This twofer CD, released by EMI in 2003, contains two albums, with 25 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with album and singles label & number, chart position, with personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; AC=Adult Contemporary Chart):
LP A NATURAL WOMAN (Capitol ST-183)(1969):
01 All of a Sudden (My Heart Sings)
02 Don’t Explain
03 Can I Change My Mind?
04 Lean On Me (Capitol 2477)(b-side, 1969)
05 (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay
06 (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
07 Everyday People
08 Please Send Me Someone To Love
09 Spinning Wheel (Capitol 2477)(AC 24/1969)*rare gem; CD debut.
10 Living Is Dying Without You
11 I Think It’s Gonna Rain Today
LP IS THAT ALL THERE IS? (Capitol ST-386)(55/1969):
12 Is That All There Is? (Capitol 2602)(BB 11/1969; AC 1(2)/1969)
13 Love Story (Capitol 2721)(BB 105/1970; AC 26/1970)*rare gem; CD debut.
14 Me And My Shadow (Capitol 2602)(b-side, 1969)*rare gem; CD debut.
15 Sing A Rainbow
16 My Old Flame (Capitol 2721)(b-side, 1970)*rare gem; CD debut.
17 I’m A Woman
18 Somethin’ Stupid
19 Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show
20 Something (Capitol 2696)(b-side, 1969)
21 Whistle For Happiness (Capitol 2696)(AC 13/1969)*rare gem; CD debut.
22 Johnny (Linda)
23 I Can Hear The Music
24 Don’t Smoke in Bed (Capitol 15151)(BB 22/1948)*this is 1969 version.
25 You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby
1 This is a great collection of 2 Peggy Lee albums from 1969. There are many memorable album tracks. In my case, the gems are the rare singles tracks that are making their CD debut. I need those songs to complete my Peggy Lee Complete Singles Discography.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss. Apparently all the songs were new digital remasters. Peggy Lee’s distinctive voice is clear and centralized, with clear differentiation of backing instruments in the orchestra.
3 The 6-page booklet contains the front and back album covers of both albums, each occupying the entire page. This is the correct way to bring back those old albums. Thank you, EMI.
4 76 minutes! Good value!
COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:
I have just finished a Complete Singles Discography, and found that there are an amazing 174 singles, charted & uncharted, from 1941 to 1976 (only 311 songs, not 348 songs, because 19 b-sides belonged to other artists (mainly Benny Goodman in the Columbia era) and 18 were repeated releases). The labels are: (1) Columbia/Okeh (1941 – 1942), (2) Capitol (1944 – 1957), (3) Decca (1957 – 1958), (4) Capitol (1959 – 1972), (5) Atlantic (1974), and (6) A&M (1975 – 1976).
To complete her Singles Discography, you will need the following: (1) Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman: Complete Recordings 1941-1947, (2) The Singles Collection (4 CD box set, Capitol, 2002), (3) Miss Peggy Lee (4 CD set, Capitol 1998), (4) Black Coffee and other Delights: Decca Anthology (2 CD, Decca), (5) The Lost ‘40s and ‘50s Capitol Masters (2 CD, Collectors’ Choice, 2008), and (6) various individual albums, like the current set, 2 Shows Nightly, Then was Then Now Is Now/Bridge Over Troubled Water, In Love Again/In The Name Of Love (very expensive), Sugar n Spice and Classics & Collectables.
Peggy Lee was born Norma Egstrom on May 26, 1920 in Jamestown, North Dakota. She was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer and actress, in a career spanning six decades. From her beginning as a vocalist on local radio to singing with Benny Goodman's big band, she forged a sophisticated persona, evolving into a multi-faceted artist and performer. She wrote music for films, acted, and created conceptual record albums—encompassing poetry, jazz, chamber pop, and art songs. She was nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, winning Best Contemporary Vocal Performance for her 1969 hit "Is That All There Is?" In 1995 she was given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She sadly died of a heart attack on January 21, 2002 (age 81).
She is a phenomenal singer. This current set, with phenomenal songs and great sound, is recommended to all Peggy Lee’s fans.