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Four Classic Albums Plus (Night In Manhattan / Lee Wiley Sings Vincent Youmans & Irving Berlin / West Of The Moon / A Touch Of The Blues) Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (10 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Avid Jazz
  • ASIN: B00IEDDNPY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,581 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Manhattan (Night in Manhattan) 3:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. I've Got a Crush on You (Night in Manhattan) 3:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. A Ghost of a Chance (Night in Manhattan) 3:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Oh! Look at Me Now (Night in Manhattan) 3:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. How Deep Is the Ocean (Night in Manhattan) 2:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Time on My Hands (Night in Manhattan) 2:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Street of Dreams (Night in Manhattan) 3:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. A Woman's Intuition (Night in Manhattan) 3:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sugar (Night in Manhattan) 3:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Any Time, Any Day, Anywhere (Night in Manhattan) 2:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Soft Lights and Sweet Music (Night in Manhattan) 2:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. More Than You Know (Night in Manhattan) 3:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Tea for Two (Lee Wiley Sings Vincent Youmans & Irving Berlin) 3:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Sometimes I'm Happy (Lee Wiley Sings Vincent Youmans & Irving Berlin) 2:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Rise 'N' Shine (Lee Wiley Sings Vincent Youmans & Irving Berlin) 2:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Should I Be Sweet? (Lee Wiley Sings Vincent Youmans & Irving Berlin) 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Keepin' Myself for You (Lee Wiley Sings Vincent Youmans & Irving Berlin) 3:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Why, Oh, Why? (Lee Wiley Sings Vincent Youmans & Irving Berlin) 3:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Some Sunny Day (Lee Wiley Sings Vincent Youmans & Irving Berlin) 2:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. I Got Lost in His Arms (Lee Wiley Sings Vincent Youmans & Irving Berlin) 3:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Heat Wave (Lee Wiley Sings Vincent Youmans & Irving Berlin) 2:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Fools Fall in Love (Lee Wiley Sings Vincent Youmans & Irving Berlin) 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. How Many Times (Lee Wiley Sings Vincent Youmans & Irving Berlin) 2:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Supper Time (Lee Wiley Sings Vincent Youmans & Irving Berlin) 2:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Stars Fell on Alabama from the Wide, Wide World of Jazz 4:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans from the Wide, Wide World of Jazz 4:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. You're a Sweetheart (West of the Moon) 2:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. This Is New (West of the Moon) 2:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen29. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby (West of the Moon) 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Who Can I Turn to Now? (West of the Moon) 3:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen31. My Ideal (West of the Moon) 3:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen32. Can't Get out of This Mood (West of the Moon) 3:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen33. East of the Sun (West of the Moon) 3:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen34. I Left My Sugar Standing in the Rain (West of the Moon) 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen35. Moonstruck (West of the Moon) 3:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen36. Limehouse Blues (West of the Moon) 3:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen37. As Time Goes By (West of the Moon) 3:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen38. Keepin' out of Mischief Now (West of the Moon) 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen39. The Memphis Blues (A Touch of the Blues) 3:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen40. From the Land of the Sky Blue Water (A Touch of the Blues) 2:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen41. The Ace in the Hole (A Touch of the Blues) 3:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen42. Someday You'll Be Sorry (A Touch of the Blues) 4:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen43. My Melancholy Baby (A Touch of the Blues) 3:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen44. A Hundred Years from Today (A Touch of the Blues) 3:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen45. Blues in My Heart (A Touch of the Blues) 3:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen46. Maybe You'll Be There (A Touch of the Blues) 3:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen47. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (A Touch of the Blues) 3:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen48. I Don't Want to Walk Without You (A Touch of the Blues) 2:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen49. Make Believe (A Touch of the Blues) 3:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen50. A Touch of the Blues (A Touch of the Blues) 4:13£0.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

AVID Jazz presents four classic Lee Wiley albums plus including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD. 'Night In Manhattan', 'Lee Wiley Sings Vincent Youmans & Irving Berlin', 'West of the Moon', 'A Touch of Blues' plus two tracks from 'The Wide Wide World of Jazz'. As one of the most notable vocalists in circulation Lee Wiley began her career at fifteen and was soon appearing on radio and co-starring with Paul Whiteman thus gaining unusually rapid public exposure without the touring and word of mouth normally required at the time. For 'A Night in Manhattan' she is joined by Bobby Hackett, Stan Freeman, Joe Bushkin and Cy Walter. Our next selection does what it says on the album cover! 'Lee Wiley Sings Vincent Youmans & Irving Berlin', although Ms. Wiley does choose many songs that are perhaps not the most obvious by two such great composers. Ably accompanied by the piano duo of Stan Freeman and Cy Walter, Ms. Wiley shows what a magnificent song stylist she was, always 'digging as deeply as possible into the song and exploring the meaning of the lyrics and melody'. We travel 'West of the Moon' in 1956 for our next meeting with Ms. Wiley. Along with her arranger and band leader Ralph Burns, Lee spent many hours selecting the songs for this date with one particular criteria in mind….'there would be nothing that Ms. Wiley had ever recorded before'. The range of songs meant three different bands were used, one 'accenting strings, harp and a light rhythm', another 'swinging in the Red Norvo style' and the third 'a tightly woven jazz band'. 'A Touch of the Blues' from 1957 finds Ms. Wiley in the company of amongst others Billy Butterfield as leader and trumpet man, Al Cohn and Bill Finegan as arrangers, Moe Wechsler on piano, Mundell Lowe on guitar, Milt Hinton on bass and Don Lamond on drums. All four albums plus have been digitally re-mastered

