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December 11 / 12 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
Engineers: Mike Moran / Dick Baxter
(9.00pm - 2.00am)

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Guitar: James Burton JD Sumner & The Stamps: Bill Baize; Ed Enoch; David Rowland
Guitar: Charlie Hodge Voice : Donnie Sumner; Sherrill Nielsen; Tim Baty; Per Eric "Pete" Hallin
Guitar: Johnny Christopher Mary Holladay; Susan Pilkington; Kathy Westmoreland; Mary 'Jeanie'
Piano / Organ: David Briggs  
Bass: Norbert Putnam  
Drums: Ronnie Tutt  

You Asked Me To
CPA5 1619
  December 11 / 12 1973 (Tue / Wed)
Take 1 FS 1:31 (1) "On top of old smokey" Promised Land (FTD)°°~Made In Memphis (FTD)°°
Take 2a Complete 3:37 (2) "This is Take 2, we're rolling" Promised Land (FTD)°° (faded)+Made In Memphis (FTD)°° (not listed)
Take 2b Complete 3:53 (3) Promised Land (FTD)°°+Essential Elvis Volume 5°° (count-in from 2a
& "Smart ass musicians" comment from 3b)
Take 3a Complete 3:32 (4) "This is Take 3"
Elvis At Stax 1°° (3:11)+Promised Land (FTD)°°
Take 3b FS+Comp 3:42 (5) "Smart ass musicians" Promised Land (FTD)°°
(No announcement for takes 4 and 5)  
Take 6 (M) 2:47 (6) Undubbed master Stax Trax°°+Acetate°°
Overdub M 2:53 Band overdubs on January 2 1974 Complete Elvis Presley Masters 25 (Sony)°°~Country Legend (Franklin
Mint Comp. Masters Collection 18)°°~Promised Land (FTD)°°~(20 Bit)°°
~Elvis At Stax 3°°+Promised Land (2000)°°~70s Box 4°° (diff. mixes)
+The Joan Deary Tapes Vol. 2°° (different mix)

If You Talk In Your Sleep
CPA5 1620
  December 11 / 12 1973 (Tue / Wed)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5 Complete 2:34   Promised Land (FTD)°°~Today,Tomorrow & Forever 4°°+Elvis At Stax 1°°
(count-in & additional dialogue)+Unedited Masters - Stax 1973 (Venus)°°
(track 13 - clipped at start & listed as "Backing Vocal Overdub")
Take 6 LFS 2:27 "Find Out What's Happening" Promised Land (FTD)°°
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9 (M) 2:56 Undubbed master Promised Land (FTD)°° (unedited)+Our Memories Of Elvis Volume 3
(Victrola)°~By Special Request - From Louisiana To Tennessee°
~American Sound - From The Acetates (Madison)°~Tiger Man - An
Alternate Anthology Volume 2°+Stax Trax°° (faded)
Overdub (M)   Backup v.o's on January 2 1974 (not used)
Overdub (M)   String overdubs on January 10 1974  
Overdub (M) 2:47 Brass overdubs on January 15 1974
Unedited master
Unedited Masters - Stax 1973 (Venus)°° (track 3 - count-in & unedited)
Faded M 2:25 Master faded Complete Elvis Presley Masters 25 (Sony)°°~Loves Lost (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 12)°°~Promised Land (FTD)°°~Complete
Single Collection 8°°~Elvis At Stax 3°°~Promised Land (20 Bit)°°+(2000)°°
~70s Box 2°° (diff. mixes)+Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5°° (long outro)
+The Mono Masters CD5 (Venus)°


Backup vocal overdubs (January 2 1974) were not used on 'If You Talk In Your Sleep'.

'You Asked Me To' and 'If You Talk In Your Sleep' were remixed when used on the 70s Box and the BMG 2000 release of Promised Land.

Elvis can be heard singing a part of 'Find Out What's Happening' before Take 4 of 'Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming' on Essential Elvis Volume 5, but this is edited in from before Take 6 of 'If You Talk In Your Sleep'.

'If You Talk In Your Sleep' has a longer fade out on Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5.

The complete unedited overdubbed master of 'If You Talk In Your Sleep' can be found on the Venus bootleg release Unedited Masters - Stax 1973.

This session was cut short as Elvis leaves when he realises there is no food available.

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.

Session Logs
Tape Box
You Asked Me To
You Asked Me To - Tape Box

Music Sheets
Music Sheet
You Asked Me To
You Asked Me To
Music Sheet
If You Talk In Your Sleep
If You Talk In Your Sleep