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Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol.1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol.1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1: 12 iconic songs with great sound; once you heard, you’ll be “hooked on a feeling”, Jan. 23 2015
INTRODUCTION:

Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 is the soundtrack album for the Marvel Studios film of the same name. The soundtrack album reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, becoming the first soundtrack album in history consisting entirely of previously released songs to top the chart. The album was the US's third best-selling soundtrack album of 2014, behind only 1989 by Taylor Swift and the soundtrack to Frozen. It topped the Top Soundtracks chart for 11 consecutive weeks and 16 weeks in total, having sold over 1.5 million copies.

CONTENT:

The song listing (with singles label & number and chart position, with personal comments) is as follows (BB=Billboard Hot 100; AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World; UK=British Singles Chart):

01 Hooked on a Feeling – Blue Swede (EMI 3627)(BB 1(1)/1974; AC 31/1974; CB 1(1)/1974; RW 1(2)/1974)* prior to the film's release, the song's appearance in a trailer resulted in a significant spike in sales.
02 Go All The Way – Raspberries (Capitol 3348)(BB 5/1972; CB 4/1972; RW 3/1972)
03 Spirit in the Sky – Norman Greenbaum (Reprise 0885)(BB 3(3)/1970; CB 1(2)/1970; RW 1(2)/1970; UK 1/1970)*only appeared in the trailer; not included in the film itself.
04 Moonage Daydream – David Bowie (1972)
05 Fooled Around and Fell in Love – Elvin Bishop (Capricorn 0252)(BB 3(2)/1976; CB 3/1976; RW 3/1976; UK 34/1976)*Mickey Thomas (of Starship; lead vocal).
06 I’m Not in Love – 10 cc (Mercury 73678)(BB 2(3)/1975; AC 10/1975; CB 3(2)/1975; RW 3(2)/1975; UK 1/1975)
07 I Want You Back – The Jackson 5 (Motown 1157)(BB 1(1)/1969; R&B 1(4)/1969; CB 1(1)/1969; RW 2(4)/1969; UK 2/1970)
08 Come and Get Your Love – Redbone (Epic 11035)(BB 5/1974; CB 5/1974; RW 8/1974)*gold record
09 Cherry Bomb – The Runaways (Mercury 73819)(BB 106/1976; )*consists of Cherie Currie (vocals), Joan Jett (guitar), Lita Ford (guitar), Micki Steele (bass) and Sandy West (drums).
10 Escape (The Pina Colada Song) – Rupert Holmes (Infinity 50,035)(BB 1(3)/1979; AC 8/1979; CB 1(3)/1979; RW 1(4)/1979; UK 23/1980)
11 O-o-h Child – The Five Stairsteps (Buddah 165)(BB 8/1970; R&B 14/1970; CB 4/1970; RW 4/1970)
12 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (Tamla 54149)(BB 19/1967; R&B 3/1967; CB 22/1967; RW 19/1967)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a great collection of pop songs from the late 60s, and 70s. All the above songs are charted hits except Moonage Derams. Wichita Lineman by Glen Campbell and Mama Told Me (Not to Come) by Three Dog Night were also considered for the film instead of Moonage Daydream. Magic by Pilot and Livin' Thing by Electric Light Orchestra were also used during filming; however, the scenes which they were featured in were cut from the final version of the film. Too bad.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss.
3 All the songs are original versions, not re-recorded or alternate versions.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 There is a separate soundtrack for the Original Score, which should be combined with the current soundtrack to form one single set.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

When I reviewed the Guardians of the Galaxy movie on blu-ray, I gave full marks to the audio. How do you like to listen to all these iconic tunes in crystal clear lossless multi-channel sound? If you have a decent sound system, the music from this CD also sounds great. This set is recommended for all you soundtrack lovers. I guarantee once you’ve heard these songs, you’ll be “Hooked on a Feeling.” Plus, like the song from Frozen, you won’t be able to “Let It Go!”

Six Classic Albums Plus Singles (4CD)
Six Classic Albums Plus Singles (4CD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Burnette 6 Classic Albums Plus Singles (4CDs): 103 songs, 6 complete albums, all singles 55-62; great sound; good value!, Jan. 23 2015
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CONTENT:

This 4 CD set, released by Real Gone Music, contain 6 complete albums plus bonus singles, with 103 songs. Amazon did not provide a song listing. To me, to make a wise purchase, one has to know the contents. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with names of albums, album and singles label & number and chart position, with personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record Word; UK=British Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
LP JOHNNY BURNETTE AND THE ROCK’N’ROLL TRIO (Coral)(1956):
01 Honey Hush (Johnny Burnette Trio)(Coral 61719)(b-side, 1956)
02 Lonesome Train (On A Lonesome Track)(Johnny Burnette Trio)(Coral 61758)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
03 Sweet Love On My Mind
04 Rock Billy Boogie (Coral 61918)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
05 Lonesome Tears in My Eyes
06 All by Myself
07 The Train Kept A-Rollin’ (Johnny Burnette Trio)(Coral 61719)(uncharted a-side, 1956)
08 I Just Found Out (Johnny Burnette Trio)(Coral 61758)(b-side, 1957)
09 Your Baby Blue Eyes
10 Chains of Love
11 I Love You So
12 Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee, Drinking Wine (Coral 61869)(b-side, 1957)
LP DREAMIN’ (Liberty LST 7179)(1960):
13 Dreamin’ (Liberty 55258)(a-side)(BB 11/1960; CB 8/1960; RW 5/1960; UK 5/1960)
14 Lovesick Blues
15 Please Help Me I’m Falling
16 Why Don’t You Haul Off And Love Me?
17 Love Me
18 Kaw Liga
19 Settin’ The Woods on Fire (Liberty 55222)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
20 I Want To Be With You Always
21 Cincinnati Fireball (Liberty 55258)(b-side, 1960)
22 My Special Angel
23 Finders Keepers
24 I Really Don’t Want To Know
SINGLES:
25 You’re Undecided – The Burnett Rhythm Rangers (Von 1006)(uncharted a-side, 1955)
26 Go Along Mule – The Burnette Rhythm Rangers (Von 1006)(b-side, 1955)
27 You’re Undecided – Johnny Burnette & The Rock ‘N’ Roll Trio (Coral 61651)(b-side, 1956)
28 Tear It Up – Johnny Burnette & The Rock ‘N’ Roll Trio (Coral 61651)(uncharted a-side, 1956)

DISC 2:
LP JOHNNY BURNETTE (Liberty LST 7183)(1961):
01 You’re Sixteen (Liberty 55285)(a-side)(BB 8/1960; CB 7/1960; RW 7/1960; UK 3/1961)
02 Crying In The Chapel
03 Dream Lover
04 Oh, Lonesome Me
05 I Beg Your Pardon (Liberty 55285)(b-side, 1960)
06 I Love My Baby
07 It’s Only Make Believe
08 Singing The Blues
09 You’re So Fine
10 (I Go) Down to the River (Liberty 55298)(b-side, 1961)
11 Let’s Talk About Living
LP JOHNNY BURNETTE SINGS (Liberty LST 7190)(1961):
12 Little Boy Sad (Liberty 55298)(a-side)(BB 17/1961; CB 19/1961; RW 16/1961; UK 12/1961)
13 Mona Lisa
14 I’m Still Dreamin’ (London HLG9458)(UK uncharted a-side, 1961)
15 In The Chapel In The Moonlight
16 Red Sails in the Sunset
17 Big Big World (Liberty 55318)(a-side)(BB 58/1961; CB 49/1961; RW 43/1961)
18 Ballad of The One-Eyed Jacks (Liberty 55318)(b-side, 1961)
19 The Treasure of Love
20 The Fool (London HLG 9473)(UK uncharted a-side, 1961)
21 Blue Blue Morning
22 Memories Are Made of This
23 Pledge of Love (London HLG9315)(UK uncharted a-side, 1961)
SINGLES:
24 Midnight Train – Johnny Burnette Trio (Coral 61675)(b-side, 1956)
25 Oh Baby Babe – Johnny Burnette Trio (Coral 61675)(uncharted a-side, 1956)
26 Blues Stay Away from Me – Dorsey & Johnny Burnette (Coral 62190)(uncharted a-side, 1960)

