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Jump for Joy

Peggy LeeAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 7, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Drg
  • ASIN: B002BEXED8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,756 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jump for Joy
2. Back in Your Own Back Yard
3. When My Sugar Walks Down the Street
4. I Hear Music
5. Just in Time
6. Old Devil Moon
7. What a Little Moonlight Can Do
8. Four or Five Times
9. Music! Music! Music!
10. Cheek to Cheek
11. The Glory of Love
12. Ain't We Got Fun
13. Listen to the Rockin' Bird [*]
14. Baby, Baby Wait for Me [Alternate Version][#][*]

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A GENUINE REASON TO JUMP FOR JOY July 26, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This new stereo mix of Peggy Lee's "Jump For Joy" is a long overdue pleasure that shouldn't be missed. While I agree with almost everything that Rick ( from Sydney,Australia ) has said about the sound balance and the placement of Nelson Riddle's fine orchestra, there are some tracks where the audio is decidedly lacking. Why, for example, is the front line so far in the background in "Four Or Five Times ?" And why make a secret of Harry Edison's muted trumpet on certain other tracks ?

I don't mean to sound churlish because this, in all other respects, is a truly gorgeous CD and DRG are to be congratulated for finally bringing it onto the market. Speaking as a musician and record producer myself, my criticisms of the audio balance are based on modern day digital standards. Had this album been made today, the singer and orchestra would be recorded on at least 24 tracks and with a wider choice of microphone placements which would afford the producer a greater variety of options when preparing a final mixdown. Since this album was recorded in 1957 - the year that stereo first appeared - and was captured "live" on just three tracks, it is a masterpiece of its time. Why ? Because some labels in that period - and Capitol were often guilty of this - offered albums where the singer was placed ( in isolation ) on the left and the entire orchestra on the right resulting in a dreadful hole-in-the-middle effect. Listen - if you can find them - to such albums as the original stereo release of the "High Society" soundtrack LP or the even more clumsy stereo mix of Count Basie's "The Atomic Mr. Basie" where some fool made the decision to place the rhythm section in one speaker and the rest of the orchestra- no kidding - in the other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jump For Joy: finally in stereo! July 23, 2009
By Rick
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
For many reasons, the stereo version of an album isn't necessarily an improvement on the mono version. One should be apprehensive of a fifty year-old album recorded essentially for a mono analog market, featuring a non-belting vocalist pitched against a very showy orchestra. As a mono album "Jump For Joy" will always pale in comparison to the Sinatra / Riddle collaborations of the same era, but as a stereo album on CD it's nothing short of a revelation. Apart from some sweet serendipity, why should this be so?

"Stereo" is simply defined simply as spatial placement of instruments within a sound-field. "Width" and "separation" should not be evident in good stereo because they're irrelevant; and Capitol's engineers scored a coup with the stereo recording of "Jump For Joy". The largish orchestra is placed and recorded intelligently across the entire right/left spectrum, with the vocals upfront, and beautifully centered.

The picture is as true stereo as I've ever heard. Balance is admirably achieved by centering the mainstay of Riddle's band - the brass - in the center, with percussion slightly left, and horns slightly right. Strings are not obviously panned, and this works extremely well. The configuration is absolutely consistent across the entire album, which is vital in creating an album for listening to as an album, rather than a collection of recordings. Alan Silverman's mix and master of "Jump For Joy" is outstandingly excellent, and doesn't err on the side of being "too tasteful", or too modernly compressed. Peggy Lee's forward vocals have rarely sounded so natural, and obviously meticulous care has been taken to ensure near-perfect pitch has been restored with very careful transfers. The few technical glitches are only notable inasmuch as there are so few.
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4.0 out of 5 stars About time!! - The Stereo Jump For Joy July 12, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I have to say I'm a little disappointed here in the remastering.

Take away the crackles from my own Stereo LP and that sounds much better. This new release and first release of Nelson & Peggy's masterpiece on CD in Stereo, subdues Nelson's wonderful counterpart saxophone writing on many of the tracks notably on the title track Jump For Joy.

The Bass is a touch heavy and Peggy's voice sounds a touch brighter than on the mono cd and my own Stereo LP.

Nevertheless, Its great to see this wonderful album in Stereo. Nelson was at his peak writing this album and ideas were pouring out of him.

How about of a release of Nelson's work on the TV series The Rogues (1964), with his wonderful composition "Latin Lady".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Album of my childhood March 9, 2013
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
My father played this album all the time when I was little. It is pure 1950-60s music, and Peggy Lee has the essence of joy in her voice. This is HAPPY music!
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