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May 19, 2022

Love Me Tender (Single / EP - RCA, 1956)

Title:
Love Me Tender
Label:
RCA Victor [EPA 4006]
Format:
EP
Number of tracks:
4
Running time:
9:40
Type of album:
Studio / Soundtrack
Linked to:
Official discography; Love Me Tender, 1956
Year:
1956
Recorded:
August 24, September 4 & 5, 1956
Released:
November 15, 1956
Singles:
Love Me Tender / Any Way You Want Me (Sept / 28 / 1956)


Love Me Tender 
is the first soundtrack album, the 11th EP and the 30th audio work from Elvis. Released by RCA in 1956 and featuring songs from the film of the same name, it was simultaneously certified Gold and Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on March 27, 1992.

The film was originally written to be a serious drama for Elvis, but due to the popularity of the single "Love Me Tender" and Colonel Tom Parker's desire to promote the films with a soundtrack and vice versa, four songs were added to the production.

Parker would rarely deviate from this formula for the rest of Elvis' film career.

Instead of a long soundtrack, the four songs were released on a 45 RPM EP by RCA Victor, cataloged as EPA 4006, on November 15, 1956. The songs were recorded on Fox's Stage One in Hollywood, in three sessions.

The title song had already been released as a single on September 28, 1956, and went to #1 on the format chart. The EP peaked at #9 on the Top Pop Albums with over 600,000 sales, as well as becoming #35 on the singles chart.

"Love Me Tender" was based on the Civil War ballad "Aura Lee", with new lyrics by Ken Darby. Darby, in fact, wrote all the songs on the soundtrack, but credited them to his wife, Vera Matson, while Parker included his publishing agency, Hill & Range, in the royalties by placing Elvis as one of the lyricists.

A rerun of the main song was recorded on October 1 and is heard at the end of the film; this short track was not released until after Presley's passing. The sessions for these songs were the only ones in the decade that Presley recorded with musicians outside of his regular group.

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RECORDING SESSIONS


Date:
August 24; September 4 & 5, 1956

Studio:
20th Century Fox Stage 1

Location:
Hollywood, California

Musicians:
Voice: Elvis Presley
Guitar: Elvis Presley
Electric guitar: Vito Mumolo
Bass: Michael 'Myer' Rubin
Drums: Richard Cornell
Banjo: Luther 'Red' Roundtree
Accordion: Carl Fortina
Backing Vocals: The Ken Darby Trio

Sound engineer / Recording engineer:
Bob Mayer / Ken Runyon

AUGUST 24, 1956
                            We're Gonna Move - G2WB 7260-SP
                            Poor Boy - G2WB 4767-03
                            Love Me Tender - G2WB 4767-02

SEPTEMBER 4, 1956
                             Poor Boy (Remake)
                             Let Me (Track)
                             Poor Boy (New Third Verse - Track)

SEPTEMBER 5, 1956
                             Poor Boy (Partial Verse - Vocal Overdub)
                             Poor Boy (Composite) G2WB 7259-SP
                             Let Me (Vocal Overdub)

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SESSION LOGS


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ASSOCIATED SINGLE AND EPS TRACKS (RCA, 1956)

ANY WAY YOU WANT ME (EP)

September 5,  1956

1. Any Way You Want Me
2. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
3. I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine
4. Mystery Train


LOVE ME TENDER (SINGLE)

September 28, 1956

1. Love Me Tender
2. Any Way You Want Me


LOVE ME TENDER (EP)

November 15, 1956

1. Love Me Tender
2. Let Me
3. Poor Boy
4. We're Gonna Move















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FTD'S VERSIONS

Title:
Love Me Tender
Label:
FTD [FTD 127] [506020 975074]
Format:
Double CD
Number of tracks:
42
Running time:
104:00
Type of album:
Studio / Soundtrack / Interview
Linked to:
FTD discography; Love Me Tender, 1956
Year:
2014
Recorded:
August 24 de agosto - October 1, 1956
Released:
June 2014
Singles:
---


After decades of being re-released with the same content, FTD finally presented fans with a double CD that included outtakes, alternate takes, interviews and rehearsal snippets. The first CD contains the tracks:

ORIGINAL EP (MONO)
1. Love Me Tender
2. Let Me
3. Poor Boy
4. We're Gonna Move
BONUS
5. Love Me Tender (End Title Version)
6. The Truth About Me (Interview excerpt from August 22, 1956 on the set of Love Me Tender)
OUTTAKES
7. We're Gonna Move (Take 4)
8. We're Gonna Move (Take 9)
9. Poor Boy (Take 3 - Original 3 Verse Master)
10. Poor Boy (Remake, Take 1)
11. Poor Boy (Extended Verse - Vocal Overdub Take 6)
12. Let Me (Vocal Overdub Take 3)
13. Let Me (Vocal Overdub Take 4)
STEREO MASTERS
14. Love Me Tender
15. Let Me
16. Poor Boy
17. We're Gonna Move
INTERVIEW
18. The Truth About Me (Full interview from August 22, 1956 on the set of Love Me Tender)


