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Love Letters [Compilation]

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Ketty Lester 9/28/1999

Review

Love Letters is a missed opportunity as far as Ketty Lester collections go. It combines 12 songs from a 1964 RCA album with the original versions of her two biggest hits, "Love Letters" and "But Not for Me," which were recorded for Era Records. Lester had a hit album on Era, also titled Love Letters, and notched two other minor hits for the label, all of which could have easily filled a CD with Lester's most popular recordings. Instead, Collectables chose to reissue a non-charting album and cross-license two of Lester's Era hits to tack on at the end. The result isn't a greatest-hits collection, but is the closest thing to one currently on the market thanks to the inclusion of those two hits. Like her Era recordings, Lester's RCA recordings are heavy on traditional pop songs such as "Time After Time" and "It's the Talk of the Town," with occasional departures like the rocking "Hello Lover, Goodbye Tears," a cover of Roy Hamilton's "You Can Have Her" (retitled "You Can Have Him"), and the sexy "Sweet Torture." "Love Letters" is a classic oldie that has gained ominous undercurrents (for younger listeners, at least) from its appearance in the David Lynch film Blue Velvet, and "But Not for Me" is another old pop song Lester reinterpreted in her sultry style to moderate chart success. Ironically, Lester's second RCA album has been reissued, too, on a Japanese CD, while her more commercially successful Era recordings remain out of print. ~ Greg Adams
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Looking for a Boy Ketty Lester 2:13
  3. 2 Time After Time Ketty Lester 2:36
  4. 3 Hello Lover, Goodbye Tears Ketty Lester 2:37
  5. 4 Lonely People Do Foolish Things Ketty Lester 3:6
  6. 5 I Want to Be Happy Ketty Lester 2:49
  7. 6 It's the Talk of the Town Ketty Lester 2:27
  8. 7 When Day Is Done Ketty Lester 2:28
  9. 8 Look for Me (I'll Be Around) Ketty Lester 3:4
  10. 9 We've Come a Long Way Ketty Lester 2:22
  11. 10 Sweet Torture Ketty Lester 2:35
  12. 11 Gotta Be This or That Ketty Lester 2:34
  13. 12 You Can Have Him Ketty Lester 2:23
  14. 13 Love Letters Ketty Lester 2:39
  15. 14 But Not for Me Ketty Lester 2:54

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