The Peggy Lee Bio-Discography:
A Gallery Of Public Domain, Budget And Bootleg Compilations
by Iván Santiago-Mercado

Page generated on May 15, 2017


Contents And Scope

This page focuses on Public Domain, bootleg or otherwise budget compilations. All items are listed chronologically, by year of release. The immense majority falls under the Public Domain rubric, and are thus considered legal though still unauthorized issues. Definitions of the terms "bootleg" and "Public Domain" can be found at the end of the page, along with an alphabetical index of all the compilations under scrutiny (a total of over 200 items). See also the general note at the end of the session dedicated to the 1980s; that note gives a quick overview of Lee earliest's Public Domain releases.


THE 1980S





Issue Shown:

1. Title: The Peggy Lee Collection; 20 Golden Greats / Format: CS & LP / Label: Deja Vu / Cat. Num.: (Italy) Dvmc 2021 & Dvlp 2021 / Rel. Year: 1985 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Combines 9 of Peggy Lee's Capitol studio recordings from the 1940s with 11 numbers culled from the 1947 Summer Electric Show, co-hosted by Peggy Lee and Woody Herman. The radio tracks were most likely appropriated from item #2 below.






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2. Title: Easy Listening / Format: CS & LP / Label: Artistic / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Cart 005 & Art 005 / Rel. Year: 1984 / Tracks: 11 / Note: Contains selections from various episodes of The Summer Electric Hour, a radio show that Peggy Lee co-hosted with Woody Herman in 1947.

3. Title: Peggy Lee On Radio / Format: CS & LP / Label: Radiola - Sandy Hook / Cat. Num.: Csh 2109 & Sh 2109 Rel. Year: 1987 / Tracks: 14 / Note: Appropriates the entire contents of the just discussed item (#2). Unlike the original release, it lacks liner notes.






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4. Title: If I Could Be With You / Format: LP / Label: Starline's Sounds Rare / Cat. Num.: Sr 5008 / Rel. Year: 1986 / Tracks: 12 / Note: Contains two episodes of The Peggy Lee Show. One of the episodes was originally broadcast in 1951, the other in 1952.

5. Title: If I Could Be With You / Format: CS & LP & CD / Label: Jasmine / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Jasmc 2534 & Jasm 2534 & Jascd 2534 / Rel. Year: 1987 (CD released in 1993) / Tracks: 12 / Note: Reissue of the previously discussed item (#4). Shown here is the LP version, whose blue lettering distinguishes it from the original Sounds Rare LP.






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6. Title: Peggy Lee ("The Entertainers" Series) / Format: CS & LP / Label: Joker Tonverlag AG - Sarabandas - Promo Sound AG / Cat. Num.: (Switzerland/Italy) Ent Mc 13 012 & Ent Lp 13 012 / Rel. Year: 1986 / Tracks: 16 / Note: Combines 10 Capitol studio recordings from the 1940s with 6 Decca studio recordings from the 1950s. The company that issued this album was of Swiss origin, but many of its products were released via Italy (where, at the time of this release, copyright for artistic material had a very quick expiration date).

7. Title: Why Don't You Do Right ("The Entertainers" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Joker Tonverlag AG- Sarabandas - Promo Sound AG / Cat. Num.: (Switzerland) Entcd 0239 / Rel. Year: 1987 [reissue: 1996] / Tracks: 25 / Note: Combines 13 Capitol recordings with 12 Decca recordings. Of the Capitol masters, 10 are from the 1940s and 3 are from the 1950s. This CD was originally issued in 1987, and then reissued in 1996. The 1987 edition was released by Joker Tonverlag and manufactured in France; the 1996 edition identifies Promo Sound as the releasing label and the manufacturing location as the EEC. Since there are other Joker Tonverlag CDs which have been reissued on Promo Sound (without any acknowledgment that they are reissues), it appears that the label changed names, or that the former sold its catalogue to the latter. Notwitstanding the manufacturing locations, Joker Tonverlag was a Swiss company.





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8. Title: You Can Depend On Me / Format: LP / Label: Glendale - Legend (distributor) / Cat. Num.: Gl 6023 / Rel. Year: 1981 / Tracks: 14 / Note: All tracks were originally recorded in 1945 for the MacGregor radio transcription company.

9. Title: Fever / Format: CS / Label: Movieplay / Cat. Num.: (Portugal?) Hpm 6212 / Rel. Year: 1988 / Tracks: 10 / Note: Contains 6 Decca recordings and 4 Capitol recordings (3 from the 1940s and one, "Fever," from 1958). The nature of the label that released this issue remains foggy to me. It would seem that the label sometimes licensed from the major labels, but other times took the Public Domain route.





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10. Title: The Uncollected Peggy Lee, 1948 / Format: CS & LP & CD / Label: Hindsight / Cat. Num.: Hsc 220 & Hsr 220 & Cdhsr 220 / Rel. Year: 1985 [CD: 1994] / Tracks: 12 / Note: Combines 7 radio transcription recordings (6 made for the World company, 1 for Capitol's transcription branch) with 5 performances taken from various episodes of Let's Go To Town, a National Guard radio show. The release year given in the album's title is misguided: none of these 12 numbers date from 1948.

11. Title: I've Had My Moments / Format: CS / Label: Starline - Legend / Cat. Num.: Slc 61008 / Rel. Year: 1987 / Tracks: 10 / Note: All tracks are MacGregor radio transcriptions, recorded in 1945.

12. Title: "Fever" / Format: CD / Label: Jazz World / Cat. Num.: (Denmark) Jw 77023 / Rel. Year: 1988 / Tracks: 16 / Note: Combines 11 Capitol studio recordings with 5 Decca studio recordings. All the Capitol tracks are from the 1940s, except for "Fever" (1958). It might have been re-released in 1999. My thanks to my friend Jarl Ingves for kindly supplying this image.


General Note: Earliest Public Domain Issues
In Peggy Lee's discography, the earliest PD releases were Glendale's You Can Depend On Me (1981), Artistic's Easy Listening (1984), Hindsight's The Uncollected Peggy Lee (1985), and Sound Rare's If I Could Be With You (1986). All four of them contain not studio recordings but radio material, commendably sourced and mastered by the aforementioned companies themselves. The earliest reissue labels to choose a less commendable route were Deja Vu (1985), Joker Tonverlag (1986, 1988) and Jazz World (1988): these three companies appropriated Peggy Lee's studio masters from the 1940s and early 1950s. (The masters belonged, and still belong, to the owners of the Capitol, Decca, and Columbia labels. It must further be clarified, however, that these three reissue labels had offices in European countries, where copyright laws allowed for the free use of most music recorded before 1955.) Deja Vu and Joker Tonverlag also initiated what would become a long-standing, still ongoing practice among Public Domain labels: the motley combination of pirated studio masters with radio material. Deja Vu actually went one step further in 1991, releasing on compact disc TV performances which, though previously available on commercial video, had never been on audio-only format. In subsequent years, and as shown below, a legion of low-cut labels has carelessly pirated all these same television, radio, and studio vocals.

See also the year 1998 below, first entry (September In The Rain).


1990





Issues Shown:

1. Title: Peggy Lee ("16 Great Songs" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Take 16 / Cat. Num.: (Denmark) 8013 / Rel. Year: 1990 / Tracks: 17 / Note: Half of the tracks are radio transcriptions: 6 from the World company (probably copied from the 1985 album The Uncollected Peggy Lee) and 3 from the MacGregor company. The remainder are performances originally taped for the radio showLet's Go To Town (a total of 5, also probably copied from the 1985 album The Uncollected Peggy Lee) and Decca recordings (3). Both the front and back covers of this Take 16 release advertise the inclusion of a 17th track as a bonus. My thanks to my friend Jarl Ingves for kindly supplying the shown image.

2. Title: Them There Eyes / Format: CS / Label: Starline-Legend / Cat. Num.: Slc 61189 / Rel. Year: 1990 / Tracks: 9 / Note: All 9 numbers are Capitol radio transcriptions. Them There Eyes, the title of this release, appears in the spine and in the cassette itself, but not on the front cover.




1991





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1. Title: The Peggy Lee Story; 24 Phonographic Memories / Format: Cs & CD / Label: Deja Vu - Retro / Cat. Num.: Dvremc 57 & Dvrecd 57 / Rel. Year: 1991 / Tracks: 24 / Note: Combines 20 performances from the syndicated TV series Something Special with 4 performances from a radio show that Peggy Lee co-hosted with Woody Herman in 1947, The Summer Electric Hour. Lee appeared twice in the TV series. Of the performances heard in this issue, 8 are from her 1966 appearance (including a three-song medley, counted as one), and the other 9 are from her 1967 appearance.

2. Title: Peggy Lee ("The Great Jazz Artist" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Daiichi Kikaku / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Ob 3005 / Rel. Year: 1991 / Tracks: 14 / Note: Combines 7 Decca recordings with 4 Capitol recordings and 3 Columbia recordings.




1992





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1. Title: Old Favorites / Format: CS & CD / Label: Music International / Cat. Num.: P 6014 & P 6002 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Tracks: 10 / Note: 6 tracks are MacGregor radio transcriptions, the other 4 World radio transcriptions, all of them evidently appropriated from the albums that Glendale and Hindsight had issued in the 1980s.






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2. Title: It's A Good Day {Peggy Lee With Bing Crosby} / Format: CD / Label: Parrot / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Parcd 001 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Tracks: 20 / Note: All the included performances were taken from episodes of Bing Crosby's radio show. This Parrot CD was the premiere release of the great majority of these tracks; many of them had never been previously issued in any format. Avid reissued all the tracks in 1997, within a 2CD set that also features Crosby's duets with Ella Fitzgerald (see below, under that year).

3. Title: Peggy Lee Sings For You / Format: CS & CD / Label: Avid / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Avc 514 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Tracks: 20 / Note: All the tracks are World radio transcriptions. This Avid CD was the premiere commercial release of all the tracks, except for a handful that Hindsight had released in The Uncollected Peggy Lee (1985).






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4. Title: Peggy Lee ("The Wonderful World Of" Series) / Format: CD & CS / Label: Movieplay - Intermusic's Remember / Cat. Num.: (Portugal) Rmb 1780 (75629) & Ydg 45828 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Tracks: 26 (CD) or 22 (Cs) / Note: The CD combines 15 Capitol recordings with 11 Decca recordings. Of the Capitol tracks, 9 are from the 1940s, 4 from the 1950s, and 2 ("I'm A Woman," "Big Spender") from the 1960s. Incidentally, Movieplay seems to have legitimately licensed the tracks on some of its releases, while going the Public Domain in other cases. I have never seen a physical copy of this item, and the available information about it is sparse, but my impression is that it is a Public Domain release, and/or an issue licensed from the bootleg company Joker Tonverlag. See also the CD Fever below, under year 1994; it shares more than half of its tracks with this 1992 release. Finally, Please notice that only the CD edition of this item includes all 26 tracks. Probably due to space limitations, the cassette edition -- pictured in the last two images above -- includes 22 tracks, skipping the last 4 numbers on the CD (" ' Deed I Do," "Them There Eyes," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "If Dreams Come True"). Notice as well that the data at my reach has a 1992 release year for the CD, a 1993 release year for the cassette.





1993





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1. Title: Live, 1947 & 1952 / Format: CD / Label: Jazz Band - Flyright / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Ebdcd 2115 2 / Rel. Year: 1993 / Tracks: 25 (19 featuring Lee, the others featuring her guests) / Note: Combines three complete episodes of The Peggy Lee Show (originally broadcast in 1951 and 1952) with one complete episode of The Summer Electric Hour, a radio show that Peggy Lee co-hosted with Woody Herman in 1947. The tracks from Lee's own shows had never been released before. The tracks from The Summer Electric Hour had been originally issued on Artistic's Easy Listening (1985), but Jazz Band seems to have worked with a sonically better source. (Artistic contains, on the other hand, the tracks from various episodes of The Summer Electric Hour.)





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2. Title: If I Could Be With You / Format: CS & LP & CD / Label: Jasmine / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Jasmc 2534 & Jasm 2534 & Jascd 2534 / Rel. Year: 1993 [LP and CS formats originally issued in 1987] / Tracks: 12 / Note: For further details, see this page's first section, which lists this issue in its original formats.

3. Title: Gold / Format: CD / Label: Gold - San Juan Music / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) Gold 055 / Rel. Year: 1993 / Tracks: 14 / Note: Combines 9 radio transcriptions with 5 performances taken from various episodes of Let's Go To Town, a National Guard radio show. Of the transcriptions, 6 are from the World company, the other 3 from the MacGregor company.




1994





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1. Title: Why Don't You Do Right? / Format: CD / Label: Charly's Classic Jazz / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Cdcd 1216 / Rel. Year: 1994 / Tracks: 12 / Note: All tracks are Columbia big band studio recordings with Benny Goodman. For another Charly item with the same title, see year 2006.

2. Title: Fever ("20 Original Classics / Classic Hits" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Charly Schallplatten (=Charly Records) / Cat. Num.: (Germany) Crb 527 / Rel. Year: 1994 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Contains 11 Capitol recordings and 9 Decca recordings. Of the Capitol tracks, 4 date from the 1940s, 6 from the 1950s, and 1 ("I'm A Woman") from 1962. See also the CD Peggy Lee ("The Wonderful World Of" Series) above, under 1992; it shares about half of its tracks with this 1994 release. My thanks to my friend Jarl Ingves for kindly supplying this image.





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3. Title: Peggy Lee ("20 Golden Greats - Starburst" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Hughes Leisure Group / Cat. Num.: (Australia-New Zealand) Stb 8849 / Rel. Year: 1994 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Consists entirely of radio material. There are 9 performances from Peggy Lee's own 1951-1952 radio show, 7 performances from Bing Crosby's show, 1 performance from Lee's 1947 Summer Electric Hour show, and 3 MacGregor transcription recordings. This track listing is identical to that of two CDs which, though on different labels, are both titled Peggy Lee Gold (one British from 1995, the other Australian from 2003).

4. Title: Peggy Lee ("Legends In Music" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Wisepack's Legends / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Lecd 092 / Rel. Year: 1994 / Tracks: 16 / Note: Combines 11 Capitol recordings, all dating back to the 1940s, with 5 Decca recordings.





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5. Title: The Uncollected Peggy Lee, 1948 / Format: CS & LP & CD / Label: Hindsight / Cat. Num.: Hsc 220 & Hsr 220 & Cdhsr 220 / Rel. Year: 1994 [LP & CS released in 1985] / Tracks: 12 / Note: For further details, see this page's first section, which lists this issue in its original formats (LP & CS).

6. Title: Four Ladies Of Song {Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee, Patti Page, Dinah Shore} / Format: Cassette / Label: Dana / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: 1994 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Contains 5 Peggy Lee numbers, all of them radio extracts. Two of them are MacGregor radio transcriptions, and two others are World radio transcriptions. The remaining track is an AFRS radio show performance which is often found in albums that consist of radio trancriptions. As with many other radio-oriented Public Domain items, the primary source for the Lee numbers in this cassette is the Hindsight album The Uncollected Peggy Lee, 1948 (item #4). It also draws from her 1981 LP You Can Depend On Me. (This is a various-artists anthology. Normally, such anthologies are not featured in this page. The exceptions are compilations with a high percent of tracks by Peggy Le, such as this one.)








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7. Title: I Can't Give You Anything But Love / Format: CD / Label: Hitbuster / Cat. Num.: (Israel/Germany) Hb 490023 / Rel. Year: 1994 / Tracks: 16 / Note: Combines 11 Capitol recordings with 5 Decca recordings. All Capitol tracks are from the 1940s, except for "Fever" (1958).








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8 & 9. Title: Let There Be Love; The Best Of Peggy Lee / Format: CS & CD / Label: Castle Communications / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Mat Mc 316 & Mat Cd 316 / Rel. Year: 1994 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Notice that the cassette edition does not include the title Let There Be Love in its front sleeve. It uses instead the issue's sub-title. The full title appears only in the CD counterpart (image #8).

