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VINE VOICEon 15 December 2001
The material, arrangements and performances on both these albums are good but collectively the whole adds up to less than the sum of its parts. When you reach the end, there is a feeling of routine. good though each track is individually, there is nothing to make you sit up, listen and say "Wow! I want to hear that again". If you like Peggy Lee, it's worth getting but it definitely lacks the inspiration of, say, "Latin ala Lee".
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These two albums from the sixties, both produced by David Cavanaugh, show Peggy at the very peak of her career. Here, you will find Peggy singing songs from the Great American Songbook, together with more contemporary material, such as the Beatles' A hard day's night. Peggy clearly put a lot of thought into this track, to put her own distinctive identity on the song without changing it's character.
Another track that I particularly like is Big spender. To my ears, Peggy's version is far superior to the nore famous version by Shirley Bassey. Peggy shows her determination to get her man without sounding threatening in the way that Shirley does.
There is a great mix of songs here - it's generally more uptempo than some of Peggy's albums. If you are used to hearing Peggy singing lots of soft, romantic songs, you might be pleasantly surprised by this twofer. I love Peggy singing those songs, but there are plenty of other albums full of them.
This twofer demonstrates that Peggy was more versatile than some would have you believe. And it's every bit as good as the romantic stuff - just different.
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on 29 January 2009
I bought this CD for friends who were married in 1965 when Pass Me By was so very popular and became "their" song. They had no idea that brand new copies were still available and are absolutely delighted with it!
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