Peggy Lee

The Singles Collection

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Peggy Lee was a renaissance woman, a multi-talented singer and composer who achieved popular as well as critical success. Short of a complete recordings box set, The Singles Collection is the best Peggy Lee career anthology yet, and a big improvement over the oddly compiled and sequenced 1998 box set Miss Peggy Lee. The Singles Collection isn't complete -- Lee released hundreds of singles -- and it doesn't come close to compiling all of her hits (in fact, it doesn't even compile all of her Top Ten hits), but it does offer a chronological journey through her catalog from her early days with Benny Goodman and Bob Crosby all the way up to the '70s when she recorded for A&M. Although Capitol Records produced the box set, the selections include cuts from other labels, including Lee's Decca Records period. Nearly half of the box's 110 tracks are new to CD, and collectors will appreciate the glimpse into the studio afforded by a handful of bonus tracks that include false starts and studio chatter. Lee may have enjoyed commercial success with "ethnic" novelties ("Mañana" being the foremost example) and upbeat pop songs, but it is her interpretations of serious jazz and pop tunes that have made her a contender for the title of Best Vocalist of the 20th Century. The Singles Collection follows her artistic growth and demonstrates the breadth of her interpretive abilities, which gives a better picture of Lee's artistry than any single album or inferior anthology could do.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:18
2 3:22
3 3:14
4 2:52
5 2:48
6 2:46
7 2:30
8 3:07
9 3:21
10 3:02
11 3:09
12 2:53
13 3:13
14 3:08
15 2:50
16 2:51
17 3:02
18 3:05
19 3:01
20 2:51
21 3:03
22 3:14
23 2:31
24 3:01
25 2:27
26 3:02
27 2:55

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:15
2 2:48
3 2:58
4 3:04
5 3:17
6 3:10
7 3:10
8
feat: Dean Martin
2:48
9 2:07
10
2:58
11 3:10
12 2:24
13 3:12
14 3:07
15 3:18
16 3:12
17 2:33
18 2:50
19
feat: Mel Tormé
2:54
20 3:03
21 2:56
22 2:49
23 2:26
24 2:22
25 2:32
26 2:32
27 2:37

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:07
2
2:46
3 2:26
4 2:16
5
2:16
6 3:14
7 2:57
8 2:34
9 3:12
10
feat: Mel Tormé
2:30
11 2:13
12 3:03
13 2:30
14 2:25
15 2:59
16 3:21
17 2:37
18 2:48
19 3:20
20 3:38
21 2:18
22
2:30
23 3:23
24 2:54
25 2:31
26 2:53
27 2:24

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 1:57
2 2:07
3 2:37
4 2:46
5 2:48
6 2:11
7
2:26
8 2:24
9 2:30
10 2:07
11 2:18
12 2:33
13
2:43
14 2:24
15 2:20
16 2:37
17 4:21
18 3:12
19 3:17
20 2:40
21 3:53
22 3:21
23 4:18
24 2:34
25
0:49
26
1:29
27
0:15
28
0:12
29
0:04
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