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Lena Horne At Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer: Ain' It The Truth (Motion Picture Soundtrack Anthology) Soundtrack

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Soundtrack Anthology - Ain' It The Truth by HORNE, LENA

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Just One Of Those Things
  2. The Sping
  3. Ain' It The Truth
  4. Life's Full O' Consequence
  5. Honey In The Honeycomb
  6. Honeysuckle Rose
  7. You're So Indiff'rent
  8. Jericho
  9. Brazilian Boogie
  10. Somebody Loves Me
  11. Tete A Tete At Tea Time/Solid Potato Salad
  12. Paper Doll
  13. Paper Doll (Outtake: Alternate Lyric)
  14. Trembling Of A Leaf (Outtake)
  15. Love
  16. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
  17. Why Was I Born?
  18. Bill (Outtake)
  19. Where Or When
  20. The Lady Is A Tramp
  21. Baby, Come Out Of The Clouds
  22. If You Can Dream
  23. You Got Looks (Outtake)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 10, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Turner Classic Movies Music / Rhino Movie Music
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000033PL
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Lena Horne was an unfortunate victim of racism in Hollywood of the '40s and '50s. Her impeccable vocal stylings are well known, but she was also a fine actress and had very few opportunities to demonstate this in her days at MGM. Due to Southern theatre's racist attitudes her film appearances were set up in such a way that she could be cut from the films without affecting the storyline. The result was that she would appear as a novelty act or guest star, sing a song or two, and then disappear. What a shame. She should have been cast as "Julie" in the 1951 version of SHOW BOAT. Luckily she did appear in that role for "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" in 1946's TILL THE CLOUDS ROLL BY. It's the only evidence we have of the power she could have brought to the role. This CD contains nearly every song she performed at MGM and a few outtakes, too. Her wonderful songs from CABIN IN THE SKY, the film in which she was actually a character in the story (it was an all-black cast) are all here including the fabulous outtake "Ain't It the Truth." Exotic and subltly erotic, Lena was and remians one of a kind.
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This is a must-have for Lena fans or fans of her film performances. In fact many of these film performances are in films that have not yet been released to digital or dvd, let alone vhs so this is the only place to hear them. This is also a great start for fans who want to get to know the legend that only just recently passed away at 92. Of course Stormy Weather is not here nor any songs from that film, as Lena was borrowed by Twentieth Century Fox for that film. Aside from that this is a great way to hear Lena from age 25 to 39 in excellent voice.
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Metro, smuggest of studios, deserves our thanks for perfecting (but not inventing) the brightly lit, upbeat, original movie musical. The darker underbelly of the story, however, is the studio's mishandling of its two hugest musical stars, Jeanette MacDonald and Lena Horne. In MacDonald's case her comedic talents (nurtured by Lubitsch) were suppressed, and she was corseted into dated period operettas, none original, with unappealing singing partners. Miss Horne at least got one charismatic singing partner out of the deal, but never a featured or starring role. Hers was the face, the statuesque figure, the voice, the unique personality habitually sacrificed to the cutter's shears. Profits-driven Metro nervously kowtowed to its tetchy Southern exhibitors, in an era evoked in eyewitness Jonathan Rosenbaum's memoir MOVING PLACES: A LIFE AT THE MOVIES.

Miss Horne's vocal tracks fortuitously survive and are self-recommending for their artistic and historical value. Lennie Hayton's boutique arrangements sometimes rather swamp his wife, in the familiar and overblown Metro house style, and her personality and feistiness are less apparent than in her later studio and live recordings. Her Kern, Porter and Rodgers signature classics are included and are incomparable early soundstage Horne, but the three genuine keepers are her two duets with Eddie Anderson, especially "Solid potato salad," and Horne's final Metro solo, the devilish "You got looks" dropped from 1956's MEET ME IN LAS VEGAS.
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