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June 23 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
(2.00pm - ?)

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

Electronic Karate (Instrumental)
June 23 1968 (Sun)
Take 1 FT
Take 2 FT "Boys"
Take 3 FT "Boys"
Take 4 FT "Boys"
Take 5 FT "Boys"
Take 6 FT "Boys"
Take 7 FT "Boys" "Print"
Take 8 FS "Boys"
Take 9 FS "Boys"
Take 10 FT "Boys"
Take 11 FT "Girls" "NG"
Take 12 FS "Girls"
Take 13 FT "Girls" "NG"
Take 14 FS "Girls"
Take 15 FS "Girls"
Take 16 FS "Girls"
Take 17 (M) 1:43 "Girls" (Used for Road Medley)
(Filmed Playback on June 27)

Guitar Scratch, Bridge (Instrumental)
June 23 1968 (Sun)
Take 1 FS      
Take 2 FS      
Take 3 (M) 0:47    

Guitar Scratch, Bridge (Instrumental - Dubdown)
June 23 1968 (Sun)
# 1 (M) 0:47 (Mono dubdown of Take 3)(Not Used)

The Scratch (Instrumental)
June 23 1968 (Sun)
Take NA (M) 0:20 (Used as ending for TV Soundtrack
Opening Medley)
The '68 Comeback (Deluxe DVD)°~The '68 Comeback (2000 DVD)°

Road Medley (Composite)
Spliced M 15:40 Composite of:- Memories°° (Full Length)~Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 16 (Sony)°° (6:40)
~Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°° (6:47 - Not Faded)(Edit)~The Complete
'68 Comeback Special (Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Collection 7)°° (6:40)
~Comp. '68 Comeback Special CD1°° (6:40)~NBC TV Special ('91 CD)°°
(11:47)~(24 Bit)° (6:40)~NBC-TV Special (FTD)°° (6:40)
    1:51 Nothingville /
      Guitar Man (Part 1) ("Guitar Man's Evil" Section 1) (Not on Original Master)
    1:59 Let Yourself Go (Part 1) ("Guitar Man's Evil" Section 2) (Not on Original Master)
    1:22 Flicker Routine / (Not on Original Master)
      Let Yourself Go (Part 2) / (Not on Original Master)
      Alley Pickup ("Guitar Man's Evil" Section 3) (Not on Original Master)
    0:28 Guitar Man (Part 2) ("Escape" Section 1 Remake) (Not on Original Master)
    0:13 Calliope Carnival ("Escape" Section 2) (Overdubbed Announcer on Original Master)
    1:04 Big Boss Man ("Escape" Section 3)
    1:41 It Hurts Me ("Escape" Section 4) (Not on Original Master)
    1:43 Electronic Karate (Not on Original Master)
    0:47 It Hurts Me ("After Karate" Section 1) (Not on Original Master)
    1:53 Guitar Man (Part 3) / Little Egypt ("After Karate" Section 2)
    2:34 Trouble / Guitar Man (Part 4) ("After Karate" Section 3)

If I Can Dream
WPA1 8029
  June 23 1968 (Sun)
Take 1 FT/Comp 3:14   Platinum 3°°~If I Can Dream (2007 Single)°°+NBC-TV Special (FTD)°° (count-in)
Take 2 FS 0:21   NBC-TV Special (FTD)°°
Take 3 FS 0:30   Let Yourself Go (FTD)°°+NBC-TV Special (FTD)°° (count-in)
Take 4 FT/Comp 3:28   Let Yourself Go (FTD)°° (count-in)+NBC-TV Special (FTD)°° (count-in &
additional dialogue)~Collection Volume 4 (CD)°°~He Walks Beside Me°°
Take 5 M 3:28 (Record Version)
(Playback & Lip-Synch on
June 29 - 6pm & 8pm)
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 16 (Sony)°°~The Comp. '68 Comeback
Special (Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 7)°°~Elvis 75 - Good
Rockin' Tonight 3 (Legacy)°°~Elvis 75 CD2°°~The Comp. '68 Comeback
Special CD1°°~I Believe - The Gospel Masters 4°°~Comp. Single Coll. 6°°
~Memories°°~NBC-TV Special (FTD)°°+The Mono Masters CD3 (Venus)°
+Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°° (Count-in)
+NBC-TV Special (FTD)°~The Comp. '68 Comeback Special CD1°
~NBC TV Special (24 Bit)° ("Thank you goodnight" from June 30 Vocal
Overdub & overdubbed applause)
Re-Recording 3:10 (2014 Re-recorded backing track) If I Can Dream°°~Elvis Forever (USPS Special Product)°°