As if all the unreleased tracks weren't enough, FTD also brought the two shows from September 26, 1956, in Tupelo, Mississippi, and interviews with friends and relatives. The second CD contains the tracks:


SEPTEMBER 26, 1956 - 2:30 PM*
1. Heartbreak Hotel
2. Long Tall Sally
3. Introductions and Presentation
4. I Was The One
5. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
6. Elvis talks
7. I Got a Woman
8. Don't Be Cruel
9. Ready Teddy
10. Love Me Tender
11. Hound Dog
INTERVIEWS
12. Vernon and Gladys Presley
13. Nick Adams
14. A fan
15. Elvis
SEPTEMBER 26, 1956 - 7:30 PM**
16. Love Me Tender
17. I Was the One
18. I Got a Woman
19. Announcement I
20. Don't Be Cruel
21. Blue Suede Shoes
22. Announcement II
23. Baby Let's Play House
24. Hound Dog
*Full concert
**First 3 songs absent due to not having rights guaranteed by RCA


To complete the package, FTD also includes an extensive booklet with extensive information about the film and its soundtrack, as well as high quality photos and a large collection of promotional posters.
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ALTERNATE VERSION IN MONO

Title:
The Wild One '56
Label:
FTD [FTD 220] [506020 975129]
Format:
Book + CD
Number of tracks:
21
Running time:
47:30
Type of album:
Concert / Studio / Live
Linked to:
FTD discography
Year:
2018
Recorded:
August 24 - October 28, 1956
Released:
December 2018
Singles:
---


The Wild One '56 is the 178th FTD CD. It contains tracks recorded between August 24 and October 28, 1956 in studio, on TV and in his only professionally recorded performances in Tupelo. Comes with a book with 288 pages. The CD contains the tracks:

TUPELO, MISSISSIPPI (Sept. 26, 1956 - 7:30 PM)*
1. I Was the One
2. I Got a Woman
3. Announcement
4. Don't Be Cruel
5. Blue Suede Shoes
6. Announcement
7. Baby Let's Play House
8. Hound Dog
9. Announcement
"LOVE ME TENDER" EP
10. Love Me Tender
11. Let Me
12. We're Gonna Move
13. Poor Boy
BONUS
14. Love Me Tender (End Title Movie Version)
THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW (October 28, 1956)
15. Don't Be Cruel
16. Ed Sullivan Talks
17. Love Me Tender
18. Ed Sullivan Talks
19. Love Me
20. Hound Dog
21. Elvis' Closing Remarks
BONUS
22. The Truth About Me(Interview excerpt from August 22, 1956 on the set of Love Me Tender)

*First 3 songs absent due to not having rights guaranteed by RCA


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REVISED VERSION


Title:
Love Me Tender - Through the Lens of Robert Vose
Label:
FTD [FTD 225] [506020 975156-6]
Format:
Book + double CD
Number of tracks:
21
Running time:
47:30
Type of album:
Studio / Interview
Linked to:
FTD discography
Year:
2021
Recorded:
August 24 - October 1, 1956
Released:
May 2021
Singles:
---


Love Me Tender - Through the Lens of Robert Vose is the 194th FTD CD. It contains tracks recorded on August 24 and October 1, 1956 for the "Love Me Tender" movie soundtrack and "ELVIS" disc. Comes with a 400 page book. The CDs contain the tracks:

CD 1
ORIGINAL EP (MONO)
1. Love Me Tender
2. Let Me
3. Poor Boy
4. We're Gonna Move
BONUS
5. Love Me Tender (End Title Version)
6. The Truth About Me (Excerpt)
OUTTAKES
7. We're Gonna Move (Take 4)
8. We're Gonna Move (Take 9)
9. Poor Boy (Take 3 - Original 3 Verse Master)
10. Poor Boy (Remake, Take 1)
11. Poor Boy (Extended Verse - Vocal Overdub Take 6)
12. Let Me (Vocal Overdub Take 3)
13. Let Me (Vocal Overdub Take 4)
STEREO MASTERS
14. Love Me Tender
15. Let Me
16. Poor Boy
17. We're Gonna Move
INTERVIEW
18. The Truth About Me (Full interview from August 22, 1956 on the set of Love Me Tender)

CD 2
SEPTEMBER 1-3, 1956 MASTERS
1. Playing For Keeps
2. Love Me
3. How Do You Think I Feel
4. How's the World Treating You
5. When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again
6. Long Tall Sally
7. Old Shep
8. Paralyzed
9. Too Much
10. Anyplace Is Paradise
11. Ready Teddy
12. First In Line
13. Rip It Up
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