The Peggy Lee Bio-Discography:
A Gallery Of Serialized CD Compilations
From The Capitol-Emi Family Of Labels
by Iván Santiago-Mercado

Page generated on Sep 12, 2016


Scope And Contents

This page concentrates on digital releases (i.e., CDs, MP3 files) belonging to any of the various series that Emi Records (along with its sub-labels and affiliates) put together.  Each section is circumscribed to one such series:  Capitol Sings (I), Ladies & Gentlemen Of Song (II), The Definitive American Songbook (III), The Great Jazz Vocalists Sing (IV), Ultra-Lounge (V & VI), From The Vaults (VII), Remember The Forties (VIII), Lady Sings The Blues (IX), The Best ... Ever! (X), and some miscellanea (XI). Throughout the page, the primary focus naturally remains on the Peggy Lee-featuring items from each series, though secondary attention has often been given to the non-Lee items as well. (As for qualifying vinyl, it has been covered on a separate page, and the same is mostly true for albums that are part of any of Capitol's Christmas-themed series.  I should also point out, in passing, that this is one of four Peggy Lee Bio-Discography galleries dedicated to Emi's various-artists compilations.) 


I. THE CAPITOL SINGS SERIES




Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Over The Rainbow; Capitol Sings Harold Arlen / Format: CD & CS / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 7243 8 29387 2 9 / Rel. Year: 1995 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's renditions of "Come Rain Or Come Shine" and "Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe." Arlen wrote the former with Johnny Mercer, the later with E.Y. Harburg.

2. Title: Puttin' On The Ritz; Capitol Sings Irving Berlin / Format: CS & CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 0777 7 98477 2 3 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of Berlin's "Cheek To Cheek." Though not part of the Capitol Sings series, another issue that deserves passing mention herein is the 1992 EMI Blue Note compact disc and cassette Blue Berlin; Blue Note Plays The Music Of Irving Berlin (#99095), which includes Lee's rendition of Berlin's "Maybe It's Because (I Love You Too Much)."

3. Title: It's Magic; Capitol Sings Sammy Cahn / Format: CS & CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 29386 / Rel. Year: 1995 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Please Be Kind," which Cahn co-wrote with Saul Chaplin.

4. Title: Stardust; Capitol Sings Hoagy Carmichael / Format: CS & CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 7243 8 32592 4 3 & 7243 8 32592 2 9 - / Rel. Year: 1995 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Bubble-Loo, Bubble Loo," which Carmichael co-wrote with Paul Francis Webster.





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5. Title: Mood Indigo; Capitol Sings Duke Ellington / Format: CS & CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 7243 8 28106 2 9 / Rel. Year: 1994 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Jump For Joy," which Ellington co-wrote with Sid Kuller and Paul Francis Webster.

6. Title: Fascinatin' Rhythm; Capitol Sings George Gershwin / Format: CS & CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 96792 2 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of George and Ira Gershwin's "They Can't Take That Away From Me."

7. Title: The Song Is You; Capitol Sings Jerome Kern / Format: CS & CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 0777 7 99469 4 5 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's renditions of Kern's "I Won't Dance" and "Make Believe" - the latter a previously unissued master. In addition to Kern, the former is credited to Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach, Jimmy McHugh, and Dorothy Fields. Kern And Hammerstein also corroborated on "I Won't Dance."

8. Title: I Hear Music; Capitol Sings Frank Loesser / Format: CS & CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 7243 8 32567 2 3 / Rel. Year: 1995 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's renditions of Loesser's "I Hear Music" (written with Burton Lane) and "I Believe In You" which Loesser wrote solo).





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9. Title: I Feel a Song Comin' On; Capitol Sings Jimmy McHugh / Format: CS & CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 7243 8 32565 / Rel. Year: 1995 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of McHugh's "When My Sugar Walks Down The Street," co-written with Gene Austin and also credited to publisher Irving Mills.

10. Title: Anything Goes; Capitol Sings Cole Porter / Format: CS & CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 0777 7 96361 4 3 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of Porter's "Always True To You In My Fashion" and "From Now On."

11. Title: Hello Young Lovers; Capitol Sings Rodgers and Hammerstein / Format: CS & CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 7243 8 28107 4 2 / Rel. Year: 1994 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's renditions of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "I Enjoy Being A Girl" and "Something Wonderful."

12. Title: Isn't It Romantic: Capitol Sings Rodgers & Hart / Format: CS & CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 0777 7 98478 2 2 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's renditions of Rodgers And Hart's "The Lady Is A Tramp" and "My Heart Stood Still."





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13. Title: An Affair to Remember: Capitol Sings Harry Warren / Format: CS & CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 7243 8 32566 2 4 / Rel. Year: 1995 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me," which Warren co-wrote with Al Dubin.

14. Title: Makin' Whoopee!; Capitol Sings Broadway / Format: CS & CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 7243 8 29384 46/22 / Rel. Year: 1995 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's renditions of "I'm Just Wild About Harry" and "Wish You Were Here."

15. Title: Singing in the Rain: Capitol Sings Hollywood / Format: CS & CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 29385 / Rel. Year: 1995 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Stormy Weather."

16. Title: And The Winner Is ... Capitol Sings The Best Movie Songs / Format: CS & CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: Cdp 7 98475 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Days Of Wine And Roses."








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17. Title: Far Away Places; Capitol Sings Around The World / Format: CS & CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 4235 7 80181 2 / Rel. Year: 1994 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Bali Ha'i."

18. Title: Route 66; Capitol Sings Coast to Coast / Format: CS & CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 0777 7 80180 4 9 / Rel. Year: 1994 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Basin Street Blues" and "I Lost My Sugar In Salt Lake City."

General Note About The Series Under Discussion: Tracks by Peggy Lee were included in all but two of the 20-volume Capitol Sings series, which EMI inaugurated in 1992 and continued to produce until 1995. For the benefit of completists, pictures of the two non-Lee volumes have also been supplied above (last two images). After this series was completed, its volumes were re-printed for release on the company's Special Markets branch, with catalogue numbers that differed from the original printings. There is, for instance, a later cassette pressing of Fascinatin' Rhythm; Capitol Sings George Gershwin (originally #96792) that bears the catalogue number C 163734.


II. THE LADIES & GENTLEMEN OF SONG SERIES








Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Sweet And Lovely; Great Ladies Of Song / Format: CS & CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: C4 0777 7 97802 & C2 0777 7 97802 4 2 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's renditions of "As Time Goes By" and "The Glory Of Love."

2. Title: Sentimental Journey; Great Ladies Of Song / Format: CS & CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 07777 98014 4 2 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's renditions of "I Don't Know About You" and "Why Don't You Do Right?"


General Note About The Series Under Discussion: This series bears a loose connection to the Capitol Sings series that was discussed in section I. The earliest volumes of that other series were released in 1992. The same year, EMI issued a companion miniseries entitled Ladies & Gentlemen Of Song, which is under discussion in the present section. Consisting of four volumes, Peggy Lee is well represented in the two CDs dedicated to female vocalists. Naturally, she is not to be found in the other volumes, which spotlight male vocalists. Pictures of all the volumes have been provided above.

In 1995 (as production of the aforementioned Capitol Sings series was coming to its closure), EMI started a new series which was essentially an expansion of the present Ladies & Gentlemen Of Song mini-series. I am referring to a 24-volume series titled Spotlight On ... Great Ladies / Gentlemen Of Song. Each Spotlight... volume was dedicated to a different Capitol artist, from Betty Hutton (#1) to The Four Freshmen (#24). Because it consists of single-artist rather than various-artists compilations, the Spotlight ... series will not receive any further coverage herein. But a picture of its 12th volume, dedicated to Peggy Lee, can be found in this discography's page for her Capitol compilations.


III. CAPITOL'S DEFINITIVE AMERICAN SONGBOOK SERIES





Artwork Shown:

1. Title: When Swing Was King ("The Definitive American Songbook" Series) / Format: CD / Label: EMI Publishing's Castalian and Liberty / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee and Benny Goodman's Columbia rendition of "Why Don't You Do Right?"

2. Title: First Ladies Of Song ("The Definitive American Songbook" Series, Volume 9) / Format: CD / Label: EMI Publishing's Castalian and Liberty / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Alright, Okay, You Win."

3. Title: A Vintage Christmas ("The Definitive American Songbook" Series) / Format: CD / Label: EMI Publishing's Castalian and Liberty / Cat. Num.: 7243 8 75313 2 4 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's renditions of "The Christmas Waltz" and "I Like A Sleigh Ride."





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4. Title: The Best Of The Definitive American Songbook, I-Z (Volume 2) / Format: CD / Label: EMI Publishing's Castalian and Liberty / Cat. Num.: 72435 92820 2 2 / Rel. Year: 2003 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Decca rendition of "Just One Of Those Things."

5. Title: Hollywood Hit Parade ("The Definitive American Songbook" Series) /Format: CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Cheek To Cheek."

6. Title: The Best Of The Definitive American Songbook, A-H (Volume 1) / Format: CD / Label: EMI Publishing's Castalian and Liberty / Cat. Num.: 72435 92819 2 2 / Rel. Year: 2003 / Note: This CD contains Peggy Lee's Capitol version of "Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe."





General Note About The Great American Songbook Series: EMI Publishing initially released this series on its direct-response (sub)label Castalian, as a set of 10 CDs. At that time (late 2004 and early 2005), the CDS were advertised through infomercials and sold via phone and via a company website. An 11th CD titled A Vintage Christmas made its appearance belatedly -- presumably during the 2005 holiday season. At the present time, the CDs are no longer available from EMI or Castalian; they can instead be found at selected online music websites, where their label is usually identified as Liberty, not Castalian. Although the bulk of the series' tracks naturally came from the EMI vaults, tracks were also leased from Atlantic, Sony, Universal, and other companies. Shown right above are the volumes that do not feature Peggy Lee tracks.


IV. CAPITOL'S GREAT JAZZ VOCALISTS SING SERIES





Artwork Shown:

1 & 2. Title: The Great Jazz Vocalists Sing the Gershwin Songbook / Format: CD & CS / Label: Blue Note / Cat. Num.: (Canada?) B2 80506 & B4 80506 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Aren't You Kind Of Glad We Did?" Apparently released with two different covers. I am familiar with the second. As for the first, I have seen it online only. Since this issue is identified as Canadian in some sources, it might be that one of the covers belongs to a Canadian edition, whereas the other is that of the American edition.

3. Title: The Great Jazz Vocalists Sing Hoagy Carmichael / Format: CD / Label: Capitol Jazz / Cat. Num.: 7243 5 23566 2 1 / Rel. Year: 2000 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Just A Shade On The Blue Side."






General Note About Capitol's "Great Jazz Vocalists Sing" Series: I have found only three issues in this series. The third one is an Ellington-Strayhorn volume, in which no Peggy Lee track was included.



V. CAPITOL'S ULTRA-LOUNGE SERIES: SAMPLERS






Artwork Shown:

1 & 2. Title: Tiki Sampler, Part 2 (aka The Bamboo Sampler) / Format: CD / Label: EMI / Num.: 7243 4 99144 2 1 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "The Boy From Ipanema." The first image shows the commercially sold CD; the second image presents its promotional version. (As for part 1 of the Tiki Sampler, see general note about the series, below.)





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3. Title: Best Of Christmas Cocktails ("Ultra-Lounge" Series) / Format: CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 502498 / Rel. Year: 2007 / Note: Opens with Peggy Lee's rendition of "Happy Holiday." All tracks are taken from the three Christmas Cocktails CD sets that are discussed in this page's next section.


General Note About This Series: The present section of this discographical page is restricted to discussion of samplers from Capitol's Ultra-Lounge series. The regular volumes of the series are discussed in the next section. As far as I know, there were three Ultra-Lounge samples, of which two have already been discussed above. The remaining one, Ultra-Lounge, Part 1, is also known as The Leopard Skin Sampler, and was actually the first to come out (1996). It culled tracks from the first 6 volumes in the series. Since Ultra-Lounge, Part 1 did not include any Peggy Lee tracks, it is mentioned herein only for clarification purposes. If the pictures found online are an accurate indication, EMI released this item in a variety of slightly different covers. The last of the shown images belongs to the promotional version of the sampler.




VI. CAPITOL'S LOUNGE, ULTRA-LOUNGE, MAMBO LOUNGE, AND WILD, COOL AND SWINGIN' SERIES





Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Wild Cool & Swingin' ("Ultra-Lounge" Series, Volume 5) / Format: CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 72438 3597 2 2 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Fever" (stereo version).

2. Title: Wild, Cool & Swingin', Too! ("Ultra-Lounge" Series, Volume 15) / Format: CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 7243 8 53411 2 0 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "The Boy From Ipanema."

3. Title: Wild, Cool & Swingin', 3! ("Ultra-Lounge" Series) / Format: MP3 / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: 2009 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "It's A Good, Good Night."





Artwork Shown:

4. Title: Ciao Bella! ("Ultra-Lounge" Series) / Format: MP3 / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: 2009 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "When In Rome."

5. Title: Big Apple Martini!: East Side, West Side, Uptown, Downtown ("Ultra-Lounge" Series) / Format: MP3 / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: 2009 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "New York City Blues."

6. Title: ¡Mucho Gusto! ("Ultra-Lounge" Series) / Format: MP3 / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: 2009 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "My Small Señor."





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7. Title: (Rock 'n' Roll Hits) On The Rocks (Distilled For Easy Listening), Part 1 ("Ultra-Lounge" Series") / Format: CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 7243 8 55161 2 2 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "A Hard Day's Night."

8. Title: (Rock'n'Roll Hits) On The Rocks (Distilled For Easy Listening), Part 2 ("Ultra-Lounge" Series") / Format: CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 7243 8 55433 2 5 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Everyday People."

9. Title: Cocktails With Cole Porter ("Ultra-Lounge" Series) / Format: CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 72435 9570 5 2 - / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's renditions of "Always True To You In My Fashion" and "Ridin' High."





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10. . Title: Vegas Baby! ("Ultra-Lounge" Series) / Format: CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 72435 39840 2 1 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Big Spender."

11. Title: Vegas Baby Too! ("Ultra-Lounge" Series) / Format: MP3 / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: 2009 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "A Lot Of Livin' To Do."

12. Title: Divas Las Vegas! ("Ultra-Lounge" Series) / Format: MP3 / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: 2009 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Ridin' High."





Artwork Shown:

13. Title: Christmas Cocktails, Part 1 ("Ultra-Lounge" Series) / Format: CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 7243 8 52559 1 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Winter Wonderland." Also includes Peggy Lee's, Nat King Cole's, and Nancy Wilson's versions of the public announcement "Toys For Tots" -- the three of them edited into one hidden track.

14. Title: Christmas Cocktails, Part 2 ("Ultra-Lounge" Series) / Format: CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 7243 8 21457 2 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Happy Holiday."

15. Title: Ultimate Christmas Cocktails, Part 3 ("Ultra-Lounge" Series) / Format: CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 7243 78503 2 2 0 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "White Christmas." Also released earlier (2004), as part of a boxed set; see next entry.

16. Title: Ultimate Christmas Cocktails ("Ultra-Lounge" Series) / Format: 3CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 72435 78505 2 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: Packages the three CDs listed right above, and thus includes all three Peggy Lee renditions from those discs.





Artwork Shown:

17. Title: TV Town ("Ultra-Lounge" Series, Volume 13) / Format: CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 7243 8 53409 2 5 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Bewitched."

18. Title: Puttin' On The Ritz ("The Capitol Lounge" Series, Volume 2) / Format: CD / Label: EMI Special Markets / Cat. Num.: 7243 4 99340 2 3 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Fever." Unlike the other CDs already itemized in the present section, this item is not part of the Ultra-Lounge series. It belongs instead to the sisterly Lounge series, where it ranks as the second ovlume. The first volume (discussed in the general note below) did not include any Lee tracks.

19. Title: Nursery Rhythms! ("Ultra-Lounge" Series) / Format: MP3 / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: 2009 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Listen To The Rocking Bird."


General Note About The (Ultra-) Lounge Series: Begun in 1996, the Ultra-Lounge CD series obviously was EMI's attempt at capitalizing on the lounge music revival which blossomed during the last decades of the twentieth century. A total of 18 volumes were issued on compact disc in just two years. Next, in 1999, the Special Markets branch of EMI launched a second, related series, more simply called Capitol Lounge, which did not seem to have taken off beyond a couple of volumes. Later on, in the early twenty-first century, a few additional EMI CD releases were clearly labeled as part of the company's Ultra-Lounge series, but were not officially given volume numbers; see, for instance, item #9 above (Cocktails With Cole Porter). The Ultra-Lounge series survived well into the first decade of the twenty-first century and the decline of the compact disc format, resurfacing in 2009 with 9 brand new volumes issued only as MP3 files (not CDs). If the discs from the Lounge series are added to the items from the Ultra-Lounge collection, the total number of volumes comes to over 30.




Seen right above are the first volume of the Ultra-Lounge (Mondo Exotica) and the first volume of the Lounge series (Ain't That A Kick On The Head), neither of which features Peggy Lee tracks. They are thus shown herein only for the sake of clarification and comprehensiveness. Volume 2 of Capitol Lounge, which does include a Lee track, can be seen above, as item #18. The third item above is discussed immediately below; notice that it is not a volume from the Lounge or the Ultra-Lounge series. I have included it chiefly to point out that EMI's Special Markets branch issued additional lounge-oriented volumes -- issued that were not catalogued as part of the two series under discussion. The same applies to items #21 to #24.

20. Title: The Velvet Lounge / Format: 3CD / Label: EMI Special Markets / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: 2001 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "The Boy From Ipanema."





21. Title: Mambo Lounge; Cool Latin Rhythms, Volume 1 / Format: CD / Label: EMI Special Markets / Cat. Num.: 72435 42633 2 3 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Caramba! It's The Samba."

22. Title: Mambo Lounge; Cool Latin Rhythms, Volume 2 / Format: CD / Label: EMI Special Markets / Cat. Num.: 72435 42633 2 3 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Mañana."

23. Title: Mambo Lounge; Cool Latin Rhythms, Volume 3 / Format: CD / Label: EMI Special Markets / Cat. Num.: 72435 42633 2 3 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Mack The Knife."

24. As suggested by this image, the three items that were just itemized must have been originally sold as one set. However, I have come across them only as separately sold products, not as a set.


Shown below are all the other official EMI Ultra-Lounge items, none of which Peggy Lee include Peggy Lee tracks:





Finally, notice that there was also an Ultra-Lounge sub-series called Wild, Cool And Swingin', consisting of both single-artist and various-artists compilation CDs. All the various-artists compilations in the sub-series are itemized at the top of this section (entries #1, #2, #3). Images for the volumes that were dedicated to one particular Capitol artist are provided below. There were a total of six. Unfortunately, this sub-series was cancelled after this first batch of volumes. (Presumably, the series did not sell as well as expected, although the first six chosen artists qualified as perhaps the best-known and loungiest acts in the EMI roster.) Tracks for a volume dedicated to Peggy Lee had been picked before the cancellation took place; details can be seen here (Part IV, letter V).





VII. CAPITOL'S FROM THE VAULTS SERIES





Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Vine Street Divas ("From the Vaults" Series, Volume 2) / Format: CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 72435 25543 2 (United States) / 72435 27728 2 (United Kingdom) - / Rel. Year: 2000 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's renditions of "Everybody Loves Somebody," "Golden Earrings," "I Don't Know Enough About You," and "It's A Good Day."

2. Title: Capitol From The Vaults, Advance CD / Format: CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: ___ / Rel. Year: 2000? / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Everybody Loves Somebody." This promotional sampler actually features 18 selections culled from the first three CDs of the series.

3. Title: Capitol Jumps 1944-53 ("From the Vaults" Series, Volume 3) / Format: CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 7243 5 25544 2 (United States)/ 7243 5 27729 2 (United Kingdom) / Rel. Year: 2000 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Don't Smoke In Bed."

General Note About The From The Vaults Series: In addition to the items listed immediately above, this series included five more volumes. Their titles are The Birth Of A Label; The First Year, 1942-1943 (Volume 1), Love Letters (Volume 4), Roots Of Rock 'n' Roll (Volume 5), Best Of '56 (Volume 6), and Capitol Goes To The Movies (Volume 8)). None of them feature Lee tracks. All CDs in the series bear the same artwork, which attempts to replicate the looks of 78-rpm singles.


VIII. REMEMBER THE FORTIES (CD SERIES FROM CEMA, CAPITOL'S BUDGET BRANCH)





General Note About Cema's "Remember The 40's" Series: As will be made amply evident by the entries to be presented, this series was re-pressed, and reconfigured reissued multiple times. The earliest release date is 1990. Various later dates are listed for copies auditioned online: 1992, 1994, 1995, 1998, etc. Also, copies were made available in both Canada and the United States, with some variations in the track listings and catalogue numbers. The convoluted and undocumented history of this series greatly complicates attempts at supplying specifics about it. I hope to have covered at least the main items, including original ones. I will appreciate receiving corrections and additions to the data.

Artwork Shown Above:

1 & 2. Title: Stagedoor Canteen, 1941-42 ("Remember The Forties; Music Of The War Years" Series, Volume 1) / Format: CS & CD / Label: Cema Special Markets / Cat. Num.: 4xl 57012 & Cdl 57267 / Rel. Year: 1988 (CS) & 1990 (CD) / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's Capitol rendition of "Why Don't You Do Right?" There are some significant variations between the two configurations shown here. The CD edition (image #2) contains 12 tracks; the cassette edition shortens the number of tracks to nine (among which Lee's rendition is included, fortunately). Moreover, the cassette edition changes the time span covered; its title is Stagedoor Canteen, 1941-43 ("Remember The Forties; Music Of The War Years" Series, Volume 1). This release is known to have been available in both the United States and Canada.

3. Title: It's Been A Long Time; Homecoming ("Remember The Forties; Music Of The War Years" Series, Volume 3) / Format: CS & CD / Label: Cema Special Markets / Cat. Num.: 4xl 57014 & Cdl 57269 / Rel. Year: 1988 (CS) & 1990 (CD) / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's hit rendition of "Waitin' For The Train To Come In."





4 & 5. Title: Music Of The War Years / Format: CD / Discs: 3 / Label: Cema Special Markets / Cat. Num.:unknown; perhaps 57267 / Rel. Year: 1990 / Note: The year applies to the longbow. It might also applied to the 3CD pak as well, but I have no corroboration on the matter.

6. Title: Music Of The War Years / Format: CD / Discs: 5 / Label: Cema Special Markets / Cat. Num.:unknown / Rel. Year: 1990 / Note: In 1990, Cema offered various options to those interested in acquiring digital copies of Music Of The War Years. One option was a 3CD set with 36 tracks (e.g., image #4), the other option a 5CD set that expanded the song program to 60 tracks (image #6). Both options were offered in the longbox packaging that was momentarily fashionable at the time. I assume that Cema also prepared a regular, non-longbox edition of the 5CD set item seen in this image (for which I do not have details such as track listing). Even with the absence of a track listing, it can be safely stated that this item contains the aforementioned Peggy Lee renditions of "Why Don't You Do Right?" and "Waitin' For The Train To Come In." It is also likely to contain her Capitol renditions of "Golden Earrings" and "Mañana."

7. Title: Music Of The War Years; Remember The Fabulous 40's / Format: CD-DVD Combo / Discs: 4 / Label: Timeless Media Group & Edi Video / Cat. Num.: 79192 / Rel. Year: 2007 / Note: Adds a DVD documentary about WW2, called "World In Conflict, and advertised as consisting of nearly three hours of archival footage and historical newsreels. This set is presumed to have been licensed from Cema. Contains the aforementioned Peggy Lee renditions of "Why Don't You Do Right?" and "Waitin' For The Train To Come In."





