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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 18 March 2014
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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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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on 16 July 2015
I really enjoyed this CD collection and have very fond memories of Lena Horne as I was growing up (in my seventies now). In fact we went to see her in London on one occasion and she was elegant and her style polished.
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on 29 March 2016
Just what I expected. SUPERB.
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