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Elvis At Home - 1950s

Home Recordings

(+ means you need both    ~ means same material    °° means stereo or binaural    ° means mono)

December 1956 (Exact Date Unknown)
1034 Audubon Drive, Memphis, Tennessee
(Elvis with Bobby 'Red' West & Arthur Hooton)
       
When The Saints Go Marching In 1:26
WPA5
2588 Platinum 1°~Home Recordings°~Peace In The Valley 3°

May (27?) 1958
'Eddie Fadal's Home' Waco, Texas
(Elvis with Anita Wood, Eddie Fadal & Janice Fadal - Eddie's Daughter)
Sail Along Silvery Moon (Piano Solo)
__/ I Understand
2:06
FRA1
8110 Home Recordings° (Edited)+Off Duty With Private Presley (MRS)°
~Forever Young Forever Beautiful°~Home Made Recordings°
Happy, Happy Birthday Baby 3:12     Off Duty With Pte Presley (MRS)°+Off Duty With Private Presley
(MRS)° (2nd Pressing)~Forever Young Forever Beautiful°~Home Made
Recordings°
Dialogue / 4:48     Off Duty With Pte Presley (MRS)°~Forever Young Forever Beautiful°
~Home Made Recordings°
I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)       Off Duty With Pte Presley (MRS)°~Forever Young Forever Beautiful°
~Home Made Recordings°
Dialogue / 2:32     Off Duty With Pte Presley (MRS)°~Forever Young Forever Beautiful°
~Home Made Recordings°
Who's Sorry Now?       Off Duty With Pte Presley (MRS)°~Forever Young Forever Beautiful°
~Home Made Recordings°
Who's Sorry Now? 3:02     Off Duty With Pte Presley (MRS)°~Forever Young Forever Beautiful°
~Home Made Recordings°
Happy, Happy Birthday Baby 2:45     Off Duty With Pte Presley (MRS)°~Forever Young Forever Beautiful°
~Home Made Recordings°
Happy, Happy Birthday Baby 0:54     Forever Young Forever Beautiful°~Home Made Recordings°
Happy, Happy Birthday Baby 2:41
    Forever Young Forever Beautiful°~Home Made Recordings°
Happy, Happy Birthday Baby 2:38     Off Duty With Pte Presley (MRS)°~Forever Young Forever Beautiful°
~Home Made Recordings°
Happy, Happy Birthday Baby 1:07     Off Duty With Pte Presley (MRS)°~Forever Young Forever Beautiful°
~Home Made Recordings°
Happy, Happy Birthday Baby 1:46     Off Duty With Pte Presley (MRS)°~Forever Young Forever Beautiful°
~Home Made Recordings°
Happy, Happy Birthday Baby 1:41     Off Duty With Pte Presley (MRS)°~Forever Young Forever Beautiful°
~Home Made Recordings°
Dialogue / 3:02     Off Duty With Pte Presley (MRS)°~Forever Young Forever Beautiful°
~Home Made Recordings°
Tumbling Tumbleweeds (Part) / Blue Moon
__(Part) / Don't You Know I Love You
      Off Duty With Pte Presley (MRS)°~Forever Young Forever Beautiful°
~Home Made Recordings°
Tomorrow Night / 3:27     Off Duty With Pte Presley (MRS)°~Forever Young Forever Beautiful°
~Home Made Recordings°
Tomorrow Night (Reprise)       Off Duty With Pte Presley (MRS)°~Forever Young Forever Beautiful°
~Home Made Recordings°
Little Darlin' / 2:55     Off Duty With Pte Presley (MRS)°~Forever Young Forever Beautiful°
~Home Made Recordings°
Monologue       Off Duty With Pte Presley (MRS)°~Forever Young Forever Beautiful°
~Home Made Recordings°
Just A Closer Walk With Thee 2:46     Off Duty With Pte Presley (MRS)°~Forever Young Forever Beautiful°
~Home Made Recordings°

Notes

There was a glitch on the first version of Happy Happy Birthday Baby on the 'Memphis Recording Service' (MRS) release "Off Duty With Private Presley". This was rectified with a second pressing and given to everyone who bought the first pressing.


