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Essential Lena Horne: The Rca Years [Original recording remastered, Import]

Lena Horne Audio CD

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Ronnie in Weho - Published on Amazon.com
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Lena was an RCA artist from 1955 to 1962, and then again later in the early 70s. This set is very wisely chosen from her recordings at RCA, with a generous 39 selections, all re-mastered brilliantly, to bring out the best sound. Besides her two live albums, also on RCA and released as a double CD, At the Waldorf Astoria / At the Sands, this is the perfect choice to sample Lena's incredible singing style. For the true Lena-philes, it contains a gift of FOUR songs given their FIRST appearance on CD, and which were extremely rare to find even on records: The following selections appear for the first time on CD:

If You Can Dream (recorded January 20, 1956 with Lennie Hayton and His Orchestra)
Give Me Love (recorded June 13, 1958)
Push de Button (JAMAICA) (recorded August 27, 1957) with Neil Hefti, His Orchestra and Chorus
Ain't It The Truth (JAMAICA) (recorded August 27, 1957) with Neil Hefti, His Orchestra and Chorus .
Take It Slow, Joe (JAMAICA) (recorded August 27, 1957) with Neil Hefti, His Orchestra.

The three JAMAICA songs are DIFFERENT versions from the RCA Cast Album JAMAICA--and I think all three are even better versions than on the cast album. "Take It Slow, Joe" finally sounds like the real "Lena Nightclub song" it was meant to be!

Is Lena's "The Man I Love" on this compilation--(from Live At The Sands) accompanied only by her husband's piano--the BEST VERSION EVER? The "always surprising Cole Porter" (as Lena said in her spoken introduction (on the record album only)) to the live Porter Medley contained here is both surprising AND SUBLIME, ending with (the BEST VERSION EVER?!) of "It's Alright With Me."
PS: Today is Lena Horne's 94th birthday, and weren't we so lucky to have had her talent for so many years?
5.0 out of 5 stars lena horne 7 April 2013
By William Orr - Published on Amazon.com
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a wonderful collection from a truly gifted entertainer this is a collection of her greatest musical triumphs a must for every fan of lena horne
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars To Bluesy for me 17 Aug 2012
By TT - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Fo me it was just OK. I had forgotten about the quality of the sound on an older recording. Maybe 40 years ago I heard things differently. I also was surprised how much Blues the recording had. I guess that I remember her more in latter years. I still love her for her beauty, poise and magnificent voice......
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4.0 out of 5 stars That's No Way To Treat A Lady 27 Sep 2010
By Jason A. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There has rarely been an Essential that I bought and I didn't feel wasn't Essential (The O'Jays, Sly & The Family Stone). When I saw a few months back that they were releasing this collection, I was excited. I mean it is Lena Horne, THE Lena Horne!. I picked it up without thinking twice, I listened to both CDs, absolutely loved the groove and was sold. Then I opened a jacket and from the release dates of these tracks, it isn't really essential. The latest release date out of the collection was in the early 1970s.
Now anybody who is anybody knows that Lena recorded well into the 90s from the late 30's. I was hoping with this collection I would hear some music from the album that Quincy Jones produced and especially selections from her broadway show that I've read outstanding reviews from. This could've easily become a 3-CD set or at least Essential.
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