Peggy Lee

A Portrait of Peggy Lee

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The double-disc set A Portrait of Peggy Lee charts her first decade as a recording artist, from her 1941 breakthrough with "Elmer's Tune" by Benny Goodman's Orchestra to the biggest hit of her career, 1948's "Mañana (Is Soon Enough for Me)." The first disc concentrates on her stint with Goodman, including no less than 16 sides recorded during 1941. A Portrait of Peggy Lee then picks up with her move to Capitol during the mid-'40s (with her husband, Dave Barbour, at the head of her orchestra), including tracks like "Waitin' for the Train to Come In," "Why Don't You Do Right," "That Old Feeling," and "Mañana." The digital remastering makes for superb sound, and critics will absolutely love the wealth of rare material from Lee's earliest years.