The undubbed masters on 'Our Memories Of Elvis'
weren't really the pure undubbed masters. They
were the fully overdubbed or regular masters but
with certain instruments and backing vocal channels
removed or stripped down.
The Japanese 24-Bit release of 'That's The Way
It Is' runs slow all the way through at differing
speeds between tracks, as opposed to the same
tracks on the Special Edition box set (BMG - 2000)
and FTD's 'That's The Way It Is' Classic Album.
The differences between tracks on the 24-Bit CD
are as follows:-
I Just Can't Help Believing (-1,3%)
Twenty Days And Twenty Nights (-1,6%)
How The Web Was Woven (-2,0%)
Patch It Up (-2,3%)
Mary In The Morning (-2,5%)
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (-2,9%)
You've Lost That Loving Feeling (-0,9%)
I've Lost You (-1,2%)
Just Pretend (-1,7%)
Stranger In The Crowd (-1,5%)
The Next Step Is Love (-1,9%)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (-2,5%)
When I'm Over You and Make The World
Go Away on 'Pure Diamonds Volume 2' and 'For
The Good Times' are probably just the left channel
only (centred) of a stereo acetate of the fully
overdubbed masters. By eliminating the right channel
on the same tracks on 'Love Letters', 'Elvis Country'
and the '70's Box' I was able to get the exact
same results. This is possible because backing
vocals (and occasionally strings) tend to be panned
100% right on the original mixes from these sessions,
so you can often eliminate them by cutting out
the right channel, with no discernable bleed.
The Next Step Is Love on the bootleg
"You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country
- Volume 2" (Track 21) does not appear to
be an original mix. It is possibly just one channel
only (centred to mono) of a stereo acetate of
the fully overdubbed master which sounds like
it has been processed to create a fake stereo
effect - Electronically Produced Stereo!
The unedited undubbed master (Take 1) of When
I'm Over You can be found on the bootleg "Make
The World Go Away" taken from acetate. Take
1 of When I'm Over You that can be found
on "Bilko's Gold Cuts" and "More
Pure Elvis" is edited and is not the unedited
undubbed master - The verse from 2:07 to 2:51
is edited to the end and then faded!
The masters of When I'm Over You and Faded
Love were edited for original release.
The count-in for Take 3 of Faded Love
can be found after Take 2 on CD2 of FTD's 'Elvis
Country' Classic Album.
The first releases of the song I Really Don't
Want To Know were missing the drum beat ending.
It can be heard on the original Single release
and the 4 LP set 'The Other sides Wordwide Gold
Award Hits Volume 2' with drum beat ending.
On later releases RCA/BMG released the masters
again with drum beat ending.
The count-in for Take 4, the False Start of Take
6 and the count-in for Take 7 of Tomorrow Never
Comes can all be found on FTD's 'Elvis Country'
Classic Album, although they aren't listed.
There are strange goings on with Make The
World Go Away. Take 2 is cut from the tape
reel, and all that is left is the count-in before,
and dialogue after Take 2. Take 1 is also on the
reel, along with the Undubbed Spliced Master,
which is Take 3 spliced with the Work Part ending.
The actual unedited Take 3 (but with overdubs)
can be found on 'Welcome To My World' and more
recently on the bootleg "Unedited Masters
- Nashville 1970" along with the overdub
of Workpart Take 1.
The Master of Make The World Go Away on
'Elvis The Concert 1999 World Tour' featured an
An edited (2:23) version of Make The World
Go Away, with omitted musical intro, verse
and instrumental break, was released in 1987 on
the BMG Ariola release 'The Definitive Country
I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water is not
listed in 'Sessions III' as having Brass or Strings
overdubbed, but the Master contains Brass and
'Sessions III' lists July 18 as being the date
when Brass & Strings were overdubbed to
I Really Don't Want To Know, Faded Love,
Tomorrow Never Comes and The Next Step
Is Love but I doubt this date is correct for
these overdubs. In the Session Logs there is a
listing dated July 7 that lists all musicians
used for these overdubs (as listed in 'Sessions
III'). At the bottom right hand corner of the
Session Log there is a date of what looks to be
"06/30" indicating a date of June 30
1970 for this overdub session. The book 'Day By
Day' by Ernst Jørgensen and Peter Guralnick
lists July 14 as the date when the single 'I've
Lost You / The Next Step Is Love' was shipped
to suppliers, so these two songs couldn't have
had overdubs done on July 18!'
Sessions III' also lists the date as being October
28 when Brass & Strings were overdubbed to
When I'm Over You, Make The World Go
Away, Funny How Time Slips Away and
Love Letters but this is the date of the listing
of the Session Log. At the bottom right hand corner
of the Session Log there is a hand written date
"10/27/70" indicating a date of October
27 1970 for this overdub session.
I would assume that Funny How Time Slips Away
is listed in the session log as "Remake"
because there was already a 'Live' Master of the
song (XPA5 2382), although it wasn't released
until 1991 on 'Collectors Gold'.
An edited (3:11) version of Funny How Time
Slips Away, with omitted musical intro and
second verse ("How's your new love, I hope
that he's doing fine..." to "Mmm, ain't
it funny how time slips away..."), was released
in 1987 on the BMG Ariola release 'The Definitive
The original title of the 'Love Letters From
Elvis' album was entitled 'Festival' and was going
to include the following songs - Hence the inclusion
of The Sound Of Your Cry and Sylvia on FTD's 'Love
Letters From Elvis' Classic Album:-
The Sound Of Your Cry
Got My Mojo Working / Keep Your Hands Off Of It
I'll Never Know
It Ain't No Big Thing
This Is Our Dance
Heart Of Rome
When I'm Over You
If I Were You
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.
Thanks to Ray Reeves for pointing out the differences
on Take 1 of When I'm Over You.
Thanks to Adrian V Stokes regarding the edited
versions of songs on the BMG Ariola set of 'Definitive'
albums, and Christian Beiden for detailed analysis
of the two "You Know, It Don't Have To Be
Strictly Country" bootleg sets.