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Latin Ala Lee / Ole Ala Lee Import

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Audio CD, Import, June 30, 1998
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Digitally remastered two-fer from the acclaimed sultry vocalist featuring two of her 1960 albums on one CD. Peggy Lee's distinctive voice and excellent songwriting skills ensured that her musical legacy will live on for years to come. Each of the albums feature one bonus track (Latin Ala Lee adds 'Till There Was You' while Ole Ala Lee includes 'Together Wherever We Go'). 24 tracks total including 'Heart', 'I Am In Love', 'I Could Have Danced All Night', 'You Stepped Out Of A Dream' and 'Love & Marriage'. EMI.


1. Heart
2. On The Street Where You Live
3. I Am In Love
4. Hey There
5. I Could Have Danced All Night
6. The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
7. The Party's Over
8. Dance Only With Me
9. Wish You Were Here
10. C'est Magnifique
11. I Enjoy Being A Girl
12. 'Till There Was You
13. Come Dance With Me
14. By Myself
15. You're So Right For Me
16. Just Squeeze Me
17. Fantastico
18. Love & Marriage
19. Non Dimenticar
20. From Now On
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 30, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • ASIN: B0000071JK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,273 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 1999
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought the vinyl version in the early '60s (mere child then) and still listen to it all the time. Still stands up -- never tire of it. So happy to see it's on CD so I can play it in my car. Best Peggy Lee album ever because every song is great -- the best show tunes ever written, sung by Peggy Lee with a Latin beat, Latin arrangements. Infectious, makes you happy to listen...makes you want to sing, dance, perform...chases the blues away. Can't stand songs I don't like (Fever, Is That All There Is) even sung by my favorite singers, so this is that great rarity -- a perfect album, with no clunky or draggy or depressing tunes. Absolutly one of the best albums ever recorded by anyone at any time. Swear to God.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "marrano" on June 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
What "Hairspray" is to John Waters, "Latin ala Lee" is to Peggy Lee. It is a masterpiece of mid-century camp, with groovy and sometimes frantic Afro-Cuban and Latin arrangements of familiar Broadway tunes, topped by the light and inimitably breathy phrasing of Miss Peggy Lee. Some of the songs are just so far out there -- like the "cha cha" version of "Surrey With the Fringe on Top" -- that you can't imagine how she could get away with it. And yet she did, and still does, because every track is still remarkably fresh after nearly four decades. This is a combined album, actually -- "Latin Ala Lee" has been reissued with "Ole Ala Lee", and since the sequel is almost as good, this is a terrific bargain purchase.
One fun fact: the Beatles loved this album, and their version of "Till There Was You", which I think is on the Meet the Beatles LP, was directly inspired by Peggy Lee's version. If it was good enough for them, it's good enough for you. You can't go wrong!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By AlainDelonLover on May 16, 2002
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"Reviewer: marrano
"What "Hairspray" is to John Waters, "Latin ala Lee" is to Peggy Lee. It is a masterpiece of mid-century camp, with groovy and sometimes frantic Afro-Cuban and Latin arrangements of familiar Broadway tunes, topped by the light and inimitably breathy phrasing of Miss Peggy Lee. Some of the songs are just so far out there -- like the "cha cha" version of "Surrey With the Fringe on Top" -- that you can't imagine how she could get away with it."
With all due respect to a fellow music lover and fan of Miss Peggy Lee, I beg to differ with your view that this album is "camp." I am passionate about music and when these albums (both I and II) were cut, Latin music was all the rage, -- from Sergio Mendes to the Ray Conniff Latin-themed albums. I remember the era well. It was before rock and roll and my beloved Rolling Stones. Other albums I purchased around this time and still play from time to time include several top jazz albums with Latin themes by performers such as Zaviar Cugat, Ahmad Jamal, and many, nany others -- if I were at home and had access to my collection I could list them for you.
So calling this album camp is a disservice to Peggy Lee and everyone who contributed to these albums. These songs never sounded better and I have heard the Broadway cast versions of almost all of them. What Peggy Lee did to these show tunes was liven them up and make them infinitely more romantic and listenable.
I bet you are young -- you kids are great but you know nothing.
Nothing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 31, 2003
Format: Audio CD
These two albums were recorded in 1960 and feature Peggy singing to a Latin-styled musical backing. Despite the music, Peggy sings the same way she always did, and the songs selected here are also typical although the second album on this twofer contains some Latin songs - Fantastico, Non dimenticar and Ole..
Many of the songs will therefore be familiar to fans of the Great American Songbook and Broadway show tunes, right from the opening Heart (if that title doesn't mean anything, you may remember the chorus line You gotta have heart). On the street where you live, Surrey with the fringe on top, Hey there, I could have danced all night, The party's over, I enjoy being a girl, Come dance with me, Love and marriage, You stepped out of a dream - these are just some of the classic songs here. Peggy's covers are always distinctive, but the Latin style makes them even more so.
Two bonus tracks - Till there was you (which has never sounded better than when sung here by Peggy) and Together wherever we go - make this even more desirable than it would have been anyway.
These albums, while typical in many ways of Peggy's music, are distinctive simply because of the Latin style. For that reason, this twofer is one of the most important among the many released.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Saemann VINE VOICE on May 19, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The two LPs on this CD, both released originally in 1960, form part of a trend at that time to issue recordings by pop singers featuring a Latin beat. Rosemary Clooney recorded an album with Perez Prado (with a wild Latin version of Mack the Knife), and Dean Martin and Nelson Riddle chimed in with a superb disc called Cha Cha D'Amor. Peggy Lee's take on this phenomenon is as solid as these. Since this was recorded early in the stereo age, there is an attempt to maximize the stereo effect. The band on each LP is split apart completely into the two channels, with Lee alone in the center. I don't recommend listening to this CD on headphones because of this effect, but over relatively closely placed speakers the technique is not too disconcerting. Not all the tunes bend equally well to a Latin Beat. Surrey With The Fringe On The Top is something of a stretch, although Lee sounds perfectly at ease. Non Dimenticar for me is the best performance on the CD, but the rest for the most part are certainly in the same league. Throughout, Lee's sense of pacing, timing, and sound production is on an exalted level. I also assume that she came up with the second verse lyrics for Come On Dance With Me, previously the title track on a Sinatra album. Both for its artistry and the era it evokes, this is a lovely disc.
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