Best of Miss Peggy Lee

The Best of Miss Peggy Lee

by Peggy Lee
     
 

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Peggy Lee, who came to fame via her appearances with swing legend Benny Goodman and later expanded her artistic vision to include pop and R&B songs in her repetoire, was one of America’s most distinctive singers. This fine collection finds Lee adapting her cool, jazz-tinged style to all manner of winning material, from the bluesy “Why Don’t You Do Right?” to the jazzy

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Peggy Lee, who came to fame via her appearances with swing legend Benny Goodman and later expanded her artistic vision to include pop and R&B songs in her repetoire, was one of America’s most distinctive singers. This fine collection finds Lee adapting her cool, jazz-tinged style to all manner of winning material, from the bluesy “Why Don’t You Do Right?” to the jazzy balladry of “I Don't Know Enough About You” and “Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe” to the R&B strut of the huge hit “Fever” and “I’m a Woman” to the sophisticated pop-cabaret of Leiber and Stoller’s “Is That All There Is?” Additional Lee classics, including “Waiting for the Train to Come In” and “Golden Earings,” fill out this top-quality portrait of an inimitable artist.

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Any compilation that properly anthologizes the chart history of Miss Peggy Lee is forced to sprint through 24 years, including a pair of decades that were the most culturally tumultuous of the 20th century. Such is the peril of attempting to summarize Lee's career by way of her hits, though for introductory purposes this disc is an excellent one (and her strong musical personality serves well to unify the material anyway). Beginning with "Waiting for the Train to Come In," her 1946 solo chart debut with Benny Goodman, The Best of Miss Peggy Lee picks up nearly all of her big hits, all of which number among her best performances. Lee excelled at sounding sunny ("It's a Good Day") or sultry ("I Don't Know Enough About You") or sizzling ("Fever," "Big Spender"), she often wrote her own material, and always illustrated that both novelties and standards were putty in the hands of the best song sculptor ever heard in the world of vocal jazz. Though it's a shame the compilers couldn't find room for early hits such as "'Deed I Do" and "Don't Smoke in Bed" or well-chosen later material like "Let's Love" (the song Paul McCartney wrote for her), The Best of Miss Peggy Lee provides an efficient summary of the most commanding performing personality in vocal jazz.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/1998
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724349730823
catalogNumber:
97308
Rank:
36274

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