All songs were recorded in Binaural
The session tapes for Don't Leave Me Now
(2022 and 2023) are still missing, all that remains
are the mono masters on a master tape reel.
The 15 second 'Solo' tryout of Don't Leave
Me Now sung just before #1 version in the
movie may have been recorded in the studio.
The master of Don't Leave Me Now from this date
was released by mistake on the Japanese 24 bit
paper sleeve edition of 'Loving You', where it
should have been the master from February 23 used
on that release.
Jailhouse Rock (Male Overdubs) runs 2%
too fast on 'Essential Elvis', 'Jailhouse Rock
(1997)' and 'Elvis Chante Leiber & Stoller'.
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
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
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
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 4) The Original - The final
record release starts with that cool piano intro
and it is interesting that RCA decided to release
this 'MGM Movie version' rather than the movie's
'Hit Record' version which Elvis had worked on
so hard. This is at a slightly faster tempo than
the 'Hit Record' version and has that big Jordanaires
(Track 20) Movie "Recording Studio"
version 2 (Take 12) - This is the original
EP record release but this time the MGM Master.
This version features the movie tape count-in
and the audio is more compressed compared to the
RCA version. Otherwise, of course, it's the same.
(Track 18) Movie Set Version - A very
short glimpse of Elvis playing the song on the
movie set, alone and accompanying himself on guitar.
Sadly only 12 seconds long before it fades.
(Track 19) Movie "Recording Studio"
version 1 (Take 2) - Very different with only
a rolling piano and bass accompaniment. This early
film version has Elvis filling in for his own
backing vocals "like a book on a shelf."
(CD1, Track 26) Male Vocal Overdubs -
This is the early initial overdub with Male chorus
but no orchestra. This is a nice new addition
since unlike the previous release on 'Essential
Vol.1' there is no fade-out and the song continues
until the abrupt ending. Great listening.
(Track 23) Movie Version - The full movie
version that you know so well. In fine quality
and in stereo since the MGM orchestral overdubs
were in stereo.
(Track 14) Movie Opening Theme - This
is something new for FTD as for the first time
they feature the movie's orchestral opening theme.
Although in 'stereo' it is only the actual MGM
lions roar that is in stereo. A quirky nice addition.
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