RCA's official session logs incorrectly list
the session times of some songs recorded:-
Hey Jude is listed as being recorded (22nd)
1.00am - 4.00am instead of (21st) 8.00pm - 11.00pm
From A Jack To A King is listed as being
recorded (21st) 8.00pm - 11.00pm instead of (22nd)
1.00am - 4.00am
There are two draft mono mix tapes, of which
at least one is dated February 28, 1969. A tape
log of a later tape copy of both these tapes (except
for the last three tracks of the second tape
- Don't Cry Daddy, A Little Bit Of Green
& You'll Think Of Me) was shown
in the magazine 'The Man and His Music' #13 listed
as 'Basic + Alt. Vocals'. This source is referred
to as the 'Draft mix tape'. This mono tape was
actually the source of the 1992 bootleg 'American
Rejects' (AR 1569), although the notes claimed
acetate source for that.
Part of Take 1 (0:55 - 1:55 & 2:55 - 4:15)
of Hey Jude is spliced with Take 5 on FTD's
Hey Jude is listed as "Track Only"
in the session logs. It's possible that Elvis'
vocals were not considered good enough for release
at the time this song was recorded, although overdubs
were still added to the song. This would explain
why Hey Jude was not released with the
rest of the songs from these sessions, in 1969,
but was eventually released in 1972 on the album
The date is unknown when the Backup Vocal overdubs
were added to My Little Friend. 'Sessions
III' lists My
Little Friend as having Backup Vocals
overdubbed on January 23, but the session log
shows that as of February 4 (Date
of the Job Number) no backup vocals had been
overdubbed. You can just about hear the backing
singers during the guitar intro on the US Male
CD and the Almost In Love LP. This does not appear
on any other versions.
There is a page missing from the session logs
between March 25 and May 5 1969, and as there
appears to have been no backup vocals overdubbed
to any songs in May (Apart from May
6 & 7
where Brass was also overdubbed) it is safe to
assume that it is from March. The date of the
job number at the bottom of the March
25 overdub session log is March 28, so it
would be safe to assume that this missing overdub
session would be before March 28. The March 25
overdub session was for "Strings" and
"Backup Vocals" and was held from 2.00pm
until 5.00pm but it may well be that another session
was held in the evening of March 25 but just for
the backup vocalists (Sonja Montgomery, Millie
Kirkham, Dolores Edgin, Hurshell Wigington and
Joe Babcock) to add their vocals to the missing
Remixed versions of Mama Liked The Roses,
Long Black Limousine, Don't Cry Daddy
and You'll Think Of Me can be found on
'The Memphis Record'.
Different remixed versions of In The Ghetto
can be found on 'Elvis 30 #1 Hits (E1)' and 'The
The re-recording of In The Ghetto can 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.
The instrumental 'Track' Poor Man's Gold
can be heard after the last track (Kentucky
Rain) on "Finding The Way Home".
The bell intro of Mama Liked the Roses
was re-recorded and replaced on March 18 1969
(Evening). Final backup vocal overdub for single
release was done by Sandy Posey (Sandra P. Robinson)
in Nashville on March 31 1970.
Just after Take 3 of Wearin' That Loved On
Look on 'Memphis Sessions (FTD)' Elvis can
be heard singing a couple of lines of A Little
Less Conversation. The same two lines of A
Little Less Conversation can be heard spliced
to the beginning I'm Movin' On on 'Suspicious
Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology'.
Piano player Bobby Wood and guitar player Reggie
Young are listed as having been included on overdubs
of Long Black Limousine, but not Wearin'
That Loved On Look on January 22. A comparison
with the undubbed session implies that it is rather
the other way around with Reggie Young, as an
overdubbed guitar can be identified on Wearin'
That Loved On Look, but not on Long Black
Limousine. Apart from that, an overdubbed
'Bell' is actually heard during the intro of Long
Black Limousine (double effect on piano notes).
This is similar to the overdubbed bell sound on
Mama Liked the Roses. The bell instrument
is not easily identified, but could be an electric
piano, which in that case would confirm the Bobby
Wood overdub information at least.
Finally, no brass at all can be identified on
Wearin' That Loved On Look.
The 'Vocal Replacement' on Wearin' That Loved
On Look consists of the following:-
0:00-0:55 "I have to leave town...that loved
0:56-1:06 "Shoop shoop shoop shoop"
to "Baby, you're wearin' that loved on look"
1:07-1:22 "Baby, if you ever loved me"
to "in Arkansas"
1:24-2:48 "...you're wearing that loved on
look" to end
'Sessions III' does not list You'll
Think Of Me as having Backup Vocal overdubs
done between January 22 and January 24, but the
session log shows that as of February 4 (Date
of the Job Number) backup vocals had been
overdubbed, indicating that backup vocals were
overdubbed between January 22 and 24.
The 'Single' versions of My Little Friend
and You'll Think Of Me are remixed when
compared to the 'Album' versions.
Takes 1, 2 and 3 of From A Jack To A King
on FTD's 'Memphis Sessions' are presented in the
wrong order - It is actually Takes 2, 1 and 3.
From A Jack To A King is spliced to take
out Elvis' Mock voice ("You made-a me king
of your heart" 2:04 - 2:07) and is replaced
from the same line used earlier in the same take
("You made me king of your heart" 1:16
- 1:19). The "Mock" part was replaced
on the multi-track tape so this has been re-inserted
on the left channel when the undubbed/unfinished
master was used on FTD's Classic Album release
of 'Back In Memphis'.
From A Jack To A King is listed as being
recorded on January 21 (1.00am - 4.00am) in Ernst
Jørgensen's book 'A Life In Music', although
this song is mentioned in his other "Sessions"
books 'Recording Sessions' and 'Reconsider Baby',
and in the session logs, as being recorded tonight
between 8.00pm and 11.00pm.
By taking out two of the four channels from the
rare Japanese Quadraphonic LP of 'From Elvis In
Memphis' is how the "Previously Unreleased
Versions" were created on the bootleg "The
Other Side Of Memphis" (Bilko).
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.