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April 3 / 4 1960
(+ 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
Producers : Steve Sholes / Chet Atkins
Engineer : Bill Porter

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Guitar: Elvis Presley The Jordanaires: Gordon Stoker; Neal Matthews; Hoyt Hawkins; Ray
Guitar: Scotty Moore Walker
Guitar: Hank Garland Charlie Hodge ('I Will Be Home Again')
Bass: Bob Moore  
Drums: D.J. Fontana  
Drums: Murrey 'Buddy' Harman  
Saxophone: Homer 'Boots' Randolph  
Piano: Floyd Cramer  

Fever
L2WB 0098
  April 3 1960 (Sun: 7.30pm - 12.00am)
Take 1 Complete 3:51   Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°~Essential Elvis Volume 6°°~There's Always Me°°
+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 2 LFS 0:59   Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°+The Elvis Is Back1 Sessions 3 (FTD)°°~Nashville
60-61°° (count-in)
Take 3 Incomp. 3:13 "Fuck" Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 3 (FTD)°°~Elvis
Meets Presley°°~Nashville 60-61°° (count-in)
Take 4 M 3:34 (3:52 with count-in) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 5 (Sony)°°~Soldier Boy (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 15)°°~Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°
~The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 1 (FTD)°°~60's Box 1°°+The Definitive
Love Album°° (edited)+Welcome Home Elvis (FTD)° (master only)
+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 3 (FTD)°° (count-in)
         
Re-Recording 4:25 2014 re-recorded backing track If I Can Dream°° (duet with Michael Bublé)

Like A Baby
L2WB 0099
  April 3 1960 (Sun: 7.30pm - 12.00am)
Take 1 FS+LFS 2:16 "Whoa, shit, lower" Collectors Gold°° (FS)+Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°° (count-in+FS+LFS)
+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 3 (FTD)°°~Tape°°~Nashville 60-61°°
Take 2 Complete 2:46   Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°~Collectors Gold°°+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 3
(FTD)°°~Tape°°~Nashville 60-61°°
Take 3 FS 0:34   The Elvis Is Back! Session 3 (FTD)°°~Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°~Nashville
60-61°°
Take 4 2xFS+
Complete
3:18   Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°~Fame And Fortune (FTD)°°~Nashville 60-61°°
~There's Always Me°° (2nd FS+complete - listed as Takes 3 & 4)
+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 3 (FTD)°°~Tape°°
Take 5 FS 0:30 "We got a pop on 'To'" The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 3 (FTD)°°~Tape°°~Nashville 60-61°°
Take 6 M 2:40 (2:47 with count-in) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 5 (Sony)°°~Soldier Boy (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 15)°°~Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°~The
Elvis Is Back! Sessions 1 (FTD)°°~60s Box 1°°+Welcome Home Elvis
(FTD)° (master only)+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 3 (FTD)°° (count-in)

It's Now Or Never
L2WB 0100
  April 3 1960 (Sun: 7.30pm - 12.00am)
Take 1 2xFS+
Complete
3:28   Elvis' Golden Records Volume 3 (FTD)°°+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 3
(FTD)°°~Elvis Is Back !(FTD)°° (2xFS+complete)~Long Lonely Highway
(FTD)°° (1st FS & complete)
Take 2 Complete 3:24 (used for spliced master) The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 3 (FTD)°°~Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°~Fame And
Fortune (FTD)°°
Take 3 3xFS 0:33   The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 3 (FTD)°°~Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°~Fame And
Fortune (FTD)°°
Take 4 FS+Comp 3:24 (used for spliced master) The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 3 (FTD)°°~Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°
         
Spliced (M) 3:17 Spliced from takes 4 & 2
Undubbed master
The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°°~60s Box 5°°+Elvis' Golden Rec's
Volume 3 (FTD)°°
(count-in for Take 4)
         
Overdub M 3:16 Piano & brass overdub on April 5 Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 5 (Sony)°°~Songs Of The Sixties (Franklin
Mint Comp. Masters Collection 2)°°~Elvis' Golden Records Vol. 3 (FTD)°°
~Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight 2 (Legacy)°°~Elvis 75 CD1°°~Elvis Is
Back! (FTD)°°~Complete Single Collection 3°°~24 Karat Hits°°~Elvis'
Golden Records Volume 3 (24 Bit)°°~60's Box 1°°~The Elvis Is Back!
Sessions 1 (FTD)°°+E1 (30 #1 Hits)°°+Top Ten Hits°° (remix-SPA1 4186)
+The Mono Masters CD1 (Venus)°
         
