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  • Audio CD (17 May 1994)
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  • Label: EMI
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Her 1993 Capitol/Blue Note Album feat.Johnny Mathis - last copies !

Medium 1
Maybe
Something To Live For
Day Follows Day
Prelude To A Kiss
Love Like This Can't Last
We'll Be Together Again
Flower Is A Lovesome Thing
Old Friend
You're The One
Havin' Myself A Time
My Mood Is You
I'll Always Leave The Door A Little Open
Do Nothing 'til You Hear From Me
Forever Was A Day
I've Got To Have You
My Buddy

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Lena Horne is nine years older than the 70-something Tony Bennett, and like him has lost a good bit of power and tone from her voice. Unlike Bennett, though, she doesn't try to bull her way through her vocal limits on We'll Be Together Again; she stays within those limits and fashions a striking testament to the subtleties of romance and friendship in one's autumnal years. Billy Strayhorn was one of Horne's very best off-stage friends, and seven of the 16 tracks here were written by Strayhorn and/or his partner Duke Ellington. Three more songs--"My Buddy," "Old Friend" and the title tune--are heartfelt remembrances of those once dearest to Horne and now gone--Strayhorn, her ex-husband, her son, her hairdresser and her wardrobe mistress. --Geoffrey Himes

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Although I was very familiar with Lena Horne's film and stage career, I had never taken the time to thoroughly consider her qualities as a singer until I bought this album. However, it quickly becomes clear that Horne was a fine and sensitive interpreter, who could be driving and dramatic one moment, then thoughtful and sensitive the next. And she always swings.

This album was made in 1993 for Blue Note, and Horne fans agree it's one of her best. The material is mainly from the pen of Billy Strayhorn (and, in tandem, Duke Ellington); Strayhorn and Horne her soulmates, and she made this album as a tribute to his memory. Thus, we hear great readings of classics like "Prelude to a Kiss" and "Something to Live For", as well as obscure Strayhorn pieces like "Maybe" and "Love Like This Can't Last". All are very fine. Other classic standards, such as "We'll Be Together Again" and "My Buddy" are also handled with exquisite taste by Horne and her excellent band, which includes the incredible Mike Renzi on piano and Heston Person on tenor sax.

My main reason for buying the album was Horne's performance of Sondheim's "Old Friends", which I heard on the radio a few years back and which is surely the best ever recorded version of this great song.

So, all in all, a very wonderful CD by one of the true showbiz greats, in reflective mood.
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"We'll Be Together Again" was one of the last records made by the great recently-passed singer Lena Horne: it was originally released by Blue Note in 1994. The diva, who was born in Brooklyn in 1917, had had an extremely long career, as a pop/jazz/Broadway/cabaret diva, that ran from 1938, when she was discovered singing and dancing at the famous Cotton Club in Harlem, to 2000. She'd been famous since 1943, on the after stream of her worldwide chart-topping hit "Stormy Weather," from the movie of the same name (Stormy Weather [DVD] [1943]) that was made at 20th Century Fox, while she was a young beauty on loan from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. (Although it must be said, at that time and place, her career was greatly limited by her color.)

Horne, who was blacklisted in the 1950's for her political beliefs, won many awards in her long career. Several Grammies, including a Lifetime Achievement Award; an NAACP Image Award for her civil rights work, and a Kennedy Center Award. She has headlined at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles, Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Hotel Waldorf-Astoria in New York - her 1957 live album, "Lena Horne at the Waldorf-Astoria" on Four Classics Albums Plus (Stormy Weather / Give The Lady What She Wants / At The Waldorf Astoria / A Friend Of Yours) was the largest selling record by a female artist in RCA history. She made many, many television appearances.

