The Peggy Lee Bio-Discography:
A Gallery Of Capitol Anthologies And Hits Packages

by Iván Santiago-Mercado

Page generated on Sep 16, 2017


Scope And Contents

This page focuses on Peggy Lee anthologies which meet the following criteria: (a) they contain primarily Capitol masters and (b) they qualify as either official or licensed releases. The page is organized chronologically by the anthologies' year of release. The only exceptions to the chronological arrangement are the two preliminary sections to be found immediately below: a list of recommended anthologies (I) and a list of anthologies already discussed on the main Capitol album page (II).  For further explanations, consult the bottom of the present page.


I. RECOMMENDATIONS




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1. Title: The Singles Collection / Format: CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 7243 5 39756 2 3 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Discs: 4 / Tracks: 107 / Note: A collectors' dream, this collection concentrates on Lee's singles during her Capitol tenures. Found in the collection as well are key singles licensed from the A&M, Columbia and Decca vaults. Among the many praiseworthy inclusions are two masters recorded for Ara Records that had not seen the light of day since the 78-rpm era, and a master which was not just previously unissued but also formerly unknown. The 72-page booklet is a lavish affair, with many photos (a generous portion of them in color), some eye-catching sections (e.g., a selective gallery of sheet music), and a long, comprehensive essay by music writer Will Friedwald. The set was nominated for two Grammy awards in 2004. One of the nominations, for Best Historical Album, was bestowed on producers Cy Godfrey and Steve Woof. The other nomination, for Best Album Notes, went to Friedwald. (The winner in both categories was Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey.) Remix/Remastering producer: Cy Godfrey. Project coordinator: Steve Woof. Artwork and design: Claire Parsons. Remixing and remastering of individual tracks credited to Steve Genewick, Ron McMaster, Odea Murphy, Bob Norberg, and Dave McEowen. (In the interest of full disclosure, I should add that I contributed the project's discographical section. I believe, however, that most non-biased music listeners would concur with my recommendation of this item.)

2. Title: The Lost '40's & '50's Capitol Masters / Format: MP3 & CD / Label: Collectors' Choice / Cat. Num.: Ccm 917 2 [CD] / Rel. Year: 2008 / Discs: 2 / Tracks: 39 / Note: Another collector's dream, this anthology contains the Lee 1945-1952 Capitol recordings which (a) had not been included in item #1 and which (b) still remained unreleased, back in 2008. The Lost '40's & '50's Capitol Masters also boasts various previously unissued masters and alternate takes. The project was masterminded by producer Jim Pierson, to whom Peggy Lee completists owe a lot of gratitude, due to the substantial number of noteworthy Peggy Lee CD projects that he has spearheaded. Also, for this particular project, fans were also fortunate to count with the keen support of Gordon Anderson when he was still senior vice president and general manager at Collectors' Choice Music. Compilation producer: Jim Pierson. Executive producer: Gordon Anderson. Mastering: Dave McEowen. Audio restoration: Blue Wave. Liner notes: David Torresen.

3. Title: Come Rain Or Come Shine ("Opus Collection" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Hear Music / Cat. Num.: 509996 / Rel. Year: 2010 / Tracks: 15 / Note: Eight years after Peggy Lee's passing, this well-made Starbucks anthology brought her back to the music charts, thereby proving that she remains a marketable artist. It peaked at #2 in Billboard's Top Selling Jazz Albums, #7 in Top Selling Independent Albums, and #51 in the main, Top 200 Albums chart. Produced by Timothy Jones. Liner notes by Steven Stolder. For additional photos, see under the CD's own individual entry below (year 2010.)





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4. Title: The Best Of Peggy Lee; The Capitol Years ("Blues & Jazz Sessions" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Capitol Jazz / Cat. Num.: 7243 8 21204 2 1 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Tracks: 18 / Note: This collection stands out for its track selection, which emphasizes not only Peggy Lee's inclination toward blues-based material but also her blues-oriented approach to songs which are not typically associated with that genre. Selections include "See See Rider," "Why Don't You Do Right," "You Don't Know," "Just For A Thrill," "The Thrill Is Gone" (the B.B. King hit, not the standard), "Whisper Not," and "Blue Prelude." The sound quality is fine. The booklet contains a strong, interesting text, marred only by a few factual and discographical mistakes. Produced by Will Friedwald. Liner notes by Will Friedwald.

5. Title: Miss Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: 0777 7 97826 2 8 (97827-97830) / Rel. Year: 1998 / Discs: 4 / Tracks: 113 / Note: I can only give a partial recommendation to this uneven 4CD anthology. I'll begin with its more commendable features, leaving the negative criticism for last. The number of tracks per disc is commendably high (over 25). Included are quite a few masters which had never been issued before their inclusion in this project. Very good sound quality is heard in the second disc, featuring tracks from the 1940s. Sonically, the first disc also comes off alright, but the same cannot be said of the set's third and fourth discs. The tracks in those discs (all of them from Lee's 1957-1972 Capitol tenure) lack, to my ears, the warmth and vibrancy that enriches collections such as #6 below. The flaws herein stem from choices made during the process of remastering and remixing these discs. Also a mixed bag is the 76-page booklet. It boasts many photos (all of them b&w) and an engaging if brief track-by-track annotation by Jim Pierson. On the minus side, the booklet's long essay by Gene Lees consists mostly of recycled material from his previous writings -- to such an extent that portions of it are dedicated to songs not found in the anthology. Taking into consideration that word of mouth and promotional materials originally hailed this set as a definitive deluxe collection, the overall results are far from stellar and certainly mixed -- especially when it comes to its remastering and remixing. Executive producer: Wayne Watkins. Produced and compiled by Brad Benedict. Production assistance: Karen Myer and Wendy Brueder. Executive producer: Wayne Watkins. Remixed and digitally remastered by Bob Norberg.

6. Title: Fever; The Best Of Peggy Lee / Format: CS & CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) CdFever 1; also 72437 80361 2 8 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Tracks: 24 / Note: This excellent-sounding anthology includes a fair number of uplifting and even teasing Peggy Lee interpretations which professional compilers have generally passed over, in favor of the same tried-and-true hit numbers. Among the former: "I'm Just Wild About Harry," "Hey, Look Me Over," "It Could Happen To You," "Sneakin' Up On You," and "Come Dance With Me." Those numbers are well integrated in a track listing that also makes room for a few of the aforementioned hits ("It's A Good Day," "Pass Me By," et cetera) and for some intimate, warm balladry ("Fly Me To The Moon," "The Folks Who Live On The Hill," et cetera). Compiled and produced by Alan Dell.





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7. Title: The Very Best Of Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 7243 5 27818 2 9 / Rel. Year: 2000 / Tracks: 24 / Note: This may well be the most satisfactory single-disc Peggy Lee anthology ever made, with competition coming only from items #6, #4 and #3 above. Its sound quality is above average. (It should not be confused with a mediocre-quality CD that features the same photo on its front cover, and which is titled Greatest Hits. To my horror, the online store Amazon picks this questionable, low-fidelity, Public Domain CD as its "choice" for a Peggy Lee CD.) The time span covered by EMI's The Very Best Of Peggy Lee is suitably wide: 1947-1970. There are even three non-Capitol tracks, one of them being Lee's celebrated rendition of "Black Coffee." The other two are the correct soundtrack versions of "He's A Tramp" and "The Siamese Cat Song" ("correct" as opposed to the also very good but in reality non-soundtrack versions heard in many non-Disney issues). Among the other 21 tracks are all the major Capitol hits and the often-praised numbers ("Fever," "The Folks Who Live On The Hill," "Why Don't You Do Right"," "I'm A Woman," "Big Spender," "Till There Was You," etc.), with the exception of "Is That Al There Is?" Lesser known picks, curiosities, and worthy selections include "Bali Ha'i," "You'll Remember Me," Things Are Swingin'," "I Enjoy Being A Girl," and "I Feel It." Remastered and remixed by Ron McMaster. Liner notes by Mike McNally, who might have also been the unidentified producer.