DISC 3:
LP ROSES ARE RED (with Johnny Mann Singers)(Liberty LST 7255)(1962):
01 Roses are Red
02 Lonesome Waters (Liberty 55489)(b-side, 1962)
03 Clown Shoes (Liberty 55416)(a-side)(BB 113/1962; CB 92/1962; RW 86/1962; UK 35/1962)
04 The Fool of the Year (Liberty 55448)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
05 The Poorest Boy in Town (Liberty 55448)(b-side, 1962)
06 I’ve Got A Lot of Things To Do (Liberty 55345)(a-side)(BB 109/1961)
07 Girls (Liberty 55345)(b-side)(RW 80/1961; UK 37/1961)*double sided hit.
08 Honestly I Do (Liberty 55377)(b-side, 1961)
09 Choo Choo Train
10 Angry at the Big Oak Tree
11 When Today Is A Long Time Ago
12 The Way I Am (Liberty 55416)(b-side, 1962)
LP HITS AND OTHER FAVORITES (Liberty LST 7206)(1962):
13 You’re The Reason
14 Just Out of Reach
15 Moody River
16 Girl of my Best Friend
17 Walk on By
18 A Little Bitty Tear
19 God, Country And My Baby (Liberty 55379)(a-side)(BB 18/1961; CB 31/1961; RW 27/1961)
20 Hello Walls
SINGLES:
21 Touch Me – Johnny Burnette (Coral 61829)(b-side, 1957)
22 Eager Beaver Baby – Johnny Burnette (Coral 61829)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
23 Butterfingers – Johnny Burnette (Coral 61869)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
24 If You Want It Enough – Johnny Burnette (Coral 61918)(b-side, 1957)
25 Warm Love – The Burnette Brothers (Imperial 5509)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
26 My Honey – The Burnette Brothers (Imperial 5509)(b-side, 1958)

DISC 4:
SINGLES:
01 I’m Restless – Johnny Burnette (Freedom F-44001)(b-side, 1958)
02 Kiss Me – Johnny Burnette (Freedom F-44001)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
03 Kiss Me (Promo Version) – Johnny Burnette
04 Gumbo – Johnny Burnette (Freedom F-44011)(b-side, 1959)
05 Me And the Bear – Johnny Burnette (Freedom F-44011)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
06 I’ll Never Love Again – Johnny Burnette (Freedom F-44017)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
07 Sweet Baby Doll – Johnny Burnette (Freedom F-44017)(b-side, 1959)
08 Green Grass of Texas – The Texans (Infinity INX-001)(BB 100/1961)
09 Bloody River – The Texans (Infinity INX-001)(b-side, 1961)*rare gem; CD debut.
10 Ol’ Reb – The Texans (Gothic GOX-001)(b-side, 1961)
11 Rockin’ Johnny Home – The Texans (Gothic GOX-001)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
12 Kentucky Waltz – Johnny Burnette (Liberty 55222)(b-side, 1959)
13 Patrick Henry – Johnny Burnette (Liberty 55243)(uncharted a-side, 1960)
14 Don’t Do It – Johnny Burnette (Liberty 55243)(b-side, 1960)
15 Green Hills – The Shamrocks (Liberty 55460)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
16 Lonely Island – The Shamrocks (Liberty 55460)(b-side, 1962)
17 Damn the Defiant – Johnny Burnette (Liberty 55489)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
18 The Giant – Johnny Burnette (Chancellor 1116)(b-side, 1962)
19 I Wanna Thank Your Folks – Johnny Burnette (Chancellor 1116)(BB 117/1962)
20 Time is not Enough – Johnny Burnette (Chancellor 1129)(b-side, 1962)
21 Remember Me (I’m The One Who Loves You) – Johnny Burnette (Chancellor 1129)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
22 Party Girl – Johnny Burnette (Chancellor 1123)(b-side, 1962)
23 Tag Along – Johnny Burnette (Chancellor 1123)(uncharted a-side, 1962)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a fantastic collection. Besides having 6 complete albums with many memorable album tracks, all his singles from 1955 to 1962 are all present (except 1 song, see later). Further 6 rare tracks from the Texans and Shamrocks are included, with some tracks making their CD debut.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss.
3 All the songs are original versions, no re-recorded or alternate versions.
4 The price is very reasonable.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There is no booklet, no label & number, no chart position and no album front covers.
2 For some unknown reason, the a-side, Fools Like Me (Liberty 55377, uncharted a-side, 1961) was left out. Fortunately, it is readily available on other compilations.
3 As per the tradition of labels from UK, like Acrobat, One Day Music, Real Gone Music, Jasmine and Sepia Records, the compilation would end in 1962, probably due to UK law on Public Domain. This is really unfortunate. There are 6 more singles (12 songs) from 1963 to 1964, that Real Gone Music could have included. Too bad! If this were done, it would have made this compilation simply perfect: all the singles and albums in his short career.

COMPARISON:

There is a 2 CD set called the Complete US & UK Singles & EPs, As & Bs, by Acrobat Music, to be released in US in February 2015. I got mine from UK last year. That set also has the complete singles As & Bs, plus EP tracks, but still missing the one track as stated above for this current set. There is a fantastic booklet with beautiful album covers, detailed discography. But the 6 tracks by the Texans and Shamrocks are missing there. Since it is not released yet, it is not eligible for review. I shall submit my review when it is released. I have a feeling it is going to be more expensive than the current set.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Johnny Burnette only has 8 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished a Complete Singles Discography and found that he has 40 singles from 1955 to 1964 (only 75 songs, not 80 songs, because 5 were repeated releases). The labels are (1) Von (1955), (2) Coral (1956 – 1960), (3) Imperial (1958), (4) Freedom (1958 – 1959), (5) Liberty (1959 – 1962), (6) Infinity (1961), (7) Gothic (1961), (8) Chancellor (1962), (9) Reprise (1963), (10) Capitol (1963 – 1964), (11) Sahara (1964), his own label, but because of copyright, it was changed to Magic Lamp, and (12) Magic Lamp (1964). Fortunately, all the songs from 1963 – 1964 are readily available online.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The career of Johnny Burnette can be divided into three eras: (1) The Johnny Burnette & the Rock ‘n’ Roll Trio, consisting of Johnny Burnette, Dorsey Burnette and Paul Burlison (1955-1957), (2) The Burnette Brothers (1957-1958), the time when Johnny wrote quite a few hit songs for Ricky Nelson, such as Waitin’ In School, Believe In What You Say and It’s Late, (3) solo career (1958-1964). The Dorsey Brothers also appeared as the Texans and the Shamrocks. In August 1964, his fishing boat was hit by a motor cruiser, and he drowned. And he was only 30 years old. His legacy was reinforced when You’re Sixteen, featured in the soundtrack of the movie American Graffiti, and Ringo Starr recorded it and the song reached #1 in US and #4 in UK.

If you don’t mind no booklet, this set represents more value as far as contents are concerned. Other than the phenomenal 9 CD Bear Family box set, this current set represents the most comprehensive coverage of his career until 1962. His raw talents during the rockabilly years in the Trio were fully displayed. The sound is very good. This set is highly recommended for all Johnny Burnette and rockabilly fans. I hope listing of the song tracks is helpful to you.

Seven Classic Albums Vol.2 (4CD/remastered)
Seven Classic Albums Vol.2 (4CD/remastered)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dinah Washington Vol. 2: 7 Classic Albums: 82 songs with only 7 albums; good sound; great collection., Jan. 13 2015
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CONTENT:

The 4 CD set, released by Real Gone Jazz, contain 7 complete albums, released from 1957 to 1962, with 82 songs. In this case, Amazon did not provide the names of the albums and song listing. To me, to make a wise decision whether to purchase, one really needs to know the song listing. To help you with your purchase decision, I have made a detailed song listing (with labels & numbers for both albums and singles, chart positions, plus personal comments)(R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; BB=Billboard Hot 100; AC=Billboard Adult Contempoary; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World):

DISC 1:
LP DINAH! (AmArcy 36065)(1956):
01 Look to the Rainbow
02 Ill Wind
03 A Cottage for Sale
04 All of Me (Mercury 71377)(b-side, 1958)
05 More Than You Know
06 There’ll Be Some Changes Made
07 Goodbye
08 Willow Weep For Me
09 Make Me A Present of You (Mercury 71377)(a-side)(R&B 27/1958)
10 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
11 I Could Have Told You So
12 Accent on Youth
13 What is This Thing Called Love
14 The Show Must Go On
15 The Birth of the Blues

DISC 2:
LP DINAH WASHINGTON SINGS FATS WALLER (AmArcy 36119)(1957):
01 Christopher Columbus
02 ‘Tant Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do
03 The Jitterbug Waltz
04 Someone’s Rocking My Dreamboat
05 Ain’t Cha Glad
06 Squeeze Me
07 Ain’t Misbehavin’
08 Black and Blue
09 Everybody Loves My Baby
10 I’ve Got A Felling I’m Falling
11 Honeysuckle Rose
12 Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now
LP DINAH SINGS BESSIE SMITH (AmArcy 36130)(1958):
13 After You’ve Gone
14 Send Me To The ‘Lectric Chair
15 Jailhouse Blues
16 Trombone Butter
17 You’ve Been A Good Old Wagon
18 Careless Love
19 Back Water Blues
20 If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)
21 Me and My Gin
22 Fine Fat Daddy

DISC 3:
LP UNFORGETTABLE (Mercury 20572)(10/1961):
01 This Bitter Earth (Mercury 71635)(a-side)(R&B 1(1)/1960; BB 24/1960; CB 23/1960; RW 26/1960)
02 I Understand
03 This Love of Mine
04 Alone
05 Somewhere Along The Line (Mercury 71389)(b-side, 1958)
06 The Song Is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On)
07 Everybody Loves Somebody
08 Ask A Woman Who Knows
09 A Man Only Does (What A Woman Makes Him So)
10 A Bad Case of the Blues
11 When I Fall in Love
12 Unforgettable (Mercury 71508)(a-side)(R&B 15/1959; BB 17/1959; CB 8/1959; RW 6/1959)
LP DRINKING AGAIN (Roulette 25783)(78/1962):
13 Drinking Again
14 Just Friends
15 I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life
16 I’ll Be Around
17 Love, I Found You Gone
18 I Don’t Know You Anymore
19 Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home
20 Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be)
21 The Man That Got Away
22 For All We Know (Roulette 4444)(a-side)(BB 88/1962; RW 84/1962)
23 Say It Isn’t So
24 On The Street of Regret

DISC 4:
LP IN LOVE (Roulette 25180)(1962):
01 Fly Me to the Moon
02 You’re A Sweetheart (Roulette 4455)(a-side)(BB 98/1962)
03 Our Love
04 Love is the Sweetest Thing
05 I’ll Close My Eyes
06 I Didn’t Know About You
07 If It’s The Last Thing I Do
08 Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me
09 My Devotion
10 That’s My Desire
11 Was It Like That
12 Me and the One That I Love
LP DINAH 62 (Roulette 25170)(33/1962):
13 Destination Moon
14 Miss You
15 A Handful of Stars
16 Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby
17 You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You (Roulette 4424)(b-side, 1962)
18 Red Sails in the Sunset
19 Where Are You (Roulette 4424)(a-side)(BB 36/1962; AC 11/1962; CB 38/1962; RW 27/1962)
20 Coquette
21 Take Your Shoes Off Baby

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is Volume 2 of Dinah Washington’s Classic Album series, with 7 wonderful albums, containing quite a few singles. The albums on Fats Waller and Bessie Smith are sold separately at a much higher price. Her later albums on Roulette are relatively hard to come by.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss. Dinah’s soulful voice is centralized, with good differentiation of instruments in the orchestra.
3 At the back of the booklet, the names of the personnel in the albums are listed.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Normally, the Classic Album series have 8 albums on 4 CDs. I get very suspicious with only 7 albums with no bonus tracks. Disc 1: 53 minutes. What gives, Real Gone Jazz, there are 27 minutes left. OK, you may not be able to fit an entire album in. But you certainly can add some bonus singles tracks in.
2 There is an eight-page booklet, with six pages devoted to advertisement. There are no label & number, and no chart position. Real Gone Jazz teased us with all the 7 albums scattered on the front cover. Even EMI in their twofer put the front and back covers in the booklet, each occupying the entire page.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Dinah Washington was born Ruth Lee Jones on August 29, 1924 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She is truly one of the all-time great jazz-blues singers. She unfortunately died of alcohol/pill overdose on December 14, 1963 (age 39). She left us at a time when she was reaching the peak of her charting career, with such charted R&B and Pop classics as What A Diff’rence A Day Makes and September in the Rain. To have one set containing 7 albums at reasonable price and great sound is simply fantastic. If you like Dinah Washington, this is a good way to collect her individual albums. And check out Volume 1 too (my review elsewhere). Hopefully my listing of the songs will help you to appreciate the great value in the set, which is recommended.

Sugar N Spice (Remst)
Sugar N Spice (Remst)
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Price: CDN$ 36.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peggy Lee Sugar ‘N’ Spice: unique pop/jazz album; many rare singles making CD debut; good sound!, Jan. 12 2015
This review is from: Sugar N Spice (Remst) (Audio CD)
CONTENT:

Sugar ‘N’ Spice was an album released on Capitol in 1962. I have made a detailed song listing (with labels & numbers for both album and singles, chart positions, plus personal comments)(RW=Record World):

LP SUGAR ‘N’ SPICE (Capitol 1772)(40/1962):
01 Ain’t That Love
02 The Best Is Yet To Come (Capitol 15289)(UK b-side, 1963)*rare gem; CD debut.
03 I Believe in You (Capitol 15289)(uncharted UK a-side, 1963)*from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
04 Embrasse-Moi
05 See See Rider
06 Teach Me Tonight
07 When The Sun Comes Out
08 Tell All The World About You (Capitol 4812)(RW 133/1962)
09 I Don’t Wanna Leave You Now
10 The Sweetest Sounds (Capitol 4750)(a-side)(uncharted a-side, 1962)*rare gem; CD debut; from No Strings.
11 I’ve Got The World On A String
12 Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)(Capitol 4888)(b-side, 1963)*rare gem; CD debut.
BONUS TRACKS:
13 I’ll Be Around
14 Loads of Love (Capitol 4750)(b-side, 1962)*rare gem; CD debut.
15 Amazing (Capitol 4812)(b-side, 1962)*rare gem; CD debut.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a great soulful, pop and jazzy album, with many rare singles, making their CD debut, plus 3 bonus tracks. If you are completing her Singles Discography, this CD is a must-own.
2 The sound is wonderfully remastered, using 24-bit Super Bit Mapping: clean with no hiss. Peggy’s soulful voice was centralized, with good differentiation of backing instruments of the orchestra.
3 There is an 8-page booklet, containing an informative essay.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There are no label & number and no chart position. The front cover of this CD was not the front cover of the original album. In the series of twofer by EMI, the front and back covers were included, each occupying the entire page. No front and back covers here.
2 15 songs. One could include many more bonus tracks. Considering this was a 2001 release, the requirements were not as high then.
3 Expensive for a single CD.

FINAL THOUGHT:

Peggy Lee was born Norma Egstrom on May 26, 1920 in Jamestown, North Dakota. She was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer and actress, in a career spanning six decades. From her beginning as a vocalist on local radio to singing with Benny Goodman's big band, she forged a sophisticated persona, evolving into a multi-faceted artist and performer. She wrote music for films, acted, and created conceptual record albums—encompassing poetry, jazz, chamber pop, and art songs. She was nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, winning Best Contemporary Vocal Performance for her 1969 hit "Is That All There Is?" In 1995 she was given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She sadly died of a heart attack on January 21, 2002 (age 81).

Sugar ‘N’ Spice is pop/jazz at its finest. This set is recommended to all Peggy Lee fans.

Classics And Collectibles
Classics And Collectibles
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peggy Lee Classics & Collectibles (2CDs): 52 songs, many rare singles on Decca making CD debut; good sound; collector’s item!, Jan. 12 2015
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CONTENT:

This 2 CD set with 52 songs, released by Universal Music in 2003, covers her singing career in the 50s when she was with Decca. While her singles on Capitol were adequately covered, such is not the case when she was with Decca. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label & number, chart position, with personal comments)(BB=US Singles Chart, including Billboard Hot 100; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World; UK=British Singles Chart):

DISC 1 (CLASSICS):
01 Mr. Wonderful (Decca 29834)(a-side)(BB 14/1956; CB 22/1956; RW 23/1956; UK 5/1957)
02 He’s A Tramp (Decca 29427)(uncharted a-side, 1955)*from film the Lady and the Tramp (1955).
03 Black Coffee (MCA 782)(uncharted UK a-side, 1982)*recorded in 1953; original album track in LP Black Coffee; finally released in 1982 as a single in UK only.
04 Lover (Decca 28215)(a-side)(BB 3/1952)*from film The Jazz Singer (1953).
05 Where Can I Go Without You? (Decca 29003)(a-side)(BB 28/1954)
06 This Is A Very Special Day (Decca 28565)(a-side)(uncharted a-side, 1953)*rare gem; CD debut; from film The Jazz Singer (1953).
07 Sing A Rainbow (Decca 29605)(b-side, 1955)
08 Just One of Those Things (Decca 28313)(a-side)(BB 14/1952)
09 Johnny Guitar (Decca 29076)(uncharted a-side, 1954)*from film Johnny Guitar (1954).
10 The Siamese Cat Song (Decca 29427)(b-side, 1955)*from film The Lady and the Tramp (1955).
11 The Moon Came Up With A Great Idea Last Night (with Bing Crosby) (Decca 28238)(b-side, 1952)
12 Apples, Peaches and Cherries (Decca 28889)(b-side, 1953)
13 (Sorry Baby) You Let My Love Get Cold (Decca 28631)(b-side, 1953)*rare gem; CD debut.
14 Sans Souci (Decca 28395)(b-side, 1952)
15 La La Lu (Decca 29460)(b-side, 1955)*from film The Lady and the Tramp (1955).
16 I Hear The Music Now (Decca 28565)(b-side, 1953)*rare gem; CD debut; from film The Jazz Singer (1953).
17 Oh! No! Please Don’t Go (Decca 29534)(a-side)(BB 9/1955)*rare gem; CD debut.
18 How Bitter, My Sweet (Decca 29429)(b-side, 1955)*rare gem; CD debut.
19 I Don’t Know Enough About You (Decca 30059)(RW 73/1956)*originally recorded this song until Capitol (1946)
20 It Never Entered My Mind (album track: LP Dream Street (1956)
21 Ooh, That Kiss (Decca 29534)(b-side, 1955)*rare gem; CD debut.
22 Bella Notte (Decca 29460)(uncharted a-side, 1955)*from film The Lady and the Tramp (1953).
23 I’m Gonna Meet My Sweetie Now*album track; LP Songs from Pete Kelly’s Blues (1955).
24 Sisters (Decca 29250)(b-side, 1954)
25 I’ve Grown Accustomed To His Face*album track; LP Dream Street (1956).
26 Peace On Earth/Silent Night* (Decca 38005)(b-side, 1959)*rare gem; CD debut; recorded in 1954.

