Offered for sale is a rare red vinyl stereo U.S. copy of Julie London’s 1955 debut LP, Julie Is Her Name.
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. Both versions are quite rare today, as the album had originally been released four or five years earlier and sales had diminished by the time the colored vinyl pressings were released.
You can listen to “Cry Me a River” here:
About this copy: The copy offered for sale is one of the rare red vinyl versions of the album. The disc is VG+, with a few small marks. It has clearly seen little play and has been well cared for. The original Liberty inner sleeve is included. The cover retains its original shrink wrap and aside from a 1/4″ split at the lower right hand corner, is nearly perfect.
A beautiful and rare variation of a terrific record that’s quite hard to find in stereo.
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