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June 5 / 6 1970
(+ 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)

RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee
Producer: Felton Jarvis
Engineer: Al Pachucki
(6.00pm - 9.00pm / 10.00pm - 1.00am / 1.30am - 4.30am)

Musicians:   Harmony Vocal:
Guitar:
Elvis Presley Charlie Hodge ('Bridge Over Troubled Water')
Guitar: James Burton  
Guitar: Chip Young  
Guitar: Charlie Hodge  
Drums: Jerry Carrigan  
Piano: David Briggs  
Bass: Norbert Putnam  
Organ / Harmonica: Charlie McCoy  
Marimba: Charlie McCoy ('Bridge Over Troubled Water')  

Bridge Over Troubled Water
ZPA4 1600
  June 5 / 6 1970 (Fri / Sat)
Rehearsal
0:50   That's The Way It Is (FTD)°° (0:33)+From Elvis In Nashville 3°° (0:44)
+That's The Way It Is - Deluxe Edition 1°°
Take 1 Complete
4:58   From Elvis In Nashville 3°° (4:50 - count-in)+That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°
(extra dialogue)+The Nashville Marathon (FTD)°° (extra dialogue)
~TTWII - Deluxe Edition 1°° (4:40)
Take 2 FS 0:26   That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5 Complete 4:40   That's The Way It Is (FTD)°° (count-in)~Unedited Masters - Nashville
1971 (Venus)°°+Essential Elvis Vol. 4°°~Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On°°
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8 (M) 4:29 Unrepaired undubbed master
You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country Vol. 1°°~Pure Diamonds
Volume 4°°
         
Overdub (M)   Band overdubs on June 9  
Overdub (M)   Backup vocal overdubs on June 22  
V.O. (M) 4:29 Vocals replaced & harmony vocal
overdub on June 23
You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country Volume 1°°~Acetate°°
+From Elvis In Nashville 1°° (no harmony v.o or band & backup v.o's)
Overdub (M) 4:29 Brass & string overdubs on June 30 Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash (FTD)°° (no harmony vocal)
+You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country Volume 2°° (see notes)
+Pure Diamonds Volume 2°~For The Good Times° (see notes) (with
harmony vocal)
Overdub (M) 4:29 Additional backup v.o's on Oct. 1 Elvis Inspirational (DSD)°°~Heart And Soul (DSD)°°~70s Box 3°°
Overdub M 4:39 With overdubbed applause Complete Elvis Presley Masters 19 (Sony)°°~The Nashville Sessions
(Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Coll. 27)°°~That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°
~That's The Way It Is (24 Bit)°°+That's The Way It Is CD1°°~That's The
Way It Is - Deluxe Edition 1°°+The Definitive Love Album°° (edited)
         
Re-Recording 4:35 2013 re-recorded backing track If I Can Dream°°

Got My Mojo Working / Keep Your Hands Off Of It
ZPA4 1601
  June 5 / 6 1970 (Fri / Sat)
Take 1 (M)
5:34 Unedited undubbed master
Essential Elvis Volume 4°° (edited)+From Elvis In Nashville 1°°+Love
Letters From Elvis (FTD)°° (extra dialogue)
Edit (M) 4:17 Edited undubbed master Pure Diamonds Volume 4°° (too fast)
         
Overdub (M)   Backup vocal overdubs on June 22  
Overdub (M) 4:37 Brass & string overdubs on June 30 Pure Diamonds Volume 2° (see note)
Overdub (M) 5:37 Additional brass overdubs on July 20
Unedited master
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On°° (5:08)~You Know, It Don't Have To Be
Strictly Country Vol. 1°°~Tape°° (5:13)+Unedited Masters - Nashville '70
(Venus)°° (unedited - with additional dialogue at end)
Faded M 4:34 Master faded Complete Elvis Presley Masters 19 (Sony)°°~Rhythm & Blues (Franklin
Mint Comp. Masters Collection 9)°°~Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°
~Love Letters From Elvis (20 Bit)°°~70s Box 3°°

How The Web Was Woven
ZPA4 1602
  June 5 / 6 1970 (Fri / Sat)
Take 1 Reh'sal+ 1:52   That's The Way It Is - Deluxe Edition 1°° (talking only - 1st 55 seconds)
~The Nashville Marathon (FTD)°° (last part)+That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°
(1:25 - edited)+From Elvis In Nashville 3°°
  Complete 3:30   That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°~The Nashville Marathon (FTD)°°~That's The
Way It Is - Deluxe Edition 1°°+From Elvis In Nashville 3°°
Take 2        
Take 3 (M) 3:29 Undubbed master Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash (FTD)°°~Pure Diamonds Vol. 4°°
(3:23)+From Elvis In Nashville 1°° (extra dialogue at end)
         