DISC 2 (COLLECTIBLES):
01 I Still Get A Thrill (Thinking of You)*previously unreleased (1956)
02 The Tavern*album track: LP Peggy Songs in an Intimate Style (1953).
03 It Must Be So (with Mills Brothers)(Decca 29359)(b-side, 1954)*rare gem; CD debut.
04 That’s What A Woman is For (Decca 29164)(b-side, 1954)*rare gem; CD debut.
05 Wrong, Wrong, Wrong (Decca 30494)(b-side, 1958)*rare gem; CD debut.
06 Never Mind (Decca 30494)(a-side)(uncharted a-side, 1958)*rare gem; CD debut.
07 Me (Decca 29681)(a-side)(uncharted a-side, 1955)*rare gem; CD debut.
08 How Strange*album track; LP Peggy – Songs in an Intimate Style (1953).
09 Merry-Go-Run-Around (with Bing Crosby & Bob Hope)(Decca 28514)(uncharted UK a-side, 1952)*rare gem; CD debut.
10 Wrong Joe*album track: LP Ace of Hearts album 107: The Fabulous Peggy Lee (1956)
11 The Night Holds No Fear (For The Lover)(Decca 28889)(uncharted a-side, 1953)*rare gem; CD debut.
12 Summer Vacation (Decca 29164)(uncharted a-side, 1954)*rare gem; CD debut.
13 Go You Where You Go (Decca 29003)(b-side, 1954)*rare gem; CD debut.
14 Straight Ahead (with Mills Brothers)(Decca 29359)(uncharted a-side, 1954)*rare gem; CD debut.
15 The Gypsy With Fire in His Shoes (Decca 30117)(uncharted a-side, 1956)*rare gem; CD debut.
16 Pablo Pasablo (Decca 29681)(b-side, 1955)*rare gem; CD debut.
17 Little Jack Frost, Get Lost (with Bing Crosby)(Decca 28463)(uncharted a-side, 1952)*rare gem; CD debut; its b-side, Sleigh Ride, sung by Bing Crosby only.
18 I Belong To You (Decca 29429)(uncharted a-side, 1955)*rare gem; CD debut.
19 It’s Because We’re In Love (with Jimmy Rowles)*previously unreleased.
20 Singing (‘Cause He Wants to Sing)*outtake from film The Lady and the Tramp (1953).
21 That Fellow’s A Friend of Man*outtake from film The Lady and the Tramp (1953).
22 Old Trusty*outtake from film The Lady and the Tramp (1953).
23 Jim Dear*outtake from film The Lady and the Tramp (1953).
24 What Is A Baby? (Decca 38005)(uncharted a-side, 1959)*rare gem; CD debut; last single on Decca.
25 Mister Magoo Does The Cha-Cha-Cha (with Jim Backus)(Decca 05549)(uncharted UK a-side, 1955)*rare gem; CD debut.
26 Three Cheers For Mister Magoo (with Jim Backus)(Decca 05549)(UK b-side, 1955)*rare gem; CD debut.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 As noted above, this 2 CD set is a wonderful collection of many singles on Decca, all rare gems making their CD debut. I could not have finished my Complete Singles Discography on Peggy Lee without this set.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss.
3 There is an 8-page booklet, containing a moving essay by David Torresen. The label & number (Brunswick under UK) are included together with names of orchestra.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 As the title suggested, this set has become a collector’s item. Thus the price is quite expensive. It is cheaper buying from seller in Amazon.com. Evening with the low Canadian $ plus $14 shipping, it is still cheaper than that on Amazon.ca.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

I have just finished a Complete Singles Discography, and found that there are an amazing 193 singles, charted & uncharted, from 1941 to 2002 (only 338 songs, not 386 songs, because 23 b-sides belonged to other artists (mainly Benny Goodman in the Columbia era) and 25 were repeated releases). The labels are: (1) Columbia/Okeh (1941 – 1942), (2) ARA (1945), (3) Capitol, 1st period (1944 – 1952), (4) Decca (1952 – 1956), (5) Capitol, 2nd period (1957 – 1972), (6) Atlantic (1974), (7) A&M (1975 – 1976), (8) Polydor (1977), (9) DRG (1979), (10) MCA (1982), (11) Harbinger Records (1988), (12) MusicMasters Records (1988 – 1990), (13) Park Records (1992), (14) Chesky Records (1992), (15) MusicMasters (I guest vocal, 1995), and (16) EMI-Toshiba-EMI (2002).

To complete her Singles Discography, you will need the following: (1) Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman: Complete Recordings 1941-1947, (2) The Singles Collection (4 CD box set, Capitol, 2002), (3) Miss Peggy Lee (4 CD set, Capitol 1998), (4) Black Coffee and other Delights: Decca Anthology (2 CD, Decca), (5) The Lost ‘40s and ‘50s Capitol Masters (2 CD, Collectors’ Choice, 2008) and (6) various individual albums, like A Natural Woman/Is That All There Is, 2 Shows Nightly, Then was Then Now Is Now/Bridge Over Troubled Water, In Love Again/In The Name Of Love (very expensive), Sugar n Spice, Classics & Collectables (current set), Miss Wonderful, Let’s Love and Blues Cross Country.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Peggy Lee was born Norma Egstrom on May 26, 1920 in Jamestown, North Dakota. She was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer and actress, in a career spanning six decades. From her beginning as a vocalist on local radio to singing with Benny Goodman's big band, she forged a sophisticated persona, evolving into a multi-faceted artist and performer. She wrote music for films, acted, and created conceptual record albums—encompassing poetry, jazz, chamber pop, and art songs. She was nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, winning Best Contemporary Vocal Performance for her 1969 hit "Is That All There Is?" In 1995 she was given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She sadly died of a heart attack on January 21, 2002 (age 81).

Peggy Lee has been likened to a female Frank Sinatra. The early 50s were not too kind to both of them. Her marriage to David Barbour ended in 1951. Switching labels from Capitol to Decca reignited her charting career, just like Frank Sinatra leaving Columbia to Capitol. Besides singing, she was also involved in movies, with her role as Rose Hopkins in Pete Kelly’s Blues earning an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 1994, Frank Sinatra described of Peggy Lee: “Her wonderful talent should be studied by all vocalists. Her regal presence is pure elegance and charm.” How true. This entire set is very enjoyable with good sound, and is highly recommended to all Peggy Lee fans.

Singles Collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peggy Lee Singles Collection: best singles collection covering her entire career; many rare gems CD debut; great book & sound!, Jan. 11 2015
This review is from: Singles Collection (Audio CD)
CONTENT:

This 4 CD box set, released by Capitol in 2002, is the only set that covers her entire career, from 1941 to 2002, including various labels other than Capitol, like Columbia, Decca, A&M and the last single release on Toshiba-EMI in 2002.

To illustrate how thorough and precious this box set is, I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label & number, chart position, with personal comments)(BB=US Singles Chart; AC=Adult Contemporary Chart; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World; UK=British Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
COLUMBIA/OKEH PERIOD (With Benny Goodman & His Orchestra):
01 Let’s Do It (Okeh 6474)(uncharted a-side, 1941)*the first single was Elmer’s Tune.
02 Somebody Nobody Loves (Okeh 6562)(uncharted a-side, 1942)
03 Why Don’t You Do Right? (Columbia 36652)(BB 4/1943)
ARA PERIOD (With Bob Crosby & His Orchestra):
04 On The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (ARA 114)(uncharted a-side, 1945)*rare gem; CD debut.
05 It’s Anybody’s Spring (ARA 114)(b-side, 1945)*rare gem; CD debut.
FIRST CAPITOL PERIOD:
06 What More Can A Woman Do? (Capitol 197)(uncharted a-side, 1945)*rare gem; CD debut; first single on Capitol.
07 You Was Right, Baby (Capitol 197)(b-side, 1945)*rare gem; CD debut.
08 Waiting for the Train to Come In (Capitol 218)(a-side)(BB 4/1945)*first charted single.
09 I Don’t Know Enough About You (Capitol 236)(a-side)(BB 7/1946)
10 I Can See It Your Way (Capitol 236)(b-side, 1946)*rare gem; CD debut.
11 Baby, You Can Count On Me (Capitol 263)(a-side)(BB 7/1946)*rare gem; CD debut.
12 It’s A Good Day (Capitol 322)(a-side)(BB 16/1947)
13 A Nightingale Can Sing the Blues (Capitol 15001)(b-side, 1947)*recorded in 1946.
14 He’s Just My Kind (Capitol 322)(b-side, 1947)*rare gem; CD debut; should be put ahead of track #13.
15 She Didn’t Say Yes (Capitol 13305)(uncharted UK a-side, 1950)*recorded in 1946.
16 Birmingham Jail (Capitol 1776)(uncharted a-side, 1951)*rare gem; CD debut.
17 Don’t Be so Mean to Baby (Capitol 15159)(uncharted a-side, 1948)*rare gem; CD debut.
18 It’s The Bluest Kind of Blues (Nuages)*recorded in 1946 & released in 2000; I do not know why this song is included.
19 Everything’s Moving Too Fast (Capitol 343)(a-side)(BB 21/1947)
20 Speaking of Angels (Capitol 375)(uncharted a-side, 1947)*rare gem; CD debut.
21 Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba (My Bambino, Go to Sleep)(a-side)(Capitol 419)(BB 10/1947)
22 Just an Old Love of Mine (Capitol 445)(b-side, 1947)*rare gem; CD debut.
23 Sugar (That Sugar Baby of Mine) (Capitol 810)(uncharted a-side, 1950)
24 Golden Earrings (Capitol 15009)(a-side)(BB 2(1)/1947)
25 Why Don’t You Do Right? (Capitol 511)(uncharted a-side, 1947)
26 Hold Me (Capitol 15298)(uncharted a-side, 1948)
27 Them There Eyes (Capitol 512)(uncharted a-side, 1947)

DISC 2:
01 Everybody Loves Somebody (Capitol 15151)(b-side, 1948)
02 Caramba! It’s The Samba (Capitol 15090)(a-side)(BB 13/1948)
03 Manana (Capitol 15022)(a-side)(BB 1(9)/1948)*her biggest hit.
04 So Dear to My Heart (Capitol 15232)(b-side, 1948)*rare gem; CD debut.
05 While We’re Young (Capitol 15416)(b-side, 1949)
06 Don’t Smoke in Bed (Capitol 513)(uncharted a-side, 1947)
07 Just A Shade On The Blue Side (Capitol 15159)(b-side, 1948)
08 You Was (with Dean Martin)(Capitol 15349)(uncharted a-side, 1949)
09 Someone Like You (Capitol 15349)(b-side, 1949)
10 Please Love Me Tonight (Capitol 608)(b-side, 1949)
11 If You Could See Me Now (Capitol 15371)(b-side, 1949)
12 Similau (See-Me-Lo)(Capitol 15416)(BB 17/1949)
13 You Can Have Him (Capitol 670)(uncharted a-side, 1949)
14 At the Café Rendezvous (Capitol 670)(b-side, 1949)*rare gem; CD debut.
15 Goodbye John (Capitol 849)(uncharted a-side, 1950)*rare gem; CD debut.
16 Through A Long and Sleepless Night (Capitol 703)(uncharted a-side, 1949)*rare gem; CD debut.
17 Save Your Sorrow for Tomorrow (Capitol 810)(b-side, 1950)
18 The Old Master Painter (with Mel Torme)(Capitol 791)(BB 9/1950)
19 Bless You (For the Good That’s In You)(with Mel Torme)(Capitol 791)(b-side, 1950)*rare gem; CD debut.
20 When You Speak with Your Eyes (Capitol 801)(b-side, 1950)*rare gem; CD debut.
21 My Small Senor (Capitol 801)(uncharted a-side, 1950)*rare gem; CD debut.
22 Cry, Cry, Cry (Capitol 961)(b-side, 1950)*rare gem; CD debut.
23 Once Around the Moon (Capitol 961)(uncharted a-side, 1950)*rare gem; CD debut.
24 Helpless (Capitol 1161)(b-side, 1950)*rare gem; CD debut.
25 They Can’t Take That Away From Me*the charted single was the version on Decca; this Capitol version was released in 1992.
26 Happy Music (Capitol 1105)(b-side, 1950)*rare gem; CD debut.
27 Life Is So Peculiar (Capitol 1244)(uncharted a-side, 1950)*rare gem; CD debut.

DISC 3:
01 Where Are You? (Capitol 1298)(b-side, 1950)
02 Once in a Lifetime (Capitol 1244)(b-side, 1950)*rare gem; CD debut.
03 The Mill on the Floss (Capitol 1366)(b-side, 1951)*rare gem; CD debut.
04 Yeah, Yeah, Yeah (Capitol 1428)(uncharted a-side, 1951)*precursor to the Beatles? Just kidding.
05 Rock Me to Sleep (Capitol 1428)(b-side, 1951)*rare gem; CD debut.
06 He’s Only Wonderful (Capitol 1513)(uncharted a-side, 1951)*rare gem; CD debut.
07 Wandering Swallow (Capitol 1749)(b-side, 1951)*rare gem; CD debut.
08 I Love You But I Don’t Like You (Capitol 1749)(uncharted a-side, 1951)*rare gem; CD debut.
09 Tonight You Belong to Me (Capitol 1573)(b-side, 1951)*rare gem; CD debut.
10 Don’t Fan the Flame (with Mel Torme) (Capitol 1738)(uncharted a-side, 1951)*rare gem; CD debut.
11 Would You Dance with a Stranger? (Capitol 1926)(uncharted a-side, 1952)*rare gem; CD debut.
12 Ev’rytime (Capitol 2025)(uncharted a-side, 1952)*rare gem; CD debut; should be spelled Ev’rytime instead of Everytime.
13 Whee Baby*recorded in 1952 at the end of her 1st Capitol period; released in 1960.
14 Louisville Lou* recorded in 1952 at the end of her 1st Capitol period; released in 1960.
15 Let’s Call It A Day* recorded in 1952 at the end of her 1st Capitol period; released in 1960.

DECCA YEARS:
16 Lover (Decca 28215)(a-side)(BB 3/1952)*she re-recorded this song in 1977 and released it as a single under Polydor 2058 865 in UK; that version is hard to find.
17 Sugar (Decca 29608)(uncharted a-side, 1955)
18 You’ve Got To See Mama Every Night (Decca 29837)(RW 81/1956)*the title on the back cover was You Gotta See Mama.
19 Mr. Wonderful (Decca 29834)(a-side)(BB 14/1956; CB 22/1956; RW 23/1956; UK 5/1957)

SECOND CAPITOL PERIOD:
20 The Folks Who Live On The Hill (Capitol 15214)(uncharted UK a-side, 1961)*recorded in 1957.
21 Listen to the Rockin’ Bird (Capitol 3811)(b-side, 1957)*rare gem; CD debut.
22 Uninvited Dream (Capitol 3811)(uncharted a-side, 1957)*rare gem; CD debut.
23 Fever (Capitol 3998)(a-side)(BB 8/1958; CB 6/1958; RW 3/1958; UK 5/1958)*nominated for two Grammies; the remastering in this song is simply superb!!
24 Alright, Okay, You Win (Capitol 4115(a-side)(BB 68/1959; CB 62/1959; RW 88/1959)
25 Hallelujah, I Love Him So (Capitol 4189)(a-side)(BB 77/1959; CB 93/1959; RW 89/1959)
26 I’m Looking Out The Window (Capitol 4189)(b-side, 1959)(RW 113/1960)*rare gem; CD debut; double sided hit.
27 You Deserve (Capitol 4298)(uncharted a-side, 1959)

