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January 20 / 21 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:   Harmony Vocal:
Guitar: Elvis Presley Elvis Presley (Gentle On My Mind')
Guitar: Reggie Young Ronnie Milsap ('Gentle On My Mind')(March 20?)
Steel Guitar: John Hughey ('Rubberneckin' & 'In The Ghetto')
Drums: Gene Chrisman  
Organ: Bobby Emmons  
Bass: Tommy Cogbill  
Bass: Mike Leech  
Piano: Bobby Wood  

In The Ghetto
XPA5 1154
  January 20 1969 (Mon: 9.00pm - 12.00am)
Take 1 PB
3:36 "We're rolling, number one"
(low key)
American Sound 1969 2°°~From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°° (2:56)+The
American Way Vol. 1°~Finding The Way Home° (1-13-2)~A Legendary
Performer Volume 7°
Take 2 FS+LFS 1:50 (preceded by rehearsal) American Sound 1969 2°°~From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°°+The American
Way Volume 1°~Finding The Way Home° (1-13-1)
Take 3 FS+PB 3:14 "Number three" American Sound 1969 2°°~From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°° (count-in &
PB)~Platinum 3°° (PB)~Suspicious Minds - The Memphis '69 Anthology°°
(PB)~In The Ghetto (2007 single)°° (PB)~American Crown Jewels° (PB)
+The American Way Volume 1° (FS+PB)
Take 4 PB 3:01   American Sound 1969 2°°~From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°°~60s Box 5°°
+The American Way Volume 1° (count-in)
Take 5 LFS 0:39 (high key) American Sound 1969 2°°~The American Way Volume 1°~A Legendary
Performer Volume 7°
Take 6 LFS 1:11 (followed by rehearsal) The American Way Volume 1°~A Legendary Performer Volume 7° (0:42)
+American Sound 1969 2°°
Take 7 LFS 1:34   The American Way Volume 1°~Finding TheWay Home° (2-3-1) (1:28)
+American Sound 1969 2°°
Take 8 FS 0:39   The American Way Volume 1°~Finding The Way Home° (2-3-2) (0:29)
+American Sound 1969 2°°
Take 9 FS+LFS 0:45   American Sound 1969 2°°~The American Way Volume 1° (SFS+LFS)
~Finding The Way Home° (2-3-3 - LFS only)
Take 10 LFS 2:02   The American Way Volume 1°~Finding The Way Home° (2-3-4) (1:38)
+American Sound 1969 2°°
Take 11 PB 3:18 (preceded by rehearsal) American Sound 1969 2°°~From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°°~Memphis
Sessions (FTD)°° (PB)~Elvis Then & Now°° (PB)~The American Way
Volume 1° (PB)~Finding The Way Home° (2-3-5 & 2-4-1 - PB)
Take 12 LFS 0:10+   The American Way Volume 1° (count-in & beginning only - faded)
Take 13 SFS+PB 2:53   American Sound 1969 2°°~From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°° (PB - complete)
+Made In Memphis (FTD)°° (PB - faded)
Take 14 LFS      
Take 15 LFS      
Take 16 LFS   (preceded by rehearsal)  
Take 17 Reh'sal      
Take 18 Reh'sal      
Take 19 SFS+PB 3:07   American Sound 1969 2°°~From Elvis At American Sound (FTD)°°
+Today, Tomorrow & Forever 3°° (playback only - listed as Take 20)
Take 20 SFS+PB 3:04 "The caissons go rolling along" American Sound 1969 2°°~From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°° (PB)
Take 21 SFS      
Take 22 (M)   Unrepaired undubbed master  
         
Overdub (M) 2:55 Backup v.o's on January 25
Keep Rollin' On (Venus)° (count-in)~Draft Mix Tape° (tr'k 15)~American
Rejects° (unrepaired vocals)
V.O. (M) 3:06 Elvis' vocals replaced on Feb 22 American Sound 1969 2°°~From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°° (complete)
~E1 (30 #1 Hits DVD-A)°~A Legendary Performer Volume 3° (bootleg)
(part only 1:34 - isolated vocal replacement) (no backup vocals)
Overdub (M)   String overdubs on March 18 (aft)  
Overdub M 2:47 Brass overdubs on March 18 (eve)
(SPA1 4137)
From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°°~Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°
~Songs Of The Sixties (Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 2)°°
~Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight 3 (Legacy)°°~Elvis 75 CD3°°~From
Elvis In Memphis (Legacy)°°~From Elvis In Memphis°°~Comp. Single
Collection 6°°~E1 (30 #1 Hits)°°~Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969
Anthology°°~60s Box 4°°+The Memphis Record°°+The Other Side Of
Memphis°°+From Elvis In Memphis (Legacy)°~The Mono Masters CD3
(Venus)°
         
Re-Recording 3:10 2014 re-recorded backing track If I Can Dream°°

Gentle On My Mind (track replacement / vocal overdub)
XPA5 1155
  January 20 1969 (Mon: 9.00pm - 12.00am)
V.O. (M) 3:29 Track replacement / vocal repair
of January 15 track
American Sound 1969 2°°~From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°°+The American
Way Volume 5°~Draft Mix Tape° (track 5)~Edge Of Reality°~A Legendary
Performer Vol. 3° (bootleg) (different mix with prominent organ present)
         
