For LP Fans Only CD
By 1959 Elvis Presley had spent a full year in the Army, leaving RCA Records with no fresh material to offer his adoring public. To keep the pump primed, RCA cleaned out its vaults and came up with the material for two albums, For LP Fans Only and A Date With Elvis. Tracks for these albums were drawn from Elvis' early Sun recordings, songs from movie soundtracks, extended play records, and singles. FOR LP FANS ONLY, released in February 1959, exposed the general public to a number of Presley's seminal 1954 and 1955 Sun recordings for the first time: these recordings would not appear together on a single non-bootleg release until 1975's Sun Sesions.
RCA chose to "enhance"--critics would say ruin--the Sun recordings with added reverb, but the power of the performances on "That's All Right," "Mystery Train," "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone," and "You're A Heartbreaker" shines through nonetheless. Also included is "Poor Boy" (from the "Love Me Tender" soundtrack EP), a torrid cover of Lloyd Price's "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy," and a similarly frenzied run-through of Joe Turner's "Shake, Rattle and Roll." Like many albums of its time, For LP Fans Only is extremely short, clocking in at just under 24 minutes.
For LP Fans Only - Elvis Presley CD
1. That's All Right, 2. Lawdy Miss Clawdy, 3. Mystery Train, 4. Playing For Keeps, 5. Poor Boy, 6. Money Honey, 7. I'm Counting On You, 8. My Baby Left Me, 9. I Was The One, 10. Shake, Rattle, And Roll, 11. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone, 12. You're A Heartbreaker, 13. Tryin' To Get To You, 14. Blue Suede Shoes
A compilation of Sun and early RCA recordings.
Digitally remastered by Joe Lopes (February 1989, RCA Recording Studios, New York).