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May 3 1957
(+ means you need both    ~ means same material    °° means stereo or binaural    ° means mono)
(SFS = Short False Start | FS = False Start | LFS or BD (Breakdown) = Long False Start | PB (Playback) or Complete = Complete Take)

Radio Recorders Studio 1 - Hollywood, California
Soundtrack Session for MGM's 'Treat Me Nice' ('Jailhouse Rock')
MGM Producer : Jeffrey Alexander
Engineer : Thorne Nogar

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Guitar: Elvis Presley The Jordanaires: Gordon Stoker; Neal Matthews; Hoyt Hawkins; Hugh
Guitar: Scotty Moore Jarrett
Bass: Bill Black  
Bass: Elvis Presley (Baby I Don't Care)  
Drums: D.J. Fontana  
Piano: Dudley Brooks  
Piano: Elvis Presley (Don't Leave Me Now - First Version)
Piano: Mike Stoller (I Want To Be Free - Record Version & Treat Me Nice - 2nd Movie Version?)

Treat Me Nice (Second Movie Version)
2008 May 3 1957 (Fri: 9.00am - 1.05pm)
Take 1 LFS 0:44   Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD2 (FTD)°°
Take 2 Complete 2:16   Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD2 (FTD)°°
Take 3 FS 0:16   Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD2 (FTD)°°
Take 4 LFS 0:42 (Announced as 2003 Take 4) Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD2 (FTD)°°
Take 5 Complete 2:18   Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD2 (FTD)°°
Take 6 Complete 2:16   Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD2 (FTD)°° (Count-In)~Today, Tomorrow
& Forever 1°~Elvis Chante Leiber & Stoller°
Take 7 Complete 2:31   Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD2 (FTD)°°
Take 8 Complete 2:10   Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD2 (FTD)°°
Take 9 FS 0:31   Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD2 (FTD)°°
Take 10 Complete 2:35 (Announced as 2009 Take 10)
(Used for Composite Master)
Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD2 (FTD)°°
Take 11 Complete 2:16   Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD2 (FTD)°°
Take 12 LFS 0:20   Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD2 (FTD)°°~Close Up 1°°~Elvis Chante Leiber
& Stoller°°
Take 13 Complete 2:22 (Used for Composite Master) Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD2 (FTD)°°~Close Up 1°°~Elvis Chante Leiber
& Stoller°°

Treat Me Nice (Movie Version - RCA Composite)
H2WB 6778
   
Spliced M 2:06 (Spliced from Takes 10 & 13)
(RCA Alternate Master)
Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD1 (FTD)° (Track 8 - Count-In from 2009-10)
~Jailhouse Rock (CD Single)°~Jailhouse Rock (1997)°
~Tape° (No Count-In or drum beats)

Treat Me Nice (Movie Version - MGM Composite)
(2405) (May 16 1957)
Spliced M 2:06 (Spliced from Takes 10 & 13 - Diff.)
(MGM Composite Master)
(Further overdubs done for final movie version)
Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD1 (FTD)° (Track 22 - Count-In from 2009-10)
~Complete Elvis Presley Masters 28 (Sony)° (Count-In from 2009-10)
~Essential Elvis Volume 1°~Jailhouse Rock Sessions (Memory)° ~Elvis
Chante Leiber & Stoller° (With Announcement & Count-In from 2009-10
- with drum beats)~Soundtrack° (2nd version in movie - Played on radio)
+Acetate° (No announcement - with drum beats)

I Want To Be Free (Prison TV Version)
2009 May 3 1957 (Fri: 9.00am - 1.05pm)
Take 1 FS 0:53 "Banana Boat Song" Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD2 (FTD)°°
Take 2 FS 0:30   Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD2 (FTD)°°
Take 3 FS 0:15   Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD2 (FTD)°°
Take 4 Complete 2:23   Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD2 (FTD)°° (Count-In)~Today, Tomorrow &
Forever 1°~Elvis Chante Leiber & Stoller° (Wrongly listed as being
Spliced with take 3)
Take 5 FS 0:21   Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD2 (FTD)°°
Take 6 Complete 2:23   Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD2 (FTD)°°
Take 7 FS 0:19   Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD2 (FTD)°°
Take 8 FS 0:21   Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD2 (FTD)°°
Take 9 FS 0:19   Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD2 (FTD)°°
Take 10 LFS 1:26 "N.G." (Used for Composite Master) Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD2 (FTD)°°
Take 11 Complete 2:20   Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD2 (FTD)°°~Flashback (FTD)°°
Take 12 Complete 2:18 (Used for Composite Master) Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD2 (FTD)°° (Count-In)~Close Up 1°°
~Elvis Chante Leiber & Stoller°°
Take 13 Complete 2:20 (Used for Composite Master) Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD2 (FTD)°°

