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#1 HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERon 23 November 2002
Even by Peggy's high standards, this twofer lives up to it's two titles. Peggy has made some excellent romantic albums, ideal for late night listening, but also made some more upbeat albums which really swing. On these two albums, both recorded in 1967 (a vintage year for pop music generally), you get a bit of everything, although the overall feel is upbeat.
The first half of the twofer - titled Extra special! - is dominated by songs from the Great American Songbook. As with so many of Peggy's albums of such songs, many of them are obscure, but very well chosen. I particularly like Oh! you crazy moon, one of the slow songs, but every song is a real gem.
The second half - titled Somethin' groovy! - was more contemporary in song selection, although there are some songs from the Great American Songbook here too. Some of these had been revived in the sixties, like Makin' Whoopee (Ray Charles) and You must have been a beautiful baby (Bobby Darin).
Release me started life in the early fifties as a country song, but was revived in the sixties as a pop song, first by Esther Phillips and later by Engelbert Humperdinck, both of whom had top ten hits with it. Peggy's version is as good as any of them, but different from all of them.
Somethin' stupid is another classic. Originally a huge hit for Nancy and Frank Sinatra, it was a huge hit more recently for Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman. I enjoy both those versions, but Peggy does it solo, and it works very well. I can't remember hearing anybody else sing this song as a solo.
This twofer is out of print at the time of this review, but you will be richly rewarded if you are able to track it down.
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on 16 January 2013
Who can resist the cool sultry jazz feel of Peggy Lee's singing? In this album she performs with real style and rich orchestra backing. A real pleasure.
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