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January 15 / 16 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
Technician: Roy Shockley

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Guitar: Reggie Young NA
Drums: Gene Chrisman  
Organ: Bobby Emmons  
Bass: Tommy Cogbill  
Bass: Mike Leech  
Piano: Bobby Wood  
Harmonica: Ed Kollis ('Don't Cry Daddy')  

Don't Cry Daddy (track)
XPA5 1149
  January 15 1969 (Wed: 7.00pm - 10.00pm)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3 (M) 3:04 (Vocal overdub on January 22) American Sound 1969 2°°~From Elvis At American Sound (FTD)°° (with
vocal overdub)

Poor Man's Gold (track)
XPA5 1150
  January 15 1969 (Wed: 10.00pm - 1.00am)
Take 1 LFS
Take 2 LFS      
Take 3 PB      
Take 4 LFS   (fast - Bobby Wood guide vocal)  
Take 5 2xFS+LFS   (fast - Bobby Wood guide vocal)  
Take 6 PB   (fast - Bobby Wood guide vocal)  
Take 7 FS?   (track only - preceded by rehearsal - tape cut)
Take 8 PB   (slow - Bobby Wood guide vocal)  
Take 9 FS   (track only)  
Take 10 FS      
Take 11 LFS      
Take 12 FS+(M) 2:53 (Vocal overdub on January 22) Finding The Way Home° (2-11 hidden track - M only)+Draft Mix Tape°
(count-in - track 19 - M only)+American Sound 1969 2°° (FS+M - with
vocal overdub) (faded)+From Elvis At American Sound (FTD)°° (FS+M
- with vocal overdub) (complete)

Inherit The Wind (track)
XPA5 1151
  January 16 1969 (Thur: 2.00am - 5.00am)
Take 1 FS 0:52 (followed by rehearsal)
American Sound 1969 2°°~Back In Memphis (FTD)°°
Take 2 LFS      
Take 3 FS      
Take 4 (M) 3:22 (Vocal overdub on January 21) American Sound 1969 2°°~Back In Memphis (FTD)°° (with v.o. #1)

Mama Liked The Roses (track)
XPA5 1152
  January 16 1969 (Thur: 2.00am - 5.00am)
Take 1 LFS   (Bobby Wood - guide vocal)
Take 2 PB   (Bobby Wood - guide vocal)  
Take 3 PB   (track only)  
Take 4 (M) 3:22 (Vocal overdub on January 21) American Sound 1969 2°° (#2, track 11)~From Elvis At American Sound
(FTD)°° (CD2, track 11 - with master v.o. and additional dialogue at end)


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).

The instrumental track of 'Poor Man's Gold' can be heard after the last track ('Kentucky Rain') on the bootleg Finding The Way Home.

Sessions continued with Bobby Wood doing some guide vocals while Elvis was ill.

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
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January 15 1969
January 15 1969
Draft Mix Tape
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Draft Mix Tape
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