DCC DJZ607 [CD]
Brentwood 40979 [CD]
Passport Audio 1058 [CD]
Lena Horne and Gabor Szabo
Los Angeles: October 11, 1969
Recording Studios, New York; Oct.-Nov. 1969 (*)
Richard Tee (org); Gabor Szabo, Eric Gale, Cornell Dupree
(g); Chuck Rainey (el-b); Grady Tate (d); Lena Horne
(vcl); Gary McFarland (arr,con); plus
unknown strings and horns.
a. Watch What Happens
(LeGrand/Gimbel/Demy) - 4:00
same or similar, add The
Howard Roberts Chorale (vcl), Howard Roberts (vcl arr).
(George Harrison) - 3:08
same or similar, The Howard
Roberts Chorale, Howard Roberts out.
c. Everybody's Talking
(Fred Neil) - 2:52
d. The Fool on the Hill (Lennon/McCartney) - 3:35
e. Yesterday When I Was Young
(Aznavour/Kretzmer) - 3:58
f. Rocky Raccoon (Lennon/McCartney) - 3:27
g. My Mood is You (Carl Sigman) - 4:45
h. Message to Michael (Bacharach/David) - 3:14
i. In My Life (Lennon/McCartney) - 2:52
same or similar, without
j. Nightwind (Scott/Kessler)
Note: Most issues of this recording, and
subsequently most sources, indicate the recording date of
these sessions as "A&R Recording Studios, New
York; October/November 1969." The October 11 date is
listed in Walter Bruyninkx's Vocal Discography:
Singers & Crooners 1917-1986 and DCC DJZ607 lists
the recording date as November 1969. I believe both Los
Angeles and New York locations were utilized during this
time period, but other details are unavailable.
Issues: a-j on Skye SK15
(issued Spring 1970), Buddah BDS-5669-2, Ampex M815
[8T], Gryphon GCD 908 [CD], Muzak (Jap) MZCS-1043 [CD]. a-j also
on Buddah BDS18SK, Gryphon
G790, Teldec-Gryphon (Ger) 6.24451AT, Rhapsody (E) RHAP1, G(CD)908 [CD],
DCC DJZ607 [CD], Sound Sol (Ger) 2830.072 [CD] titled WATCH WHAT HAPPENS.
a-j also on Ember (E) NR5067 titled LENA HORNE: SOMETHING IN THE
WAY SHE SINGS. a-j also on Parade (E)PAR2005 [CD] titled WITH LOVE FROM LENA
(1990). a-j also on Buddah BDS5669-2 titled THE ESSENTIAL
LENA HORNE FEATURING GABOR SZABO (1975). a-j also on MMS
Classix (Dutch)9030072 [CD] titled THE ESSENTIAL LENA HORNE FEATURING
GABOR SZABO. a-j also on All That's Jazz (F)ATJCD5958 [CD],
Unidisc (Can) BDK-5669 [CD] titled THE
ESSENTIAL LENA HORNE FEATURING GABOR SZABO (1991). a-j also on
Brentwood 40979 [CD] titled MY MOOD IS YOU (2005). a-j also on
Passport Audio 1058 [CD] titled EMPATHY (2006).
Singles: a & f also on Skye 4523 , Buddah BDA 215
, Radio Active Gold RD-60 .
Samplers: a-j also on El (E) ACMEM42CD [CD] titled
LENA HORNE & GABOR SZABO. a also on DCC
098 [CD] titled MUSIC FOR A
BACHELOR'S DEN, VOLUME 8: SEX KITTENS IN HI-FI - THE BRUNETTES
and Muzak (Jap)
MZCS-1053 [CD] titled
GRYPHON FOR APRÉS-MIDI
GRAND CRU. h also on Varese Sarabande VSD5873
[CD] titled THE BURT
BACHARACH SONGBOOK (1998).
Producer: Gary McFarland and Gabor Szabo. Executive Producer:
Norman Schwartz with Ralph Harris.
Engineer: prob. Dave Sanders
Notes: Ira Gitler (Gryphon G790). Ira Gitler, Norman Schwartz
(DCC Jazz DJZ-607 [CD]).
Originally released on Szabos
Skye Records label as LENA & GABOR in 1970, this collection of pop covers finds
the talented Ms. Horne capably performing staples like
"Watch What Happens" and "Yesterday When I
Was Young" with popular tunes by the Beatles and
Harry Nilsson blandly arranged by Gary McFarland. Only
the dazzling performance of "My Mood Is You"
shows the amazing chemistry the singer and the guitarist
generated on stage during infrequent collaborations over
the years. Szabo proves himself to be an outstanding and