Beauty and the Beat! [Bonus Tracks]

Beauty and the Beat! [Bonus Tracks]

by Peggy Lee
     
 

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Originally recorded in 1959 upon its first release, Beauty and the Beat! was billed as a live recording from a Miami convention of disc jockeys. Though Peggy Lee and George Shearing did in fact perform there (and attempts were made to record them for later release), the songs heard on the subsequent LP were recorded in the studio and overdubbed with rather…  See more details below

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Originally recorded in 1959 upon its first release, Beauty and the Beat! was billed as a live recording from a Miami convention of disc jockeys. Though Peggy Lee and George Shearing did in fact perform there (and attempts were made to record them for later release), the songs heard on the subsequent LP were recorded in the studio and overdubbed with rather obvious canned applause, announcements, and even post-production echo. After one mostly faithful reissue on CD (with bonus tracks), the record reappeared in 2003 with all the offending chatter removed and a top-notch, live-in-the-studio session revealed. Lee and Shearing, who had never recorded before, conceived a set of completely new arrangements that played to their strengths: stately blues and effervescent swing. The best of the former comes on a pair of locale-referencing quasi-blues, "I Lost My Sugar in Salt Lake City" and "You Came a Long Way From St. Louis," both of which Lee and Shearing are able to transform into languorous, respectable torch songs. The usually downcast "Blue Prelude" is actually taken at a laissez faire tempo that Lee treats well, and the original set ends with "Get Out of Town" and "Satin Doll," a pair of bemused, affectionate performances that perfectly suit the pair. Lee and Shearing's only collaboration on record -- though both would occasionally perform together thereafter -- is a supremely chilled session of late-night blues from two masters of the form.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2003
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724354230820
catalogNumber:
42308

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peggy Lee   Primary Artist,Vocals
George Shearing   Piano
Armando Peraza   Percussion,Conga
Ray Alexander   Vibes
Ray Mosca   Drums
Carl Pruitt   Bass

Technical Credits

Paul Anka   Composer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Ron McMaster   Remixing
Eric Kohler   Reissue Design
Lillian Clarborne   Composer
Dave Cavanaugh   Producer
Virginia Hensley   Composer
P. Lee   Composer
James Crawford   Composer
H. Wheeler   Composer

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