New "Love Letters" Arranged & Conducted by Lincoln Mayorga (Digipack) Bonus Tracks
  • Ketty Lester
    Ketty Lester

Ketty Lester

New "Love Letters" Arranged & Conducted by Lincoln Mayorga (Digipack) Bonus Tracks

Blue Moon Golden Series

Ketty Lester (vcl), Lincoln Mayorga, Ernie Freeman (p, arr), Artie Butler (p, org), Clare Fischer (org), David Cohen, Michael Deasy, John Gary (g), Carol Kaye (b), Earl Palmer (d), Victor Feldman, Gary Coleman (perc), Gloria Jones, Shirley Matthews, Carolyn Willis (backing vcl)

Reference: BMCD 905

Bar code: 8427328009058

· Collectors Edition
· Issued in Digipack
· Bonus Tracks
· Original Cover Art and Liner Notes
· Stereo Recordings
· Newly Remastered

Many singers are lucky to have hits, but few are fortunate enough to be remembered for a true classic. One such artist is Ketty Lester, whose original gospel take on the Victor Young-Edward Heyman standard “Love Letters” became an international hit in 1962, selling more than a million copies and reaching the top 5 in both the U.S. and England, as well as throughout the world.

During the recording session, pianist and arranger Lincoln Mayorga, put the music for “Love Letters” on the piano and began to play it as written. “Can't you put a little soul in it?” Ketty asked. “What’s that?” he replied. “Gospel man.” She proceeded to direct it with her hands and voice and he finally got the rhythm right.

In 1968, Ketty signed with the independent Records By Pete label, recording an album of contemporary songs by such writers as Bob Dylan, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Holland-Dozier-Holland, and Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill. Lincoln Mayorga produced and arranged and was again on piano (except for Artie Butler on the song “Show Me”). Butler also played organ on several tracks. Also included was a new version of “Love Letters,” following the exact same arrangement as the original, but this time in stereo.

The album appears here on CD for the very first time through special arrangement with Ketty and has been restored to pristine digital sound. As bonus tracks, included are three additional pop singles, produced, arranged and conducted by Ernie Freeman, as well as Ketty’s personal favorite track from her last album, “She’d Never Heard of Anyone Called Jesus,” recorded in 1984.

01. Don't Think Twice (Bob Dylan) 2:52
02. Living As We Live (Steve Cohen) 2:54
03. I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself (Bacharach-David) 2:57
04. Show Me (Joe Tex) 2:51
05. You're Getting Older (Kin Vassy) 2:44
06. Peace, Brothers, Peace (Mann-Well) 4:07
07. Son of a Preacher Man (Hurley-Wilkins) 2:28
08. Since I Fell for You (Buddy Johnson) 3:12
09. Prisoner of Love (Gaskill-Robin) 3:38
10. How Sweet it Is (Holland-Dozier) 2:34
11. Love Letters (Heyman-Young) 2:26
12. Now More Than Ever (Belland-Somerville) 3:03
13. I Will Lead You (Michael P.Whalen) 2:34
14. The Measure of a Man (Bernstein-Millrose) 2:54
15. Cracker Box Livin’ (Howlet P. Smith) 3:27
16. She'd Never Heard of Anyone Called Jesus (Snow-Shaw) 3:19

Album details

Tracks #1-12, from the 12-inch album “Ketty Lester” (Records by Pete S1109)
Track #13, from the single (Records by Pete 706)
Tracks #14 & 15, from the single (Records by Pete 710)
Track #16, taken from the album “I Saw Love” (Mega MLP-1001)

Ketty Lester, vocals

Arranged & Conducted by Lincoln Mayorga
Gloria Jones, Shirley Matthews, Carolyn Willis, backing vocals
Lincoln Mayorga, Artie Butler (#10), piano; Artie Butler, Clare Fischer (#2,3,5,7), organ; David Cohen, Michael Deasy (#1,4,6,11), lead guitar; John Gary, rhythm guitar; Carol Kaye, bass; Earl Palmer, drums; Victor Feldman, Gary Coleman (#2, 3, 5, 7), percussion.
Recorded at Gold Star Studio, Hollywood, 1968

Bonus tracks [#13-15]
Orchestra Arranged and Conducted by Ernie Freeman.
Recorded at Gold Star Studio, Hollywood, 1968

Extra track [#16]
Wilson “Tex” Richardson, Jr., piano; Jim Shaw; Mike Dana, synthesizer; Tim Fahey, bass; Kevin Cloud, drums; Jim Christie, percussion.
Recorded in Los Angeles, 1984

Sound engineers: Stan Ross and Doc Siegal (#8,9,10,12)
Liner notes written by Alan Eichler

Original recordings produced by Lincoln Mayorga (#1-12),
Ernie Freeman (#13-15), and David Bell (#16)
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol by arrangement with Ketty Lester

Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

10,95 €  (tax incl.)

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