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Things Are Swingin' Extra tracks

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Things sure were swingin' on this 1958 Capitol album, one of Peggy's finest and most overlooked jazz outings! Accompanied by an all-star tentet that featured Pete Candoli, Barney Kessel and Shelly Manne among its members, she tackled two originals and 10 great standards including It's a Wonderful World; Ridin' High; I'm Beginning to See the Light; Alone Together , and more. This reissue adds the smash Fever/You Don't Know single that came from the same sessions!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 20, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B0001XALLO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,297 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is another "Swingin...'" cd from the late 50's Capitol catalog, like Sinatra's "Songs for Swingin' Lovers" or Deano's "This Time I'm Swingin'". It has the classic, warm '50's era Capitol stereo sound too (with the exception of "You Don't Know" and "Fever" in mono due to technical problems at the time of the recording).

Peggy Lee's voice is in great form and the song performances are wonderful, especially "It's a Wonderful World", "It's Been a Long, Long Time", "Life is for Livin'" and, of course, "Fever". It also includes two numbers she penned, the title track "Things Are Swingin'" and "It's a Good, Good Night", both of which stand up well, and in some cases better, with the other tunes. A great singer and a talented songwriter!

This is one of those cds that gets many plays in my player: no dust collecting here. It's a classic. Please Capitol, more original releases by Peggy Lee!
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This CD is my favorite of all of hers. All the songs are upbeat and capture the hope and sauciness of Peggy Lee. In some of her other albums her depressive side comes out, but this album is all of her best happy songs.
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"Things Are Swingin'" was recorded by Peggy Lee in May 1958 & released in 1959. The 2004 release includes two bonus tracks recorded during these sessions but not released on the album. Her classic hit "Fever" and the bluesy B-side of the single "You Don't Know" are included on the CD release [tracks 13/14]. The bobbing "Alright, Okay, You Win" is a delightful uptempo track that sounds like Lee's having a ball, "All that I'm askin', all that I want from you is just love me like I love you & it won't be hard to do." On "Alone Together" Peggy's voice goes to that sultry register on a delightful romantic track, "Our love is as deep as the sea, our love is as great as a love can be." Lee penned the joyful swinger "It's A Good, Good Night," "I want to shout from a steeple, 'Isn't it wonderful? Isn't it great? Hello people! Who needs a reason to celebrate?'" "Life Is for Livin'" may be my favorite non-Fever track with its gorgeous sway and Peggy's carefree vocals, especially her hushed "Ping"! Other tracks are also excellent like Cole Porter's "Ridin' High" & Duke Ellington's "I'm Beginning to See the Light." This is a joyful set that is well worth Capitol's remastered re-release. Bravo!
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This disc of Peggy is aesthetically one of the most accessible discs you could buy. Its instrumentation isn't heavily orchestrated or schmaltzy. The songs and performances are mid-century modern pure class and elegance. It's flirty, sexy, and fun. If you were throwing a cocktail party or having a small gathering of friends, this disc might be for you if you like this style of music.
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First i aquired Ms. Lee with Benny Goodman . A two disc set of 40's era swing . It's wonderful . Next i got the double session BLACK COFFEE & DREAM STREET . It is swell as well . This sexy , subtle , swingin' 1958 date is perhaps my favorite yet . The musicians include ; Conrad Gozzo , Don Fagerquist and Mannie Klein (trumpets) , Bob Enevoldsen (valve trombone) , Milt Bernhardt (trombone) , Justin Gordon and George Smith (reeds) , Joe Harnell (piano) , Howard Roberts (guitar) , Joe Mondragon (bass) and Shelly Manne (drums) . The arrangements are lovely . The singing sensuous . The solos brief and few but nice . The overrall effect transporting . There's Barney Kessel (guitar) and Pete Candoli and Uan Rasey (trumpets) replacing folks on several songs here . Enjoy . FEVER .
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This is one of a half dozen Peggy Lee albums that I own and the one that gets the most play time. Since there are sound samples on this page - Things Are Swingin' - run through those to get a feel for the music.

Besides the song selection, I love the backing ensemble, which is pure West Coast and comprised of some of the most respected names from the Los Angeles jazz and session scene: Uan Rasey, Pete Candoli, Don Fagerquist,
Conrad Gozzo and Manny Klein on trumpet, Milt Bernhardt and Bob Enevoldsen on trombone and Justin Gordon on Reeds. The rhythm section is Joe Harnell on piano, Howard Roberts on guitar (except tracks 1, 7 and 8, which feature Barney Kessell), Joe Mondragon on bass and Shelly Manne on drums.

The album was recorded at the Capitol Towers studios in Los Angeles in four sessions (May 19, 25, 27 and 30, 1958), and released in May of the following year. Tracks 2, 9 and 14 are Lee's own compositions; the final two tracks were recorded during the 1958 sessions, but were not on the original 1959 release.
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This is a great recording no matter which way you review it. The remastering is first class. Miss Lee's voice is where it should be, right up front in the middle surrounded by a glorious orchestra. If in doubt, just buy it!
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