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  • Audio CD (27 July 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002V0P
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,881 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Do I Love You?Peggy Lee With George Shearing 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. I Lost My Sugar in Salt Lake CityPeggy Lee With George Shearing 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. If Dreams Come TruePeggy Lee With George Shearing 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. All Too SoonPeggy Lee With George Shearing 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mambo in Miami (Instrumental)George Shearing 1:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Isn't It Romantic? (Instrumental)George Shearing 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Blue PreludePeggy Lee With George Shearing 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. You Came a Long Way From St. LouisPeggy Lee With George Shearing 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Always True to You in My FashionPeggy Lee With George Shearing 2:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. There'll Be Another SpringPeggy Lee With George Shearing 2:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Get Out of TownPeggy Lee With George Shearing 2:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Satin Doll (Instrumental)George Shearing 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Don't Ever Leave MePeggy Lee With George Shearing 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Nobody's HeartPeggy Lee With George Shearing 2:30£0.99  Buy MP3 

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It has never been necessary to make the distinction between Peggy Lee's jazz and "popular" singing since it all comes out as jazz anyway! These tracks, with ideal accompaniment from George Shearing's Quintet, rank with her Decca Black Coffee as from her greatest work. Gifted with perfect pitch, she was a perfectionist and made great demands from her musicians, but her insistence paid off and all her recordings are close to perfection. The ones with Shearing were done live at a convention in Miami in May 1959. They were 72 hours in rehearsal and even then used informal "head" arrangements. At such a pace there was only time to create 12 numbers and so the concert on the album is complete. Some of the announcements were off-mike, so Shearing and Lee met days later in the studio to re-record them. They decided then to record two duet tracks and these have been added. One of them is the beautiful Rodgers and Hart "Nobody's Heart". Despite any artifice, the music is wonderful and Lee has never swung harder or sung more moving ballads. This is one of those that you have to have. --Steve Voce

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Numinous Ugo on 17 Dec 2008
Format: Audio CD
Please note that one of the fantastic developments that this new edition has brought is the dropping of the pretence that this is a live recording, yes they performed live and yes this was meant to be a recording of that concert but technical failure lead to the release of studio recordings with Peggy Lee's transparently false spoken intro's added. This really did spoil the album for me as I could tell that I was being sold a lie. I am delighted to say that they are gone from this new version and that the sound quality is much improved. The whole album now has integrity and I love it!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David Benson on 2 Dec 2008
Format: Audio CD
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.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Nov 2005
Format: Audio CD
Originally recorded in 1959 and re-released in 1992, this landmark CD features all new arrangements developed during in an intense three days of rehearsal before this live performance. Shearing was relatively new to the US and its audiences, but Lee became a fan the minute she heard him and was thrilled to make an album with him. A saloon-singer/composer/jazz artist, and always a professional, she was known for her attention to the smallest detail, not a trait that lends itself naturally to albums recorded "live," but with Shearing at the keyboard and his quintet in the background, Lee sounds relaxed, swingy, and light-hearted here.
Featuring songs from the Great American Songbook--by Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Duke Ellington, and Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern--with some Afro-Cuban, blues, and the debut recording of her own romantic ballad, "There'll Be Another Spring," the CD offers variety, at the same time that it maintains its mellow approach and overall lightness.
Shearing is the consummate accompanist on the songs the two do together. Her voice is always out front, with his chords, runs, key changes, and playfulness on piano remaining in the background to enhance her voice and songs. The bluesy "I Lost My Sugar in Salt Lake City" and "Blue Prelude," a blues song given an upbeat treatment here, are among the most exciting and interesting on the CD. "There'll Be Another Spring," a beautiful, romantic ballad written by Lee, is recorded for the first time on this album, taking advantage of her restrained passion and dramatic, whispery voice.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By bugrit on 23 Oct 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Connery and Bond, peaches and cream, Peggy Lee and George Shearing! They are marriages made in heaven.

I owned this album on vinyl when it had the canned applause and faux intros and I have to admit that I was a little bit disappointed to discover that the CD lacks those particular, er, enhancements. I soon got over it, though.

This is a wonderful album, packed with magical performances of superb arrangements of great songs. I have my own favourite tracks but I won't bore you by listing those. Instead, let me say that I get a sort of musical hard-on, just anticipating the delights that will follow a look at the track-list. Note, here that 'Mambo in Miami' and 'Satin Doll' are instrumentals but don't feel cheated - they fit in well with the album's original concert concept and 'Satin Doll' in particular is wonderful stuff.

Every track is a gem and it's my all-time favourite Peggy Lee set. Buy this album. Now!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Jan 2006
Format: Audio CD
Originally recorded in 1959 and re-released in 1992, this landmark CD features all new arrangements developed during in an intense three days of rehearsal before this live performance. Shearing was relatively new to the US and its audiences, but Lee became a fan the minute she heard him and was thrilled to make an album with him. A saloon-singer/composer/jazz artist, and always a professional, she was known for her attention to the smallest detail, not a trait that lends itself naturally to albums recorded "live," but with Shearing at the keyboard and his quintet in the background, Lee sounds relaxed, swingy, and light-hearted here.
Featuring songs from the Great American Songbook--by Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Duke Ellington, and Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern--with some Afro-Cuban, blues, and the debut recording of her own romantic ballad, "There'll Be Another Spring," the CD offers variety, at the same time that it maintains its mellow approach and overall lightness.
Shearing is the consummate accompanist on the songs the two do together. Her voice is always out front, with his chords, runs, key changes, and playfulness on piano remaining in the background to enhance her voice and songs. The bluesy "I Lost My Sugar in Salt Lake City" and "Blue Prelude," a blues song given an upbeat treatment here, are among the most exciting and interesting on the CD. "There'll Be Another Spring," a beautiful, romantic ballad written by Lee, is recorded for the first time on this album, taking advantage of her restrained passion and dramatic, whispery voice.
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