Kaz, a division of Castle Communications, re-released this issue in 1995 (image #9) and again in 1997 (image #10) -- the former as part of its True Trax sub-label, the latter as part of its Pulse sub-label. Both reissues dropped the 1994 sub-title The Best Of Peggy Lee.

All three issues consist of the same radio numbers. There are 9 performances from Bing Crosby's radio show, 6 from Lee's own show, and 1 from a guest appearance in an episode of the Navy's show Let's Go To Town. There are also 4 radio transcription recordings, 2 from the World company, and 1 each from Capitol and MacGregor.


1995





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1. Title: Gone With The Wind / Format: CD / Label: Musicrama - Actual / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 7 85118 2 [re-pressed 2001] / Rel. Year: 1995 / Tracks: 14 / Note: Contains 6 World radio transcriptions, 5 MacGregor radio transcriptions, 1 Capitol radio transcription, and 3 performances from Lee's appearances in the radio show Let's Go To Town.






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2. Title: These Foolish Things & Other Great Standards / Format: CD / Label: Pickwick International's Hallmark - Carlton / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 300862 / Rel. Year: 1995 / Tracks: 18 / Note: Combines 9 performances from Lee's own show with 9 MacGregor radio transcriptions. The exact same tracks can also be found in The Lady Is A Tramp & Other Great Standards, the item shown next to this one. They bear similar titles, have the same release date, and are both said to have been reissued in 1999. Still further, the information at hand describes both of them as part of a box entitled Ladies Of Song. (That particular bit of information should be partially wrong; it makes more sense to assume that only one of the items is in the box. Then again, the label Hallmark has become gradually infamous for its careless, bottom-of-the-barrel releases. Be it as it may, both CDs were sold separately in stores such as Tower Records and HMV).

3. Title: The Lady Is A Tramp & Other Great Standards / Format: CD / Label: Pickwick International's Hallmark / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 300862 [Reissue: 1999] / Rel. Year: 1995 / Tracks: 18 / Note: See commentary under the previous item, These Foolish Things & Other Great Standards.






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4. Title: Peggy Lee Gold / Format: CD / Label: Pickwick International's Hallmark / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 705462 / Rel. Year: 1995 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Consists entirely of radio material. There are 9 performances from Peggy Lee's own 1951-1952 radio show, 7 performances from Bing Crosby's show, 1 performance from Lee's 1947 Summer Electric Hour show, and 3 MacGregor transcription recordings. This track listing is identical to that of an Australian 1994 CD entitled Peggy Lee ("20 Golden Greats - Starburst" Series) (see previous year's entry). Then there is a 2003 Australian CD also called Peggy Lee Gold, with the same track listing but different cover artwork. As if all these iterations on different labels were not enough, the Pickwick CD under discussion has been given various different release dates online: 1995, 2006, 2007. Taking into consideration the two slightly different covers shown herein, at least two of those release dates might be correct, with one pointing to a reissue. Notice also the existence of a 1993 CD which happens to be called Peggy Lee Gold as well, but which otherwise bears no relation to this Pickwick item.





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5. Title: I've Got A Crush On You / Format: CD / Label: Avid / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Avc 549 Rel. Year: 1995 / Tracks: 25 / Note: All tracks were taken from Bing Crosby's radio show, in which Peggy Lee served as the semi-regular girl singer for various seasons. This very fine Avid CD was the premiere release of a good portion of the tracks that it contains.

6. Title: Why Don't You Do Right?, 1947-1948 / Format: CD / Label: Viper's Nest / Cat. Num.: Vn 158 / Rel. Year: 1995 / Tracks: 21 / Note: All but one of this CD's performances were taken from Jimmy Durante's radio show, in which Peggy Lee served as girl singer for a couple of seasons. Presented as a bonus track, the exceptional track is an appearances from the Navy's radio show Let's Go To Town. This worthwhile issue from the American-based label Viper's Nest was the premier commercial release of nearly all of those Lee tracks, which European PD companies went on to gradually appropriate in subsequent years.









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7. Title: Presenting Doris Day & Peggy Lee ("The Essential Collection" Series) / Format: CD / Discs: 2 / Label: Wisepack / Rel. Year: 1995 / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) unknown / Tracks: 16 by Peggy Lee / Note: The Lee portion of the track listing consists of 11 Capitol studio recordings (1945-1947) and 5 Decca studio recordings (1952-1956).

8. Title: Let There Be Love (TrueTrax Sub-Label / Format: CS & CD / Label: Kaz, a division of Castle Communications / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Trt Mc & Trt Cd 153 / Rel. Year: 1995 / Tracks: 20 / Note: This is a reissue of an item that had been originally issued in 1994 by True Trax's parent company, Castle Communications, under the title Let There Be Love; The Best Of Peggy Lee (image #9).

Kaz would actually reissue the contents of this issue yet once more. On that occasion, the reissue was part of the company's Pulse sub-label (image #9). All three editions consist of the same radio numbers.

There are 9 performances from Bing Crosby's radio show, 6 from Lee's own show, and 1 from a guest appearance in an episode of the Navy's show Let's Go To Town. There are also 4 radio transcription recordings, 2 from the World company, and 1 each from Capitol and MacGregor.


1996





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1. Title: Golden Hits / Format: CS & CD / Label: Masters Music / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) Ma Cs 61078 4 & Cd 61078 2 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Tracks: 12 / Note: Combines 6 MacGregor radio transcriptions with 5 World transcriptions and one performance from the Navy's radio show Let's Go To Town.






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2. Title: For Sentimental Reasons; 16 Tender & Romantic Classics / Format: CS & CD / Label: Prism Leisure Platinum / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Plac 160 & Platcd 160 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Tracks: 16 / Note: Combines 2 performances from Bing Crosby's radio show with 5 performances from Lee's own radio show, plus 1 performance from the Navy's radio show Let's Go To Town, 5 MacGregor radio transcriptions, 2 World radio transcriptions, and 1 Capitol radio transcription. For Sentimental Reasons was sold both separately and as part of a 20CD set entitled Best Of Crooners & Divas Collection. Furthermore, in 2002 it was issued yet again, that time as part of a twofer whose other half is Fever, another Peggy Lee CD from the same label.

3. Title: ... Just One Of Those Things / Format: CD / Label: Master Tone Razamataz / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Rz 4031 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Tracks: 12 / Note: Contains only performances from Jimmy Durante's radio show, most likely appropriated from Viper's Nest 1995 CD Why Don't You Do Right.





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4. Title: Listen To The Magic / Format: CD / Label: President / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Plcd 550 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Tracks: 28 / Note: Combines tracks from various radio shows and radio transcriptions. There are 11 performances taken from Bing Crosby's radio shows, 6 from the Lee-hosted Summer Electric Hour, and 4 from Lee's guest appearances in the Navy's Let's Go To Town. Also included are 6 World radio transcriptions and 1 Capitol radio transcription. Incidentally, the entire contents of Hindsight's The Uncollected Peggy Lee 1948 can be found here, with the exception of one track. The CD's two other sources seem to be the Artistic LP Easy Listening and the Parrot CD It's A Good Day. To its credit, the sound of this President CD is of significantly better quality than that of the issues from which it borrows.

5. Title: ... In The Beginning; The Legend Of Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Pearl's Flapper Pavilion / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Past cd 7801 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Tracks: 22 / Note: Contains only Peggy Lee recordings from her big band years with Benny Goodman.





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6. Title: The Lady Is A Tramp ("Platinum Collection" Series) / Format: CD & CS / Label: Janda / Cat. Num.: (New Zealand) Cdplat 078 & __plat 088 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Combines 9 performances from Bing Crosby's radio show with 9 performances from Lee's own radio show and 2 MacGregor radio transcriptions.

7. Title: Portrait Of Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Penny Newsound / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Pycd 148 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Tracks: 18 / Note: Combines 9 MacGregor radio transcriptions with 1 World radio transcription, 7 performances from Lee's own radio show, and 1 performance from the Navy's radio show Let's Go To Town.








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8. Title: Peggy Lee ("The Gold Collection" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Deja Vu- Retro / Cat. Num.: (EEC) R2cd 94034 / Rel. Year: 1996 Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 40 / Note: Contains 18 World radio transcriptions along with 4 performance from the Lee-hosted Summer Electric Hour, and the audio of 18 performances from the two episodes that Lee taped for the syndicated TV show Something Special (6 from the 1966 special, 12 from the 1967 special). Deja Vu also re-released this set in 2001 in a so-called "Deluxe Edition" which uses different artwork (seen in the last image above) and improves on this earlier version's sound quality.






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9. Title: Why Don't You Do Right ("The Entertainers" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Joker Tonverlag AG- Sarabandas - Promo Sound AG / Cat. Num.: (Switzerland) 239 / Rel. Year: 1988 / Tracks: 25 / Note: Although my own (re-pressed?) copy of this CD bears a 1996 release date, various sources indicate that it was originally released in either 1986 or 1987. For further details, see above, in the section for 1980s issues.


Other Qualifying Issues (Whose Artwork I Am Currently Missing):

10. Title: Peggy Lee ("The Legends Collection" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Fast Forward / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Ffcd 502 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Tracks: 16 / Note: Mixes 6 MacGregor radio transcriptions with 5 performances from Lee's own radio show, 2 World radio transcriptions, 2 performances from Bing Crosby's radio show, and 1 performance from a guest appearance in The Navy's Let's Go To Town.




1997



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1. Title: Let's Do It / Format: CS & CD / Label: Delta Music / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Mc 7102 & Cd 6102 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Tracks: 20 / Note: With the exception of two numbers (both of them taken from Lee's own radio show), all tracks are early 1940s studio recordings from Lee's big band years with Benny Goodman. The same year in Germany and the Netherlands, this CD was apparently released with the same title but a different front cover (see #2 below), and under a different label (Golden Options). Then again, I do not own a physical copy of this CD, and my information about it is scarce; perhaps the label was also Golden Options in the United Kingdom, and Delta was the distributor.








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2. Title: Let's Do It / Format: CD / Label: Golden Options / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom & Germany) Go 3812 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Tracks: 20 / Note: With the exception of two numbers (both of them taken from Lee's own radio show), all tracks are early 1940s studio recordings from Lee's big band years with Benny Goodman. This CD was simultaneously released in Great Britain with the same title but a different front cover (image #1) and possibly under a different label. In 2006, Golden Options reissued the very same CD yet once more, adding 2 more tracks at the time and changing the CD's title to Fever.





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3. Title: Peggy Lee ("Mystic Music" Series) / Format: CD / Label: United Audio / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) Uae 30712 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Tracks: 24 / Note: Includes 9 Columbia recordings from Lee's big band years with Benny Goodman, 6 World radio transcriptions, 6 performances from Jimmy Durante's radio show, and 3 performances from Lee's appearances in the Navy's Let's Go To Town radio shows.

4. Title: Why Don't You Do Right?; 25 Early Hits /Format: CD / Label: Asv Living Era / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Aja 5237 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Tracks: 25 / Note: Concentrates on Lee's earliest years of recording activity. There are 14 Columbia recordings with Benny Goodman (1941-1943) and 11 Capitol solo recordings, the latter covering the years 1944 to 1946.






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5. Title: First Lady Of Song ("Memories of Yester-Years" Series, Volume 3) / Format: CD / Label: Samba Entertainment / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Mtlcd 5052 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Tracks: 10 / Note: Appropriates 10 of the 12 tracks originally released in the 1985 Hindsight album The Uncollected Peggy Lee. The tracks can be itemized as 5 World radio transcriptions, 1 Capitol radio transcription, and 4 performances from Lee's appearances in the Navy's radio show Let's Go To Town.

6. Title: Peggy Lee ("The Platinum Collection" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Platinum - Start Entertainments / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Pc 617 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 40 / Note: This set includes 19 performances from Jimmy Durante's radio show, all of them obviously appropriated from Viper Nest's 1995 CD Why Don't You Do Right?. The rest of the tracks also come from radio. About 9 of them are from Bing Crosby's show, and about 6 others come from Lee's own show. There is also a couple of appearances from a Navy-sponsored show (Let's Go To Town) and 4 transcriptions from three different companies (Capitol, MacGregor and World).









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7. Title: Let There Be Love (Pulse Series) / Format: CD / Label: Kaz / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Pls Cd 214 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Tracks: 20 / Note: This is a reissue of an item that had been originally issued in 1994 by Kaz's parent company, Castle Communications, under the title Let There Be Love; The Best Of Peggy Lee. (That original issue can be seen in the last of the images directly above). This 1997 edition on the Pulse imprint was actually the second reissue of that item: in 1995, Kaz had released it in the True Trax imprint (second image directly above). All three editions consist of the same radio numbers: 9 performances from Bing Crosby's radio show, 6 from Lee's own show, and 1 from a guest appearance in an episode of the Navy's show Let's Go To Town. There are also 4 radio transcription recordings, 2 from the World company, and 1 each from Capitol and MacGregor.








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8. Title: Peggy Lee With The Dave Barbour Band; Nat King Cole Trio 1943/49, The Vocal Sides / Format: CD / Label: Capriole / Cat. Num.: (Germany) Hmr 1009 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Tracks: 27 / Note: This CD combines 14 of Peggy Lee's MacGregor transcriptions (previously released by Glendale-Legend and by Laserlight) with 13 transcription numbers by Nat King Cole. A twofer of sorts, it is also a reissue of two CDs issued by an American label. From Laserlight's Nat King Cole Trio 1943-49 (1990), Capriole took only the vocal sides, leaving out the discs' 5 instrumentals. From Laserlight's Peggy Lee With The Dave Barbour Band (1991), Capriole took every track. Common to the American and the German label is the same parent company (and/or distributor?), Delta, which also seems to be behind various bargain basement, exploitative releases listed elsewhere in this page.








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9. Title: Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald And Peggy Lee, Featuring Fred Astaire / Format: CD / Label: Avid / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Avc 624 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Volumes: 2 / Note; All the included performances were taken from episodes of Bing Crosby's radio show. One CD is dedicated to Peggy Lee, the other to Ella Fitzgerald; in both cases, female solos and duets with Crosby are combined. The set is actually a reissue. In 1992, the two CDs had been separately released, with entirely different artwork and different titles (It's A Good Day and My Happiness).








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10. Title: Extra Special! / Format: CD / Label: Marginal / Cat. Num.: (Belgium) Mar 068 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Tracks: 31 / Note: This CD includes 3 Capitol recordings from 1947, 2 Decca recordings from 1956, and 26 more Capitol recordings, recorded between 1957 and 1969. Its sound quality is mediocre. Seen above are both the front and back covers of this item.





1998





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1. Title: September In The Rain ("Norma Rare Item Collection" Series) / Format: Collectors' Pressing LP / Label: Norma / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Nlp 1010 / Rel. Year: 1998 / Tracks: 8 / Note: This Japanese vinyl, pressed during the post-LP era, is exclusively dedicated to the radio transcriptions that Peggy Lee recorded in 1945 for the MacGregor company. About half of them are included. I assume the album to be a straight reissue of an old American LP on Candlelite Records (see the label identification on the upper right of the front cover). However, I have never seen that hypothetical Candlelight album, nor have I been able to confirm its existence in any other way.






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2. Title: Peggy Lee ("Forever Classic" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Mastertone / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) 0395 / Rel. Year: 1998 / Tracks: 18 / Note: Combines 10 radio transcriptions (9 from MacGregor, 1 from World) with 8 radio broadcast performances (7 from Lee's own show, 1 from the Navy's Let's Go To Town). See also next entry.

3. Title: Peggy Lee ("The Great Vocalists" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Ronco-Telstar / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Cdsr 051 (Reissued as Cdsr 9007) / Rel. Year: 1998 / Tracks: 18 / Note: If the information at hand is correct, this item has the exact same tracks as the previous one. (I do not own copies of the two CDs in question.) Furthermore, the front covers show the same photo, though the artwork is different otherwise. The country of release is among the other differences. See also the CD The Lady Is Peggy Lee in the next section.




1999





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1. Title: A Musical Marriage; Peggy Lee & Dave Barbour / Format: CD / Label: Jasmine / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Jascd 355 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Tracks: 22 / Note: All 22 tracks are Capitol transcription recordings, appropriated from the licensed 5CD set The Complete Peggy Lee & June Christy Capitol Transcription Sessions, on Mosaic Records.





