Private Presley wrote:
Thanks for sharing, Mister Moon.
Boots Randolph was one of my favorite session men of Elvis. His saxophone uplifted some of the mediocre soundtrack songs like "Do The Clam" "Once Is Enough' to name two.
Mister Moon wrote:
From Bill Dahl's website, Boots Randolph shares some Elvis memories :
When Presley came back home from the Army and got down to business on his Elvis is Back! LP for RCA Victor in the spring of 1960, a new face graced his studio band at the second date. “Chet Atkins called me and said, ‘I’ve got a real special session set up here. It’s with Elvis, and I want you to come down and be here, and we may be able to get you on some of the sides,’
” remembered Boots, whose rip-roaring two-chorus ride on a lowdown revival of Lowell Fulson’s blues “Reconsider Baby” capped off a prodigious two days of recording action for the King.
“That came late one night. We were doing some session stuff there,
” he said. “I don’t remember who brought it up. They said, ‘Well, get one of those old blues things goin’, just an old Mississippi kind of blues. And let loose, get in there and play a little solo on it.’ So that’s basically what happened. I think we made maybe a couple of takes on it, and he liked it so well, he said, ‘I want to keep that!’
Was he referring to "Reconsider Baby". As far as I know, they did only one take of that song.
Yes, "Reconsider Baby". It was the very last song recorded at the session that began at 7:30 pm on Sunday, April 3, 1960, and lasted until 7:00 am of Monday, April 4. Hence the "late one night" reference by Randolph - the only other song he's featured on from that session is "Like A Baby", recorded early that night, at the beginning of the session.
The released take of "Reconsider Baby" is take 2, but take 1 has never been released anywhere. Same for the next-to-last song cut at the session, "I Will Be Home Again" - master is take 4, but the other three takes are unissued.
As we have most of the rest of the session, it's safe to assume that outtakes for these two songs may have been lost, as they would have surfaced at some point, almost 60 years later. The only "extra" thing we have is the count-in for "Reconsider Baby", that they included on the FTD version of "Elvis Is Back !".