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January 22 / 23 1969
(+ 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)

American Sound Studio - Memphis, Tennessee
Producers : Felton Jarvis / Chips Moman
Engineer: Al Pachucki
Technician: Roy Shockley

Musicians:   Harmony Vocal:
Guitar: Elvis Presley Elvis Presley ('Suspicious Minds')
Guitar: Reggie Young  
Drums: Gene Chrisman  
Organ: Bobby Emmons  
Bass: Tommy Cogbill  
Bass: Mike Leech  
Piano: Bobby Wood  
Piano: Elvis Presley ('I'll Hold You In My Heart')  

No Selections Recorded
  January 22 1969 (Wed: 8.00pm - 12.00am)
         

Without Love (There Is Nothing)
XPA5 1159
  January 23 1969 (Thur: 12.30am - 3.30am)
Take 1 PB 3:17 Alternate master Back In Memphis (FTD)°° (additional dialogue)~Suspicious Minds - The
Memphis '69 Anthology°°~Let It Roll°° (listed as Take 5)~The American
Way Vol. 5° ~Finding The Way Home° (2-7-1 listed as Take 4)~Draft
Mix Tape° (track 11)~American Rejects°
Take 2 FS 0:31   Back In Memphis (FTD)°°+Let It Roll°°~The American Way Volume 5°
Take 3 FS 0:42   Back In Memphis (FTD)°°~Let It Roll°°~Memphis Sessions (FTD)°
+The American Way Volume 5° (additional dialogue)~Finding The
Way Home° (1-8-1 listed as Take 1)
Take 4 PB 3:09   Back In Memphis (FTD)°°~Memphis Sessions (FTD)° ~The American
Way Volume 5°~Finding The Way Home° (1-8-2 listed as Take 2)
+Let It Roll°°
Take 5 (M) 2:56 Undubbed master Back In Memphis (FTD)°°~Let It Roll°° (listed as Take 1)~The American
Way Volume 5°~American Crown Jewels° (listed as Take 3)
         
Overdub (M)   String overdubs on May 7 (aft)  
Overdub M 4:31 Brass & backup v.v's on May 7 (eve)
(SPA1 4141)
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°~The Memphis Sessions
(Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Collection 33)°°~From Elvis In Memphis
(Legacy)°°~Back In Memphis (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°~Suspicious Minds -
The Memphis 1969 Anthology°°~60s Box 4°°+The Memphis Record°°

I'll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms)
XPA5 1160
  January 23 1969 (Thur: 12.30am - 3.30am)
Take 1 2xFS+M 4:37 Master includes 2 x false starts and
is without overdubs (SPA1 4127)
From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°°~Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°
~Country Roots (Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 8)°°~From
Elvis In Memphis (Legacy)°°~Great Country Songs (DSD)°°~Suspicious
Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology°°~60s Box 4°°+The Memphis
Record°°+Draft Mix Tape° (track 10)+Country (1999)°° (intro edited)
+The Other Side Of Memphis°°+From Elvis At American Sound (FTD)°°

I'll Be There
XPA5 1161
  January 23 1969 (Thur: 4.00am - 7.00am)
Take 1   0:17 (talk only) From Elvis At American Sound (FTD)°°
Take 2 LFS 1:39   From Elvis At American Sound (FTD)°°
Take 3 (M) 2:42 Undubbed master From Elvis At American Sound (FTD)°°
Take 4 LFS 0:39 (overdone vocal echo) From Elvis At American Sound (FTD)°°
Take 5 FS 0:04 (overdone vocal echo) From Elvis At American Sound (FTD)°°~The American Way Volume 5°
~Draft Mix Tape° (track 9a)
Take 6 PB 2:30 (overdone vocal echo)
Alternate master
From Elvis At American Sound (FTD)°°~Keep Rollin' On (Venus)°°
(intro clipped / not faded)+The American Way Vol. 5°~Draft Mix Tape°
(track 9b)
         
Overdub (M)   Backup v.o's on January 24  
Overdub (M)   String overdubs on May 5  
Overdub M 2:24 Brass & 2nd backup v.o's on May 6 Complete Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°~The Memphis Sessions
(Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Collection 33)°°~From Elvis At American
Sound (FTD)°°~From Elvis In Memphis (Legacy)°°~Suspicious Minds -
The Memphis 1969 Anthology°°~60s Box 4°°

Suspicious Minds
XPA5 1227
  January 23 1969 (Thur: 4.00am - 7.00am)
Take 1 LFS
1:46   Back In Memphis (FTD)°° (count-in & additional dialogue)~The
American Way Volume 1° ~Finding The Way Home° (1-11-1 faded)
Take 2 LFS 0:40   Back In Memphis (FTD)°° (additional dialogue)~The American Way
Volume 1°~Finding The Way Home° (1-11-2 faded)
Take 3 FS 0:36 (preceded by rehearsal) Back In Memphis (FTD)°°~The American Way Volume 1° (rehearsal+FS)
~Finding The Way Home° (1-11-3 rehearsal only)
Take 4 LFS 1:25   Back In Memphis (FTD)°°~The American Way Volume 1°~Finding The
Way Home° (1-11-4 faded - 1:20)
Take 5 LFS 4:06 (1st rehearsal+LFS+2nd reh'sal) Back In Memphis (FTD)°° (rehearsal+LFS+rehearsal - complete) +The
American Way Vol. 1° (1st rehearsal - edited but additional dialogue at
beginning+LFS)~Finding The Way Home° (1-11-5 1st reh'sal - faded
& 2-2-1 LFS)+Memphis Sessions (FTD)°° (2nd rehearsal - edited)+Tape
Take 6 2xFS+PB 3:51   Back In Memphis (FTD)°° (additional dialogue & FS+FS+PB)~Memphis
Sessions (FTD)°° (2nd FS+PB only)~The American Way Volume 1°
(FS+FS+PB) ~Finding The Way Home° (2-2-2 FS+FS+PB)~60s Box 5°°
(PB only)
Take 7 PB 3:52   Back In Memphis (FTD)°° (count-in & additional aialogue)~Suspicious
Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology°°~Platinum 3°° (faded)~The
American Way Volume 1° ~Finding The Way Home° (1-11-6)
Take 8 (M) 4:06 "I'm saving the last take for me"
Undubbed master
The American Way Vol. 1° (count-in - 0:43)+Back In Memphis (FTD)°°
       
