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January 13 / 14 1969
(+ 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)

American Sound Studio - Memphis, Tennessee
Producers : Felton Jarvis / Chips Moman
Engineer: Al Pachucki / Roy Shockley

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Guitar:
Elvis Presley NA
Guitar: Reggie Young  
Drums: Gene Chrisman  
Organ: Bobby Emmons  
Bass: Tommy Cogbill  
Bass: Mike Leech  
Piano: Bobby Wood  

Long Black Limousine
XPA5 1142
  January 13 1969 (Mon: 7.00pm - 10.00pm)
Take 1 FS
1:01 "Number one" (preceded by rehearsal) American Sound 1969 1°°+The American Way Vol. 3°~Finding The Way
Home° (CD1, track 3, part 1)
Take 2 LFS 2:32   American Sound 1969 1°°~The American Way Vol. 3°~Finding The Way
Home° (1-3-2 faded)
Take 3 FS 0:34   American Sound 1969 1°°~The American Way Voume 3°~A Legendary
Performer Volume 7°
Take 4 FS 0:43 "Take number four" The American Way Volume 3°~Finding The Way Home° (1-3-3)
Take 5 FS 0:57 "We're rolling - number five" American Sound 1969 1°°~The American Way Volume 3°~A Legendary
Performer Volume 7°
Take 6 PB 4:29   Memphis Sessions (FTD)°°+From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°°+American
Sound 1969 1°° (count-in)~The American Way Voume 3°~A Legendary
Performer Volume 7°~Finding The Way Home° (1-3-6)~American Crown
Jewels° (faded - 12 seconds)
Take 7 FS 0:37   American Sound 1969 1°°~From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°° (0:16)+The
American Way Volume 3°~Finding The Way Home° (1-3-4)
Take 8 FS 0:21   American Sound 1969 1°°~From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°°~The American
Way Volume 3°~FindingThe Way Home° (1-3-5)
Take 9 (M) 4:24 Unrepaired undubbed master
(part of vocal track used for master)
American Sound 1969 1°°~From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°° (complete)
~The American Way Volume 3° (count-in only - 0:04)
         
V.O. (M) 4:22 Vocal repair on January 22
(from "Through tear filled eyes I
watch..."
to end)
American Sound 1969 1°°~From Elvis At American Sound (FTD)°°
Overdub (M)   Brass and piano (bell) overdubs
on January 22
 
Overdub (M) 3:31 Backup v.o's on January 25 Draft Mix Tape° (track 7)
Overdub M 3:40 String overdubs on March 18 (aft)
(SPA1 4125)
From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°°~Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°
~The Memphis Sessions (Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Collection 33)°°
~From Elvis In Memphis (Legacy)°°~From Elvis In Memphis°°~Suspicious
Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology°°~60s Box 4°°+The Memphis
Record°°+The Other Side Of Memphis°°

This Is The Story
XPA5 1143
  January 13 1969 (Mon: 10.00pm - 1.00am)
Take 1 FS 0:27 "We're rolling, take number one" American Sound 1969 1°°~Back In Memphis (FTD)°° (count-in)~Memphis
Sessions (FTD)°°+The American Way Volume 5°~Tape°
Take 2 (M)   Unrepaired master
(vocal track erased)
 
         
V.O. (M) 3:04 Vocals replaced on January 24
unedited undubbed master
American Sound 1969 1°°~Back In Memphis (FTD)°° (unedited)
~Memphis Sessions (FTD)°° (faded)
Overdub (M) 2:32 Backup v.o's on January 25 The American Way Vol. 5°~Draft Mix Tape° (track 6)~American Rejects°
Overdub (M)   String overdubs on May 5  
Overdub M 2:28 Brass overdubs on May 6 (eve) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°~The Memphis Sessions
(Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Collection 33)°°~From Elvis In Memphis
(Legacy)°°~Back In Memphis (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°~Suspicious Minds - The
Memphis 1969 Anthology°°~60s Box 4°°