Overdub (M) 3:25 Backup vocal overdubs on June 22 ? You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country Volume 1°~Acetate°
Overdub (M) 3:13 Brass & string overdubs on July 20 Acetate°° (too fast - no backing vocals)
Overdub (M)   Additional brass overdubs on July 20  
Overdub M 3:28 Band overdubs on July 22 That's The Way It Is - Deluxe Edition 1°°~The Complete Elvis Presley
Masters 19 (Sony)°°~The Ultimate Love Songs (Franklin Mint Complete
Masters Collection 25)°°~That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°
~That's The Way It Is CD1°°~70s Box 1°°+The Other Side Of Memphis°°

It's Your Baby, You Rock It
ZPA4 1603
  June 5 / 6 1970 (Fri / Sat)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3 Complete 4:01 Alternate master Elvis Country (FTD)°° (extra dialogue)+The Nashville Marathon (FTD)°°
(different mix - 3:12)+Unedited Masters - Nashville 1970 (Venus)°°
(different mix - 3:15)+From Elvis In Nashville 4°° (3:11)
Take 4   0:07+   Unedited Masters - Nashville 1970 (Venus)°° (count-in only - not listed)
Take 5 (M) 3:11 Undubbed master You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country Vol 1°°~Pure Diamonds
Volume 1°°+Behind Closed Doors (vinyl)°° (different mixes - edited)
+From Elvis In Nashville 1°°
         
Overdub (M) 3:12 Backup vocal overdubs on June 22
Unedited master
Unedited Masters - Nashville Revisited (Venus)°°~Unedited Masters - The
Next Generation (Venus)°° (listed as Take 3 overdubbed)
Faded M 3:01 Master faded Complete Elvis Presley Masters 19 (Sony)°°~Country Legend (Franklin
Mint Comp. Masters Collection 18)°°~Elvis Country (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°
~70s Box 3°°

Stranger In The Crowd
ZPA4 1604
  June 5 / 6 1970 (Fri / Sat)
Take 1 Reh'sal+ 1:12 "Tonight, Carmen" Essential Elvis Vol. 4°° (not listed - before 'A Hundred Years From Now')
+Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On°° (not listed - end of 'Cindy, Cindy')
+That's The Way It Is (FTD)°° (1:04)+From Elvis In Nashville 3°°
+Unedited Masters - The Next Generation (Venus)°°~Unedited Masters -
Life (Venus)°° (announcement only)
  FS 0:08   That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°+From Elvis In Nashville 3°°
Take 2 2xFS 0:21   That's The Way It Is (FTD)°° (not listed - 2nd FS only)+From Elvis In
Nashville 3°°
Take 3 FS 0:17   That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°+From Elvis In Nashville 3°°
Take 4 LFS 0:57 (followed by rehearsal) That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°+From Elvis In Nashville 3°°
Take 5 LFS 1:50   That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°+From Elvis In Nashville 3°°
Take 6   0:18+ "I just blew my fucking pipes..." That's The Way It Is (FTD)°° (announcement only - not listed)
Take 7 LFS 2:16 (preceded by rehearsal) Unedited Masters - The Next Generation (Venus)°°+Unedited Masters
- Life (Venus)°°
Take 8        
Take 9 (M) 4:31 Undubbed master Pure Diamonds Volume 1°~Rough Cut Diamonds° (4:05)+From Elvis In
Nashville 1°°
         
Overdub (M)   Backup v.o's on June 22?
 
Overdub (M) 4:35 Brass & string overdubs on July 20
Unedited master
That's The Way It Is (FTD)°° (rough mix master)+Unedited Masters -
Nashville 1970 (Venus)°°
Faded M 3:49 Master faded That's The Way It Is - Deluxe Edition 1°°~The Complete Elvis Presley
Masters 19 (Sony)°°~The Nashville Sessions (Franklin Mint Complete
Masters Collection 27)°°~That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°
~That's The Way It Is CD1°°~70s Box 3°°+You Know, It Don't Have To
Be Strictly Country Volume 1°~Acetate° (different mixes - see notes)
+The Other Side Of Memphis°°

