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This twofer CD, released by EMI in 2003, contains two albums, with 25 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with album and singles label & number, chart position, with personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; AC=Adult Contemporary Chart):
LP A NATURAL WOMAN (Capitol ST-183)(1969):
01 All of a Sudden (My Heart Sings)
02 Don’t Explain
03 Can I Change My Mind?
04 Lean On Me (Capitol 2477)(b-side, 1969)
05 (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay
06 (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
07 Everyday People
08 Please Send Me Someone To Love
09 Spinning Wheel (Capitol 2477)(AC 24/1969)*rare gem; CD debut.
10 Living Is Dying Without You
11 I Think It’s Gonna Rain Today
LP IS THAT ALL THERE IS? (Capitol ST-386)(55/1969):
12 Is That All There Is? (Capitol 2602)(BB 11/1969; AC 1(2)/1969)
13 Love Story (Capitol 2721)(BB 105/1970; AC 26/1970)*rare gem; CD debut.
14 Me And My Shadow (Capitol 2602)(b-side, 1969)*rare gem; CD debut.
15 Sing A Rainbow
16 My Old Flame (Capitol 2721)(b-side, 1970)*rare gem; CD debut.
17 I’m A Woman
18 Somethin’ Stupid
19 Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show
20 Something (Capitol 2696)(b-side, 1969)
21 Whistle For Happiness (Capitol 2696)(AC 13/1969)*rare gem; CD debut.
22 Johnny (Linda)
23 I Can Hear The Music
24 Don’t Smoke in Bed (Capitol 15151)(BB 22/1948)*this is 1969 version.
25 You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby
1 This is a great collection of 2 Peggy Lee albums from 1969. There are many memorable album tracks. In my case, the gems are the rare singles tracks that are making their CD debut. I need those songs to complete my Peggy Lee Complete Singles Discography.Read more ›
The first album, Natural woman, contains covers of All of a sudden my heart sings (Kathryn Grayson - from the movie Anchors aweigh), Don't smoke in bed (Billie Holiday), Can I change my mind (Tyrone Davis), Dock of the bay (Otis Redding), You make me feel like a natural woman (written by Carole King but a hit for Aretha Franklin), Everyday people (Sly and the family Stone), Please send me someone to love (Percy Mayfield), Spinning wheel (Blood sweat and tears) and I think it's gonna rain today (Randy Newman). May of these are classic songs but Peggy's often-different interpretations bring a freshness to them.
Peggy also contributed a song of her own, Lean on me, which you must not confuse with the famous Bill Withers song of the same title. The only other song here, Living is dying without you, is also excellent though I'm not sure who first recorded it.
The second album, Is that all there is, yielded an unexpected American hit for Peggy. It deserved to be a big hit, of course, but Peggy had long since ceased to be a major force on the singles charts so this one came as a huge surprise. Maybe the song connected with the young people of the day in a way that Peggy's other singles didn't.
Possibly the success of the single created pressure for a quick album release - if so, this would explain the inclusion of songs that Peggy had recorded previously, such as I'm a woman, Something stupid and Don't smoke in bed, though at least some of them are re-recordings. Nevertheless, this is also a fine album.Read more ›
The CD starts with "(All Of A Sudden) My Heart Sings;" Peggy still sounds great even though this was recorded in 1969. Peggy's excellent diction bolsters her performance and I am very impressed with this somewhat jazzy number. "Can I Change My Mind?" features Peggy swinging ever so sweetly as she sings out this number about a woman and her love. Listen also for a stupendous cover of Aretha Franklin's ballad "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." Peggy sings this with a seductive voice that just can't be beat; and she makes this all her own with her singularly beautiful interpretation of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman."
"Spinning Wheel" proves that Peggy can handle a song written much more recently than many of the other songs she ever sang; and I think you will like Peggy singing "Spinning Wheel."
Of course, "Is That All There Is?" was an unexpected huge hit for Peggy; I agree with the reviewer who writes that perhaps this became a big hit for Peggy because younger people liked it. "Love Story" features Peggy's vocals squarely in the spotlight and the arrangement is strong and rather beautiful.
"Me And My Shadow" is an older number revisited by Peggy with a lovely piano arrangement to give this tune an ever so slightly jazzy fell to it. I also really like "I'm A Woman;" Peggy sings this with a seductive voice that remains practically irresistible to this day.Read more ›
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Miss Peggy Lee is a true songstress who creates such a heart-felt journey into her interpretation of each and every song. Read morePublished 10 months ago by John E Whiting
Peggy Lee was influenced by Billie Holiday. Both have the quality of the blues sound. An intimate sound as if they are speaking to the listener. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Joan Payne Kincaid
Love this cd. I think its about my favorite. The price was good and shipping fast. Didn't know I would like this so much!Published 21 months ago by tulip
The CD skipped on the song I bought the CD to hear. There is nothing else to say except I probably will never buy a CD againPublished on October 31, 2013 by Nancy Impellizzeri
It was great two wonderful albums were cut on one CD, but track 23 is defective and locks up my player. The supplier needs to replace these copies.Published on June 12, 2010 by James C. Hagearty II