Various Artists, Music To Write Letters By, RCA PRM-247, 1967
It’s been a while since I’ve done a true theme week, but finding a bunch of these records means I kind need to. Not that this is any kind of record that I will ever listen to, but anything with a title like Music To… needs to see the light of day again.
Today, it’s next to impossible to imagine anyone writing a letter, let alone buying an album of music to listen to while you write said letters. It’s hard to imagine a company like RCA releasing this record in 1967 at the same time they issued Surrealistic Pillow by The Jefferson Airplane. Well it wasn’t all that Surrealistic to original owner Barbara Birnbaum. She not only bought this record, but she carefully tore the shrink wrap away to write her name on it so everyone would know this album was hers!
And she must have written a whole lot of letters from the condition of this record. It’s in pretty bad shape, at least the first 40 seconds of side one, which is all the time I felt like investing in this. But letter writing is just one of the things there will be music for!
Cost: $2, $809 Remaining