DISC 4:
01 Heart (Capitol 4349)(a-side)(CB 97/1960; RW 80/1960)
02 I’m Gonna Go Fishin’ (Capitol 4449)(a-side)(RW 102/1960)
03 My Gentle Young Johnny (Capitol 4449)(b-side, 1960)*rare gem; CD debut.
04 Moments Like This*previously unreleased; recorded this when she was 72; despite her sincerity, her voice was no longer there.
05 I Love Being Here With You (Capitol 4498)(a-side, 1961)
06 I’m A Woman (Capitol 4888)(a-side)(BB 54/1963; CB 71/1963; RW 45/1963)
07 Sneakin’ Up on You (Capitol 5404)(a-side)(CB 145/1965)
08 Pass Me By (Capitol 5346)(a-side)(BB 93/1965; CB 86/1965; RW 95/1965; AC 19/1965)
09 Stop Living in the Past (Capitol 5488)(b-side, 1965)*rare gem; CD debut.
10 Big Splender (Capitol 5557)(a-side)(AC 9/1966)
11 Come Back to Me (Capitol 5653)(b-side, 1966)
12 Walking Happy (Capitol 5758)(a-side)(AC 14/1966)
13 Didn’t Want To Have To Do It (Capitol 2171)(b-side, 1968)
14 Misty Roses (Capitol 2308)(b-side, 1969)
15 It’ll Never Happen Again (Capitol 2308)(uncharted a-side, 1969)*rare gem; CD debut.
16 Spinning Wheel (Capitol 2477)(a-side)(AC 24/1969)
17 Is That All There Is? (Capitol 2602)(a-side)(BB 11/1969; CB 10/1969; RW 8/1969; AC 1(2)/1969)
18 Something (Capitol 2696)(b-side, 1969)
19 You’ll Remember Me (Capitol 2817)(a-side)(AC 16/1970)
20 Pieces of Dreams (Capitol 2910)(b-side, 1970)*rare gem; CD debut.
21 Where Did They Go? (Capitol 3113)(uncharted a-side, 1971)*rare gem; CD debut.
22 Love Song (Capitol 3439)(a-side)(AC 34/1972)*rare gem; CD debut.

A&M RECORDS:
23 Some Cats Know (A&M 1771)(uncharted a-side, 1975)*rare gem.

EMI JAPAN:
24 Senza Fine (Toshiba-EMI 1157)(a-side)(uncharted a-side, 2002)*recorded in 1964; last released single for Peggy Lee.

BONUS TRACKS OF STUDIO TALK:
25 False start on Caramba, It’s the Samba.
26 False start on Manana.
27 It Jumps about Helpless.
28 Sonriente practice
29 Thank you very much break Lookin/Window.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Up to now, this box set is still the best singles collection on Peggy Lee. There are many many rare gems making their CD debut. You cannot complete a Singles Discography on Peggy Lee without this set.
2 The sound is simply wonderful. According to the Producer’s note, to ensure the highest sound quality possible, every track in this set has been mastered from the best source. The result is simply magic. All the songs have become my reference standards.
3 According to the Producer’s note, if the single version of a master differed from the album version, the single version was chosen. (Are you listening, the Beach Boys, a complete single version compilation is appreciated).
4 No alternate takes were chosen. Thank you!
5 Besides the four wonderful discs, the next gem goes to the wonderful 72-page hard cover book. A complete singles discography was present. All the album and singles labels pictures are present. Label & number, chart positions were present. The long essay with many beautiful pictures is informative. My only critiscism is that if this book is bigger like those from Bear Family, this would have been perfect!

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Price: EXPENSIVE! I bought this when it first came out at a much lower price.
2 There are 78 songs (39 singles) on Decca label. Only 4 are represented.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

I have just finished a Complete Singles Discography, and found that there are an amazing 193 singles, charted & uncharted, from 1941 to 2002 (only 338 songs, not 386 songs, because 23 b-sides belonged to other artists (mainly Benny Goodman in the Columbia era) and 25 were repeated releases). The labels are: (1) Columbia/Okeh (1941 – 1942), (2) ARA (1945), (3) Capitol, 1st period (1944 – 1952), (4) Decca (1952 – 1956), (5) Capitol, 2nd period (1957 – 1972), (6) Atlantic (1974), (7) A&M (1975 – 1976), (8) Polydor (1977), (9) DRG (1979), (10) MCA (1982), (11) Harbinger Records (1988), (12) MusicMasters Records (1988 – 1990), (13) Park Records (1992), (14) Chesky Records (1992), (15) MusicMasters (I guest vocal, 1995), and (16) EMI-Toshiba-EMI (2002).

To complete her Singles Discography, you will need the following: (1) Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman: Complete Recordings 1941-1947, (2) The Singles Collection (4 CD box set, Capitol, 2002)(current set), (3) Miss Peggy Lee (4 CD set, Capitol 1998), (4) Black Coffee and other Delights: Decca Anthology (2 CD, Decca), (5) The Lost ‘40s and ‘50s Capitol Masters (2 CD, Collectors’ Choice, 2008) and (6) various individual albums, like A Natural Woman/Is That All There Is, 2 Shows Nightly, Then was Then Now Is Now/Bridge Over Troubled Water, In Love Again/In The Name Of Love (very expensive), Sugar n Spice, Classics & Collectables, Miss Wonderful, Let’s Love and Blues Cross Country.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Peggy Lee was born Norma Egstrom on May 26, 1920 in Jamestown, North Dakota. She was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer and actress, in a career spanning six decades. From her beginning as a vocalist on local radio to singing with Benny Goodman's big band, she forged a sophisticated persona, evolving into a multi-faceted artist and performer. She wrote music for films, acted, and created conceptual record albums—encompassing poetry, jazz, chamber pop, and art songs. She was nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, winning Best Contemporary Vocal Performance for her 1969 hit "Is That All There Is?" In 1995 she was given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She sadly died of a heart attack on January 21, 2002 (age 81).

I wrote this long review to show my respect and tribute to Miss Peggy Lee. Hope this review is helpful to you.

Lost 40s And 50s Capitol Maste
Lost 40s And 50s Capitol Maste
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peggy Lee Lost `40s & `50s Capitol Masters (2CDs): 39 rare gems with 24 rare singles making CD debut; good sound; very expensive, Jan. 10 2015
CONTENT:

This set, released by Collectors' Choice in 2008, contains 39 wonderful rare gems. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including label & number, chart position, plus personal comments):

DISC 1:
01 Ain't Goin' No Place (Capitol 10011)(uncharted a-side, 1944)*rare gem; CD debut.
02 A Cottage For Sale (previously unreleased)
03 Don't Be So Mean To Baby (alternate version; previously unreleased)*the released version was recorded 3 months later.
04 Aren't You Kind Of Glad We Did? (Capitol 292)(b-side, 1946)*rare gem; CD debut.
05 I've Had My Moments (previously unreleased)*Lee recorded this song five different times during the mid-40s, but Capitol never released this song.
06 Swing Low Sweet Chariot (alternate version; previously unreleased)*Lee recorded it 3 times for Capitol in 1946-47 and once for Decca in 1956; version released was recorded 3 months later.
07 Trouble Is A Man (previously unreleased)
08 Music, Maestro, Please (previously unreleased)
09 It's Lovin' Time (Capitol 343)(b-side, 1947)*rare gem; CD debut.
10 Ain'tcha Ever Comin' Back (Capitol 419)(b-side, 1947)*rare gem; CD debut.
11 It Takes A Long Long Train With A Red Caboose (To Carry My Blues Away)(Capitol 445)(uncharted a-side, 1947)*rare gem; CD debut.
12 The Freedom Train (Capitol 15003)(uncharted a-side, 1947)*rare gem; CD debut.
13 A Hundred Years From Today (previously unreleased)
14 Keep Me In Mind (recorded with Benny Goodman)
15 Love (Your Spell Is Everywhere)(Capitol 15232)(uncharted a-side, 1948)
16 Love Ye (previously unreleased)
17 What'll It Getcha (previously unreleased)
18 (I Wanna Go Where You Go) Then I'll Be Happy (Capitol 15298)(b-side, 1948)*rare gem; CD debut.
19 I Don't Know What To Do Without You Baby (previously unreleased)
20 Neon Signs (I'm Gonna Shine Like Neon Too)(Capitol 703)(b-side, 1949)*rare gem; CD debut.

