Jailhouse Rock (EP)

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Jailhouse Rock
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EP by Elvis Presley
Released November 1957
Recorded April 30, May 3 & 9, 1957
Genre Rock and roll, rockabilly, pop
Length 10:36
Label RCA Victor
Producer Jeff Alexander
Elvis Presley chronology
Elvis' Christmas Album
(1957)
Jailhouse Rock
(1957)
Elvis' Golden Records
(1958)
1997 Reissue Cover
Elvisjailhouserockreissue.jpg

Jailhouse Rock is an EP by American singer Elvis Presley. It was released by RCA Victor, with 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 (1957) but like Love Me Tender (1956), 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 (1957) 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 sung by the Hunk Houghton character, "One Day", was by Roy C. Bennett and Sid Tepper.

Reissues[edit]

All six songs from the EP are available on The King of Rock 'n' Roll: The Complete 50s Masters released in 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.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Jailhouse Rock"Jerry Leiber and Mike StollerApril 30, 19572:35
2."Young and Beautiful"Aaron Schroeder and Abner SilverApril 30, 19572:02
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."I Want to Be Free"Jerry Leiber and Mike StollerMay 3, 19572:12
2."Don't Leave Me Now"Aaron Schroeder and Ben WeismanMay 9, 19572:05
3."(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care"Jerry Leiber and Mike StollerMay 3, 19571:51

1997 Compact disc reissue with bonus tracks[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Jailhouse Rock"Jerry Leiber and Mike StollerApril 30, 19572:35
2."Treat Me Nice"Jerry Leiber and Mike StollerSeptember 5, 19572:10
3."I Want to Be Free"Jerry Leiber and Mike StollerMay 3, 19572:12
4."Don't Leave Me Now"Aaron Schroeder and Ben WeismanMay 9, 19572:05
5."Young and Beautiful"Aaron Schroeder and Abner SilverApril 30, 19572:02
6."(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care"Jerry Leiber and Mike StollerMay 3, 19571:51
7."Jailhouse Rock" (film version)Jerry Leiber and Mike StollerApril 30, 19572:32
8."Treat Me Nice" (film version)Jerry Leiber and Mike StollerMay 3, 19571:59
9."I Want to Be Free" (film version)Jerry Leiber and Mike StollerMay 3, 19572:06
10."Young and Beautiful" (film version)Aaron Schroeder and Abner SilverApril 30, 19571:09
11."Don't Leave Me Now" (previously unreleased alternate take)Aaron Schroeder and Ben WeismanMay 3, 19571:45
12."Love Me Tender"Vera Matson and Elvis PresleyAugust 24, 19562:41
13."Poor Boy"Vera Matson and Elvis PresleyAugust 24, 19562:13
14."Let Me"Vera Matson and Elvis PresleySeptember 4, 19562:09
15."We're Gonna Move"Vera Matson and Elvis PresleyAugust 24, 19562:30
16."Love Me Tender" (end title version)Vera Matson and Elvis PresleyOctober 1, 19561:08
17."Let Me" (previously unreleased alternate take)Vera Matson and Elvis PresleySeptember 4, 19562:04
18."We're Gonna Move" (previously unreleased alternate take)Vera Matson and Elvis PresleyAugust 24, 19562:39
19."Poor Boy" (previously unreleased stereo version)Vera Matson and Elvis PresleyAugust 24, 19562:42
20."Love Me Tender" (previously unreleased stereo version)Vera Matson and Elvis PresleyAugust 24, 19562:42

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

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