Peggy Lee

Miss Wonderful [Box]

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This is a wonderful four-disc collection of tracks from Peggy Lee's first solo stint with Capitol Records in the mid- to late-1940s, shortly after she left her spot as a singer with Benny Goodman's band in 1943, and her early sides for Decca Records, who signed her in 1952. While many would argue that her best work was done a decade later during her second go-round with Capitol, the selections here (many of them done with husband Dave Barbour and his orchestra) show an assured vocalist with a firm understanding of the pop side of jazz. Among the classic highlights included are her out-of-the-gate hit for Capitol, "Waiting for the Train to Come In," the 1948 smash "Mañana," "Golden Earrings," "Don't Smoke in Bed," "Black Coffee," and a stunning reading of "I've Got You Under My Skin." "Show Me the Way to Get Out of This World" (which leads off the third disc here) is a particular delight, with Lee's smooth phrasing sliding and descending effortlessly through the dwindling syllables of the chorus like a surfer shooting a rapids: "Show me the way to get out of this world/because that's where/everything is." Miss Wonderful is four discs and 104 tracks of cool, crafty, and undeniably sultry vocals by a masterfully nuanced singer.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:06
2 2:46
3
2:59
4
3:07
5 2:40
6
3:22
7
3:05
8 2:53
9
3:13
10 3:01
11
3:00
12
2:49
13 2:16
14
2:49
15
3:00
16 2:24
17 2:58
18 3:03
19
3:08
20
3:15
21 3:09
22 3:01
23
2:31
24
3:01
25
2:35

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:55
2
2:30
3 3:05
4
3:04
5 2:58
6
3:01
7 3:15
8
2:34
9
2:48
10
2:59
11
2:32
12 3:10
13
2:49
14
3:11
15
3:00
16
3:09
17 2:56
18
3:10
19
3:13
20
2:43
21 3:10
22
0:36
23
3:36
24
feat: Mel Tormé
2:50
25
2:21

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:08
2
2:51
3 3:01
4
3:42
5
2:16
6
3:10
7 2:37
8
2:22
9 2:37
10
1:59
11
2:47
12
1:54
13 2:51
14 2:39
15
3:05
16
2:12
17
feat: Mel Tormé
2:30
18
2:52
19
3:18
20 3:04
21
3:16
22 3:00
23
3:22
24
3:21
25
3:13
26
3:03
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