I always found the original 'live' version of this album unlistenable to because of the obviously fake applause and announcements and worse, the nightclub 'ambience', a continual background hubbub of chatter and cutlery that was dubbed in even under the actual songs!
What a joy to find the album released at last with all extraneous noise deleted, so we can listen to these pure, perfect, beautifully recorded studio recordings, for my money some of the finest work Lee and Shearing ever created. What a pity they did not do a series, as Shearing was later to do with Mel Torme.
The song choices and their considered interpretations are models of good taste. Lee's astonishing dramatic gift, singing at times in barely a whisper and yet so affectingly rich in tone and nuance, is in its full maturity here. Her ability to swing hard without ever raising her voice or straining for effect is likewise at its most potent.
At last, this can be classed as one of the greatest Peggy Lee albums.