I'll Never Know
ZPA4 1605
  June 5 / 6 1970 (Fri / Sat)
Take 1 Complete
3:08 (preceded by rehearsal)
"Mother Fucker"
Unedited Masters - Life (Venus)°° (listed as Take 4)+The Nashville
Marathon (FTD)°° (2:16 - edited)+Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°
(CD1 track 18)
  +Reh'sal 0:50   Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°° (CD2 - 1st part of track 5)
Take 2 LFS 1:13   Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°° (CD2 - 2nd part of track 5)
Take 3 Complete 3:31 (preceded by rehearsal) From Elvis In Nashville 4°° (2:30)+Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°
Take 4 FS 0:29 "You Better Run" From Elvis In Nashville 4°° (not listed - 1st part of track 15)
Take 5 LFS 1:06 "What makes a fucking firefly" From Elvis In Nashville 4°° (not listed - 2nd part of track 15)
Take 6        
Take 7 (M) 2:24 Undubbed master Pure Diamonds Volume 1°~Rough Cut Diamonds° (count-in)
+From Elvis In Nashville 1°°
         
Overdub (M)   Backup vocal overdubs on June 22  
Overdub (M) 2:26 Brass & string overdubs on June 30 You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country Volume 1°~You Know,
It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country Volume 2° (no backing vocals -
see notes)
Overdub M 2:25 Additional backup v.o's on Oct. 1 Complete Elvis Presley Masters 19 (Sony)°°~In The Mood (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 24)°°~Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°
~Love Letters From Elvis (20 Bit)°°+That's The Way It Is - Special
Edition°° (different mix)

Mary In The Morning
ZPA4 1606
  June 5 / 6 1970 (Fri / Sat)
Take 1 FS 0:30   That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°
Take 2 LFS 1:33   That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°
Take 3 FS 1:44 (preceded by rehearsal) The Nashville Marathon (FTD)°° (FS only - not listed)+Unedited Masters
- Life (Venus)°° (FS only - not listed - different mix)+That's The Way It Is
(FTD)°° (rehearsal & FS - 1:15)+From Elvis In Nashville 3°° (additional
dialogue - 1:38)
Take 4 Complete 4:25   The Nashville Marathon (FTD)°°+That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°+Unedited
Masters - Life (Venus)°° (different mixes)+From Elvis In Nashville 3°°
Take 5 (M) 4:16 Undubbed master Rough Cut Diamonds°+You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country
Volume 1° (count-in - see notes)+From Elvis In Nashville 1°°
         
Overdub (M) 4:10 Brass & string overdubs on July 20 Acetate°°
Overdub (M) 4:25 Backup v.o's on October 1
Unedited master
Unedited Masters - Nashville 1970 (Venus)°° (count-in)
Faded M 4:10 Master faded That's The Way It Is - Deluxe Edition 1°°~The Complete Elvis Presley
Masters 19 (Sony)°°~The Ultimate Love Songs (Franklin Mint Complete
Masters Collection 25)°°~That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°+(24 Bit)°°
~That's The Way It Is CD1°°~70s Box 3°°

Notes

The Japanese 24-Bit release of That's The Way It Is runs slow all the way through at differing speeds between tracks, as opposed to the same tracks on the special edition box-set (BMG - 2000) and FTD's That's The Way It Is classic album. The differences between tracks on the 24-Bit CD are as follows:-

I Just Can't Help Believin' (-1,3%)
Twenty Days And Twenty Nights (-1,6%)
How The Web Was Woven (-2,0%)
Patch It Up (-2,3%)
Mary In The Morning (-2,5%)
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (-2,9%)
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (-0,9%)
I've Lost You (-1,2%)
Just Pretend (-1,7%)
Stranger In The Crowd (-1,5%)
The Next Step Is Love (-1,9%)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (-2,5%)

'How The Web Was Woven' and 'Stranger In The Crowd' are not listed in Sessions III as having backup vocals overdubbed on June 22, but the masters contain female backup vocals as well as brass and strings overdubs. June 22 would be a likely date for backup vocal overdubs as The Jordanaires were present on September 21 but are not present on the final overdubbed masters.

Sessions III lists July 18 as being the date when brass and strings were overdubbed to 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'I Got My Mojo Working' and 'I'll Never Know' but I doubt this date is correct for these overdubs. In the session logs there is a listing dated July 7 that lists all musicians used for these overdubs (as listed in Sessions III). At the bottom right hand corner of the session log there is a date of what looks to be "06/30" indicating a date of June 30 1970 for this overdub session.

'Bridge Over Troubled Water' and 'I Got My Mojo Working' on Pure Diamonds Volume 2 are probably just the left channel only (centred) of a stereo acetate of the fully overdubbed master. By eliminating the right channel on the same tracks on Love Letters and the 70s Box I was able to get the exact same results. This is possible because backing vocals (and occasionally strings) tend to be panned 100% right on the original mixes from these sessions, so you can often eliminate them by cutting out the right channel, with no discernable bleed.

