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Lettermen - First Four Albums And More!
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The Lettermen – The First       
Four Albums And More!       
Complete 60s Records 

 

Complete 60s CD #12101       $19.98       

The Lettermen’s name was retro but their sound was progressive. With three baritone vocalists, they wove their kaleidoscopic harmonies around the melody, trading leads and alternating highs and lows in dynamic clusters of close harmony. Their vocal arrangements were soft and smooth, but there was a lot going on! The group was born in a new decade, one with a growing market for stereo albums, and their modern sound was born to thrive in a stereophonic world.

When you hear the Lettermen’s breakthrough 1961 hits “The Way You Look Tonight” and “When I Fall in Love,” with their gorgeous close harmonies, it’s easy to imagine the influence this sound had on 19-year-old Brian Wilson, who’d start taking his Beach Boys to the charts the following year—assisted by the same able producer, Nick Venet. In fact, the Lettermen and the Beach Boys used to hang out and sing together in the parking lot behind the Capitol studio.

And when you hear the lovely string-filled productions and luminous vocals on the Lettermen’s LPs, which continued to chart all the way through 1974, it’s easy to see why this group outlasted so many contemporaries. Their prismatic vocal arrangements were simply on a different plane from all those groups who took their cues from barbershop and doo-wop groups.

Some groups take a while to get up and running, but the Lettermen found their sound early on in their recording career, mastering their harmonic approach on their first LP, A Song for Your Love, and running with it on their next three: Once Upon A Time; Jim, Tony and Bob and College Standards, all included here in full Stereo. Slow-dance standards and dreamy-eyed delights abound on these LPs, which all charted and which set their career in motion.

When you’re talking about shimmering strings and heavenly harmonies like these, isn’t sound quality of paramount importance to you? It is to us, which is why we had our top-flight engineers painstakingly remaster all these tracks to bring you crisp, vibrant stereo sound (indeed, every LP track here is in full, glorious stereo). It is a stone-cold fact that these original Lettermen recordings have never sounded better than this!

But what about the “And More” in the title of this collection? That represents the 10 bonus tracks here, including three VERY rare tracks they recorded during their brief pre-Capitol stint on Warner Bros.: “Their Hearts Were Full of Spring,” “When” and “Two Hearts.” Especially for Lettermen collectors, we’ve included a stellar unreleased version of the Perry Como classic “Wanted,” cut during their first Capitol LP session, as well as the original mono hit single version of “When I Fall in Love,” which boasts different vocal takes and a mix that is completely different from the LP version here.

The Disc Two bonus material begins with two never-on-LP folk-oriented single sides: “Allentown Jail” and “Two Brothers,” followed by two equally hard-to-find novelty song parodies they released under the group name Tony, Bob and Jimmy: “(Son of) Old Rivers” and “Dutchman’s Gold.” This is iconic ’60s vocal pop, reissued as it should be: four complete original Capitol stereo LPs, exquisitely remastered and expanded with period bonus tracks that tell the complete early story of the Lettermen! Includes an 8-page booklet with rare photos and a new essay by Greg Adams based on a fresh interview with group members.

21 SONGS NEVER BEFORE ON CD! 2 DISCS, 58 TRACKS (50 IN STEREO) –
– UNEQUALED SOUND QUALITY... CREATED BY COLLECTORS FOR COLLECTORS –

– DISC ONE –
Listen Track  Title Stereo/Mono
play 1.  A SONG FOR YOUNG LOVE Stereo
play 2.  I’LL BE SEEING YOU Stereo
play 3.  SMILE Stereo
play 4.  IT HAPPENED ONCE BEFORE Stereo
play 5.  WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Stereo
play 6.  THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT Stereo
play 7.  COME BACK SILLY GIRL Stereo
play 8.  VALLEY HIGH Stereo
play 9.  IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT Stereo
play 10.  DREAMER Stereo
play 11.  THERE’S GOT TO BE A GIRL Stereo
play 12.  BLUEBERRY HILL Stereo
play 13.  TIME WAS (Duerme) Stereo
play 14.  YOUNG AND FOOLISH Stereo
play 15.  LOVER’S BEACH Stereo
play 16.  POLKA DOTS AND MOONBEAMS Stereo
play 17.  EVENING RAIN Stereo
play 18.  ONCE UPON A TIME Stereo
play 19.  HOW IS JULIE Stereo
play 20.  MY FUNNY VALENTINE Stereo
play 21.  REMEMBERING LAST SUMMER Stereo
play 22.  SIXTEEN REASONS (Why I Love You) Stereo
play 23.  SUMMER’S GONE Stereo
play 24.  TURN AROUND, LOOK AT ME Stereo
play 25.  WHEN I FALL IN LOVE (single version) Mono
play 26.  THAT’S MY DESIRE Stereo
play 27.  WANTED Mono
play 28.  THEIR HEARTS WERE FULL OF SPRING Mono
play 29.  WHEN Mono
play 30.  TWO HEARTS Stereo
 
– DISC TWO –
Listen Track  Title Stereo/Mono
play 1.  LET IT BE ME Stereo
play 2.  I WILL LOVE YOU Stereo
play 3.  LOVE ME TENDER Stereo
play 4.  MICHAEL Stereo
play 5.  SUMMER’S COME AND GONE Stereo
play 6.  A TREE IN THE MEADOW Stereo
play 7.  SILLY BOY (She Doesn’t Love You) Stereo
play 8.  I TOLD THE STARS Stereo
play 9.  WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR Stereo
play 10.  LONELY LITTLE GIRL Stereo
play 11.  UNCHAINED MELODY Stereo
play 12.  AGAIN Stereo
play 13.  THE WHIFFENPOOF SONG Stereo
play 14.  DREAM Stereo
play 15.  MOMENTS TO REMEMBER Stereo
play 16.  ALL I DO IS DREAM OF YOU Stereo
play 17.  GRADUATION DAY Stereo
play 18.  NO OTHER LOVE Stereo
play 19.  THE HALLS OF IVY Stereo
play 20.  IT’S DARK ON OBSERVATORY HILL Stereo
play 21.  ANE LISLE Stereo
play 22.  I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS Stereo
play 23.  THE SWEETHEART OF SIGMA CHI Stereo
play 24.  THE PARTY’S OVER Stereo
play 25.  ALLENTOWN JAIL Mono
play 26.  TWO BROTHERS Mono
play 27.  (Son Of) OLD RIVERS Mono
play 28.  DUTCHMAN’S GOLD Mono

 
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