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  • Audio CD (17 Jun. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hallmark
  • ASIN: B00CYA5TIC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,738 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Kansas City 2. Basin Street Blues 3. Los Angeles Blues 4. I Lost My Sugar In Salt Lake City 5. The Grain Belt Blues 6. New York City Blues 7. Goin' To Chicago Blues 8. San Francisco Blues 9. Fisherman's Wharf 10. Boston Beans 11. The Train Blues 12. St. Louis Blues - Peggy Lee

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Peggy Lee had recorded numerous concept albums during the course of her career, but few were quite as intriguing as Blues Cross Country, originally released in 1961. With the orchestra arranged and conducted by Quincy Jones (who also co-wrote a number of the album's twelve tracks), Peggy conducts a musical tour across the United States, visiting old standards such as Basin Street Blues and St Louis Blues, alongside specially created numbers such as The Train Blues and Boston Beans. Whilst a somewhat short album (the total running time was just under half an hour, something of the norm for albums released at the end of the 1950s and early 1960s), the mix of Quincy's brassy arrangements and Peggy's vocal make it a compelling album.

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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 April 2005
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Peggy Lee recorded a couple of albums with producer Quincy Jones, of which this was one (they also teamed up on If you go, a collection of ballads). While this album has a definite bluesy feel, I'm not sure that this can be truly described as a blues album (it is quite upbeat - more of a big band album than a blues album) - however, it is a masterpiece so who cares? The other part of the album title (cross country) is accurate, as Peggy sings songs about several American cities - the song titles include some of them. Another song (The train blues) refers to no particular place but obviously fits the cross-country theme.
Peggy co-wrote about half the songs here, the remainder being covers of classics songs sometimes re-interpreted by Peggy - so even these songs may not sound quite as you might expect, but everything here is brilliant. The songs mix swinging up-tempo songs with tender ballads. The musicians include some of the finest west coast jazzmen then available - Frank Rosolino, Jack Sheldon, Al Porcino, Bill Perkins, Jimmy Rowles and Benny Carter.
It is hard to pick highlights from an album of such outstanding quality, so I won't. From the opening Kansas City to the closing The shining sea (one of two bonus tracks), this is an album of never-ending delights recorded by a lady at the peak of her powers.
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Peggy lee never lets me down she is one of the greatest singers ever. I hadthis as an l.p. And was realy pleased to get it on c.d. The sound is much better. The backing band sounds and is made up of the best musicians who come over as if they were in the room specially the bass trombone.
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There are several versions of this album and this one is supposed to be 12 tracks long. It isn't for the last track is not there.

I love the voice and the treatment of the songs here and would give 5 stars, but when you buy a product that leaves you short you are disappointed hence only 3 stars on this rating.
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A very worthwhile addition to your Peggy Lee collection. Beautifully remastered.
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all the best
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