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May 8 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)

MGM Sound Stage - Hollywood, California
Soundtrack Session for MGM's Jailhouse Rock
MGM Producer : Jeffrey Alexander
Engineer : Fred Mulculpin
(10.00am - 11.10am)


(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care (2nd vocal overdub)
H2WB 6782
2021 May 8 1957 (Wed: 10.00am - 11:10am)
Take 1 Complete 1:33 Elvis' 2nd vocal overdub of 2013-16  
Take 2 Complete 1:33    
Take 3 FS      
Take 4 Complete 1:34    
Take 5 Complete 1:34    
Take 6 M 1:51 original time note "1:34" A Date With Elvis (FTD)°~Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 CD2 (FTD)°
~The Complete '50s Movie Masters And Session Recordings 1 (MRS)°
~Jailhouse Rock Vol. 1 CD1 (FTD)° (track 5)~Complete Elvis Presley
Masters 3 (Sony)°~Rockin' Rebel (Franklin Mint Complete Masters
Collection 31)°~Jailhouse Rock (1997)°~50s Box 3°~Essential Elvis
Volume 1°+The Making Of Jailhouse Rock 3 (FTD)° (vocal only - echo)
~Out In Hollywood (FTD)° (vocal only - dry)

(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care (movie edit)
2412 (May 16 1957)
(Take 1)   1:48 MGM edit of 2013-16 / 2021-6
MGM movie version master
(2:03 with count-in)
The Comp. '50s Movie Masters & Session Recordings 1 (MRS)°°+A Date
With Elvis (FTD)°° (part of count-in)+Jailhouse Rock Vol. 1 CD1 (FTD)°°
(track 24)~Soundtrack°+Acetate° (count-in for 2nd vocal overdub 2021-06
& track 2013-16 - 1:19+)+Baby I Don't Care° (LP - shout at end)


All songs were recorded in binaural.

The session tapes for '(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care' (2021) are still missing, all that remains is the mono master on a master tape reel.

It appears that all session tapes recorded by MGM at their Sound Stage, were discarded once the masters were chosen, and the only session tapes existing today are the tapes recorded by Thorne Nogar at Radio Recorders.

All timings in the 'Musical Breakdown' below are taken from the DVD release of the movie.

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.

Thanks to David English for extensive research on these sessions.

Notes from a review of Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 (FTD) by Piers Beagley (Elvis Information Network)

(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care
(CD1, track 5) the original - What a classic! With Bill Black unable to get the bubbling bass intro correct he had stormed out the studio. To everyone's surprise Elvis then picked up the electric bass and played it himself with Jerry Leiber providing a scratch vocal. Elvis then overdubbed his own vocal, firstly at Radio Recorders, but getting the perfect master vocal overdub five days later on the MGM Soundstage.

(track 24) movie edit (Take 16/Overdub Take 6) - This is the same as record release being the final vocal overdub. Here we are presented with it in binaural and there is a minimal movie edit with the final bass play-off being edited down two bars, making the song slightly shorter.

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Session Logs
Recording Information
April / May 1957
Jailhouse Rock
Master Tape
Jailhouse Rock
Jailhouse Rock - Master Tape
MGM Session Log
May 8 1957
MGM Session Log - May 8 1957 (Thanks to David English)

Movie Scene Sheets
Jailhouse Rock
Scene Sheets - Reel 1 (Thanks to David English)
Jailhouse Rock
Movie Song Index
Jailhouse Rock - Movie Song Index
Daily Music Report
May 8 1957
Daily Music Report - May 8 1957 (Thanks to David English)

Musical Breakdown
Jailhouse Rock
Musical Breakdown
Baby I Don't Care (MGM Movie Edit)
Baby I Don't Care - Acetate

Music Sheets
Music Sheet
(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care
(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care