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The Complete Golden Years Studio Sessions: MANHATTAN NIGHTS Box set

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  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Disconforme
  • ASIN: B00004LMQW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 853,579 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Beware of this product. While the amount of music is more than generous and the booklet info comes with complete discographical info, the sources from which the music is drawn and the remastering have unfortunately not been done with the love and care one usually associates with e.g. JSP, HEP, Living Era or Vocalion. While I don't mind the surface noise on some of the earlier tracks (with Leo Reisman, Paul Whiteman and Casa Loma) there is evidence of added reverb and pseudo stereo on many of the later tracks with Eddie Condon and Jess Stacey (some can be compared to the four disc Eddie Condon set on JSP where these defects are not present).
The music however is non-pareil, Wiley being a wonderfully foggy voiced singer (Mel Tormé's sobriquet 'Velvet Fog' perhaps suited Ms Wiley even better), her understated delivery the lid on a volcano seething with passion.
The music is deserving of five stars, the presentation of three.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x871fe600) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x875c6fe4) out of 5 stars music great, remastering shoddy 13 Jan. 2009
By JJA Kiefte - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Beware of this product. While the amount of music is more than generous and the booklet info comes with complete discographical info, the sources from which the music is drawn and the remastering have unfortunately not been done with the love and care one usually associates with e.g. JSP, HEP, Living Era or Vocalion. While I don't mind the surface noise on some of the earlier tracks (with Leo Reisman, Paul Whiteman and Casa Loma) there is evidence of added reverb and pseudo stereo on many of the later tracks with Eddie Condon and Jess Stacey (some can be compared to the four disc Eddie Condon set on JSP where these defects are not present).
The music however is non-pareil, Wiley being a wonderfully foggy voiced singer (Mel Tormé's sobriquet 'Velvet Fog' perhaps suited Ms Wiley even better), her understated delivery the lid on a volcano seething with passion.
The music is deserving of five stars, the presentation of three.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x87fce054) out of 5 stars THE GOLD STANDARD 11 May 2006
By Andrew Velez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Even as I write these words I am listening to this great, great singer, and savoring an artist who never fails to satisfy. In this instance it's BACK HOME IN INDIANA, which was the last recording she made in a studio, and as far as I am concerned another essential collection for any lover of great singing. MANHATTAN NIGHTS gathers together Wiley's sessions for Columbia and other lesser known labels. Musicians loved her and she has some of the greatest accompanying her here. The songs? All pearls from the American songbook including of course Gershwin, Arlen, Porter and Berlin. There are many well known classics and lesser known gems like Porter's "Find Me A Primitive Man," "You've Got Me Crying Again" and Joe Bushkin's "Oh, Look At Me Now." The list just goes on and on, with songs and performances that will delight as long there are listeners who love great music. Although Wiley does not sound at all like Carmen McRae, their styles are similar in how they express deep feeling within a sophisticated style one might indelicately call "laid back." Theirs is simply the "less is more" approach which is probably why they never date. If you are in love, have ever been in love, are about to fall in love, Ms. Lee is one helluva companion on your way. Please, do not hesitate. Gold never came so cheaply.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x873ae2d0) out of 5 stars Good Intro to Lee Wiley 23 July 2011
By Mucho Music - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Four stars for comprehensiveness and inclusion of session details, plus adequate sound quality. This 4-CD set is an excellent introduction to the recordings of Lee Wiley. Better sounding versions are available for much of the material, though they are scattered over half a dozen other CDs. Try "The Golden Years" and decide whether further exploration is for you. As follow-ups try volumes 3 and 4 of the "Completists' Ultimate Collection" (Devil's Music label)for best-sounding transfers of the Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, and Porter songbooks; and the Collectors' Choice CD "Night In Manhattan: Sings Vincent Youmans/Sings Irving Berlin" for better sounding transfers of the material on CD4 of this set.

If you are reluctant to shell out for The Golden Years 4-CD set just to see if you like Lee Wiley, another excellent - and less expensive - introduction is the single CD "The Legendary Lee Wiley: Collector's Items 1931-55" on the Baldwin Street Music label.

Post-1951, Lee Wiley recorded several more great albums in the 1950s that are not on this set, notably her Rodgers and Hart Storyville album from 1954, available on the Black Lion label as "Duologue;" and her two RCA albums, "West of the Moon" (a 1956 monophonic recording for which the Mosaic reissue is recommended) and the stereo album "A Touch of the Blues," recorded in 1957. Both RCA albums have been reissued by several different labels (but beware of getting a mono version of the latter, originally an RCA Living Stereo LP). In 1991 RCA reissued a single CD entitled "As Time Goes By" containing most of "West of the Moon" and as well as most of "A Touch of the Blues" in stereo on the Bluebird label. Some of Wiley's better (and good-sounding) live and transcription recordings can be found on "Music of Manhattan 1951" on the Uptown Jazz label. So much music, so little time!
HASH(0x87fce2dc) out of 5 stars One for all time 21 Feb. 2013
By Ben F. Wilder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A singer who was backed by some of the greatest musicians of her time and one who defined the art of artful presentations.
HASH(0x87fce27c) out of 5 stars terrific price; fine product 28 Feb. 2016
By Elizabeth Harrigan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Fast delivery; well packaged; terrific price; fine product. Thanks so much!
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