I Want To Be Free (Prison TV Version - Composite)
WPA5 2508
   
Spliced M 2:21 (Spliced from Takes 10, 12 & 13)
(MGM 'Movie Version' Master)
Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD1 (FTD)°~Jailhouse Rock (1997)°~Elvis
Chante Leiber & Stoller°~50's Box 5°+Soundtrack° (1st verse only)

I Want To Be Free (Record Version)
2010 May 3 1957 (Fri: 9.00am - 1.05pm)
Take 1 LFS 0:39   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°
Take 2 FS 0:39   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°
Take 3 FS 0:20   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°
Take 4 LFS 1:11   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°
Take 5 FS 0:16   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°
Take 6 FS 0:14   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°
Take 7 FS 0:26   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°
Take 8 LFS 1:32 "N.G." Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°
Take 9 Complete 2:36   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°
Take 10 FS 0:25   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°
Take 11 M 2:23 (RCA Alternate Master)
('Drum' Ending) (Used for Record Version - Composite)
Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD2 (FTD)°°~Close Up 1°°~Elvis Chante Leiber
& Stoller°°~Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 CD1 (FTD)° (Track 11 - Extra
Dialogue & Count-In)~Complete Elvis Presley Masters 3 (Sony)°~Rockin'
Rebel (Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Coll. 31)°~Jailhouse Rock (1997)°
~50's Box 3°+Tape°~Jailhouse Rock Sessions (Memory)° (Track 19)
(Extra Dialogue & Count-In)

I Want To Be Free (Pickup 1st Ending)
2011 May 3 1957 (Fri: 9.00am - 1.05pm)
Take 1 FS 0:30   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°
Take 2 LFS 0:38 (Not Used) Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°

I Want To Be Free (Pickup 2nd Ending)
2012 May 3 1957 (Fri: 9.00am - 1.05pm)
Take 1 Complete 1:05   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD2 (FTD)°°
Take 2 Complete 0:49   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD2 (FTD)°°
Take 3 Complete 0:39   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD2 (FTD)°°
Take 4 FS 0:16   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD2 (FTD)°°
Take 5 (M) 0:36 ('Bass' Ending) (Used for Record Version - Composite) Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD2 (FTD)°°

I Want To Be Free (Record Version - Composite)
H2WB 6781
   
Spliced M 2:14 (Spliced from 2010-11 & 2012-5)
(RCA Original Master)
('Yawning' & 'Bass' Ending)
Jailhouse Rock Vol. 2 CD2 (FTD)°~Jailhouse Rock Vol. 1 CD1 (FTD)°
(Track 3)~Jailhouse Rock (1957 EP)°+Essential Elvis Volume 1° (With
Count-In for 2010-11)

(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care (Track)
2013 May 3 1957 (Fri)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9        
Take 10 FS      
Take 11 FS      
Take 12 FS      
Take 13 FS      
Take 14 LFS      
Take 15 LFS      
Take 16 (M) 1:52    

(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care (Jerry Leiber Demo)
2014 May 3 1957 (Fri)
Take 1 M 1:52 ("Jerry Leiber vocal with rhythm accomp.")

(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care (1st Vocal Overdub)
HRA1 8683
2015 May 3 1957 (Fri: 2.30pm - 6.25pm)
Take 1 Complete 2:15 1st Vocal Overdub of 'Track' Jailhouse Rock Vol. 2 CD1 (FTD)°°+Jailhouse Rock Vol. 1 CD1 (FTD)°°
(Track 29)~Close Up 1°°~Elvis Chante Leiber & Stoller°°
Take 2 LFS 0:48   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°
Take 3 FS 0:21   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°
Take 4 LFS 1:01 (Not Used)
(2nd Vocal Overdub of "Track"
on May 8
)
Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°

