For LP Fans Only

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For LP Fans Only
For LP Fans Only LP.jpg
Studio album by Elvis Presley
Released February 6, 1959
Recorded July 1954–October 1956
Genre Rock and roll, rockabilly[1]
Length 23:28
Label RCA Victor
Producer Sam Phillips (Sun recordings)
Steve Sholes (RCA recordings)
Elvis Presley chronology
King Creole
(1958)King Creole1958
For LP Fans Only
(1959)
A Date with Elvis
(1959)A Date with Elvis1959
Singles from For LP Fans Only
  1. "That's All Right"
    Released: 20 December 1955
  2. "You're a Heartbreaker"
    Released: 20 December 1955
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
MusicHound 4.5/5 stars[3]
Rough Guides 3/5 stars[4]

For LP Fans Only is the seventh album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, issued by RCA Victor in February 1959. It is a selection of material from an August 1956 recording session at 20th Century Fox Stage One, a September 1956 session at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, sessions on January 10 and 11 at the RCA Victor Studios in Nashville, two more at the RCA Victor Studios in New York, and multiple sessions at Sun Studio. The album reached number 19 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart.[5]

Content[edit]

After Presley's induction into the United States Army on March 24, 1958, RCA Victor and Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, were faced with the prospect of keeping his name before the public for two years with no possibility of live performances or movies, and few unissued marketable recordings in the vault. A recording session was arranged for two days in June, which yielded enough items for five more single sides, singles being the commercial focus for rock and roll in the 1950s. Four of those tracks would be issued on 45s in 1958 and 1959 during his absence while doing military service.

Presley, however, also did well in the albums market, each of his previous six LPs charted no lower than number three, and RCA wished to continue to release albums by their hot commodity given his sales record. Much of Presley's material had been issued on single records, not on LP, for this album, RCA Victor collected nine tracks previously available in single form only, as well as "Poor Boy" from the Love Me Tender EP. Four of the tracks had been issued on Sun Records with limited release, and were very difficult to come by outside of the south, however all 5 Sun singles were reissued by RCA in November 1955 and remained in print through the 1970s.

This album was the debut release of Elvis' first commercial recording "That's All Right (Mama)" in the United Kingdom, it was never issued as a single there during Presley's lifetime.

Reissues[edit]

RCA reissued For LP Fans Only on compact disc in 1989. Audiophile CD recordings are available on import in the United States, including the 2005 Japanese pressing with a truncated track list. The album is included in a 25 disc package, "The Perfect Blues Collection", released by Sony in 2011.

Collective personnel[edit]

Track listing[edit]

Chart position for EPA 4006 from Billboard Top Pop Albums chart; positions for singles from Billboard Pop Singles chart

Original release[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "That's All Right" Arthur Crudup July 5, 1954 1:55
2. "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" Lloyd Price February 3, 1956 2:08
3. "Mystery Train" Herman Parker Jr., Sam Phillips July 11, 1955 2:24
4. "Playing for Keeps" Stan Kesler September 1, 1956 2:50
5. "Poor Boy" Vera Matson, Elvis Presley August 24, 1956 2:13
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "My Baby Left Me" Arthur Crudup January 30, 1956 2:12
2. "I Was The One" Aaron Schroeder, Claude Demetrius, Hal Blair, Bill Peppers January 11, 1956 2:34
3. "Shake, Rattle And Roll" Charles Calhoun February 3, 1956 2:37
4. "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone" Stan Kesler, William E. Taylor March 5, 1955 2:36
5. "You're a Heartbreaker" Jack Sallee November 12, 1954 2:12

Germany reissue with bonus titles[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "That's All Right" Arthur Crudup July 5, 1954 1:55
2. "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" Lloyd Price February 3, 1956 2:08
3. "Mystery Train" Junior Parker and Sam Phillips July 11, 1955 2:24
4. "Playing for Keeps" Stan Kesler September 1, 1956 2:50
5. "Poor Boy" Vera Matson and Elvis Presley August 24, 1956 2:13
6. "Money Honey" Jesse Stone January 10, 1956 2:36
7. "I'm Counting on You" Don Robertson January 11, 1956 2:24
8. "My Baby Left Me" Arthur Crudup January 30, 1956 2:12
9. "I Was The One" Aaron Schroeder, Claude DeMetrius, Hal Blair, Bill Peppers January 11, 1956 2:34
10. "Shake, Rattle & Roll" Charles Calhoun February 3, 1956 2:37
11. "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone" Stan Kesler and William E. Taylor March 5, 1955 2:36
12. "You're a Heartbreaker" Jack Sallee November 12, 1954 2:12
13. "Trying to Get to You" Rose Marie McCoy and Margie Singleton July 11, 1955 2:33
14. "Blue Suede Shoes" Carl Perkins January 30, 1956 1:58

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1959) Peak
position
US Billboard 200 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/for-lp-fans-only-mw0000200208
  2. ^ AllMusic review
  3. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 892. ISBN 1-57859-061-2. 
  4. ^ Simpson, Paul (2004). The Rough Guide to Elvis. London: Rough Guides. p. 113. ISBN 1-84353-417-7. 
  5. ^ "Pop albums". Elvis Presley: The Official Site of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. 2013. Archived from the original on May 20, 2013. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  • Jorgenson, Ernst (1998). Elvis Presley: A Life In Music - The Complete Recording Sessions. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-18572-3

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