The original title of this movie was called 'The Hard Way'.
As the session log (Below) clearly shows, the running title of this movie at this time was 'Treat Me Nice' instead of 'Jailhouse Rock'. The title of the movie was changed to 'Jailhouse Rock' by May 8 1957.
All songs were recorded in Binaural
Take 5 of Jailhouse Rock was also considered
as "Master" along with (Spliced) Take
6, as it is on a tape reel of other RCA Masters.
On the tape legend there is ** next to Jailhouse
Rock (2001-6) and Treat Me Nice (2008-10)
- This indicates spliced takes.
Take 5 of Jailhouse Rock runs 2% too fast
on 'Essential Elvis'.
Despite what is incorrectly listed on the cover
of the "Memory" release "The Jailhouse
Rock Sessions" - the correct tracklisting
is as follows:-
1 Young And Beautiful (Solo Version, 2005-03)
2 Young And Beautiful (2004-22, Master) - Listed
as Take 9
3 Young And Beautiful (Splice of 2004-18/12) about
3% too fast - Listed as Take 10
4 Young And Beautiful (Movie End Version, splice
of 2004-08/12/18/22) - Listed as Take 12
5 Jailhouse Rock (2001-05)
6 Jailhouse Rock (splice of 2001-06/2002-02, Master
with long fade)
7 Jailhouse Rock (2001-05) about 2% too fast -
Listed as 'Unknown Take'
8 I Want To Be Free (Prison TV version, splice
of 2009-10/12/13) - Listed as Take 10
9 Baby I Don't Care (2013-16 + Vocal Overdub 2021-06,
Master) - Listed as Take 14
10 Don't Leave Me Now (Original
Master from 23/2/57, H2WB 0414-29) - Listed
as Take 6
11 Don't Leave Me Now (Hit Record Version, 2017-18)
2-3% too fast - Listed as Take 7
12 Don't Leave Me Now (Hit Record Version, 2017-21)
2-3% too fast - Listed as Take 8
13 Don't Leave Me Now (Hit Record Version, 2017-21)
2-3% too fast - Listed as Take 9
14 Don't Leave Me Now (Elvis & Piano Version,
2016-02) - Listed as 'Alternate Master Take Unknown'
15 Treat Me Nice (splice of 2008-10/13, Movie
Version Master) - Listed as Take 10
16 Treat Me Nice (Stereo Version, splice of 2008-10/13
+ Guitar Overdubs)
17 Young And Beautiful (2004-22, Master)
18 Jailhouse Rock (splice of 2001-06/2002-02,
19 I Want To Be Free (Take 11, Master)
20 Baby I Don't Care (2013-16 + vocal overdub
2021-06, Master) - Listed as Take 16
21 Don't Leave Me Now (2022-12, Master)
22 Treat Me Nice (RCA Remake from 5/9/57, H2PB
23 / 24 / 25 Elvis Sails
The RCA spliced 'Alternate Master' of Young
& Beautiful is spliced as follows:
0:00-1:01 Take 18 (Count-In for 2004-18 - "you're
so young and beautiful" to "forever
young... and beautiful")
1:02-2:09 Take 12 ("to me..." to end
of Take 12)
The spliced MGM 'Movie End Version' of Young
& Beautiful is spliced as follows:
0:00-0:30 Take 12 (Count-In for 2004-12 - "you're
so young and beautiful")
0:31-0:34 Take 8 ("your lips so rare")
0:35-0:46 Take 12 ("your eyes that shine...,
shame the stars that glow")
0:46-1:12 Take 18 ("So fill" to "forever
young... and beautiful")
1:13-1:44 Take 12 ("to me..." to "oh
1:45-1:46 Take 22 ("heart")
1:47-2:09 Take 12 ("I offer"...."to")
2:10-2:19 Take 8 ("me...")
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.
Notes from a review of 'Jailhouse Rock Volume
1 (FTD)' by Piers Beagley (Elvis
Jailhouse Rock (CD1, Track 1) The Original
- Elvis' described this sensational song as the
hardest he had ever had to record. It is a demanding
vocal line as well as being full-on for the band!
The final release was take 6 and pick-up take
2 on the end.
(Track 7) Take 5 - This version has been
edited to sound like a 45rpm Single release. Previously
featured on 'Silver Screen Stereo' (in Binaural
audio) it had the Count-In and did not fade out
as it does here. It is however a dynamite sound
and an outstanding alternate take. Here Scotty
Moore plays a different guitar break and Bill
Black's bass wanders off at points while Elvis
doesn't quite punch out the words as on the classic
single. However you can hear why Elvis found it
such a hard song to sing. The Master was next.
Treat Me Nice (First Movie Version) (CD1,
Track 28) First Movie Master (Take 19) - This
fascinating earliest arrangement was never used.
Here Elvis is creating a back-beat slapping his
guitar (as on 'All Shook Up') and a very different
1-2 rhythm is used. Even though they achieved
a "master" after 19 takes something
doesn't sound quite right. The handclaps don't
fit and Scotty Moore's guitar sounds "Too
damn complicated." Other earlier takes of
this session were released on the brilliant 'Flashback'
FTD. In Binaural listen to the left channel alone
to hear Elvis' vocal plus the slapback beat from
his guitar percussion.
Elvis would complete the Movie Versions a few
days later (May 3) but
would change the arrangement yet again for the
single release in the following September (September
Young & Beautiful
Elvis worked through 22 takes of this song before
he was happy. The arrangements varied along the
way and as a 'Florita Club' version was also recorded,
it is one of the highlights of the six songs.
(CD1, Track 2) The Original - The original
EP version was Take 22 by which time the intro
to the song had again been simplified. Almost
A-Capella to being with, but then with the Jordanaires
"doo doo" backing vocals starting at
1 minute in and tending to overpower the beauty
of the song.
In fact two Alternate Masters were also created
from earlier takes with a lighter, more suitable
(Track 12) Alternate Master 1 (Take18/21 splice)
- At a similar tempo and with smoother Backing
Vocals (the "Doo, Doos" edited out),
this version is a real favourite. Listen out for
Elvis' classic gasp for air at 00:17.
On CD 2 you can investigate how the splice was
created since Take 18 falls apart soon after Hugh
Jarrett's bass-line starts.
(Track 13) Alternate Master 2 (Take19)
- This is interesting for being chosen as an Alternate
Master yet Elvis gets the lyrics wrong, singing
"and kiss me tenderly" @ 01:47 when
the lyrics should be "and never set me free".
Here the Jordanaires backing comes in at 01:10
which creates a different sounding second part
to the song.
(Track 15) Jail Version (Take 3) - Elvis
sings a 'Jailhouse' version solo with minimal
acoustic guitar. Sounding delicate and insecure
to match the movie's plots this is a delight.
This was previously in the '50's box-set' but
sounds better in this context and also features
(Track 17) Florita Club Version (Take 7)
- Scotty Moore's guitar pushes this to a different
"Country" sounding number. With Dudley
Brooks on piano the arrangement becomes very cool.
A classic version.
(Track 25) End Title Version - (Takes 8/12/18/22
splice) - This demonstrates what new delights
can be created from clever splicing. Starting
at a slower tempo than the record release there
is a gentler feel to the song, and with the Jordanaires
simpler arrangement coming in much later, this
is a fabulous version. Possibly the best version
of this classic song - A real highlight.
Young & Beautiful (Record Version - Session)
One of the loveliest Elvis soundtrack songs,
hearing this session in full has to be a treat.
Take 1 - Unreleased and what a delight.
Starts with Elvis singing the song to himself
before a near complete take. Delicate and delightful,
nearly A-Capella, it is surprising this hasn't
been released previously. Already close to perfect
Elvis falters at the end, "I'm sorry. Take
it again before the Jordanaires get out of the
Take 3 - With a very slow intro tempo
and simple backing vocals this is a superb version,
even if Elvis over emphasises some lyrics. A very
nice new addition.
Takes 4,5 - These have been released before
but in mono on the 'Today Tomorrow & Forever'
box-set. Elvis jokes about "Old Fuddly-Duddly"
Dudley Brook on piano. Elvis sounds a little mannered
in his vocals by the end of Take 5 but it is still
a beauty. Elvis seems to play with the song and
the band knows it's not a Master.
Take 6 - Close to the Master, and previously
on Flashback, Elvis knows he can do better, stating
at the end, "I can beat that!"
Take 7 is a nice distraction with Elvis
joking "Your lips so rare, your curly hair!"
as the take fails.
Take 8 at the start is smooth-as-silk
and by now the familiar final band arrangement
has been added. The beginning of this take being
used in the MGM End Title splice.
Take 9 is fun for the studio banter "I
thought there was something happening back there?"
Elvis asks after he deliberately messes up the
lyrics causing everyone to laugh. Sensational
Both Takes 11 and 12 are very smooth.
It is hard to believe that Elvis pushed for so
much perfection. "It's awfully good"
says engineer Thorne Nogar. Elvis even notes,
"Let's just make one more and play the last
two and decide between them." They would
continue for another 10 takes before he was finally
Take 13 starts with more rehearsing between
Elvis and Hugh Jarrett as they decide to add the
new bass-line "doo, doo, doo, doo" to
the song's arrangement.
Takes 14, 15,16,17 and 18 never
make it as complete versions. Elvis jokes, "Shit
man, no! Get Pat Boone in here quick!" Hugh
Jarrett 's new bass-line throws Elvis off course.
Take 19 is at last near the final Master
and selected as an RCA 'Alternate Master' featured
on DISC 1 in mono. Elvis' vocal still seems a
little forced at 01:37 "Take my heart"
and even more so in Binaural.
Even at Take 21 Elvis breaks up with very
genuine laughter causing the whole studio to collapse.
It's a gem. Elvis laughs, "He was trying
so hard" and it's a great moment of Studio
eavesdropping. A classic new addition.
Take 22 is the final Master and at last
the mix of Elvis and the bass-line works creating
a lovely arrangement. So good to have this in
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