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October 23 / 24 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)

United Recorders - Hollywood, California
Soundtrack Session for MGM's 'The Trouble With Girls (And How To Get Into It)'
Musical Conductor : Billy Strange
Engineer: Eddie Bracket

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Guitar:
Jerry McGee The Mello Men: Thurl Ravenscroft; Bill Cole; Bill Lee; Gene Merlino
Guitar: Morton Marker ('Swing Down Sweet Chariot' & 'Signs Of The Zodiac')
Guitar: Joseph 'Bobby' Gibbons Marilyn Mason ('Signs Of The Zodiac')
Bass: Max Bennett Jack Halloran; Ronald Hicklin ('Signs Of The Zodiac', 'The Whiffenpoof
Drums: Frank Carlson Song' & 'Violet')
Drums: John Guerin  
Piano: Don Randi  
Clarinet: Buddy Colette ('Signs Of The Zodiac')  
Trumpet: Roy Caton ('Signs Of The Zodiac')  
Trombone: Lew McCreary ('Signs Of The Zodiac')  

Chautauqua (track)
2001 October 23 1968 (Wed: 7.00pm - 11.45pm)
Take NA (M) 3:38 'March tempo' variation of 'Almost' Soundtrack° (in parts)

Clean Up Your Own Back Yard
XPA1 3976
2002 October 23 1968 (Wed: 7.00pm - 11.45pm)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6 (M) 3:17 Undubbed master - Movie version Double Features - Live A Little Love A Little / Charro / The Trouble With
Girls / Change Of Habit°°~Soundtrack° (3:11)+The Last Movies (FTD)°° (count-in)
         
Overdub (M)   Backup vocal overdubs in December 1968  
Overdub M 3:11 Brass overdubbed on May 8 1969
Record version
The Last Movies (FTD)°°~Complete Elvis Presley Masters 16 (Sony)°°
~Fun At The Fair (Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Collection 23)°°~Almost
In Love°°~Complete Single Collection 6°°~Double Features - Live A
Little, Love A Little / Charro / The Trouble With Girls / Change Of Habit°°
+The Mono Masters CD3 (Venus)°

Swing Down Sweet Chariot
XPA1 3977
2003 October 23 1968 (Wed: 7.00pm - 11.45pm)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9        
Take 10 (M) 2:27 Undubbed master - Movie version
(WPA1 8135)
Peace In The Valley 3°°~Double Features - Live A Little, Love A Little
/ Charro / The Trouble With Girls / Change Of Habit°°~A Legendary
Performer Volume 4 (LP)°°~His Songs Of Praise Volume 2 (FTD)°°
~Soundtrack° (2:18)+The Last Movies (FTD)°°~Behind Closed Doors°
~Acetate° (count-in)
         
Dubdown (M)   'Mello Men' backing vocals removed  
Overdub (M)   Female backup vocal overdubs in December 1968  
Overdub M 2:15 Brass overdubbed on May 8 1969
Record version
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 16 (Sony)°°~I Believe - The Gospel
Masters 4°°+The Last Movies (FTD)°° (additional dialogue - 2:30)

Signs Of The Zodiac
WPA5 2568
2004 October 23 1968 (Wed: 7.00pm - 11.45pm)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9 M 2:18 (2:30 with count-in) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 16 (Sony)°°~Double Features - Live A
Little, Love A Little / Charro / The Trouble With Girls / Change Of Habit°°
+The Last Movies (FTD)°°~Behind Closed Doors°~Acetate° (count-in)