DISC 2:
01 A Man Wrote A Song (Capitol 769)(uncharted a-side, 1949)*rare gem; CD debut.
02 Sunshine Cake (Capitol 849)(b-side, 1950)*rare gem; CD debut.
03 Run For The Roundhouse Nellie (Capitol 849)(b-side, 1950)*rare gem; CD debut.
04 Cannonball Express (Capitol 1450)(b-side, 1951)*rare gem; CD debut; this song not arranged chronologically.
05 Don't Give Me A Ring On The Telephone (Until You Give Me A Ring On My Hand)(previously unreleased)
06 If I Could Steal You From Somebody Else (previously unreleased)
07 Ay Ay Chug A Chug (Capitol 1298)(uncharted a-side, 1950)*rare gem; CD debut.
08 Something To Remember You By (previously unreleased)
09 Climb Up The Mountain (Capitol 1366)(uncharted a-side, 1951)*rare gem; CD debut.
10 Pick Up Your Marbles (And Go Home)(previously unreleased)
11 That Ol' Devil (Won't Get Me)(Capitol 1450)(uncharted a-side, 1951)*rare gem; CD debut.
12 If You Turn Me Down (Capitol 1544)(b-side, 1951)*rare gem; CD debut.
13 Boulevard Café (Capitol 1544)(uncharted a-side, 1951)*rare gem; CD debut.
14 It Never Happen'd To Me (Capitol 1513)(b-side, 1951)*rare gem; CD debut; misspelled Happen' instead of Happen'd; not arranged chronologically.
15 So Far, So Good (Capitol 1586)(b-side, 1951)*rare gem; CD debut.
16 My Magic Heart (Capitol 1586)(uncharted a-side, 1951)*rare gem; CD debut.
17 Telling Me Yes, Telling Me No (with Mel Torme)(Capitol 1738)(b-side, 1951)*rare gem; CD debut; Peggy Lee sang on Mel Torme's California Suite under the alias Susan Melton.
18 Shame On You (Capitol 1926)(b-side, 1952)*rare gem; CD debut.
19 Goin' On A Hayride (Capitol 2025)(b-side, 1952)*rare gem; CD debut; last single on Capitol before joining Decca label.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 What a wonderful collection of rare singles, 24 rare gems making their CD debut. I could not have finished my Complete Singles Discography without this set. All the other previously unreleased gems are treasures too.
2 The sound is wonderfully remastered: clean with no hiss. Peggy Lee's distinctive voice is clear and centralized, with clear differentiation of backing instruments in the orchestra.
3 There is a wonderful 8 page booklet, containing all the details about all the songs, including label & number, name of orchestra. There is a one page letter from Peggy's daughter Nicki Lee Foster, which was very moving...how she reminisced about Peggy Lee and her husband Dave Barbour writing songs together. A must-read.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 I bought my copy when it first came out in 2008, not realizing how precious this release was, until I started to construct a Complete Singles Discography. Now Collectors' Choice is no longer in business and this item has become a collector's item. The price is very, very expensive.
2 The songs are not arranged chronologically.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

I have just finished a Complete Singles Discography, and found that there are an amazing 193 singles, charted & uncharted, from 1941 to 2002 (only 340 songs, not 386 songs, because 21 b-sides belonged to other artists (mainly Benny Goodman in the Columbia era) and 25 were repeated releases). The labels are: (1) Columbia/Okeh (1941 - 1942), (2) ARA (1945), (3) Capitol, 1st period (1944 - 1952), (4) Decca (1952 - 1956), (5) Capitol, 2nd period (1957 - 1972), (6) Atlantic (1974), (7) A&M (1975 - 1976), (8) Polydor (1977), (9) DRG (1979), (10) MCA (1982), (11) Harbinger Records (1988), (12) MusicMasters Records (1988 - 1990), (13) Park Records (1992), (14) Chesky Records (1992), (15) MusicMasters (I guest vocal, 1995), and (16) EMI-Toshiba-EMI (2002).

To complete her Singles Discography, you will need the following: (1) Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman: Complete Recordings 1941-1947, (2) The Singles Collection (4 CD box set, Capitol, 2002), (3) Miss Peggy Lee (4 CD set, Capitol 1998), (4) Black Coffee and other Delights: Decca Anthology (2 CD, Decca), (5) The Lost `40s and `50s Capitol Masters (2 CD, Collectors' Choice, 2008)(the current set), and (6) various individual albums, like A Natural Woman/Is That All There Is, 2 Shows Nightly, Then was Then Now Is Now/Bridge Over Troubled Water, In Love Again/In The Name Of Love (very expensive), Sugar n Spice, Classics & Collectables, Miss Wonderful, Let's Love and Blues Cross Country.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Peggy Lee was born Norma Egstrom on May 26, 1920 in Jamestown, North Dakota. She was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer and actress, in a career spanning six decades. From her beginning as a vocalist on local radio to singing with Benny Goodman's big band, she forged a sophisticated persona, evolving into a multi-faceted artist and performer. She wrote music for films, acted, and created conceptual record albums--encompassing poetry, jazz, chamber pop, and art songs. She was nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, winning Best Contemporary Vocal Performance for her 1969 hit "Is That All There Is?" In 1995 she was given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She sadly died of a heart attack on January 21, 2002 (age 81).

Finally, please allow me to quote from Nicki Lee Foster: "One of the songs featured in this extraordinary set, A Hundred Years From Today, is a personal favorite of mine. I remember once when Mama sang it to me while we sat together in the Oriental garden that she had designed at our home. Hearing her sing it again takes me right back to that moment in time. The lyrics spoke to me then, as they do now, about the importance of enjoying life to the fullest." How true! Thank you, Nicki and Peggy Lee for all your wonderful music.

Because of the high expense, this set is definitely for collectors.

A Natural Woman/Is That All Th
A Natural Woman/Is That All Th
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peggy Lee A Natural Woman/Is That All There Is: 2 wonderful albums, with many singles making CD debut; great sound!, Jan. 10 2015
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CONTENT:

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

POSITIVE POINTS:

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.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss. Apparently all the songs were new digital remasters. Peggy Lee’s distinctive voice is clear and centralized, with clear differentiation of backing instruments in the orchestra.
3 The 6-page booklet contains the front and back album covers of both albums, each occupying the entire page. This is the correct way to bring back those old albums. Thank you, EMI.
4 76 minutes! Good value!

NEGATIVE POINT:

None.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

I have just finished a Complete Singles Discography, and found that there are an amazing 174 singles, charted & uncharted, from 1941 to 1976 (only 311 songs, not 348 songs, because 19 b-sides belonged to other artists (mainly Benny Goodman in the Columbia era) and 18 were repeated releases). The labels are: (1) Columbia/Okeh (1941 – 1942), (2) Capitol (1944 – 1957), (3) Decca (1957 – 1958), (4) Capitol (1959 – 1972), (5) Atlantic (1974), and (6) A&M (1975 – 1976).

To complete her Singles Discography, you will need the following: (1) Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman: Complete Recordings 1941-1947, (2) The Singles Collection (4 CD box set, Capitol, 2002), (3) Miss Peggy Lee (4 CD set, Capitol 1998), (4) Black Coffee and other Delights: Decca Anthology (2 CD, Decca), (5) The Lost ‘40s and ‘50s Capitol Masters (2 CD, Collectors’ Choice, 2008), and (6) various individual albums, like the current set, 2 Shows Nightly, Then was Then Now Is Now/Bridge Over Troubled Water, In Love Again/In The Name Of Love (very expensive), Sugar n Spice and Classics & Collectables.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Peggy Lee was born Norma Egstrom on May 26, 1920 in Jamestown, North Dakota. She was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer and actress, in a career spanning six decades. From her beginning as a vocalist on local radio to singing with Benny Goodman's big band, she forged a sophisticated persona, evolving into a multi-faceted artist and performer. She wrote music for films, acted, and created conceptual record albums—encompassing poetry, jazz, chamber pop, and art songs. She was nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, winning Best Contemporary Vocal Performance for her 1969 hit "Is That All There Is?" In 1995 she was given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She sadly died of a heart attack on January 21, 2002 (age 81).

She is a phenomenal singer. This current set, with phenomenal songs and great sound, is recommended to all Peggy Lee’s fans.

