Brenda Lee

The Definitive Collection

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Like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and only a few others, Brenda Lee could sound equally wonderful whether she was tearing into an upbeat rock & roll number or crooning a melancholy countrypolitan ballad. The fact that she demonstrated ample knowledge of both even before getting halfway through her teenage years made her achievements much more special. MCA's The Definitive Collection befits its title in one area: it's the definitive collection of her Billboard chart history, where most -- but not all -- of her artistic excellence occurred. The disc includes a full 28 tracks, but dispatches her early history as a rock firebrand with only three songs (when even ten wouldn't have been overdoing it), and moves quickly to her decade-long mastery of the forlorn, love-scorned ballad. It's a fact that most new listeners with a potential appreciation for Lee's talents would be drawn to her earlier rockabilly material, not her balladry, so this is a lost opportunity that some other collection will have to remedy. (In fact, the two-disc Anthology [1956-1980] proves that there's enough excellent Brenda Lee material to fill two discs.)

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:05 Amazon
2 2:25
3 2:42
4 2:31 Amazon
5 3:06 SpotifyAmazon
6 2:50 Amazon
7 2:42 SpotifyAmazon
8 3:34 Amazon
9 2:28 Amazon
10 2:29 Amazon
11 2:27 Amazon
12 2:40 Amazon
13 2:32 Amazon
14 2:30 Amazon
15 2:45 Amazon
16 2:13 SpotifyAmazon
17 2:34 Amazon
18 1:57 Amazon
19 3:00 Amazon
20 2:47 Amazon
21 2:37 Amazon
22 2:28 Amazon
23 2:51 Amazon
24 2:04 Amazon
25 3:02 Amazon
26 4:38 Amazon
27
3:02 Amazon
28 2:05
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