8. Title: The Early Years (Collectors Series, Volume 1) / Format: CS & CD / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: C4 5 93195 & Cdp 7 93195 / Rel. Year: 1990 / Tracks: 27 / Note: Widely favored among listeners, this tasteful collection of early Peggy Lee hits was mastered mostly from the original lacquer master session discs (the exceptions being two tracks which had to be sourced from full track mono master session tapes instead). As additional treats, the track listing contains two charming bits of studio chatter. Produced and researched by Ron Furmanek, to whom much of the project's technical and overall success is probably owed. Digitally remastered by Bob Norberg. Liner notes by Robin Callot. The prospective second Peggy Lee volume in this series was actually released in 2000 -- although it was not identified as a sequel -- under the title Rare Gems And Hidden Treasures.

9. Title: The Best Of Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: EMI Special Markets / Cat. Num.: 95937 / Rel. Year: 1995 / Tracks: 10 / Note: Lacking liner notes and amounting to just 10 songs, this budget compilation would seem to have very little going for it. Upon listening, however, it provides the unexpected pleasure of fine sound quality and a track listing that combines hits such as "Fever" and "Alright, Okay, You Win" with various superior Lee interpretations that have generally gone unnoticed, such as "I'm Beginning To See The Light" and "The Man I Love."


II. PREVIOUSLY DISCUSSED ANTHOLOGIES






General Note:
1-5. The above-shown issues were discussed in the page that this discography dedicates to Lee's main Capitol albums, and which was prepared long before the present page. These issues were placed in that page because (a) they were not overtly marketed as compilations at the time of their release and because (b) most of them included a significant number of tracks that were either previously unissued or brand new to vinyl at the time. Here is a quick rundown of each LP's contents. The 1950 album My Best To You contains numbers that Lee recorded in 1946 and 1947. For the 1953 10" LP Capitol Presents ... Peggy Lee (herein represented by the cover of a different album -- due to my missing of the actual artwork -- that happens to use the same artwork), an in-house producer in the United Kingdom culled tracks from Lee's 1947-1950 Capitol period. The 1963 World Record Club 12" LP The Fabulous Miss Lee was actually a reissue of Capitol Presents ... Peggy Lee, with a couple of its 4 additional tracks dating back to 1946. The 1960 USA Capitol album All Aglow Again! mixed tracks from 1947, 1952, 1957, 1958, and 1959 -- most of them originally released as singles, some others being previously unreleased tracks. Finally, Extra Special! could be perceived as a sequel to All Aglow Again!, because it combines rare tracks with singles recorded between 1960 and 1966.


III. 1962: BEWITCHING-LEE!




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1. Title: Bewitching-Lee! ("The Star Line" Series) / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: (D)T 1743 / Rel. Year: 1962 / Tracks: 12 / Note: Of the dozen tracks in this compilation, two thirds consist of numbers recorded during the 1945-1947 period. The other four tracks date from 1958 and 1959. Shown here is the US edition.

2. Title: Bewitching-Lee! / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. num.: 2LP 208 / Rel. Year: unknown / Tracks: 12 / Note: One of at least two Japanese vinyl editions of this album. As customary in the case of Japanese LPs, the vinyl is red.

3. Title: Bewitching-Lee! ("Jazz Vocal" Series) / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. num.: Cr 7179 / Rel. Year: unknown / Tracks: 12 / Note: One of at least two Japanese vinyl editions of this album. As customary in the case of Japanese LPs, the vinyl is red.

4. Title: Bewitching-Lee! ("The Star Line" Series) / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: T 1743 / Rel. Year: 1962 / Tracks: 12 / Note: UK edition of the album.







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5 & 8. Title: Bewitching-Lee! / Format: CD / Label: Dcc / Cat. Num.: Dzs 179; also 7243 5 23863 2 1 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Tracks: 14 / Note: Digital reissue of item #1, with one deleted track ("Mañana) and three bonus tracks ("You Don't Know," "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'," and "Is That All There Is?"). The CD's front cover is shown on image #5, the back cover on image #8.

6 & 9. Title: Bewitching-Lee! / Format: audiophile LP & CD / Label: S&P / Cat. Num.: Sp 502 & Spr 709 [also Emi 7243 5 84239 2 1] / Rel. Year: 2003 / Tracks: 15 / Note: Digital reissue of item #1, with three bonus tracks ("You Don't Know," "I'm A Woman," and "Unforgettable"). Notice that two of the three bonus tracks are different from those in the preceding CD from the DCC label.

7 & 10. Title: Bewitching-Lee! / Format: audiophile LP & CD / Label: S&P / Cat. Num.: Sp 502 & Spr 709 [also Emi 7243 5 84239 2 1] / Rel. Year: 2003 / Tracks: 15 / Note: 180 gram vinyl counterpart of the preceding CD, containing the same bonus tracks. The LP's front cover is shown on image #7, the back cover on image #10.





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11 - 13. Title: Bewitching-Lee! (Encore Series) / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Enc 9148 / Rel. Year: unknown / Tracks: 12 / Note: To judge from the above-seen pictures, this Australian edition of item #1 was released at least twice, maybe three times. All versions bear the same catalogue number, tracks, and blue-labels vinyl, but not the exact same front cover. To see the difference between the second and third, look at the positioning of the "Encore" logo. (I do not know, however, whether this logo is adhesible or imprinted.)





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14 & 15. Title: Bewitching-Lee! / Format: LP / Label: Summit / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Sra 004 / Tracks: 12 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Reissue of item #1. (Same tracks, different artwork.) Presumed to be a licensed issue.





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16. Title: The Best Of Peggy Lee / Format: LP / Label: Capitol EMI / Cat. Num.: (Israel) Pocs 1021 / Rel. Year: unknown; post 1968 / Tracks: 12 / Note: Stamped on the back cover of this issue is the legend "for sale in Israel only." This Israeli issue actually combines tracks from two of the hits packages that Capitol released in the United States. Side A (the first six songs) is the same as the A side of the 1968 Capitol album The Hits Of Peggy Lee (an album to be discussed below, in sections V and VI). Side B is the same as the A side of the USA LP under discussion, the 1962 Capitol album Bewitching-Lee!.

17. Title: Bewitching-Lee! / Format: 10" LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) unknown / Rel. Year: unknown / Tracks: 10 / Note: As far as I know, this is the only 10" LP edition of what was a 12" LP album elsewhere. It contains 10 instead of 12 songs. "Don't Smoke In Bed" and "While We're Young" were the numbers dropped. In this image of the front cover, notice the two blank spaces in the track listing.





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18. Back cover of the Australian reissue LP on Summit Records (images #14 & #15).

19. Back cover of the original American LP (image #1).

20. Back cover of one the reissue LPs from Australian Capitol's Encore Series (the one seen on the second of the three pictures, currently identified as image #12).



IV. 1965: THE BEST OF PEGGY LEE





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1. Title: The Best Of Peggy Lee / Format: LP / Label: Discos Capitol De México / Cat. Num.: (México) Tm 20726 / Rel. Year: ca. 1965 / Tracks: 12 / Note: The year of release is approximate; 1966 and 1967 are also possibilities. The back cover supplies the song titles in both English and Spanish. Oddly, this album (with such typical American Capitol cover) was never released in the United States.


V. 1968: THE HITS OF PEGGY LEE





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1 & 2. Title: The Hits Of Peggy Lee (Starline Series) / Format: Reel & LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: St 2887 / Rel. Year: 1968 / Tracks: 11

3. Title: The Hits Of Peggy Lee / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: (Asia) Csj 701 / Rel. Year: unknown / Tracks: 11 / Note: According to one of the online sellers of the above-seen item, its date is 1968 and its specific country of origin Taiwan.


