Stormy Weather

April 23, 2002 | Format: MP3

$5.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 23, 2002
  • Release Date: April 23, 2002
  • Label: RCA Victor
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  • Total Length: 1:01:15
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  • ASIN: B00138F7TM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,557 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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It's just plain great.
Stephanie De Pue
The comparison between the two "renditions" of this song both within a single track amazes me and you will be sure to enjoy it, too.
Matthew G. Sherwin
Great music - great voice.
pat gallagher

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Aaron B on October 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Lena Horne is generally overlooked when it comes to jazz singers, and although technically she is not a jazz singer, her jazz phrasing, and her great sense of swing are immaculate. She really doesn't iimprovise all that much, but she can swing and make you at times think you are listening to Lee Wiley(another great, but overlooked jazz singer), yet she can also sing a torch song with as much verve as the younger Billie Holiday or Mildred Bailey. Horne here is backed by various swing bands, and the occasional small jazz combo. Most of these tunes are circa 1940's, however this CD covers from early 40's to to late 50's, where Lena has more sass,(& sounds a little more like Della Reese or Betty Roche) actually a more fairer comparison would be made to the later Conne Boswell of the 50's or Kay Starr, although Lena always had a style and distinctive voice all her own. Some of the highlights of this exellent CD are Good For Nothin' Joe, One For My Baby, and the quentessential and most difinitive version ever recorded of As Long As I Live. This set is recomended to jazz and vocal record collectors alike. Great music that generally swings.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 2004
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Don't be fooled by the many compilations titled "Stormy Weather" by Lena Horne. This is the original 1956 album. The version of Stormy Weather is the best along with the one she did in the second part of her Lady and Her Music show. The said part is many Lena Fans probably don't know that this album is now on cd. The see the "Stormy Weather" title and they think 'Oh no not another one'. Finally an American Version of one of her original albums on cd done the right way. Many of her original RCA ablums are available in other countries on on Amazon UK and other international sites. This album and Lena Lovely and Alive are in my opinion her best studio RCA albums. Please give this album a try and you won't be disappointed. Let's get those reviews rolling.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue VINE VOICE on March 9, 2009
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"Stormy Weather: The Legendary Lena 1941-1958,"by Lena Horne, is a BMG rerelease and remastering, based on the album of the similar name that was originally released by RCA Records in 1956. Many critics believe Horne, born in Brooklyn in 1917, was at her best in these early years, when she was still largely an intimate cabaret star, before she learned to belt out a song, as was required by big band singing. (Now, well into her nineties, she makes no further public appearances.) Her career, as a pop/jazz/Broadway diva, ran from 1938, when she was discovered singing and dancing at the famous Cotton Club in Harlem, to 2000. And she's been famous since 1943, on the slipstream of this worldwide hit "Stormy Weather," from the movie of the same nameStormy Weather. It was made at 20th Century Fox, while she was a young beauty on loan from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. (Unhappily, it's pretty clear that, at that time and place, Horne's career was greatly limited by her color.)

Horne was blacklisted in the 1950's for her political beliefs; but she has come back to win many awards in her long career. Several Grammies, including a Lifetime Achievement Award; an NAACP Image Award for her civil rights work, and a Kennedy Center Award. She has headlined at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles, Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Hotel Waldorf-Astoria in New York - her 1957 live album, "Lena Horne at the Waldorf-Astoria" was the largest selling record by a female artist in RCA history. And she's made many, many television appearances.

In 1981, she had her own Broadway show, "The Lady and Her Music," at the Nederlander Theatre on West 41st Street.
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Lena Horne could sell a song without even trying--and that's no small thing! On this CD we get all the original songs from her record album entitled Stormy Weather plus previously unreleased material and quite a few bonus tracks. This makes the CD a very good value and a delight to listen to over and over again, too!

The CD track set begins with "Tomorrow Mountain;" and this song has an excellent musical arrangement which backs up Lena's golden voice. Lena's voice is lush, warm and vibrant as she sings of a happy place where hopes and dreams are fulfilled. "Summertime" also gets the regal treatment from Lena as she interprets this classic ballad as only she could. Her voice simply never sounded better and the musical arrangement makes great use of the horns and percussion. Moreover, "Mad About The Boy" is a marvelous love ballad; and Lena delivers this so flawlessly you truly are convinced that she is deeply in love with her man.

Of course, Lena also sings "Stormy Weather." For the better part of the song Lena sings this with a high octane level of energy that she didn't display in the movie of the same name. However, as the liner notes correctly point out, later on in the ballad after Lena sings the word "love" four times she reverts to the much slower, angst filled rendition of the song. The comparison between the two "renditions" of this song both within a single track amazes me and you will be sure to enjoy it, too.

Lena belts out "Just One Of Those Things" with great panache and the musical arrangement makes great use once again of the horns and percussion. The quality of the recording lacks a little because of some distortion caused by Lena's microphone. Oh, well. It's still heavenly if you ask me.
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