Eight Classic Albums (4CD)
Eight Classic Albums (4CD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peggy Lee 8 Classic Albums: 8 complete albums; 99 songs; many singles; great sound; good value!, Jan. 10 2015
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CONTENT:

The 4 CD set, released by Real Gone Jazz, contain 8 complete albums with 99 songs, released from 1956 to 1961. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with album and singles label & number, chart position, with personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100):

DISC 1:
LP BLACK COFFEE (Decca 8358)(1956)*originally released in 1953 (Decca 5482) with only 8 tracks:
01 Black Coffee
02 I've Got You Under My Skin (Decca 28737)(b-side, 1953)
03 Easy Living
04 My Heart Belongs To Daddy (Decca 28737)(uncharted a-side, 1953)
05 It Ain't Necessarily So (Capitol 30879)(UK b-side, 1959)
06 Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You
07 A Woman Alone With The Blues
08 I Didn't Know What Time It Was
09 When The World Was Young (bonus track)
10 Love Me Or Leave Me (bonus track)
11 You're My Thrill (bonus track)
12 There's A Small Hotel (bonus track)
LP THINGS ARE SWINGIN' (Capitol 1049)(16/1958):
13 It's A Wonderful World
14 Things Are Swingin' (Capitol 15103)(uncharted UK a-side, 1959)
15 Alright, Okay, You Win (Capitol 4115)(BB 68/1959)
16 Ridin' High
17 It's Been A Long, Long Time
18 Lullaby In Rhythm
19 Alone Together
20 I'm Beginning To See The Light
21 It's A Good Good Night
22 You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me
23 You're Mine, You
24 Life Is For Livin'

DISC 2:
LP BEAUTY AND THE BEAT (With George Shearing)(Capitol 1219)(1959):
01 Do I Love You
02 I Lost My Sugar In Salt Lake City (Capitol 4243)(b-side, 1959)
03 If Dreams Come True
04 All Too Soon
05 Mambo In Miami
06 Isn't It Romantic
07 Blue Prelude
08 You Came A Long Way From St. Louis (Capitol 4243)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
09 Always True To You In My Fashion
10 There'll Be Another Spring
11 Get Out of Town
12 Satin Doll
13 Don't Ever Leave Me
14 Nobody's Heart
LP LATIN ALA LEE (Capitol 1290)(11/1960):
15 Heart (Capitol 4349)(uncharted a-side, 1960)
16 On The Street Where You Live
17 Till There Was You (Capitol 15184)(UK 30/1961)
18 I Am In Love
19 Hey There
20 I Could Have Danced All Night (Capitol X-3 1290)(a-side, 1960)
21 The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
22 The Party's Over
23 Dance Only With Me
24 Wish You Were Here
25 C'est Magnifique (Capitol 4349)(b-side, 1960)
26 I Enjoy Being A Girl

DISC 3:
LP CHRISTMAS CAROUSEL (Capitol 1423)(1960):
01 I Like A Sleighride (Capitol 4474)(b-side, 1960)
02 The Christmas Song
03 Don't Forget To Feed The Reindeer
04 The Star Carol
05 The Christmas List (Capitol 4311)(b-side, 1959)
06 Christmas Carousel (Capitol 4474)(uncharted a-side, 1960)
07 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
08 The Christmas Waltz
09 The Christmas Riddle
10 The Tree (Capitol 4311)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
11 Deck The Halls
12 White Christmas
LP OLE ALA LEE (Capitol 1475)(1960):
13 Come Dance With Me
14 By Myself
15 You're So Right For Me
16 Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don't Tease Me)
17 Fantastico
18 Together (Wherever We Go)
19 Love and Marriage
20 Non Dimenticar
21 From Now On
22 You Stepped Out Of A Dream
23 Ole
24 I Can't Resist You

DISC 4:
LP BASIN STREET EAST PROUDLY PRESENTS MISS PEGGY LEE (Capitol 1520)(77/1961):
01 Day in, Day Out
02 Moments Like This
03 Fever (Capitol 3998)(BB 8/1958; UK 5/1958)*for studio single version
04 The Second Time Around
05 Medley: One Kiss/My Romance/The Vagabond King Waltz
06 I Got A Man
07 Peggy Lee Bow Music
08 I Love Being Here With You
09 But Beautiful
10 Them There Eyes (Capitol 512)(uncharted a-side, 1947)*for studio single version.
11 Just For A Thrill
12 Yes Indeed (Capitol 4576)(b-side, 1961)*for studio single version.
13 Peggy Lee Bow Music
LP IF YOU GO (Capitol 1630)(1961):
14 As Time Goes By
15 If You Go
16 Oh Love Has Thou Forsaken Me
17 Say It Isn't So
18 I Wish I Didn't Love You So
19 Maybe It's Because (I Love You Too Much)
20 I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life
21 I Get Along Without You Very Well
22 (I Love You) Gypsy Heart
23 When I Was A Child
24 Here's That Rainy Day
25 Smile

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a great collection of 8 wonderful Peggy Lee albums in one set, three being charted on Billboard 200 Album Chart. EMI has released 2 LPs on 1 CD in the past, but the price is much more expensive and with only 2 albums. This is a great deal.
2 As noted above, there are many singles included, plus many memorable album tracks.
3 The sound is wonderfully remastered: clean with no hiss. Miss Peggy Lee's whispering and sexy voice is centralized, while the backing instruments in the orchestra are clearly defined, especially on the "live" albums.
4 The details of the session players for each album were included on the back page of the booklet. Of course, Real Gone Jazz teased us with the 8 album fronts scattered on the front cover.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 As in the EMI 2 LPs on one CD series, the front and back album covers are clearly displayed, each occupying the entire page. To include that in your booklet (6/8 pages devoted to advertisement) will make your collection more valuable. In the case of Real Gone Music, no booklet is available.
2 There are no label & number, and no chart positions. There was no essay.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This is a great way to collect Peggy Lee's albums. Volume 2 has been released. I shall review it when I receive my copy. The entire set is totally enjoyable with great sound. It is also of great value. This set is recommended to all Miss Peggy Lee's fans.

Two Shows Nightly: Live
Two Shows Nightly: Live
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peggy Lee Two Shows Nightly: 1 ultra-rare live album plus many rare singles making CD debut; good sound; more for collectors!, Jan. 9 2015
This review is from: Two Shows Nightly: Live (Audio CD)
CONTENT:

Peggy Lee had a three week engagement at the Copacabana, starting April 11, 1968. Capitol production taped her shows on April 22, 23, and 24. The engagement consisted of two show per night, one at 8 pm and the other at midnight, thus the title of the album.

Two Shows Nightly was a Capitol album (Capitol ST-105) originally scheduled to be released in 1968, but was cancelled because Peggy Lee was not happy with the recorded sound (the brass section plus the applause too low). This is the rarest Peggy Lee album. I have just checked ebay and there is one vinyl album with no hole punched selling for $250.00!!! It should also be noted that portions of the album are, in fact, not the original performances as recorded at the Copa.

CONTENT:

This CD, released by the defunct Collectors’ Choice, one of my favourite labels for compilation in the past, contains the entire album (12 songs), plus 12 rare bonus tracks. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with album and singles label & number, chart position, plus personal comments)(AC=Adult Contemporary):

LP TWO SHOWS NIGHTLY (Capitol ST-105)(1968):
01 Do I Hear A Waltz?
02 By The Time I Get To Phoenix
03 Reason To Believe
04 Didn’t Want To Have To Do It
05 My Personal Property
06 Hand On The Plow
07 Until It’s Time For You To Go
08 Something Stupid
09 What Is A Woman
10 Alright, Okay, You Win
11 Here’s To You
12 Come Back To Me
BONUS TRACKS:
13 Make Believe
14 Stay With Me (Capitol 5678)(b-side, 1966)*rare gem; CD debut.
15 Happy Feet (Theme from Walk Don’t Run) (Capitol 5678)(uncharted a-side, 1966)*rare gem; CD debut.
16 That Man (Capitol 5605)(AC 31/1966)*rare gem; CD debut.
17 I Feel It (Capitol 5988)(AC 8/1967)*rare gem; CD debut.
18 The Lonesome Road (Capitol 5988)(b-side, 1967)*rare gem.
19 I Wound It Up
20 Money
21 Misty Roses (Capitol 2388)(b-side, 1969)
22 It’ll Never Happen Again (Capitol 2388)(uncharted a-side, 1969)
23 Reason To Believe (single version)(Capitol 2171)(uncharted a-side, 1968)*rare gem; thank you for the single version.
24 Didn’t Want To Have To Do It (single version)(Capitol 2171)(b-side, 1968)*rare gem; thank you for the single version.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Finally, the rare Peggy Lee album is available on CD.
2 For me, the other reason to get this CD is the bonus tracks. I am trying to complete a Complete Singles Discography on Peggy Lee, and many those rare singles are making their CD debut.
3 Collectors’ Choice was known for its high quality remastering. The previous deficiencies in this live album including the audience applause are corrected. The sound of the bonus tracks are very well remastered: clean with no hiss. The sultry voice of Peggy Lee is centralized while there is good differentiation of instruments in the backing orchestra.
4 There is an eight-page booklet, containing an informative essay by Ivan Santiago. He is the creator of The Peggy Lee Discography in the jazzdiscography.com website. Thanks to that extremely detailed discography, I managed to update and complete my own. Also, the front and back covers of the album, each occupying the entire page, are included. Good job!

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 Because this item is a collector's item, the price is rather expensive. I bought mine from seller on Amazon.com. Even considering the low Canadian $ plus shipping, the final price was still much cheaper. Because that item was used to belong to a library, the original library label was still on the front page which could not be removed. But this was no fault of the seller who clearly stated such description.
2 There were no label & number, and no chart positions.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I bought this set to complete my Singles Discography because there are many rare gems making their CD debut, plus getting the ultra-rare Peggy Lee album. The sound is very good. It does not have the usual popular hits. Therefore this set is more for collectors and fans of Peggy Lee.

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