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5.0 out of 5 stars An essential Lee Wiley CD 15 Aug. 2000
By Hoc Stercus - Published on
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SINATRA would appreciate this set of standards! 28 Jun. 2007
By D.FRANCIS - Published on
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The absolute difinitive jazz vocal album of the 50's 8 April 2005
By Prince of St. Albans - Published on
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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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 26 May 2001
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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.
3.0 out of 5 stars A Great Recording, five stars. 27 Oct. 2006
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I accidentally gave this a three star rating and could not change it.

I am a big fan of Lee Wiley and have most of what she recorded, either on 78's, LP's or CD's. It is a shame that she was never much of a star beyond 52nd street as her singing is truly a revelation if you have not heard her before. She is, along with Mildred Bailey, one of the best white jazz singers of the 30's. Her other recordings, A Touch of The Blues and her songbooks or Manhattan are also highly recommended. Although she was nearing the end of her recording career by the time of this recording she had not lost her voice. She is sensitive and smart in her delivery. The orchestra and arrangements are top notch. A thoroughly enjoyable collection of standards.

Mosaic has released this CD with two additional tracks and its cost is 15 bucks, check out their website as it is still readily available there.
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