The Definitive Collection
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The Definitive Collection

January 10, 2006

  Song Title
Dynamite (1957 Single Version)
Sweet Nothin's (Single Version)
I'm Sorry (Single Version)
That's All You Gotta Do (Single Version)
I Want To Be Wanted (Per Tutta La Vita) (Remake Version)
Emotions (Single Version)
I'm Learning About Love
You Can Depend On Me (Single Version)
Dum Dum (Single Version)
Fool #1 (Single Version)
Anybody But Me (Single Version)
Break It To Me Gently (Single Version)
Everybody Loves Me But You (Single Version)
Heart In Hand (Single Version)
All Alone Am I (Single Version)
Your Used To Be
Losing You (Remake)
My Whole World Is Falling Down (Single Version)
I Wonder (Single Version)
The Grass Is Greener (Single Version)
As Usual (Single Version)
Is It True (Single Version)
Too Many Rivers (Single Version)
Coming On Strong (Single Version)
Nobody Wins (Single Version)
Big Four Poster Bed (Single Version)
Tell Me What It's Like (Single Version)
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (Single Version)

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  • Label: MCA Nashville
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  • Total Length: 1:14:05
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  • ASIN: B001NZ2WEI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Singe Disc Brenda Set Available April 26, 2006
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Brenda Lee was a torch singer who could somehow project emotions she was too young to have ever really experienced. She represented music for and by teenagers and eventually gained a sophistication that allowed her to seque into a popular adult performer.

With 1957's "Dynamite," pint-sized 12-year-old Brenda Lee earned her nickname Little Miss Dynamite. Her first top-tenner, 1960's "Sweet Nothin's" - with confidential-sounding whispered intro, Boots Randolph's yakkety sax solo, and Lee's vocals shifting from gutsy to kittenish - set the stage for her becoming that decade's top-charting solo female singer.

As he did with her Decca labelmate Patsy Cline, producer Owen Bradley soon moved her music uptown with the sweet string sections on "I'm Sorry," Italian-based "I Want to Be Wanted" (her two pop chart toppers) and "Emotions" These recordings helped to establish the Countrypolitan/Nashville Sound.

Clear sounding and generous with 28 (mostly) chronologically sequenced 1957-79 tracks, The Definitive Collection pays more attention to Lee's country-flavored pop hits than to her early rockabilly sides. Only "Nobody Wins," "Big Four Poster Bed" and "Tell Me What It's Like" come from her roster of country hits. It also includes "Dum Dum," "Fool #1" and nursery-rhyme-inspired "My Whole World Is Falling Down." From 1964, "Is It True?" features a pre-Led Zeppelin Jimmy Page on electric guitar. We also get "Anybody But Me" and the bouncy "Your Used To Be" which weren't on her more thoroughly annotated 1991 two-volume Anthology (which is still the best domestic Lee set).
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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The definitive collection of Brenda Lee,is a great album featuring,the best of her top 10 hits.The sound is terific.and as fresh as when her music was first released...You will love this album,and i highly recommend it..Thank you universal for all the great gold series releases...Now if you could speed up the release of many of your vhs movies to dvd in your vaults,you would make your customers even happier...Thank you Stewart L.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Re-Package I've Even Seen! January 13, 2006
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It's very clear that a lot of time, effort and money went in to this very upscale re-package of Brenda Lee's classic hit songs. It's truly a nostalgic journey from the fifties through the eighties. The often used expression, the "soundtrack of our lives," aptly describes the content. The excellent re-mastering of the tracks, the liner notes and great photos...well worth the purchase price. Looks like someone at Universal/MCA/Decca discovered their most valuable treasure - Brenda Lee. Maybe we'll start to see some re-issues of a veritable goldmine of unreleased material. This is truly a "DEFINITIVE COLLECTION."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A few not on Anthology August 7, 2008
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The 2-CD Anthology of Brenda Lee contains everything here except I'm Learning About Love, Anybody But Me, and Your Used To Be, plus it also has a bunch of songs not on this disc. Unless the three omissions are favorites, it seems the Anthology will be the better buy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good CD with Minor Flaws September 10, 2008
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In general, the quality is good and the original/remastered sound retains the feel of the original recordings. However, there are infrequent clicks that sound like lips opening before singing. These should have been removed in the remastering process. They are difficult to remove by editing on a computer.

This CD has all Brenda's major pop hits listed on allmusic except for "Jingle Bell Rock" (1967)which is overshadowed anyway by Bobby Helms' 1957 version.

FYI, I've been a record collector and sometimes deejay since the 1950s.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brenda Lee's Best October 30, 2007
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Brenda Lee and I grew up together in the 60's .At least that is how it seems. This is by far one of my favorite albums because it has all of her greatest hits.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but Goodie July 23, 2010
By Karen
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I used to collect all of Brenda's albums and have lost them and now we have CD's and not the old 45's or 33's. I was so happy to find we could get her on CD's. Love her music and this was shipped so fast by Amazon, I will be sure to buy from them again. The price was right and the music is great, time to look for more of the oldies.
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Brenda Lee enjoyed great popularity back in her heyday; and this is a fine single CD compilation for her fans. This is also a good starter CD for people just discovering Brenda Lee. Brenda always delved deep into each ballad to make everything she ever sang shine bright; and you can tell it's true by the way she sings on this album.

"Dynamite" starts the CD off with an early Brenda Lee tune that has her squarely front and center. Brenda gets fine backup, too--not that she ever really needed backup but they do sound pretty good anyway. "Sweet Nothin's" made the airwaves sizzle; Brenda delivers this with energy and the music fits perfectly with her vocals. Her excellent diction bolsters her singing all the more, too. "I'm Sorry" is an excellent song even if the lyrics aren't all that happy; the melody is easy on the ear and it's memorable, to say the least. "That's All You Gotta Do" is very well done; and I really like the poignant "I Want to Be Wanted (Per Tutta La Vita)." "I Want to Be Wanted (Per Tutta La Vita)" is certainly a stand-out number on this CD; Brenda sings this with all her heart and soul. It's easily a major highlight of this album.

"I'm Learning about Love" is another great tune that has Brenda in the spotlight; she does this one magnificently and the backup vocalists harmonize to perfection. "I'm Learning about Love" certainly holds its own very well. "You Can Depend on Me" is so touching I could never forget this tune; wow, how Brenda sings this wonderfully! "Fool #1" is another great song; and listen for Brenda to outdo even herself on "Anybody but Me." "Break It to Me Gently" is a huge Brenda Lee number; Brenda makes this so very special with her sophisticated phrasing--what a masterful performance she gives of this song!
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5.0 out of 5 stars She's still with us...
If she"s not rocken around the christmas tree,, Shes Sorry, and meny more love songs...If your a fan ! then you want this CD and others.. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Elise from Calif.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the old songs
So if you like this type of old singing then you will most likely like this album. Since I am 65 it brings back memories and "Sorry" has always been a favorite of mine. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted
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Published 8 months ago by David Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars If you can only find one of her albums get this one.
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