Offered for sale is an ultra-rare, and possibly unique, 1962 stereo pressing of Love Letters by Ketty Lester, pressed on multicolor vinyl.
About this copy: This copy of Love Letters is an original stereo pressing on the Era label from 1962, pressed on multi-color red, yellow and brown vinyl, with just a bit of green where the brown and yellow meet.
While Era did occasionally release albums to the public on red vinyl, we are unaware of any commercial releases on the label on multicolored vinyl, nor are we aware of any colored vinyl commercial release of this album.
This particular copy was probably manufactured by a pressing plant employee for their own use and may literally be the only copy in existence.
The cover is a nice VG, with a bit of ring wear and some wear at the edges and corners. There are no seam splits. The word “stereophonic” has been stamped on both the front and back covers from the factory.
The multicolored vinyl record is in VG++ condition, with just a few slight scuffs on one side, probably from the original paper sleeve. It’s very close to M- and appears to have had little, if any play. The label on side one has a few small bubbles in it. The record has a “deep groove” in the label, which suggests that it’s an original pressing and not a later repress of some sort.
A beautiful copy of a record that’s hard enough to find in stereo even on black vinyl. It’s also the only colored vinyl pressing (of any color) that we’ve seen of this rare album.
Background: Ketty Lester isn’t well-remembered as a singer these days, largely because she had little chart success during her decade or so as a recording artist. Her biggest hit was 1962’s “Love Letters,” which reached #5 on the American Billboard pop charts.
After that, she recorded two albums for RCA that met with little success. She eventually became an actress, appearing in several movies, including Blacula and Uptown Saturday Night, and appearing as a regular on the soap opera Days of Our Lives from 1975-1977 and on Little House on the Prairie from 1977-1983.
While “Love Letters” was a big hit, the album of the same title, issued on the small Era Records label, was a poor seller and is quite difficult to find today, especially in stereo.
You can listen to “Love Letters” here:
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