Complete Recordings 1941-1947

Complete Recordings 1941-1947

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by Peggy Lee
     
 

Although the whole collection ranges across six years, 32 of the 35 cuts on this two-CD set were recorded within a year of Peggy Lee's joining Benny Goodman's band, and the vast majority within a six month period through the winter of 1942. It is possible during that span to hear Lee evolve from a competent but scarcely confident vocalist ("Elmer's Tune") into a bold… See more details below

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Although the whole collection ranges across six years, 32 of the 35 cuts on this two-CD set were recorded within a year of Peggy Lee's joining Benny Goodman's band, and the vast majority within a six month period through the winter of 1942. It is possible during that span to hear Lee evolve from a competent but scarcely confident vocalist ("Elmer's Tune") into a bold interpreter, equally adept at blues ("Blues in the Night"), ballads ("When the Roses Bloom Again"), rhythm numbers ("My Little Cousin," "I Threw a Kiss in the Ocean"), and everything in between. Aside from an improvement in sound over 1993's Best of the Big Bands: Benny Goodman Featuring Peggy Lee, the real beauty here is in the material that wasn't on that earlier disc, most notably the small-group sides "Where or When" (perhaps the most beautiful rendition of that song ever cut), "On the Sunny Side of the Street," and "Blues in the Night," the latter one of Lee's earliest blues numbers. Equally important, the band is captured in a nice, close rich sound, which goes double for the solos by Goodman, Mel Powell et al. Speaking of Powell, the timing of recording of the songs on this set makes it one of the best showcases of Powell's piano playing and arranging. Lee's 32 sides with Goodman on Columbia and OKeh have been augmented by three additional numbers, cut by the two as part of Goodman's postwar Capitol Records contract -- they're brighter and fuller, but not outrageously superior to his early Columbia sides; but they show off the work of a fully mature artist with five years' more confidence and skill.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/1999
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646568620
catalogNumber:
65686
Rank:
42139

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Elmer's Tune
  2. I See a Million People (But All I Can See Is You)
  3. That's the Way It Goes
  4. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
  5. My Old Flame
  6. How Deep Is the Ocean?
  7. Shady Lady Bird
  8. Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)
  9. Somebody Else Is Taking My Place
  10. Somebody Nobody Loves
  11. How Long Has This Been Going On?
  12. That Did It, Marie
  13. Winter Weather  - Art "Lund" London
  14. Ev'rything I Love
  15. Not Mine
  16. Not a Care in the World
  17. My Old Flame
  18. How Deep Is the Ocean?
  19. Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)

Disc 2

  1. Blues in the Night
  2. Where or When
  3. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  4. The Lamp of Memory (Incertidumbre)
  5. If You Build a Better Mousetrap
  6. When the Roses Bloom Again
  7. My Little Cousin
  8. The Way You Look Tonight
  9. I Threw a Kiss in the Ocean
  10. We'll Meet Again
  11. Full Moon (Noche de Luna)
  12. There Won't Be a Shortage of Love
  13. You're Easy to Dance With
  14. All I Need Is You
  15. Why Don't You Do Right?
  16. Let's Say a Prayer
  17. The Freedom Train  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  18. Keep Me in Mind
  19. For Every Man There's a Woman

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