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Love Letters

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Editorial Reviews

Ketty's complete 1964 RCA album Soul of Me plus the bonus Era tracks Love Letters and But Not for Me equal her best album plus a "best-of"! 14 tracks.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Looking For A Boy
  2. Time After Time
  3. Hello Lover, Goodbye Tears
  4. Lonely People Do Foolish Things
  5. I Want To Be Happy
  6. It's The Talk Of The Town
  7. When Day Is Done
  8. Look For Me (I'll Be Around)
  9. We've Come A Long Way
  10. Sweet Torture
  11. Gotta Be This Or That
  12. You Can Have Him
  13. Love Letters
  14. But Not For Me


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 28, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B00000K2N1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,426 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Lance Drake on June 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The album with the "actually good" songs from the Ketty Lester album released on ERA RECORDS is now available in a 30-song combo CD.

You may have to search for it - I bought my copy from Amazon - but don't see it there at the moment. In any event - the ERA RECORDS album is one of THE GREATS of all time.

Sadly - the OTHER songs from the ERA RECORDS album - besides LOVE LETTERS are not included on this album.
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This is NOT the same "Love Letters " vinyl I bought in 1965. So why call it that? I feel ripped off. But then I didn't check the listing. Didn't think I'd need to!!
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By A Customer on December 18, 1999
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Although this is not the classic Love Letters album (Era Label)she issued at the time "Love Letters" was #1, it does contain the follow-up hit"But Not for Me" which was not on that original album. However the rest of the album seems like the outtakes from her RCA days.
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Don't be fooled! Know what you're buying! For those who think you're buying the CD release of Miss Ketty Lester's wonderful Era LP release of Love Letters from 1962 - please know this is NOT it! The title is the same, and to further add to the confusion, they use the original album photo of Lester (and similar cover art) but that's as close as it gets here! Well...almost! The version of Love Letters on this collection IS the original (and in addition, they've included Lester's formulaic sound-a-like follow-up release of But Not For Me, which was also on the original album). But that's it! None other of the beautiful, almost atmospheric songs from that original lp are included!

What is offered here is Lester's second LP release for the RCA label - The Soul Of Me (1964) - minus one song! That album has yet to be officially re-released on CD in its entirety, and sells anywhere from fifteen to fifty dollars (and up) on vinyl. So, with that knowledge in mind, collectors and afficionados of Lester's sublime vocals may want to purchase this CD. Hence, my three-star rating!

For those who are interested in the original Love Letters material on the Era label - keep praying for a CD release or keep searching for the collectible lp on vinyl. Just be ready to pay the big bucks!
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Ketty Lester's original Era Records 1962 LP "Love Letters" was one of the most seductive recordings of the decade. It was no accident that Lena Horne and Peggy Lee gave their endorsements in the liner notes. Not only does the CD in current release delete some of the best cuts of the original, but Ms. Lester's voice is not in peak condition and production values are below the standard set in 1962.
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From the dim light of the past, a dreamvoice, quiet and persuasive, is telling to us what is hidden in the heart

of an artist woman.

Voice and Music: everithing is quiet and soft: we seem to be

listening to the intimate feelings of a sensitive heart.
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Always loved this singer's voice and she recaptured a true feeling emotion of longing and unrequited love with her rendition on "Lover Letters". Bravo or Brava. Other songs on the CD were a supervise to me.
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Although I admit that this CD doesn't do justice to Miss Lester's great artistry, it is yet a good CD, for it gives a good choice of melodies where the smooth voice of Ketty is whispering delicately (but the lady could belt out a song!). And you can appreciate the musical sense of this great singer who made several great records for RCA. If you can, you should try to find her other CD "Where Is Love?". Do you remember that she was offered the role of Julia before Diahann Carroll? And she won an Off-Broadway award for her revival of "A Cabin In The Sky". A great artist to (re)discover!
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