Overdub (M)   Brass overdubs on March 18 (eve)  
Overdub (M)   String overdubs on March 19 (aft)  
Overdub (M)   Backup v.o's on March 20 (morning)  
Overdub M 3:22 Band overdubs & harmony v.o.
on March 20 (eve)

(SPA1 4131)
From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°°~Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°
~Country Legend (Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Collection 18)°°~From
Elvis In Memphis (Legacy)°°~Great Country Songs (DSD)°°~From Elvis
In Memphis°°~Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology°°~60s
Box 4°°~Behind Closed Doors°° (acetate)+The Other Side Of Memphis°°
+The Memphis Record°° (different mix)

Rubberneckin'
XPA5 1156
  January 21 1969 (Tue: 1.00am - 4.00am)
Take 1 FS 0:39 "Okay, we're rolling, one" American Sound 1969 3°°~From Elvis At American Sound (FTD)°° (0:21)
+The American Way Vol 1°°~Unsurpassed Masters 4-15°°
Take 2 (M) 3:17 "Number two" Undubbed master
(preceded by rehearsal & one-liner
"Our Love & Aloha") (2:18)
American Sound 1969 3°°~From Elvis At American Sound (FTD)°° (2:29)
+The American Way Vol 1°°~Unsurpassed Masters 4-15°°~Suspicious
Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology°° (1-liner only - before Take 16
of 'You'll Think Of Me')
         
Overdub (M) 2:04 Backup v.o's on January 26
(partial backing vocals)
Draft Mix Tape° (track 14)~Edge Of Reality°
Overdub (M) 2:11 2nd backup v.o's on January 26
(full backing vocals)
Change Of Habit (FTD Book)°
Overdub (M)   Brass overdubs on March 19 (eve)  
Overdub M 2:11 Additional backup v.o's on May 6 (am)
(SPA1 4129)
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°~The Memphis Sessions
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 33)°°~From Elvis At American
Sound (FTD)°°~The Last Movies (FTD)°°+Complete Single Collection 7°°
~Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology°°~60s Box 4°°+The
Memphis Record°° (different mixes)+Unsurpassed Mast. 4-15°° (3 mixes)
+From Elvis In Memphis (Legacy)°~The Mono Masters CD3 (Venus)°

Notes

RCA's official session logs incorrectly list the session times of some songs recorded:-
'In The Ghetto is listed as being recorded (21st) 1.00am - 4.00am instead of (20th) 9.00pm - 12.00am
'Rubberneckin' is listed as being recorded (20th) 9.00pm - 12.00am instead of (21st) 1.00am - 4.00am

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).

Elvis' vocals on 'Gentle On My Mind' were erased, and dubbed down to a rhythm track before Elvis re-recorded his vocal on January 20.

Sessions III lists 'Gentle On My Mind' as having backup vocals overdubbed on January 23, but the session log shows that as of February 4 (date of the job number) no backup vocals had been overdubbed. According to Mary Holladay Pederson's logbook, 'Gentle On My Mind' had backup vocals overdubbed on March 20.

Remixed versions of 'Gentle On My Mind' and 'Rubberneckin' can be found on The Memphis Record.

By taking out two of the four channels from the rare Japanese Quadraphonic LP of From Elvis In Memphis is how the "previously unreleased versions" were created on the bootleg The Other Side Of Memphis (Bilko).

Although there are no backup vocals present during Elvis' vocal replacement on 'In the Ghetto', the "Vocal Group" track (track 2 of the 8-track tape) will have been turned off while Elvis replaced his vocals on track 7 of the 8-track tape.
Track 1 = used for later hi-strings overdubs
Track 2 = used for vocal group overdubs
Track 3 = used for later brass overdubs
Track 4 = used for later low-strings overdubs
Track 5 = used for bass
Track 6 = used for piano, organ & rhythm guitar
Track 7 = used for Elvis' vocal (original vocal erased and re-recorded)
Track 8 = used for drums

Different remixed versions of 'In The Ghetto' can be found on Elvis 30 #1 Hits (E1) and The Memphis Record.

The re-recording of 'In The Ghetto' can found on the 2015 album If I Can Dream, which contained Elvis' original vocals but with new backings by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and which actually went to number one in the UK album charts.

Elvis sings one line of 'Our Love And Aloha' (Ernie Menehune - Roadrunner Records 1313 in 1958) before Take 2 of 'Rubberneckin'. Thanks to Bob Crane for identifying the one-liner Elvis is singing before Take 2 of 'Rubberneckin'.

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 20 1969
January 20 1969
Draft Mix Tape
Basic & Alt. Vocals
Draft Mix Tape
From Elvis In Memphis
& Back In Memphis
From Elvis In Memphis

 
Tape Legends
Overdubs
Tape Legends (Thanks to Follow That Dream)
 


Music Sheets
Music Sheet
In The Ghetto
In The Ghetto
Music Sheet
Gentle On My Mind
Gentle On My Mind
Music Sheet
Rubberneckin'
Rubberneckin'

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