Lena Horne Sings: The M-G-M Singles

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All Music Guide - John Bush
During the 1940s, Lena Horne's star had been rising steadily, thanks to knockout performances in a series of M-G-M musicals -- Cabin in the Sky, Ziegfeld Follies, Till the Clouds Roll By, and most famously, singing the title song in Stormy Weather (the latter when she was on loan to 20th Century Fox). By the late '40s, M-G-M's corresponding record label was eager to get Horne into the studio, which they finally did during 1947-1948, for the 16 sides that appear on a collection from 2010, Lena Horne Sings: The M-G-M Singles. Unfortunately, most of her best-known performances were recorded in film studios, not record studios -- if listeners want to hear "Stormy Weather" or ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
During the 1940s, Lena Horne's star had been rising steadily, thanks to knockout performances in a series of M-G-M musicals -- Cabin in the Sky, Ziegfeld Follies, Till the Clouds Roll By, and most famously, singing the title song in Stormy Weather (the latter when she was on loan to 20th Century Fox). By the late '40s, M-G-M's corresponding record label was eager to get Horne into the studio, which they finally did during 1947-1948, for the 16 sides that appear on a collection from 2010, Lena Horne Sings: The M-G-M Singles. Unfortunately, most of her best-known performances were recorded in film studios, not record studios -- if listeners want to hear "Stormy Weather" or "Honeysuckle Rose" or "Just One of Those Things" or "Ain't It the Truth," they'll have to look for the movie-songs anthology Lena Horne At M-G-M: Ain't It the Truth. But that hardly means that these songs are easily dismissed. In fact, in most cases, these sides -- most with small jazz groups, some with strings -- have much more of quality than audio recordings of her movie performances. The only big film association comes on the first track, when Horne sings "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" from Till the Clouds Roll By, which almost makes up for the lack of "Stormy Weather." M-G-M Records was apparently attempting to set her up as a torch-song singer, and with excellent results -- "The Man I Love," "'Deed I Do," "Sometimes I'm Happy," "Something to Live For," "Where or When." Horne's interpretive powers have often been subject to her skills as an actress, but from the evidence here, she was the equal of most late-'40s vocalists, who could concentrate only on singing and not worry about Hollywood.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2010
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602527274447
  • Catalog Number: 001379402
  • Sales rank: 56,304

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lena Horne Primary Artist
Luther Henderson Piano, Conductor
Lennie Hayton Conductor
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Mercer Ellington Composer
Artie Shaw Composer
Phil Moore Composer
Alec Wilder Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Luther Henderson Rhythm Direction
Jerome Kern Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
J.C. Higginbotham Composer
John Latouche Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
James Gavin Liner Notes
Vartan Art Direction
Hollis King Art Direction
Ted Koehler Composer
Walter Hirsch Composer
Seth Foster Mastering
Andrew Labarrere Licensing
Hillis Walters Composer
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