Artwork Shown:

8. Title: Music Of The War Years / Format: Cassette / Tapes: 4 / Label: Cema Special Markets / Cat. Num.: unknown for the set picture; individual tapes carry a 1990 date / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Cassette counterpart of the 3CD pak seen in one of the preceding images. Both the CDpak and this tape set contain 36 tracks, distributed among three compact discs in one case (twelve tracks per disc), among four cassettes in the other case (nine tracks per tape). The cassette seen at the start of this section (image #1) is believed to be part of this set, though all four tapes were probably sold separately as well.

9. Title: These Were Our Songs; Musical Memories Of The War Years / Format: LP & CD / Pieces: 3 / Label: Cema Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Slc 57598 & Cd3l 57598 / Rel. Year: 1991 / Note: Reissue of the item under discussion, in its 3-piece option. Released not only in the United States but also in Europe and Canada. Includes Lee's Capitol recordings of "Why Don't You Do Right?" and "Waitin' For The Train To Come In."





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10. Title: Remember The Fabulous Forties / Format: CS / Tapes: 5 / Label: Cema Special Markets / Cat. Num.: 15504 (tapes individually numbered from 57012 to 57014 ) / Rel. Year: 1988 / Note: Tape counterpart to the 5CD longbox. Two of these five tapes contain Peggy Lee vocals, and both will be itemized next. These additional volumes in the series appear to have been issued on cassette only. They might reshuffle the tracks or expand the previous track listings. Note the addition of the word "fabulous" to the main title.

11. Title: A Tree In The Meadow ("Remember The Fabulous Forties; Music Of The War Years" Series, 1946-48) / Format: CS / Label: Cema Special Markets / Cat. Num.: (Canada) 4xl 57224 / Rel. Year: 1988 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Golden Earrings." I have not been able to locate a CD counterpart to this cassette; see, however, note for entry #6.

12. Title: Mañana Is Soon Enough For Me ("Remember The Fabulous Forties; Music Of The War Years" Series, 1948-49) / Format: CS / Label: Cema Special Markets / Cat. Num.: (Canada) 4xl 57225 / Rel. Year: 1988 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Mañana." I have not been able to locate a CD counterpart to this cassette; see, however, note for entry #6.





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13-16. Title: Music Of The War Years, Volumes 1 & 2 ("Remember The 40's" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Cema [Madacy: distributor] / Volumes: 4 / Cat. Nums.: (Canada) S21 57965, S 21 57966, S 21 57967, and S 21 57968 / Rel. Year: 1992; possibly reprinted in 1995 / Note: Reissue and reconfiguration of the of the series under discussion. I have not seen physical copies. Online details about them have proven confusing. These CDs obviously use different artwork and they also might feature re-organized track listings. They items identify themselves as a volume 1 and a volume 2, each volume consisting of two discs. Peggy Lee's Capitol rendition of "Why Don't You Do Right" could be in the first of these discs (image #13), but I have not found its track listing. Her renditions of "Mañana" and "Golden Earrings" might not be part of this reissue series.

15. Title: Music Of The War Years, Volume 2, Disc 1 ("Remember The 40's" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Cema [Madacy: distributor] / Volumes: 4 / Cat. Num.: (Canada) S21 57967 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Note: Reissue of CD#3 from the series. Hence it includes Peggy Lee's recording of "Waitin' For The Train To Come In."


IX. EMI'S LADY SINGS THE BLUES SERIES





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1. Title: Capitol CD: Lady Sings The Blues / Format: 2CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 72435 80738 2 9 / Rel. Year: 2003 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's renditions of "I'll Be Seeing You" and "Here's That Rainy Day." Besides the tracks taken from Capitol's vaults, this collection also features quite a few numbers taken from labels such as Concord, RCA, and Verve. 28 tracks.

2. Title: Lady Sings The Blues Again / Format: 2CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 72435 97751 2 8 (Canada) / Rel. Year: 2005 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "As Time Goes By." 32 tracks. EMI's publicity blurb states that "Lady Sings The Blues Again is the follow-up to the well-received first volume of two years ago, once more featuring a stellar line-up of many of the greatest female vocalists of all time, singing timeless standards from the R&B, Blues, Jazz and Pop repertoires ..." As a Canadian issue, this set is likely to have been a follow-up not to the 2003 American edition (image #1) but to the 2003 Canadian edition (image #8).

3. Title: Lady Sings The Blues, Volume 2 / Format: CD / Label: Emi & Liberty / Cat. Num.: [more than one number found] 7243 8 29946 2 6; also 7243 8 13337 2 3; also 72435 71460 2 9; also Vid 499 (United Kingdom?) / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "If You Could See Me Now." Identified in some online sites as the official sequel to item #1 -- i.e., volume two. 20 tracks.

