Little Miss Dynamite [Bear Family]

Little Miss Dynamite [Bear Family]

by Brenda Lee

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Five hours of pure gold on four CDs, covering the 127 songs that Brenda Lee recorded during the years 1956 through 1962, with the added allure of an 84-page hardcover book. What's more, there's hardly a second-rate song or performance here, and Lee's singing style evolved so far that there are surprises throughout. Her early rockabilly sides are among the bestSee more details below


Five hours of pure gold on four CDs, covering the 127 songs that Brenda Lee recorded during the years 1956 through 1962, with the added allure of an 84-page hardcover book. What's more, there's hardly a second-rate song or performance here, and Lee's singing style evolved so far that there are surprises throughout. Her early rockabilly sides are among the best in the field, and Disc One covers her evolution from country-rockin' teen rockabilly queen to an astonishingly precocious pop star with rock roots. Even Lee's early sides, whether hot rockabilly or slow ballads, are all intense experiences -- there's just something eerily compelling about 12-year-old Brenda Lee delivering "Your Cheatin' Heart" and sounding like she means all of the yearning and torment behind it. By 1957, her voice and her style had evolved more toward mainstream pop, virtually paralleling Elvis Presley's musical moves of the same era, but, like Elvis, Lee occasionally burst out with hard-rocking sides as late as 1959. Disc Two shows off Lee's mid-teen years, when she was doing pop standards that shouldn't have worked with anyone less than 30, but making them pay off -- her hot, raspy voice made even her pop stuff work better than Elvis's and outclassed the work of any other female singer who made that same jump to mainstream music. Disc Three may be the best of the four here, her rock sides alternating with equally compelling pop performances. Much of Disc Four is on the softer side, but even here she comes up with exciting pop
ock songs. By this time, she was nearing 18 years old, and already had a catalog of recordings behind her that would have been the envy of any veteran. As usual with Bear Family, the book is as fascinating as the music.

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Bear Family


Disc 1

  1. Jambalaya (On the Bayou)
  2. Bigelow 6-200
  3. Bigelow 6-200
  4. Some People
  5. Your Cheatin' Heart
  6. Doodle Bug Rag
  7. Christy Christmas
  8. I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus
  9. Fairyland
  10. One Step at a Time
  11. Dynamite
  12. Ain't That Love
  13. Love You 'Till I Die
  14. One Teenager to Another
  15. Rock-A-Bye Baby Blues
  16. Rock the Bop
  17. Ring-A-My-Phone
  18. The Golden Key
  19. Little Jonah (Rock on Your Steel Guitar)
  20. My Baby Likes Western Guys
  21. Papa Nöel
  22. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
  23. Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home
  24. Heading Home
  25. Let's Jump the Broomstick
  26. Hummin' the Blues over You
  27. The Stroll
  28. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody
  29. Pretty Baby
  30. St. Louis Blues
  31. Pennies from Heaven
  32. Baby Face
  33. Ballin' the Jack

Disc 2

  1. Just Because
  2. Side by Side
  3. A Good Man Is Hard to Find
  4. Some of These Days
  5. Back in Your Own Backyard
  6. Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye
  7. Sweet Nothin's
  8. (If I'm Dreaming) Just Let Me Dream
  9. Weep No More My Baby
  10. That's All You Gotta Do
  11. I Want to Be Wanted
  12. Just a Little
  13. Build a Big Fence
  14. Be My Love Again
  15. I'm Sorry
  16. Dynamite
  17. Love and Learn
  18. Wee Wee Willies
  19. Jambalaya (On the Bayou)
  20. Do I Worry (Yes I Do)
  21. Emotions
  22. I Want to Be Wanted
  23. No One
  24. Crazy Talk
  25. The Big Chance
  26. It's Never Too Late
  27. I'm Learning About Love
  28. Careless, That's All
  29. We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)
  30. If I Didn't Care

Disc 3

  1. When My Dreamboat Comes Home
  2. Walking to New Orleans
  3. Hallelujah, I Love Him So
  4. I'm in the Mood for Love
  5. Swanee River Rock
  6. Pretend
  7. If I Didn't Care
  8. If You Love Me (Really Love Me)
  9. Teach Me Tonight
  10. Blueberry Hill
  11. Around the World
  12. Fools Rush In
  13. Someone to Love Me (The Prisoner's Song)
  14. Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart
  15. Georgia on My Mind
  16. Just Another Lie
  17. When I Fall in Love
  18. Cry
  19. Will You Love Me Tomorrow
  20. You Can Depend on Me
  21. Careless, That's All
  22. Lover, Come Back to Me
  23. Kansas City
  24. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  25. All the Way
  26. How Deep Is the Ocean?
  27. Tragedy
  28. Talkin' Bout You