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2. Title: The Lady Is Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Newsound / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Nst 026 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Tracks: 18 / Note: Combines 10 radio transcriptions (9 from MacGregor, 1 from World) with 8 radio broadcast performances (7 from Lee's own show, 1 from the Navy's Let's Go To Town). The contents are actually the same as on two 1998 CDs from the Mastertone and Ronco labels (items #2 and #3 in the previous section). Read also notes about an item titled Divas, under year 2001.

3. Title: A Portrait Of Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Gallerie - Music Collection / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Gale 442 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 47 / Note: All the tracks are studio recordings, with the exceptions of 5 Capitol radio transcriptions. Of the 42 recordings, 16 are Columbia big band recordings with Benny Goodman, and 26 are Capitol masters.





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4. Title: The Fever Of ... Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Going-For-A-Song / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Gfs 241 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Tracks: 24 / Note: Contains studio recordings only, all from the 1940s. The bulk are from Lee's Capitol years. There are also 4 masters from her big band years with Benny Goodman.

5. Title: Oh La La Lee / Format: CD / Label: Great Voices Of The Century / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Gvc 2006 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 47 / Note: Contains 24 studio recordings (18 from her Columbia big band years, 6 from her Capitol years), 20 radio transcriptions (13 from MacGregor, 6 from World, 1 from Capitol), and 3 performances from Lee's guest appearances in the Navy's radio show Let's Go To Town. As far as Public Domain issues go, Oh La La Lee is a reasonable good-sounding, chronologically sequenced 2CD set with fine liner notes by Joop Arts.





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6. Title: The Wonderful Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Audio Book & Music [ABM] / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Abmmcd 1024 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Contains studio recordings only, all from the 1940s. The bulk are from Lee's big band years with Benny Goodman. There are also 7 Capitol masters. This CD was reissued on another label (Acrobat) in 2002.

7. Title: It's Lovin' Time / Format: CD / Label: Audio Book & Music [ABM] / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Abmmcd 1092 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Tracks: 18 / Note: Contains studio recordings only, all from the 1940s. The bulk are from Lee's Capitol years. There are also 5 masters from her big band years with Benny Goodman and a rare Disney master ("Two Silhouetes"). This CD was reissued on another label (Hallmark ) in 2001.





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8. Title: Mañana / Format: CD / Label: Castle Pie / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Piesd 045 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Tracks: 20 / Note: The CD Mañana was apparently sold not only separately but also as part of two Castle Pie packages, both of them entitled Ladies Of Jazz, though featuring different front covers. One is a 3 CD set, catalogue number #904, whose first disc is dedicated to Ella Fitzgerald and the third to Billie Holiday. The other item is a 4CD set whose discs are dedicated to Holiday (the first), Fitzgerald, Lee, and Vaughan (the last). A few exceptions aside, the Lee CD concentrates on Capitol recordings from the 1940s. The exceptions consist of 2 masters from her big band years with Benny Goodman, 1 World radio transcription, and 4 radio broadcast performances (3 from Bing Crosby's show, 1 from the Lee-hosted show The Summer Electric Hour).





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8. Title: Everything I Love ("The Great Vocalists Of Jazz & Entertainment" Series) / Format: CD / Label: History / Cat. Num.: (Germany) 20.3046 Hi / Rel. Year: 1999 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 35 / Note: Though sold as a separate unit online, this Peggy Lee item is actually part of a 40 CD box, shown in the first and last images. The CD contains studio recordings only (no radio or TV material), all from the 1940s. Of the 35 tracks, 15 stem from Lee's big band years with Benny Goodman. The rest are Capitol masters.





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10 & 11. Title: Great Female Vocalists {Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Peggy Lee, And Billie Holiday} / Format: CD / Label: Going-For-A-Song / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Gfs 4018 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Volumes: 4 / Tracks: 24 / Note: Though nowadays sold in the internet as a separate unit, the Peggy Lee disc seen in image #11 is actually part of the 4CD box shown in image #10. (Each of the box's discs is dedicated to a different female vocalist.) The Peggy Lee item focuses almost exclusively on Capitol recordings from the 1940s. The exceptions are 4 masters from Lee's big band years with Benny Goodman.





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11. Title: Let's Do It! / Format: CD / Label: Wea / Cat. Num.: (Australia) 002328 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Tracks: 20 / Note: This issue was released by WEA, which identifies itself as an Australian branch of Warner, a legitimate label as well as a mega-company. In the back cover of the CD, it is states that the tracks were licensed from Rajon. The statement is odd: Rajon was an independent label. It probably relied on Public Domain laws for any release of material from the 1950s or earlier. In other words, it would seem that Wea paid Rajon for the rights to Public Domain material -- material that Rajon might have used or was planning to use on its own CDs. Alternatively, Rajon might have legitimately licensed the material, but such an alternative does not diminish the oddness of the situation: if such was the case, Wea should have also licensed tracks from the same source, rather than doing business with Rajon.




2000





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1. Title: Linger / Format: CD / Label: Snapper-Recall / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Smdcd 304 / Rel. Year: 2000 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 48 / Note: Contains 11 radio transcriptions (8 from MacGregor, 2 from World, 1 from Capitol), 29 radio broadcast performances (11 from Jimmy Durante's show, 8 from Bing Crosby's show, 8 more from Lee's own show, 2 from her appearances in the Navy's Let's Go To Town shows), and 8 Columbia recordings from Lee's big band years with Benny Goodman. Of all Public Domain CD releases, I consider Linger the best one, primarily due to a well-balanced and well-sequenced choice of selections. It could be used as a fine primer to Lee's world of radio and big band swing. [The CD falls under the PD category, but the label Snapper has released both Public Domain and properly licensed discs.]






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2. Title: In Love With Peggy Lee ("Dressed To Kill" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Metrodome / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Metro 331 / Rel. Year: 2000 / Tracks: 22 / Note: Combines 15 Capitol studio recordings and 3 Columbia studio recordings (the latter from the Benny Goodman years) with 2 MacGregor radio transcriptions, 1 World radio transcription, and 1 performance from Lee's guest appearances in the Navy's radio show Let's Go To Town.

3. Title: Let There Be Love / Format: CD / Label: Planet Media and Entertainment / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Plm 1027 / Rel. Year: 2000 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Combines 9 recordings from Lee's big band years with 9 recordings from her early solo years on Capitol. Also includes 1 World radio transcription and 1 duet performances from a guest appearance on a Frank Sinatra radio show.






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3. Title: The Great Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Rajon Music Group / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Red 021 / Rel. Year: 2000 / Volumes: 3 / Tracks: 48 / Note: Combines 16 Columbia recordings from Lee's years as The Benny Goodman Orchestra's vocalist with 32 Capitol solo tracks (27 studio masters, 5 radio transcriptions).

4. Title: Peggy Lee ("Cocktail Hour" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Columbia River-Allegro / Cat. Num.: Crg 218010 / Rel. Year: 2000 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 28 / Note: Contains studio recordings only. There are 9 from Lee's Columbia years as The Benny Goodman Orchestra's vocalist, 18 from her solo years on Capitol, and 1 number recorded for what seems to have been a Disney promotional album.





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5. Title: The Elegant Miss Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Mastertech / Cat. Num.: (Australia) 502022 / Rel. Year: 2000 / Tracks: 17 / Note: Contains studio recordings only. There are 12 from Columbia (with The Benny Goodman Orchestra), 5 from Capitol.

6. Title: The Lady Is A Tramp / Format: CD / Label: Bianco / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Bia 4014 or Bia 4208 / Rel. Year: 2000 / Tracks: 20 or 24 / Note: I do not own a copy of this CD, for which I mysteriously have two different track listings, each obtained from a different source. According to the source that lists 20 tracks, the CD combines 13 studio recordings (8 from Lee's Columbia years as The Benny Goodman Orchestra's vocalist and 5 from her solo years on Capitol) with 7 radio broadcast performances (6 from Lee's own radio show, 1 from her hostess period on The Summer Electric Hour"). According to the source that lists 24 tracks, the combination consists of 8 studio recordings (3 for Columbia, 5 for Capitol) 7 radio transcriptions (3 from MacGregor, 3 from World, 1 from Capitol) and 9 radio broadcasts (5 from Lee's own show, 2 from Jimmy Durante's show, 2 from her appearances in the Navy's Let's Go To Town show).

7. Title: The Very Best Of Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: First Budget International - Kala / Cat. Num.: (Canada) Fbso 70; also 2192 / Rel. Year: 2000 [re-pressed in 2002 and 2005]/ Tracks: 21 / Note: Combines 18 Columbia big band studio recordings from the Benny Goodman years (early 1940s) with 2 performances from Lee's radio show (early 1950s) and 1 World radio transcription (also from the early 1950s). Obviously, the title of this cheap and inconsequential disc is outrageously off the mark

8. Title: Peggy Lee ("Best" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Lafayette Music Group / Cat. Num.: Bstcd 9116 / Rel. Year: 2000 / Tracks: 18 / Note: All tracks are from Peggy Lee's canary period with The Benny Goodman Orchestra.




2001




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1. Title: Black Coffee ("Silver Line" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Tim International's Past Perfect / Cat. Num.: (Germany) 205797203 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Combines 12 Decca studio recordings with 8 Capitol studio transcriptions. Among the Decca tracks, there are 7 from the 10" album Black Coffee -- i.e., all but one of that album's tracks. (The spared number is "Love Me Or Leave Me.")

2. Title:Mañana; The Best Of Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Rajon / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Rmgr 0423 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Tracks: 25 / Note: Consists entirely of Capitol recordings. One out of over a handful of Peggy Lee releases from the Rajon label, the following year the company would issue It's A Good Day ("Sounds Of The 20th Century" Series), a 36-track 2CD which includes 23 of the 25 tracks found in this 2001 disc. (Left out were "Stormy Weather" and "There'll Be Some Changes Made.")

3. Title: It's Lovin' Time / Format: CD / Label: Pickwick International's Hallmark / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Halmcd 1320 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Tracks: 18 / Note: Contains studio recordings only, all from the 1940s. The bulk are from Lee's Capitol years. There are also 5 masters from her big band years with Benny Goodman and a rare Disney master ("Two Silhouettes"). My thanks to my friend Jarl Ingves for kindly supplying the front cover image. This CD is actually a reissue of a 1999 release on the ABM label (shown in the last two images), with the same title and tracks but different artwork.



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4. Title: Peggy Lee ("Greatest Hits" Series) / Format: CS & CD / Label: Musicbank / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Apwmc 1183 & Apwcd 1183 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Combines 10 performances from Lee's 1966-1967 Something Special TV shows with 7 World radio transcriptions from the 1950s. There are also 3 numbers from The Summer Electric Hour, a radio show that Lee co-hosted in 1947. Re-released five years later, as part of a 6CD set; see 2006 entries below.

5. Title: The Complete Capitol Small Group Transcriptions / Format: CD / Label: Disconforme / Cat. Num.: (Spain) Jfcd 22822 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Volumes: 3 / Tracks: 54 / Note: One of the most exploitative releases in the market, this set appropriated all of the Capitol transcription performances that Mosaic had commercially issued (most of them for the first time ever) and re-released them while the original Mosaic set was still in the market. The only transcription performances left out (for legal reasons that made them off limits) were those that the Mosaic booklet identifies as never before released (either commercially or on transcription record).





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6. Title: The Way You Look Tonight / Format: CD / Label: Brisa / Cat. Num.: (Germany) 48036 2bd & (U.S.) 48309 2 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Tracks: 14 / Note: All but 2 of the tracks are Columbia big band studio recordings with Benny Goodman. The exceptions are Capitol studio recordings.

7. Title: Peggy Lee ("Vocal Jazz" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Ediciones Folio - Gyc Records / Cat. Num.: (Spain) Efvj 029 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Tracks: 18 / Note: All but 5 of the tracks are Capitol studio recordings. The exceptions consist of 2 Columbia big band studio recordings (with Benny Goodman), 2 performances from radio broadcasts (1 from Bing Crosby's show, 1 from Lee's co-hosted radio show The Summer Electric Hour) and 1 World transcription.





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8. Title: The Best Of Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Pegasus / Cat. Num.: (France) Pegcd 346 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Combines 17 Columbia big band studio recordings from the Benny Goodman era with 3 performances from radio broadcasts (2 from Lee's own show, 1 from the show that she co-hosted with Woody Herman during the summer of 1947, The Summer Electric Hour).

9. Title: Golden Earrings / Format: CD / Label: Movieplay - Intermusic's Goldies / Cat. Num.: (Portugal) Gld 25438 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Volumes: 3 / Tracks: 42 / Note: Combines 28 Capitol studio recordings with 14 Columbia big band studio recordings from the Benny Goodman era. Incidentally, some of this label's issues are known to be licensed, and thus official. In the case of Golden Earrings, the combination of tracks from two different labels has led me to the assumption that it is a Public Domain disc. I do not own a copy of Golden Earrings, nor do I have any solid corroboration for my assumption.





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10. Title: Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Forever Gold-Solo-Pacific Entertainment / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) Fg 080 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Tracks: 15 / Note: Combines 9 radio transcriptions (6 from World, 3 from MacGregor) with 5 performances from guest appearances in the Navy's Let's Go To Town. There is also 1 Capitol studio recording.

11. Title: Golden Earrings ("Flashback" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Wea / Cat. Num.: (Australia) 8573877082 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Tracks: 20 / Note: All tracks are Capitol studio recordings, except for 2 Columbia big band studio recordings (with Benny Goodman) and 1 Capitol radio transcription. Wea might be the distributor instead of the releasing label, in which case the identity of the latter remains unknown to me.





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12. Title: Why Don't You Do Right?; 1943-1947 / Format: CD Label: Magic / Submarine / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Dawe 102 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Tracks: 15 / Note: Combines 13 performances from the 1947 radio show The Summer Electric Hour (hosted by Peggy Lee and Woody Herman) with two performances from a 1943 AFRS radio show featuring Benny Goodman and his canary, Peggy Lee. Released with two different front covers, as shown.

13. Title: Why Don't You Do Right ("A Jazz Hour With" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Movieplay-Intermusic's A Jazz Hour / Cat. Num.: (Portugal) Jhr 73607 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Tracks: 22 / Note: All tracks are Columbia studio recordings from Lee's big band years with Benny Goodman.





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14. Title: That Old Feeling / Format: CD / Label: Flashback / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Fb 0223 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Tracks: 20 / Note: All tracks are Capitol studio numbers recorded between 1944 and 1950, except for one track from the 1957 Capitol album The Man I Love.

15. Title: That Old Feeling ... You Go To My Head / Format: CD / Label: Tim International / Cat. Num.: (Germany) 205422 304 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 40 / Note: Over two thirds of the tracks are Capitol studio recordings. The exceptions are 7 Decca studio recordings and either 9 or 10 Capitol radio transcriptions.





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16. Title: The Greatest Female Voices Ever {Holiday, Lee, Fitzgerald, Washington, Garland, Vaughan} / Format: CD / Label: Newsound and (or) Trancemaster / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands?) Nstbx 602 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Volumes: 6 / Tracks: 18 / Note: This set seems to be an expanded edition of the set Divas, discussed immediately below (item #16); for further details about track contents, read note #16. The label that released The Greatest Female Voices Ever is identified in some websites as Newsound, in others as Trancemaster. (Notice that the prefix Nstbx is typically found in boxed sets released by Newsound, a fact that substantially diminishes the possibility of Trancemaster as the releasing label.)

17. Title: Divas {Lee, Garland, Fitzgerald, Vaughan} / Format: CD / Label: Newsound / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Nstbx 422 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Volumes: 4 / Tracks: 18 / Note: All the Peggy Lee tracks found in Divas are either radio transcriptions (9 from MacGregor, 1 from World) or performances from radio broadcasts (6 from Lee's own show, 2 from her appearances in the Navy's Let's Go To Town). This 4CD set seems to be an abbreviated, alternate edition of the aforementioned 6CD set The Greatest Female Voices Ever (item #15). The same exact tracks by Lee, Garland, Fitzgerald, and Vaughan can be found in both sets. Since the internet is my only source for details about both sets (i.e., I do not own copies of either item), mistakes in the information provided are highly possible. Additionally, an online seller identifies the Peggy Lee CD in this Divas set as the exact same one that this label had originally issued in 1999, under the title The Lady Is Peggy Lee. The notion that Newsound would have repackaged their old release into a boxed set is by no means unsound, but I would like to find confirmation for the seller's claim.







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18. Title: Peggy Lee ("Deluxe Edition; The Gold Collection" Series") / Format: CD / Label: Deja Vu - Retro / Cat. Num.: (EEC) R2cd 94034 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 40 / Note: Contains 18 World radio transcriptions, 4 performances from the Lee-hosted radio show Summer Electric Hour, and the audio of 18 performances from the syndicated TV show Something Special (6 from an episode televised in 1966, 12 from an episode televised the following year). Deja Vu had originally released this set in 1996 with different artwork (seen in the last image) and lesser sound quality.




2002





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1. Title: Rendez-Vous / Format: CD / Label: Soldore / Cat. Num.: (EEC) Sol 580 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Tracks: 21 / Note: Contains studio recordings only, 12 from Capitol and 9 from Columbia (the latter being big band era Benny Goodman masters).






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2. Title: Fever; 24 Golden Classics / Format: CD / Label: MasterSong / Cat. Num.: (Australia) 5050572 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Tracks: 24 / Note: Contains 10 radio transcriptions (7 from World, 3 from MacGregor), 8 performances from Lee's 1966-1967 Something Special TV shows, and 6 radio broadcast performances (1 from Lee's own show, 2 from guest appearances in the Navy's Let's Go To Town, 3 from the Lee co-hosted show The Summer Electric Hour).

3. Title: Let There Be Love / Format: CD / Label: Sunflower / Cat. Num.: Sun 2092 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Combines 15 radio broadcast performances (8 from Bing Crosby shows, 4 from Lee's own show, 1 from a guest appearance in the Navy's radio show Let's Go To Town) with 5 radio transcriptions (3 from World, 1 from MacGregor and 1 from Capitol).






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4. Title: Let's Do It / Format: CD / Label: Rajon Music Group / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Rmgs 1048 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Combines 12 Capitol studio recordings with 4 Columbia studio recordings from the big band era and 4 radio transcriptions (1 from MacGregor, 3 from Capitol).

5. Title: It's A Good Day; Original Recordings, 1941-1950 / Format: CD / Label: Naxos / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 8.120642 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Chronologically features 4 recordings from Lee's days as Benny Goodman's big band singer and 16 recordings from her solo years at Capitol in the 1940s.






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6. Title: It's A Good Day ("Sounds Of The 20th Century" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Rajon Music Group / Cat. Num.: (Australia) 2029 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 36 / Note: All but three tracks are Capitol studio recordings. The exceptions are Capitol radio transcriptions. One of at least six Peggy Lee releases from the Rajon label, this issue had had as its precedent Mañana; The Best Of Peggy Lee, issued on the previous year. It's A Good Day ("Sounds Of The 20th Century" Series),h includes 23 of the 25 tracks found in the 2001 disc. (Left out were "Stormy Weather" and "There'll Be Some Changes Made.")

7. Title: It's A Good Day; 50 Original Mono Recordings, 1941-1951 / Format: CD / Label: Asv Living Era / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Aja 266 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 50 / Note: Chronologically features 19 recordings from Lee's days as Benny Goodman's big band singer and 31 recordings from her solo years at Capitol in the 1940s.






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8. Title: The Peggy Lee Story / Format: CD / Label: Proper / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 45 P 1277 1280 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Volumes: 4 / Tracks: 95 / Note: Contains 14 Columbia studio recordings (from Lee's big band years with Benny Goodman), 8 radio broadcast performances (5 from Jimmy Durante's show, 3 from Bing Crosby's show), and about 17 Capitol radio transcriptions. All the other tracks are Capitol studio recordings. Seen above are the front covers of all four CDs, as well as the front cover of the box that contains them (first image). The first CD is titled Why Don't You Do Right?, the second Sugar, the third Mañana, and the fourth The Radio Years. Online vendors sometimes sell these CDs separately, without acknowledgment of their provenance from a box.





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9. Title: Ladies Serenade {Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, Doris Day} / Format: CD / Label: Madacy-North Coast / Cat. Num.: (Canada) 6887 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Volumes: 3 / Tracks: 30 (10 by Lee) / Note: A budget (not Public Domain) issue, this 3CD set was licensed from Sony Music Entertainment (1976 sound-recording copyright date). The CD dedicated to Lee (second and fourth images) contains some of her big band era recordings with Benny Goodman, originally released on the Columbia/Okeh labels.





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10. Title: Peggy Lee ("Triple Treasures" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Digimode - MusicPro / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Box 30072; 678654 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Volumes: 3 / Tracks: 57 / Note: Each of this set's discs features 19 tracks. The blurry image seen above is the box's cover, whereas the clearer images display the front covers of the individual CDs. (I should note, in passing, that used copies of these CDs are oftentimes sold separately by internet vendors, who do not acknowledge -- or do not know about -- the discs' origination in a box.) This set includes the usual motley array of tracks. Among them are 19 World radio transcriptions and 6 radio numbers (4 originally broadcast in Lee's own show, 2 taped for the Navy's program Let's Go To Town). All those numbers date from the 1950s. There are also tracks from the 1940s: 5 MacGregor radio transcriptions, 4 performances originally broadcast in the Lee-co-hosted radio show The Summer Electric Hour, 2 performances from Bing Crosby' radio show, 2 Capitol studio recordings, and 1 Capitol radio transcription. Finally, the set also includes 18 performances from the two episodes of the syndicated show Something Special, one of which was televised in 1966, the other in 1967.






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11. Title: Swingin' Ladies Of Jazz {Judy Garland, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee} / Format: CD / Label: Joan Records BV / Cat. Num.: (Germany) 7242 (7240-7242) / Rel. Year: 2002 / Volumes: 3 / Tracks: 21 / Note: The Peggy Lee CD in this set combines 12 Decca studio recordings with 8 Capitol radio transcriptions. The tracks are the same ones found in the 2001 CD Black Coffee ("Silver Line" Series). As is the case with other similar sets, used copies of these CDs are oftentimes sold separately by internet vendors, who do not acknowledge -- or do not know about -- the discs' origination in a box.






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12. Title: The Best Of Peggy Lee ("Original Hits" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Tim International's Worten Jazz / Cat. Num.: (Germany) ___ / Rel. Year: 2002 / Tracks: 17 / Note: All tracks are Capitol studio recordings.

13. Title: The Wonderful Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Acrobat / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Acrcd 111 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Tracks: 17 / Note: Combines 12 Columbia studio recordings from the big band era with 5 Capitol recordings from the 1940s.






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14 & 15. Title: Why Don't You Do Right ("Silver Line" Series) / Format: LP & CD / Label: Tim International's Past Perfect / Cat. Num.: (Germany) 904329 980 & 204329 203 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Tracks: 17 / Note: Contains Capitol studio recordings only.






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16. Title: 'S Wonderful {Doris Day, Peggy Lee} / Format: CD / Label: Delta Blue Music / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 63048 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 20 / Note: One CD is dedicated to Doris Day numbers, the other to Peggy Lee numbers. The Lee disc contains 18 Columbia studio recordings from the big band era and 2 numbers from Lee's radio show, the latter broadcast in the early 1950s.

17 & 18. Title: Peggy Lee ("Idols" Box) / Format: CD / Label: Signature / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Signcd 2132 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Though often sold separately, this CD was actually part of a boxed 6CD set entitled Idols (seen in the last image). It is the set's first disc, whose other five discs are dedicated to Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O'Day, and Doris Day. The track listing of the Peggy Lee CD can be itemized as follows: 9 Columbia studio recordings from the big band era, 7 Capitol studio recordings, 3 performances from the radio show The Summer Electric Hour (co-hosted by Lee with Woody Herman), and 1 relatively rare performance from a guest appearance in the American Forced Radio Service show Jubilee ("I Get The Blues When It Rains"). This compact disc suffers from horrendous sound quality; speed distortion causes Lee to come off as hoarse and heavily sedated. Also, the track listing features one mistake: track #17 is misidentified as "Waiting For The Train To Come In," when it is actually "It Takes A Long, Long Train With A Big Caboose."







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19 & 20. Title: Fever; 24 Favourite Songs / Format: CD / Label: Prism Leisure Platinum / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Platcd 716 [reissued by Golden Sounds] / Rel. Year: 2002 / Tracks: 24 / Note: Fever includes 7 Columbia studio recordings from the big band era, 3 Capitol radio transcriptions, and 1 performance from Lee's 1967 Something Special TV show (the titular song). All other tracks are Capitol studio recordings.

21 & 22. Title: Best Of Crooners & Divas Collection / Format: CD / Label: Platinum / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: The aforementioned CD (images #19 & #20) was sold not only separately but also in two additional packagings, one of them being the 20 CD collection seen in images #21 & #22. The other packaging is discussed below.

23 (& 24). Title: Peggy Lee; 40 Outstanding Performances / Format: CD / Label: Platinum / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: The twofer release seen in image #23 combines the CD seen in images #19 and #20 with another CD from the same label, entitled For Sentimental Reasons (image #24). The latter had been originally released as a separate CD a few years earlier; see entries under year 1996.





2003





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1 & 2. Title: Peggy Lee: The Great Divas / Format: CD / Label: Rainbow / Cat. Num.: (Germany) __ / Rel. Year: 2003 / Tracks: 21 / Note: Though often sold separately, this CD (image #2) is part of the 5CD boxed set shown in image #1. Combines 13 Decca recordings with 8 Capitol transcription recordings.

3. Title: My Old Flame / Format: CD / Label: Legends Of Jazz / Cat. Num.: 18020 2 / Rel. Year: 2003 / Tracks: 18 / Note: Consists of 14 studio recordings (8 from Capitol, 6 from Columbia) and 4 performances from radio broadcasts (2 from the Lee co-hosted show The Summer Electric Hour, 1 from a guest appearance in the Navy's Let's Go To Town, and 1 from Lee's own show).



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4 & 5. Title: The First Ladies ("American Legends" Series) {Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington, Judy Garland} / Format: CD / Label: K-tel / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Ecd 3741 (3740 3742) / Rel. Year: 2003 / Volumes: 3 / Tracks: 20 / Note: The Peggy Lee CD in this set combines 10 World radio transcriptions with 5 Capitol studio recordings, 4 Columbia (Benny Goodman) studio recordings, and one performance from Lee's own radio show. Although K-Tel usually licenses its music releases, in the case of this disc the motley combination of tracks suggests that the label might have taken shelter in European Public Domain regulations.






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6. Title: "Lover" / Format: CD / Label: Black Cat / Cat. Num.: (made in Czech Republic) Bccd 025 / Rel. Year: 2003 / Tracks: 20 / Note: A bottom-of-the-barrel release even amidst C-grade Public Domain compilations, "Lover" is one of two CDs whose respective covers show photos of women who are not Peggy Lee. (To see the other cover, go to the year 2006.) The bulk of this issue's track listing consists of Columbia big band studio recordings with Benny Goodman. There are also 2 performances from Lee's radio show and 2 or 3 Capitol studio recordings.

7. Title: Miss Standing Ovation / Format: CD / Label: Joker Tonverlag AG - Saar - Sarabandas - Promo Sound AG / Cat. Num.: (Switzerland/Italy) Cd 39106 Add / Rel. Year: 2003 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Most of tracks are studio recordings (12 from Capitol, 5 from Decca). There are also 2 guest appearances from the Navy's radio show Let's Go To Town and 1 World radio transcription.








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8. Title: Peggy Lee Gold (Platinum Collection) / Format: CD / Label: V & H Holdings / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Cd Plat 237 / Rel. Year: 2003 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Consists entirely of radio material. There are 9 performances from Peggy Lee's own 1951-1952 radio show, 7 performances from Bing Crosby's show, 1 performance from Lee's 1947 Summer Electric Hour show, and 3 MacGregor transcription recordings. This track listing is identical to that of an Australian 1994 CD entitled Peggy Lee ("20 Golden Greats - Starburst" Series) and a British 1995 also called Peggy Lee Gold, neither on the same label. Notice also the existence of a 1993 CD which happens to be called Peggy Lee Gold as well, but which otherwise bears no relation to the item under discussion.

9. Title: Peggy Lee ("Giants Of Jazz" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Cloud 9 Productions / Cat. Num.: (France) Imp 785 / Tracks: 14 / Note: Part of a 20-CD series, with each disc dedicated to a different artist. In this all-Lee disc, the first five tracks are recordings from her Columbia years with The Benny Goodman Orchestra, and the next eight are some of her solo recordings on Capitol. The last track, a performance of "Lover," might be a radio track, taken from a guest appearance in a Bing Crosby show. (Alternatively, it could be her Decca hit recording, but the listed timing suggests otherwise.)


2004





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1. Title: A Nightingale Can Sing The Blues ("Document" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Tim International / Cat. Num.: (Germany) 220838 [220839-220843] / Rel. Year: 2004 / Volumes: 5 / Tracks: 98 / Note: Sequenced in a roughly chronological manner, the first 20 tracks in this 5CD set are from Lee's big band days with Benny Goodman at Columbia Records, and the last disc contains 16 of the masters that Peggy Lee recorded for Decca. The middle discs include 14 of her Capitol radio transcriptions. All other tracks are Capitol studio recordings, dated from 1944 to 1952.






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2. Title: Peggy Lee ("The Discovery Of Jazz" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Weton-Wesgram's and Flex Media's Centurion Jazz / Cat. Num.: (Germany) Iejg 2033 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 36 / Note: Contains 29 studio recordings (6 from Lee's big band period at Columbia, 18 from her early Capitol years, 5 from her Decca period) and 7 Capitol radio transcriptions.

3. Title: Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Weton-Wesgram's and Flex Media's Centurion Jazz / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) Iebi 1038 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Tracks: 17 / Note: Contains only Capitol studio recordings, all of them from the 1945-1947 period.






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4. Title: It's A Good Day / Format: CD / Label: Riff City Entertainment / Cat. Num.: Rcd 50 286 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Tracks: 14 / Note: All the tracks are World radio transcriptions.

5. Title: I Get Ideas ("A Proper Introduction" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Proper / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Intro Cd 2003 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 25 / Note: Contains studio recordings only (14 from Capitol, 9 from Decca, and 2 from the big band years at Columbia).






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6. Title: Peggy Lee Collection; 61 Classic Performances ("Diamond Collection" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Mastertech / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Mra 009 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Volumes: 3 / Tracks: 61 / Note: Contains 35 studio recordings (14 from Lee's big band period at Columbia, 16 from her early Capitol years, 5 from her Decca period), 10 radio transcriptions (7 from World and 3 from MacGregor), 9 performances from Lee's 1966-1967 Something Special TV shows and 7 radio broadcast performances (3 from Lee's own show, 3 from the Lee co-hosted show The Summer Electric Hour, 1 from guest appearances in the Navy's Let's Go To Town).






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7. Title: Platinum Classic Collection {Peggy Lee, Patsy Cline} / Format: CD / Label: Platinum-Start Entertainments / Cat. Num.: (Canada) Pcc 4902 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 15 / Note: One of this set's CDs is dedicated to Peggy Lee, the other to Patsy Cline. All the Lee tracks are Capitol studio masters recorded between 1945 and 1947, except for two 1941 Columbia recordings from Lee's years as a big band singer.

8. Title: Peggy Lee ("Jazz After Hours With..." Series) / Format: CD / Label: Performax-MRA / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Max 019 (Mra 202) / Rel. Year: 2004 / Tracks: 15 / Note: Contains studio recordings only -- 10 from Lee's big band period at Columbia, 5 from her early Capitol years.






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9. Title: Peggy Lee, Volume 1 / Format: CD / Label: Prism Leisure Platinum / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 3279 (also 34572) / Rel. Year: 2004 / Tracks: 10 / Note: This CD is sold both separately and together with volume 2. Seen here is the two-volume version. (The separate volume version has the exact same front cover, except for the words "2 CDs," which are of course excluded.) The catalogue number of the two-volume version is 34572, release year 2005. All tracks but one (a Capitol studio recording) are radio broadcast performances (5 from the Lee co-hosted show The Summer Electric Hour, 4 from Lee's own show).

10. Title: Peggy Lee, Volume 2 / Format: CD / Label: Prism Leisure Platinum / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 3280 2 (also 34572) / Rel. Year: 2004 / Tracks: 10 / Note: This CD is sold both separately and together with volume 1. The catalogue number of the two-volume version is 34572, release year 2005. All but two tracks (a Capitol studio recording and a World radio transcription) are radio broadcast performances (6 from the Lee co-hosted show The Summer Electric Hour, 2 from Lee's own show).




2005





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1. Title: Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Haba'na - JBM / Cat. Num.: (Argentina?) 3 565382 005847 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Tracks: 18 / Note: Combines 13 Capitol studio recordings with 5 Decca studio recordings.





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2. Title: El Rancho Grande / Format: CD / Label: Sunflower / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Sun 2108 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Tracks: 23 / Note: All the tracks are from Bing Crosby's radio show.

3. Title: Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Prominent Media / Cat. Num.: (Australia) unknown / Rel. Year: 2005 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Contains six recordings from Peggy Lee's work with The Benny Goodman Orchestra on Columbia Records, eight recordings from her solo work on Capitol, and six recordings from her solo work on Decca. Looks like a budget digital release from the MP3 era, but is dated 2005 in one of the websites that I consulted.

4. Title: Just the Way You Are / Format: CD / Label: Sunflower / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Sun 2110 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Tracks: 20 / Note: All the tracks are from Bing Crosby's radio show.





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5 & 6. Title: Peggy Lee ("Voices Of The World" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Weton-Wesgram / Cat. Num.: Vow 209 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 28 / Note: I do not own a copy of this item, for which I have found not one but two front cover images online. They are very similar yet not identical. If they are faithful representations of physical items, perhaps each picture belongs to a different CD from this set. Alternatively, one picture could belong to this 2CD set's main packaging (e.g., a cardboard box), the other to an inner packaging, such as a CD jewel case. The set contains 8 Capitol radio transcriptions and 30 studio recordings (15 from her Decca years, 14 from her early Capitol years, and 1 from the Columbia years with Benny Goodman).

7. Title: My Old Flame / Format: CD / Label: Prominent Media / Release Year: 2005 / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Psc 3019 / Tracks: 12





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8. Title: Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Legacy Entertainment / C7at. Num.: ( ) 161 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Tracks: 11 / Note: Contains 9 Capitol studio recordings (1945-1947) and 2 Columbia studio recordings (1941, with Benny Goodman).

9. Title: Ladies Of Jazz {Peggy, Sarah, Ella, Billie} / Format: CD / Label: Castle Pulse (formerly Castle Communications), a division of Sanctuary Records / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Piebx 904 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Volumes: 4 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Combines 16 studio recordings (2 from Lee's big band period at Columbia and 14 from her early Capitol years) with 3 performances from radio broadcasts (2 from Bing Crosby's show, 1 from the Lee co-hosted show The Summer Electric Hour) and 1 World radio transcription. The Peggy Lee CD in this set was also sold both separately and as part of a 3CD set; see year 1999 above.





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10. Title: The Best Of Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman / Format: CD / Label: Jazz Forever / Cat. Num.: Bd 67062 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Tracks: 18 / Note: All tracks are Benny Goodman recordings featuring big band vocals by Peggy Lee, and made for the Columbia label.

11. Title: Peggy Lee Sings With Benny Goodman ("WWW Collectors Edition Biz") / Format: CD / Label: Weton-Wesgram - Flex Media / Cat. Num.: (Germany) Iece 1639 Rel. Year: 2005 / Tracks: 19 / Note: All tracks are Benny Goodman recordings featuring big band vocals by Peggy Lee, and made for the Columbia label.





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12. Title: Peggy Lee ("Masters Of Music" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Weton-Wesgram / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) Mom 641 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Volumes: 6 / Tracks: 96 / Note: Includes 18 of Lee's Columbia studio recordings as a canary with The Benny Goodman Orchestra, 16 of her Decca studio recordings, and 14 Capitol radio transcriptions. The rest of the tracks are Capitol studio recordings from the 1944-1952 period, except for one from 1957 ("My Heart Stood Still").

13. Title: Peggy Lee (aka I Can't Stop Loving You) ("#1 Single Artist" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Weton / Cat. Num.: (Germany) 871742 301451 5 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Contains no studio recordings. There are 10 radio transcriptions (7 from World, 3 from MacGregor, 1 from Capitol), 5 performances from Lee's 1966-1967 Something Special TV shows and 5 radio broadcast performances (2 from Bing Crosby's show, 1 from a guest appearance in the Navy's Let's Go To Town, 1 from her own show, and 1 from the show The Summer Electric Hour, which Lee co-hosted).





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14. Title: Peggy Lee ("Unique" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Global Journey / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Gj 2303 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Tracks: 21 / Note: Contains only studio recordings. Begins with one recording from Lee's Columbia years as The Benny Goodman Orchestra ("Why Don't You Do Right?") and closes with 7 Decca numbers. All other tracks are Capitol masters.

15. Title: Favourites / Format: CD / Label: Weton-Wesgram / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) Lata 101 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Tracks: 17 / Note: Combines 12 recordings from Lee's big band period at Columbia with 5 studio recordings from her early years at Capitol.





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16. Title: Blues In The Night / Format: CD / Label: Delta's Xtra / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 20050501 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Tracks: 26 / Note: Combines 24 studio recordings (8 from her Columbia years with Benny Goodman, 13 from her early Capitol years, 3 from her Decca years) with 2 performances from Lee's 1951-1952 radio show.

17. Title: While We're Young ("Quadromania" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Tim International / Cat. Num.: (Germany) 222455 444 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Volumes: 4 / Tracks: 80 / Note: Consists of 47 Capitol studio recordings, 16 Decca studio recordings and 17 Capitol radio transcriptions.





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18 & 19. Title: Peggy Lee / Format: CD  /   Label: Dad Records /     Cat. Num.: (West Germany) 9910 11594 1   /   Rel. Year: 2005 / Tracks: 28 / Note: As can be seen in the back cover's track listing, this German release includes numbers from Lee's First Capitol, Decca, and Second Capitol periods. The oldest track dates from 1945, the most recent from 1972. Even among Public Domain companies, this label has a poor reputation; customers who have purchased CDs have complained about both sound quality and graphics. The release year of the Peggy Lee issue strikes me as odd, because I did not hear about its existence until well into the second decade of the twenty-first century. (However, I must bear in mind that my access to German releases has always been very limited.)

20 & 21. Title: The Ultimate Jazz Archive; The Vocalists / Format: CD / Label: Membran / Cat. Num.: (Germany) 222796 3872 [Set 40, CD #3] / Rel. Year: 2005 / Volumes: 168 / Tracks: 20 / Note: This huge collection consists of 168 CDs, encased in a suitably large box (image #19). Inside the box, the CDs are sub-divided in mini-boxes, or sets, for a total of 42 sets. Set #40 contains CDs dedicated to Anita O'Day, Billy Eckstine, Peggy Lee, and Nat King Cole. The Peggy Lee selection covers the years 1941 to 1953 (13 Capitol studio recordings, 3 Columbia recordings, 2 Decca studio recordings, and 2 Capitol radio transcriptions). Each CD in this box focuses on a specified discographical span in the given artist's career. The set actually follows a rough chronology that begins with Jerry Roll Morton tracks from the years 1899 to 1901 and ends with Billie Holiday tracks from the years 1952 to1955. (Holiday is among the few artists to whom more than one CD is dedicated.)





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Listed in some online sources as 2005 releases, the two above-seen issues were originally issued earlier. If the alleged 2005 release date is correct, the edition of The Very Best Of Peggy Lee must have been a re-pressing of the 2002 original. As for the other issue shown, it is a twofer re-packaging of a couple of CDs that had been separately issued in 2004.



2006





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1. Title: The Essential Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Emporium / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom?) Emtbx 365 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Volumes: 3 / Tracks: 60 / Note: Contains 56 studio recordings (16 from Lee's big band period at Columbia, 19 from her early Capitol years, 21 from her Decca period) and 4 radio broadcast performances (2 from Lee's own show, 1 from the show The Summer Electric Hour, which she co-hosted, and 1 from a guest appearance in the AFRS radio show Jubilee).





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2. Title: Miss Wonderful / Format: CD / Label: Proper / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Box 108 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Volumes: 4 / Tracks: 104 / Note: Contains 55 Capitol studio recordings (1944-1951), 37 Decca studio recordings (1952-1955) and 12 MacGregor radio transcriptions (1945). The front cover of this set is shown in the first and last images. The middle images display two of the 4 CDs' cardboard covers.





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3. Title: The Definitive Collection, 1942-1953 / Format: CD / Label: Rajon Music Group / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Cdrtv 0196 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 40 / Note: Aside from 1 MacGregor radio transcription, all the tracks in this 2CD set are studio recordings (5 from Lee's big band period at Columbia, 27 from her early Capitol years, 7 from her Decca period). American online sites give a July 25, 2006 (or, more simply, 2006) release date to this item. However, many European sites list it under a 2005 date, and one site goes even one year earlier (2004). Since The Definitive Collection originated in Australia, it is very possible that 2006 refers to the year in which the item was distributed in the United States -- not the original release date. I'd appreciate it if any owner of a copy can tell me which year is given in the back cover.





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4. Title: Lover / Format: CD / Label: Asv Living Era / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Aja 5644 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Tracks: 28 / Note: All tracks are Decca studio masters recorded between 1952-1955.

5. Title: The Very Best Of Peggy Lee; 50 Jazz Favourites / Format: CD / Label: MasterSong / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Mra 580312 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 50 / Note: Contains 24 studio recordings (6 from Lee's big band period at Columbia, 13 from her early Capitol years, 5 from her Decca period), 11 radio transcriptions (8 from World, 3 from MacGregor), 8 radio broadcast performances (3 from Lee's own show, 3 from the show The Summer Electric Hour, which she co-hosted, 2 from guest appearances in the Navy's Let's Go To Town) and 7 performances from Lee's appearances in the syndicated TV show Something Special.





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6. Title: Peggy Lee's Why Don't You Do Right? / Format: CD? / Label: Charly / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) __ / Rel. Year: 2006? / Tracks: 9 / Note: Contains one recording from Peggy Lee's Columbia work with The Benny Goodman Orchestra and five of her solo recordings on Capitol. There are also three radio tracks, two from Lee's own 1952 show and one from a 1948 guest appearance in a show hosted by Bing Crosby. I have only seen this item in online images. Although it looks to me like it could possibly be a release from the MP3 era (and though it contains less track than the average PD compact disc), the websites that I consulted give it a 2006 date. Some identify it as a CD, others as both CD and MP3 file. Notice as well that there is an earlier Peggy Lee CD release on Charly Records (1994), with the same title but mostly different tracks (the one exception being the titular song).

7. Title: The Collection / Format: CD / Label: MCI - Balboa / Cat. Num.: Therb 112 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Tracks: 18 / Note: Combines 12 studio recordings (6 from Lee's big band period at Columbia and 6 from her early Capitol years) with 6 radio transcriptions (3 from World, 2 from Capitol, 1 from MacGregor).





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8. Title: I Get A Kick Out Of You / Format: CD / Label: Lata / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 871742302123 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Contains numbers taped for radio and television -- no studio recordings. There are 10 radio transcriptions (7 made for World, 2 for MacGregor, and 1 for Capitol), 5 performances from the two episodes of the TV show Something Special that spotlighted Lee, and 5 radio broadcast performances (2 from Bing Crosby's show, 1 from Lee's own show, 1 from the Peggy Lee & Woody Herman show The Summer Electric Hour, and 1 from a guest appearance in the Navy's Let's Go To Town).

9. Title: American Songbook / Format: CD / Label: Golden Stars / Cat. Num.: (Portugal & Netherlands) 5438 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Volumes: 3 / Tracks: 48 / Note: Contains 22 studio recordings (7 from Lee's big band period at Columbia, 5 from her early Capitol years, 10 from her Decca period), 25 Capitol radio transcriptions and 1 performance from a guest appearance in the Navy's radio show Let's Go To Town.





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10. Title: Peggy Lee ("Superstar" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Destra Entertainment / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Sspe 036 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Tracks: 12 / Note: A bottom-of-the-barrel release even amidst C-grade Public Domain compilations, this is one of two CDs whose respective covers show photos of women who are not Peggy Lee. In this case, the woman seen in the photo is 1950s popular singer Patti Page. (To see the other cover, see the section dedicated to 2003 issues.) As for the tracks, nearly all of them are radio performances from Lee's 1951-1952 radio show. The exceptions are 1 performance from another show that Lee co-hosted (The Summer Electric Hour), 1 MacGregor transcription, and 1 title ("It's All Over Now") that is either a Capitol studio recording or a performance from Bing Crosby's radio show.

11. Title: These Foolish Things ("Fame" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Payless Cat. Num.: (Australia) Pef 1016 Rel. Year: 2006 / Tracks: 12 / Note: All but 3 numbers are performances from Lee's own radio show. The exceptions consist of 1 MacGregor radio transcription and 2 other radio broadcast performances, one from Bing Crosby's show and one from The Summer Electric Hour, a show that featured Lee with Woody Herman and her husband Dave Barbour.










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12. Title: Fever / Format: CS & CD / Label: Golden Options / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) Go 3812 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Tracks: 22 / Note: With the exception of four numbers, all tracks are early 1940s studio recordings from Lee's big band years with Benny Goodman. Three of the exceptions are performances taken from Lee's own radio show, broadcast in the early 1950s. The fourth exception is a rendition of "Fever." Since I have not listened to this CD, I can only assume that the "Fever" in question is the audio from a 1967 TV performance that was part of the show Something Special With Peggy Lee. (However, it could be her Capitol recording instead.)

13. Golden Options originally issued the contents of the above-mentioned 2006 CD in a 1997 CD called Let's Do It (second of the eight images shown above). This 1997 edition skip two tracks, thereby including a total of 20 selections.

14-15. The same item was also issued in the United Kingdom in 1997, on both CD and cassette. This British version bears the same title and the same tracks but has a different label (Delta Music) and features different front cover artwork. The total of tracks is twenty.

16-19. In Japan, the label Pigeon released the item under discussion on both CD (catalogue number Jhw 567) and cassette (Jbt 602A & Jbt 602B ). However, the label of physical disc itself bears the catalogue number of the 2006 Scandinavian Fever edition (Go 3812). The title and the number of tracks (20) are the same as in the 1997 Let's Do It edition.

To further add to the peculiarities, the design of the Japanese edition causes the cassette version to appear to be called These Foolish Things. Two-cassette edition.

The release year of the Japanese cassette and CD editions is unknown to me.

Exclusive to the Japanese CD edition is its incorporation to a series called The Sound Of Jazz. In the CD's back cover, notice how the series' name is identical in design to the series "A Jazz Hour With," of which there is an example above (section 2001, item #13). This detail suggests a connection among Pigeon, Golden Options, Delta and the notoriously multi-named, "internationally diffuse" label Movieplay/Intermusic.





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20. Title: Memories Are Made Of This / Format: CD / Label: Musicbank / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 643638 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Volumes: 6 / Tracks: 20 / Note: This set consists of six CDs, each one dedicated to a different artist. These CDs had been issued separately. Previously issued in 2001 (see details above, under that year), the Peggy Lee CD contains no studio recordings. Instead, it includes 10 performances from the 1966 and 1967 editions of the TV specials Something Special With Peggy Lee, 7 World radio transcriptions, and 3 performances from the summer program The Summer Electric Hour, which Lee co-hosted during the summer of 1947.








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21. Title: Voices Of Eternity, Volume 3 / Format: CD / Label: Weton Wesgram / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) Kbox 3543 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Discs: 3 / Tracks: 20 / Note: A 3CD set, with each disc dedicated to a different artist. The Peggy Lee disc contains 15 Decca masters and 5 Capitol masters (4 of them from 1950, 1 from 1952). This set is actually the third volume in a series. Images all volumes have been supplied above.


