About this CD
- Recording: 1971 - 1972, Los Angeles, CA
- Release date: June 20, 2006
- Label: Motown/Universal
- Catalog number: MOT 569402
- Produced and arranged by Gil Askey
- Engineered by Guy Costa
- Mastered by Kevin Reeves at Universal Mastering
- Liner notes by David Ritz
- Cover photo by Harry Langdon
- Miss Ross is in perfect voice and arguably at the height of her interpretive powers.
- The song selection is top-notch, focusing on a wide range of jazz-pop standards.
- Diana remains Diana, but some of these songs are just beyond her emotional reach.
- Gil Askey's arrangements often cross the line into Vegas schmaltz.
- The alternate versions of four Lady Sings The Blues tunes aren't especially revelatory.
He needn't have worried: while Diana's voice remains a beautiful natural instrument, she's navigating some very tricky emotional ground here, as evidenced by Gershwin's "I Love You Porgy," which she sings as if she learned it phonetically. And Gil Askey's arrangements threaten to overwhelm the uptempo numbers like "Let's Do It." David Ritz' liner notes claim that Blue represents some of Diana's "most emotionally satisfying music," but that says more about the nature of her catalog than it does her interpretive ability. Strictly for those who idolize the diva and want to see her in... well, in something more blue.