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For LP Fans Only

For LP Fans Only
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Studio album by Elvis Presley
Released February 6, 1959
Recorded July 1954-October 1956
Genre Rock
Length 23:28
Label RCA Victor
Producer Sam Phillips (Sun recordings)
Steve Sholes (RCA recordings)
Elvis Presley chronology

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For LP Fans Only is the seventh album by 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 RCA Studios in Nashville, two more at RCA Studios in New York, and multiple sessions at Sun Studio. The album reached number 19 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart.[1] It is currently out of print, but available on iTunes.

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After Presley's induction into the United States Army on March 24, 1958, RCA 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 promoting albums by their hot commodity given his sales record. Much of Presley's material had not been released on LP. For this album, RCA 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.

Presley's very first recording was included on this album.

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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. In 1989 For LP Fans Only was reissued on compact disc in Germany with bonus tracks. 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

Track listing

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

Original release

Side one
No. TitleWriter(s)Recording date Length
1. "That's All Right"  Arthur CrudupJuly 5, 1954 1:55
2. "Lawdy Miss Clawdy"  Lloyd PriceFebruary 3, 1956 2:08
3. "Mystery Train"  Herman Parker Jr. and Sam PhillipsJuly 11, 1955 2:24
4. "Playing for Keeps"  Stan KeslerSeptember 1, 1956 2:50
5. "Poor Boy"  Vera Matson and Elvis PresleyAugust 24, 1956 2:13
Side two
No. TitleWriter(s)Recording date Length
1. "My Baby Left Me"  Arthur CrudupJanuary 30, 1956 2:12
2. "I Was The One"  Aaron Schroeder, Claude Demetrius, Hal Blair, Bill PeppersJanuary 11, 1956 2:34
3. "Shake, Rattle & Roll"  Charles CalhounFebruary 3, 1956 2:37
4. "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone"  Stan Kesler and William E. TaylorMarch 5, 1955 2:36
5. "You're a Heartbreaker"  Jack SalleeNovember 12, 1954 2:12 1989

Germany reissue with bonus titles

No. TitleWriter(s)Recording date Length
1. "That's All Right"  Arthur CrudupJuly 5, 1954 1:55
2. "Lawdy Miss Clawdy"  Lloyd PriceFebruary 3, 1956 2:08
3. "Mystery Train"  Junior Parker and Sam PhillipsJuly 11, 1955 2:24
4. "Playing for Keeps"  Stan KeslerSeptember 1, 1956 2:50
5. "Poor Boy"  Vera Matson and Elvis PresleyAugust 24, 1956 2:13
6. "Money Honey"  Jesse StoneJanuary 10, 1956 2:36
7. "I'm Counting on You"  Don RobertsonJanuary 11, 1956 2:24
8. "My Baby Left Me"  Arthur CrudupJanuary 30, 1956 2:12
9. "I Was The One"  Aaron Schroeder, Claude DeMetrius, Hal Blair, Bill PeppersJanuary 11, 1956 2:34
10. "Shake, Rattle & Roll"  Charles CalhounFebruary 3, 1956 2:37
11. "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone"  Stan Kesler and William E. TaylorMarch 5, 1955 2:36
12. "You're a Heartbreaker"  Jack SalleeNovember 12, 1954 2:12
13. "Trying to Get to You"  Rose Marie McCoy and Margie SingletonJuly 11, 1955 2:33
14. "Blue Suede Shoes"  Carl PerkinsJanuary 30, 1956 1:58

References

  1. ^ "Pop albums". Elvis Presley: The Official Site of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. 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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