Peggy Lee

Some of the Best

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The sources for the 12 tracks on this half-hour budget compilation are unidentified, but they seem to be a combination of studio tracks dating back to Peggy Lee's days as a singer with the Benny Goodman Orchestra in the 1940s and air checks, especially from Bing Crosby's radio show of the late '40s and early '50s. "Why Don't You Do Right," Lee's biggest hit with Goodman, is included, along with air-check versions of later solo hits like "It's A Good Day" (as a duet with Crosby) and "Golden Earrings." "Peggy Lee has never made a bad recording, " writes producer Rod McKuen, and that may be true, but not all of the albums with her name on them are essential, and this collection belongs on the miscellaneous pile.

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