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‘Susan When She Tried’
– The Rough-Mix is again delightfully different to the final release. At 2.16 Elvis laughs at his own vocal fluff but then keeps on going, to the fade out 30 seconds later. Listening to the track it is a real surprise that they didn’t go for another take. On the Master release the bass vocal-line was also mixed down, along with an early fade-out to cover the vocal mistake. Takes 1 & 2 that were on ‘6363’ show Elvis in a fabulous mood. The ‘new’ Take 3 features the great comment from Elvis at the start, “You don’t believe that sh*t do you, really?!”.
It is also at a faster tempo and has Elvis’ vocal sounding more enthusiastic than the earlier takes with him adding a nice falsetto at the end. As Felton notes at the end as he pushes towards the Master, “Ok, let’s keep it going!”
Another nice addition.
– The Rough-Mix is great in sounding more like the Elvis’ “live on-stage” version and with a nice clean Elvis vocal. The overdubbed strings and steel guitar on the Master seemed to over-complicate & unnecissarily ‘country-fy’ the song. Take 2 has to be the favourite version as it captures a clarity & genuine studio ambience along with some delicious guitar work, (previously on ‘Great Country Songs’). The ‘new’ Take 1 delights with Elvis saying, “Good luck everybody”
at the start and the tempo is slower with everyone sounding a little unsure, causing it to fall apart after 1 ½ minutes. The feel & unsureness of this studio try-out is another treat.
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