Section is a brief overview of the outcome of the
recording sessions, the masters, sorted by decade:
Sections are ongoing work, expected to be
half-finished by spring 2009, covering the actual recording
sessions and available sources. In the true spirit of Steve
Sholes, the notes, symbols and source abbreviations may seem
a little cryptic. Be sure to read the Session
Sections decription if in doubt. "Best" sources are listed when
more than one source exists. Alternate sources are listed
for some takes, but this is not a primary ambition.
recorded by RCA in the 50's were erased and re-used. This is
the reason why almost all take numbers of many 50's sessions
are shown in gray color. However, since recording information on these appear to have been found
in later years, there is hope that most of information will be made
comments and help from fellow collectors are always
appreciated. Bootleg requests are not appreciated and
business/promotional proposals not coming from collectors
may end up in recycle bin. Master & Session does not
support or recommend bootlegs or official releases.
References to possibly inferior unofficial or official
products are unavoidable, as are comments regarding content,
quality and sometimes the work of people behind the
products. Any criticism contained within these pages is not
meant to be taken personally, but rather as feedback to the
industry for the future. Nobody said that mastering vintage
music was easy.
Both Jorgensen's and Tunzi's recording masters books are
essential and highly recommended.
Apologies for slow communication!
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The King of
The Complete 50's
A review full of the usual Internet stories, rumors, lies,
MP3-samples and stick-giving to celebrate the re-release of
this masterpiece: Hound Dog updates and definitions of
THE ECHO PROBLEM, THE EQ PROBLEM and THE NOISE-REDUCTION
24 & September 4-5, 1956 (Love Me Tender).
(Wear My Ring Around Your Neck).
at SUN, An Overview of the Audio Restoration
(Harbor Lights update).
JULY 5, 1954 -
JULY 5, 2004
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary
(Updated August 22, 2004)
at SUN, An Overview of the Audio Restoration
JUNE 14, 2004_
1969, Part 1:
January 13-14, January 14-15,
January 15-16, January 16,
January 20-21, January 21-22,
January 22-23, January 23 &
January 24, 1969 (backup vocal overdubs)
1969, Part 2:
22 & February 22? (vocal
Change of Habit:
March 5-7, 1969
March 18, afternoon (strings), March
18-19 (brass), March 19, noon (strings),
March 19, evening (brass), March
20 (band), March
21 (strings) &
March 25, 1969 (strings & backup vocals).
May 5 (strings), May 6 (brass & backup
vocals), May 7 (strings),
May 7, (brass & backup vocals) & May 8, (brass &
August 7-8, 1969 (brass
September 25-26, 1969
March 31, 1970
DECEMBER 8, 2003_
9-12 & August 30,
1963 (Viva Las Vegas).
OCTOBER 12, 2003
1956 (Million Dollar Quartet).
1962 & September 22,
1962 (It Happened at the World's
1963 & February 27,
1963 (Fun in Acapulco).
FEBRUARY 16, 2003
Elvis TV Special sessions (Western Recorders
& November 25-27,
1968 (The Trouble with Girls)
1960 (Elvis Is Back sessions, part 1)
Some more tape
legends added (Sun
Box#13, Mystery Train/I Forgot
to Remember to Forget (the "16th" Sun Box) and
Also some casual
speculation regarding June 5, 1954. Any further
thoughts on the subject are welcome.
Elvis TV Special sessions:
20-24 (Western Recorders
(Western Recorders mixing of
24-25 (NBC informal rehearsals),
27 (NBC 6 PM and 8 PM "sitdown shows"),
28 (NBC filmed playback/overdub
29 (NBC 6 PM and 8 PM "standup shows")
1968 (NBC filmed overdub/playback sessions)
The great new FTD release "Fame and Fortune"
provides a lot of interesting new clues to the early 60's
sessions. They are however not covered on these pages yet,
in spite of notes being added in January when the track
list, including timings were first published. I am fully
aware of this situation and want to thank everybody for
their concern. Updates will follow after June '68 sections
are finished, which should be soon. The same goes for the
coming "Today, Tomorrow and Forever" release. Preliminary
take notes have been added, but the analysis of the contents
will not be finished and presented here by morning of June
FEBRUARY 17 - MARCH 10, 2002
on to a better home due to increased traffic.
URL: www.elvisrecordings.com is the new
Old URL www.geocities.com/Nashville/5826/ is not available
legends added (G.I.
Blues, His Hand in
Mine, Easy Come, Easy
Go and June 24,
1968). Still working on next update (June
NOVEMBER 29, 2001
1968 & March
11, 1968 (Live a Little, Love a Little
OCTOBER 23, 2001
1967 & January
15-17, 1968 (Stay Away, Joe sessions).
1967 (Guitar Man sessions).
20-21 & June
26, 1967 (Speedway sessions).
Rough updates to catch up for several session pages (without
for instance: June 10-11,
1958, October 30-31,
1960, June 25-26,
1961 and May