Little Miss Dynamite [Bear Family]

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/12/1995
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051157722
  • Catalog Number: 15772

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jambalaya (On the Bayou) (2:09)
  2. 2 Bigelow 6-200 (2:15)
  3. 3 Bigelow 6-200 (2:14)
  4. 4 Some People (2:39)
  5. 5 Your Cheatin' Heart (2:39)
  6. 6 Doodle Bug Rag (2:12)
  7. 7 Christy Christmas (2:23)
  8. 8 I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus (2:18)
  9. 9 Fairyland (3:01)
  10. 10 One Step at a Time (2:41)
  11. 11 Dynamite (2:04)
  12. 12 Ain't That Love (2:49)
  13. 13 Love You 'Till I Die (2:06)
  14. 14 One Teenager to Another (2:26)
  15. 15 Rock-A-Bye Baby Blues (2:17)
  16. 16 Rock the Bop (2:12)
  17. 17 Ring-A-My-Phone (2:02)
  18. 18 The Golden Key (2:06)
  19. 19 Little Jonah (Rock on Your Steel Guitar) (2:25)
  20. 20 My Baby Likes Western Guys (2:15)
  21. 21 Papa Nöel (2:27)
  22. 22 Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree (2:05)
  23. 23 Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home (2:24)
  24. 24 Heading Home (2:40)
  25. 25 Let's Jump the Broomstick (2:35)
  26. 26 Hummin' the Blues over You (2:11)
  27. 27 The Stroll (2:33)
  28. 28 Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody (2:26)
  29. 29 Pretty Baby (1:42)
  30. 30 St. Louis Blues (2:54)
  31. 31 Pennies from Heaven (2:25)
  32. 32 Baby Face (2:15)
  33. 33 Ballin' the Jack (1:53)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Just Because (1:58)
  2. 2 Side by Side (2:12)
  3. 3 A Good Man Is Hard to Find (2:28)
  4. 4 Some of These Days (2:23)
  5. 5 Back in Your Own Backyard (2:50)
  6. 6 Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye (2:20)
  7. 7 Sweet Nothin's (2:25)
  8. 8 (If I'm Dreaming) Just Let Me Dream (2:51)
  9. 9 Weep No More My Baby (3:02)
  10. 10 That's All You Gotta Do (2:29)
  11. 11 I Want to Be Wanted (2:53)
  12. 12 Just a Little (2:26)
  13. 13 Build a Big Fence (2:28)
  14. 14 Be My Love Again (2:39)
  15. 15 I'm Sorry (2:42)
  16. 16 Dynamite (1:59)
  17. 17 Love and Learn (2:08)
  18. 18 Wee Wee Willies (2:08)
  19. 19 Jambalaya (On the Bayou) (2:46)
  20. 20 Do I Worry (Yes I Do) (2:07)
  21. 21 Emotions (2:50)
  22. 22 I Want to Be Wanted (3:06)
  23. 23 No One (2:46)
  24. 24 Crazy Talk (2:43)
  25. 25 The Big Chance (2:16)
  26. 26 It's Never Too Late (2:22)
  27. 27 I'm Learning About Love (2:42)
  28. 28 Careless, That's All (2:58)
  29. 29 We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me) (3:31)
  30. 30 If I Didn't Care (2:59)
Disc 3
  1. 1 When My Dreamboat Comes Home (2:15)
  2. 2 Walking to New Orleans (2:33)
  3. 3 Hallelujah, I Love Him So (2:25)
  4. 4 I'm in the Mood for Love (2:50)
  5. 5 Swanee River Rock (2:11)
  6. 6 Pretend (2:53)
  7. 7 If I Didn't Care (2:42)
  8. 8 If You Love Me (Really Love Me) (2:40)
  9. 9 Teach Me Tonight (3:01)
  10. 10 Blueberry Hill (2:29)
  11. 11 Around the World (2:23)
  12. 12 Fools Rush In (2:39)
  13. 13 Someone to Love Me (The Prisoner's Song) (2:44)
  14. 14 Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart (2:22)
  15. 15 Georgia on My Mind (3:39)
  16. 16 Just Another Lie (3:19)
  17. 17 When I Fall in Love (3:00)
  18. 18 Cry (2:49)
  19. 19 Will You Love Me Tomorrow (2:54)
  20. 20 You Can Depend on Me (3:32)
  21. 21 Careless, That's All (3:03)
  22. 22 Lover, Come Back to Me (2:36)
  23. 23 Kansas City (2:38)
  24. 24 On the Sunny Side of the Street (3:20)
  25. 25 All the Way (3:04)
  26. 26 How Deep Is the Ocean? (3:06)
  27. 27 Tragedy (2:46)
  28. 28 Talkin' Bout You (2:35)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Tables Are Turning (2:13)
  2. 2 Funny Feelin' (2:19)
  3. 3 Eventually (3:02)
  4. 4 Dum Dum (2:25)
  5. 5 Let Me Be the One (2:15)
  6. 6 Speak to Me Pretty (2:17)
  7. 7 Time Is Not Enough (2:22)
  8. 8 Here Comes That Feeling (2:12)
  9. 9 Just Forget (2:33)
  10. 10 Break It to Me Gently (2:39)
  11. 11 Fool #1 (2:27)
  12. 12 Anybody But Me (2:27)
  13. 13 So Deep (2:07)
  14. 14 Only You (And You Alone) (2:57)
  15. 15 You've Got Me Crying Again (2:42)
  16. 16 It's the Talk of the Town (3:20)
  17. 17 You Always Hurt the One You Love (2:46)
  18. 18 I Miss You So (2:54)
  19. 19 I'll Be Seeing You (2:38)
  20. 20 Lazy River (2:20)
  21. 21 Send Me Some Lovin' (2:54)
  22. 22 Hold Me (2:37)
  23. 23 I'll Always Be in Love with You (2:33)
  24. 24 Organ Grinder's Swing (2:25)
  25. 25 Let the Four Winds Blow (2:09)
  26. 26 Everybody Loves Me But You (2:31)
  27. 27 Heart in Hand (2:29)
  28. 28 She'll Never Know (2:31)
  29. 29 Why Me (2:15)
  30. 30 It Takes One to Know One (2:45)
  31. 31 Sweet Lovin' (2:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brenda Lee Primary Artist, Vocals
Buddy Emmons Steel Guitar
Floyd Cramer Piano
Hank Garland Electric Guitar
Al Caiola Electric Guitar
Anita Kerr Choir, Chorus
Don Helms Steel Guitar
Grady Martin Guitar, Electric Guitar, Leader
Sam "The Man" Taylor Saxophone
The Anita Kerr Singers Choir, Chorus
Byron Bach Cello
Brenton Banks Violin
George Binkley III 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 Jr. Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Marvin H. Hughes Piano
Neal Matthews Jr. Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Carl Garvin Trumpet
John W. Greubel Drums
William K. McElhiney Trumpet
Homer Randolph Saxophone
The 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
Richard Rodgers 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
Harold Adamson 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
Jean Schwartz 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
Leo Price Composer
Fulton Composer
Charlie Carpenter Composer
Shari Sheeley Composer
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