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Lena on the Blue Side (& Bonus Tracks)


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  • Audio CD (10 Mar 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sepia
  • ASIN: B00HWN1ZZM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,820 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Paradise
2. The Rules Of The Road
3. Darn That Dream
4. I Wanna Be Loved
5. I Hadn’t Anyone Till You
6. Someone To Watch Over Me
7. It’s A Lonesome Old Town
8. I’m Through With Love
9. What’ll I Do
10. It Might As Well Be Spring
11. They Didn’t Believe Me
12. As You Desire Me
13. Sweet Thing
14. That Old Feeling
15. Ain’ It De Truth
16. Take It Slow, Joe
17. Cocoanut Sweet
18. Push De Button
19. When Johnny Comes Marching Home
20. You’d Better Know It
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'Lena on the Blue Side', the long-awaited Lena Horne album from 1962 album makes its CD debut in the Western world, gloriously re-mastered and including eight bonus tracks.

'Lena on the Blue Side', features mainly blues inspired songs and recordings from the Great American Songbook. Arranged and conducted by Marty Gold, it was well received by the music press and Billboard Music Week of February 1962 rated it with four stars. This CD release includes eight bonus tracks from Lena Horne's single releases all making their CD debut including four songs from her Broadway musical success 'Jamaica' that were recorded with Neal Hefti for the "pop" world and not included in the subsequent Broadway cast album.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. POLLOCK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Mar 2014
Format: Audio CD
As a legend in her long lifetime, the career of Lena Horne (1917-2010) was all-embracing with films, cabaret appearances, concerts and extensive recorded legacy allowing us to appreciate her direct classy vocal style that perhaps epitomised a lady who was also unafraid to stand up for her beliefs; a stance which gained her respect as artiste and person.

LENA ON THE BLUE SIDE has perhaps been unfairly overshadowed by the singer‘s other albums from the same period so its release by Sepia Records is very welcome. Recorded in July 1961 by RCA-Victor, Lena is in slow-burn mood with every song given her extra special vocal magic aided by Marty Gold as arranger/conductor and some inspiring arrangements. Apart from the newly-minted Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh song THE RULES OF THE ROAD, the remaining eleven choices embrace a rich vein of standards with PARADISE, DARN THAT DREAM, SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME and AS YOU DESIRE ME amongst them and all make ideal material for the album’s overall theme.

Ten bonus tracks, mainly dating from the late Fifties will undoubtedly be welcome, especially as they include a quartet of numbers from Lena’s Broadway musical JAMAICA - with its score by Harold Arlen/E. Y. Harburg and WHERE IS LOVE? from Lionel Bart’s OLIVER.

Excellent sound quality is backed up by Sepia’s usual informative notes and photographs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. FULLER TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Mar 2014
Format: Audio CD
This Lena Horne CD release from Sepia should really hit the spot for collectors because it features a rare album dating from 1961 in its entirety plus bonus tracks. The album is a winner with many a songbook classic included. This is the stereo version. The bonus tracks include songs from the very successful musical "Jamaica" that starred Lena & Ricardo Montalban. The starring song for me has to be "Where is Love" from the Lionel Bart musical "Oliver". I just love this number and whilst it might not be everybody's favourite song from the show score it certainly is mine. Great sound transfers and informative liner notes make this a must for fans of Lena Horne.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1962 album (plus 10 singles) 21 April 2014
By Ronnie in Weho - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
LENA ON THE BLUE SIDE (SEPIA 1251)

1. PARADISE
2. THE RULES OF THE ROAD
3. DARN THAT DREAM
4. I WANNA BE LOVED
5. I HADN’T ANYONE TILL YOU
6. SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME
7. IT’S A LONESOME OLD TOWN
8. I’M THROUGH WITH LOVE
9. WHAT’LL I DO
10. IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING
11. THEY DIDN’T BELIEVE ME
12 AS YOU DESIRE ME
13. SWEET THING
14. THAT OLD FEELING
15. AIN’ IT DE TRUTH
16. TAKE IT SLOW, JOE
17. COCOANUT SWEET
18. PUSH DE BUTTON
19. WHEN JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOME
20. YOU’D BETTER KNOW IT
21. WHERE IS LOVE?
22. COME ON STRONG
DIAMONDS 'N' GLITTER, CHASING THE BLUES AWAY 2 Nov 2014
By Cody Robert at Spokane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Most listeners will agree that this was the lady Lena's most consistent, and consistently satisfying, concept album--and we are not discounting LOVELY AND ALIVE, LIKE LATIN, NATURE'S BABY, the stupendous one-woman show or the overlooked Burke-Van Heusen A FRIEND OF YOURS either. ON THE BLUE SIDE was Horne's penultimate RCA album before the brave launch of Charter Records, the feeble UA albums and the star's inevitable return to her natural home studios RCA. This is the purest distillation of Horne's artistry as a torch (not blues) singer and as an interpreter of hallowed standards from our great national songbook. Casual listeners will remark the total absence of Cole Porter and Harold Arlen, and everyone will appreciate the single greatest track Miss Horne ever recorded, in its original vinyl context (Side 1, Band 2). So too Lennie Hayton's charts are absent, with Marty Gold the designated, swinging, standin. (Also missing here are obtrusive Horne mannerisms that stereotyped her as a "song stylist." Miss Horne always understood that the intent of composer and lyricist completely overruled hysterical displays of the singer's temperament and personality, and in general our songwriting elite--Kern, Arlen, Porter, Gershwin--were well served by Horne's characterful artistry.)

The project was the brainchild of RCA's ace Hollywood-based producer Dick Peirce, very hot at the time (1961) for his recent work with Horne, Henry Mancini (the PETER GUNN and BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S hits), Tony Martin, Rosemary Clooney, Perez Prado, Ann-Margret and Gogi Grant. These are not blues songs (and the aristocratic Horne was never a blues singer) but torch ballads of the diamonds-and-glitter variety, previously neglected in the singer's repertoire and very fertile ground for her unique discernment of sophisticated lyrics. Check out in particular the scabrous directness of the uncensored "Paradise," Horne's phrasing of "I've stopped my heart with icy frigid air" in "I'm through with love" (very ably covered by Marilyn Monroe in SOME LIKE IT HOT), the come-hither Peggy Lee seductiveness of "As you desire me" and the genuine warmth (with Horne's moderne hipness) in Jerome Kern's early breakout masterpiece "They didn't believe me." These are all superb standards, sung by an inimitable personality at the peak of her vast powers.

The only contemporary song is the killer: Carolyn Leigh and Cy Coleman's spanking-new Sinatraesque showstopper "Rules of the road" which Lena Horne definitively owns for posterity in this one dazzling track (the song has been covered adequately only by Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole and Rosemary Clooney). Much anthologized and deservedly, this Horne masterpiece belongs here in its original album context and demonstrates what "selling" a new song with showbiz professionalism and panache is all about. Sepia's bonus tracks are not rare but are very welcome. Inevitably Hayton and Harold Arlen must pop up, and the generous excerpts of Horne's solo hits--composed expressly for her talents--from JAMAICA come from the same venue, Manhattan's Webster Hall, 1957-58, as the ON THE BLUE SIDE masterpiece, your one absolutely indispensable Lena Horne keeper.
A worthwhile Lena Horne 3 July 2014
By Walter Krell - Published on Amazon.com
Relatively clean live recordings. Lena's voice sharp, if occasionally thin rather than throaty. But possibly this is a fault of the recording.
At her best. 1 July 2014
By Louis C Sheppard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Lena is the best. She has style.
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