General Note:
During the LP era, the mildly altered British version of this album may have been the most internationally disseminated package of Capitol hits by Peggy Lee. Bearing the more generic title The Best Of Peggy Lee, that British version will receive discussion in the next section.





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4 & 5. Back cover of the original LP (image #5), and the vinyl itself, side two (image #4).


VI. 1968: THE BEST OF PEGGY LEE





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1 & 4-6. Title: The Best Of Peggy Lee / Format: LP & & CS & 8-Track / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) (S)t 21141 & Tc-St 21141 & 8x 21141 / Rel. Year: 1968 / Tracks: 16 / Note: Thee album under discussion is actually the British version of the 1968 American LP The Hits Of Peggy Lee (discussed in section V above). Granted that they have different titles and use different artwork, the American and the British albums share the same eleven tracks, and were released the same year. In the case of the British album, five tracks have been added to the original eleven, for a 16 total. One rationale behind the inclusion of the five bonus tracks was probably that, in Great Britain, Lee was identified with most if not all of the added songs.

The first image above shows the front cover of this 1968 vinyl, which also came out on 8-track and cassette. Images of those other formats can be seen below (images #4, #5, #6). As for the other, red-colored artwork seen above, it belongs to later reissues, to be discussed next.

2-3. Title: The Best Of Peggy Lee / Format: LP & CS / Label: Emi Music For Pleasure / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Mfp 5605 & TcMfp 5605 / Rel. Year: 1983 / Tracks: 16 / Note: Straight reissue of item #1, with a slightly altered cover.






General Note:
During the LP era, the 1968 album The Best Of Peggy Lee/The Hits Of Peggy Lee [British/American editions] became the most internationally disseminated package of Capitol hits by Peggy Lee. Some editions from other countries will be discussed immediately below, but they are not the only ones in existence. Through the present discographical page, other iterations of the album have been listed within different sections, for one reason or another. (Some of them are hard to spot or recognize at first, due to relatively minor modifications in artwork or tracks.) See, for instance, under years 1982 and 1984. I will not be surprised to uncover yet more foreign editions of The Hits of Peggy Lee during future research.





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7-9. Title: The Best Of Peggy Lee ("The Very Best Of" Series) / Format: LP / Label: Emi Bovema / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) 5C 054.80056 / Rel. Year: unknown; no earlier than 1968 / Tracks: 11 / Note: Like the just-discussed British albums, this Dutch item is also a slightly modified edition of the 1968 American package The Hits Of Peggy Lee (section V above). Whereas the American album has just 11 tracks, this Dutch version has one less, rounding out the total to 10. (The skipped track is "I'll Only Miss Her When I Think Of Her.") Some of the artist's albums in this particular sub-series sported the full-color back cover seen in the second of the three images above. That was not the case for the Peggy Lee album, however. It sports instead the black & white cover seen in the third image. My thanks to Roland Bergevoet for his kind assistance with the research of this album, and for his generous gifting of his album copy to me.





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10-11. Title: The Best Of Peggy Lee / Format: LP / Label: Capitol EMI / Cat. Num.: (Israel) Pocs 1021 / Rel. Year: unknown; post 1968 / Tracks: 12 / Note: Stamped on the back cover of this album is the legend "for sale in Israel only." This Israeli issue combines tracks from two of the hits packages that Capitol released in the United States. Side A (the first six songs) is the same as the A side of the 1968 USA Capitol album The Hits Of Peggy Lee. (As already explained, The Best Of Peggy Lee -- the main British album under discussion in this section -- is actually a reconfigured version of that USA album.) As for side B of this Israeli item, it is the same as the A side of the 1962 Capitol album Bewitching-Lee!.





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12-13. Title: The Best Of Peggy Lee / Format: LP / Label: Supraphon - EMI / Cat. Num.: (Czechoslovakia) 11 0466 1 / Rel. Year: 1988 / Tracks: 14 / Note: Abridged Czech edition of album #1 above. The two excluded tracks are "I'll Only Miss Him When I Think Of Him" and "Why Don't You Do Right?." The two above-seen images were obtained through an internet search; I am otherwise unfamiliar with this release. The difference in background coloring could be due to tampering on the part of one of the uploaders, or could be an indication of lamination, present in one image but not in the other. A third possibility would be that one of the two items is a reissue of the other one, but so far I have not come upon any references to a reissue (or reprint).


VII. 1968: ONCE MORE WITH FEELING / I'VE GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING





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1-3. Title: Once More With Feeling - I've Got The World On A String ("2 Sensational Albums In 1 Hit Package") / Format: LP / Label: Pickwick / Cat. Num.: Ptp 2028 2 / Rel. Year: 1968 / Vinyl Pieces: 2 / Tracks: 19 / Note: Shown above are the front and back covers of this gatefold album.





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4 & 5. Title: Once More With Feeling / Format: 8-track & LP / Label: Pickwick / Cat. Num.: P8 139 & (S)Pc 3090 / Rel. Year: 1968 / Tracks: 10 / Note: The two LPs that were part of the above-discussed gatefold album (images #1 to #3) were also sold separately, as single LPs. Seen herein is one of the single LP versions.





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6. Title: I've Got The World On A String / Format: LP / Label: Pickwick / Cat. Num.: Spc 3192 (same tracks as Everest 294) / Rel. Year: 1968 / Tracks: 9 / Note: Note: The two LPs that were part of the above-discussed gatefold album (images #1 to #3) were also sold separately, as single LPs. Seen herein is one of the single LP versions.

7. Title: Peggy Lee ("Archives of Folk & Jazz Music" Series) / Format: LP / Label: Everest / Cat. Num.: Fs 294 (same tracks as Pickwick 3192) / Rel. Year: 1974 / Tracks: 9 / Note: Reissue of item #6. Released on Pickwick's sub-label, Everest.





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8. Back cover of the LP shown in image #6.

9. Inner sides of the gatefold LP album seen in images #1 to #3.


VIII. 1969: PEGGY LEE'S GREATEST!




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1-4. Title: Peggy Lee's Greatest! / Format: 8-Track & CS & reel / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: 8xt 377 & 4xt 377 & X 377 / Rel. Year: 1969 and later / Tracks: 10 / Note: Eight-track and cassette editions of this budget, mass-marketed 1969 compilation, which Capitol reissued and re-pressed several times over the next two decades. In addition to the formats pictured above and below, the compilation also came out on reel; I'm currently missing an image for that configuration.





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5 & 6. Title: Peggy Lee's Greatest! / Format: jukebox EP / Label: Capitol Creative Products / Cat. Num.: Su 377 / Rel. Year: 1969 according to some sources; mid-1971 according to another source / Tracks: 6 / Note: Both of the images above show the same jukebox EP. Although the EP's front cover lists the ten songs that are found in the other configurations (LP, cassette, etc.), only six of those tracks are actually included. (When it comes to jukebox EPs, this type of misleading advertisement is par the course.)





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7-8. Title: Peggy Lee's Greatest! ("Starline" Series) / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Dkao 377 / Rel. Year: 1969 / Tracks: 10 / Note: Original American LP edition of the item under discussion. Gatefold album. The "Starline" identification appears
only on the vinyl (shown below). Simulated stereo.






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9-12. Title: Peggy Lee's Greatest! ("Starline" Series) / Format: LP / Note: In the LP format, the album under scrutiny enjoyed at least three (re-)issues from American Capitol. All three editions have the same cover artwork (already shown in images #7 & #8 above, herein reprised on images #10 to #12). The differences manifest themselves in the coloring and design on the label that is attached to the vinyl. Image #9 showcases the original edition (1969). The edition pictured n image #11 is likely to have been released in or around 1972. The blue one (image #12) probably dates from 1981 0r 1982.





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13-15. itle: Peggy Lee's Greatest! / Format: LP / Label: Pathé Marconi / Cat. Num.: (France) 2C 054 80.254 / Rel. Year: unknown / Tracks: 10 / Note: French LP edition. Same tracks as the American original. No "Starline" identification. Not likely to be a gatefold album. Simulated stereo.





