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June 21 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 NBC TV Special 'Elvis'
Producer : Steve Binder
Engineer: Bones Howe
(8.00pm - ?)

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Tommy Tedesco The Blossoms: Darlene Love; Jean King; Fanita James
Guitar: Michael Deasy Julie Rinker; B.J. Baker; Frank Howren; Bill Lee; Gene Merlino;
Guitar: Alvin Casey Thurl Ravenscroft; Bill Brown; Joe Eich; Elaine Black; Dean Parker;
Bass / Keyboards: Larry Knechtal Jack Gruberman; Sally Stevens; Jackie Ward; Ronald Hicklin; Tom Bahler;
Bass: Charles Berghofer Mitch Gordon
Drums: Hal Blaine  
Piano: Don Randi Orchestra:
Percussion: John Cyr Conductor: Billy Goldenberg
Percussion: Elliot Franks Arrangers: William Goldenberg / Jack Elliot
Bongos: Frank DeVito Violin: Leonard Atkins; Leonard Malarsky; Sidney Sharp; Thelma Beach;
Harmonica: Tommy Morgan _Marvin Limonick; Joseph Stepansky; Alexander Murray; Ambrose Russo
Keyboard: Bob Alberti Cello: Eleanor Saltkin; Paul Bergstrom; Christine Walevska; Emmett
Keyboard: Tommy Wolfe _Sargeant; Richard Noel; Frank Rosolino; Ernest Tack
    Trombone: Francis Howard
    Trumpet: Oliver Mitchell; John Audino; Manny Stevens; Anthony Terran
    Saxophone: Anthony Ortega; Peter Christlies; John Kelso; Gene Cipriano
    French Horn: Dick Perrisi; William Hinshaw

Guitar Man (part 2 - slow)
("Escape" section 1 - remake)
  June 21 1968 (Fri)
Take 1 FS
Take 2 FS      
Take 3 FT      
Take 4 FT      
Take 5 FT      
Take 6 FT 0:49   Let Yourself Go (FTD)°°+NBC-TV Special (FTD)°°
Take 7 (M) 0:41 (used for 'Road Medley')
(filmed playback - "Road #2" on
June 30
Memories°°~NBC-TV Special ('91 CD)°° (0:28)+NBC-TV Special (FTD)°°

It Hurts Me (part 2)
("After Karate" section 1)
  June 21 1968 (Fri)
Take 1 FT
1:05 "I know that he..." Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°° (spliced - "Escape section 4" Take 1)
+Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°° (complete)
Take 2 FS 0:22   Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°
Take 3 FT 1:08   Let Yourself Go (FTD)°°~Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°+NBC-TV Special
Take 4 FS 0:27   Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°
Take 5 FT 0:20+   Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°° (incomplete - tape cut)
Take 6 FS      
Take 7 FT      
Take 8 FT      
Take 9 Complete   "Hold"  
Take 10 Complete   "Hold"  
Take 11 (M) 0:47 (used for 'Road Medley' & composite
(filmed playback on June 27)
Memories°°~NBC-TV Special ('91 CD)°°

It Hurts Me (composite)
WPA1 8113
Spliced (M)
2:35 Composite of part 1-07, part 2-11
& part 1-06 - strings
Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 28 (Sony)°°~The Complete '68 Comeback
Special CD1°°~NBC-TV Special (FTD)°°~A Legendary Performer Vol. 3°°
(alternate Vocal ending from last word "You" - edited) (#1)
+NBC-TV Special ('91 CD)°° (part 1-07 & 2-11 only) (#2)

Guitar Man (part 3) / Little Egypt
("After Karate" section 2)
WPA1 8047
WPA1 8048
  June 21 1968 (Fri)
Take 1 FT
0:56 "I slept in the hobo jungle" NBC-TV Special (FTD)°°+Let Yourself Go (FTD)°°
Take 2 FT      
Take 3 FS      
Take 4 FS      
Take 5 Complete   "NG"  
Take 6 FT 1:25+   NBC-TV Special (FTD)°° ('Little Egypt' only - no 'Guitar Man')
Take 7 FS      
Take 8 FT 1:28+   Let Yourself Go (FTD)°° (1:15)+NBC-TV Special (FTD)°° (count-in)
('Little Egypt' only - no 'Guitar Man')
Take 9 FS      
Take 10 (M) 1:53 (used for 'Road Medley')
(filmed vocal overdub - "Road #3"
& "Nightclub" on June 30)
Memories°°~NBC-TV Special ('91 CD)°°~NBC TV-Special (24 Bit)°

Trouble / Guitar Man (part 4)
("After Karate" section 3)
WPA1 8030 / WPA1 8047
  June 21 1968 (Fri)
Take 1 Complete   "I came a long way..."  
Take 2 Complete 3:02   Let Yourself Go (FTD)°° (2:53)+NBC-TV Special (FTD)°° (count-in)
Take 3 (M) 2:36 (used for 'Road Medley')
(filmed vocal overdub - "Nightclub", "Discotheque" & "Supper Club" on
June 30 and "Guitar Man with Road"
on June 29)
Memories°°~NBC-TV Special ('91 CD)°°~(24 Bit)°

Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child /
Where Could I Go But To The Lord? /
Yes, Yes, Yes / Up Above My Head (intro)

("Gospel" section 1)
WPA1 8039
  June 21 1968 (Fri)
2:32 'Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless
Child' performed by Darlene Love
Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°° (1:49)+NBC-TV Special (FTD)°° (2:07)+Let Yourself Go (FTD)°°
Take 1 LFS
3:21 ('Sometimes I Feel...' complete) Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°° (3:02)+Let Yourself Go (FTD)°°~NBC-TV Special (FTD)°°
Take 2 FS   ('Sometimes I Feel...' complete)  
Take 3 FS   ('Sometimes I Feel...' incomplete
- no Elvis)
Take 4 LFS (M) 3:26 ('Sometimes I Feel...' complete
- Darlene Love vocals used for
master) (1:05)
Today, Tomorrow & Forever 3°° ('Where Could I Go But To The Lord'
only - 1:58)+NBC-TV Special (FTD)°°
Take 5 FS   "Where Could I Go..."  
Take 6 FS      
Take 7 (M) 3:03 (used for 'Gospel Medley')
(filmed playback on June 28)
Memories°°~Peace In The Valley 3°°

Up Above My Head / I Found That Light / Saved (intro)
("Gospel" section 2)
  June 21 1968 (Fri)
Take 1 FS
Take 2 Complete      
Take 3 LFS      
Take 4 FS 1:03   NBC-TV Special (FTD)°°
Take 5 Complete      
Take 6 Complete      
Take 7 FT 2:38 "The Lord's Prayer" Let Yourself Go (FTD)°°+NBC-TV Special (FTD)°°
Take 8 Complete   "Hold"  
Take 9 FT      
Take 10 FS      
Take 11 FT   "Hold" (continued on June 22)  


The TV Special album masters from the June 20-24 sessions on BMG's remastered 2-CD set Memories from 1998 are interesting, as the bass is a bit boosted, a little midrange is perhaps missing in the equalization and the pitch is about 1.5% too slow, but these are minor, reversible details.

'It Hurts Me' as first released on Elvis - A Legendary Performer Volume 3 has different vocals on the last word "...you", as opposed to the version on the 1991 CD NBC-TV Special. The string ending is also unique on Elvis - A Legendary Performer Volume 3. It is edited near 1:41, before and after where the instrumental break is edited on the master. This version is a composite of Part 1 - Take 7, Part 2 - Take 11, Part 2 - Take 11 again ("You" is edited/moved so does not synch with the previous same take) and "Strings" from before Part 1 - Take 6. On FTD's classic album release of the NBC-TV Special it incorrectly states "Part 2 - Take 7" is used in the splice instead of "Part 2 - Take 11".

The instrumental bridge between 'Guitar Man' and 'Little Egypt' is called 'Arabic Field' (Track-02).

All versions of 'Trouble' (WPA1 8030) and 'Guitar Man' (WPA1 8047) were assigned the same matrix numbers.

During the Gospel Medley - 'Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Chil'd was performed by Darlene Love (Incorrectly listed as Jean King in Sessions III), and 'Yes, Yes, Yes' (bridge between songs) was performed by'The Blossoms.

Darlene Love's vocals on 'Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Chil'd from Take 4 were used for the master of "Gospel - section 1", with Elvis and the band continuing the section from 'Where Could I Go But To The Lord'.

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.

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Guitar Man
Guitar Man
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It Hurts Me
It Hurts Me
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Little Egypt
Little Egypt (Thanks to Christopher Brown)

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Where Could I Go But To The Lord?
Where Could I Go But To the Lord?
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Up Above My Head
Up Above My Head

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Saved (Thanks to Christopher Brown)