Ketty Lester Love Letters

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  • Released: March 14, 2006
  • Originally Released: 1999
  • Label: Collectables Records

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Ketty Lester was born in Hope, Arkansas, also the birthplace of President Bill Clinton. She scored her biggest hit in 1962 with "Love Letters", a WWII classic, and paralleled her singing successes with a solid acting career as a guest star on TV shows throughout the '60s and '70s. Her biggest hits and other favorites are showcased in this collection.


  • 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 Fortune
  • 11.Gotta Be This Or That
  • 12.You Can Have Him
  • 13.Love Letters
  • 14.But Not For Me

Product Description:

Originally released on RCA (2945) as SOUL OF ME in 1964.
Personnel: Ketty Lester (vocals).
Liner Note Author: Mark Marymont.
Recording information: 1962-1972.
Love Letters is a missed opportunity as far as Ketty Lester collections go. It combines 12 songs from a 1964 RCA album with the original versions of her two biggest hits, "Love Letters" and "But Not for Me," which were recorded for Era Records. Lester had a hit album on Era, also titled Love Letters, and notched two other minor hits for the label, all of which could have easily filled a CD with Lester's most popular recordings. Instead, Collectables chose to reissue a non-charting album and cross-license two of Lester's Era hits to tack on at the end. The result isn't a greatest-hits collection, but is the closest thing to one currently on the market thanks to the inclusion of those two hits. Like her Era recordings, Lester's RCA recordings are heavy on traditional pop songs such as "Time After Time" and "It's the Talk of the Town," with occasional departures like the rocking "Hello Lover, Goodbye Tears," a cover of Roy Hamilton's "You Can Have Her" (retitled "You Can Have Him"), and the sexy "Sweet Torture." "Love Letters" is a classic oldie that has gained ominous undercurrents (for younger listeners, at least) from its appearance in the David Lynch film Blue Velvet, and "But Not for Me" is another old pop song Lester reinterpreted in her sultry style to moderate chart success. Ironically, Lester's second RCA album has been reissued, too, on a Japanese CD, while her more commercially successful Era recordings remain out of print. ~ Greg Adams

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  • UPC: 090431628928
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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