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June 10 / 11 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
(7.00pm - 10.00pm / 10.00pm - 1.00am / 1.30am - 4.30am)

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
James Burton The Imperials: Jimmie Murray; Terry Blackwood; Greg Gordon; Joe
Guitar: Chip Young Moscheo; Armond Morales
Guitar: Charlie Hodge Carol 'Sonja' Montgomery; June Page; Millie Kirkham
Guitar: Joe Esposito  
Piano: David Briggs  
Bass: Norbert Putnam  
Drums: Kenneth Buttrey  
Drums: Jerry Carrigan  
Organ: Charlie McCoy  
Percussion: Glen Spreen  

My Way
APA4 1296
  June 10 / 11 1971 (Thur / Fri)
Take 1 LFS 1:45   Elvis Fool (FTD)°°
Take 2 LFS 1:44   Elvis Fool (FTD)°°
Take 3 M 4:37 Master is without overdubs Elvis Fool (FTD)°° (count-in)~Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 22 (Sony)°°
~Elvis 75 CD3°°~70s Box 4°°+Let It Roll°°~Tiger Man - An Alternate
Anthology Volume 2°° (different mixes)

I'll Be Home On Christmas Day (remake)
APA4 1297
  June 10 / 11 1971 (Thur / Fri)
Take 1 LFS 1:31   The Wonderful World Of Christmas (FTD)°°
Take 2 2xFS+
4:18 (extra verse) The Wonderful World Of Christmas (FTD)°° (2xFS+complete)~I Sing All
Kinds (FTD)°° (complete)
Take 3 Complete 4:23 (extra verse) The Wonderful World Of Christmas (FTD)°°
Take 4 FS 0:26   The Wonderful World Of Christmas (FTD)°°
Take 5 FS 0:57   The Wonderful World Of Christmas (FTD)°°
Take 6 LFS 0:56   The Wonderful World Of Christmas (FTD)°°
Take 7 FS 0:23   The Wonderful World Of Christmas (FTD)°°
Take 8 FS 0:07   The Wonderful World Of Christmas (FTD)°°
Take 9 Complete 4:33 (extra verse) The Wonderful World Of Christmas (FTD)°° (count-in)~Today, Tomorrow
And Forever 4°° (4:21)
Take NA M 3:47 Alternate master Complete Elvis Presley Masters 22 (Sony)°°~The Wonderful World Of
Christmas (FTD)°°~Memories Of Christmas°°~If Everyday Was Like
Christmas°°~The Wonderful World of Christmas°° (ND 81936)


Tape reel #2 from this session is missing, and if anything was recorded on this tape, maybe it suggests that Elvis went back to 'My Way', or that nothing was recorded, but they had just marked the tape box before they realized that Elvis wasn't going to record any more that night.

The master matrix number for the remake of 'I'll Be Home On Christmas Day' is incorrectly listed as APA4 1296 in RCA's session logs - It should be APA4 1297.

When the session tapes were rediscovered in the 1990's the confusion was explained - The original master reel had 'My Way' listed as APA4 1296 and the remake of 'I'll Be Home On Christmas Day' listed as APA4 1297 and it was found that RCA's engineer had changed the number on the session log after the event, indicating that Elvis and/or Felton Jarvis decided that 'My Way' wasn't worthy of release.

On the Today, Tomorrow And Forever box-set it wrongly lists Take 9 of 'I'll Be Home On Christmas Day' from the May 16 session as being released on there, when it is actually Take 9 from this date, as correctly listed in Sessions III.

On May 16 Elvis sang an extra verse on the first few takes of 'I'll Be Home On Christmas Day', and then that verse was omitted from Take 4 onwards, because Felton Jarvis said the song was too long. The master was then cut (Take 8) without that verse being included.

On June 10 Elvis re-recorded 'I'll Be Home On Christmas Day' again in a different tempo, but started off using the same (unused) verse. After Take 9 someone decided, again for whatever reason, to leave out that verse, and the (alternate) master was cut without this verse. The extra verse is as follows:-

It's been so long since I've seen little John, Michelle, Christine and Karen;
(I almost) Forgot all the presents that I bought, a purse for little sister to carry.
(If) I could set aside my pride, I'd just be on my way,
I'd be on that (catch that) train tomorrow, I'll be home on Christmas Day.

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 Michael Schemies for pointing out the mistake regarding 'I'll Be Home On Christmas Day' on Today, Tomorrow And Forever.

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