Merry Lena CD (2007)

Artist: Lena Horne

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Label Koch Entertainment Dist
SKU 205585616
UPC 021471750324
UPC 14 00021471750324
Format CD
Release Date 10/9/2007
Author Lena Horne
Associated Artist/Work Armstrong, Louis
Associated Artist/Work Belafonte, Harry
Associated Artist/Work Cast, Original
Associated Artist/Work Fitzgerald, Ella
Associated Artist/Work Original Cast
Associated Artist/Work Sinatra, Frank
Associated Artist/Work Szabo, Gabor
Associated Artist/Work Washington, Dinah
Technical Info
Lable Name DRG (USA)
Released 10/30/2007
Original Release 1966
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 31m : 52s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00021471750324
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Lena Horne (vocals); Jack Parnell (conductor).
Reissue producer: Mike Ragogna.
Originally released on United Artist Records (6546).
It took Lena Horne until her late forties to get around to recording a Christmas album, and when she did, in 1966, it was typical of her style at the time. More than anything else, she was a nightclub singer, and, for better or worse, Merry from Lena had the sound of a collection that had been put together as a holiday nightclub act. That started with a new Ray Ellis arrangement of "Jingle Bells" with some new lyrics by longtime Tin Pan Alley wordsmith Al Stillman and now called "Jingle All the Way." In addition to allowing Ellis and Stillman to claim songwriting royalties on a traditional song, the track heralded the style of the album, which was snappy and a bit adult-oriented. This was also true, for example, of Horne's treatment of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," which she began by speculating about the possibility that Rudolph's nose was red because he was an alcoholic. "I think he had a problem," Horne declared. "I think he probably liked a little nip once in a while." That might be the sort of comment that would go over well in a club with a drink minimum, but it's not what you'd expect to hear on most Christmas albums. Thankfully, Horne played it straight on ballads like "White Christmas" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and her talent as a singer was never in doubt. But Merry from Lena was still the kind of Christmas album grown-ups might want to put on only after the kids had gone to bed. ~ William Ruhlmann
Disc 1
1 Jingle All The Way
2 Christmas Song, The
3 Winter Wonderland
4 White Christmas
5 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
6 Little Drummer Boy, The
7 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
8 What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
9 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
10 Silent Night
11 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - (Bonus Track)
Product Attributes
Artist Horne,Lena
Label Drg Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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