4. Title: Lady Sings The Blues, Volume 2 / Format: CD / Discs: 2 / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: (Australia?) 72435 76624 2 0 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "As Time Goes By." 35 tracks.





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5. Title: Lady Sings The Blues / Format: 2CD / Label: Circa - EMI / Cat. Num.: (Australia) 243 5813442 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's renditions of "Fever" and "The Man I Love." 42 tracks. Some listings give a different catalogue number, 989482.

6. Title: Lady Sings The Blues / Format: 2CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 07243 811700 2 1 / Rel. Year: 2002 (also listed as 2003) / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's renditions of "Fever" and "A Taste Of Honey." 46 tracks. Also listed with catalogue number 5813442 (the same number as item #5).

7. Title: The Best Of Lady Sing The Blues / Format: CD / Label: EMI & Virgin TV / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 577059 & Vtdcd 426/ Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "A Taste Of Honey." 44 tracks.





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8. Title: Lady Sings The Blues / Format: CD / Discs: 2 / Label: EMI's Circa / Cat. Num.: (EU) 7243 5 43008 2 0; also (Canada) 72435 81486 2 6 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: The 42 tracks in the EU edition include Peggy Lee's renditions of "Fever" and "The Man I Love." There also appears to be an abbreviated, one-CD edition, possibly released in Canada in 2003 or 2004, and consisting of 31 tracks (including "Fever," excluding "The Man I Love").

9. Title: Lady Sings The Blues; Night And Day / Format: CD / Discs: 2 / Label: EMI & Virgin TV / Cat. Num.: Vtdcd 499 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's renditions of "The Man I Love" and "As Time Goes By." 46 tracks.

10. Title: Lady Sings The Blues, Volume 2 / Format: CD / Discs: 2 / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 596140 / Rel. Year: 2003 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "As Time Goes By." 37 tracks.








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  11. Title: Torch Songs / Format: 2CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 72435 97582 2 0 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's renditions of "I Wanna Be   Around" and "Oh, You Crazy Moon." Although not identified as part of (or named after) the Lady Sings The Blues, this set follows the same concept. 28   tracks.




General Note About The Lady Sings The Blues Series: My research of this series remains incomplete and, despite my best attempts, spotty. I have physically inspected and listened to only a couple of the discs. Most of my information about the series comes from internet sites of variable reputation. Hence a few errors in track identification and catalogue numbers are likely. What's more, some of the above-shown items may actually be duplicated: one or two could be boxed sets, and others could be the volumes from such sets. Making research additionally difficult is the sizable quantity of CDs and MP3 files that bear the title Lady Sings The Blues, and which feature similar artwork. Apparently, various Public Domain companies have tried to capitalize on whatever degre of attention this original EMI series might have had in Europe and Australia. Further compounding the confusion is the series' geographical reach: various international EMI branches appear to have created their own Lady Sing The Blues discs. Still, for all its complications, this series is worthy of inclusion herein. Peggy Lee tracks can be found in all the EMI-issued Lady Sings The Blues CDs, the only known exception being the one shown to the right of this note.


X. BEST ALBUM IN THE WORLD ... EVER!, FROM CIRCA AND VIRGIN MUSIC SERIES (LICENSED THROUGH EMI)





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1. Title: The Best Smooth Jazz ... Ever! / Format: CD / Volumes: 4 / Label: Virgin Emi / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom? Poland?) Vtdcdx 570 & also 7243 5 79991 2 0 and (Japan) Tocj 66275 / Rel. Year: 1995 (original) & 2005 (Japanese reissue?) / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recordings of "Here's That Rainy Day" and "I'm A Woman." Found with other release dates as well (presumably indicating reprints); my own copy bears a 2004 date. Furthermore, my copy does not indicate any involvement from Virgin, and includes only one of the aforementioned catalogue numbers (7243 5 79991 2 0).

2. Title: The Best Smooth Jazz ... Ever!, Vol. 2 / Format: CD / Volumes: 4 / Label: Potamon EMI / Cat. Num.: (Poland) 0946 3 11957 2 3 & (Japan) Tocj 66294 - 66297 / Rel. Year: 1996 & 2005, 2006, 2008 (reprints?) / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recordings of "Fever," "As Time Goes By," and "You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me."

3. Title: The Best Smooth Jazz ... Ever!, Volume 3 / Format: CD / Volumes: 4 / Label: / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Tocj 66437 / Rel. Year: 2008 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "The Folks Who Live On The Hill," "The Boy From Ipanema," "Somethin' Stupid," and "A Taste Of Honey."

