The Best Of Miss Peggy Lee
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Best of compilation featuring hit songs 'Fever', 'Big Spender', 'Pass Me By' and many more.
- Waiting For The Train To Come In
- I Don't Know Enough About You
- It's All Over Now
- It's A Good Day
- Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba (My Bambino Go To Sleep)
- Golden Earrings
- Why Don't You Do Right (Get Me Some Money Too)
- Manana (Is Soon Enough For Me)
- Riders In The Sky (A Cowboy Legend)
- Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe
- Alright, Okay, You Win
- I'm A Woman
- Pass Me By
- Big Spender
- Is That All There Is?
- Amazon Sales Rank: #33532 in Music
- Model: 2126116
- Published on: 1998-10-20
- Released on: 1998-10-20
- Rating: NR (Not Rated)
- Number of discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: .47" h x 5.59" w x 4.88" l, .21 pounds
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
WOW!!!!!!!!! Peggy Lee at her BEST!!!!!!!!!!!
This is the best "I feel" Peggy Lee produced, beginning in July 30, 1945 & winding up in January 29, 1969. This CD includes one of her Trademark Cuts of Fever, which was released on May 19, 1958, in recording that song they used only a Bass Fiddle, a pair of Bongo Drums, and Peggy's finger snaps, in my own personal musical taste for a 9 year old boy "at the time" it was the sexiest thing ever played on the radio, and now at the age of "almost 68" I haven't changed my mind and don't intend to. She appeared "Once" on the Ed Sullivan Show where she did Fever, and just about drove the men in the audience wild, which is indelibly etched into my mind forever. Awesome Artist, Awesome Talent that lives on today in the minds of men, and 9 year old boys too.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
Subjective list of 'best of' from Capitol
By Mike Tarrani
I am not going to presume to claim that these are the absolute best from Lee's Capitol years, but I think we can all agree that the selection is pretty solid. The sixteen tracks on this album are from a much more extensive compilation titled Miss Peggy Lee.
Listen to the sound samples on the MP3 version's page at The Best Of Miss Peggy Lee to get a feel for the music. The recording quality to my ears is top notch considering the periods covered. The song selection, though subjective, is probably what I would have selected from the larger compilation, but that only reflects my personal taste.
This is a fast forward retrospective of some of the gems Lee recorded between 1945 and 1968. There are some gaps in the decades, which span that period, but the sequence of tracks is chronological.
For the 1940s tracks, which begin about the time Lee left Benny Goodman's band, are two tracks are from 1945, followed by two from 1046, three from 1947 and a single track from 1949. I do not know what happened to 1948.
The tracks skip 1950 through 1956, which as another reviewer pointed out is because Lee was with Decca during those years. 1957 is represented by a single track (Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe) and 1958 is graced by one of her iconic tracks, Fever, and a Basie cover titled Alright, OK, You Win.
Wrapping up the compilation are four tracks from the 1960s culminating with her 1969 hit, Is That All There Is? If you are a musician that particular track is well worth studying because the arrangement aligns wonderfully with the story line. The basic instruments are a bass and banjo, filled in with strings, and a fuller and richer ensemble at various points. I especially love the 'circus' part. But her arrangement for Fever is as masterful with just sparse drumming, bass and finger snaps. She had a lot of control over many of the arrangements, especially in the mid-50s forward, so this album is more than some catchy tunes - it's evidence of her genius as an artist and arranger.
I mentioned above that these would be the same tunes I would have selected. However, there are gems that would have been equally valid had they been included in lieu of some of my favorites. I can only say that if someone asks me why Peggy Lee mattered, this is the album I would play for them. And matter she did.
The tracks and their years are included in a comment to this review below. Use that information and the sound samples to determine if this compilation meets your expectations. Do note some of the gaps, but also note the song titles.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
Best version of "Fever" out there, other greats.
It's a hard choice you have to make- buy this whole CD, or just get the Greats on it. Myself, I find myself listening to "Fever" over and over, then "I'm a Woman" and "Big Spender". I mean, Ms Lee owns "Fever", this is the ultimate version of this song. Wow!
However, the other titles are worth listening too also, some are pretty darn good, even though they are "period pieces" that might not be as popular today. "Why Don't you do Right", "Alright, Ok You Win" are also a couple of my faves here.
The only title I find myself not liking so much was "Riders in the Sky"- not because Ms Lee doesn't do a fine job, but because I am an unabashed fan of the Sons of the Pioneers.
So- I think you should get the CD, myself. I did.