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West of the Moon Import

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Fabulous 26 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A friend introduced me to the music of Lee Wiley several years ago. I was impressed enough to check the jazz section of the record store now and then, on the off chance I'd find something on cd, but never had any luck. Then, in the past few months, I managed to pick up no fewer than five Wiley discs--her songbook recordings, a couple of anthologies, and now "West of the Moon."
If you're familiar with Wiley's earlier work, be aware that by the time this record was made her voice had altered a little, presumably a result of age--it's deeper, throatier, but every bit as seductive as ever. And her timing, her phrasing, her ability to convey emotion, are if anything better than on her recordings of the thirties (which is saying quite a lot). The song selection is excellent, the arrangements nearly ideal, and the sound quality leaves little to be desired.
If you've never heard Lee Wiley, buy this album anyway. Some say it's her best, and while I don't know that it tops the songbooks, it's a terrific introduction to one of the most unjustly overlooked singers in jazz.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
An essential Lee Wiley CD 15 Aug 2000
By Hoc Stercus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Some knowledgeable reviewers assert this is the best album Lee Wiley ever recorded. While the price for this CD may seem high, it truly is a bargin. [...] Because this album was recorded in the mid 50's, it is some of the cleanest and best sounding Lee Wiley material you can find. The sonics are transparent and vivid, totally lacking that "faded sound" of Ms. Wiley's recordings from the forties. Those RCA sound engineers really knew their business. Ms. Wiley made this recording toward the end of her career; but she is in excellent voice. Her singing is redolent of burnished mahogony and fine, old brandy. My only complaint is that little effort was made to record more of her singing for posterity. This recording belongs in the collection of anyone who wants the creme de la creme of american singers.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The quintessentail jazz singer... 20 Sep 2000
By roarin20sGuy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Lee Wiley made most of her recordings in the 30's with small groups like Eddie Condon(who was a big fan of hers), Jess Stacy(her husband), Fats Waller(who played organ on one of her sessions), and countless other jazz musicians. Wiley was respected by all jazz musicians, as one of the finest singers in the 30's, she was the 1st(not Ella Fitzgerald) to record a full album of songs to one particular artist, she cut her Cole Porter & Gershwin sessions in the early 40's. This CD reissues "West Of The Moon" the better of the two reocrds she cut in the 50's for RCA(the other being "A Touch Of The Blues" with Billy Butterfield's Orch.). Wiley is in exquisite form for this session of jazz standards arranged perfectly by Ralph Burns. This may be the finest jazz vocla album ever recorded. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED>
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The absolute difinitive jazz vocal album of the 50's 8 April 2005
By Prince of St. Albans - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The 1950's saw many great jazz vocal lp's by everyone from newcomers like June Christy and Chris Connor to old time jazz singers from the 30's like Billie Holiday and Lee Wiley. Lee Wiley was the quintessential 30's songstress along with Connee Boswell & Mildred Bailey. Like Bailey and Boswell, Wiley was msotly forgotten by the 50's, so this lp must have been a delightful surprise for all those who followed her and the Eddie Condon clan. However Wiley recorded this album in prime voice, though she had a deeper throatier sound by the late 50's, & she had a more sensious vibrato. Her timing was immaculate and the arrangements fit her like a glove! Ralph Burns really knew how to showcase Wiley's sensious vibrato with silky 30's style arrangements, that sound modern for the 50's and old fashioned at the same time. This is the difinitive jazz vocal or pop vocal album of all the 1950's, it is perfect in every way!!! The original album cover is a classic, it has Wilay decked out in the latest 50's fashion leaning seductively against a moonrock, of course on teh moon!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
SINATRA would appreciate this set of standards! 28 Jun 2007
By D.FRANCIS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I had never heard of Lee Wiley until I heard her sing WEST OF THE MOON on the cable music channel;WOW, what a treat! This truly is a rare find,perhaps the first woman to sing solo with a band behind her...wish I would have discovered her years ago!
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