For LP Fans Only

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For LP Fans Only
For LP Fans Only LP.jpg
Compilation album by
ReleasedFebruary 6, 1959
RecordedJuly 1954–October 1956
GenreRock and roll, rockabilly[1]
LabelRCA Victor
ProducerSam Phillips (Sun recordings)
Steve Sholes (RCA recordings)
Elvis Presley chronology
King Creole
For LP Fans Only
A Date with Elvis
Singles from For LP Fans Only
  1. "That's All Right"
    Released: July 19, 1954
  2. "Mystery Train"
    Released: August 1, 1955
  3. "Shake, Rattle and Roll"
    Released: August 31, 1956
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[2]
MusicHound4.5/5 stars[3]
Rough Guides3/5 stars[4]

For LP Fans Only is a compilation album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, issued by RCA Victor in February 1959. It compiled previously released 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]


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 Victor in November 1955 and remained in print through the 1970s. "That's All Right (Mama)" was never issued as a single in the UK during Presley's lifetime.


RCA first reissued the original 10 track album For LP Fans Only on compact disc in 1989. The album is included in a 25 disc package, "The Perfect Blues Collection", released by Sony in 2011. The album is also available in the 2016 60 CD boxed set Elvis Presley - The Complete RCA Album Collection.

Collective personnel[edit]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."That's All Right"Arthur CrudupJuly 5, 19541:55
2."Lawdy Miss Clawdy"Lloyd PriceFebruary 3, 19562:08
3."Mystery Train"July 11, 19552:24
4."Playing for Keeps"Stan KeslerSeptember 1, 19562:50
5."Poor Boy"
  • Vera Matson
  • Elvis Presley
August 24, 19562:13
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."My Baby Left Me"CrudupJanuary 30, 19562:12
2."I Was The One"
January 11, 19562:34
3."Shake, Rattle and Roll"Charles CalhounFebruary 3, 19562:37
4."I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone"
  • Kesler
  • William Taylor
March 5, 19552:36
5."You're a Heartbreaker"Jack SalleeNovember 12, 19542:12

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1959) Peak
US Billboard 200 19


  1. ^ "For LP Fans Only - Elvis Presley - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  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.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  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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