Offered for sale is a rare blue vinyl stereo U.S. copy 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: This copy of Julie Is Her Name is a 1960 rechanneled stereo pressing on Liberty Records of an album that was originally released in 1955 in mono only.
The cover is VG-, with some stains on the back cover, some edge wear, and a repaired 5 1/2″ (14 cm) seam split on the top edge near the mouth. This is the correct cover for this LP, as the colored vinyl copies said “STEREO” on the front cover, and most black vinyl stereo copies did not.
The blue vinyl disc is VG and approaching VG+, with a number of light hairlines, but no deep scratches. It still has lots of shine and plays well.
A nice, if imperfect, copy of a very rare Julie London LP and the only blue vinyl copy we’ve ever had for sale.
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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