Re-Recording 3:18 2014 re-recorded backing track If I Can Dream°°

The Girl Of My Best Friend
L2WB 0101
  April 4 1960 (Mon: 12.45am - 3.45am)
Take 1 LFS 0:58 (slow tempo) The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°°
Take 2 LFS 1:31   The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°°~Elvis Is Back (FTD)°°
Take 3 Complete 2:39   Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°~Fame & Fortune (FTD)°°~Life:Elvis Remembered°°
(clipped)+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°° (count-in)
Take 4 FS 0:30 (fast tempo) "That's a better tempo" Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°°
Take 5 LFS 0:47   The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°°~Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°
Take 6 Complete 2:34   Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°+Essential Elvis Volume 6°°+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°°
Take 7 FS 0:25   The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°°
Take 8 LFS 1:42   The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°°
Take 9 Complete 2:28   Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°+Close Up 3°°+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°°
Take 10 M 2:24 (2:33 with count-in) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 5 (Sony)°°~Girls! Girls! & More Girls!
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 17)°°~Elvis 75 CD3°°
~Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°~The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 1 (FTD)°°
~60s Box 1°°+Welcome Home Elvis (FTD)° (master only)+The Elvis
Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°° (count-in)

Dirty, Dirty Feeling
L2WB 0102
  April 4 1960 (Mon: 12.45am - 3.45am)
Take 1 Complete 2:24 (preceded by rehearsal)
(guitar solo used for spliced master)
Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°+Fame & Fortune (FTD)°° (extra dialogue)+There's
Always Me° (listed as alternate take) (1:52 - guitar solo cut from tape)
+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°° (complete)
Take 2 FS 0:35   The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°°~Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°
Take 3 LFS 1:06   Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°° (spliced with last chord from Take 4)+The Elvis Is
Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°°
Take 4 Complete 1:43 (used for spliced master) The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°°
         
Spliced M 1:35 Spliced from Take 4 & guitar solo
from Take 1
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 5 (Sony)°°~The King Of Rock 'n' Roll
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 36)°°~Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°
~Elvis Is Back! (24 Bit)°°~The Elvis Is Back! Sess. 1 (FTD)°°~60s Box 1°°
+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°° (remixed)+Welcome Home Elvis
(FTD)°+Tickle Me (soundtrack)°

Thrill Of Your Love
L2WB 0103
  April 4 1960 (Mon: 12.45am - 3.45am)
Take 1 FS+Comp 3:40 (false start followed by rehearsal) Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°~Fame And Fortune (FTD)°°+There's Always Me°
(listed as alternate take)+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°°
Take 2 FS 0:35   Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°° (between Take 1 FS & complete)+The Elvis Is
Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°° (count-in)
Take 3 M 3:02 (3:10 with count-in) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 5 (Sony)°°~Soldier Boy (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 15)°°~Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight 2
(Legacy)°°~Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°~The Elvis Is Back! Sess. 1
(FTD)°°~60s Box 1°°+Welcome Home Elvis (FTD)° (master only)
+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°° (count-in)

I Gotta Know
L2WB 0104
  April 4 1960 (Mon: 12.45am - 3.45am)
Take 1 FS 0:41   Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°°
Take 2 M 2:17 (2:23 with count-in) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 5 (Sony)°°~Soldier Boy (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 15)°°~Elvis' Golden Records Vol. 3 (FTD)°°
~Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°~Complete Single Collection 3°°~Elvis' Golden
Records Vol 3°° (24 Bit)~The Elvis Is Back! Sess. 1 (FTD)°°~60s Box 1°°
+Elvis Forever Vol 2°+The Mono Masters CD1 (Venus)° (master only)
+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°° (count-in)

