Peggy Lee's style is not to everybody's liking, and I will admit that it took a while to grow on me, but I've now got over twenty of her CD's, most of them twofers or doubles, so I'm firmly committed now. This album, which I'm surprised to see has no previous review posted, is a great (but not the absolute best) example of Peggy's music.
This set contains a mix of songs that is typical of Peggy's repertoire, including songs from the Great American Songbook (on this set, generally not the well known ones) and more contemporary songs. The album opens with the upbeat A lot of livin' to do. There is a well-balanced mix of uptempo songs and ballads, all of which Peggy sings extremely well, including great covers of Unforgettable and The boy from Ipanema.
To understand what Peggy Lee does to a song, just listen to her exquisite version of I can't stop loving you. This classic was written by country singer Don Gibson and was a country hit for him. More famously, it was covered by Ray Charles, who had a #1 hit in both Britain and America with it. I've heard many versions, male and female, but Peggy stamps her own identity on it, slowing it down and sounding very seductive. Of all the singers who ever covered this song, Peggy is the one who most deserves to get her partner back, based on the way she sings the song.
Although still available at the time of this review, I think it may actually be out of print - it's listed as Limited Availability at Amazon UK - so to be sure of getting your copy, buy while stocks are still available.