Several months after the CD release, FTD released a special vinyl edition of Jailhouse Rock.
I still get excited when I receive a new vinyl product. It gives you something to handle, I can read the text without reading glasses. This time FTD really delivered something beautiful. Where Kees rightfully bashed FTD for the sloppy artwork of the CD version I can’t comment them in this case. The printing is way, way better than the quality of the CD version.
The inside of the cover gives the storyboard of the movie, next to a large picture of the dancing scene, the other half is filled with a publicity shot in full color.
The sleeve of the first LP has a publicity shot of Elvis with Judy Tyler, while the back is filled with first screenings, recording information, highest chart positions and behind the camera information.
The second sleeve has a full color publicity shot on the front and at the back the collector’s cards found their place.
The labels carry the original RCA logo, of course with Nipper.
Last, but not least the back carries the track information, some shots from the movie and instructions to enlarge listening pleasure (take care of a good needle!).
I am one of those freaks who think that vinyl sounds better than CDs; also in this case my ears caught more depth than with the CD-version. For the remaining description of the music I point you to Kees’ view of last October, one of the scarce cases I fully agreed with him :-).
I can only say that FTD made me very happy with this product, I feel like a child that needs to show his birthday presents to visitors.