V.O. (M)   Harmony vocal overdub by Elvis  
         
Overdub (M) 3:23 Backup v.o's on January 24 The American Way Vol. 5°~Draft Mix Tape° (track 8)~Edge Of Reality°
~E1 (30 #1 Hits DVD-A)° (part only - isolated harmony vocal only)
Overdub (M) 3:24 String overdubs on May 7 (aft)
(SPA1 4124)
The Memphis Record°°
         
Overdub (M)   Brass overdubs for stereo master
on August 7
 
Extended (M) 4:27 Splice of 0:00-3:03+2:47-3:03
+2:47-3:03+2:47-3:03+2:47-3:24
Worldwide Gold Award Hits Volume 1 (CD)°°
Faded M 4:29 Fade out 3:19-3:34 / fade in
3:34-3:47 of extended master
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°~The Memphis Sessions
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 33)°°~Elvis 75 - Good
Rockin' Tonight 3 (Legacy)°°~Back In Memphis (FTD)°°~Elvis 75 CD3°°
~Heart & Soul (DSD)°°~From Elvis In Memphis (2000)°°~Comp. Single
Collection 6°°~Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology°°
~60s Box 4°°~Greatest Hits Volume 1°°~The Sound Of Your Cry°°
+E1 (30 #1 Hits)°°~Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5°°+The Definitive
Country Album°° (faded)
         
Overdub (M) 3:24 Brass overdubs for mono master
on August 7
 
Extended (M) 4:23 Splice of 0:00-3:03+2:47-3:03
+2:47-3:03+2:47-3:03+2:47-3:20
 
Faded M 4:23 Fade out 3:19-3:34 & fade in
3:34-3:47 of extended master
From Elvis In Memphis (Legacy Ed'n)°~The Mono Masters CD3 (Venus)°
~Worldwide Gold Award Hits Volume 1 (LP)°~The Elvis Medley°
         
Re-Recording 3:41 Re-recorded backing track The Wonder Of You°°

Notes

No songs were recorded at this evening's first session, as Elvis went into the studio early to see Roy Hamilton, who is recording another album for Chips Moman. Elvis offers Roy one of the songs he is planning to record himself, 'Angelica' and spends a few hours with him before resuming his own recording session at 12.30am (January 23).

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. 

Sessions III lists 'Without Love' having backup vocals overdubbed on January 23, but the session log shows that as of February 5 (date of the job number) no backup vocals had been overdubbed. The only other overdub session where 'Without Love' is listed as having backup vocals overdubbed is on the evening of May 7 where brass was also overdubbed.

On the 1999 Ultimate Collection Series CD Country, the two false starts before 'I'll Hold You In My Arms (Till I Can Hold You In My Heart)' have been edited out.

Remixed versions of 'Without Love' and 'I'll Hold You In My Arms (Till I Can Hold You In My Heart)' can be found on The Memphis Record.

Just before take 7 of 'Suspicious Minds' on Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology Elvis can be heard singing part of 'Save The Last Dance (Take) For Me', this is actually edited in from before Take 8.

Sessions III lists that 'Suspicious Minds' had backup vocal overdubs done on January 22, but surely this cannot be the case as the song wasn't recorded until the early hours of January 23!

The brass overdubs (August 7) for 'Suspicious Minds' only exist on the final mono and stereo masters, and the mono and stereo masters both have different brass performances. According to Bill Porter, the reason for this procedure was that all the eight tracks were full. Porter also persuaded Felton to do the final stereo and mono mixes at the same time as this overdub session. This is also the reason why both the remastered attempts Memphis Record (1987, missing the brass) and Elvis 30 #1 Hits (E1) (2002, flanging due to mixing stereo master with 8-track) failed. Remastering 'Suspicious Minds' must involve faithful re-recording of the brass section. Maybe that even can be justified now that there is no clear definition of "original" master in the first place.

Remixed versions of 'Suspicious Minds' can be found on Elvis 30 #1 Hits (E1) and Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5.

'Suspicious Minds' on The Sound Of Your Cry which was the first release in the UK of the stereo master, has the left and right channels swapped!

The re-recording of 'Suspicious Minds' can found on the 2016 album The Wonder Of You, 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.

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.

Session Logs
Recording Information
January 23 1969
January 23 1969
Draft Mix Tape
Basic & Alt. Vocals
Draft Mix Tape
 

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