'I'll Never Know', 'Mary In The Morning' and 'Stranger In The Crowd' on the bootleg You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country (tracks 13, 14 & 12), along with 'I'll Never Know' and 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' on the bootleg You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country - Volume 2 (tracks 22 & 20) do not appear to be original mixes. They are possibly just one channel only (centred to mono) of stereo acetates of the fully overdubbed masters which sound like they have been processed to create a fake stereo effect - electronically produced stereo!

The master of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' has an overdubbed applause on most releases, but it was finally released without overdubbed applause on Heart And Soul. The low volume intro is brought up to a natural level on That's The Way It Is (special edition - box).

An edited (3:06) version of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' , with omitted verse ("When you're down and out, when you're on the streets. When evening falls so hard, I will comfort you, I'll take your part when the darkness falls and pain is all around"), was released in 1987 on the BMG Ariola release The Definitive Love Album.

On the Venus release Unedited Masters - Nashville 1971, as a bonus track is 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' that is listed as being overdubbed with no backing vocals, giving the impression it is the master (Take 8). This is in fact a slightly different mix of Take 5 that first appeared on Essential Elvis Volume 4.

Elvis' harmony vocal overdub on 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' is not present as heard on FTD's Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash, but it is present on the bootlegs You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country Volume 2, Pure Diamonds Volume 2 and For The Good Times and all of these releases contain brass and strings overdubbed after Elvis harmony vocal overdub. This was achieved by either turning on or off the separate "Harmony Vocal" track on the 16-track tape.

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

The undubbed master of 'How The Web Was Woven' on Pure Diamonds Volume 4 has the left and right channels swapped.

Elvis can be heard fooling around with 'Mother In Law' before Take 1 of 'I Got My Mojo Working' on Essential Elvis Volume 4.

Take 1 of 'I Got My Mojo Working' on Essential Elvis Volume 4 is edited to take out Elvis' "Mother Fucker" profanity (around 3:25), whereas it is complete on FTD's Love Letters From Elvis classic album.

The master of 'Stranger In The Crowd' is faded, the complete rough mix master can be found on FTD's That's The Way It Is classic album, as well as the Venus bootleg Unedited Masters - Nashville 1970 where it also contains the count-in and is in a slightly different mix.

Although Take 3 of 'Mary In The Morning' contains more dialogue on the Sony CD set From Elvis In Nashville than Take 3 on the Follow That Dream That's The Way It Is classic album, there is some dialogue heard at the start on the FTD that is missing on the Sony set.

The original title of the Love Letters From Elvis album was entitled Festival, and was going to include the following songs - Hence the inclusion of 'The Sound Of Your Cry' and 'Sylvia' on FTD's Love Letters From Elvis classic album:-

The Sound Of Your Cry
Cindy, Cindy
Got My Mojo Working / Keep Your Hands Off Of It
I'll Never Know
It Ain't No Big Thing (But It's Growing)
This Is Our Dance
Heart Of Rome
When I'm Over You
If I Were You
Sylvia
Love Letters

By taking out two of the four channels from the rare Japanese Quadraphonic LP of Elvis - That's The Way It Is is how the "previously unreleased versions" were created on the bootleg The Other Side Of Memphis (Bilko).

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.

All outtakes and undubbed masters used on the Sony 4xCD set From Elvis In Nashville have been completely remixed and remastered from scratch.

Thanks to Adrian V Stokes regarding the edited versions of songs on the BMG Ariola set of Definitive albums, and Christian Beiden for detailed analysis of the two You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country bootleg sets.

Thanks to Erik Rasmussen.

Sample of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' with Elvis' original vocals in the left channel and his re-recorded vocals in the right channel.

Session Logs
 
Recording Information
June 5 1970
June 5 1970
 


Music Sheets
Music Sheet
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Bridge Over Troubled Water (Thanks to Christopher Brown)
Music Sheet
Got My Mojo Working
Got My Mojo Working (Thanks to Christopher Brown)
Music Sheet
Hands Off
Hands Off (Thanks to Christopher Brown)

Music Sheet
How The Web Was Woven
How The Web Was Woven (Thanks to Christopher Brown)
Music Sheet
It's Your Baby, You Rock It
It's Your Baby, You Rock It (Thanks to Christopher Brown)
Music Sheet
Stranger In The Crowd
Stranger In The Crowd (Thanks to Christopher Brown)

Music Sheet
I'll Never Know
I'll Never Know (Thanks to Christopher Brown)
Music Sheet
Mary In The Morning
Mary In The Morning
 

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