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July 9 / 10 1963
(+ 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)

Radio Recorders Studio B - Hollywood, California
Soundtrack Session for MGM's 'Viva Las Vegas'
Musical Director for MGM : George Stoll
Engineer : Dave Wiechman

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Guitar:
Scotty Moore The Jordanaires: Gordon Stoker; Neal Matthews; Hoyt Hawkins; Ray
Guitar: Billy Strange
Walker
Guitar: Hilmer J 'Tiny' Timbrell  
Bass: Bob Moore  
Drums: D.J. Fontana  
Drums: Murrey 'Buddy' Harman  
Piano: Dudley Brooks  
Piano: Floyd Cramer  
Saxophone: Homer 'Boots' Randolph  
Trumpet: Oliver Mitchell  

Night Life
WPA1 8023
2001 July 9 1963 (Tue: 7.00pm - 12.00am)
Take 1 BD
2:00   The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 2 Complete 2:08   The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 1 (FTD)°°
Take 3 Complete 2:08   Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°° (clipped)+Out In Hollywood (FTD)°° (count-in
and dialogue at end)+The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 4 FS 0:15   The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 5 SFS 0:06   The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 6 LFS 0:19   The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 7 SFS 0:19   The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 8 Complete 2:12   The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 9 BD 0:42   The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 10 Complete 2:13   The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 11 Complete 2:10   The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 12 Rehearsal 0:26   The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 13 Complete 2:17   The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 14 (M) 2:00 Unedited master
(2:04 with count-in)
The Making Of Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°° (faded)+A Legendary Performer
Volume 5°° (count-in & unedited)~Elvis Rocks & The Girls Roll° (count-in
& long fade) (acetate)
         
Faded M 1:50 Master faded Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 10 (Sony)°°~Start Your Engines (Franklin
Mint Complete Masters Collection 30)°°~Viva Las Vegas (remastered
soundtrack)°°~Elvis Sings Flaming Star°°~Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°~Elvis
For Everyone (FTD)°°~Double Feat's - Love In Las Vegas / Roustabout°°
+The Making Of Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°+The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 1
(FTD)°° (remixed)

C'mon Everybody (record version)
RPA3 0389
2002 July 9 1963 (Tue: 7.00pm - 12.00am)
Take 1 BD
0:55   Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°° (count-in)~Silver Screen Stereo (FTD)°°
+The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 2 FS 0:38   Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°+Silver Screen Stereo (FTD)°° (count-in)
+The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 3 Complete 2:48 (including "blues" ending) Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°+Silver Screen Stereo (FTD)°° (extra dialogue)
+The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 1 (FTD)°°
Take 4 LFS 0:31   The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 5 M 2:20 (only part of "blues" ending)
(2:29 with count-in & ending)
(continued later for movie version)
Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 10 (Sony)°°~Start Your Engines (Franklin
Mint Complete Masters Collection 30)°°~Viva Las Vegas (remastered
soundtrack)°°~Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°~Double Features - Love In Las
Vegas / Roustabout°°+The Making Of Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°+The Viva
Las Vegas Sessions 1 (FTD)°° (remixed)+The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2
(FTD)°° (count-in & ending)

If You Think I Don't Need You
RPA3 0387
2003 July 10 1963 (Wed: 1.00am - 4.15am)
Take 1 BD
1:06   The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 1 (FTD)°°
Take 2 Complete 2:07
  The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 1 (FTD)°°+Viva Las Vegas (FTD - Vinyl)°°
(count-in)
Take 3 SFS 0:12   The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 4   0:10 (announcement only - no take) The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 5 LFS/BD 1:18   Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°+The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
~Tiger Man - An Alt. Anthology Vol. 1°~Viva Las Vegas (Lucky - LP / CD)°
(count-in)
Take 6 LFS/BD 1:10   The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 7 Complete 2:16   Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°+The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 8 LFS/BD 2:04   The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 9 LFS/BD 1:08   The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 3 (FTD)°°~Tiger Man - An Alt. Anthology
Volume 1°~Viva Las Vegas (Lucky - LP / CD)°
Take 10 LFS/BD 1:11   The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 3 (FTD)°°~Tiger Man - An Alt. Anthology
Volume 1°~Viva Las Vegas (Lucky - LP / CD)°
Take 11 FS+BD 0:49   The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 12 BD 1:11   The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 13 M 2:05 (2:12 with count-in)
(movie version contains overdubbed
guitar & is edited
)
Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 10 (Sony)°°~Start Your Engines (Franklin
Mint Complete Masters Collection 30)°°~Viva Las Vegas (remastered
soundtrack)°°~Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°~Double Features - Love In Las
Vegas / Roustabout°°+The Making Of Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°+The Viva
Las Vegas Sessions 1 (FTD)°° (remixed)+Soundtrack° (edited - 0:44)
+The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 3 (FTD)°°~Acetate° (count-in)

