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The Complete Recordings 1941-1947

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Although the whole collection ranges across six years, 32 of the 35 cuts on this two-CD set were recorded within a year of Peggy Lee's joining Benny Goodman's band, and the vast majority within a six month period through the winter of 1942. It is possible during that span to hear Lee evolve from a competent but scarcely confident vocalist ("Elmer's Tune") into a bold interpreter, equally adept at blues ("Blues in the Night"), ballads ("When the Roses Bloom Again"), rhythm numbers ("My Little Cousin," "I Threw a Kiss in the Ocean"), and everything in between. Aside from an improvement in sound over 1993's Best of the Big Bands: Benny Goodman Featuring Peggy Lee, the real beauty here is in the material that wasn't on that earlier disc, most notably the small-group sides "Where or When" (perhaps the most beautiful rendition of that song ever cut), "On the Sunny Side of the Street," and "Blues in the Night," the latter one of Lee's earliest blues numbers. Equally important, the band is captured in a nice, close rich sound, which goes double for the solos by Goodman, Mel Powell et al. Speaking of Powell, the timing of recording of the songs on this set makes it one of the best showcases of Powell's piano playing and arranging. Lee's 32 sides with Goodman on Columbia and OKeh have been augmented by three additional numbers, cut by the two as part of Goodman's postwar Capitol Records contract -- they're brighter and fuller, but not outrageously superior to his early Columbia sides; but they show off the work of a fully mature artist with five years' more confidence and skill. ~ Bruce Eder
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Elmer's Tune Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 2:49
  3. 2 I See a Million People (But All I Can See Is You) Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 2:41
  4. 3 That's the Way It Goes Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 3:7
  5. 4 I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 3:14
  6. 5 My Old Flame Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 3:7
  7. 6 How Deep Is the Ocean? Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 3:4
  8. 7 Shady Lady Bird Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 1:59
  9. 8 Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 2:14
  10. 9 Somebody Else Is Taking My Place Benny Goodman 3:7
  11. 10 Somebody Nobody Loves Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 3:20
  12. 11 How Long Has This Been Going On? Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 3:15
  13. 12 That Did It, Marie Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 2:28
  14. 13 Winter Weather Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 2:59
  15. 14 Ev'rything I Love Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 3:3
  16. 15 Not Mine Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 3:16
  17. 16 Not a Care in the World Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 3:20
  18. 17 My Old Flame Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 3:15
  19. 18 How Deep Is the Ocean? Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 3:19
  20. 19 Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 2:0
  21. 1 Blues in the Night Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 3:13
  22. 2 Where or When Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 3:19
  23. 3 On the Sunny Side of the Street Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 3:10
  24. 4 The Lamp of Memory (Incertidumbre) [Previously Unreleased][Alternate Take] Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 3:16
  25. 5 If You Build a Better Mousetrap Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 3:2
  26. 6 When the Roses Bloom Again Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 2:52
  27. 7 My Little Cousin Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 3:16
  28. 8 The Way You Look Tonight Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 3:16
  29. 9 I Threw a Kiss in the Ocean Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 2:58
  30. 10 We'll Meet Again Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 3:16
  31. 11 Full Moon (Noche de Luna) Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 3:16
  32. 12 There Won't Be a Shortage of Love Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 2:40
  33. 13 You're Easy to Dance With Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 3:14
  34. 14 All I Need Is You Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 3:21
  35. 15 Why Don't You Do Right? Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 3:12
  36. 16 Let's Say a Prayer Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 3:8
  37. 17 The Freedom Train Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 3:10
  38. 18 Keep Me in Mind Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 2:54
  39. 19 For Every Man There's a Woman Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman 2:44

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