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A Touch of the Blues

Lee Wiley Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (3 Dec 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • ASIN: B00005U8IR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 387,814 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Part of the low-price & remastered series featuring the female jazz musicians who belong to RCA label. First-pressing only release. 1957 full-length album including 12 tracks.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Neglected classic 20 April 2013
By Mr G
Format:Audio CD
Lee Wiley had a somewhat sporadic recording career, but I'm mighty pleased she got into the studio in the 50s to produce two of her best efforts, "West of the Moon" and this one. The superb Billy Butterfield leads a hot orchestra behind Wiley's satiny vocals, as she sings a superb programme of rather off-beat material. Wiley always had a bluesy edge to her style, and she makes you believe every songs she sings. She really was a unique stylist, and very influential on other singers, notably Peggy Lee. This is a classic album which every fan of jazz vocals should own. The moment she kicks into "Memphis Blues" you'll be hooked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lee Wiley 17 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Lee Wiley has been one of my favourites among female singers for many years.
Her voice is very very special and her choices of musicians and tunes are admirable.
Lee Wiley deserves to be far more known by music lovers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Monophonic reissue of stereo LP 27 April 2007
By Mucho Music - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I do think the vocal performances and accompaniment of "A Touch of the Blues" are better than most reviewers rate them. As of July 2011 I count six different Amazon.com listings for this album. The one I purchased was a BMG Spain reissue, in monophonic sound. The original 1958 LP recorded in stereo was available in both mono and stereo versions, as was the custom in the early years of stereo recording when very few people had equipment to play stereo records. So I can't say I was cheated, but certainly feel disappointed. I don't see how one would determine which, if any, of the six Amazon listings is in stereo sound. If you want to be sure of getting a stereo version, the 1991 Bluebird CD "As Time Goes By" contains most of the tracks from "A Touch of the Blues," in stereo sound. Or you could hunt up a copy of the original LP. Final note: Amazon reviews of a reissue CD tend to get propagated to listings of other reissues of that same album. Be aware of this if you are reading a review and it doesn't quite match up with the details of the listing.
5.0 out of 5 stars the right orchestra 25 April 2013
By Jay Holder - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I commented on another review, but I would like to state why. Firstly, Lee Wiley was "old school" in that she had been around many years before doing this album. She had made her mark singing songs of the south and blues with a Dixieland flavor. (I have vertually all her recordings). She was in her element with her choice of material for this album and Butterfield`s dixieland type arrangements.
To use lush strings by Nelson Riddle would not be appropriate. Besides Riddle would not have been available as he recorded for Capital and not RCA. Billy May might have been a suitable choice, but he also recorded for Capital at the time. Listen to the horn work on LAND OF THE SKY BLUE WATER (my favorite) and tell me Butterfield was not GREAT on this album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Voice - Orchestra A Little Old School 20 Mar 2007
By KC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
While this was recorded in the 1950's, the orchestra is still hanging onto the 1940's - so while her voice is earthy and "with a touch of blues," the backing music sounds a bit dated not that there's anything really wrong with it but when others were bringing a more lush sound like Nelson Riddle, the Billy Butterfield Orchestra is sort of leaving her behind the times and in some ways it seems to be inhibiting her she sounds like she has the range to hit all the notes and to express all the emotions, however the backing music is holding her back a little. Still an fine LP/CD but not exactly a lost gem.
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