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July 21 / 22 1973
(+ 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)

Stax Studio - Memphis, Tennessee
Producer: Felton Jarvis
Engineer: Al Pachucki
(9.00pm - 3.00am)

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
James Burton JD Sumner & The Stamps Quartet: Bill Baize; Ed Enoch; Donnie Sumner;
Guitar: Charlie Hodge David Rowland
Reggie Young Mary Holladay; Ginger Holladay; Kathy Westmoreland; Mary 'Jeanie'
Piano: Bobby Wood  
Bass: Tommy Cogbill  
Drums: Ronnie Tutt  
Drums: Jerry Carrigan  
Organ: Bobby Emmons  
Percussion: Joe Esposito  

If You Don't Come Back
CPA5 4761
  July 21 / 22 1973 (Sat / Sun)
Take 1 FS
0:25   Raised On Rock (FTD)°°
Take 2 FS 0:32   Raised On Rock (FTD)°°
Take 3 Complete 2:59   Raised On Rock (FTD)°° (count-in)+Essential Elvis Volume 5°°~Chante
Leiber & Stoller°°+Elvis At Stax 1°° (3:06 - "Surrender")
Take 4 Complete 2:32   The Joan Deary Tapes Vol. 1°° (wrongly listed as Take 7)
Take 5 Complete 2:39   Raised On Rock (FTD)°°~Made In Memphis (FTD)°°
Take 6 Complete 2:40   Raised On Rock (FTD)°°
Take 7        
Take 8 LFS 0:56 "If you don't fuck up" Raised On Rock (FTD)°°
Take 9 M 2:50 Master is without overdubs Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 25 (Sony)°°~Rhythm & Blues (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 9)°°~Raised On Rock (FTD)°°~(20 Bit)°°
~Elvis At Stax 2°°~Our Memories Of Elvis (FTD - 3)°° (see note)+Bilko's
Gold Cuts°~Pure Diamonds Volume 3°°~More Pure Elvis° (too slow)
+Raised On Rock (FTD)°° (different mixes)~Our Memories Of Elvis Vol 3
(Victrola)°° (different mix)

It's Diff'rent Now
WPA5 2574
  July 21 / 22 1973 (Sat / Sun)
Rehearsal 2:31   Raised On Rock (FTD)°°~Elvis At Stax 2°°+70s Box 4°°~It's Different
Now°° (different mixes)

Three Corn Patches
CPA5 4762
  July 21 / 22 1973 (Sat / Sun)
Take 1 FS
0:09   Raised On Rock (FTD)°°
Take 2 Complete 3:12 "You can't kick this motherfucker..." Raised On Rock (FTD)°° (faded)+The Joan Deary Tapes Vol. 1°°
Take 3        
Take 4 FS 0:21   Raised On Rock (FTD)°°
Take 5 FS 0:08   Raised On Rock (FTD)°°~Made In Memphis (FTD)°°
Take 6 Complete
3:10   Raised On Rock (FTD)°°+Made In Memphis (FTD)°° (extra dialogue)
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9 FS 0:32 "Wasted Years"
Raised On Rock (FTD)°°
Take 10 Complete 3:08   Raised On Rock (FTD)°°
Take 11        
Take 12        
Take 13 FS 0:19 "Three Coins In The Fountain" Raised On Rock (FTD)°°
Take 14 Complete 3:35 "Three Coins In The Fountain" Essential Elvis Volume 5°°~Chante Leiber & Stoller°°+Raised On Rock
(FTD)°° (count-in & faded)+Elvis At Stax 2°° (count-in, additional
dialogue, Take 15 announcement & different mix)
Take 15 M 2:46 Master is without overdubs Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 25 (Sony)°°~Girls! Girls! & More Girls!
(Franklin Mint Comp.Masters Collection 17)°°~Raised On Rock (FTD)°°
~Raised On Rock (20 Bit)°°~Elvis At Stax 2°°+Pure Diamonds Vol. 3°°
+Raised On Rock (FTD)°° (different mixes)

