Offered for sale is a set of two colored vinyl LPs – a U.S. red vinyl and a blue vinyl stereo pressing of Julie London’s debut LP, Julie is Her Name.
A limited number of copies of this 1955 album were pressed on both red and blue vinyl in 1960 to celebrate Liberty Records’ entry into the market for stereo records. The blue pressings are considerably rarer than the red ones, which are themselves rare.
About this copy: These copies of Julie Is Her Name are 1960 rechanneled stereo pressing s on the Liberty Records label of an album that was originally released in 1955 in mono only.
Red vinyl copy: The cover is VG++ with very light wear on the back cover and a repaired 1″ (2 cm) split at the top right corner. There are a couple of tiny corner dents.
The original Liberty Records inner sleeve is M- with no splits. The red vinyl disc is M- and looks unplayed. Clean disc!
Blue vinyl copy: The cover is VG++ with very light wear on the back cover and a couple of tiny corner dents.
The original Liberty Records inner sleeve is M- with no splits. The blue vinyl disc is VG++ with a slight sleeve scuff on side one and a couple of hairlines on side two. It’s a clean disc that has likely only been played a couple of times.. Clean disc!
A beautiful set of two Julie London albums that are very hard to find as a set.
Background: Julie London may best be remembered today for her roles on television in the 1970s, but from 1955 through 1969 she cut nearly 30 albums for Liberty Records, most with alluring cheesecake covers. Don’t be fooled by the covers, though – these are great recordings, especially her early work recorded with jazz ensembles. Her debut LP, Julie is Her Name, featured Barney Kessell on guitar as well as her biggest hit, Cry Me a River.
While this LP was first issued in 1955 on the green Liberty label, it wasn’t released in stereo until 1960 on the multicolor label used at the time. The stereo pressings of this album are rechanneled stereo.
In order to promote their new stereo releases, Liberty Records released a handful of titles on colored vinyl at this time, and Julie is Her Name was issued on both red and blue vinyl.
The red vinyl and blue vinyl copies are not equally rare; there are probably ten red vinyl copies for every blue one.
For a time, Julie London was as famous for her sexy album covers as for her singing. Her debut is her best, a set of fairly basic interpretations of standards in which she is accompanied tastefully by guitarist Barney Kessel and bassist Ray Leatherwood. “Cry Me a River” from this album, was her biggest hit, and her breathy versions of such numbers as “I Should Care,” “Say It Isn’t So,” “Easy Street,” and “Gone with the Wind” are quite haunting.
You can listen to “Cry Me a River” here:
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