Capitol reissued Peggy Lee's 1958 albums Things Are Swingin' and Jump for Joy on one compact disc in 1997. Many of Lee's records are not all that strong from a jazz standpoint, but Things Are Swingin' is a definite exception. Backed by an orchestra arranged and conducted by Jack Marshall, the emphasis is on swinging renditions of standards; Lee's light, soft voice rarely sounded more appealing. Highlights include such sprightly songs as "It's a Wonderful World," "Lullaby in Rhythm," "Ridin' High" and "You're Mine You." Jump for Joy is more pop-oriented but just as enjoyable, finding Lee in something of a peak. Both records are among her best, making this an ideal choice for serious Peggy Lee fans.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow