Peggy Lee: Live In London

Live In London

Peggy Lee

  • US $24.99  

  • Release Date 04 December 2015
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Product code
5364186
Format
CD Box Set
Label
UMC

In March ’77, mere weeks before the summer of punk, a singer from a different, more refined age but a genuine singing and songwriting genius nonetheless, stepped off a plane from Los Angeles into the London springtime to perform two breathtaking concerts at the Palladium and to record a studio album under the auspices of British producer Ken Barnes. ‘Peggy Lee Live In London’ captures the fruits of this wonderful visit by the one and only Peggy Lee in all its glory for the very first time and is a comprehensive record of the only recordings Lee ever made outside of the US.

‘Live In London’ will be available in a deluxe box and will feature 4 discs: 3 CDs plus 1 DVD. CD1 is the original studio album ‘Peggy’; CD2 is ‘Peggy Lee Live In London’ recorded on March 13th ’77 at the London Palladium. Both are available on CD in their entirety for the first time. CD3 ‘Afterglow’ is a fascinating collection of some previously unreleased material including the entire second London Palladium concert from March 20th ‘77, some songs Lee recorded in rehearsal at the Palladium and some extra songs from the London studio sessions. The bonus DVD will feature a BBC live special from ’81 entitled ‘Peggy Lee Entertains’. The package will also include extensive sleevenotes by producer Ken Barnes, who oversaw the creation of this release but sadly passed away in August of 2015.

Peggy Lee was born Norma Egstrom to Scandinavian-American parents in North Dakota in 1920. Her mother died when she was just 4 years old and her childhood was scarred by a tempestuous relationship with her stepmother. She took comfort from jazz singers on the radio and developed her vocal talent singing in the church choir. She made her radio debut at 14 and was christened Peggy Lee by the programme director of a radio station in Fargo because he couldn’t see Norma Egstrom in lights! She got her big break in 1941 when legendary band leader Benny Goodman heard her sing and immediately signed her to his band. She enjoyed her first real success and went on to have her first major hit in ‘43 with ‘Why Don’t You Do Right’ (featured here in the second Palladium concert). Many more hits followed in a career spanning over six decades including ‘I Don’t Know Enough About You’, ‘It’s A Good Day’, ‘Mañana’, ‘Don’t Smoke In Bed’, ‘Lover’, ‘Black Coffee’, ‘Mr. Wonderful’, ‘I'm A Woman’, ‘Big Spender’, ‘Is That All There Is?’ and her evergreen signature song ‘Fever’. Peggy Lee recorded more than 800 songs over hundreds of singles and 60-plus albums, establishing herself as a giant of the Great American Songbook not only as a singer and master interpreter, but also as a lyricist, composer and musical innovator. She began songwriting with her husband Dave Barbour, the guitarist in Benny Goodman’s band, and went on to collaborate with some of the greatest musicians and songwriters in America, including Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mandel, Cy Coleman, Victor Young, Sonny Burke, Dave Grusin, Quincy Jones and Marian McPartland. She won numerous awards including Grammys for Best Female Vocalist and for Lifetime Achievement, and in ‘99 she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. She also made her mark in the movies – voicing several of the roles in the Disney classic ‘Lady And The Tramp’ and singing and co-writing several songs on the soundtrack including ‘He’s A Tramp’ and ‘The Siamese Cat Song’; she was also Oscar-nominated for her role in the 1955 film ‘Pete Kelly’s Blues’.

“The greatest ever since I heard her chirp the first note.” – Louis Armstrong

“If I’m the Duke, then Peggy Lee is the Queen.” – Duke Ellington

“She was a songwriter at a time when women typically didn’t write songs... she was just immensely talented.” – Bette Midler

“She has the power to move the heart and soul quite unlike any other artist. From the time I first heard her sing – when I was a teenager – right through until the present time, her music has always given me a thrill.” – Paul McCartney

“I love everything about her: her elegance, her wit. She is one of the greatest influences in what I do as an artist.” – Diana Krall

CD ONE: PEGGY
1. The Hungry Years (Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield)
2. Here, Now (Mark Trujillo, Dan Kimpel)
3. I Go To Rio (Peter Allen)
4. I’m Not In Love (Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart)
5. Star Sounds (Johnny Mercer)
6. What I Did For Love (Edward Kleban, Marvin Hamlisch)
7. Misty (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
8. Every Little Movement (Otto Harbach, Karl Haschna)
9. Courage, Madame (Peggy Lee, Pete Moore)
10. Switchin’ Channels (Ken Barnes, Pete Moore)
11. Just For Tonight (Jen and Ray Jessel)
12. Lover (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

CD TWO: LIVE IN LONDON
1. Love For Sale (Cole Porter)
2. Everything Must Change (Bernard Ighner)
3. You Gotta Know How (Beulah “Sippie” Wallace)
4. The Folks Who Live On The Hill (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
5. I Don’t Want To Play In Your Yard (Henry Petrie, Philip Wingate)
6. Have A Good Time (Paul Simon)
7. Touch Me In The Morning (Ron Miller, Michael Masser)
8. Make Believe (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
9. Fever (John Davenport, Eddie Cooley)
10. Why Don’t You Do Right (Joe McCoy)
11. Is That All There Is ? (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
12. Sing A Rainbow (Arthur Hamilton)
13. Mr. Wonderful (Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
14. Mack The Knife (Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht, Marc Blitzstein)
15. Dreams Of Summer (Peggy Lee, Yutaka Yokokura)
16. Here’s To You (Peggy Lee, Richard Hazard)

CD THREE

AFTERGLOW
(Previously unreleased – rarities, rehearsals and the second Palladium concert)

1. Here, Now (Mark Trujillo, Dan Kimpel)
– featuring Duncan Lamont (tenor sax) and backing vocals by Peggy Lee
2. Misty (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner) – extended version
3. Fun In Rehearsal (Peggy Remembers Billie Holiday)
(a) Easy Living (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger)
(b) They Can’t Take That Away From Me (George and Ira Gershwin)
– with Pete Moore (piano) and Judd Proctor (guitar)

THE COMPLETE SECOND CONCERT

4. Love For Sale (Cole Porter)
5. Misty (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
6. Why Don’t You Do Right (Joe McCoy)
7. I’m Not In Love (Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart)
8. Have A Good Time (Paul Simon)
9. Mr. Wonderful (Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
10. Sing A Rainbow (Arthur Hamilton)
11. You Gotta Know How (Beulah “Sippie” Wallace)
12. Everything Must Change (Bernard Ighner)
13. Make Believe (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
14. Fever (John Davenport, Eddie Cooley)
15. I Don’t Want To Play In Your Yard (Henry Petrie, Philip Wingate)
16. Is That All There Is? (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
17. Rodgers And Hart Medley (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) (Who Are You?/Where Or When/Glad To Be Unhappy/Falling In Love With Love/Bewitched)
18. Speech
19. Mack The Knife (Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht, Marc Blitzstein)
20. The Folks Who Live On The Hill (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
21. Lover (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
22. Here’s To You (Peggy Lee, Richard Hazard)

BONUS DVD: Peggy Lee Entertains – full live TV special (1981)

1. I Love Being Here With You (Peggy Lee, Bill Schluger)
2. Everything Must Change (Bernard Ighner)
3. Love Me Or Leave Me (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn)
4. Mr. Wonderful (Jerry Bock, Lawrence Holofcener, George David Weiss)
5. Witchcraft (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
6. My Father (Judy Collins)
7. Why Don’t You Do Right (Joe McCoy)
8. Fever (John Davenport, Eddie Cooley)
9. I’m A Woman (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
10. But Beautiful (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
11. The Best Is Yet To Come (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
12. Don’t Cry Out Loud (Peter Allen, Carole Bayer Sager)
13. The Boy From... (Mary Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim)
14. The Folks Who Live On The Hill (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
15. Here’s To You (Peggy Lee, Richard Hazard)