Peggy Lee

Swing Era

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Swing Era is one hot Peggy Lee release, its first eight tracks comprised of telescriptions featuring the singer/composer in a multitude of visual settings, doing numbers such as "I May Be Wrong," "I Only Have Eyes for You," and "I Cover the Waterfront." The quality varies a bit, but no Lee fan will be disappointed by anything that's here. The title of this disc is a bit misleading, however, as Lee is only represented on eight of the numbers here -- other tracks include June Christy doing numbers such as "Taking a Chance On Love," "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm," and "He's Funny That Way." And then the whole program switches gears to focus on the phenomenon of "girl orchestras," with Ina Ray Hutton leading her Melodears in six fast-paced swing tracks from various short films and soundies, Lorraine Page leading her orchestra in a swinging rendition of "Sweet Sue," and Rito Rita (with a young Alan Ladd as vocalist) leading her band doing "I Look at You," "Flying Feet," etc. The audio quality is better than the video on a lot of the woman band clips, but it's all more than acceptable and, as with other releases in this series, the program appears on both sides of the platter, in NTSC (American) format on one and PAL (European) format on the other.

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