The Best of the Singles Collection

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Record-buying etiquette suggests that if Peggy Lee's The Singles Collection is overly long in fact, it's a four-disc box set, The Best of the Singles Collection will then logically include all of her best recordings and become the obvious choice for listeners wishing to test the waters. That's not quite the case, however, and it's mostly due to the fact that, except for early in her career, and at a few points midway through, Lee was not a "singles" artist in the traditional sense of the term. Heavily indebted to pop for certain, she was in fact a jazz singer, a live performer, and though Capitol clearly wanted her on the top of the charts during the '50s and early '60s, the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Record-buying etiquette suggests that if Peggy Lee's The Singles Collection is overly long in fact, it's a four-disc box set, The Best of the Singles Collection will then logically include all of her best recordings and become the obvious choice for listeners wishing to test the waters. That's not quite the case, however, and it's mostly due to the fact that, except for early in her career, and at a few points midway through, Lee was not a "singles" artist in the traditional sense of the term. Heavily indebted to pop for certain, she was in fact a jazz singer, a live performer, and though Capitol clearly wanted her on the top of the charts during the '50s and early '60s, the best way to hear her on record was usually through her many fabulous LPs. In fact, only three titles here "It's a Good Day," "Fever," and "Is That All There Is?" earn notice in the canon of Lee's "greatest hits," so The Best of the Singles Collection shouldn't be considered a standard hits compilation. It's very valuable nonetheless for revealing a surprising number of incredible songs that hadn't been released since their original issue except, of course, on the release they're distilled from, usually because they dated from the pre-LP era. A trio of 1949-50 recordings -- "If You Could See Me Now," "Once Around the Moon," and "Life Is So Peculiar" -- are elegant, subtle performances with excellent small-group backing that will be revelations to fans who haven't heard them. Also a success is Lee's version of "Something," that quintessential Beatles standard for a generation of jazz singers. The only track to make its debut is a remix of "Fever" by the Italian producers Gabin, in an obvious appeal to the commercial success enjoyed by Junkie XL's remix of Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation." While the duo ably accentuate Miss Lee's sophistication and sensuality with a textured blend of piano and synth chords, the song clearly illustrates that drum programs and jazz singers don't blend well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2003
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724358268027
  • Catalog Number: 82680
  • Sales rank: 13,693

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Was Right, Baby (2:31)
  2. 2 It's a Good Day - Dave Barbour & His Orchestra (2:52)
  3. 3 Birmingham Jail (2:51)
  4. 4 Don't Smoke in Bed (3:09)
  5. 5 If You Could See Me Now (3:09)
  6. 6 At the Café Rendezvous (3:07)
  7. 7 Once Around the Moon (2:26)
  8. 8 Life Is So Peculiar - Dave Barbour & His Orchestra (2:39)
  9. 9 Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! (2:16)
  10. 10 Fever (3:22)
  11. 11 I'm Lookin' Out the Window (2:52)
  12. 12 I'm Gonna Go Fishin' (2:08)
  13. 13 My Gentle Young Johnny (2:36)
  14. 14 The Folks Who Live on the Hill (3:39)
  15. 15 I Love Being Here With You (2:48)
  16. 16 Moments Like This (2:48)
  17. 17 Senza Fine (2:27)
  18. 18 Come Back to Me (2:18)
  19. 19 Something (3:12)
  20. 20 Is That All There Is? (4:22)
  21. 21 Let's Call It a Day (3:03)
  22. 22 Fever (4:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peggy Lee Primary Artist
Max Bennett Bass
Technical Credits
Gerald Albright Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Max Bennett Remastering
Duke Ellington Composer
Will Friedwald Liner Notes
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Ron McMaster Mastering
Bob Norberg Mastering
Rodney Jerkins Composer
Steve Genewick Remixing
David McEowen Mastering
Filippo Clary Remixing
W. Robinson Composer
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