Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Best Of Lena Horne: All Original Recordings
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Marc200 | Los Angeles, CA | 04/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The title of this CD is off-base because these 10 songs do not represent the best of Lena Horne's vast catalog. This CD actually pulls songs from only two LPs Horne recorded for United Artists in the 1960's: "Feelin' Good" and "Lena In Hollywood". The good news is that these LPs featured some of her best vocals ever. Although the songs here were recorded when she was a splendid-looking forty-something, Horne was already morphing from cabaret vamp into the worldly, knowing chanteuse that would hit full bloom later in life. The songs here find her in outstanding voice and in full command of her interpretive gifts. As one of the other reviews points out, the highlight here is Horne's take on WHO CAN I TURN TO -- a lushly orchestrated ballad, the song is a great showcase for Horne's unique mixture of pathos and rage. All of the ballads on this set are lovely and Horne sounds sweet as honey on MOON RIVER and ALL THE WAY. Her take on WIVES AND LOVERS is knowingly ironic, it almost sounds like she's spitting the words out in contempt, disgusted by the sexism in the lyrics. She kicks off NEVER ON A SUNDAY with a sassy spoken intro and she sings it as if through clenched teeth -- like she is doing all she can to keep from cursing someone out. I LOVE PARIS is simply gorgeous. In my opinion, Horne's voice is ideally-suited for uptempo numbers and the ones here do not disappoint. IT HAD BETTER BE TONIGHT is a brassy come-on that she sings so ferociously it is more frightening than titillating. She turns HELLO YOUNG LOVERS on its ear by revving up the tempo and belting the hell out of it. ON A WONDERFUL DAY LIKE TODAY is bouncy and exuberant. Given the price, I could recommend this CD as a nice introduction to Lena Horne's music."
N. Tkearney | SOUTH AUSTRALIA | 10/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had only barely heard of Lena Horne (no c.d.'s are locally available) & was captivated with other singers from the same era;such as Ella Fitzgerald;Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington etc..Now I've heard it all.!! Lena is the best.Out of 4 Lena Horne C.D.'s i have bought from the U.S.A.this one blows me away.Only 10 tracks but boy!!!!THEY ARE THE BEST!! Clarity; Quality & How they are delivered, is awesome. boy!!can she hang onto the notes!!! A Lena Fan forever from Down Under.My only regret is that i did not discover Lena Before!!!N.K.South Aussie"
Title doesn't fit
Leon Sherm | 02/07/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a good cd. However the title is misleading. This is hardly the best of Lena. This cd takes a few songs from her Feeling Good Album and her Lena In Hollywood album and combines them. If you are blown away by this please by the new release Feeling Good/Lena In Hollywood by DRG records released in fall of 07'. It has both complete albums together on one CD. So my three stars is for the CD not for Lena or the material."