The gap filler ‘For LP Fans Only’ turned out to be a classic album, finally FTD released it in their series.
The usual concept in these series is used: original cover and back, nipper album labels behind the CDs and some extra fitting photos. The booklet is informative and decorated as always: memorabilia, material from the RCA archives and some nice photos. I wonder what the pictures of Priscilla are doing there thou.
There are no new outtakes, bummer! The original album was one of my later additions (in some reissue with the mid 60’s sleeve, since by the time I had the songs on other albums already. Anyway, the extras on the FTD version are some Sun tracks, the ‘For Radio Fans Only’ and ‘For TV Fans Only’ sections and some of the German home recording tapes.
Don’t ask me why Harbor Lights and When It Rains are showing up, but more weird choices have been made in the past. I’d rather have Tiger Man or Satisfied!
The Radio material is on the first CD, after the (Sun) bonus tracks. Overall it is listenable and at least it is good music. The same goes for the TV part (Dorsey Brothers, Milton Berle and Steve Allen shows): good music and somewhat fitting.
The home recordings aren’t in my humble opinion. It is just jumping on the bandwagon, more or less unlistenable (especially when Red West’s trousers are way too tight). If I choice to listen to that material (which I did exactly once with the previous Homerecording CDs). Besides that, it wasn’t even taped when the album was released.
It must be done, but to me it will be a cabinet filler. Maybe, just maybe the first CD will get an occasional spin.