Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock!

Today would have been Elvis Presley’s 79th birthday. I’ve been digging out my Elvis records all week to mark the occasion and figured I would share my favorite with you.
It is probably one of Elvis’ most popular songs, Jailhouse Rock. This 45 was released in 1957 at the same time as his movie of the same name. It’s another great song written by the legendary team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.  As well, the B-side Treat Me Nice was also written by Leiber and Stoller.

It’s easily one of my favorite picture sleeves in my collection. I love the photo of Elvis on the front, plus the back has a different full picture as well.

This 45 was released on RCA Victor in 1957. My copy that came with this picture sleeve is an American pressing. I also have a Canadian pressing of the same single (but no picture sleeve). This is a great example of how different labels between Canada and the USA can be. The USA copy has the RCA dog and phonograph at the top and the picture is in color. On the Canadian copy there are two horizontal lines across the label and music loving dog is on the right side in black and white. There are also many other differences including the text sizes and layout. Same single, same recording of the song, just pressed in two different countries who apparently couldn’t agree on a label design.

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