4. Title: The Best Smooth Jazz ... Ever! / Note: Shown in this image are all 4 releases in this series, which appears to have been a branch within the extensive "Best Album Ever!, released by Circa in conjunction with Virgin and EMI. However, specifics about this sub-series are not fully clear to me. As shown in the other three entries, online data suggests that these volumes were printed in various international markets, with different catalogue numbers. Notice that all these releases were 4 CD sets. The fourth and last one did not include any Peggy Lee tracks.





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5. Title: The Best Jazz Album In The World ... Ever!, Volume 2 / Format: CD / Label: Virgin Tv / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Vtcd 93 & 72343 8 49153 2 2 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Fever."

6. Title: The Best ... And Friends Album in the World ... Ever! / Format: CD / Volumes: 2 / Label: Virgin-Circa-EMI / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Vtdcdx 286 & 7243 8 48590 2 2 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Fever."

7. Title: The Best ... And Friends Album in the World ... Ever!, Volume 2 / Format: CD / Volumes: 3 / Label: Virgin-Circa-EMI / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Vtdcdx 333 & 7243 8 49762 2 4 / Rel. Year: 2000 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "The Boy From Ipanema," "The Folks Who Live On The Hill," "Happy Holiday," and "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town." The last two tracks come from the set's last CD, a bonus disc entirely dedicated to holiday numbers.

8. Title: The Best Easy Album ... Ever! / Format: CD / Volumes: 2 / Label: Virgin-Circa-Emi / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Virgin Vtdcd 296 & Emi 7243 8 49162 2 0 / Rel. Year: 2000 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Fever."





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9 & 10. Title: The Best Christmas Album In The World...Ever! (New Edition) / Format: CD / Volumes: 2 / Label: Virgin - Emi / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Vidcd 347 & 7243 8 49811 2 9 (2000); also Vidcd 648 & 7243 8 64886 (2004) / Rel. Year: 1996 (partially different track listing), 2000, 2004 / Note: This 44-track CD set seems to have been issued three times, beginning with the 1996 edition (Vtdcd 103 & 7243 8 42320 2 3). That edition does not include any Peggy Lee tracks. In addition to including Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Winter Wonderland," the New Edition (2000; item #9) differs from the original one in the substitution of about a third of the 1996 tracks. Curiously, a few of the substitutions show that the same number was picked both times, but the singer of choice was changed: "Mary's Boy Child" (Harry Belafonte in 1996, Cliff Richard in 2000), "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (Perry Como in 1996, Ella Fitzgerald in 2000), and "Winter Wonderland" (Doris Day in 1996, Peggy Lee in 2000). The 2004 edition (item #10) has the same track listing as the so-called New Edition from 2000.

11. Title: The Best Disney Album In The World ... Ever! / Format: CD / Volumes: 3 / Label: Circa - Virgin - Disney - EMI International / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom?) Vtdcd 819 (also 09463731122) / Rel. Year: 2006 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's original soundtrack versions of "He's A Tramp" and "The Siamese Cat Song."


General Note About the Best Album ... Ever! Series: The first issues in this prolific series appeared in 1993 -- one year after Virgin Records was sold to EMI. The series was released under the imprint Circa, which was in turn a Virgin subsidiary. By 2007, when EMI dropped both the Virgin and Circa names and incorporated incorporated those labels' back catalogues to the newly created imprint Capitol Music Group, there had been well over a 100 CD sets in the Best Album ... Ever! Series. From opera, disco, and punk to Arabic, girl power and belly dance, the series covered just about every music genre at its reach. I have tried to include herein every single issue that included Peggy Lee tracks, but I would not be surprised if there are still more of which I remain unaware.


XI. MISCELLANEA: OTHER CAPITOL-EMI CD SERIES




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1 & 2. Title: High Rollers! From Las Vegas ("The Las Vegas Centennial Collection" Series) / Format: CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 7243 8 75935 2 7 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Note: High Rollers! (image #2) includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "This Could Be The Start Of Something (Big)." The CD is part of EMI's 8CD Las Vegas Centennial Collection (image #1), which also includes discs by Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Wayne Newton, Elvis Presley, Louis Prima with Keely Smith, and Frank Sinatra, as well as a disc entitled Live From Las Vegas. Some time before the appearance of this series, a press article listed Peggy Lee among the various other artists for whom unreleased Las Vegas concert performances were available at the time. Unfortunately, no Peggy Lee Live In Las Vegas CD has ever materialized.

3 & 4. Title: Jumpin' Like Mad; Cool Cats & Hip Chicks Non-Stop Dancin' (#19) / Format: 2CD / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Cdp 7243 8 58051 2 5 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Note: Jumpin' Like Mad (image #4) includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah." The CD is volume #19 of Capitol's Blues Collection Series, which consisted of at least 20 volumes, if not more. Two promotional samplers were issued, too, one on vinyl (image #3) and the other on CD. "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" is Peggy Lee's only appearance in the series, which highlights blues singers such as Amos Milburn, Julia Lee, T-Bone Walker, and Muddy Waters.