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Sarah Vaughan – The Lonely Hours


One can’t describe the lonely hours, it is not a place you write about; it is a feeling that only Sarah Vaughan can bring to you. She does it here as she has never done it before. She does it with a turn of phrase, a sigh or the way she hits a certain note.

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After a host of great albums for the Mercury label, Sassy signed with Roulette in 1960 and promptly picked up where she left off. Always surrounding herself with first rate arrangers and sidemen, the 1963 sessions that made up The Lonely Hours pairs her with the sensational multi-talented Benny Carter.
His astute charts, especially the take on Ellington’s “Solitude” enhance the feelings of longing, loneliness, heartache and lost love while Vaughan’s patented phrasing and interpretations sell the mood. A bakers dozen of great selections including “Lonely Hours,” “I’ll Never Be The Same,” “If I Had You,” “Friendless,” “You’re Driving Me Crazy,” “Always On My Mind,” “Look For Me,” “I’ll Be Around,” “What’ll I Do?,” “These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You,” “The Man I Love” and “So Long-My Love”. Produced by Teddy Reig.


AllMusic Review by John Bush
The Lonely Hours, Sarah Vaughan’s contribution to the genre of saloon song LPs, doesn’t have a stellar selection of material — although of course nearly anything recorded by one of America’s foremost jazz interpreters is worth hearing. Add to that the special treat of Benny Carter — the seminal altoist who’d been contributing charts to the hottest big bands since 1928 — occupying the arranger’s chair, and The Lonely Hours becomes a very intriguing proposition. Carter’s refined arrangements and ensemble playing don’t exactly reinforce the isolation of the title, but Vaughan sounds excellent on “I’ll Never Be the Same,” “These Foolish Things,” and “If I Had You,” lightly caressing the notes. For “You’re Driving Me Crazy” and “What’ll I Do,” she cleverly mirrors the comic frustration embodied in Carter’s flügelhorn/tuba ensemble. Hopefully, Carter wasn’t responsible for the occasionally canned sound of the strings; The Lonely Hours is a solid match of vocalist and arranger in most respects, with only the quality of the material weighing it down slightly.


1. Lonely Hours
2. I’ll Never Be The Same
3. If I Had You
4. Friendless
5. You’re Driving me Crazy
6. Always on My Mind
1. Look For Me
2. I’ll Be Around
3. What’ll I Do?
4. Solitude
5. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
6. The Man I Love
7. So Long, My Love


Additional information

Weight 0.550 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm