 Unedited Masters Volume 1 (Venus)°°~Unedited Masters - Hollywood
To Nashville 72-80 (Venus)°° (unedited - piano intro)+Complete Single
Collection Volume 9°°~Always On My Mind°° (no piano intro)+For The
Good Times°° (acetate) (piano intro - different mix)
Overdub M 3:39 Strings removed Complete Elvis Presley Masters 23 (Sony)°°~Loves Lost (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 12)°°~Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight 4
(Legacy)°°~Elvis 75 CD3°°~Standing Room Only (FTD)°°~Complete
Single Collection 8°°~Country (2006 - DSD)°°~70s Box 2°°+The Mono
Masters CD5 (Venus)°+The Definitive Country Album°° (edited)
Re-Recording 3:35 Re-recorded backing track The Wonder Of You°°

It's A Matter Of Time
BPA3 1260
  March 29 / 30 1972 (Wed / Thur)
Take 1 FS
0:22   Standing Room Only (FTD)°°
Take 2 FS+FS 0:37   Standing Room Only (FTD)°°
Take 3 LFS 1:49   Standing Room Only (FTD)°°
Take 4 Complete 3:20   Standing Room Only (FTD)°° (count-in)~6363 Sunset (FTD)°°
Take 5 (M) 3:03 Undubbed master A Legendary Performer Volume 5°°~Pure Diamonds Volume 4°°~Our
Memories Of Elvis (FTD - 3)°°
Overdub (M) 3:09 Brass & string overdubs on May 8 Unedited Masters Volume 1 (Venus)°°~Unedited Masters - Hollywood
To Nashville 72-80 (Venus)°° (count-in)~For The Good Times°°
Overdub M 3:03 Strings removed Complete Elvis Presley Masters 23 (Sony)°°~Songs Of The Seventies
(Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Coll,n 3)°°~Standing Room Only (FTD)°°
~Complete Single Collection Volume 8°°~70s Box 1°°~Our Memories
Of Elvis Volume 3 (Victrola)°°+The Mono Masters CD5 (Venus)°


Strings were removed from 'Always On My Mind' and 'It's A Matter Of Time' before release, although some strings can still be heard on the released master of 'Always On My Mind'.

The undubbed masters on Our Memories Of Elvis weren't really the pure undubbed masters. They were the fully overdubbed or regular masters but with certain instruments and backing vocal channels removed or stripped down.

Takes 2 and 3 of 'Always On My Mind' on the Platinum - A Life In Music box-set and the bootleg Let It Roll have left and right channels swapped.

What is listed as being the undubbed master of 'Always On My Mind' on the Venus bootleg Unedited Masters - Hollywood To Nashville 1972-1980 is actually Take 3.

The ''Strings'' version of 'Always On My Mind' on the 1985 compilation album Always On My Mind and the Japanese Complete Single Collection does not have the piano intro that is present on the overdubbed acetate and the Venus bootleg Unedited Masters - Hollywood To Nashville 1972-1980 - This appears to be a different mix.

An edited (2:27) version of 'Always On My Mind', with omitted verse ("Maybe I didn't hold you all those lonely, lonely times..." to "You were always on my mind, you were always on my mind..."), was released in 1987 on the BMG Ariola release The Definitive Country Album.

The re-recording of 'Always On My Mind' can found on the 2016 album The Wonder Of You, 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 overdubbed master of 'It's A Matter Of Time' on the Venus bootleg Unedited Masters - Hollywood To Nashville 1972-1980 comes from a tape source as opposed to the overdubbed master that appeared on For The Good Times from an acetate source.

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 Adrian V Stokes regarding the edited versions of songs on the BMG Ariola set of Definitive albums.

Session Logs
March 27-29 1972
March 27-29 1972
Recording Information
March 29 1972
March 29 1972

Music Sheets
Music Sheet
Always On My Mind
Always On My Mind
Music Sheet
It's A Matter Of Time
It's A Matter Of Time (Thanks to Christopher Brown)