Lena Horne: The Essential Lena Horne

Audio Samples

>Stormy Weather
>Good-For-Nothin' Joe
>I An't Got Nothin' But the Blues
>Where or When [From Babes in Arms]
>How Long Has This Been Going On
>One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) [From The Sky's the Limit]
>What Is This Thing Called Love?
>Love Me or Leave Me
>Let Me Love You
>Mad About the Boy
>From This Moment On [From Out of This World]
>Love Is the Thing
>If You Can Dream [From Meet Me in Las Vegas]
>It's Love [From Wonderful Town]
>Summertime [From Porgy and Bess]
>New Fangled Tango [From Happy Hunting]
>That Old Feeling
>Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home [From St. Louis Woman]
>Mood Indigo/I'm Beginning To See the Light
>How's Your Romance/After You/Love of My Life/It's All Right with Me
>Just One of Those Things
>Honeysuckle Rose
>Ain't It De Truth [From Jamaica]
>Give Me Love [From I, Mobster]
>Someone to Watch Over Me
>Push de Button [From Jamaica]
>Speak Low [From One Touch of Venus]
>Rules of the Road, The
>You Don't Have to Know the Language
>Napoleon [From Jamaica]
>At Long Last Love
>Concentrate on You
>Take It Slow, Joe [From Jamaica]
>Ride on a Rainbow/Never Never Land/I Said No/Some People, A
>I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
>Man I Love, The
>Watch What Happens [From The Umbrellas of Cherbourg]
>I Will Wait for You [From The Umbrellas of Cherbourg]
>Stormy Weather

Track List

>Stormy Weather
>Good-For-Nothin' Joe
>I An't Got Nothin' But the Blues
>Where or When [From Babes in Arms]
>How Long Has This Been Going On
>One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) [From The Sky's the Limit]
>What Is This Thing Called Love?
>Love Me or Leave Me
>Let Me Love You
>Mad About the Boy
>From This Moment On [From Out of This World]
>Love Is the Thing
>If You Can Dream [From Meet Me in Las Vegas]
>It's Love [From Wonderful Town]
>Summertime [From Porgy and Bess]
>New Fangled Tango [From Happy Hunting]
>That Old Feeling
>Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home [From St. Louis Woman]
>Mood Indigo/I'm Beginning To See the Light
>How's Your Romance/After You/Love of My Life/It's All Right with Me
>Just One of Those Things
>Honeysuckle Rose
>Ain't It De Truth [From Jamaica]
>Give Me Love [From I, Mobster]
>Someone to Watch Over Me
>Push de Button [From Jamaica]
>Speak Low [From One Touch of Venus]
>Rules of the Road, The
>You Don't Have to Know the Language
>Napoleon [From Jamaica]
>At Long Last Love
>Concentrate on You
>Take It Slow, Joe [From Jamaica]
>Ride on a Rainbow/Never Never Land/I Said No/Some People, A
>I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
>Man I Love, The
>Watch What Happens [From The Umbrellas of Cherbourg]
>I Will Wait for You [From The Umbrellas of Cherbourg]
>Stormy Weather

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Jackson Braider.

Recording information: 01/07/1941; 01/20/1956; 02/04/1975; 02/20/1957; 02/26/1957; 02/27/1957; 03/02/1955; 03/04/1957; 03/25/1956; 04/04/1956; 04/09/1945; 05/31/1955; 06/03/1958; 06/05/1958; 06/13/1958; 06/23/1955; 06/29/1962; 07/01/1962; 07/11/1957; 07/26/1961; 07/27/1961; 08/27/1957; 10/1969; 11/03/1960-11/05/1960; 11/04/1957; 11/21/1944; 12/15/1941; 12/17/1941.

Lena Horne's fruitful recording career is surveyed with typical care and finesse by Sony/Legacy in The Essential Lena Horne, a two-disc, 39-track summation of her RCA Records career (which includes the vast majority of her best material). More than most recording stars, Horne excelled on screen or in concert, and the collection spends considerable time on that aspect of her art, presenting several of her movie-musical highlights (including her signature song, "Stormy Weather") and a series of extended medleys recorded onstage, such as the Duke Ellington pairing "Mood Indigo"/"I'm Beginning to See the Light" from 1957's At the Waldorf Astoria, a medley of slightly obscure Cole Porter material from the same engagement, and a Jule Styne medley originally recorded in 1961 and included on At the Sands. The collection features a few songs new to the digital realm, and makes a lengthy but thorough introduction to Horne, the singer with more charisma and personality than any of her peers. ~ John Bush



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