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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 31, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00000DCI5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,402 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Best of compilation featuring hit songs 'Fever', 'Big Spender', 'Pass Me By' and many more.

Customer Reviews

Bravo Peggy Lee!!!!
Bradly Briggs
Highly recommend this to anyone who thinks they may be a fan, or could be one.
R. Gagnon
The quality of the sound is excellent.
Matthew G. Sherwin

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70 of 78 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Peggy Lee didn't appear in the film "The Man With the Golden Arm." I believe you are thinking of "Pete Kelly's Blues," for which Lee received an Oscar nomination for Supporting Actress, and in which she sang "Sugar," "Somebody Loves Me," "He Needs Me" and "Sing a Rainbow." Two of these appear on the soundtrack, and all four appear on the fantastic boxed set "Black Coffee and Other Delights: The Decca Anthology." Both are available from amazon. Enjoy!
As for "The Best of Miss Peggy Lee," it is by far the best single-CD overview yet of Lee's lengthy career.
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This CD is an excellent introductory sampling of the work of the great Peggy Lee. Peggy possessed such a rare talent that she was able to move people with her fantastic voice and acting for quite a few decades nonstop; and this CD is just the beginning of the proof of that.

The CD contains 16 songs recorded by Peggy during the years she spent at Capitol Records from 1945 through 1969. (Peggy spent the early 1950s at Decca Records so her work from that time is not found here.) There's not a dud in the entire set; the CD is so hot I almost shouted "Fire!" as I listened to Peggy's vocal range and fantastic voice. The CD covers the broad spectrum of songs that Peggy could all do so well. For example, there's the seductive woman of the song "Big Spender" and "Golden Earrings;" there's the somewhat melancholy woman in the song "Waiting For The Train To Come In;" and there's the playful, cheerful and energetic Peggy when she performs "It's A Good Day," "Mañana," and "I'm A Woman." There is even a type of R&B flavor to songs like "Fever" and "Alright, Okay, You Win." The CD ends with the incredible "Is That All There Is," a song that displays so well Peggy's ability to act as she sang. You really feel the disappointment about a void in someone's life when Peggy performs this last song.

The liner notes are wonderful. There are song credits and a brief story about each song is standard. There are numerous black and white photos of Peggy which adds a personal touch to the liner notes.

The quality of the sound is excellent. Kudos to Bob Norberg at Capitol Mastering for doing such a fine job!

This CD has two flaws--it's just not enough of a great thing.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 11, 2007
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Better this were titled "Peggy Lee's Biggest Sellers for Capitol." It represents none of her activity for Decca, when she established herself as a class jazz act in the '50s, it omits some of her best things for Capitol, pre- and post-Decca (including "The Shining Sea"), and it passes over her career 1971-1991. If I had to go with just one, it would be the British import, "The Best of Peggy Lee." And if her creative accomplishments mean as much to you as her "hits," the "Best of the Decca Years" is more satisfying.

Recently, a biography of Norma Delores Egstrom ("Fever" by Peter Richmond) called her the greatest female pop/jazz singer of the 20th century. It's a debatable but defensible statement, but you wouldn't want to make the case based on this "flimsy" collection of hits remembered by thousands of listeners to AM, FM, television and 45 rpm collections during the '40s, '50s, and '60s. It's even questionable whether a single one of the songs on this anthology has earned (or deserves) admittance to that august collection referred to as "The Great American Songbook," of which Peggy (along with Sinatra, Ella, Billie and Bing) is one of the most definitive interpreters (no one "wastes" fewer notes than Peggy, who is more economical yet arguably as effective as Lady Day).

Let this be a preface, a mere taste of much more (and better) things to come.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen R. Smith on March 8, 2007
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I remember hearing "Fever" on the radio as a child, and thinking "are they allowed to play stuff like that on the radio?". The seduction in her voice was alluring and mysterious, you could almost see steam in the air.

While singing "Waiting for the Train to Come In", her super-laid-back drawl lets you see a woman by the tracks at the train station, the words being sung are the thoughts going through the woman's head, waiting for her man to come home.

Although I prefer the Mills Brothers' rendition of "I Don't Know Enough About You", with their wonderful harmony, Peggy's version still stands on its own merit, and is a welcomed addition to the CD.

The majority of the tunes on this disc are a sampling of the popular songs during the 40's and 50's, almost a condensed time capsule. "Happiness is a Thing Called Joe" is her cover of a song from the all-Black movie musical "Cabin in the Sky" (1943), starring Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson as Little Joe.

And last, and definitely not least, "Is That All There Is". A masterpiece in matching words to supporting music. I bought this CD specifically for this song. I remember hearing it when it was released in 1969, and it stopped me in my tracks. Stunningly written and performed, especially when compared to the mindless "bubble gum" pop music of that period. Even to this day, it's a creepy and beautiful song, and in my opinion, her best.
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