Take Good Care Of Her
CPA5 4763
  July 21 / 22 1973 (Sat / Sun)
Take 1 FS
0:30 "We're rolling, this'll be take one"
Good Times (FTD)°° (0:19)+Elvis At Stax 2°°
Take 2a Reh'sal 0:46 "Okay, two" Today, Tomorrow And Forever 4°° (not listed)+Good Times (FTD)°° (listed
as Take 1)+Elvis At Stax 2°° (listed as Take 2)
Take 3a Complete 3:03 "Okay guys, this'll be three" Good Times (FTD)°° (listed as Take 1)~Elvis At Stax 2°° (listed as Take 3)
~Today, Tomorrow And Forever 4°° (listed as Take 3)
Take 2b FS 0:14 "Take two, okay" Good Times (FTD)°° (listed as Take 2)
Take 3b Complete 3:08 "Alright, Take three" Good Times (FTD)°° (listed as Take 3)
Take 4 Complete 2:56   Good Times (FTD)°°~Platinum 4°°
Take 5 LFS 0:54   Good Times (FTD)°°
Take 6 (M) 3:00 Undubbed master (HPA5 6380) Good Times (FTD)°° (count-in)~Pure Diamonds Vol. 3°°+Our Memories
Of Elvis°°~Our Memories Of Elvis (FTD - 1)°° (see note)
Overdub M 2:52 String & guitar overdubs on
September 28
Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 25 (Sony)°°~Country Legend (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 18)°°~Good Times (FTD)°°~(20 Bit)°°
~Complete Single Collection 8°°~Country (2006 - DSD)°°~70s Box 2°°
~Elvis At Stax 2°°+The Definitive Country Album°° (edited)


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.

Elvis can be heard fooling around with 'Surrender' before Take 3 of 'If You Don't Come Back' on Essential Elvis Volume 5 and in a different mix on Elvis At Stax, but it is edited in from before Take 6 (rehearsal) of 'Love Song Of The Year' (December 12 1973).

Some of Elvis' vocals were mixed out of 'It's Diff'rent Now' when it appeared on the 70s Box. The more complete rehearsal can be found on FTD's Raised On Rock classic album and Elvis At Stax, but it is edited at the end.

Elvis can be heard singing a line of 'Wasted Years' before Take 9 of 'Three Corn Patches' and can be heard singing a line of 'Three Coins In A Fountai'n (From the 1954 movie Three Coins In The Fountain) before Take 13 of 'Three Corn Patches'.

Take 3 of 'Take Good Care Of Her' is listed on the Today, Tomorrow And Forever box-set, but this is actually Takes 2a and 3a including some of the rehearsal of Take 1. It is also incorrectly listed in the "In And Outtakes" section of the booklet with FTD's Good Times classic album that Take 3 appeared on Today, Tomorrow And Forever. Takes 1, 2 and 3 are also listed on Elvis At Stax but it is just the complete Take 1 (FS, rehearsal & complete Take 1). The running order of takes could be deemed to be Take 1, Take 2a, Take 3a, Take 2b, Take 3b, Take 4 etc...

The undubbed master of 'Take Good Care Of Her' on Our Memories Of Elvis and the bootleg Pure Diamonds Volume 3 have the left and right channels reversed.

An edited (2:10) version of 'Take Good Care Of Her', with omitted verse ("Just take good care of her, take good care of her..." to "So remember when you take my only treasure..."), was released in 1987 on the BMG Ariola release The Definitive Country Album.

Some of the rough mixes found on FTD's Raised On Rock and Good Times classic albums are longer than the final masters.

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.

All outtakes and masters used on the Sony 3xCD set Elvis At Stax have been completely remixed and remastered from scratch.

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

Session Logs
Recording Information
July 21 1973
July 21 1973

Music Sheets
Music Sheet
If You Don't Come Back
If You Don't Come Back (Thanks to Peter Stoller and Christopher Brown)
Music Sheet
It's Diff'rent Now
It's Diff'rent Now (Thanks to Christopher Brown & Lucio Mendonca)
Music Sheet
Three Corn Patches
Three Corn Patches (Thanks to Piotr Stefaniszyn)

Music Sheet
Take Good Care Of Her
Take Good Care Of Her (Thanks to Christopher Brown)