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March 7 1968
(+ 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)

Western Recorders Studio 1 - Hollywood, California
Soundtrack Session for MGM's 'Live A Little, Love A Little'
MGM Producer : Billy Strange
Engineer : Chuck Britz
(7.00pm - 3.00am)

Musicians:   Strings & Horns:
Guitar:
Charles Britz Trombone: Lew McCreary; Thomas Shepard; Richard Leith; Dick Hyde;
Guitar: Neil Levang Trumpet: Roy Caton; Oliver Mitchell
Guitar: Joseph 'Bobby' Gibbons Saxophone: James Horn
Guitar: Al Casey Violin: Lou Raderman; Sidney Sharp; Leonard Malarsky; Ralph Schaeffer;
Bass: Charles Berghofer William Kurasch; Tibor Zelig; Jerome Reisler; James Getzoff; Harry
Bass: Larry Knechtal Bluestone; Arnold Belnick; Bernard Kundell; Stanley Plummer
Drums: Hal Blaine Viola: Harry Hyams; Joe DiFiore; Leonard Selic; Louis Kievman; David
Piano: Don Randi Burke; Gareth Nuttycombe;
Percussion: Gary Coleman Cello: Jesse Ehrlich; Armand Kaproff; Joseph DiTullio; Victor Sazer;
    Frederick Seykora; H.G. Bemko
Backup Vocals:    
B.J. Baker; Sally Stevens; Bob Tebow; John Bahler  

Wonderful World
WPA1 5768
2001 March 7 1968 (Thur)
Take 1 Complete 3:01   Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°
Take 2 SFS 0:24   Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°
Take 3 Complete 2:30   Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7 (M) 2:16 Movie version (2:32 with count-in) Out In Hollywood (FTD)°°~Edge Of Reality° (acetate - listed as Take 5)
+Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°~Celluloid Rock 2-4°° (count-in)
Take 8        
Take 9        
Take 10        
Take 11        
Take 12        
Take 13        
Take 14 LFS 0:38   Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°
Take 15 Complete 2:34 Alternate master Today, Tomorrow & Forever 3°°+Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°
~Edge Of Reality° (acetate)~Celluloid Rock 2-4°° (count-in)
Take 16 BD 0:38   Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°
Take 17 (M) 2:30 Unedited master
(2:40 with count-in)
Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)° (extra dialogue)°~Celluloid Rock 2-4°°
(count-in)+Celluloid Rock 2-4°° (vocal & choir) (different mixes)
         
Faded M 2:10 Master faded Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°~Comp Elvis Presley Mast 15 (Sony)°°
~Big Screen Drama (Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 32)°°
~Elvis Sings Flaming Star°°~Double Features - Live A Little, Love A Little /
Charro / The Trouble With Girls / Change Of Habit°°+Edge Of Reality°
(acetate)

Wonderful World (movie version)
2002 March 7 1968 (Thur)
Take 1 Complete   (not used in favour of 2001-07)  

Edge Of Reality
WPA1 5769
2003 March 7 1968 (Thur)
Take 1 SFS 0:24   Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°
Take 2 Complete 3:51   Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°
Take 3 Complete 3:49   Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°
Take 4        
Take 5 FS 0:45   Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°
Take 6 Complete 3:50 Alternate master Out In Hollywood (FTD)°°+Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°~Edge Of
Reality° (acetate)~Celluloid Rock 2-4°° (count-in)
Take 7        
Take 8 (M) 3:45 Unedited master
(3:56 with count-in)
Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°° (count-in & unedited)~Edge Of Reality° (acetate - count-in / faded)+Double Features - Live A Little, Love A Little /
Charro / Trouble With Girls / Change Of Habit°° (no count-in / faded)
~Celluloid Rock 2-4°° (count-in - listed as Take 7)+Celluloid Rock 2-4°°
(vocal & choir) (different mixes)
         
Faded M 3:15 Master faded Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°~Comp Elvis Presley Masts 15 (Sony)°°
~Big Screen Drama (Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 32)°°
~Complete Single Collection 6°°+The Mono Masters CD3 (Venus)°

