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.
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.