Don't Leave Me Now (1st Version - Piano Version)
WPA5 2600
2016 May 3 1957 (Fri: 2.30pm - 6.25pm)
Take 1 Complete 2:23   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°
Take 2 M 1:54 (MGM Alternate Master)
(Not Used)
Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD2 (FTD)°° (Count-In)~Close Up 1°°
~Jailhouse Rock Vol. 1 CD1 (FTD)°~Jailhouse Rock (1997)°
~Jailhouse Rock Sessions° (Memory)

Don't Leave Me Now (2nd Version - Hit Record Version)
HRA1 8684
2017 May 3 1957 (Fri: 2.30pm - 6.25pm)
Take 1 FS 0:26   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°
Take 2 LFS 0:57   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°
Take 3 LFS 0:39   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°
Take 4 LFS 0:36   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°
Take 5 FS 0:09   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°
Take 6 LFS 1:50   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°
Take 7 FS 0:34   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°~Flashback (FTD)°°
Take 8 Complete 2:06   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°~Flashback (FTD)°°
Take 9 FS 0:16   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°
Take 10 LFS 2:03   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°
Take 11 FS 0:10   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°
Take 12 LFS 1:09   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°
Take 13 Complete 2:09   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°
Take 14 FS 0:10   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°
Take 15 LFS 1:40   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°
Take 16 FS 0:24   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°~Silver Screen Stereo (FTD)°°
Take 17 FS 0:18   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD1 (FTD)°°~Silver Screen Stereo (FTD)°°
Take 18 M 2:04 (RCA Alternate Master #1)
(Not Used)
Jailhouse Rock Vol. 2 CD2 (FTD)°°~Jailhouse Rock Vol. 1 CD1 (FTD)°
~Silver Screen Stereo (FTD)°°~Tape° (Count-In)~Jailhouse Rock
Sessions° (LP)~(Memory)(Listed as take 7)
Take 19 LFS 1:55   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD2 (FTD)°°
Take 20 FS 0:20   Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD2 (FTD)°°
Take 21 M 2:04 (RCA Alternate Master #2)
(Not Used)
Jailhouse Rock Vol. 2 CD2 (FTD)°°~Jailhouse Rock Vol. 1 CD1 (FTD)°
~Close Up 1°°~Jailhouse Rock Sessions° (LP)~(Memory)(Listed as
take 8 & 9)+Tape°

Notes

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

Both the RCA and MGM Spliced Masters of Treat Me Nice (Movie Version) are a splice of 2008 Takes 10 and 13. The RCA Master has slight echo added whereas the MGM Master has dry vocals.

The RCA Master is spliced as follows:

0:00-1:47 Take 10 (Count-In for 2008-10 - "1, 2, 3, 4" No Drum Beats to "take my advice....")
1:47-2:06 Take 13 ("treat me nice" to end of Take 13)

The MGM Master is spliced as follows:

0:00-1:50 Take 10 (Count-In for 2008-10 - "1, 2, 3, 4" Drum Beats to "take my advice....")
1:50-2:09 Take 13 ("treat me nice" to end of Take 13 - Split second difference in splice)

The 'Movie (Jail) Version' of I Want To Be Free is a splice of 2009 Takes 10, 12 and 13 and is spliced as follows:

0:00-0:07 Take 10
0:08-1:12 Take 13 (to "bird in a tree... wanna be free")
1:13-2:10 Take 12 ("oh, what good are my arms" to "like a bird in a tree")
2:11-2:19 Take 13 ("want to... be... free...")

The MGM Spliced Master of Treat Me Nice (Movie Version) runs 1.7% too fast on 'Essential Elvis'.

The MGM Spliced Master can be found on disc 28 of Sony's 'Complete Elvis Presley Masters' Collection, where it is incorrectly listed as being first released in 1990 on 'The Great Performances'.

The original 'Record Version' of I Want To Be Free that appeared on the 1957 EP of "Jailhouse Rock" was spliced from 2010 Take 11 and 2012 Take 5 (Bass Ending), but since the release of the "50's Box" just the complete Take 11 has been used as the Master. FTD's deluxe Volume 1 of 'Jailhouse Rock' uses the original splice, and is the first official CD release of the original Master, although the original Spliced Master did appear on CD briefly in 1989 on the U.S. pressing of 'A Date With Elvis' where it had been taken from an old hissy tape source. FTD's deluxe 'Jailhouse Rock Volume 2' also uses the original splice, but is listed as being just the complete Take 11 in the 'In & Outtakes' section of the booklet.