Come Out, Come Out (Wherever You Are) (track)
XPA5 1144
January 14 1969 (Tue: 2.00am - 5.00am)
Rehearsal
2:42 Unsurpassed Masters 4-15°°
Reh'sal LFS 1:40 "Number One " (slow tempo) Unsurpassed Masters 4-15°° (count-in)~There's Always Me Vol. 3°°
Reh'sal LFS 1:47 "Number two" Unsurpassed Masters 4-15°°
Reh'sal LFS 0:46 "Number one " (medium tempo) Unsurpassed Masters 4-15°°
Reh'sal LFS 3:07 "Number two" Unsurpassed Masters 4-15°°
Reh'sal LFS 1:11 Unsurpassed Masters 4-15°°
Reh'sal 2x+LFS 1:37 "Take one on the new agenda" Unsurpassed Masters 4-15°°
Reh'sal LFS+FS 1:13 "Number two" (announced twice) Unsurpassed Masters 4-15°°
Reh'sal FS 0:34 Unsurpassed Masters 4-15°°
Reh'sal LFS 1:57 "Number five" Unsurpassed Masters 4-15°°
Reh'sal LFS 3:15 "Six" Unsurpassed Masters 4-15°°
Reh'sal 3xFS 1:05 "Number seven gentlemen" Unsurpassed Masters 4-15°°
Reh'sal FS 0:35 "Here we go number eight" Unsurpassed Masters 4-15°°
Reh'sal FS+FS 0:46 "Here we go number... nine" Unsurpassed Masters 4-15°°
Reh'sal LFS 0:18 "Number ten... Here we go" Unsurpassed Masters 4-15°°
Reh'sal 2xFS+PB 3:37 "Take eleven " Unsurpassed Masters 4-15°°
Reh'sal FS 0:12 Unsurpassed Masters 4-15°°
Reh'sal LFS 2:48 Unsurpassed Masters 4-15°°
Reh'sal FS 0:47 (Dan Penn - guide vocal)
"Love Is Strange"
Unsurpassed Masters 4-15°°
Reh'sal FS 0:32 Unsurpassed Masters 4-15°°
Reh'sal LFS 1:19 (Jam / Blues) Unsurpassed Masters 4-15°°
Take 1 PB 2:26+ "Funky Track (Slow)"
(preceded by rehearsal)
Unsurpassed Masters 4-15°° (rehearsal - faded)+Draft Mix Tape°
(track 4) (cut)
Take 2 (M) 2:46 "Funky Track (Fast)" (not used) From Elvis At American Sound (FTD)°°~Draft Mix Tape° (track 3)

Wearin' That Loved On Look
XPA5 1145
  January 14 1969 (Tue: 2.00am - 5.00am)
Take 1 FS 0:20 "Take number one" American Sound 1969 1°°
Take 2 FS
0:17   American Sound 1969 1°°~The American Way Voume 2°~A Legendary
Performer Volume 6° (listed as Take 1)~Finding The Way Home° (1-1-1)
Take 3 FS 0:42 "A Little Less Conversation" American Sound 1969 1°°~From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°°~Memphis
Sessions (FTD)°°~The American Way Vol. 2°~Finding The Way Home°
(1-1-2)
Take 4 SFS 0:07 "Oh... shit, man..." The American Way Volume 2°~Finding The Way Home° (1-1-3)
Take 5 LFS 1:03   American Sound 1969 1°°+The American Way Volume 2°~Finding The
Way Home° (1-1-4 faded)
Take 6 FS 0:22   The American Way Volume 2°~Finding The Way Home° (1-1-5)
Take 7 FS 0:30   The American Way Volume 2°~Finding The Way Home° (1-1-6)
Take 8 FS 0:06   The American Way Volume 2°~Finding The Way Home° (1-1-7)
Take 9 FS 0:32   The American Way Volume 2°~A Legendary Performer Volume 6°
Take 10 PB 3:05   From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°°+American Sound 1969 1°°~The American
Way Volume 2°~A Legendary Performer Volume 6°~Finding The Way
Home° (1-1-8)
Take 11 LFS 1:39   The American Way Volume 2°~Finding The Way Home° (2-8-1 faded)
Take 12 FS+FS 0:30   American Sound 1969 1°°~From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°°~Finding The
Way Home° (2-8-2 - 2nd FS)+The American Way Volume 2° (2xFS)
Take 13 LFS 1:10   American Sound 1969 1°°~From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°° (additional
dialogue)~The American Way Vol. 2°~Finding The Way Home° (2-8-3
faded)
Take 14 PB 3:14   American Sound 1969 1°°~From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°° (additional
dialogue)~The American Way Vol. 2° ~Finding The Way Home° (2-8-4
faded)~American Crown Jewels° (faded)+Memphis Sessions (FTD)°°
~Rhythm & Blues (Time Life Elvis Presley Collection Vol. 8)°° (listed as
Take 10)
Take 15 (M)   Unrepaired master (vocals 1:07
-1:22 used for final master)
 
         
Overdub (M)   Backup v.o's on January 19 (morning)  
Overdub (M)   Guitar overdub on January 22  
V.O. (M) 3:06 Elvis' vocal replaced on January 24 American Sound 1969 1°°~From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°° (no backing
vocals)+The Memphis Record°° (with backing vocals - 2:43) (SPA1 4126)
         
Composite (Draft) 2:46 Unused composite of :-
replaced vocals (0:00 - 0:55)
original vocals (0:56 - 1:24)
replaced vocals (1:24 - 2:48)
(after backup v.o's & guitar overdub)
The American Way Volume 5°~Draft Mix Tape° (with Elvis' mock voice
at beginning)
Composite (M)   Composite of :-
replaced vocals (0:00 - 1:06)
original vocals (1:07 - 1:22)
replaced vocals (1:23 - 2:48)
(after backup v.o's & guitar overdub)
 