2007





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1. Title: Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Forever Gold - Solo -Pacific Entertainment / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) Fg 262 / Rel. Year: 2007 / Tracks: 12 / Note: All tracks are performances from Lee's radio shows, 7 of them from The Summer Electric Hour (a program that Lee co-hosted in 1947), and the other 5 from Lee's self-named show (originally road cast in 1951 and 1952).





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2. Title: The Essential Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Mastercuts / Cat. Num.: Mcutcd 27 Rel. Year: 2007 / Tracks: 18 / Note: except for one single performance from Lee's own radio show, all tracks are studio recordings (10 from Capitol, 6 from Decca, 1 from the Columbia big band years). The first image above shows this CD's front cover. The second image shows an alternate cover that was disseminated online in the months that preceded the release of the actual CD. The titles listed in the alternate cover make it apparent that an alternate track listing was also intended. As far as I know, tihs alternate CD never crystallized into an actual release.





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3. Title: Peggy Lee ("The Blue Collection" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Red & Blue / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) Blue 2007 / Rel. Year: 2007 Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 40 / Note: Combines 32 studio recordings (13 from Lee's big band period at Columbia, 14 from her Capitol years, and 5 from her Decca years) with 7 Capitol radio transcriptions and 1 performance from Bing Crosby's show.

4. Title: Peggy Lee ("The Red Collection" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Red & Blue / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) Red 2007 / Rel. Year: 2007 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 40 / Note: Combines 35 studio recordings (7 from Lee's big band period at Columbia, 19 from her Capitol years, and 9 from her Decca years) with 5 Capitol radio transcriptions.






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5. Title: I Can't Give You Anything But Love ("Jazz Giants" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Weton-Wesgram & Flex Media / Cat. Num.: (Germany) Iece ___ / Rel. Year: 2007 / Volumes: 3 / Tracks: 60 / Note: Contains 50 studio recordings (11 from Lee's big band period at Columbia, 26 from her early Capitol years, 2 from her later Capitol years, 11 from her Decca period) and 10 radio transcriptions (9 from Capitol, 1 from World).





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6. Title: Doris, Dinah, Peggy / Format: CD / Label: Payless / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Pel 013 [011488209 ] / Rel. Year: 2007 / Tracks: 15 / Note: The Peggy Lee item in this set combines 11 studio recordings (2 from Lee's big band period at Columbia, 9 from her early Capitol years) with 1 Capitol radio transcriptions and 3 performances from Lee's own radio show. Dated 2007 in some sites, April 14, 2008 in others.

7. Title: Lover / Format: CD / Label: Nouveau Range / Cat. Num.: (Australia) 489242 / Rel. Year: 2007 / Tracks: 25 / Note: Contains studio recordings only (3 from Lee's big band period at Columbia, 14 from her early Capitol years, 6 from her Decca period).






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8. Title: Lover ("Essential Jazz Masters" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Backup / Cat. Num.: (Portugal) 73136 / Rel. Year: 2007 / Tracks: 20 / Note: All tracks are Decca masters recorded between 1952 and 1956.

9. Title: Essential Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Musicbank / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom?) 10745 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Eight tracks are from Lee's big band period with Benny Goodman's orchestra, one is a World transcription cut, and the remainder are Capitol numbers from the 1944-1947 years. Although sellers of used music items regularly offer this item as a single, individual piece, it might have originally been part of a boxed CD set,.






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10. Title: Moon Flowers; The Collection, 1952-1954 / Format: CD / Label: Rev-Ola / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Cr Rev 212 / Rel. Year: 2007 / Tracks: 27 / Note: All tracks are Decca studio recordings, dating from the 1952-1954 period.

11. Title: Peggy Lee ("The Essential Collection" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Avid / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Avc 876 / Rel. Year: 2007 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 57 / Note: Combines 30 Peggy Lee performances from Bing Crosby's radio show with 27 Decca studio recordings.





Issues Shown:

12. Title: Peggy Lee ("The Ultimate Collection" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Cherished Classics / Cat. Num.: ( ) Chebx 3030 / Rel. Year: 2007 / Discs: 3 / Tracks: 62 / Note: Contains 36 studio recordings (7 from Lee's big band period at Columbia, 13 from her early Capitol years, 16 from her Decca period), 17 radio transcriptions (4 from World, 6 from Capitol and 7 from MacGregor), 1 performance from Lee's 1967 Something Special With Peggy Lee TV special) and 9 radio broadcast performances (6 from Lee's own show, 2 from Bing Crosby's show, 1 from a guest appearance in the Navy's Let's Go To Town).

13. Title: Mañana ("Ground Floor" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Ground Floor / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Grfl 042 / Rel. Year: 2007 / Discs: 2 / Tracks: 40 / Note: Combines 25 Decca studio recordings and 9 Capitol studio recordings with 6 MacGregor radio transcriptions.





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14. Title: Sentimental Journey {Doris Day & Peggy Lee} / Format: CD / Payless / Cat. Num.: (Australia) / Rel. Year: 2007 / Tracks: 15 / Discs: 2 / Tracks: 15 / Note: Ten of the 15 vocals are Capitol studio recordings, and another is a Capitol radio transcriptions. The four remaining vocals are evenly split; two are from Lee's period with The Benny Goodman Orchestra, and the other two from her Club 88 radio show.

15. Title: Jazz Divas / Format: CD / Label: MCPS / Rel. Year: 2007 / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 063 8734 / Discs: 12 / Tracks: 20 / Note: The fourth of this set's twelves discs is dedicated to Peggy Lee. Her 18 selections include 11 radio transcriptions (7 from World, 2 from MacGregor, 2 from Capitol) and 4 numbers from the two episodes of the TV series Something Special that were dedicated to the singer. There are also 5 radio performances (2 from Bing Crosby's show, 1 from a guest appearance in the Navy's Let's Go To Town, 1 from Lee's own show, and 1 from The Summer Electric Hour, the latter being a show which Lee co-hosted). No studio masters are included.

16. Title: The Divas {Ella, Billie, Peggy, Dinah, Sarah} / Format: CD / Label: Weton-Wesgram's Cheap 'o' Lata / Cat. Num.: Lata 582 / Volumes: 5 / Rel. Year: 2007 / Tracks: 20 / Note: This set is included herein because, according to the information at hand, it dedicates one separate CD to each of the listed singers. (In other words, it does not consist of discs that feature various artists, a type of release with which this page is not concerned. Unfortunately, I do not have an image for the set's Peggy Lee CD, nor have I ever seen it.) The Peggy Lee CD consists of 12 radio transcriptions (9 from World, 2 from MacGregor, 1 from Capitol), 4 performances from Lee's 1966-1967 appearances in the syndicated TV show Something Special, 2 performances from Bing Crosby's radio show, 1 performance from the 1947 radio show The Summer Electric Hour and another performance from a guest appearance in the Navy's Let's Go To Town.


2008





Issue Shown:

1. Title: Diva / Format: CD / Label: Delta's Xtra / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 26596 / Rel. Year: 2008 / Tracks: 21 / Note: Combines the Peggy Lee tracks from the 1955 Decca studio album Songs From Pete Kelly's Blues with those of her 1957 Capitol album The Man I Love. (The present page does not list Public Domain CDs if they are reissues of original albums. Public Domain items of that type are instead discussed in the album pages of this pictorial discography. However, in the case of Diva, I have made an exception. Since this product hides from potential buyers the fact that it is actually a twofer, I decided to list it both in this page and in the other relevant pages.)






Issues Shown:

2. Title: Fever! Very Best Of Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Alto Take 2 / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Aln 1907 / Rel. Year: 2008 / Tracks: 25 / Note: Combines 15 Decca studio recordings (1952-1956) with 10 Capitol studio recordings (3 from 1947, 6 from the 1957 album The Man I Love, and the remaining one from 1958).

3. Title: Taking A Chance On Love / Format: CD / Label: Flare / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Roycd 269 / Rel. Year: 2008 / Tracks: 24 / Note: The entire track listing consists of World radio transcriptions. A good portion of these tracks had never been commercially issued before.






Issues Shown:

4. Title: The Classic Years / Format: CD / Label: Prestige / Cat. Num.: 773 / Rel. Year: 2008 / Tracks: 25 / Note: Contains only studio recordings, 14 from Lee's big band years at Columbia and 11 from her early years at Capitol.

5. Title: Lover ("Hit Parade ~ Platinum Collection" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Dynamic - Rajon / Cat. Num.: (Australia?) Dyn 2966 / Rel. Year: 2008 / Tracks: 25 / Note: Contains studio recordings only (12 from Decca, 9 from Capitol, and 4 from Lee's big band years with Benny Goodman on Columbia).






Issues Shown:

6. Title: The Legendary Peggy ("The Best Of The Legends Of Music" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Luxury Multimedia / Cat. Num.: (Ireland) 8101132 / Rel. Year: 2008 / Tracks: 18 / Note: Combines the entire 1957 Capitol album The Man I Love with 6 Decca studio tracks recorded in 1956. Distributed by Galaxy Music BV, Netherlands.

7. Title: The Best Of Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Cannon House / Cat. Num.: ( ) 172402 / Rel. Year: 2008 / Tracks: 15 / Note: Contains only studio recordings, 7 from Capitol and 8 from Decca.






Issues Shown:

8. Title: The Legendary Best Of Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Entium Music / Cat. Num.: (Korea) ___ / Rel. Year: 2008 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Aside from 1 MacGregor radio transcription, this CD contains only studio recordings (2 from Lee's big band years at Columbia, the rest from her early years at Capitol).

9. Title: Where Or When / Format: CD / Label: Acrobat / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Addcd 3047 / Rel. Year: 2008 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 38 / Note: Reprehensibly, the makers of this Public Domain CD set showed no compunction in grabbing the entire contents of the Columbia Legacy CD set Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman: The Complete Recordings, alternate takes and bonus tracks included. All tracks are from Peggy Lee's 1941-1943 big band tenure at Columbia with The Benny Goodman Orchestra, except for three 1947 Capitol studio recordings which also feature Lee in Goodman's company.





Issues Shown:

10-12. Title: American Voices & Crooners: Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Weton Wesgram / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Drg 1009 N / Rel. Year: 2008 / Tracks: 20 by Peggy Lee / Note: This is actually a 10CD set that dedicates each disc to a different artist, beginning with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, ending with Tony Bennett and Lee. (The only females allowed are Lee and Marilyn Monroe.) As is often the cases with sets of this type, the individual CDs have wounded up being sold separately online. The set's UPC number is 8 712155 107818. The box's number is Dgr 1009, with each CD adopting that number + one letter from the alphabet. The back cover of the CDs identifies each of them as a "product from the UK" marketed and distributed from the Netherlands by Weston-Wesgram.


2009





Issues Shown:

1. Title: Greatest Hits / Format: CD / Label: Not Now / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 846078 / Rel. Year: 2009 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 49 / Note: Contains only studio recordings, of which 2 are from Lee's big band years at Columbia. There are also 22 Decca numbers (including the entire contents of the 12" LP Black Coffee) and 25 tracks from her Capitol years, dating from the periods 1945-1949 and 1957-1958 (including the entire contents of the album The Man I Love).

2. Title: Fever ("Versions Originales Studio" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Membran / Cat. Num.: (Germany) 205 / Rel. Year: 2009 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Contains only Capitol studio recordings, 1947-1963.






Issue Shown:

3. Title: 101 Hits / Format: CD / Label: Weton-Wesgram / Rel. Year: 2009 / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) Qu 408 / Discs: 4 / Rel. Year: 2009 / Tracks: 101 / Note: In no particular order, this 4 CD set incorporates approximately 17 of her solo numbers on Decca, 21 of the vocals that Peggy Lee recorded with The Benny Goodman Orchestra, and at least one of the radio transcriptions that she did for the World service. The remainder of the set's program is dedicated to Lee's Capitol tracks, including about 14 of the transcriptions that she did for that label's radio services. (I can only offer approximate, not exact amounts. I do not own this set, and the track listings I found online did not provide clues as to which versions of certain songs were included.)

4. Title: Peggy Lee ("All The Best" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Hho Media & Arc (distributor) / Cat. Num.: (Korea) Ao 0016 / Rel. Year: 2009 / Tracks: 14 / Note: Contains only studio recordings, 12 from Lee's early years at Capitol and 2 from her big band years at Columbia.


2010





Issue Shown:

1. Title: Ridin' High; The Complete Record Releases, 1957-1959 / Format: CD / Label: Future Noise's Fantastic Voyage / Cat. Num.: Fvtd 043 / Rel. Year: 2010 / Volumes: 3 / Tracks: 72 / Note: As indicated by the title, this set contains only 1957-1959 studio recordings from Lee's second period at Capitol Records. Each Lee track found in her 5 albums from that period is here, along with the 45-rpm singles from that same period. As a bonus, a radio station's interview of Peggy Lee (dating from a couple of decades later) has also been included.





Issues Shown:

2. Title: The Swingin' Side Of Peggy Lee ("The Great Singers" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Music Box / Cat. Num.: (Greece) 3302173921 / Rel. Year: 2010 / Tracks: 24 / Note: Public Domain reissue of the albums Things Are Swingin' and Jump For Joy. I suspect that this CD and the next one are part of a large boxed set -- at least 15 discs -- but my attempts at locating any details about such a set have yet to succeed.

3. Title: Satin Doll ("The Great Singers" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Music Box / Cat. Num.: (Greece) 3302173936 / Rel. Year: 2010 / Tracks: 24 (including three instrumentals by George Shearing and members of his quintet) / Note: Public Domain reissue of the albums The Man I Love and Beauty And The Beat!. It includes all three instrumentals from the Beat! album, for a grand total of 24 tracks.





Issues Shown:

4. Title: Peggy Lee ("Legends" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Payless / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Leg 011 [0114393104] / Rel. Year: 2010 / Tracks: 12 / Note: Contains 5 Decca studio recordings and 7 Capitol studio recordings (6 from 1947, 1 from 1951).

5. Title: DeLuxe Peggy Lee; The Ultimative Edition For Collectors / Format: CD / Label: Dayl / Cat. Num.: (Korea) 3661585351962 / Rel. Year: 2010 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Combines 14 studio recordings (2 from Lee's big band period at Columbia, 6 from her early Capitol years, 6 from her Decca period) with 6 Capitol radio transcriptions.

6. Title: These Ladies Can Swing {Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone} / Format: CD / Label: Play 24-7 / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Play 3 015 / Rel. Year: 2010 / Volumes: 3 / Tracks: 14 / Note: This label shamelessly appropriated the entire contents of the Capitol Jazz CD edition of Things Are Swingin', including the bonus tracks. All Lee tracks, contained in volume 3, are thus from 1958. (This label also issued the same 1958 album in a twofer with a 1957 Capitol album, The Man I Love. See Capitol page, under the entries for those albums.)





Issues Shown:

7. Title: Peggy Lee ("Golden Voices Collection" Series) / Format: Commercial CDr & MP3 / Label: X5 Music / Cat. Num.: __ / Rel. Year: 2010 / Tracks: 19 / Note: MP3 Peggy Lee collections began to proliferate in the year 2010. In the present page, I have featured only MP3 collections that have also been released as CDrs. (Buyer beware: the sound quality of CDrs derived from Public Domain MP3 ranges from mediocre to atrocious.) The particular item under discussion at least features decent artwork -- something that can hardly be said of the other Public Domain MP3 products listed below. The track listing consists of 10 radio transcriptions (9 from MacGregor, 1 from World), 8 radio broadcast performances (7 from Lee's own show, 1 from an appearance in the Navy's Let's Go To Town) and 1 Capitol studio recording.

8. Title: Why Don't You Do Right; Selected Recordings / Format: Commercial CDr & MP3 / Label: Setco / Cat. Num.: __ / Rel. Year: 2010 / Tracks: 12 / Note: This bargain-basement item contains studio recordings. Two of them are from Lee's big band years at Columbia (one recorded in 1941, the other in 1942). To fill the rest of this CDr/MP3 file, Setco appropriated all the tracks of the CD All-Time Greatest Hits, Volume 1, which the (legitimate) record label Curb had licensing from Capitol and released in 1990.