A Little Less Conversation
WPA1 5767
2004 March 7 1968 (Thur)
Take 1 FS 0:37   Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°
Take 2 Complete 2:04 (CPA5 5148) Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°+Comp Elvis Presley Masters 30 (Sony)°
~The Complete '68 Comeback Special CD1°~Memories° (acetate - repaired ending)
Take 3        
Take 4 BD 0:49   Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°
Take 5 SFS 0:26 (preceded by short rehearsal) Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°
Take 6 LFS 1:44 "Elvis making fun" Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°
Take 7 SFS 0:26   Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°
Take 8 SFS 0:16 "Talk" Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°
Take 9 BD 1:36   Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°
Take 10 M 2:10 Record / album version
(2:26 with count-in)
Almost In Love (LP)°°~Double Features - Live a Little, Love A Little
/ Charro / Trouble With Girls / Change Of Habit°° (track 2 - wrongly listed
as 'single' version)~Edge Of Reality° (acetate - count-in / faded)+Live A
Little, Love A Little (FTD)°° (count-in & extra dialogue)~Celluloid Rock
2-4°° (count-in)
Take 11 BD 1:07   Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°
Take 12 BD 1:52   Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°
Take 13     (no Take 13 announced)
Take 14      
Take 15      
Take 16 M 2:14 "Hey" Movie / single version
(2:25 with count-in)
Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°~Comp Elvis Presley Masters 15 (Sony)°°
~Big Screen Drama (Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 32)°°
~Complete Single Collection 6°°~Double Features - Live A Little, Love A
Little / Charro / Trouble With Girls / Change Of Habit°° (track 5 - wrongly
listed as 'album' version)+Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°° (count-in)
~Edge Of Reality° (acetate)+Celluloid Rock 2-4°° (count-in)+Celluloid Rock
2-4°° (vocal & choir)+The Mono Masters CD3 (Venus)°~Rare Elvis Vol 3°
(different mix)

A Little Less Conversation (dubdown)
   
Dubdown (M) 2:17 Dubdown to backing track - Elvis'
vocals removed from 2004-16
The '68 Comeback° (acetate)

Almost In Love (high key - test track)
(No Slates) March 7 1968 (Thur)
(Take 1) Complete   (preceded by rehearsal)  
(Take 2) Complete 3:20 (preceded by rehearsal & followed
by short bluesy ending)
Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°

Almost In Love
2005 March 7 1968 (Thur)
Take 1 BD 0:49 Elvis' Live Vocal Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4 SFS 0:24   Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°
Take 5 BD 1:14   Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°
Take 6 Complete 3:18 (not used) Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)°°
Take 7     (no take)  

Almost In Love (low key - track)
2006 March 7 1968 (Thur)
Take 1 Complete      
Take 2 BD      
Take 3 BD      
Take 4 (M) 3:19 "Key of A-Flat"
(Vocal overdub on March 11)
Celluloid Rock 2-4°° (count-in - no backing vocals)+Edge Of Reality°
(acetate) (count-in - backing vocals / guitar ending cut)

Almost In Love (high key - track)
2007 March 7 1968 (Thur)
Take 1 SFS+Comp   (preceded by SFS)  
Take 2 (M) 3:15 "Key of B-Flat"
(Vocal overdub on March 11)
Celluloid Rock 2-4°° (count-in)

Unknown Instrumental
2008 March 7 1968 (Thur)?

Unknown Instrumental
2009 March 7 1968 (Thur )?

Notes

Celluloid Rock Volume 2 (Cool Romeo) has a binaural mix used for the masters taken from the 4-Track tapes.

Take 15 of 'Wonderful World' may have been considered as alternate master as it survived on the 'master' Reel.

Take 17 of 'Wonderful World' is presented twice on Celluloid Rock. Track 15 (wrongly listed as Take 16) and track 16 (listed as 'vocal + choir') are just different mixes of the same take from the 4-Track tape.

'Wonderful World' was tried out again (2002-01) as a possible movie version of the song, before Take 7 of production number 2001 was chosen instead.

Take 6 of 'Edge Of Reality' may have been considered as alternate master as it survived on the 'master' Reel.

Take 8 of 'Edge Of Reality' is presented twice on Celluloid Rock. Track 18 (wrongly listed as Take 7) and track 19 (listed as 'vocal + choir') are just different mixes of the same take from the 4-Track tape.

Take 16 of 'A Little Less Conversation' is presented twice on Celluloid Rock. Track 21 has the count-in and track 22 is listed as 'vocal + choir' but they are just different mixes of the same take from the 4-Track tape.

Take 2 of 'A Little Less Conversation', when first discovered on acetate and released on the BMG CD Memories in 1998, was originally thought to have been recorded in June 1968 as part of the recordings for the NBC-TV Special. When the March 7 1968 session tapes were eventually rediscovered, this mistake was realised.

It is also unclear why Take 16 of 'A Little Less Conversation' was dubbed down to a backing track by removing Elvis' vocals from the track, but a likely theory is that an acetate of this backing track, along with an acetate of Take 2, were both cut for possible use on the NBC-TV Special, either as guide vocals (Take 2) or a guide rhythm track (dubdown of Take 16), as the original concept tracklisting for the NBC-TV Special shows that 'A Little Less Conversation' was originally intended to be used in an "Arena" segment of the show, which eventually never materialised.

This backing track for the dubdown of 2004-16 can be found on the old bootleg LP The '68 Comeback.

Production numbers 2008 and 2009 are for instrumental tracks used in the movie. Other production numbers used for non-Elvis film music recordings for this movie are 2013, 2014 to 2037, 2401 to 2404 (score) and 2501 to 2544 (score).

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 Ernst Jørgensen for updated session information after the session tapes were rediscovered.


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