         
Overdub M 2:47 Additional backup v.o's to master
composite on March 20 (morning)
From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°°~Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°
~The Memphis Sessions (Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Collection 33)°°
~From Elvis In Memphis (Legacy)°°~From Elvis In Memphis°°~Suspicious
Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology°°~60s Box 4°°+The Other Side Of
Memphis°°

Notes

There are two draft mono mix tapes, of which at least one is dated February 28, 1969. A tape log of a later tape copy of both these tapes (except for the last three tracks of the second tape - 'Don't Cry Daddy', 'A Little Bit Of Green' & 'You'll Think Of Me') was shown in the magazine The Man and His Music #13 listed as "Basic + Alt. Vocals". This source is referred to as the "Draft Mix Tape". This mono tape was actually the source of the 1992 bootleg American Rejects (AR 1569), although the notes claimed acetate source for that. The tape contains nothing recorded after January 26 1969.

The tape is a later copy of two draft rough mix tapes of January 1969 recordings (Tape 1: 'I'm Movin' On' - 'Without Love (There Is Nothing)', dated February 28, 1969, and Tape 2: 'From A Jack To A King' - 'You'll Think Of Me'). A breakdown of what the tape contains is as follows:
1. I'm Movin' On - draft composite of Elvis' original and re-recorded vocals (January 22), containing overdubbed backing vocals (January 19 morning) and band and brass overdubs (January 19 evening).
2. Wearin' That Loved On Look - with overdubbed backing vocals (January 19 morning), guitar overdub (January 22) and Elvis' replaced vocals (January 24).
3. Come Out Come Out (Wherever You Are) - fast instrumental track (January 14).
4. Come Out Come Out (Wherever You Are) - slow instrumental track (January 14), with tape cut.
5. This Is The Story - with Elvis' replaced vocals (January 24) and overdubbed backing vocals (January 25).
6. Gentle On My Mind - with track replacement overdubs and Elvis' vocal repair (January 20).
7. Long Black Limousine - with Elvis' vocal repair (January 22), brass and piano overdubs (January 22) and overdubbed backing vocals (January 25).
8. Suspicious Minds - with overdubbed backing vocals (January 24) and Elvis' harmony vocal overdub (January 24).
9. I'll Be There - takes 5 (false start) and 6 (alternate master) with overdone vocal echo (January 23).
10. I'll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms) (January 23).
11. Without Love (There Is Nothing) - take 1 (alternate master) (January 23).
12. From A Jack To A King - with Elvis' original mock voice at end (January 22) and overdubbed backing vocals (January 26).
13. Hey Jude - take 7 (undubbed master) (January 21).
14. Rubberneckin' - with partially overdubbed backing vocals (January 26).
15. In The Ghetto - with Elvis' original take 22 vocals (January 20) and overdubbed backing vocals (January 25).
16. My Little Friend - Elvis' vocal overdub to track (undubbed master) (January 21) with short count-in at start.
17. Mama Liked The Roses - with Elvis' master vocal overdub to track (January 21) and Elvis' harmony vocal overdub (January 24), with short count-in at start.
18. Inherit The Wind - draft composite of vocal overdub takes 1 and 2 (January 21), containing overdubbed backing vocals (January 26).
19. Poor Man's Gold - instrumental track (January 15).
20. Don't Cry Daddy - Elvis' vocal overdub to track (January 22) and Elvis' two harmony vocal overdubs (January 24).
21. A Little Bit Of Green - with Elvis' original take 3 vocals (January 15).
22. You'll Think Of Me - take 23 rhythm track with Elvis' replaced vocals (January 24).

Thanks to Mark Nicholson for identifying Dan Penn singing part of 'Love Is Strange' during the rehearsal of 'Come Out, Come Out (Wherever You Are)' - This was originally thought to have been Bobby Wood, and is even listed as being Roy Hamilton on the bootleg box-set Elvis '69 by "Gravel Road".

Just after Take 3 of 'Wearin' That Loved On Look' on Memphis Sessions (FTD) Elvis can be heard singing a couple of lines of 'A Little Less Conversation'. The same two lines of 'A Little Less Conversation' can be heard spliced to the beginning of 'I'm Movin' On' on Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology.

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
January 13 1969
January 13 1969
Draft Mix Tape
Basic & Alt. Vocals
Draft Mix Tape
From Elvis In Memphis
& Back In Memphis
From Elvis In Memphis

Session Logs
Long Black Limousine
Long Black Limousine (Thanks to Follow That Dream)
Tape Legends
Overdubs
Tape Legends (Thanks to Follow That Dream)
 


Music Sheets
Music Sheet
Long Black Limousine
Long Black Limousine
Music Sheet
This Is The Story
This Is The Story (Thanks to Christopher Brown)
Music Sheet
Wearin' That Loved On Look
Wearin' That Loved On Look

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