If I Can Dream (Dubdown)
WPA1 8111
  June 23 1968 (Sun)
# 1     (Mono dubdown of Take 5 - Elvis'
vocals removed)
# 2 (M) 3:05 (Used for Filmed Vocal Overdub
on June 30
Complete Dressing Room Session°~The '68 Comeback (LP)° (acetate)

Memories (Track)
  June 23 1968 (Sun)
Take 1 FT      
Take 2 FS   "Hold Intro"  
Take 3 FS 0:28   NBC-TV Special (FTD)°°
Take 4 (M) 3:18 (Vocal Overdub on June 24)
(Filmed Vocal Overdub on
June 27 - 6pm & 8pm)
NBC-TV Special (FTD)°° (with Vocal Overdub #1)

Memories (Short Track)
June 23 1968 (Sun)
Take 1 FS
Take 2 (M) 2:35

Let Yourself Go (Closing Instrumental)
June 23 1968 (Sun)
Take 1 FT
1:13 NBC-TV Special (FTD)°°
Take 2 FT
Take 3 FT
Take 4 FT
Take 5 (M) 1:09 NBC-TV Special (FTD)°°

Let Yourself Go (Closing Instrumental - Dubdown)
FRA1 8104
June 23 1968 (Sun)
# 1   (Dubdown of Closing Instrumental-05)
# 2  
# 3  
# 4 M 1:02 (Used for Filmed Playback - June 30) Burbank '68 (FTD)°~The '68 Comeback (LP)° (Acetate)


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.

With the release of 'Memories - The '68 Comeback Special' in 1998 we finally got the full version of the 'Road Medley', however, different edited releases of the 'Road Medley' are as follows:-

'Elvis - NBC TV Special' Original Release (1968) (Edited - 6 minutes 40 seconds)
'Nothingville' - ('Guitar Man's Evil' Section 1)
'Calliope Carnival (Instrumental)' (With overdubbed announcer) - ('Escape' Section 2)
'Big Boss Man' - ('Escape' Section 3)
'Guitar Man (Part 3) / Little Egypt' - ('After Karate' Section 2)
'Trouble / Guitar Man (Part 4)' - ('After Karate' Section 3)

'Elvis - NBC TV Special' CD Release (1991) (Edited - 11 minutes 47 seconds)
'Nothingville' - ('Guitar Man's Evil' Section 1)
'Calliope Carnival (Instrumental)' (With overdubbed announcer) - ('Escape' Section 2)
'Big Boss Man' - ('Escape' Section 3)
'Let Yourself Go' (Spliced - Part 1-07 & Part 2-07)
'It Hurts Me' (Spliced - Part 1-07 & Part 2-11)
'Guitar Man (Part 3) / Little Egypt' - ('After Karate' Section 2)
'Trouble / Guitar Man (Part 4)' - ('After Karate' Section 3)

'Memories - The '68 Comeback Special (1998) (Complete - 15 minutes 40 seconds)
'Nothingville / Guitar Man (Part 1)' - ('Guitar Man's Evil' Section 1)
'Let Yourself Go (Part 1)' - ('Guitar Man's Evil' Section 2)
'Flicker Routine / Let Yourself Go (Part 2) / Alley Pickup' - ('Guitar Man's Evil' Section 3)
'Guitar Man (Part 2 - Slow) - ('Escape' Section 1 - Remake)
'Calliope Carnival (Instrumental)' (With no announcer) - ('Escape' Section 2)
'Big Boss Man' - ('Escape' Section 3)
'It Hurts Me (Part 1) - ('Escape' Section 4)
'Electronic Karate' (Instrumental)
'It Hurts Me (Part 2)' - ('After Karate' Section 1)
'Guitar Man (Part 3) / Little Egypt' - ('After Karate' Section 2)
'Trouble / Guitar Man (Part 4)' - ('After Karate' Section 3)

The Road Medley on the Venus release "Singer Presents Elvis" is the original master of the Road Medley (without It Hurts Me and Let Yourself Go etc...) but has the full unfaded ending.

Take 1 of If I Can Dream on 'Platinum' has left and right channels reversed.

The re-recording of If I Can Dream was first released on the US Postal Service special products release 'Elvis Forever', and can also be found on the 2015 album 'If I Can Dream', which contained Elvis' original vocals but with new backings by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and which actually went to number one in the UK album charts.

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.

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.