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July 11 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: Hilmer J 'Tiny' Timbrell Walker
Guitar: Billy Strange (4.45pm - 5.45pm & 7.00pm - 12.40am)
Bass: Bob Moore  
Drums: D.J. Fontana  
Drums: Murrey "Buddy" Harman  
Drums: Frank Carlson  
Piano: Floyd Cramer  
Piano: Dudley Brooks  
Organ: Calvin Jackson (8.45pm - 12.40am)  
Saxophone: Homer 'Boots' Randolph  
Lead Vocals: Ann-Margret (duet on 'The Lady Loves Me', 'You're The Boss' and 'Today, Tomorrow And Forever')

The Lady Loves Me (duet)
NPA5 5825
2010 July 11 1963 (Thur: 3.00pm - 5.45pm)
Take 1 LFS
0:21   Viva Las Vegas Sessions 1 (FTD)°°
Take 2 Complete 3:51 "...in a tombstone tete-a-tete" Viva Las Vegas (FTD - Vinyl)°°+Viva Las Vegas Sessions 1 (FTD)°°
Take 3 LFS 0:30   Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 4 FS 0:13   Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 5 SFS 0:09   Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 6 Complete 3:57   Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 7 BD 0:49   Viva Las Vegas Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 8 BD 1:48   Viva Las Vegas Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 9 Complete 3:57   Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°+Silver Screen Stereo (FTD)°°+Viva Las Vegas
Sessions 3 (FTD)°° (count-in)+The Very Best Of Ann Margret°° (diff. mix)
Take 10 M 3:42   Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 10 (Sony)°°~Viva Las Vegas (remastered
soundtrack)°°~Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°~Double Features - Love In Las
Vegas / Roustabout°°~A Leg. Performer Vol. 4°°+The Making Of Viva
Las Vegas (FTD)°+The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 1 (FTD)°° (remixed)

You're The Boss (duet)
WPA5 2511
2011 July 11 1963 (Thur: 3.00pm - 5.45pm)
Take 1 LFS
0:25   Viva Las Vegas Sessions 1 (FTD)°°
Take 2 SFS 0:17   Viva Las Vegas Sessions 1 (FTD)°°
Take 3 Complete 2:49   Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°~Elvis Chante Leiber & Stoller°°+Silver Screen
Stereo (FTD)°°+Viva Las Vegas Sessions 1 (FTD)°° (count-in)
Take 4 LFS 0:31   Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 5 SFS 0:13   Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 6 BD 1:44   Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 7 LFS 0:33   Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 8 BD 1:41   Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 9 BD 1:52   Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 10 Complete 2:38   Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2 (FTD)°°
Take 11 BD 0:35   Viva Las Vegas Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 12 Complete 2:48   Viva Las Vegas Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 13 BD 0:38   Viva Las Vegas Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 14 Complete 2:52 (announced as Take 13 by mistake) Viva Las Vegas Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 15 BD 0:33   Viva Las Vegas Sessions 3 (FTD)°°
Take 16 M 2:43   Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 10 (Sony)°°~Viva Las Vegas (remastered
soundtrack)°°~Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°~Double Features - Love In Las
Vegas / Roustabout°°~Elvis Chante Leiber & Stoller°°+The Making Of
Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°+The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 1 (FTD)°° (remixed)
         
Spliced (M) 2:47 Spliced from Take 16 & ending of Take 3
Alternate master (OPA5 8210)
Collectors Gold 1°°~Elvis Chante Leiber & Stoller°°

You're The Boss (movie version transfer)
2524  
Take 1
  Mono transfer of 2011-16  
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5 (M) 2:43 (2:51 with count-in) Acetate°~Elvis Rocks & The Girls Roll° (count-in)

Today, Tomorrow And Forever (duet)
OPA5 8215
2012 July 11 1963 (Thur: 7.00pm - 12.40pm)
Take 1 LFS/BD
1:46   Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°° (1:40)+ Viva Las Vegas Sessions 1 (FTD)°°
(count-in - edited dialogue)
Take 2 M 3:52 (3:59 with count-in) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 28 (Sony)°°+Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°
~Today, Tomorrow And Forever 2°° (count-in)+The Viva Las Vegas
Sessions 1 (FTD)°° (no count-in - breath at end)

Today, Tomorrow And Forever (track)
2012 July 11 1963 (Thur: 7.00pm - 12.40pm)
Take 3 Complete
  (take numbering continued)  
Take 4 Complete      
Take 5        
Take 6 (M) 3:34 (not used in favour of 2014 dubdown) Viva Las Vegas Sessions 2 (FTD)°°~Acetate° (count-in)

