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Editors’ Notes

While Elvis Presley was in the U.S. Army, RCA Records released albums to keep its star in the marketplace. Fortunately, the label still had recordings that had never made it to LP, many from Presley's earliest work at Sun Records in Memphis. For years afterward—technically, until RCA issued The Sun Sessions in 1976—albums such as For LP Fans Only and A Date with Elvis were the only way Elvis fans could own these seminal tracks. So, while this album wasn't of "new" Elvis material upon its release in 1959, it was as good as, if not better than, any album he would've released had the Army not so rudely interrupted. By modern standards, it seems impossible to think such landmark recordings as his first single—Arthur Crudup's "That's All Right"—and the chilling "Mystery Train" would only see an LP release out of desperation. For LP Fans Only remains an excellent album, no matter how indifferent its original release was. This version adds two bonus tracks: the Sun recording of "I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine" and "Let Me" from the Love Me Tender EP.

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These two albums, "For LP Fans Only" and "A Date with Elvis" brought together most of the Sun session masters that RCA had not released on Elvis' first two albums (two Sun tracks had been released on "Elvis Presley" and "Elvis" in 1956). Interspersed among these Sun recordings are various outtakes previously unreleased. These albums noteworthy because they were the first time that public had ever heard the Sun tracks. As such, the cuts here are closer to their original masters than we have them today.

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I never cared for the post military Elvis except for Stuck on You. The musicians, the production quality and the actual studios used all contributed to a quality not ever duplicated after he started his comeback. For the purist all this is about as good as it gets and is even more amazing considering the primitive, by today's standards, analog recording equipment.


Born: January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, MS

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

Elvis Presley may be the single most important figure in American 20th century popular music. Not necessarily the best, and certainly not the most consistent. But no one could argue with the fact that he was the musician most responsible for popularizing rock & roll on an international level. Viewed in cold sales figures, his impact was phenomenal. Dozens upon dozens of international smashes from the mid-'50s to the mid-'70s, as well as the steady sales of his catalog and reissues since his death...
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