Horne recorded the record at hand following her 1993 performance at a tribute to the musical legacy of Duke Ellington's friend and co-composer, Billy Strayhorn.
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What a wonderful album
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Time - please "turn on" the "Listen" feature-- You want to hear this 18 May 2010
By Lenore Mewton - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD is well worth listening to and owning. Following Lena Horne's passing last week, I came to listen to a specific song here- hoping to download it. Unfortunately, I was not able to do so as for whatever reasons cause Amazon to turn 'on' or 'off' the "Listen to Samples" feature- there was no way to listen in. Call it an unfortunate calamity that forced me to purchase the whole CD. Thank you, Amazon, I'm glad I did. This is a wonderful collection of songs with great meaning for Lena and therefore the audience- as she has a way of bringing you 'inside' the song- feeling it along with her. To quote the liner notes- this was "A defiantly ambitious work by a major artist at her mature peak.... "an intricate exploration of the themes of love, parting and memory in the form of intimate messages to musicians and others Horne has lost- including Ellington, her late husband Lennie Hayton and most of all, her closest friend and 'soulmate', Billy Strayhorn." Particularly poignant now with her passing is the meaning these songs will hold for those who will dearly miss her- numbers such as "We'll Be Together Again", "My Buddy", "Forever Was a Day"- one could imagine her singing these to hear loved ones as an 'intimate message'. I have to disagree with an earlier reviewer- Lena is at her fullest here- and I do not say that in reverence to her passing- but in total appreciation of these performances. She is not a shadow of her former self- she is still vibrant. Don't be thrown off. Well, now it's time, Amazon, to 'turn back on' the "listen to samples' feature- people will want to buy this and it's time to let Lena sing on this one, here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We'll Be Together Again (for sure!) 31 July 2010
By Janet P. Reagan - Published on Amazon.com
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Several of us pooled resources and bought many of her recordings and now share them. Some are better than others - but only because of her speaking parts on some of the CDs. All musical selections remain terrific. She lived to be 92 - and in all those years she provided so many of us with toe tapping excellence in her choices of music.
You feel the fun and enjoyment she exudes in the music. How lucky for those of us that lived in the era of Lena Horne and who now have access to recordings in her history, past and present. Most of the current recordings have been reissued to remove static, etc. When you purchase these recordings, you're promised hours of listenable entertainment by the Mistress of Song.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 18 May 2016
By Anita - Published on Amazon.com
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Classic Lena
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5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Mathis sings a duet with Lena on this album 7 April 2010
By Musica - Published on Amazon.com
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A little interjection: On cut two of this album, ''Day Follows Day,'' Johnny Mathis joins Lena for a tasty duet. When I heard this on Toronto's jazz station, Jazz 91.FM, the female program host said, ''Well, things got exciting when Johnny came in!'' and indeed, he does 'kick it up a notch!' He's only on that one cut, but Mathis collectors might want to scoop this up.
5.0 out of 5 stars No less passionate for being quieter and wiser 16 May 2010
By Samuel C. - Published on Amazon.com
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Those familiar with the tenacious and fiery Lena Horne, who could on occasion sound threatening, dangerous and explosive--on the edge of what comforts an audience in sensing that the artist is in control--will no doubt find this offering underwhelming. This is as reflective a Lena as you're likely to find (though the Mathis duet and up-tempo "Do Nothin'" provide some buoyant moments), and the voice of the performer is less powerful and secure, the enunciation slightly faltering. But to the attentive it's no less passionate. Lena takes on several of the Strayhorn "art songs"--"A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing" (David Hadju's illuminating liner notes disclose that it took her two years to learn it), the deceptively meandering "Someone to Live For"--tunes that the listener is none the poorer for making the acquaintance of despite being unable to hum them back.

There are some lighter moments, none that are heavy, many that glow with the reanimation of memory revisited and relived.

If there's a disappointment, it's the absence of the rarely sung Strayhorn masterpiece "Chelsea Bridge," which Lena had sung 20 years previously with Robert Farnon's orchestral arrangement. But it's an intimate tone poem, the musical equivalent of Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey," the poem in the 1798 Wordsworth-Coleridge collection ("Lyrical Ballads") that proved revolutionary in its transformation of English poetry (and thought), best realizing the poet's intent of capturing moments that represent "the spontaneous overflow of powerful moments recollected in tranquillity."

Perhaps understandably, the song was omitted (it would have been a major challenge to recreate if the performer had not sung it in 20 years), but its spirit breathes throughout this glistening if autumnal collection.

["Chelsea Bridge" has been reissued in the very last collection overseen by Horne--"The Seasons of Life" (2006)--which would be an ideal complement to the present recording.]
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