April 1959
Goethestrasse, Bad Nauheim, Germany
(Elvis playing guitar)
I'm Beginning To Forget You  
NPA5
5821 A Legendary Performer Volume 4° (Vinyl)~Greetings From Germany°
(Track 21)~Songs To Sing° (Wrongly dated 1960)~Loose Ends Vol 1°
~From The Bottom Of My Heart° (Wrongly dated 1960) (2:55)
Mona Lisa  
NPA5
5822 Complete Elvis Presley Masters 30 (Sony)°~Home Recordings°~A Leg.
Performer Vol. 4° (Vinyl)~Greetings From Germany°~Songs To Sing°
(Wrongly dated 1960)~Loose Ends Volume 1°~From The Bottom Of My
Heart° (Wrongly dated 1960) (2:32)
I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)  
WPA5
2591 Platinum 2° (Wrongly dated 1961)~Greetings From Germany° (1:54)
Santa Claus Is Back In Town (Incomplete)       In A Private Moment (FTD)° (Not Listed - End of Track 2) (0:33)
Danny Boy (Take 1)  
(OPA5
8201)
In A Private Moment (FTD)° (Track 2) (3:21)
Danny Boy (Rehearsing a few lines)       Unreleased
Danny Boy (Take 2) (Poor sound - Incomplete)     Unreleased
Danny Boy (Composite of Takes 2 & 1)  
OPA5
8201
A Golden Celebration 4°~Greetings From Germany° (Track 19) (3:34)
Loving You  
FRA1
8105 In A Private Moment (FTD)° (0:33)
I'm Beginning To Forget You (Not Elvis)       Unreleased
Dialogue / I'm Beginning To Forget You (Elvis)  
WPA5
2592 Platinum 2° (Wrongly dated 1961)~Greetings From Germany° (Tr'k 24)
(0:53)
Dialogue       Unreleased
More Dialogue / Loving You (Not Elvis - Child Singing)   Unreleased
(Elvis recording radio commercials)       Unreleased
I'm Beginning To Forget You (Not Elvis)       Unreleased
I'm Beginning To Forget You (Elvis - Incomplete)     Unreleased
I'm Beginning To Forget You (Incomplete)       Unreleased
I'm Beginning To Forget You (Incomplete)       Unreleased
I'm Beginning To Forget You (Incomplete)       Unreleased
I'm Beginning To Forget You (Incomplete -
__Tape ends while Elvis is singing)
 
(NPA5
5821) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 30 (Sony)°~Home Recordings°
+In A Private Moment (FTD)° (Faded - 2:23)

Notes

RCA Home Recordings Tapes

All time references are as they appear on the original Joan Deary produced tape logs - i.e. in a continuous time fashion mode.

Note the incorrect date Joan Deary gave to the second tape and the incorrect title given originally by RCA to I Asked The Lord.

I have added the correct song titles in brackets.

Also note that He's Only A Prayer Away and I Asked The Lord are completely different songs.

Send Me Some Lovin' was cut short on the 'Memphis Recording Service' (MRS) release "Off Duty With Private Presley". This was rectified with a second pressing and given to everyone who bought the first pressing.

Reel 1 - 1959: Elvis at the piano in Bad Nauheim, Germany
He's Only A Prayer Away 1:28
(1:28)
('I Asked The Lord')
He's Only A Prayer Away (Take 2) 5:04 (3:36)
I Wanna Be Loved By You 6:57 (1:53) Not the Marilyn Monroe song - oo-poo-pee-doo!
Soldier Boy 8:40 (1:43)
Soldier Boy (Take 2) 10:30 (1:50)
He's Only A Prayer Away (Take 3) 12:02 (1:32) ('I Asked The Lord')
He's Only A Prayer Away (Take 4) 14:43 (2:41)
He's Only A Prayer Away 17:40 (2:57) Elvis rehearses the ending a few times)
He's Only A Prayer Away 20:40 (3:00) Incomplete
He's Only A Prayer Away 21:20 (0:40) Works on the final notes again
He's Only A Prayer Away 22:25 (1:05) Still working on the song's conclusion - Elvis seems to be finally satisfied as he says a German 'Gut' (Good)
Unknown 23:29 (1:04)
Elvis playing 'No Particular' song on the piano
Earth Angel 25:54
(2:25) Elvis plays the wrong notes in the ending
Earth Angel (Take 2) 27:13 (1:19) This and the above version were edited together to form the "Golden Celebration" master
I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen 28:38 (1:25) Incomplete
Hound Dog 29:06 (0:28) Incomplete
Unknown 29:37 (0:31) Elvis playing 'No Particular' song on the piano
At The Hop 29:55 (0:18) Instrumental
I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen 32:20 (2:25) Complete
Unknown 34:50 (2:30) Elvis doesn't proceed any further than the beginning of this mystery track ('Apron Strings')
So Long Darling 36:38 (1:48) ('It's Been So Long Darling')
Dialogue 37:10 (0:32)
I Will Be True 40:04 (2:54)
There's No Tomorrow 42:35 (2:31) The original English version of 'O Sole Mio'
I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen 45:40 (3:05) Incomplete
Unknown Song / Hound Dog 46:20 (0:40) Another mystery track in the medley with the rock 'n' roll classic ('Que Sera Sera')
He's Only A Prayer Away 48:48 (2:28) Incomplete
He's Only A Prayer Away 49:45 (0:57) Complete
I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen 52:17 (2:32) Complete (+ 'Apron Strings')
Unknown Song 54:30 (2:13) A third mystery title ('The Titles Will Tell')
Unknown Song 55:23 (0:53) A short gospel composition ('Give Me Oil In My Lamp')
At The Hop 55:50 (0:27) With vocal
Unknown Song / Hound Dog 57:55 (2:05) Again a very short 'mystery' medley ('Que Sera Sera')
Send Me Some Lovin' 58:15 (2:40)

Reel 2 - 1960: Elvis playing guitar at Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee.
I'm Beginning To Forget You 3:04
(3:04)
Mona Lisa 6:07 (3:03)
I Can't Help It 8:50 (2:43)
Unknown 9:35 (0:45) Guitar instrumental
Danny Boy 13:16 (3:41)
Danny Boy 16:02 (2:46) Working on a few particular lines
16:15 (0:13) Nothing on tape at this point
Danny Boy 17:10 (0:55) Poor sound - Incomplete
Loving You 18:27 (1:17)
I'm Beginning To Forget You 21:38 (3:11) No Elvis vocal, but probably either Charlie Hodge or Red West
Dialogue / I'm Beginning To Forget You 27:29 (5:51) With Elvis vocal - Incomplete
Dialogue 33:13 (5:44)
More dialogue 40:22 (7:09) A child starts to sing 'Loving You' in the background!
Elvis recording radio commercials 44:10 (3:48)
I'm Beginning To Forget You 51:19 (7:09) No Elvis vocal
I'm Beginning To Forget You 51:56 (0:37) With Elvis vocal - Incomplete
I'm Beginning To Forget You 54:23 (2:27) Incomplete
I'm Beginning To Forget You 54:47 (0:24) Incomplete
I'm Beginning To Forget You 55:49 (1:02) Incomplete
I'm Beginning To Forget You 58:29 (2:40) Tape ends whilst Elvis is singing

Session Logs
Music Sheet
I Asked The Lord
I Asked The Lord (Thanks to Glen Johnson)
Music Sheet
He's Only A Prayer Away
He's Only A Prayer Away (Thanks to Glen Johnson)
 


April 1959
Goethestrasse, Bad Nauheim, Germany
He Knows Just What I Need Unreleased
Cool Water Unreleased
His Hand In Mine Unreleased
Return To Me Unreleased
Are You Lonesome Tonight? Unreleased
Stand By Me Unreleased
Take My Hand Precious Lord Unreleased
Oh Lonesome Me Unreleased

Notes

February 24 2004 - Ernst Jørgensen has said he's examined this tape and it isn't Elvis singing.


Summer (or later - possibly November) 1959
Goethestrasse, Bad Nauheim, Germany
(Elvis playing piano)
I Asked The Lord (Take 1)       Unreleased
I Asked The Lord (Take 2)       Unreleased
I Wanna Be Loved By You       Unreleased
Soldier Boy (Take 1)       Unreleased
Soldier Boy (Take 2)       Unreleased
Soldier Boy (Composite of Takes 1 & 2)  
OPA5
8203 A Golden Celebration 4°~Greetings From Germany° (Track 17) (1:48)
Jingle Bells / I Asked The Lord (Take 3)       Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 30 (Sony)°~Peace In The Valley 3° (Edit)
+Home Recordings° (1:44)
I Asked The Lord (Take 4)       Unreleased
I Asked The Lord (Rehearsing the ending)       Unreleased
I Asked The Lord (Incomplete)       Unreleased
I Asked The Lord (Working on final notes)       Unreleased
I Asked The Lord (Working on song's conclusion)     Unreleased
Unknown (Piano Solo)       Unreleased
Earth Angel (Take 1)       Unreleased
Earth Angel (Take 2)       Unreleased
Earth Angel (Composite of Takes 1 & 2)  
OPA5
8204 The Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 30 (Sony)°~A Golden Celebration 4°
+Greetings From Germany° (Track 18) (2:34)
I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen (Fast - Incomp.)
FRA1
8114 In A Private Moment (FTD)° (Track 23) (1:26)+Platinum 1° (Part of
Bad Nauheim Medley)
Hound Dog (Incomplete)       Unreleased
Unknown (Piano Solo)       Unreleased
At The Hop       Off Duty With Private Presley (MRS)°~Greetings From Germany°
(Track 1) (0:29)
I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen (Slow - Comp.)
FRA1
8118 In A Private Moment (FTD)° (Track 27)+Greetings From Germany°
(Track 2) (2:19)
Apron Strings (#1)       Greetings From Germany° (Track 3) (1:34)
It's Been So Long Darling  
FRA1
8117 In A Private Moment (FTD)° (Edited)+Platinum 1° (Part of Bad
Nauheim Medley)+Greetings From Germany° (Track 4) (2:17)
Dialogue / Earth Angel (Intro) / I Will Be True  
FRA1
8115 In A Private Moment (FTD)° (Edited)+Platinum 1° (Part of Bad
Nauheim Medley)+Greetings From Germany° (Track 5) (3:39)
There's No Tomorrow (FRA1 8119)  
OPA5
8202 In A Private Moment (FTD)°+Platinum 1° (Part of Bad Nauheim
Medley)+Greetings From Germany° (Track 6) (2:37)
I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen (Slow - Incomp.)     Off Duty With Private Presley (MRS)°~Greetings From Germany°
(Track 7) (2:56)
Que Sera Sera / Hound Dog (#1)       Off Duty With Private Presley (MRS)°~Greetings From Germany°
(Track 8) (0:37)
I Asked The Lord (Complete - Used for spliced RCA Master)   Off Duty With Private Presley (MRS)°~Greetings From Germany°
(1st part of Track 9) (2:23)
I Asked The Lord (Rehearsing the ending)       Off Duty With Private Presley (MRS)°~Greetings From Germany°
(2nd part of Track 9) (0:58)
I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen (Fast - Comp.)
OPA5
8209 Off Duty With Private Presley (MRS)°~Greetings From Germany°
(Track 10) (1:39)
Apron Strings (#2)       Platinum 1° (Part of Bad Nauheim Medley)+Off Duty With Pte
Presley (MRS)°~Greetings From Germany (Track 11) (1:18)
The Titles Will Tell  
FRA1
8120 In A Private Moment (FTD)° (Wrongly listed as "Number Eight")
+Off Duty With Private Presley (MRS)°~Greetings From Germany°
(Track 12 - Wrongly listed as "Number Eight") (2:45)
At The Hop (2 lines) / Give Me Oil In My Lamp
_(Piano Solo)
    Off Duty With Private Presley (MRS)°~Greetings From Germany°
(Track 13) (0:50)
Que Sera Sera / Hound Dog (#2) /       Off Duty With Private Presley (MRS)°~Greetings From Germany°
(Track 14) (1:13)
Unknown (Piano Solo)       Off Duty With Private Presley (MRS)°~Greetings From Germany°
(Track 15) (0:29)
Send Me Some Lovin'       Off Duty With Private Presley (MRS)° (2nd Pressing)~Greetings
From Germany° (Track 16 - 2:40)~Lawdy, Miss Clawdy° (Memory)
(2:14)~Off Duty With Private Presley (MRS)° (Cut - 0:53)
         
Apron Strings (Composite of #1 & #2) 1:50
FRA1
8116 In A Private Moment (FTD)°
I Asked The Lord (Spliced RCA Master) 2:38
OPA5
8205 A Golden Celebration 4°~Greetings From Germany° (Track 22)
Bad Nauheim Medley 4:06
WPA5
2590 Platinum 1°

Notes

RCA Home Recordings Tapes

All time references are as they appear on the original Joan Deary produced tape logs - i.e. in a continuous time fashion mode.

Note the incorrect date Joan Deary gave to the second tape and the incorrect title given originally by RCA to I Asked The Lord.

I have added the correct song titles in brackets.

Also note that He's Only A Prayer Away and I Asked The Lord are completely different songs.

Send Me Some Lovin' was cut short on the 'Memphis Recording Service' (MRS) release "Off Duty With Private Presley". This was rectified with a second pressing and given to everyone who bought the first pressing.

Reel 1 - 1959: Elvis at the piano in Bad Nauheim, Germany
He's Only A Prayer Away 1:28
(1:28)
('I Asked The Lord')
He's Only A Prayer Away (Take 2) 5:04 (3:36)
I Wanna Be Loved By You 6:57 (1:53) Not the Marilyn Monroe song - oo-poo-pee-doo!
Soldier Boy 8:40 (1:43)
Soldier Boy (Take 2) 10:30 (1:50)
He's Only A Prayer Away (Take 3) 12:02 (1:32) ('I Asked The Lord')
He's Only A Prayer Away (Take 4) 14:43 (2:41)
He's Only A Prayer Away 17:40 (2:57) Elvis rehearses the ending a few times)
He's Only A Prayer Away 20:40 (3:00) Incomplete
He's Only A Prayer Away 21:20 (0:40) Works on the final notes again
He's Only A Prayer Away 22:25 (1:05) Still working on the song's conclusion - Elvis seems to be finally satisfied as he says a German 'Gut' (Good)
Unknown 23:29 (1:04)
Elvis playing 'No Particular' song on the piano
Earth Angel 25:54
(2:25) Elvis plays the wrong notes in the ending
Earth Angel (Take 2) 27:13 (1:19) This and the above version were edited together to form the "Golden Celebration" master
I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen 28:38 (1:25) Incomplete
Hound Dog 29:06 (0:28) Incomplete
Unknown 29:37 (0:31) Elvis playing 'No Particular' song on the piano
At The Hop 29:55 (0:18) Instrumental
I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen 32:20 (2:25) Complete
Unknown 34:50 (2:30) Elvis doesn't proceed any further than the beginning of this mystery track ('Apron Strings')
So Long Darling 36:38 (1:48) ('It's Been So Long Darling')
Dialogue 37:10 (0:32)
I Will Be True 40:04 (2:54)
There's No Tomorrow 42:35 (2:31) The original English version of 'O Sole Mio'
I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen 45:40 (3:05) Incomplete
Unknown Song / Hound Dog 46:20 (0:40) Another mystery track in the medley with the rock 'n' roll classic ('Que Sera Sera')
He's Only A Prayer Away 48:48 (2:28) Incomplete
He's Only A Prayer Away 49:45 (0:57) Complete
I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen 52:17 (2:32) Complete (+ 'Apron Strings')
Unknown Song 54:30 (2:13) A third mystery title ('The Titles Will Tell')
Unknown Song 55:23 (0:53) A short gospel composition ('Give Me Oil In My Lamp')
At The Hop 55:50 (0:27) With vocal
Unknown Song / Hound Dog 57:55 (2:05) Again a very short 'mystery' medley ('Que Sera Sera')
Send Me Some Lovin' 58:15 (2:40)

Reel 2 - 1960: Elvis playing guitar at Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee.
I'm Beginning To Forget You 3:04
(3:04)
Mona Lisa 6:07 (3:03)
I Can't Help It 8:50 (2:43)
Unknown 9:35 (0:45) Guitar instrumental
Danny Boy 13:16 (3:41)
Danny Boy 16:02 (2:46) Working on a few particular lines
16:15 (0:13) Nothing on tape at this point
Danny Boy 17:10 (0:55) Poor sound - Incomplete
Loving You 18:27 (1:17)
I'm Beginning To Forget You 21:38 (3:11) No Elvis vocal, but probably either Charlie Hodge or Red West
Dialogue / I'm Beginning To Forget You 27:29 (5:51) With Elvis vocal - Incomplete
Dialogue 33:13 (5:44)
More dialogue 40:22 (7:09) A child starts to sing 'Loving You' in the background!
Elvis recording radio commercials 44:10 (3:48)
I'm Beginning To Forget You 51:19 (7:09) No Elvis vocal
I'm Beginning To Forget You 51:56 (0:37) With Elvis vocal - Incomplete
I'm Beginning To Forget You 54:23 (2:27) Incomplete
I'm Beginning To Forget You 54:47 (0:24) Incomplete
I'm Beginning To Forget You 55:49 (1:02) Incomplete
I'm Beginning To Forget You 58:29 (2:40) Tape ends whilst Elvis is singing

Session Logs
Music Sheet
I Asked The Lord
I Asked The Lord (Thanks to Glen Johnson)
Music Sheet
He's Only A Prayer Away
He's Only A Prayer Away (Thanks to Glen Johnson)
 


November 14 1959 (Saturday)
Goethestrasse, Bad Nauheim, Germany
(Elvis playing piano)
The Fool (Take 1 - LFS) 1:19
OPA5
8206 A Golden Celebration 4°~Greetings From Germany° (Track 20)
The Fool (Take 2 - FS) 0:31
OPA5
8206 A Golden Celebration 4°~Greetings From Germany° (Track 20)
The Fool (Take 3 - Complete) 3:15
OPA5
8206 A Golden Celebration 4°~Greetings From Germany° (Track 20)
The Fool (Take 4 - Complete) 1:54     Today, Tomorrow & Forever 1°

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