Almost
XPA1 3978
2005 October 24 1968 (Thur: 12.15am - 3.15am)
Take 1 FS 0:22   The Last Movies (FTD)°°
Take 2 FS 0:24   The Last Movies (FTD)°°
Take 3 Complete 2:15   The Last Movies (FTD)°°
Take 4 LFS 1:26   The Last Movies (FTD)°°
Take 5        
Take 6 Complete 2:04   Today, Tomorrow And Forever 3°° (1:52)+The Last Movies (FTD)°°
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9        
Take 10 FS 0:17   The Last Movies (FTD)°°
Take 11 Complete 1:52   Silver Screen Stereo (FTD)°° (1:43)+The Last Movies (FTD)°°
Take 12        
Take 13 Complete 1:57   The Last Movies (FTD)°°
Take 14 FS 0:55   The Last Movies (FTD)°°
Take 15 LFS 1:26   The Last Movies (FTD)°°
Take 16 Complete 1:53   The Last Movies (FTD)°°
Take 17        
Take 18        
Take 19        
Take 20        
Take 21        
Take 22 LFS 1:12   The Last Movies (FTD)°°
Take 23 LFS 0:42   The Last Movies (FTD)°°
Take 24 LFS 0:47   The Last Movies (FTD)°°
Take 25 Complete 1:47   The Last Movies (FTD)°°
Take 26        
Take 27 FS 0:36   The Last Movies (FTD)°°
Take 28 Complete 1:43   The Last Movies (FTD)°°
Take 29 Complete 1:50   The Last Movies (FTD)°°
Take 30        
Take 31 (M) 1:55 Undubbed master - Movie version
Double Features - Live A Little, Love A Little / Charro / The Trouble With
Girls / Change Of Habit°° (1:50)+Soundtrack° (intro edited - 1:20)
+The Last Movies (FTD)°°~Behind Closed Doors°~Acetate° (count-in)
         
Overdub (M)   Strings overdubs on May 7 1969 (afternoon)  
Overdub M 1:50 Brass overdubbed on May 8 1969
Record version
The Last Movies (FTD)°°~Complete Elvis Presley Masters 16 (Sony)°°
~Fun At The Fair (Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 23)°°
~Double Features - Live A Little, Love A Little / Charro / The Trouble With
Girls / Change Of Habit°°

College Songs Medley
2006 October 24 1968 (Thur: 12.15am - 3.15am)
Take 1     Elvis' vocals on 3 of 9 segments
 
Take 2        
Take 3 M 0:23 Far Above Cayuga's Waters Soundtrack° (0:10)
    0:10 Boola Boola Soundtrack°
    0:11 Dartmouth's In Town Again Soundtrack°
    0:09 The Eyes Of Texas Soundtrack°
    0:08 On Wisconsin Soundtrack°
    0:33 The Whiffenpoof Song (WPA5 2556) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 16 (Sony)°°+Double Features - Live A
Little, Love A Little / Charro / The Trouble With Girls / Change Of Habit°°
~Soundtrack°
    0:15 Fair Harvard  
    0:20 Notre Dame  
    0:51 Violet (WPA5 2557) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 16 (Sony)°°~Double Features - Live A
Little, Love A Little / Charro / The Trouble With Girls / Change Of Habit°°
~Soundtrack°

College Songs Medley
2403  
Take 1 (M) 3:15 Edit of all above segments The Last Movies (FTD)°°~Acetate° (with count-in)

Notes

Joseph Tunzi mentioned in Sessions II that horn overdubs were rejected for 'Almost', but they were not, as the master contains horns!

The record version of 'Swing Down Sweet Chariot' was first released on the 2009 Sony compilation box set I Believe - The Gospel Masters, and again on Sony's 30 disc Complete Elvis Presley Masters collection, where the liner notes incorrectly indicated that it was first released on Elvis - A Legendary Performer Volume 4. This version also contained female backing vocals by The Blossoms and done at the same overdub session as 'Clean Up Your Own Back Yard'.

The piano intro on 'Almost' is cut in the movie.

Before the release of FTD's The Last Movies extended soundtrack CD, it was not known that Elvis sang on 'Far Above Caguya's Waters' as part of the 'College Songs Medley', but he can be clearly heard in the left channel, when the right channel is removed, singing on that song as well as 'The Whiffenpoof Song' and 'Violet'.

The complete 'College Songs Medley', including non-Elvis numbers, is 'Far Above Cayuga's Waters' / 'Boola Boola' / 'Dartmouth's In Town Again' / 'The Eyes Of Texas' / 'On Wisconsin' / 'Whiffenpoof Song' / 'Fair Harvard' / 'Notre Dame' / 'Violet'. The songs 'Fair Harvard' and 'Notre Dame' were not used in the movie.

Other songs from the soundtrack not featuring Elvis include: 'Nobody's Baby', 'Coffee Grows On White Oak Trees' (Four in the Middle), 'Mademoiselle From Armentieres' and 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat'.

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.

Session Logs
Recording Information
The Trouble With Girls
The Trouble With Girls
Music Sheet
Signs Of The Zodiac
Signs Of The Zodiac (Thanks to Glen Johnson)
 

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