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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 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
Recording Information
January 15 1969
January 15 1969
Draft Mix Tape
Basic & Alt. Vocals
Draft Mix Tape