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May 21 / 22 1971
(+ 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)

RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee
Producer: Felton Jarvis
Engineer: Al Pachucki
(6.00pm - 9.00pm / 9.00pm - 12.00am / 1.00am - 4.00am)

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
James Burton Temple Riser; June Page; Millie Kirkham
Guitar: Chip Young  
Guitar: Charlie Hodge Duet:
Guitar: Joe Esposito Temple Riser ('The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face')
Drums: Kenneth Buttrey  
Piano: David Briggs  
Bass: Norbert Putnam  
Organ: Charlie McCoy  

Love Me, Love The Life I Lead
APA4 1288
  May 21 / 22 1971 (Fri / Sat)
Take 1 LFS
1:03 (followed by rehearsal) Elvis Fool (FTD)°°
Take 2 LFS 0:53 (followed by rehearsal) Elvis Fool (FTD)°°
Take 3        
Take 4 Complete
3:16   Elvis Fool (FTD)°°+I Sing All Kinds (FTD)°° (different mix)
Take 5 LFS 0:22   Elvis Fool (FTD)°°
Take 6 Complete 3:28   Elvis Fool (FTD)°°
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9        
Take 10        
Take 11        
Take 12 (M)   Undubbed master  
Overdub (M) 3:30 Brass & string overdubs on June 21 Unedited Masters - Nashville 1971 (Venus)°°
Faded M 3:03 Master faded Complete Elvis Presley Masters 22 (Sony)°°~Heartache (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 6)°°~Elvis Fool (FTD)°°~(20 Bit)°°+Elvis
Fool (FTD)°° (track 17 - different mix)

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
APA4 1255
  May 21 / 22 1971 (Fri / Sat)
Overdub (M) 3:18 Duet with Temple Riser (not used) Pure Diamonds Vol. 1°°~Rough Cut Diamonds°°~Tiger Man - An Alt.
Anthology Vol. 2°° (listed as Ginger Holladay duet)~It's Different Now°°
V.O. (M)   Vocal re-recorded by Elvis  
Overdub (M) 3:34 Vocal repairs & additions on June 9 Pure Diamonds Volume 4°° (channels reversed)
Overdub M 3:42 Brass & string overdubs on June 21 Complete Elvis Presley Masters 21 (Sony)°°~The Ultimate Love Songs
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 25)°°~Complete Single
Collection 7°°+Elvis Now (FTD)°°~Rare Elvis°°~Single°°~Elvis Aron
Presley 3°°+The Mono Masters CD5 (Venus)°+70s Box 1°° (different
mixes)+Elvis Aron Presley (Cassette - 4:19)°°+Unedited Masters -
Nashville 1971 (Venus)°° (different mix & additional dialogue)


'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' was originally recorded as a duet with Ginger Holladay on March 15, but Ginger Holladay's vocals were not used, and removed from the rhythm track, leaving only Elvis' vocals. Additional backup vocals were then overdubbed on March 18.

With Elvis' original vocals and the backup vocal overdubs then being removed from the multi-track tape, leaving only the original Take 12 rhythm track, on May 21 Elvis tried 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' again as a duet, this time with Temple Riser, but this was also not used. Elvis re-recorded his vocals again on this day to the original Take 12 rhythm track.

Additional vocal repairs and additions were done for 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' on June 9 by Elvis and The Imperials.

A remixed version of 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' was featured on the 70s Box.

An extended version of 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' was featured on the cassette only release of the Elvis Aron Presley box-set.

During these sessions, Elvis fooled around with 'Johnny B. Goode' (Let It Roll), 'Lady Madonna' (70s Box), 'Mean Woman Blues' and 'Listen To The Bell' (Essential Elvis Volume 4) among others.

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 Luuk Bonthond regarding extended versions of songs on the cassette version of Elvis Aron Presley.

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