9. Title: Fever; The Unforgettable Peggy Lee (aka Fever) / Format: Commercial CDr & MP3 / Label: Setco / Cat. Num.: __ / Rel. Year: 2010 / Tracks: 12 / Note: This items contains the same tracks as the preceding release from the same label (Why Don't You Do Right; Selected Recordings), though the tracks are sequenced in a different order. I do not own any of these three CDr/MP3 issues. If the information provided online on commercial sites is correct, Setco released both Why Don't You Do Right; Selected Recordings and Fever -The Unforgettable Peggy Lee within one month of one another.

9a. Title: Fever / Format: Commercial CDr & MP3 / Label: Setco / Cat. Num.: __ / Rel. Year: 2012 / Tracks: 12 / Note: Not content with the chicanery that has been detailed in the notes for the two preceding items, this bottom-of-the-barrel label re-released its product for a third time in 2012, this time with an abbreviated title and yet another front cover.


2011





Issue Shown:

1. Title: The Hits And More ... / Format: CD / Label: Jasmine / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Jascd 579 / Rel. Year: 2011 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 53 / Note: Contains only studio recordings. There are 16 from Lee's 1947-1951 Capitol period, 28 from her 1952-1956 Decca period, and 9 from her 1957-1959 second Capitol period.






Issues Shown:

2. Title: Peggy Lee At The Supper Club / Format: CD / Label: Sounds Of Yesteryear / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Dsoy 854 / Rel. Year: 2011 / Tracks: 29 / Note: All tracks are performances from various episodes of The Supper Club radio show, where Peggy Lee first appeared as a guest and later became a regular hostess. A total of 8 numbers is sung not by Lee but by other acts, including Lee's guests (Frankie Laine, Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis) and the show's vocal group (The Satisfiers with Helen Carroll). There are three more Lee-less tracks: the show's theme as taped by The Starlighters with Jo Stafford (heard twice in this CD) and an orchestral introduction. Lee is heard in the other 18 tracks, both solo and in duets with her guests.

3. Title: Waiting For The Train To Come / Format: Commercial CDr & MP3 / Label: Mocking Bird / Cat. Num.: __ / Rel. Year: 2011 / Tracks: 15 / Note: All tracks are from Lee's 1945-1947 Capitol recording period.

4. Title: Best Of Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Tgg / Cat. Num.: [UPC] 011891602525 / Rel. Year: 2011 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Combines 11 performances from two episodes of the syndicated TV series Something Special (1966, 1967) with 5 World radio transcriptions (ca. 1953) and 4 performances from The Summer Electric Hour, a radio show that Peggy Lee co-hosted with Woody Herman (1947).





Issues Shown:

5. Title: Peggy Lee ("The Absolutely Essential CD Collection" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Big3 / Cat. Num.: Bt 3039 / Rel. Year: 2011 / Volumes: 3 / Tracks: 60 / Note: Combines 18 Decca studio recordings with 3 MacGregor radio transcriptions and 39 Capitol studio recordings (32 from the 1944-1952 period, 6 from the 1957 album The Man I Love, and 1, "Fever," from 1958).

6. Title: It's A Good Day / Format: commercial CDr & MP3 / Label: Mocking Bird / Cat. Num.: __ / Rel. Year: 2011 / Tracks: 17 / Note: All tracks are Capitol studio masters recorded between 1945 and 1947.







Issues Shown:

7. Title: Dressed Up With A Broken Heart / Format: commercial CDr & MP3 / Label: Ida Loca / Cat. Num.: __ / Rel. Year: 2011 / Tracks: 15 / Note: Combines 1941 Columbia big band studio recordings (8, from Lee's big band period) with 1947 Capitol studio recordings (7, from her early Capitol years).

8. Title: Shady Lady Bird / Format: CDr & MP3 / Label: Mocking Bird / Cat. Num.: __ / Rel. Year: 2011 / Tracks: 15 / Note: All tracks are 1941 big band recordings from Peggy Lee's years with The Benny Goodman Orchestra at Columbia Records.






Issues Shown:

9. Title: The Collection / Format: commercial CDr & MP3 / Label: Plaza Mayor / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) __ / Rel. Year: 2011 / Tracks: 20 / Note: All tracks are studio recordings, including 4 from Lee's early Capitol period and 3 from her Decca years. The remainder are from the first 7 years of Lee's second Capitol period (1957-1963).

10. Title: Johnny Guitar ("The Big Voices" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Bestend / Cat. Num.: (Greece) 2711402319 / Release Year: possibly 2011 / Tracks: 12 / Note: All included tracks were recorded between 1953 and 1956, therefore falling into Lee's Decca period. Johnny Guitar could actually be a licensed issue, but I have yet to find confirmation for (or a rebuttal to) this possibility. This CD seems to belong to a series of compilations that were custom-made for the Greek newspaper The World of Investors (Ο Κόσμος των Επενδυτών) (Ο ΚΟΣΜΟΣ ΤΟΥ ΕΠΕΝΔΥΤΗ). The compilations were apparently offered to subscribers of this business paper. My thanks to Peter Stoller for his very kind assistance during my research of this issue.






Issue Shown:

11 - 13. Title: Peggy Lee (Éditions BD Music, BD Jazz Series, Volume 125) / Format: CD & Book Of Illustrations / Label: BD Music / Cat. Num.: (France) Bdjz 127 - Bd 100 (Also 978 2 84907 127 4) / Rel. Year: 2011 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 48 / Note: My thanks to fellow peggyphile Yvan Tarbouriech for his very generous help with the research of this issue, which consists of a booklet and two CDs. The tracks listing includes 8 radio studio transcriptions (3 from MacGregor, 5 from Capitol), 2 radio broadcast performances (1 from Lee's own show, 1 from Jimmy Durante's show), and 38 studio recordings (11 from Lee's big band period at Columbia, 6 from her Decca period, and 21 from her Capitol years, the latter divided between 1944-1952 and 1957-1960 tracks). The discographical information provided by this item is correct, except for the details given about the MacGregor tracks, which are wrongly dated "ca. 1949/1950." The 24-page booklet is dedicated to a cartoon strip by Fanny Michaelis, in which the life of Peggy Lee is narrated through the combination of words and illustrations. I regret to say that, as far as the illustrations go, this item leaves plenty to be desired. The front cover alone is extremely unappealing. (Even more grievous: nearly all other issues in the series boast far more engaging covers.) Moving from the front cover to the pages inside, the booklet's illustrations also fall off the mark. Lee is invariably shown as stocky, plump, and non-glamorous. The cartoon's Dave Barbour bears little physical resemblance to the actual man. One of the illustrations overdramatizes his alcoholism to the point of suggesting that he was physically abusive while drunk -- a charge for which I am not aware of any proof. Whereas many of the drawings seem to have sprung entirely from the illustrator's imagination, there are a few that were obviously inspired by actual photos. An instance is the very last illustration shown above, which is clearly based on a 1948 photo published in Life magazine, where Lee and her family are seen in their garden. (In the actual photo, Lee is not surrounded by sheet music, however, but by the primroses to which she is tending.)



2012





Issues Shown:

1. Title: Peggy Lee ("Eight Classic Albums" Series) / Format: CD / Discs: 4 / Label: Real Gone Jazz / Cat. Num.: (Holland) Rgjcd 314 / Rel. Year: 2012 / Tracks: 99 (total), including 94 Peggy Lee vocals, + 2 tracks in which the instrumental "Peggy Lee's Bow Music" is heard, and 3 instrumentals by the George Shearing Quintet / Note: Part of a series aiming at the budget mass market, "Eight Classic Albums" consists of 4 CDs, each disc including 2 of the 8 LPs shown in its front cover. There are no full-size reproductions of the original LP cover, nor are the original liner notes included. It's typical of the series to include a basic, paltry biography of the artist, and little else in the way of information. The discs themselves often fail to specify which albums they include. Sound quality varies, and can be generally described as uneven; in some sets it is fine, whereas in others skips and background noise can be occasionally detected. This Peggy Lee set mixes a Decca album (Black Coffee) with 7 assorted Capitol albums from the 1958-1961 period (Things Are Swingin', Beauty And The Beat!, Latin Ala Lee!, Christmas Carousel, Basin Street East Proudly Presents Miss Peggy Lee, Olé Ala Lee!, and If You Go).

2. Title: Peggy Lee ("Eight Classic Albums" Series), Volume 2 / Format: CD / Discs: 4 / Label: Real Gone Jazz / Cat. Num.: (Holland) unknown / Rel. Year: 2012 / Tracks: 97 (total), including 93 Peggy Lee vocals and 4 instrumentals by Stella Castellucci and Gene DiNovi / Note: See note to item #2, which apply to this sequel, too. This volume mixes 4 Decca albums (Songs From Pete Kelly's Blues, Dream Street, Sea Shells, Miss Wonderful) with 4 Capitol albums (The Man I Love, Jump For Joy, I Like Men!, Pretty Eyes).





3. Title: The Jazz Divas; Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald ("My Kind Of Music" Series) / Format: CD / Volumes: 2 / Label: USM Media / Cat. Num.: Usmmdcd 018 / Note: Includes 14 PL vocals.

4. Title: Peggy Lee ("Legends" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Global Journey / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) GJ7710 / Rel. Year: 2012 / Tracks: 21 / Note: All tracks are from Lee's Decca and first Capitol periods.

5. Title: Just One Of Those Things ("Noble Jazz" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Edel / Cat. Num.: (Germany) 4031 [EAN 4 029759 072508] / Rel. Year: 2012 / Tracks: 24 / Note: The core of this compilation comes from the much pirated album The Uncollected Peggy Lee and from the classic Decca album Black Coffee With Peggy Lee. It combines studio recordings (11 from Decca, 2 from Capitol) with songs from radio transcriptions (5 from World, 2 from Capitol's service) and radio broadcasts (4).


2013








Issue Shown:

1. Title: At Her Best / Format: Audiophile LP / Label: Vinyl Passion / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) Vp 80036 / Rel. Year: 2013 / Tracks: 18


2014





Issue Shown:

1. Title: Fever; The Best Of Peggy Lee ("The Ultimate 101 Collection" Series) / Format: CD / Volumes: 4 / Label: Nova AP Music / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Aupcd 4012  / Rel. Year: 2014 / Tracks: 101


2015





Issues Shown:

1. Title: The Very Best Of Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Volumes: 4 / Label: Fanfare / Cat. Num.: (Australia) 164  / Rel. Year: 2015 / Tracks: 20

2. Title: Christmas Albums ("Eight Classic Albums" Series) / Format: CD / Discs: 4 / Label: Real Gone Jazz / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Rgjmcd ___ / Rel. Year: 2015 / Tracks: 83 (total), out of which 12 are by Peggy Lee / Note: Christmas Carousel is among the albums included in yet another crassly produced set from the same label. All comments made in the note to the preceding entry apply to this entry, too.


The MP3 Gray Market

As the heyday of CDs came to a close and MP3 file listening grew in popularity, Public Domain labels naturally shifted their operations, concentrating on the more popular format. Since the first decade of the twenty-first century (especially the second half), online commercial sites have consequently become littered with MP3 compilations of subpar quality. Even low-cut Public Domain CDs of yore rank high above most of them. In the case of the Peggy Lee catalogue, such MP3 offerings are generally fairly easy to visually spot, even when no information is provided. The artwork is oftentimes drab, ungainly, garish or, at best, sophomoric. A few of them have already been shown above, due to the fact that they have CD counterparts. Here are images for an additional few which, though not on CD to my knowledge, sport exceptionally decent artwork:





The second decade of the twenty-first century has seen the advent of gray market labels which have gone quite further: they offer the majority of Peggy Lee's albums in just a few MP3 files, and/or in MP3-derived CDs. So far, such labels have tended to stay away from making their offers available in the United States, doing their advertisement instead in Asia and Europe. As of this writing (July 2015), the main source for Peggy Lee MP3 of that type is a Moscow-based site, seemingly responsible for the majority of the following files:









Other than through the very basic sampling provided herein, the present Peggy Lee Discography And Videography does not concern itself with MP3 releases in the Public Domain. (Official MP3 releases are not covered either, aside from a few noteworthy exceptions. Suffice it to make readers aware of the MP3 availability of most of Peggy Lee's original albums, as supplied by the companies that hold such masters. Listings and information about the ones released in recent years can be found here.)

One last sampling is below: collector-oriented MP3 files of unknown origin (possibly Japan).





Unknown Release Year






Issues Shown:

1. Title: Peggy Lee ("Les Plus Grandes Voix Du Jazz: Classic American Music" Boxed Set) / Format: CD / Label: Megaphon - Mpo Entertainment / Cat. Num.: (France) Mpo 96216 / Tracks: 15 sung by Peggy Lee / Note: Though sold as an unit at online commercial stores, the Peggy Lee disc shown above is actually part of the 12CD set spotlighted in the accompanying images. Each of the set's discs is dedicated to one of the singers in sight.





Issues Shown:

2a. Title: Peggy Lee ("Bestsellers Jazz" Series) / Format: CD / Label: unknown / Cat. Num.: (Japan) unknown / Tracks: unknown; possibly 14 / Note: Regrettably, this image is very blurry. The item might actually be the same one seen in the next entry; they look very similar. Until I receive confirmation that such is the case, they will be listed separately herein. The one clear difference is the presence or absence of an obi. Note that this obi has a small reproduction of the front cover photo of Peggy Lee's album Mink Jazz; it's in its lower bottom. The inclusion of that photo raises the slight possibility that this is not a compilation but a reissue of that original album. (I must stress that such a possibility is very slight. This CD is far more likely to be just another copy of the one to be discussed next.)

2b. Title: Peggy Lee ("Bestsellers Jazz" Series) / Format: CD / Label: unknown / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Gr 1034 (also R 0A0322) / Tracks: 14 / Note: All tracks are Decca studio recordings.

3. Title: Peggy Lee / Format: CD (also R 010200) / Label: Office 55 (Planning/Productions) / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Cx 1038 / Tracks: 16 / Note: All tracks are Decca studio masters.





Artwork Shown:

4. Title: Peggy Lee ("Best Selection" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Echo Industries / Tracks: 18 / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Vc 3035 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Since I am not familiar with the label that released this CD, I do not know if its issues are licensed. Judging from the combination of tracks from two different major labels (14 are from Decca, 4 are from Capitol), chances are that the label belongs in the Public Domain category.

5 & 6. Title: Peggy Lee ("Super Selection" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Echo Industry / Tracks: 18 / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Evc 327 / Rel. Years: 2004 / Note: Reissue of the just discussed CD Peggy Lee ("Best Selection" Series). Although I have belatedly found the release year of this disc, I have decided to keep it in this section for the time being, due to its close connection to the preceding item.





7. Title: Peggy Lee ("Female Singer Collection", Volume 5) / Format: CD / Label: unknown / Cat. Num.: (Japan) unknown / Tracks: 8 / Note: Combines performances from the Benny Goodman years with four performances from the Capitol years, including one that also features Goodman. All numbers date from the 1940s. Other volumes in this very budget-looking series are dedicated to Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, and Memphis Minnie.

8 & 9. Title: Peggy Lee (Essential Series) / Format: CS & CD / Label: Amuse Media & Fine Disc Corporations / Cat. Num.: (Korea) Am 118 & Fo 118 / Tracks: 14 / Note: Twelve of the tracks are sides with Benny Goodman; the remaining two tracks are 1947 Capitol vocals.





Issues Shown:

10. Title: Peggy Lee ("Great Singers" Series) / Format: CD / Label: (United Kingdom) Duet Music / Cat. Num.: Duet 157 / Tracks: 18 / Note: Pressed in Austria. No year given anywhere (not on the front or back cover, not on the disc itself).

11. Title: Blonde Ambitions / Format: CD / Discs: 2 / Label: unknown / Cat. Num.: unknown / Tracks: 12 sung by Peggy Lee (others sung by or credited to Marilyn Monroe) / Note: The Lee portion of the track listing consists of performances from her radio shows. Seven of them are from The Summer Electric Hour (a program that Lee co-hosted in 1947), the other five from Lee's self-named show (originally road cast in 1951 and 1952).