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16-17. Title: Peggy Lee's Greatest! / Format: LP / Label: Capitol CBS / Cat. Num.: (Israel) St 052 80254 / Rel. Year: 1977 / Tracks: 10 / Note: Israeli edition of item #1. Same tracks as the American original. No "Starline" identification. Not a gatefold album. Simulated stereo.

18. Title: Greatest Hits / Format: LP / Label: CAPITOL / Cat. Num.: (Italy) unknown / Rel. Year: unknown / Tracks: 10 / Note: Same tracks as the original American edition of Peggy Lee's Greatest! (despite using a front photo that is distinctive of another hits package, and despite a title that is partially different from Peggy Lee's Greatest!, too).


IX. 1970: THE SOUNDS (AND SIGHTS) OF THE SEVENTIES





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1. Title: The Sounds Of The Seventies / Format: LP / Label: Capitol Creative Products / Cat. Num.: Sl 6694 / Rel. Year: 1970 / Tracks: 10 / Note: Found in this LP's front cover are the words "Sylvania presents an exclusive collector's item featuring Peggy Lee." Commissioned by Sylvania Electric Products, this premium album was originally available only at electronics stores that carried Sylvania products. After the conclusion of its exclusivity period (pre-determined by Capitol, with Sylvania's agreement) it found its way to regular record stores. This LP was not the only Peggy Lee item to be part of Sylvania's promotional campaign; see ensuing photos and notes.

2. Title: Sights Of The Seventies / Format: Pictorial Booklet / Date: 1970 / Note: On display in image #2 is a sealed copy of item #1. Packaged on top of the LP is a foldout or booklet that bears the identifying words "collectors' art portfolio." It contains four still-life pieces, all of them painted by Peggy Lee herself. Fruits are the subjects of two of them: a couple of oranges in one, three lemons in another. (I do not know the subject of the other two pieces.) These illustrations were actually reproductions of four of Lee's oil paintings. Sylvania had commissioned the illustrations and the accompanying LP in order to offer them as a premium to buyers of their then-new brand of television sets.





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3-5. Title: The Sights & Sounds Of The Seventies / Format: LP + Promotional Kit / Date: Fall 1970 / Note: A sales kit, probably sent to the stores that were selling Sylvania's TV sets consoles, and record players. Of the images viewable above, I believe that the middle one shows the front cover of this kit, or folder. Most of the folder's contents can be seen in the first image: Lee's LP, a letter from an ad agency, and the foldout or 'portfolio' (barely visible behind the letter). The drawing at the row's end demonstrates how the in-store displays were expected to look. If the drawing is an accurate representation, posters with large-size images of Peggy Lee were placed above the sales counters and on top of Sylvania TV sets. This campaign was apparently scheduled for the fall and, more pointedly, the holiday season of 1970.





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6 & 7. Title: The Sounds Of The Seventies / Format: LP & 8-Track & CS / Label: Capitol Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Sl 6694 & [?4xl] 6694 & 8xl 6694 / Rel. Year: 1970 or 1971 / Tracks: 10 / Note: The Sounds Of The Seventies was released twice, first as an exclusive promotional LP commissioned by Sylvania (item #1), and later as a LP (item #6) and 8-track cartridge (item #7), the last two sent straight to record stores. This second LP edition (released by the label's Special Markets branch) did not include the art booklet that accompanied the original LP edition (issued under the label's Creative Products logo). As already mentioned, the original LP edition eventually ended up at record stores, too (presumably, just the copies that had not been sold under Sylvania's campaign).





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8. Record company insert that was part of the original Capitol Creative Products LP edition (image #1). It explains the promotional campaign to which Peggy Lee's Sounds Of The Seventies was tied.

9. Back cover of the Capitol Creative Products LP edition (image #1).

10. Back cover of the Special Markets LP edition (image #6). These back covers might look identical, but they are not. In particular, two notable features from the original edition (#1) are missing in the Special Markets version (#6). First, only the Creative Products item features the words "Sylvania presents the incomparable Peggy Lee." Second, the Special Markets edition misses a note, signed by Peggy Lee, that can be found at the bottom of the original edition's back cover. The note was most likely written not by Lee but by the album's producer and annotator, Dave Dexter, Jr., although he would not have written it without the singer's tacit approval. In spite of the note's suggestion that Lee was the one who chose the songs for this compilation, Dexter, Jr. is likelier to have been the one who picked them. The note, in its entirety, reads as follows: "When Sylvania asked me to create a Limited Edition album, The Sounds of the Seventies, there was a natural temptation to select a collection of songs which are current leaders on the hit record charts. But then I thought back over my own records of the past and realized that only a select few had really stood the test of time and continued in popularity after a relatively brief fling in the limelight. So, for this album, I've given special attention to songs with roots in the past which continue to be very much in demand wherever I sing today. Because of their continuing popularity, they will probably be heard and appreciated more than most of the day-to-day leaders on the hit record charts and thus will be an important part of The Sounds of the Seventies." The thought that only a handful of her numbers had stood the test of time is not likely to have crossed Lee's mind, but even if it had, songs such as "Hey Look Me Over," "Release Me," or her 1969 version of "My Old Flame"could have hardly qualified as numbers perennially requested in her concerts.


X. 1971: RAINDROPS





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1. Title: Raindrops / Format: LP / Label: Capitol Creative Products / Cat. Num.: Sl 6723 / Rel. Year: 1971 / Tracks: 10 / Note: Abbott Laboratories commissioned this premium album from Capitol Creative Products. It was later reissued on Capitol Special Markets. Pictures of the reissue, which bears no connection to Abbott Laboratories, have been supplied below.

2. The original, premium edition of Raindrops was packaged with a pre-printed card signed by Peggy Lee. The card addresses the target Abbott Laboratories client as "dear doctor" and reads as follows: "for an entertainer, applause is a very personal and immediate sign of appreciation, and so this album is my way of applauding you in the medical profession. It's a special album that we've worked out with Abbott Laboratories, and my great hope is that it will give you pleasure - perhaps at a time when you have a real need for a moment's relaxation. With thanks for all you've done, Peggy Lee." The Raindrops reissue from Capitol Special Markets does not include this card.





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3. Capitol Creative Products' premium album Raindrops came with this insert, too. It advertises Placidyl, a sleeping pill manufactured by Abbott Laboratories. Copies of the album were actually sent by Abbott to its clients, as a promotional tie-in. The Capitol Special Markets reissue of Raindrops does not contain this insert.

4. Back cover of the Capitol Creative Products LP.

5. Another LP with an insert that advertises Placidyl. The design of such inserts might have varied from one premium LP to another. This one belongs to a Louis Armstrong album, discussed below. ( I have inspected a third insert, which came with a Burt Bacharach album. It is designed very differently from those attached to the Peggy Lee and Louis Armstrong albums.)





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6-8. Title: Raindrops / Format: LP & 8-track & CS / Label: Capitol Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Sl 6723 & 8xl 6723 & Smi 6723 / Rel. Year: 1971 / Tracks: 10 / Note: Reissue of the album discussed in entry #1. Not a premium album.





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9-11. Capitol Creative Products also prepared a Jackie Gleason album for Abbott Laboratories. Titled Softly (Sl-6664) and given a 1970 date in online discographies, it shares numerous similarities with Raindrops. Among them: the fact that Capitol Special Markets reissued it later on both LP and 8-track cartridge.





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12-14. More albums commissioned by Abbott Laboratories on behalf of Placidyl. These were prepared by record labels other than Capitol. Back in 1963, RCA Victor released Music To Nudge You To Sleep, an anthology of numbers by Arthur Fiedler And The Boston Pops Orchestra. Louis Armstrong's Sleepytime; A Remembrance was put together by Columbia Special Products in 1972. Burt Bacharach's Saturday Sunshine came out on Kapp Records in 1973.


XI. 1973: THE VERY BEST OF PEGGY LEE





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1 - 3. Title: The Very Best Of Peggy Lee ("Very Best" Series) / Format: 8-Track & CS & LP / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 8x 23168 & Tc 23168 & St 23168 (also 062.81537) / Rel. Year: 1973 / Tracks: 16 / Note: Image #3 offers a more expansive view of the cassette tape shown in the first image. The LP is on display on Image #2. To see the 8-track configuration, check image #7 below.





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4 - 6. Same issue discussed in entries 1 to 3 above, in various configurations. The first image shows its 8-track cartridge. The second image spotlights the Japanese edition of the cassette, numbered Imd 1614 and containing the same 16 tracks. On display in the third image is the back cover of the LP, whose front cover is shown in image #2 above.





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7 - 9. Title: The Very Best Of Peggy Lee / Format: LP & CS & / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Senc 10150 & TcSenc 10150; also Drum 8154 & Drum TcSenc 8154 ) / Rel. Years: unknown / Tracks: 12 / Note: Australian edition of item #1, with different artwork and an abbreviated track listing. The album has actually been issued twice in Australia. Image #7 shows the first Australian LP edition. Images #8 and #9 show the reissue edition, which was part of the Drum series, and which came out on both LP and cassette.


XII. 1973: PEGGY LEE ON SILVER SCREEN





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1. Title: Peggy Lee On Silver Screen / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Ecp 80797 / Rel. Year: 1973 / Tracks: 12 / Note: This is a collection of songs that are, for the most part, connected to movie soundtracks.


XIII & XIV. 1973-1975: PORTRAIT OF PEGGY LEE / THE PEGGY LEE COLLECTION





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1 & 2. Title: Portrait Of Peggy Lee / Format: LP / Label: EMI Bovema / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) 5c 056 80836 / Rel. Year: 1973 / Tracks: 14 / The release date applies to the first item only. The LP seen in the second picture seems to be a reissue, date unknown. The catalogue number is the same for both items.





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3. Another view of item #1.

4. Title: The Peggy Lee Collection / Format: LP / Label: EMI Bovema / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) 5c 056 80836 / Rel. Year: ca. 1975 / Tracks: 14 / Note: Reissue of item #1. Same tracks, same catalogue number; different front cover, different title.

5. Title: Portrait Of Peggy Lee / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Senc 10063 / Rel. Year: 1974 / Tracks: 14 / Note: Australian edition of the 1973 Dutch LP. Same tracks, same title; different catalogue number, different front cover.


XV. 1974: ARCHIVES OF JAZZ & FOLK MUSIC





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1. Title: Peggy Lee ("Archives of Folk & Jazz Music" Series) / Format: LP / Label: Everest / Cat. Num.: Fs 294 / Rel. Year: 1974 / Tracks: 9 / Although it does not identify itself as such, this Everest LP is actually a reissue of an album originally released on Pickwick Records. For further specifics, see section VII above.


XVI. 1974: PEGGY LEE WITH DAVE BARBOUR






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1 & 2. Title: Peggy Lee With Dave Barbour / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Ecp 88169 / Rel. Year: 1974 / Tracks: 16


XVI. 1975: RENDEZ-VOUS





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1. Title: Rendez-Vous With Peggy Lee / Format: LP / Label: EMI Bovema / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) 4C 064 82274 / Rel. Year: 1975 / Tracks: 15 / Note: Although this compilation bears the same title as an original American album, it bears no connection to that album. (The two track listings are entirely different.)


XVII. 1976: 16 GREATEST HITS





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1 & 2. Title: Peggy Lee; 16 Greatest Hits ("Greatest Hits" Series) / Format: CS & LP / Label: EMI Bovema / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) 054 85001 (number on the sleeve) & 5c 054 85001 (number on the vinyl itself) / Rel. Year: 1976 / Tracks: 16 / Note: The catalogue number that I have prvided for this LP is in need of further corroboration. On another note, items in this series differed in the number of tracks that they contained; I have seen other artists' albums which carry the title 15 Greatest Hits, rather than 16 Greatest Hits.


XVIII. 1976: GOLDEN DOUBLE SERIES





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1 & 2. Title: Peggy Lee ("Golden Double 32" Series) / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Ecs 65039 - 65040 / Rel. Year: 1976 / Pieces: 2 / Tracks: 32 / Note: Gatefold album that includes a 6-page booklet, containing mostly lyrics.



XIX. 1976: PEGGY LEE ("BEST 20" LP SERIES)






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1. Title: Peggy Lee ("Best 20" Series) / Format: LP / Label: Toshiba EMI / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Ecs 90049 / Rel. Year: 1976 / Tracks: 20 / Note: This LP should not be confused with a 1988 CD (shown below) that bears the same title but contains different tracks. The second of the above-shown images spotlights the booklet or insert that came with the LP.


XX. 1977: SONGS FOR MY MAN





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1 & 2. Title: Songs For My Man / Format: CS & LP / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Caps 1006 (reissued by EMI as Vine 1020, too) / Rel. Year: 1977 / Tracks: 14 / Note: Songs For My Man was also distributed (and presumably pressed) in Australia and in parts of Europe (United Kingdom, the Netherlands, perhaps other European countries), but not in the United States.

3 & 4. Title: Songs For My Man / Format: CS & LP / Label: Axis / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Tc.Axis 6329 & Axis 6329 / Rel. Year: 1977 / Tracks: 14 / Note: Australian pressing, on EMI's sub-label Axis. Visually identical to the British original, except for Axis' identification icons.


XXI. 1979: MISS PEGGY LEE SINGS THE SONGS OF CY COLEMAN





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1 - 3. Title: Miss Peggy Lee Sings The Songs Of Cy Coleman / Format: Cs & LP & 8-Track / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: 4n 16140 & Sn 11969 (reissued as Sn 16140) & 8n 11969 / Rel. Year: 1979 / Tracks: 10 / Note: At the original time of its release, this Capitol album might have misled customers into believing that Peggy Lee had recorded a new album for Capitol. It is instead an anthology of material that she had recorded while she was still signed to the company. When Miss Peggy Lee Sings The Songs Of Cy Coleman was issued, seven years had elapsed since Lee and the label had parted company. As for the 10 tracks included, all of them were recorded between 1961 to 1965. (Lee recorded 4 additional Coleman compositions for Capitol. She sang more Coleman compositions in her concerts, too.) Notice that the above-shown cassette and 8-track copies bear different catalogue numbers. My LP copy bears catalogue number Sn 16140 and calls itself "a Capitol re-issue." It thus seems that this album was originally issued under number 11969 in at least two of these three formats, and reissued as 16140, again in a minimum of two formats (or possibly all three, but I have no corroboration).


XXII. 1979: ELEGIDOS & PERSONALIDADES





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1 & 2. Title: Peggy Lee ("Elegidos/Personalidades" Series) / Format: CS & LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: (Argentina) 106083 / Rel. Year: 1979 / Tracks: 14 / Note: If online sellers are to be trusted, these two Argentinian LP releases (Elegidos, Personalidades) were issued in the same year and contain the exact same tracks. So far, I have been able to locate the track listing and release year for Elegidos only.



XXIII. 1982: I'M A WOMAN




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1. Title: I'm A Woman / Format: 8-Track & LP / Label: Cema Special Markets / Cat. Num.: 8xl 8298 & Sl 8298 / Rel. Year: 1982 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Prepared by Cema Special Markets for the Columbia House record club.


XXIV. 1982: PEGGY LEE'S GREATEST!




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1 & 2. Title: Peggy Lee's Greatest! / Format: LP / Label: Capitol - Gramophone Company Of India / Cat. Num.: (India) St 27528 / Rel. Year: 1982 / Tracks: 16 / Note: In addition to the expected hit numbers ("Fever," "Mañana," "I'm A Woman"), this Indian compilation includes various selections that were seldom included in Lee's compilations of the LP era ("One Note Samba," "Something Stupid," "A Taste Of Honey"). All but a couple tracks date from the 1963-1969 period, including no less than six tracks taken from the album I'm A Woman ("Little Boat," "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You," "I Left My Heart In San Francisco," "Mack The Knife," "A Taste Of Honey" and the title cut).


