One of the few single-disc compilations that ably covers her career from the early '30s to the early '50s, Time on My Hands is a knowledgeably selected disc, making it an easy first purchase for anyone investigating the magical Lee Wiley for the first time. From her earliest features with the orchestra of Leo Reisman to the peak of her elegance on 1950's Night in Manhattan, Wiley recorded no bad sides, making the compiler's job a difficult one. Still, ASV/Living Era missed only a few excellent songs -- and those usually fan favorites such as "A Hundred Years from Now" -- to create this 24-track disc. Her Reisman breakout "Time on My Hands" makes an early appearance, followed by strong early selections like "How Long Has This Been Going On?" and "You Took Advantage of Me." Her songbook work is closely tracked, with a dozen songs appearing from the pens of either George Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter, or Harold Arlen. Time on My Hands ends with Wiley playing the dour, reflective socialite on early-'50s sessions with trumpeter Bobby Hackett and pianist Joe Bushkin, including a few more of her masterpieces: "Manhattan," "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You," "A Woman's Intuition," and "Oh, Look at Me Now."
AllMusic Review by John Bush