Brenda Lee

By Request

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By Request, a Top 100 album for Brenda Lee in 1964, is heavy on ubiquitous easy listening ballads like "Days of Wine and Roses," "Tammy," and "Blue Velvet," but don't pass it over just yet. It also contains four of Lee's hits from 1963: "My Whole World Is Falling Down," "I Wonder," "The Grass Is Greener," and "As Usual," all of which charted in the Top 25. They are also reissued on the two-disc set Anthology, Vols. 1 & 2 (1956-1980), which leaves half a dozen overly familiar adult contemporary songs for your consideration. By Request offers a useful roundup of hit singles for vinyl addicts, but no surprises for completists.

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