Such A Night
L2WB 0105
  April 4 1960 (Mon: 4.00am - 7.00am)
Take 1 Complete 3:14   The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°°~Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°° (count-in)
~Fame And Fortune (FTD)°°~There's Always Me° (listed as alt. take)
Take 2 FS 0:22   Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°° (count-in)
~Essential Elvis Vol 6°°~A Legendary Performer Volume 2°°
Take 3 FS 0:20   The Elvis Is Back! Sess. 4 (FTD)°°~Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°~Essential Elvis
Volume 6°°~A Legendary Performer Volume 2°°
Take 4 LFS 1:41   Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°° (spliced with Take 5)~Essential Elvis Volume 6°°
(announcement only)~A Legendary Performer Vol 2°° (announcement
only)+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°° (count-in & LFS)
Take 5 M 3:01 (3:12 with count-in) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 5 (Sony)°°~The King Of Rock 'n' Roll
(Franklin Mint Comp Masters Collection 36)°°~Elvis 75 - Good Rockin'
Tonight 2 (Legacy)°°~Elvis 75 CD2°°~Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°
~Essential Elvis Vol 6°°~The Elvis Is Back! Sess. 1 (FTD)°°~60s Box 1°°
+Elvis Forever Vol 2°°+Welcome Home Elvis (FTD)°~The Mono Mast. 2
(Venus)° (master only)+Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°° (spliced with Take 4)+The
Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°° (count-in)

Are You Lonesome Tonight?
L2WB 0106
  April 4 1960 (Mon: 4.00am - 7.00am)
Take 1 FS+FS 0:33   Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°~Today, Tomorrow & Forever 3°° (0:24)+Elvis'
Golden Records Volume 3 (FTD)°° (0:30)+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4
(FTD)°° (count-in)
Take 2 Complete 3:15   Elvis' Golden Records Volume 3 (FTD)°°+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4
(FTD)°°~Elvis Is Back (FTD)°°~Today, Tomorrow & Forever 3°° (count-in)
~The Colonels Collection°~There's Always Me° (listed as alt. take)
Take 3 FS+LFS 1:22   Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°°
Take 4 2xFS 0:45   Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°° (1st FS)+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°°
Take 5 Complete 3:12 "Shit" (used for composite master) The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°°

Are You Lonesome Tonight? (work part)
  April 4 1960 (Mon: 4.00am - 7.00am)
Take 1 Complete 0:58   Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°° (1:22 - spliced with work part - Take 2)+The Elvis
Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°°
Take 2 Complete 1:18 (used for composite master) The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°°

Are You Lonesome Tonight? (composite)
L2WB 0106
  April 4 1960 (Mon: 4.00am - 7.00am)
Spliced M 3:08 Composite of Take 5
& work part - Take 2
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 5 (Sony)°°~Heartache (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 6)°°~Elvis' Golden Records Vol. 3 (FTD)°°
~Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight 2 (Legacy)°°~Elvis 75 CD2°°~Elvis Is
Back! (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°~Complete Single Collection 3°°~Elvis' Golden
Records Vol 3°° (24 Bit)~24 Karat Hits°°~The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 1
(FTD)°°~60s Box 1°°+E1 (30 #1 Hits)°°+The Mono Masters CD1 (Venus)°
+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°° (remixed)

Girl Next Door Went A' Walking
L2WB 0107
  April 4 1960 (Mon: 4.00am - 7.00am)
Take 1 FS+LFS 1:17   Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°~Fame & Fortune (FTD)°° (1:09)+The Elvis Is Back!
Sessions 4 (FTD)°° (count-in)
Take 2 FS 0:27   Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°~Fame & Fortune (FTD)°° (0:16)+The Elvis Is Back!
Sessions 4 (FTD)°° (count-in)
Take 3 FS+LFS 2:22   Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°° (count-in+FS+LFS - faded)~Fame And Fortune
(FTD)°° (LFS)+There's Always Me° (LFS only with extra talk - listed as
alt. take)+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°°
Take 4 M 2:15 (2:23 with count-in) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 5 (Sony)°°~Girls! Girls! & More Girls!
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 17)°°~Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°
~Elvis Is Back! (24 Bit)°°~The Elvis Is Back! Sess. 1 (FTD)°°~60s Box 1°°
+Welcome Home Elvis (FTD)° (master only)+The Elvis Is Back! Sess. 4
(FTD)°° (count-in)

I Will Be Home Again
L2WB 0108
  April 4 1960 (Mon: 4.00am - 7.00am)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4 M 2:35 (2:46 with count-in) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 5 (Sony)°°~Soldier Boy (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 15)°°~Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°
~The Elvis Is Back! Sessi.1 (FTD)°°~60s Box 1°°+Welcome Home Elvis (FTD)° (master only)+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°° (count-in)

Reconsider Baby
L2WB 0109
  April 4 1960 (Mon: 4.00am - 7.00am)
Take 1        
Take 2 M 3:40 (3:53 with count-in) Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 5 (Sony)°°~Rhythm & Blues (Franklin Mint
Comp. Masters Coll'n 9)°°~Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight 2 (Legacy)°°
~Elvis Is Back! (24 Bit)°°~The Elvis Is Back! Sess. 1 (FTD)°°~60s Box 1°°
+Welcome Home Elvis (FTD)° (master only)+Elvis Is Back! (FTD)°°~Elvis
Rhythm & Blues°°~Back In Living Stereo 1 (MRS)°° (3:42- part count-in)
+The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4 (FTD)°° (count-in)

Notes

The definitive release of these sessions can be found on Follow That Dream's limited edition The Elvis Is Back! Sessions 4xCD set, where everything has been remixed and remastered from scratch, and all masters and outtakes are presented in the best possible sound.

The tape is missing that contains the session for 'I Will Be Home Again' and 'Reconsider Baby' - all that exists are the masters and count-in's, although this could just mean that these weren't complete takes and were erased.

Only bass and two drums were used on 'Fever'.

An edited (2:02) version of 'Fever', with omitted verses ("Fever in the morning, Fever all through the night..." to "Fever with thy flaming youth"), was released in 1987 on the BMG Ariola release The Definitive Love Album.

'It's Now Or Never' is spliced from Take 4 and the ending of Take 2.

The re-recordings of 'Fever' and 'It's Now Or Never' 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 movie Tickle Me features 'Dirty, Dirty, Feeling' with overdubbed orchestral backing, done during post production of that movie in October 1964.

The book Life: Elvis Remembered - 30 Years Later comes with a CD claiming to have an unreleased take of 'The Girl Of My Best Friend' which is in fact Take 3 that was previously available on FTD's Fame And Fortune and Elvis Is Back! packages.

The master of 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' is spliced from Take 5 and the ending of work part - Take 2.
What remains on tape of the work part is a bit of a mess. The intro of work part Take 1 is not there. The tape machine was stopped after its announcement and recording picks up again in the middle. The ending of work part Take 2 (WP2) was physically cut out, but a long intro remained.
By combining the surviving work part Take 2 intro with the surviving main part of work part Take 1 a "complete" work part could be done - and this is what is found on FTD's Elvis Is Back!.

Different remixed versions of 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' can be found on Elvis 30 #1 Hits (E1) and Top Ten Hits.

'I Gotta Know' and 'Such A Night' were released without backing vocals on the 1980 1st pressing of the German RCA release Elvis Forever Volume 2 (with matrix number CL 42853). This was done by eliminating one of the stereo channels. When RCA discovered the mistake they made a new LP master with new matrix number CPL 42853. These two tracks can also be found on the bootleg Easy Come, Easy Go (AJR080379).

Thanks to Adrian V Stokes regarding the edited versions of songs on the BMG Ariola set of Definitive albums.

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
April 3 / 4 1960
April 3 1960
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Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Take 2)
Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Take 2)
 


Music Sheets
Music Sheet
Fever
Fever (Thanks to Christopher Brown)
Music Sheet
Like A Baby
Like A Baby (Thanks to Christopher Brown)
Music Sheet
It's Now Or Never
It's Now Or Never

Music Sheet
The Girl Of My Best Friend
The Girl Of My Best Friend
Music Sheet
Dirty, Dirty Feeling
Dirty, Dirty Feeling (Thanks to Christopher Brown)
Music Sheet
Thrill Of Your Love
Thrill Of Your Love

Music Sheet
I Gotta Know
I Gotta Know
Music Sheet
Such A Night
>Such A Night
Music Sheet
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Music Sheet
Girl Next Door Went A' Walking (Thanks to Glen Johnson)
Music Sheet
I Will Be Home Again
I Will Be Home Again (Thanks to Glen Johnson)
Music Sheet
Reconsider Baby
Reconsider Baby

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