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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant semi-live album, 17 Sept. 2005
This review is from: Beauty And The Beat! (Audio CD)
Peggy Lee would have liked to record more music with George Shearing but this is all that they managed. It is based on a live concert for which preparations and rehearsals were done intensively at short notice. During the concert, it seems that neither Peggy nor George said very much to the audience. When the time came to prepare the album for release, Peggy and George recorded spoken introductions for every song as well as two extra songs not performed at the concert. This is particularly interesting as audience interplay is normally reduced from live concerts when albums are released - here the opposite is the case.
As ever, Peggy is in top form. The songs, including three by Cole Porter (Do I love you, Always true to you in my fashion, Get out of town) and two by Rodgers and Hart (Isn't it romantic, Nobody's heart), are exactly the kind of songs you expect Peggy to sing. Peggy contributes one song of her own (There'll be another spring), which is a very romantic ballad. A couple of slow blues songs (I lost my sugar in Salt Lake City, You came a long way from St Louis) add variety to the album. Studio recordings of some but not all of the songs can be found on Peggy's other albums, but they often sound very different to the arrangements here.
If you are a Peggy Lee fan - or a George Shearing fan - you'll love this album. It may not be the best album with which to begin a collection of Peggy's music but it is certainly a worthy addition to such a collection.
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Initial post: 28 Sep 2013 14:22:29 BDT
Note from the cover of this CD: "This album was originally released with overdubbed applause and background ambience and issued as recorded at the 1959 Miami Disk Jockey's (sic) Convention. It was actually recorded in the studio shortly before or after the actual appearance and is presented here in its pure state and greatly improved fidelity. Tracks 13 and 14, recorded at these sessions, were not included on the original LP".

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