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September 23 / 24 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)

Elvis Presley's Residence - 845 Chino Canyon Road, Palm Springs, California
Producer: Elvis Presley
Engineers: Rick Ruggieri / Rich Simpson
(Elvis: 7.00pm - 9:20pm / 1.15am - 3.15am)
(Voice: 9.30pm - 10:50pm / 10.50pm - 12.20am / 12.25am - 1.00am / 3.20am - 4.25am / 4.27am - 5.55am)

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
James Burton ('I Miss You', 'Killing Me Softly' Voice: Donnie Sumner; Tim Baty; Sherrill 'Shaun' Nielsen
  'Why Me Lord' & 'Are You Sincere')  
Guitar: Charlie Hodge ('I Miss You', 'Killing Me Softly' Backup Vocal Overdubs:
  'Why Me Lord' & 'Are You Sincere') Donnie Sumner & Tim Baty
Guitar: Tim Baty ('Killing Me Softly', 'In The Sweet ('Killing Me Softly', Why Me Lord', 'In The Sweet By And By', 'Danny's
  By And By', 'Danny's Song' & 'Aubrey') Song' & 'Aubrey')
Piano: Donnie Sumner Sherrill 'Shaun' Nielsen ('Killing Me Softly', 'Why Me Lord' & 'Aubrey')
Bass: Thomas Hensley (All songs except 'In The  
  Sweet By And By')  

I Miss You
CPA5 4774
  Sept. 23 1973 (Sat: 7.00pm - 9.20pm)
Take 1 Complete
2:19   Raised On Rock (FTD)°° (count-in)~Today, Tomorrow And Forever 4°°
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5 Complete 2:17   Raised On Rock (FTD)°°
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9        
Take 10 Complete 2:22   Raised On Rock (FTD)°° (complete)+Raised On Rock (FTD)°° (spliced
with Take 11)
Take 11 Comp. ?     Raised On Rock (FTD)°° (spliced with Take 10)
Take 12 FS 0:22   Raised On Rock (FTD)°°
Take 13 FS 0:10   Raised On Rock (FTD)°°
Take 14 FS 0:17   Raised On Rock (FTD)°°
Take 15 M 2:38 Master is without overdubs Complete Elvis Presley Masters 25 (Sony)°°~Loves Lost (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 12)°°~Raised On Rock (FTD)°°~(20 Bit)°°
+Raised On Rock (FTD)°° (count-in / different mix)~Always On My Mind°°

Killing Me Softly
Sept. 23 1973 (Sat: 9.30pm - 10.50pm)
Take 1 (M) Lead vocals - Tim Baty - 1st verse
& Sherrill Nielsen
Overdub M 2:25 Backup vocal overdub

Why Me Lord
Sept. 23 1973 (Sat: 10.50pm - 12.20am)
Take 10 (M) Lead vocals - Tim Baty
Overdub M 2:53 Backup vocal overdub

In The Sweet By And By
Sept. 24 1973 (Sun: 12.25pm - 1.00am)
Take NA (M) Lead vocals - Sherrill Nielsen
Overdub M 2:47 Backup vocal overdub

Are You Sincere
CPA5 4775
  Sept. 23 1973 (Sun: 1.15am - 3.15am)
Take 1 Complete 3:08   Raised On Rock (FTD)°° (complete)~Our Memories Of Elvis°° (2:00)
~Our Memories Of Elvis (FTD - 1)°° (2:00)~Songs To Sing°° (2:00)
Take 2 Incomp. 2:14   Raised On Rock (FTD)°° (in)complete)~Keep Rollin' On (Venus)°° (intro
clipped - listed as Take 3)+Platinum 4°° (edited - last bar from Take 1)
Take 3 FS      
Take 4 M 1:58 Master is without overdubs
& is edited
Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 25 (Sony)°°~Country Roots (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 8)°°~Raised On Rock (FTD)°°~(20 Bit)°°
~Country (2006 - DSD)°°~70s Box 4°°

Danny's Song
Sept. 24 1973 (Sun: 3.20am - 4.25am)
Take NA (M) Lead vocals - Sherrill Nielsen
Overdub M 2:46 Backup vocal overdub

Sept. 24 1973 (Sun: 4.27am - 5.55am)
Take NA (M) Lead vocals - Sherrill Nielsen
Overdub M 3:32 Backup vocal overdub


One bar of 'I Miss You' on Take 5 has been repaired on FTD's Raised On Rock classic album.

The composite of 'I Miss You' (takes 10 & 11) on FTD's Raised On Rock classic album consists of the first part (0:00-1:18 to "I wish you were here") of Take 10 and the second part (1:19-2:18 from "All through the night") of Take 11.

Take 2 of 'Are You Sincere' on the Platinum - A Life In Music box-set is edited - The last bar of the song used on Platinum is actually from Take 1. On Platinum the piano is also missing from the mix. The complete unedited Take 2, with piano, can be found on FTD's Raised On Rock classic album.

The master of 'Are You Sincere' is edited.

Elvis' vocal group Voice recorded demo's during this session, and Elvis also paid for a session for 'Voice' to record demo's on September 29 at RCA Studio's in Hollywood.

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 Rogier van Luyken for providing session information on the Voice demo's.

Session Logs
Recording Information
September 23 1973
September 23 1973
Recording Information
'Voice' Demo's
September 23 1973

Music Sheets
Music Sheet
I Miss You
I Miss You
Music Sheet
Are You Sincere
Are You Sincere