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 May 2014
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Lee Wiley first came to prominence in the thirties, but she apparently didn't record a lot of music before the fifties. This compilation contains all the tracks from four of her albums, plus two tracks from a multi-artist album that didn't appear on any of the other four.

The booklet notes are confusing, probably not helped by one of the albums featuring songs by two composers (Vincent Youmans and Irving Berlin) whose work also appears on another album featured here. The notes tell you that the album devoted entirely to Vincent Youmans and Irving Berlin contains six songs by one and four by the other. In fact, they are split evenly, but they are both represented by eight tracks in total within the compilation. Not that it matters; more significant is that Kee did not simply record the most obvious tracks, although some of those are here. Some less obvious songs are included too. Even among the obvious songs, I noticed at least one surprise - the start of Tea for two. I don't remember hearing that before, although I haven't heard many different versions of the song, but the song eventually becomes familiar.

This is a magnificent collection by Lee Wiley, who eventually died of cancer in 1975 aged just 67. While this collection is my first of her music, I hope there's plenty more available, because I'd like to hear it.

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CD 1

From `Night In Manhattan'

1. Manhattan
2. I've Got A Crush On You
3. A Ghost Of A Chance
4. Oh! Look At Me Now
5. How Deep Is The Ocean
6. Time On My Hands
7. Street Of Dreams
8. A Woman's Intuition
9. Sugar
10. Any Time, Any Day, Anywhere
11. Soft Lights And Sweet Music
12.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Gibbons TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 May 2014
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Lee Wiley was one of the greatest of jazz singers and this compilation of four of her albums is an excellent one. 'Night in Manhattan' and 'Sings Yeomans and Berlin' were originally issued as three 10" albums in the early days of LP. The twenty-four numbers were subsequently reissued by American Columbia on two 12" discs. The tracks with Bobby Hackett and Joe Bushkin are among the finest she ever recorded and those where Lee Wiley is accompanied by two pianists nearly as good. The first disc of this compilation is completed by two tracks she contributed to a Victor anthology. These are enjoyable performances but not essential ones.

The second disc includes the two albums recorded for Victor in the mid-fifties. 'West of the Moon' contains some superb arrangements by Ralph Burns and Lee is in fine voice throughout. Three backing bands are used. There is a group with strings,, reeds and rhythm. For the second, the strings are omitted and a fine brass section - including Nick Travis and Ubie Green - added. The final group is a small jazz combo with Billy Butterfield, Lou McGarity, and Peanuts Hucko contributing some fine playing. A thoroughly enjoyable album.

'A Touch of the Blues' completes this fine set. Arrangements here are by Bill Finegan and Al Cohn and the band is led by Billy Butterfield. Lee is again in top form and the twelve tracks make a delightful programme. I especially enjoyed 'Land of Sky Blue Water', 'Ace in the Hole' and 'Blues in my Heart' but the rest are excellent as well.

The whole anthology makes a valuable addition to the catalogue. Highly recommended to all lovers of fine singing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. FULLER TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Mar. 2014
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Just when you thought we might not be getting much more music to shout about Avid release this latest 2Cd set comprising a wonderful mix of songbook material. Lee Wiley is a name known to jazz vocal enthusiasts and this set will be a most welcome release. The sound transfers are very good indeed and the price is as they say "a snip" so "snap it up". My favourite performances are Street of Dreams & A Hundred Years from Today.
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Lee Wiley was one of the most distinctive singers of the American songbook and these four albums are a great bargain. These are all fine sets, though many feel that "Night in Manhattan" is her definitive statement - it really is a wonderful album with some beautiful trumpet work from Bobby Hackett and caressing strings. "West of the Moon" is also a splendid record, with fabulous Ralph Burns arrangements.

Wiley's signature sound is a sort of sensual, velvety drawl with which she coaxes all sorts of emotions out if lyrics. In this regard it is possible to classify her in the great chanteuse tradition of Mabel Mercer; but Wiley is also very much a jazz singer: her behind-the-beat phrasing and subtle swing are ever present. In short she represents a wonderful midway between jazz and cabaret, with unerring musicality and understatement. Great to have this steal of a complication.
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