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March 12 1975
(+ 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
Engineer: Rick Ruggieri

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
James Burton Voice : Donnie Sumner; Sherrill Nielsen; Tim Baty; Tommy Hensley
Guitar: Charlie Hodge  
John Wilkinson  
Clavinet: David Briggs  
Bass: Duke Bardwell  
Drums: Ronnie Tutt  
Piano: Glen D Hardin  
Piano: Tony Brown ('Bringin' It Back')  

Bringin' It Back
EPA3 1602
  March 12 1975 (Wed: 9.00pm - 12.00am)
Take 1 Complete 3:18   Christmas Today°° (extra dialogue)~Today (FTD)°°
Take 2 FS 0:18   Christmas Today°° (count-in)~Today (FTD)°°~6363 Sunset (FTD)°°
Take 3 Complete 3:09   Christmas Today°°~Today (FTD)°°~6363 Sunset (FTD)°°
Take 4 (M) 3:08 Undubbed master Christmas Today°° (count-in)~Today (FTD)°°~(Legacy)°°+Yesterday /
Today°° (see note)
Overdub (M)   Bass part re-recorded on April 8 (evening)  
Overdub (M)   Backup vocal overdubs on April 9  
Overdub M 2:59 String overdubs on April 14 Complete Elvis Presley Masters 27 (Sony)°°~Songs Of The Seventies
(Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Collection 3)°°~Today (FTD)°°~(Legacy)°°
~Today (20 Bit)°°~70s Box 2°°+The Mono Masters CD5 (Venus)°

Pieces Of My Life
EPA3 1603
  March 13 1975 (Thur: 12.30am - 3.30am)
Take 1 Complete 3:43   Today (FTD)°°~Today, Tomorrow And Forever 4°°
Take 2 FS 0:35   Today (FTD)°°
Take 3 Complete 3:55   Today (FTD)°°
Take 4 (M) 3:57 Undubbed master Christmas Today°° (count-in & complete)+Today (FTD)°°~(Legacy)°°
(different mix)
Overdub (M)   Bass part re-recorded on April 8 (aft)  
Overdub M 4:03 String overdubs on April 14 Complete Elvis Presley Masters 27 (Sony)°°~Loves Lost (Franklin Mint
Comp. Masters Collection 12)°°~Today (FTD)°°~(Legacy)°°~(20 Bit)°°
~70s Box 2°°~Country (2006 - DSD)°°~Always On My Mind°°+The Mono
Masters CD5 (Venus)°+Yesterday / Today°° (different mix) (see note)


The piano on 'Bringin' It Back' on the bootleg Christmas Today is on the right channel and guitar is on the left, whereas on the FTD classic album of Today it is the other way around. The original vinyl release of Today we have piano (and guitar at times) making an appearance on both speakers creating a mono like feel if it weren't for the stereo percussion.

On Christmas Today is a different mix of the undubbed master of 'Pieces Of My Life' with Elvis' vocals way back and the backing vocals more up front in the mix.

Nothing is mentionned in Sessions III regarding 'Pieces Of My Life' having the bass part re-done by Norbert Putnam on April 8, although it was re-done on that date.

By taking out two of the four channels from the rare Quadraphonic LP of Elvis Today is how the "previously unreleased and undubbed versions" were created on the bootleg Yesterday / Today (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.

Music Sheets
Music Sheet
Bringin' It Back
Bringin' It Back
Music Sheet
Pieces Of My Life
Pieces Of My Life (Thanks to Christopher Brown)