Viva Las Vegas (demo arrangement)
2004 July 10 1963 (Wed: 1.00am - 4.15am)
Take 1 BD
1:46 (continued later) Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 30 (Sony)°° (count-in & extra dialogue)
~Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°~Viva Las Vegas (2007 CD single)°° (count-in)
~Silver Screen Stereo (FTD)°°+The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 1 (FTD)°°

Notes
Unlike most other 1960s soundtrack, there is no subjective decision to make whether the Viva Las Vegas masters should be remastered from 3-Track for release or not, simply because there were no (final) original stereo masters produced for Viva Las Vegas in the first place. It is not an easy task because of dry sound and irrational use of the 3 tracks available. How a mix should be done is usually too subjective to even argue about, but perhaps not in this case.

'Night Life' was recorded with a saxophone instead of backup vocals on the third channel, and 'C'mon Everybody' was recorded with backup vocals only on the third, "empty" channel, whereas 'If You Think I Don't Need You' has saxophone, trumpets and trombone instead of backing vocals on the third channel.

No effort at creating a stereo or even mono image can improve this situation and it is considered necessary to keep the instruments on one stereo channel, the vocals centered, and the backup vocals on the other 2-Track stereo channel. This will leave an almost empty right channel, and a certain amount of leakage from the instrumental channel may be necessary. It is exactly this approach has been taken on the 2003 FTD Viva Las Vegas soundtrack, which is an ambitious attempt at remastering the entire Viva Las Vegas soundtrack. 

MGM soundtracks were recorded dry and the typical 60s approach would be to apply dynamic processing for record release, especially utilizing dynamic compression and only light reverb of the vocal channel. Using just a little compression and hardly any reverb makes this modern attempt a success overall and so much better than previous efforts. The result does not sound alien beside the original Girl Happy LP masters, which were recorded in the same manner as Viva Las Vegas and also by George Stoll and David Wiechman.

Sadly, the amplitude level has been pushed up about 3-4 dB over the 0 dB limit on the FTD Viva Las Vegas extended soundtrack and this distracts from what otherwise would have been an excellent release all the way.

There is too much digital echo (by any standard) on the Double Features version of 'Night Life'.

What should have been the definitive release of these sessions on Follow That Dream's limited edition The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 3xCD set, sadly wasn't the case. Although everything has been remixed and remastered from scratch, some outakes are missing dialogue and take slates which were present on previous releases, and where takes were presented with dry vocals on previous releases, they now contain added reverb, as does the complete set.

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
Acetate
Night Life
Night Life
Acetate
C'mon Everybody (record version)
Come On Everybody(record version)
Acetate
If You Think I Don't Need You
If You Think I Don't Need You

Acetate
Viva Las Vegas (stereo masters)
Viva Las Vegas (stereo masters) (Thanks to Kevan Budd)
Movie Scene Sheets
Viva Las Vegas
Viva Las Vegas - Scene Sheets
Tape Box
July 9 1963
Tape Box - July 9 1963 (Thanks to Follow That Dream)


Music Sheets
Music Sheet
Night Life
Night Life (Thanks to Glen Johnson)
Music Sheet
C'mon Everybody
C'mon Everybody (Thanks to Christopher Brown)
Music Sheet
If You Think I Don't Need You
If You Think I Don't Need You (Thanks to Christopher Brown)

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