Jailhouse Rock (EP)

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Jailhouse Rock
EP by Elvis Presley
Released November 1957
Recorded April 30, May 3 & 9, 1957
Genre Soundtrack
Length 10:36
Label RCA Records
Producer Jeff Alexander
1997 Reissue Cover
Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" from Jailhouse Rock

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Jailhouse Rock is an extended-play, seven-inch 45 RPM record released on RCA Records, catalogue EPA 4114, during November 1957. Recording sessions took place at Radio Recorders in Hollywood on April 30 and May 3, 1957, with an additional session at the MGM Soundstage in Hollywood on May 9 for "Don't Leave Me Now."[1] It peaked at #1 on the newly inaugurated Billboard EP chart.

Content[edit]

Unlike Loving You but like Love Me Tender, a full long-playing album soundtrack was not devised for Jailhouse Rock. The title song "Jailhouse Rock" had already been released as a single on September 24, 1957, and went to #1 on the singles chart. The sixth soundtrack song "Treat Me Nice" was not included on the EP, a new recording from September 5 at Radio Recorders instead placed as the b-side to the "Jailhouse Rock" single where it peaked at #18 on the singles chart independently. The writing and production team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller played prominent roles in the making of the soundtrack, writing four of its songs and working with Presley closely in the studio.[2] Other than both sides of the single and "I Want to Be Free," the fourth song by the pair "(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care" became a minor standard, receiving cover versions by Buddy Holly, Cliff Richard, Joni Mitchell, and Brian Setzer.

"Don't Leave Me Now" had also appeared on the Loving You album, but in a different version from an earlier set of recording sessions. Additional original music for the film was composed by producer Jeff Alexander, and the song sang by the Hunk Houghton character, "One Day," was by Roy C. Bennett and Sid Tepper.

The songs from the EP are available on the 1950s box set from 1992. On April 15, 1997, RCA released a compact disc comprising versions appearing in the feature film and versions that had been commercially released on records of the songs from both Jailhouse Rock and his first movie, Love Me Tender. Three tracks were previously unreleased alternate takes, along with two newly mixed stereo versions of "Love Me Tender" and "Poor Boy."

Personnel[edit]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Jailhouse Rock"   Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller April 30, 1957 2:26
2. "Young And Beautiful"   Aaron Schroeder and Abner Silver April 30, 1957 2:02
3. "I Want To Be Free"   Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller May 3, 1957 2:12
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Don't Leave Me Now"   Aaron Schroeder and Ben Weisman May 9, 1957 2:05
2. "(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care"   Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller May 3, 1957 1:51

1997 Compact disc reissue with bonus tracks[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Jailhouse Rock"   Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller April 30, 1957 2:26
2. "Treat Me Nice"   Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller September 5, 1957 2:10
3. "I Want To Be Free"   Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller May 3, 1957 2:12
4. "Don't Leave Me Now"   Aaron Schroeder and Ben Weisman May 9, 1957 2:05
5. "Young and Beautiful"   Aaron Schroeder and Abner Silver April 30, 1957 2:02
6. "(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care"   Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller May 3, 1957 1:51
7. "Jailhouse Rock" (film version) Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller April 30, 1957 2:32
8. "Treat Me Nice" (film version) Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller May 3, 1957 1:59
9. "I Want To Be Free" (film version) Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller May 3, 1957 2:06
10. "Young And Beautiful" (film version) Aaron Schroeder and Abner Silver April 30, 1957 1:09
11. "Don't Leave Me Now" (previously unreleased alternate take) Aaron Schroeder and Ben Weisman May 3, 1957 1:45
12. "Love Me Tender"   Vera Matson and Elvis Presley August 24, 1956 2:41
13. "Poor Boy"   Vera Matson and Elvis Presley August 24, 1956 2:13
14. "Let Me"   Vera Matson and Elvis Presley September 4, 1956 2:09
15. "We're Gonna Move"   Vera Matson and Elvis Presley August 24, 1956 2:30
16. "Love Me Tender" (end title version) Vera Matson and Elvis Presley October 1, 1956 1:08
17. "Let Me" (previously unreleased alternate take) Vera Matson and Elvis Presley September 4, 1956 2:04
18. "We're Gonna Move" (previously unreleased alternate take) Vera Matson and Elvis Presley August 24, 1956 2:39
19. "Poor Boy" (previously unreleased stereo version) Vera Matson and Elvis Presley August 24, 1956 2:42
20. "Love Me Tender" (previously unreleased stereo version) Vera Matson and Elvis Presley August 24, 1956 2:42

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; pp. 89-90.
  2. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., pp. 90-92