XXV. 1982: PEGGY LEE ("20 GOLDEN GREATS" SERIES)




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1. Title: Peggy Lee ("20 Golden Greats" Series) / Format: LP & CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Sca 082 & Cdmid 166224 / Rel. Year: 1982 (LP) / Tracks: 20 / Note: Included in this album were various numbers that had hardly ever made it to Peggy Lee compilations from the LP era, and which yet deserved to be better known -- namely, "(Ghost) Riders In The Sky," "What A Little Moonlight Can Do," "The Man I Love," and "You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me." If we leave aside such worthwhile additions to the track program, however, this LP/CD release turns out to be one more iteration of the 1968 British LP The Best Of Peggy Lee. Seen right here is just the LP edition; for the CD edition, see below, under year 1984 (same title but different artwork).


XXVI. 1983: PEGGY LEE ("CON PLUMAS" SERIES, Volume XIV)





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1. Title: Peggy Lee ("Con Plumas" Series, No. 14) / Format: CS & LP / Label: Odeon / Cat. Num.: (Spain) 10C 254 086.648 & St 27545 (also 054 086.648) / Rel. Year: 1983 / Tracks: 16


XXVII. 1983: GROOTSTE HITS (WERELD STERREN) ("NOSTALGIE KOLLEKTIE" SERIES)






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1 - 4. Title: Grootste Hits (Wereld Sterren) (Nostalgie Kollektie Series) / Format: LP / Label: EMI Bovema / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) 1A 064 86654 / Rel. Year: 1983 / Tracks: 16 / Note: A comparison of the first and third images above leads to the conclusion that this LP was reissued at least once. Only one of the front covers in these two images features the words "wereld sterren" and "nostalgia kollektie."


XXVIII. 1984: FEVER & OTHER HITS





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1 & 2. Title: Fever & Other Hits ("10 Best" Series) / Format: CS & CD / Label: Cema Special Markets / Cat. Num.: 4xl 9095 (also S41 57538, or 07777 57358 4 0) & Cdl 57358 / Rel. Year: 1984 (cassette) & 1990 (compact disc) / Tracks: 10 / Note: The cassette might have have been released twice, certainly in 1984, then possibly again in 1990, when a compact disc version was also issued. Both cassette versions use the same graphics, colors, and style. As can be seen, the graphics and style were changed from cassette to CD. (So was the title of the issue, however slightly: an ampersand stands for what was originally a conjunction that the title of the CD substitutes with an ampersand.) Only the CD belongs to the "10 Best" series.

3. Title: Fever & Other Hits / Format: CS & CD / Label: Collectables / Cat. Num.: Col cd 9321 / Rel. Year: 2003 / Tracks: 10 / Note: Licensed reissue of item #1.


XXIX. 1984: 20 GOLDEN GREATS





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1. Title: Peggy Lee ("20 Golden Greats" Series) / Format: CD & LP / Label: Emi / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Cdmid 166224 [CD] / Rel. Year: 1984 / Tracks: 20 / Note: The LP edition of this CD was released earlier, with the same title and artwork but partially different artwork and different catalogue number. See above, under year 1982. Notice also that this CD and its LP counterpart are essentially variations on the 1968 British anthology The Best Of Peggy Lee (section VI above).


XXX. 1985: LEGENDARY SINGERS





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1 - 3. Title: Peggy Lee ("Legendary Singers" Series) / Format: CS & LP / Label: Time Life Music / Cat. Num.: 4 Lgd 07 & Slgd 07 / Rel. Year: 1985 / Pieces: 2 / Tracks: 22 / Note: Boxed set, part of a worthwhile 'classic singers' series from Time-Life. The first of the above-seen images shows the front cover of the Lee set, whereas the last presents the front cover of the set's informative booklet.


XXXI. 1988: THE BEST OF PEGGY LEE





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1 - 3. Title: The Best Of Peggy Lee ("The Capitol Years" Series) / Format: CS & CD & LP / Label: EMI Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) & Tcems 1294 & Cdems 1294 (also Cdp 7 90552 2) & Ems 1294 / Rel. Year: 1988 (LP; uncertain in the case of the CD and CS) / Tracks: 16 / Note: The first three images show the cassette, the CD, and the LP editions of this issue, in that order. Some details about the CD edition are a bit fuzzy -- particularly its dating. The information at my reach provides little clarity on the possibility of an original digital edition back in 1988. (I do own a copy of this CD. Although my copy shows 1988 production & copyright dates and lists no other year, I believe it to be a 1999 issue.)

4. Title: The Best Of Peggy Lee / Format: LP Label: Axis / Cat. Num.: (Australia) unknown / Rel. Year: unknown / Tracks: 16 / Note: Axis was an EMI budget subsidiary.





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5. Front and back covers of the CD shown in image #2. Notice that this item contains not one but three identification numbers. In addition to Cdp 7 90552 2, there are the codes F Pm 516 and UK Cz 108. The F PM letters would seem to be a Pathe Marconi prefix, indicating distribution in France. Since the third id number is preceded by the letters "UK," I assume it to be a special code for British-distributed or British-manufactured discs. To further complicate matters, it should be added that copies of this EMI issue can also be found with a fourth number, 1294. It can indeed be seen in the jacket of the cassette version (image #1), and I believe that it also appears in the back cover of the LP version (image #2). Music lists indicate that it is part of all three configurations, but my CD copy doesn't have it.

6. Title: The Best Of Peggy Lee / Format: CD Label: EMI Cat. Num.: (Australasia) 07777 905522 7 / Rel. Year: 2003 / Tracks: 16 / Note: This issue uses the artwork originally found in some of the items discussed in section VI above (year 1968). However, its track listing is identical to the one found in the other items discussed in this section.


XXXII. 1988: BEST NOW / BEST 20 SERIES





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1 & 2. Title: Peggy Lee ("Best Now" - "Best 20" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Toshiba-EMI / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Cp 32 5298 / Rel. Year: 1988 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Shown herein are two photos of the same CD, and also its back cover. Please notice that there is also a 1976 Japanese LP that has the same front cover and bears the same title, Peggy Lee ("Best 20" Series). Despite such similarities, this CD and that LP (shown in its own separate entry above, year 1976) have different track listings. No more than five songs are common to both issues.





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3 & 4. Title: Peggy Lee ("Best Now" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Toshiba-EMI / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Tocp 9068 / Rel. Year: 1990 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Reissue of the item seen in images #1 and #2.


XXXIII. 1988: LOVERS' RENDEZVOUS





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1. Title: Lovers' Rendezvous / Format: CS & LP / Label: K-Tel / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) Tn 1722 & Tn 1721 / Rel. Year: 1988 / Tracks: 18 / Note: Licensed issue.


XXXIV. 1989: SEDUCTIVE





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1 & 2. Title: Seductive / Format: CS & CD / Label: Pair / Cat. Num.: Pcdk 2 1194 & Pcd 2 1194 / Rel. Year: 1989 / Tracks: 16 / Note: Licensed issue.


XXXV. 1990: ALL-TIME GREATEST HITS







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1-5. Title: All-Time Greatest Hits, Volume 1 / Format: CD & CS / Label: Curb / Cat. Num.: D2 71518 77379 & D4 71518 77379 / Rel. Year: 1990 / Tracks: 11 / Note: Licensed issue. As can be seen above, Curb issued not only a regular CD version but also a longbox version. There is also a cassette edition, not shown here. In spite of the implications inherent to this item's title, no volume 2 was ever released.


