Lena Horne

Stormy Weather [Prism]

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Taking advantage of the 50-year copyright limit on recordings in Europe, British budget reissue label Prism Leisure has compiled a collection of early- and mid-'40s Lena Horne recordings that originated on 78 rpm singles. Most were made for RCA Victor Records, along with some sides from tiny B&W Records and one track, "Out of Nowhere," on which Horne appeared as the vocalist with Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra, from Columbia Records. Of course, no such information is provided on this disc, which restricts its annotations to the legally required songwriting credits, credits for the accompanying orchestras, and a brief, generic bio in the two-page CD booklet. In most cases, Horne was the featured performer, although, as on "Out of Nowhere," on "Love Me a Little Little" she was serving as a band singer, this time for Artie Shaw, and got less disc time as a result. The sound quality is good, and the selection features many Horne favorites and standards, starting with the title song, even if the sequencing is more or less random. Especially if purchased at a discount price (as it was being offered in mail-order catalogs available to American consumers shortly after release), the generous package gives a good sense of Horne's music during her early prime.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Lena Horne 03:23 Amazon
2 Lena Horne feat: Phil Moore & His Orchestra 02:49 Amazon
3 Lena Horne 03:04 Amazon
4 Lena Horne feat: Phil Moore & His Orchestra 02:44 Amazon
5 Lena Horne 02:42 Amazon
6 Lena Horne 03:01 Amazon
7 Lena Horne 03:10 Amazon
8 Lena Horne feat: Horace Henderson & His Orchestra 02:47 Amazon
9 Lena Horne feat: Phil Moore & His Orchestra 02:35 Amazon
10 Lena Horne 02:46 Amazon
11 Lena Horne 03:00 Amazon
12 Lena Horne 02:36 Amazon
13 Lena Horne feat: Phil Moore & His Orchestra 03:03 Amazon
14 Lena Horne 03:05 Amazon
15 Lena Horne feat: Duncan Moore 02:56 Amazon
16 Lena Horne 02:40 Amazon
17 Lena Horne 02:51 Amazon
18 Lena Horne feat: Teddy Wilson 03:29 Amazon
19 Lena Horne feat: Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 03:07 Amazon
20 Lena Horne 02:44 Amazon
21 Lena Horne 05:53 Amazon
22 Lena Horne feat: Phil Moore 03:25 Amazon
23 Lena Horne 02:55 Amazon
24 Lena Horne 03:23 Amazon
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