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Peggy Lee - sounding even better,
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This review is from: In Love Again/In The Name Of Love (MP3 Download)
I bought the original LPs (in mono) when they were first released, and was pleased at the prospect of updating them on this double release remastered stereo CD.
I was not disappointed. The sound quality is more vibrant and natural, adding new dimensions (other than just the excellent stereo) to the overall sound - especially to Peggy's voice which has a new fresh lightness especially on the 'In the Name of Love' album which originally had suffered from sounding a little heavy.
Nobody, but nobody has the rhythmic drive of this lady. While other singers seem to catch a ride on a swinging big band, this lady DRIVES the sound relentlessly forward, an amazing feat of skill from a seemingly gentle, but precisely placed voice. Whether she has a big band at her command, or her intriguing trademark 'kitchen sink' percussion backing (seemingly formless, but she makes perfect sense of it), she gently whips them into shape with just that voice and her exemplary experience.
As for the ballads, she can't be beaten. Her timing is impecable, and she is never afraid to hold back and place the voice with extraordinary effect and natural good taste.
If you haven't heard these albums, now is the time to buy the CD, you won't be disappointed.