Take 4 of I Want To Be Free (Prison TV Version) runs 2% too fast on 'Today Tomorrow & Forever'.

RCA received two complete takes of Don't Leave Me Now (Hit Record Version), take 18 & 21, but originally chose to release neither. The better take 18 can be identified by a high piano note at the end.

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, Master)
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 5523-15)
23 / 24 / 25 Elvis Sails

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 Information Network)

Treat Me Nice

(CD1, Track 8) Alternate RCA Master (Take 10/13 splice) - This was the spliced version originally considered for release. With a very different arrangement and at a faster tempo, along with jazzy piano, this also has a great feel. However this sounds a little more basic "Rock'n'Roll" than the slower released version but a bit spoilt with over-complicated Backing Vocals. This would have made a great Album version had they thought of alternate releases in those days.
Previously one of the key tracks on 'Great Performances' the audio quality is vastly improved here. This RCA Master had slight echo added over the entire track unlike the clean Movie Master.

(Track 21) Final Movie Master with Overdubs (Take 10/13 different splice) - This version is a different splice of the same two takes but this time in stereo, with an interesting guitar overdub (perhaps to make it sound smoother?) and more drums beats added to the intro.

(Track 22) Movie Master (Take 10/13) - This is the same spliced version as above but this time in mono and with no overdubs. The different edit to the RCA splice can be spotted around 01.35 where the handclaps are louder after "You know I'll be your slave." The mono & audio compression gives the sound and Elvis' vocal more punch.

Treat Me Nice (Second Movie Version - Session)

Only three of these 13 takes & false starts have been previously released and we even get six brand new complete takes so listening to this session is a treat.

Takes 1 and 2 nicely set the scene with the different Jordanaires arrangement and Elvis creating a cool backbeat on his guitar. While Elvis' vocal is a little unsure and Scotty Moore's guitar solo nice and messy there is a delight in spending time eavesdropping on this classic session.

Take 1 soon breaks down with Elvis annoyed at himself, "Hold it. Hold it! Get it right, damn." While the very enjoyable complete Take 2 - fabulous guitar work from Scotty Moore very evident from the Binaural mix - has Elvis querying at the end, "What the hell is this?"

On Take 4 Elvis has added the handclaps to the start of the arrangement and there is some interesting Studio discussion.

By Take 5 the song is developing towards the Master with a similar arrangement and feel. At the end you can tell Elvis sounds pleased with the progress.

On the complete Take 6 Elvis has started work changing the end of the song. A good version let down by Elvis' unsteady vocal this version has the fascinating abrupt minor-chord ending that wouldn't be used again.

By Take 7 Dudley Brooks has added the tinkling piano arrangement to previous basic piano boogie-riff.

On Take 8 the new "bom, bom, bom" bassline has been added from Jordanaires' Hugh Jarrett but they sound unsure with their new arrangement.

While Take 9 comes to nothing there is some nice studio banter with Elvis sounding in great humour and joking, "Are you in the union?"

Take 10 has a new level of assurance about it and although the timing take fails slightly towards the end you can understand why this was partly used for the final splice.
The end includes some great discussion between Elvis and bass-man Hugh Jarrett, "Right on key like you done it then, that sounds good. I mean try and stay on key, Hugh!" (laughing ) "I mean Big Jim Waits stays on key!"

Take 11 suddenly features a new guitar arrangement from Scotty Moore. Sounding "too damn complicated" at times it would be featured less in the final take. The Hugh Jarrett bass-line is faded down on this mix while DJ Fontana's drums have an added punch. A fascinating new addition and it sounds great.

Take 13 - This was used for the second half of the spiced master and the "bom bom" bassline is back more in evidence again.

I Want To Be Free

The 1957 original record release was a splice of Take 11 and a 'Second Pick-Up' Take 5's drum ending. However since the 50's box-set BMG has been using the complete Take 11 as the Master.

(CD1, Track 3) The Original - This FTD release is the first official CD release of the true original.

(Track 11) Alternate RCA Master (Take 11) - While this basically is the same take as the record Master this version has extra echo added across the whole track. The Master has a much dryer studio-sound with no echo. Elvis notes at the start, "That was a good opening, men" - and this version includes the Count-In.