XXXVI. 1990: COLLECTORS SERIES





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1-2. Title: The Early Years (Collectors Series, Volume 1) / Format: CS & CD / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: C4 5 93195 & Cdp 7 93195 / Rel. Year: 1990 / Tracks: 27 / Note: This issue identified itself as a volume one. The prospective second volume was released ten years, and it did not even identify itself as a sequel. It was given the title Rare Gems And Hidden Treasures.

3. Title: The Early Years (Collectors Series & "Hits Songs For You" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Toshiba EMI / Cat. Num.: Tocp 7384 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Tracks: 27 / Note: Japanese edition of item #1.

4. A Capitol publicity shot, taken at the same photographic session as the shot that graces the front cover of the CD under discussion. A third shot, showing a smiling Peggy, has circulated as well. The latter was most notably used for a series of issues titled If I Could Be With You, whose respective front covers can be seen in this page (fourth row of images).


XXXVII. 1990: PORTRAIT OF A SONG STYLIST





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1. Title: Peggy Lee ("Portrait Of A Song Stylist" Series) / Format: CD & CS / Label: Harmony Collection / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Har cd 116 & Har c 116 / Rel. Year: 1990 / Tracks: 14 / Note: Licensed issue.


XXXVIII. 1992: FEVER; THE BEST OF PEGGY LEE





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1 & 2. Title: Fever; The Best Of Peggy Lee / Format: CS & CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 72437 80361 2 8; also listed as CdFever 1 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Tracks: 24 / Note: Produced by Alan Dell. Very good sound quality.


XXXIX. 1992: TWIN BEST NOW SERIES





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1. Title: Peggy Lee ("Twin Best Now" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Toshiba EMI / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Tocp 7459-7460 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 40


XL. 1993: CLASSICS





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1 & 2. Title: Classics / Format: CS & CD / Label: Curb / Cat. Num.: 0071518 77629 23 / Rel. Year: 1993 / Tracks: 10 / Note: Licensed issue.


XLI. 1993: THE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC COMPANY PRESENTS PEGGY LEE





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1 - 3. Title: The Beautiful Music Company Presents Peggy Lee / Format: CS & LP & CD / Label: Beautiful Music / Cat. Num.: Bmcs S12 56958& Bmclp S12 56958 & Bmc S12 56958 / Rel. Year: 1993 / Tracks: 24 / Note: Licensed issue. The full title is not printed in the cover, but it can be found in other parts of this release, one of them being the back cover. Issued as two cassettes (images #1 & #2), two LPs inside one album jacket (image #3), and one CD. The sound recording copyright of The Beautiful Music Company Presents Peggy Lee is credited to CEMA Special Markets. Of the 24 tracks, nearly three fourths are Capitol masters. The other 7 are Decca masters, identified as being included through the "courtesy of MCA Records."


XLII. 1993: FEVER





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1 & 2. Title: Fever ("Personality" Series) / Format: CS & CD / Label: Movieplay - Intermusic's Personality / Cat. Num.: (Portugal) Prs 843012 & Prs 23012 / Rel. Year: 1993 / Tracks: 24 / Note: Licensed issue. Only the CD contains 24 tracks. Presumably due to space limitations, the track total in the cassette is 20. (Image #2 shows the cassette. Thia photo may gives a false impression about the item's size. What might deceivingly look like a long box is actually a regular-size cassette.)


XLIII. 1994: GREATEST HITS




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Title: Greatest Hits / Format: CS & CD / Label: Cema Special Markets / Cat. Num.: S41 17888 & S21 17888 / Rel. Year: 1994 / Tracks: 10


XLIV. 1995: SPOTLIGHT ON PEGGY LEE





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1 & 2. Title: Spotlight On... Peggy Lee ("Great Ladies And Gentlemen Of Song" Series) / Format: CS & CD / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: 7243 8 28533 4 3 / Rel. Year: 1995 / Tracks: 18 / Note: The first image shows the cassette, the last image the CD. The central image spotlights the front and back of the CD's booklet.


XLV. 1995: THE BEST OF PEGGY LEE





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1. Title: The Best Of Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: EMI Special Markets / Cat. Num.: 95937 / Rel. Year: 1995 / Tracks: 10


XLVI. 1997: THE BEST OF PEGGY LEE, THE CAPITOL YEARS ("BLUES & JAZZ SESSIONS" SERIES)





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1 & 2. Title: The Best Of Peggy Lee; The Capitol Years ("Blues & Jazz Sessions" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Capitol Jazz / Cat. Num.: 7243 8 21204 2 1 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Tracks: 18


XLVII. 1997: THE VERY BEST OF PEGGY LEE / EMI PRESENTS THE MAGIC OF PEGGY LEE






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1 & 2. Title: The Very Best Of Peggy Lee / Format: CD & CS / Label: EMI - Music For Pleasure / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 7243 8 56805 2 6; also Mfp 6342 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Note: Same tracks as item #3.

3-5. Title: EMI Presents The Magic Of Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: EMI (also Music For Pleasure?) / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 7243 8 57013 2 0; also Mfp 6371 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Note: Exact same tracks as in items #1 & #2.


XLVIII. 1997: A TOUCH OF CLASS





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1 & 2. Title: Peggy Lee ("A Touch Of Class" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Disky / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) Tc 862652 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Tracks: 16 / Note: The Dutch label Disky was affiliated to EMI; it primarily licensing from the major.

3. Title: A Touch Of Class / Format: CD / Label: Disky / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) Tc 887112 / Rel. Year: 1998 / Tracks: 18 / Note: Series sampler. Each track featured a different artist. Peggy Lee's track is "The Lady Is A Tramp."


XLIX. 1997: FEVER






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1 - 5. Title: Fever / Format: CD / Label: Disky / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) Hr 883492 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Discs: 3 / Tracks: 42 / Note: The front cover of this boxed set can be seen in the first of the shown images. The other three images are the front covers of the CDs inside the box. Disky is (or was) affiliated to EMI.



L. 1998: C'EST MAGNIFIQUE





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1 - 4. Title: C'est Magnifique / Format: CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 7243 4 97143 2 8 / Rel. Year: 1998 / Discs: 3 / Tracks: 45


LI. 1998: MISS PEGGY LEE





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1 & 2. Title: Miss Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: 0777 7 97826 2 8 (discs #97827, #97828, # 97829, #97830) / Rel. Year: 1998 / Discs: 4 / Tracks: 113 / Note: Image #2 shows the front cover of this set's cardboard box, while Image #1 displays the front cover of the jewel case that houses the CDs. Image #3 showcases the fronts of the jewel case, the booklet, and the cardboard box.





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3. Panoramic view of the boxed set under discussion. The second row of pictures highlight the set's booklet.

4. Title: The Best Of Miss Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: 7243 4 97308 2 3 / Rel. Year: 1998 / Tracks: 16 / Note: This CD was culled from the aforementioned boxed set Miss Peggy Lee. It contains 16 of the 29 tracks found in the set's first CD. Though not a particularly notable or desirable release, it has probably become Lee's most widely known compilation during the CD and MP3 era, due to continued pressings from EMI and to its consequent, easy availability through the popular commercial site Amazon. Shown in the image above are both the back and front cover.





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5 & 6. Promotional material for the CD set under discussion. The top of the first image reads "lips like red satin and a voice like crushed velvet." The bottom reads "catch the fever all over again."

7. Advance CD (catalogue number 0777 7 978272 2 7), sent out as promotion for the boxed set under discussion. It is actually identical to the first of the set's 4 CDs, and thus contains 29 tracks.


LII. 1999: THE LEGENDARY PEGGY LEE





Artwork Shown:

1 & 2. Title: The Legendary Peggy Lee; Her Greatest Hits & Finest Performances / Format: CS & CD / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: Rf 140 & Krf 140; also EMI 72434 99216 4 & EMI 72434 99216 2 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Discs: 3 / Tracks: 55 / Note: Found in the web, both images show the same set; the color of one of them has been slightly altered.


