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The Best of Peggy Lee - The Capitol Years

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This 18-track collection from Peggy's 30-year Capitol career might have been called Peggy Sings the Blues . From See See Rider and Fever to Seventh Son and Goin' to Chicago , Peggy proves that she always was a blues woman at heart. Among the personnel on these classic sides: Benny Goodman, George Shearing, Benny Goodman, Bill May and Quincy Jones!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 18, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B000005GVE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,507 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 9, 2001
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Although nothing short of a comprehensive box set can do full justice to Peggy Lee, this collection will be a welcome addition to any collection, for it includes a number of essential tracks as well several less often heard but equally impressive recordings.
In general, the collection focuses on recordings that have a distinctly bluesy undercurrent, such as "Why Don't You Do Right" and "Fever." At the same time, the collection also manages to find room for such light pop recordings as "Call Me," a killer live recording of "Well Alright, Okay, You Win," and a surprisingly effective cover of River's "Seventh Son."
Regardless of the specific track, Lee's vocals are superior on every recording and her interpretations--here ranging from the drop-dead restrait of "For Every Man There's a Woman" to the sassy "I'm A Woman"--are Peggy Lee at her finest, irreproachable throughout. Strongly recommended.
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The Best of Peggy Lee - The Capitol Years is a single CD with some mighty fine songs by the great Peggy Lee. Peggy Lee could sing better than most any chanteuse ever could with maybe a few exceptions at the most; and this CD proves it! The artwork is very lovely and the quality of the sound is excellent. Great!

"Why Don't You Do Right (Get Me Some Money Too)" features a young Peggy Lee singing her heart out; she never sings a superfluous note and the big band arrangement stuns me with its beauty. The music that accompanies Peggy as she sings is just right to go along with her vocals. "For Every Man There's A Woman" also comes from Peggy's years with Benny Goodman & His Band; Peggy clearly was a natural talent and her voice is rich, warm and very vibrant. I love it! Listen also for "Fever." "Fever," in case you don't know, was one of Peggy Lee's greatest hits ever--it's a terrific song and Peggy delivers it flawlessly. This song about romance always pleased Peggy's adoring audiences. The finger snapping is a very creative type of percussion, too.

There's also a live track of Peggy singing "Alright, Okay, You Win." This showcases Peggy's vocals and the men who harmonize with her do an excellent job! "Hallelujah, I Love Him So" is another classic Peggy Lee hit; and boy, oh, boy, does this sound great when Peggy Lee belts this out! "I'm A Woman" is another song that celebrates her womanhood; and the percussion marks the beat very well. "I'm A Woman" is a very strong number that Peggy sings with passion; you can tell she really enjoyed singing this number--it's all THAT good.

"Call Me" shines like silver and gold when Peggy Lee delivers this so professionally; she never misses a beat and the brass is used very well in the musical arrangement.
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Generally interesting best of recordings of PEGGY with CAPITOL.What is MISS LEE's greatest strenght is that she can take ordinary songs and transform them so it seems they are better when she sings them.FEVER is a perfect example;this song was also recorded by ELVIS in the early sixties.You should not be disapointed if you buy that record.However be warned,if you need one collection from PEGGY,you must buy the 1952-1956 DECCA collection which really shows her wide range better than this.Long time fans will enjoy this side of PEGGY LEE.
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This album contains most everything you need to know and hear about Peggy Lee. It's a worthy addition for your collection if you like Diana Krall, Jane Monheit, Tierney Sutton, or Diane Schuur. All of these singers have their roots in and owe a debt of gratitude to Miss Lee, Frank Sinatra's favorite singer, as she was the pioneer of the cool, sultry, effortless sound. "All right, okay, you win" shows as well that she was respected by the instrumentalists she worked with. Recommended.
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Best compilation of Peggy Lee's music. I only knew about her singing "He's a Tramp" from Walt Disney's "Lady and the Tramp." I never knew she sang the song "Fever" too. Get this if you're a fan of Jazz/Blues music from the 40s/50s/60s. If you like this, I also recommend getting "Very Best of Julie London." (On the cover, Julie's tied up in ribbons) Both of these are great for a party of gathering where you want to bring an old-timey Jazzy/Blues feel to your gathering. If you're looking for the song "He's a Tramp," you won't find it on the CD. That's because Disney owns the rights to that song. You'd find that on a Disney soundtrack to "Lady and the Tramp," or go on i-Tunes and download just that song by itself.
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Peggy Lee was well before my generation but I remember her name and know I heard so much about her,
I thought well let's check her out.
Well she is a WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!
No wonder my folks said rock and roll was not music,
I hate to admit it but compared to Peggy and many from her generation they are totally right..
If you like Jazz & Blues and think you have heard it all,
You are Wrong!!!
I was just memorized when I heard her. I honestly did not expect to hear such a incredible artist.
I know now why my parents and people before them always spoke of her with a wonderful tone and much respect,
She is a Icon or as we say now a Diva!
I have one more of her CD's coming. I can hardly wait,
Thank goodness we have the means to preserve classics and legends like Peggy Lee. I honestly just love her..
Sometimes really good things are never forgotten, Thanks goodness Ms Peggy is one of them.....
Thanks also to Amazon and it's suppliers for making it affordable for we regular people to gather the past and enjoy what our families did
when we were playing outside in the sand box.
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