(Track 16) Jail Version - An interesting early "rough" version as required by the movie's script. The feel is very different starting with the drum anvil snaps of DJ Fontana and with a full band arrangement and backing vocals. Elvis provides a faltering vocal and unsure ending.

I Want To Be Free (Prison TV Version - Session)

Take 1 - Starts with Elvis singing the line "Day-O" from The Banana Boat song, Harry Belefonte's number 5 chart hit at the time. In good humour Elvis says, "Let's go before the damn Jordanaires get out of the mood!" but the take never gets past the first intro.

Take 4 - After a few false starts this faltering first complete take was featured on the Today, Tomorrow & Forever box-set. Elvis is very unsure of his timing, although as a "Prison" version this would make sense!

Take 6 - Previously unreleased, is a treat. Elvis sings very sweetly at the start, while at 2.08 it seems Elvis has walked over towards the Jordanaires in the studio, since the audio placement changes. Then the Jordanaires completely go off-key at the end causing much merriment with everyone laughing, "Ok..., right to the end!" Now wonder Elvis jokes "Got the key right?" at the start of the next take!

Take 11 - Previously released on FTD's 'Flashback' is a gem. Elvis vocal is very smooth compared to earlier takes and has a delightful understated quality. The ending is better for using the quiet Jordanaires fade, compared to the final drum-roll ending.

Takes 12 and 13 were used for the spliced Master and both feature new louder brush-work from drummer DJ Fontana which possibly doesn't suit the song's gentle lyric quite as well. Take 13 features the even louder drum-roll ending.

Baby I Don't Care

(CD1, Track 29) First Vocal Overdub (Take 1) - Recorded on the same day as the backing track when Bill Black stormed out, this first version has a very different vocal. I love Elvis' comment at the start, "Just gonna be wasting tape.. it's too late in the day for all this shi.."
On this take Elvis sings "I wonder why I love you baby" instead of the correct "I don't know why I love you baby" and vocal is pretty rough. You can again hear his chair squeak but the long drawn out "Care, care, care" ending is a classic. Previously released on 'Close Up' but sounding sensational here, Elvis' exclamation at the end "Phew - pow, pow, pow" makes the perfect ending to this fantastic disc.

Don't Leave Me Now

An interesting song as RCA decided to go with the "Movie Version" rather than the expected "Hit Record" version. There is also a variety of arrangements that make it one of Elvis' most interesting fifties soundtrack songs.
Elvis had tried recording 'Don't Leave Me Now' 3 months before during the Loving You album sessions. Then they had tried 29 takes before deciding on an unsatisfactory Master. Now Elvis would reintroduce the song for Jailhouse Rock. Once again Elvis would try over twenty takes to get a satisfactory 'Hit Record' version and twelve to complete the 'Movie Version.
With a total of over sixty takes in total! this has to be the Elvis song that he worked at the most in his whole career.

(CD1, Track 27) Unused First Version (Take 2) - A very slow tempo version, presumably recorded for use early in the movie. Without the piano intro, this version features some cool country guitar breaks from Scotty Moore giving it a very C&W feel. This is very different to the other Movie piano versions. Elvis drifts off-key at times and you can hear his chair squeak and overall it sounds very rough. However as they stopped at this second take they must have got what they were looking for! Sounding like a poor rehearsal, this is actually another highlight.

(Track 9) Alternate RCA Master 'Hit Record' Version (Take 18) - The audio quality of this is lovely and clear compared to the EP version.
With no piano intro this has a lovely cool swing to it nicely driven by Bill Black's double bass. Elvis uses lots of playful vocal infection here - listen to his moans on "What good is dreaming" @ 0:52 and cool "Elvis" mannerisms. The ending has a lovely cool & jazzy ending. The classic version.

(Track 10) Alternate RCA Master 'Hit Record' Version (Take 21) - Another attempt with the similar arrangement. This time Elvis possibly over-emphasises his vocal mannerisms - check out "come to these arms......" @ 1:20 but it still retains the cool feel. Elvis must have decided that he couldn't improve as this was the last attempt, but earlier Take 18 is the better version.

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Session Logs
Recording Information
April / May 1957
Jailhouse Rock
Tape Log
Jailhouse Rock
Jailhouse Rock
Session Log
April / May 1957
Jailhouse Rock
Acetate
Treat Me Nice (MGM Movie Version)
Treat Me Nice Acetate

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