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The Essential Collection


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  • Audio CD (23 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: West End
  • ASIN: B000P46M6W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,242 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. A Wonderful Guy
2. You Go to My Head
3. Just One of Those Things
4. Trouble Is a Man
5. Golden Earrings
6. Just Squeeze Me
7. Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe
8. It Takes A Long, Long Train With A Red Caboose
9. So Dear To My Heart
10. Louisa From Lake Louise
See all 30 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Black Coffee
2. I've Got You Under My Skin
3. Easy Living
4. My Heart Belongs to Daddy
5. It Ain't Necessarily So
6. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You?
7. A Woman Alone With the Blues
8. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
9. When the World Was Young
10. Love Me Or Leave Me
See all 27 tracks on this disc

Product Description

By contrast to Billie Holiday, AVID's next female jazz singer travelled a very different career path! Peggy Lee was born five years later than Billie in 1920 and had an equally tough upbringing courtesy of a cruel stepmother. Fortunately she managed to escape and by 1941 found her way into the Benny Goodman Band . Briefly settling down to married life she was back at Capitol Records by 1944 and ready to continue her recording career. Our first CD in this fine re-mastered double features Peggy with Bing Crosby on his hugely popular radio shows where she was a regular favourite. We also feature tracks from her stay at Decca Records including the hit "Lover" before returning to Capitol in 1957. CD 2 comprises her classic Capitol LP Black Coffee in it's entirety plus six tracks from the movie Pete Kelly's Blues in which Peggy gained an Oscar nomination. Rounding off with perhaps her most famous song "He's A Tramp" (from Disney's Lady And The Tramp). Peggy Lee died in 2002 at the ripe old age of 81, her place in the pantheon of great female singers of popular American music assured.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Barry McCanna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Aug 2007
Format: Audio CD
Avid originally issued some of Peggy Lee's broadcasts from Bing Crosby Radio Shows on AVC 549 ("I've Got A Crush On You"). It's now been reissued, along with three extra tracks from AVC 624 (one of the CDs in a Bing Crosby Radio Shows double), as the first CD in this double set. The broadcasts date from between December 1946 and November 1953, and all the accompaniments are by Bing's long-standing associate John Scott Trotter. Needless to say, it's a harvest of delights, and includes two songs ("On A Slow Boat To China" and "Baby You Can Count On Me") on which Bing and Peggy duet.

If that were not enough, the second disc kicks off with all 12 tracks from the renowned album "Black Coffee", includes six songs from the 1955 film "Pete Kelly's Blues", and concludes with nine favourites from the mid-fifties.

This is a considerable bargain, for which Avid deserve to be congratulated.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Elliott TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Nov 2009
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How does one decide what to include in any collection? How does one define `the essential' Peggy Lee? - an artist with a singing career from 1937 until the 1990s who never looked back after her big break when she joined in with the Benny Goodman Orchestra in 1941. As well as singing she was - lyricist, composer, film actress, cartoon voiceover, poet etc. etc. and she was nominated for and won numerous awards. From the 60 plus albums recorded by Peggy Lee it may be feasible to produce collections such as Best Of, Very Best Of, Ultimate Collection, Greatest Hits etc. but it is hardly practicable to encompass `The Essential Collection' on just 2 CDs. Though delightful the first CD includes only broadcast recordings from the Bing Crosby Radio Shows from 1946 to 1953, the second CD starts by re-issuing `Black Coffee', one of Peggy Lee's most acclaimed albums from 1956, which is followed by songs from the 1955 film Pete Kelly's Blues, and finished off with some well loved successes from the period 1953-56. Many of the selected numbers allow Peggy Lee to demonstrate her unique phrasing and general all-round excellence - but in a restricted manner. She was much more of an atmospheric jazz vocalist than suggested by these CDs, and for me I would have included music from her `Beauty and the Beat' recordings with George Shearing and numbers such as `Stormy Weather' and `Just a Shade on the Blue Side' from her `The World Record Club' LP album (amongst my youthful favourites). Though many Peggy Lee lovers could list their subjective `best' choices, any objective attempt at what is `essential' will inevitably end in failure without exploration of Peggy Lee's awareness and appreciation of sounds and feelings, and the way she tuned in to the nuances of the words and music. She appealed to the heart as well as the ear, and unfortunately these CDs are insufficient to exemplify this essential ingredient.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike L on 22 Nov 2010
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The essential Peggy Lee? Where's 'Fever'? Anything with Benny Goodman? The inclusion of the 'Black Coffee' album from 1956 is a strong choice - but then Not Now Music give you both the albums 'Black Coffee' and 'The Man I Love' (1957) on their second CD, and cover a much broader range of her output on CD1 - including Fever. And it's cheaper.
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She's Just My Kind 7 Aug 2007
By Barry McCanna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Avid originally issued some of Peggy Lee's broadcasts from Bing Crosby Radio Shows on AVC 549 ("I've Got A Crush On You"). It's now been reissued, along with three extra tracks from AVC 624 (one of the CDs in a Bing Crosby Radio Shows double), as the first CD in this double set. The broadcasts date from between December 1946 and November 1953, and all the accompaniments are by Bing's long-standing associate John Scott Trotter. Needless to say, it's a harvest of delights, and includes two songs ("On A Slow Boat To China" and "Baby You Can Count On Me") on which Bing and Peggy duet.

If that were not enough, the second disc kicks off with all 12 tracks from the renowned album "Black Coffee", includes six songs from the 1955 film "Pete Kelly's Blues", and concludes with nine favourites from the mid-fifties.

This is a considerable bargain, for which Avid deserve to be congratulated.
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