Other Issues Of Unknown Date; Front Cover Artwork Also Missing:

12. Title: Peggy Lee ("Just Jazz" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Jazz & Blues / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) Bn 222 / Tracks: unknown (except for just two tracks, both from the Decca period)




Index

The following index lists all the CDs, cassettes, and LPs whose front covers are on display above. Next to the titles are the respective years of release. If you are looking for information about a particular item, use the release year as your guideline to locate it in the sections above. Issues for which the year of release is declared as "unknown" can all be found in the section that directly precedes this index. Please also notice that this page is dedicated to compilations only --- not albums. Bootleg and PD issues that contain full original Peggy Lee albums (e.g., Latin Ala Lee!, Black Coffee, et cetera) can be found in the main Capitol and Decca pages, where they are mentioned within the entries for the official albums.

101 Hits: 2009
All The Best: 2008
At Her Best: 2013
American Songbook: 2006
Best Of Peggy Lee [Cannon label]: 2008
Best Of Peggy Lee, The [Pegasus label]: 2001
Best Of Peggy Lee [Tgg label]: 2011
Best Of Peggy Lee, The ("Jazz Odissey" Series): release year unknown
Best Of Peggy Lee, The ("Original Hits" Series): 2002
Best Of Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman, The ("Jazz Forever" Series): 2005
Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald And Peggy Lee, Featuring Fred Astaire: 1997
Black Coffee ("Silver Line" Series): 2001
Blonde Ambitions: release year unknown
Blues In The Night: 2005
Classic Years, The: 2008
Collection, The [Mci Balboa label]: 2006
Collection, The [Plaza Mayor label]: 2011
Complete Capitol Small Group Transcriptions, The: 2001
Definitive Collection, The, 1942-1953: 2006
DeLuxe Peggy Lee; The Ultimative Edition For Collectors: 2010
Diva: 2008
Divas: 2001
Divas, The: 2007
Doris, Dinah, Peggy: 2007
Dressed Up With A Broken Heart: 2011
Easy Listening: 1980s
Eight Classic Albums: 2012
Essential Peggy Lee [Emporium label]: 2006
Essential Peggy Lee [Mastercuts label]: 2007
Essential Peggy Lee [Musicbank]: 2007
El Rancho Grande: 2005
Elegant Miss Peggy Lee, The: 2000
Everything I Love ("The Great Vocalists Of Jazz & Entertainment" Series): 1999
Extra Special!: 1997
Favourites: 2005
Fever [Golden Options label]: 2006
Fever [Jazz World label]: 1980s
Fever [label unknown]: 1980s
Fever ("20 Original Classics" Series): 1994
Fever ("Versions Originales Studio" Series): 2009
Fever! Very Best Of Peggy Lee: 2008
Fever; 24 Favourite Songs: 2002
Fever; 24 Golden Classics: 2002
Fever; The Best Of Peggy Lee ("The Ultimate 101 Collection" Series): 2014
Fever; The Unforgettable Peggy Lee: 2010
Fever Of ... Peggy Lee, The: 1999
First Ladies, The ("American Legends" Series): 2003
First Lady Of Song ("Memories of Yester-Years" Series): 1997
For Sentimental Reasons; 16 Tender & Romantic Classics: 1996
Four Ladies Of Song: 1994
Gold: 1993, 1995
Golden Earrings ("Flashback" Series) [Wea label]: 2001
Golden Earrings [Movieplay Goldies label]: 2001
Golden Hits: 1996
Gone With The Wind: 1995
Great Female Vocalists: 1999
Great Peggy Lee, The: 2000
Greatest Female Voices Ever, The: 2001
Greatest Hits: 2009
Hits And More ... , The: 2011
I Can't Give You Anything But Love [Hitbuster label]: 1994
I Can't Give You Anything But Love ("Jazz Giants" Series): 2007
I Can't Stop Loving You ("#1 Single Artist" Series): 2005
I Get A Kick Out Of You: 2006
I Get Ideas ("A Proper Introduction" Series): 2004
I've Got A Crush On You: 1995
I've Had My Moments: 1980s
If I Could Be With You: 1980s, 1993
In Love With Peggy Lee ("Dressed To Kill" Series): 2000
In The Beginning ... The Legend Of Peggy Lee: 1996
It's A Good Day [Mocking Bird label]: 2011
It's A Good Day [Riff label]: 2004
It's A Good Day {Peggy Lee With Bing Crosby}: 1992
It's A Good Day; 50 Original Mono Recordings, 1941-1951: 2002
It's A Good Day; Original Recordings, 1941-1950: 2002
It's A Good Day ("Sounds Of The 20th Century" Series): 2002
It's Lovin' Time [ABM label]: 1999
It's Lovin' Time [Hallmark label]: 2001
Jazz Divas [MCPS]: 2007
Jazz Divas, The [Usm Media] : 2012
Johnny Guitar ("The Big Voices" Series): 2011
... Just One Of Those Things: 1996
Just the Way You Are: 2005
Ladies Of Jazz: 2005
Ladies Serenade: 2002
Lady Is A Tramp, The (Bianco): 2000
Lady Is A Tramp, The ("Platinum Collection" Series): 1996
Lady Is A Tramp, The & Other Great Standards: 1995
Lady Is Peggy Lee, The: 1999
Legendary Best Of Peggy Lee: 2008
Legendary Peggy, The: 2008
Let There Be Love (Planet): 2000
Let There Be Love [Sunflower label]: 2002
Let There Be Love; The Best Of Peggy Lee: 1994, 1995, 1997
Let's Do It [Delta label]: 1997
Let's Do It [Rajon label]: 2002
Linger: 2000
Listen To The Magic: 1996
Live, 1947 & 1952: 1993
"Lover" [Black Cat label]: 2003
Lover [ASV label]: 2006
Lover [Nouveau Range label]: 2007
Lover ("Essential Jazz Masters" Series): 2007
Lover ("Hit Parade ~ Platinum Collection" Series): 2008
Mañana: 1999
Mañana ("Ground Floor" Series): 2007
Mañana; The Best Of Peggy Lee: 2001
Memories Are Made Of This: 2006
Miss Standing Ovation: 2003
Miss Wonderful: 2006
Moon Flowers; The Collection, 1952-1954: 2007
Musical Marriage, A; Peggy Lee & Dave Barbour: 1999
My Old Flame [Legends Of Jazz label]: 2003
My Old Flame [Prominent Media]: 2005
Nightingale Can Sing The Blues, A ("Document" Series): 2004
Oh La La Lee: 1999
Old Favorites: 1992
Peggy Lee [label Amuse Media - Fine Disc]:  release year unknown
Peggy Lee [label Centurion Jazz]:  2004
Peggy Lee [label Forever Gold]:  2001
Peggy Lee [label Forever Gold]:  2006
Peggy Lee [label Haba'na]:  2005
Peggy Lee [label Legacy]:  2005
Peggy Lee [label Prism]:  2004, 2005
Peggy Lee [label Signature]:  2002
Peggy Lee (series "#1 Single Artist")2005
Peggy Lee (series "8 Classic Albums"), Volume 12012
Peggy Lee (series "8 Classic Albums"), Volume 22012
Peggy Lee (series "16 Great Songs")1990
Peggy Lee (series "20 Golden Greats"; label Starburst)1994
Peggy Lee (series "Absolutely Essential CD Collection, The")2011
Peggy Lee (series BD Jazz; Éditions BD Music,)2011
Peggy Lee (series "Best"):  2000
Peggy Lee (series "Bestsellers Jazz")release year unknown 
Peggy Lee (series "Blue Collection, The")2007
Peggy Lee (series "Classic American Music"; from set Les Plus Grandes Voix Du Jazz:):  release year unknown 
Peggy Lee (series "Cocktail Hour")2000
Peggy Lee (series "Gold Collection, The"; Deluxe Edition)2001
Peggy Lee (series "Discovery Of Jazz, The")2004 
Peggy Lee (series "Entertainers, The")1980s
Peggy Lee (series "Essential Collection, The")2007
Peggy Lee (series "Forever Classic")1998
Peggy Lee (series "Giants Of Jazz")2003
Peggy Lee (series "Gold Collection, The")1996
Peggy Lee (series "Golden Voices Collection")2010
Peggy Lee (series "Vocalists, The")1998
Peggy Lee (series "Great Divas")2003
Peggy Lee (series "Great Singers")release year unknown
Peggy Lee (series "Greatest Hits")2001
Peggy Lee (series "Jazz After Hours With...")2004
Peggy Lee (series "Just Jazz")release year unknown
Peggy Lee (series "Legends"; label Global Journey)2012 
Peggy Lee (series "Legends"; label Payless)2010 
Peggy Lee (series "Legends Collection, The")1996
Peggy Lee (series "Legends In Music")1994
Peggy Lee (series "Masters Of Music")2005
Peggy Lee (series "Mystic Music")1997
Peggy Lee (series Office 55; Planning/Productions)release year unknown
Peggy Lee (series "Platinum Collection, The")1997
Peggy Lee (series "Prominent Media)2005
Peggy Lee (series "Red Collection, The")2007
Peggy Lee (series "Superstar")2006
Peggy Lee (series "Triple Treasures")2002
Peggy Lee (series "Ultimate Collection, The")2007
Peggy Lee (series "Unique")2005
Peggy Lee (series "Voices Of The World")2005
Peggy Lee (series "Vocal Jazz")2001
Peggy Lee (series "Wonderful World Of, The")1992
Peggy Lee At The Supper Club: 2011
Peggy Lee Collection, The; 20 Golden Greats: 1980s
Peggy Lee Collection; 61 Classic Performances ("Diamond Collection" Series): 2004
Peggy Lee Gold: 1995
Peggy Lee Gold (Platinum Collection): 2003
Peggy Lee On Radio: 1980s
Peggy Lee Sings For You: 1992
Peggy Lee Sings With Benny Goodman ("WWW Collectors Edition Biz"): 2005
Peggy Lee Story, The [Proper label]: 2002
Peggy Lee Story, The; 24 Phonographic Memories: 1991
Peggy Lee With The Dave Barbour Band; Nat King Cole Trio 1943/49, The Vocal Sides: 1997
Peggy Lee's Why Don't You Do Right?: 2006 [possibly erroneous]
Platinum Classic Collection {Peggy Lee, Patsy Cline}: 2004
Portrait Of Peggy Lee: 1996
Portrait Of Peggy Lee, A: 1999
Presenting Doris Day & Peggy Lee: 1995
Rancho Grande, El: 2005
Rendez-Vous: 2002
Ridin' High; The Complete Record Releases, 1957-1959: 2010
Satin Doll: 2010
Sentimental Journey {Doris Day & Peggy Lee}: 2007
September In The Rain ("Norma Rare Item Collection" Series): 1998
Shady Lady Bird: 2011
Swingin' Ladies Of Jazz: 2002
Swingin' Side Of Peggy Lee, The: 2010
Taking A Chance On Love: 2008
That Old Feeling: 2001
That Old Feeling ... You Go To My Head: 2001
Them There Eyes: 1990
These Foolish Things ("Fame" Series): 2006
These Foolish Things & Other Great Standards: 1995
These Ladies Can Swing: 2010
Ultimate Jazz Archive, The; The Vocalists: 2005
Uncollected Peggy Lee, The: 1980s, 1994
Very Best Of Peggy Lee, The: 2002, 2005, 2015
Very Best Of Peggy Lee, The; 50 Jazz Favourites: 2006
Waiting For The Train To Come: 2011
Way You Look Tonight, The: 2001
Where Or When: 2008
While We're Young ("Quadromania" Series): 2005
Why Don't You Do Right ("A Jazz Hour With" Series): 2001
Why Don't You Do Right ("The Entertainers" Series): 1980s, 1996
Why Don't You Do Right ("Silver Line" Series): 2002
Why Don't You Do Right? [Charly label]: 1994
Why Don't You Do Right?; 25 Early Hits: 1997
Why Don't You Do Right?; 1943-1947: 2001
Why Don't You Do Right?; 1947-1948: 1995
Why Don't You Do Right; Selected Recordings: 2010
Wonderful Peggy Lee, The: 1999
Wonderful Peggy Lee, The: 2002
You Can Depend On Me: 1980s



First General Note: Terminology (Bootleg And Public Domain)


In this discography, the terms "bootleg" and "Public Domain" refer to music items -- specifically, CDs, LPs, and cassettes -- that have been released without authorization from the owners of Peggy Lee's masters. (At the time of this writing, Universal owns most of the music under discussion.) About 200 items are listed in the present page, the immense majority of them falling under the category of Public Domain.

Whereas "bootlegs" are both unauthorized and illegal, "Public Domain" issues are unauthorized yet legal in their country of release. Ever since they began to make their appearance (in the 1980s), the countries of release for nearly all of Peggy Lee's Public Domain LP and CD items have been located in Europe, where private ownership of creative works expired within a relatively short span of time (back in the 1980s and early 1990s). Thanks to relatively flexible copyright laws, the expiration date was between 15 and 25 years in Italy, Scandinavia, and much of the rest of the continent. The United Kingdom and France were just about the only notable exceptions (50 years). There were even cases of countries where certain types of records did not fall under copyright law. For instance (and according to reports that I have not fully corroborated), live audio performances were not protected by the Italian legal system.

As long as their products were made and sold within the continent, reissue companies that were set up in Europe had free rein to appropriate and release most music (including American music) which dated from the first half of the 20th century. Despite the geographical restriction, these companies' products would easily find their way into the United States, becoming available at both low-scale and high-end USA record stores. By the mid- 1990s, the rise of the internet had made PD issues all the more available, not just in the United States but rather worldwide.

In 1994, after 117 countries agreed to abide by the updated GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) treaty, and after the World Trade Organization (GTO) became an acting body (1995), the expiration span for music works settled to between 50 and 70 years in the majority of European countries. Probably spearheaded by the conglomerates which own 1950s and 1960s rock music (a still lucrative music period), additional time increases are being proposed and will doubtlessly be implemented as time keeps going by.

For their part, some PD labels (most notably, the Disconforme family of labels, which includes Lonehill and the Music Soundtrack Factory) have found an ideal haven in Spain's Andorra, where the expiration date remains 25 years, and where there is the additional incentive of very low-rate taxes.

In the present day climate, when compact discs are no longer lucrative, many PD labels have predictably transitioned to the conveniently lax world of MP3 files. The shoddiest PD labels currently in operation are actually the ones selling MP3 files. As for the few PD labels which still cater to collectors, those companies have tended to remain in the CD realm. Some MP3-oriented Public Domain labels are also offering their products in CD versions, copied from their MP3 files. Common to those CDs and to their MP3 counterparts is the gaudy, bargain basement quality of both artwork and audio transfers. No artistic inclinations and no concern for quality control are apparent. The music has been copied from LPs and CDs which in some instances have not been even cleaned; the artwork rarely rises even a notch above the level of the disgraceful.


Second General Note: Recommended Budget Compilations


Given the negative points made right above, my decision to recommend any Public Domain issues might come across as paradoxical. Granted that we are talking about generally subpar product, there have been a few PD companies which have elevated themselves from their competition. Rather than appropriating and recycling the same tracks previously issued by other companies, these superior PD labels have supplied rare or even previously unavailable material, along with discographical data and some fine artwork. Among such companies are the very worthwhile Sepia, as well as Jasmine and Proper.

Also worthy of commendation are the labels that originally made some of Lee's radio material available: in particular, Glendale, Sounds Rare, Artistic, and Hindsight. Had it not been for them, much of Lee's radio material might have never been commercially issued. (Those well-intentioned, collector-oriented companies unwittingly fed, on the other hand, an endless string of shoddy labels, which appropriating this radio material without any noticeable compunction.)

Out of the PD issues that have recycled the same batch of studio, radio and television performances, I would actually single out the following three as exceptionally satisfactory (within reason), due to well-sequenced track selection and okay sound quality. For specfic details about them, see relevant sections above, under the years 1999, 2000, and 1996.