Peggy Lee sings The Man I Love & If You Go, double album CD
In the first of these albums, recorded in 1957, the orchestra and arrangements are those of Nelson Riddle, but for the recording session the orchestra was conducted by Frank Sinatra. This was not the first recording Sinatra had made with the baton. That was for a little heard recording Frank Sinatra Conducts Alec Wilder, recorded 1946 and one of the first 10 inch LPs released by Columbia in 1948.
The Peggy Lee disc is strictly for romantics! Both LPs were slow and distinctly sensuous renditions of (mostly) standards with only a couple of tunes I hadn't heard before. The Man I Love includes Gershwin, Berlin, Cahn and Chaplin, Rodgers and Hart, Kern and Hammerstein, Arlen and Harburg and other composers. Peggy Lee's renditions of `The man I love' and `The folks who live on the hill' have become classics, the latter as the first of two arrangements of the piece by Nelson Riddle (the other was for Kiri te Kanawa).
The backing on If You Go, released in 1960, was arranged and conducted by Quincy Jones. There are two more Berlin numbers here (Say it isn't so, Maybe it's because I love you too much) and tunes that became better known in other arrangements: I get along without you very well (Nelson Riddle), Here's that rainy day (Sinatra, Singers Unlimited with Oscar Peterson) and I'm gonna laugh you right out of my life which, like `Smile' and `Say it isn't so' became more popular through the Nat `King' Cole versions. This part of the CD transfer also contains a song written by Peggy Lee herself with Harry Sukman, `I love your gypsy heart'.
This is a lovely disc for late night or romantic listening.