Today, Tomorrow And Forever (record version)
RPA3 0388
2013 July 11 1963 (Thur: 7.00pm - 12.40pm)
Take 1 BD
1:33 Faster tempo - live vocals by Elvis The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 1 (FTD)°°
Take 2 SFS 0:09   The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 1 (FTD)°°
Take 3 FS
0:12 Viva Las Vegas Sessions 1 (FTD)°°~Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°° (count-in)
~Silver Screen Stereo (FTD)°°
Take 4 (M) 3:35 Alternate master
(used for 2014 dubdown)
Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°~Silver Screen Stereo (FTD)°° (3:28)+The Viva
Las Vegas Sessions 1 (FTD)°° (additional dialogue)
Take 5 SFS 0:14 The Viva Las Vegas Sessions 1 (FTD)°°
Take 6 M 3:23 (used for 2014 dubdown & movie
vocal overdub - 2016
)
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 10 (Sony)°°~The Ultimate Love Songs
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 25)°°~Viva Las Vegas
(remastered soundtrack)°°~Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°~Double Feat's - Love
In Las Vegas / Roustabout°°+The Making Of Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°+The
Viva Las Vegas Sessions 1 (FTD)°° (remixed)

Today, Tomorrow And Forever (movie version - transfer)
2417  
Take 1 (M)
3:23 Mono transfer of 2013-06 Acetate°

Today, Tomorrow And Forever (dubdown to track)
2014  
'Take 4' Dubdown
3:34 Dubdown to instrumental of 2013-04
- Elvis' vocals removed from track
Alternate master track (not used)
From Santa Monica Blvd, LA, California°+Acetate°
'Take 6' Dubdown 2:46 Dubdown to instrumental of 2013-06
- Elvis' vocals removed & The
Jordanaires' ending edited from track
Master track
(used for movie vocal overdub - 2016)
 

Bongos (instrumental)
2017 July 11 1963 (Thur)(?)
Take 1
Take 2
Take 3
Take 4
Take 5
Take 6
Take 7
Take 8 M 1:02 Soundtrack°~Viva Las Vegas - The Alternate Album°~From Santa Monica
Blvd, LA, California Volume 2°°~Bluray°°

Bongos (#2) (unknown title - instrumental)
2018 July 11 1963 (Thur)(?)
Take 1
Take 2 M

Bongos (#3) (unknown title - instrumental)
2019 July 11 1963 (Thur)(?)
Take 1 M

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.

'The Lady Loves Me' and 'You're The Boss' were recorded with backup vocals only on the third, "empty" 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 detracts from what otherwise would have been an excellent release all the way. The title song 'Viva Las Vegas' (master) is for instance first clipped from amplitude overload and then limited to -3 dB, just to make sure that all reasons for the initial compromise were eliminated as well - and leaving us with "the worst of both worlds".

Take 2 of 'The Lady Loves Me' which appeared on the vinyl only edition of Viva Las Vegas by Follow That Dream, had dialogue from before Take 3 edited in before Take 2.

It has been rumoured that 'You're The Boss' was originally intended to be used on RCA's A Golden Celebration box-set in 1984, but the tape was lost (or stolen) while the set was being compiled. The master intended for A Golden Celebration was finally issued in 1990 on the CD Elvis Sings Leiber & Stoller and Collectors Gold set, and it was spliced from Take 16 and the ending of Take 3. The "original" master as cut on acetate during the sessions is just Take 16 alone, and was first released on Double Features. Take 3, alone, was also issued on FTD's Silver Screen Stereo but has added echo.

The duet version of 'Today, Tomorrow And Forever' (2011) was also intended to be issued on A Golden Celebration in 1984 but the tape was lost (or stolen) while the set was being compiled. It was finally issued on BMG's Today, Tomorrow And Forever box-set in 2002.

'Today, Tomorrow And Forever' (2012) is an unused medium tempo instrumental track that includes backing vocals. The arrangement is similar to the duet version, and was probably considered to be used for the movie vocal overdub.

The unused Take 4 of 'Today, Tomorrow And Forever' (2014) is a dubdown to instrumental track of 2013 Take 4, and was probably considered to be used for the movie version of 'Today, Tomorrow And Forever' (2016). Take 6 of 'Today, Tomorrow And Forever' (2014) is a dubdown to instrumental track of 2013 Take 6 but has the second bridge and third verse edited out, and was used for the movie version of 'Today, Tomorrow And Forever' (2016).

It is unknown when production numbers 2017, 2018 and 2019 were recorded but they are listed to show the progress of recording between this session and the recording session for Ann-Margret on August 28 1963.

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.

Thanks to Juan Luis Gonzales Brugal for identifying the different mix of Take 9 of 'The Lady Loves Me' on the Ann-Margret CD The Very Best Of Ann-Margret.

Session Logs
Acetate
The Lady Loves Me
The Lady Loves Me
Acetate
Today, Tomorrow And Forever (2012-06)
Today, Tomorrow And Forever
Acetate
Today, Tomorrow And Forever (2013-04)
Today, Tomorrow And Forever

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 11 1963
Tape Box - July 11 1963 (Thanks to Follow That Dream)


Music Sheets
Music Sheet
The Lady Loves Me
The Lady Loves Me (Thanks to Glen Johnson)
Music Sheet
You're The Boss
You're The Boss (Thanks to Christopher Brown)
Music Sheet
Today, Tomorrow And Forever
Today, Tomorrow And Forever

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