Disc 4

  1. Tables Are Turning
  2. Funny Feelin'
  3. Eventually
  4. Dum Dum
  5. Let Me Be the One
  6. Speak to Me Pretty
  7. Time Is Not Enough
  8. Here Comes That Feeling
  9. Just Forget
  10. Break It to Me Gently
  11. Fool #1
  12. Anybody But Me
  13. So Deep
  14. Only You (And You Alone)
  15. You've Got Me Crying Again
  16. It's the Talk of the Town
  17. You Always Hurt the One You Love
  18. I Miss You So
  19. I'll Be Seeing You
  20. Lazy River
  21. Send Me Some Lovin'
  22. Hold Me
  23. I'll Always Be in Love with You
  24. Organ Grinder's Swing
  25. Let the Four Winds Blow
  26. Everybody Loves Me But You
  27. Heart in Hand
  28. She'll Never Know
  29. Why Me
  30. It Takes One to Know One
  31. Sweet Lovin'

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brenda Lee   Primary Artist,Vocals
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Hank Garland   Electric Guitar
Caiola   Electric Guitar
Anita Kerr   Choir, Chorus
Don Helms   Steel Guitar
Grady Martin   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Leader
Sam "The Man" Taylor   Saxophone
Anita Kerr Singers   Choir, Chorus
Byron Bach   Cello
Brenton Banks   Violin
George Binkley   Violin
Harold Bradley   Electric Bass
Owen Bradley   Piano,Leader
Jimmy Crawford   Drums
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Solie Fott   Violin
James Hall   Choir, Chorus
Hoyt Hawkins   Choir, Chorus
Lillian Hunt   Violin
Douglas Kirkham   Drums,Choir, Chorus
Millie Kirkham   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Gene A. Mullins   Trombone
Louis Dean Nunley   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jack Pleis   Leader
Verna Richardson   Violin
Nicholas Tagg   Organ
Joe Zinkan   Bass
Cecil Brower   Violin
Dorothy Ann Dillard   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Howard Carpenter   Violin,Viola
Farris Coursey   Drums
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica
Lillian Vannhunt   Violin
Winifred S. Breast   Choir, Chorus
Bob Moore   Bass
Hugh Gordon Stoker   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Ray C. Walker   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Andrew Ackers   Piano
William Guilford Wright   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Marvin H. Hughes   Piano
Neal Matthews   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Carl Garvin   Trumpet
John W. Greubel   Drums
William K. McElhiney   Trumpet
Homer Randolph   Saxophone
Ray Charles Singers   Choir, Chorus
Herschel Hewarth   Guitar
Edward O'Conner   Guitar
Sanford Block   Bass
Ovid Collins   Violin

Technical Credits

Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Lloyd Price   Composer
Jimmy Henderson   Composer
Ronnie Self   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Owen Bradley   Producer
David Franklin   Composer
Cliff Friend   Composer
Milt Gabler   Producer
Brenda Lee   Vocal Overdubs
Johnny Marks   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Paul Simmons   Composer
Johnny Wilson   Composer
Stuart Gorrell   Composer
Paul Kingsbury   Liner Notes,Biographical Information
Diane Lampert   Composer
Jim Seals   Composer
Kirby Stone Four   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Producer,Reissue Producer,Tape Research
Birgit Schneider   Artwork
Gerd Weiler   Artwork
Ingo Steinbach   Mastering
Stanley Kay   Composer
Don Woody   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Benny Davis   Composer
Doris Fisher   Composer
Sydney Robin   Composer
Jack Little   Composer
Ira Schuster   Composer
Pino Spotti   Composer
Dub Albritton   Composer
James Henry Burris   Composer
A. Testa   Composer
Chris Smith   Composer
Bertha Scott   Composer
Johnny Gluck   Composer
Allan Roberts   Composer
Charlie Singleton   Composer
David Oppenheim   Composer
Randy Aronson   Tape Research
Matt Tunia   Tape Research
Kathryn R. Fulton   Composer
Paul Cohen   Producer
Fulton   Composer
Shari Sheeley   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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