LIII. 1999: THE PEGGY LEE COLLECTION





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1. Title: The Peggy Lee Collection ("HMV Easy" Series) / Format: CD / Label: HMV / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Hmv 7243 5 22253 2 3 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Tracks: 21 / Note: Licensed issue.



LIV. 1999: PEGGY LEE ("36 ALL-TIME GREATEST HITS" SERIES)





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1. Title: Peggy Lee ("36 All-Time Greatest Hits" Series) / Format: CD / Label: EMI Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Gsc 15453; also 7243 4 96336 2 9 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Tracks: 36


LV. 2000: RARE GEMS AND HIDDEN TREASURES





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1. Title: Rare Gems And Hidden Treasures / Format: CD / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: 72435 27564 2 1 / Rel. Year: 2000 / Tracks: 19 / Note: Although not officially identified or marketed as such, this release was conceived as the second volume or continuation of the 1990 Early Years Peggy Lee CD in Capitol's Collectors Series.


LVI. 2000: THE VERY BEST OF PEGGY LEE





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1 & 2. Title: The Very Best Of Peggy Lee / Format: CD & CS / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 7243 5 27818 2 9 / Rel. Year: 2000 / Tracks: 24 / Note: Three of the 24 tracks in this superior collection are from Decca's vaults.


LVII. 2000: RENDEZVOUS WITH PEGGY LEE





Artwork Shown:

1 & 2. Title: Rendezvous With Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Dutton Vocalion / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Cdus 3008 / Rel. Year: 2000 / Tracks: 26 / Note: Michael Dutton's CDs run the gamut from licensed to Public Domain issues. Rendezvous With Peggy Lee was among those that were actually licensed from British EMI. Commendably, the back covers of all EMI-licensed Vocalion Dutton CDs carry discographical data about the tracks (most notably, master numbers and recording dates).


LVIII. 2001: PEGGY LEE SINGS THE STANDARDS





Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Peggy Lee Sings The Standards / Format: CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 7243 5 32580 2 3 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Tracks: 22


LIX. 2002: THE SINGLES COLLECTION





Artwork Shown:

1-4. Title: The Singles Collection / Format: CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 7243 5 39756 2 3 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Discs: 4 / Tracks: 107 / Note: The front of the set is shown in image #2, the back in image #4.

1. Inside view of The Singles Collection: two of the four CDs and the front page of the 72-page booklet.

3. Paper doll cut of Peggy Lee, originally published in a 1960s coloring book, and more recently turned into the back cover of the booklet whose front is seen in image #1.






Artwork Shown:

4. Title: The Best Of The Singles Collection / Format: CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: 7243 82680 2 7 / Rel. Year: 2003 / Tracks: 22 / Note: The 22 tracks in this CD were culled from the aforementioned 107-track set (image #1).

5. Title: The Best Of The Singles Collection / Format: CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 7243 596515 2 1 / Rel. Year: 2003 / Tracks: 25 / Note: This British version of item #2 contains three additional numbers, and one of them is a previously unissued track. Although the images above might suggest that there is a color difference between British and American versions, the colors are actually identical.

6. Back cover of the CD just discussed, British edition (image #5).


LX. 2002: THE MARVELOUS MISS LEE





Artwork Shown:

1. Title: The Marvelous Miss Lee / Format: CD / Label: North Star / Cat. Num.: Ns163; also 73435 40699 2 5 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Tracks: 14 / Note: Licensed issue.


LXI. 2002: FEVER





Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Fever; Original Recordings ("Legendary Masters Collection" Series) / Format: CS & CD / Label: Green Hill / Cat. Num.: Ghc 5199 & Ghd 5318 (also 7243 5 39935 2 8) / Rel. Year: 2002 / Tracks: 14 / Note: Licensed issue.


LXII. 2002: GOLDEN GREATS / A MUSIC LEGEND





Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Peggy Lee ("Golden Greats" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Disky / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) 905191 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Discs: 3 / Tracks: 75 / Note: The Disky label is (or was) affiliated to EMI.

2. Title: A Music Legend / Format: CD / Label: Disky / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) __ / Rel. Year: 2004 / Tracks: 25 / Note: All 25 tracks in this CD are the same ones found in the first disc of the 2002 set just described (item #1). See also immediately below.

3. Title: Music Legends / Format: CD / Label: Disky / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) Sb 902441 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Discs: 20 / Note: Item #2 is one of the 20 CDs found in this box.


LXIII. 2003: THE COLLECTION





Artwork Shown:

1 - 3. Title: Peggy Lee ("The Collection" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Marks & Spencer / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 4747.154 / Rel. Year: 2003 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Licensed issue.


LXIV. 2003: I'M A WOMAN





Artwork Shown:

1. Title: I'm A Woman / Format: CD / Label: Traditional Line / Cat. Num.: (Germany?) Tl 1474 / Rel. Year: 2003 / Tracks: 23 / Note: I have tentatively entered this CD in this page under the yet-to-be-corroborated belief that it was licensed from EMI.


LXV. 2005: SIMPLY THE BEST





Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Peggy Lee ("Simply The Best" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Disky / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) Do 901973 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 40 / Note: The Disky label is (or was) affiliated to EMI.


LXVI. 2005: MAÑANA





Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Mañana (Is Soon Enough For Me) / Format: CD / Label: Disky / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) 904123 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Tracks: 20 / Note: The Disky label is (or was) affiliated to EMI.


LXVII. 2005: THE EMI SONGS COLLECTION





Artwork Shown:

1 - 2. Title: The EMI Songs Collection ("Great Singers Sing Great Songs," Volume 4: Peggy Lee) / Format: CD / Label: EMI Publishing House / Cat. Num.: Mp Aw 11 05 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Tracks: 16 / Note: This is actually a CD put together by the label's song publishing branch for the purpose of advertising their Lee masters to propective clients.


LXVIII. 2006: HERE'S PEGGY LEE





Artwork Shown:

1 & 2. Title: Here's Peggy Lee ("The Here's Series," Volume 1) / Format: CD / Label: Disky / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) Si 903647; also Cb 904361 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Tracks: 20 / Note: Although found and sold separately online, this CD (image #2) is actually part of the 5CD set shown in image #1.


LIX. 2006: ESSENTIAL PEGGY LEE





Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Essential Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: EMI Electrola / Cat. Num.: (Germany) 94635 9779 2 9 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Tracks: 27


LXX. 2006: THE VERY BEST OF PEGGY LEE; THE CAPITOL YEARS





Artwork Shown:

1. Title: The Very Best Of Peggy Lee; The Capitol Years / Format: CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: (Korea) 8806344820326 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Discs: 2 / Tracks: 46


LXXI. 2007: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION





Artwork Shown:

1 & 2. Title: Peggy Lee ("The Ultimate Collection" Series / Format: CD / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Rdcd 5831 3 / Rel. Year: 2007 / Discs: 3 / Tracks: 62 / Note: Apparently conceived as a mail order product, advertisement for this item was carried through TV informercials in the United Kingdom.


LXXII. 2008: THE LOST '40'S & '50'S CAPITOL MASTERS





Artwork Shown:

1 - 3. Title: The Lost '40'S & '50'S Capitol Masters / Format: CD & MP3 / Label: Collectors' Choice [CD] & EMI [MP3] / Cat. Num.: Ccm 917 2 [CD] / Rel. Year: 2008 / Discs: 2 / Tracks: 39 / Note: This set originally came out as a CD, issued by Collectors' Choice (images #1 & #2). A year or two later, it was re-released in MP3 format by EMI (the rightful owner of the masters, and of all MP3 releases of this material). Notice EMI's poor choice of photo for the MP3 artwork (image #3); it is a picture from her second Capitol tenure (1957-1972), yet all the tracks included in this collection are from her first Capitol tenure (1944-1952).


LXXIII. 2010: COME RAIN OR SHINE







Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Come Rain Or Come Shine ("Opus Collection" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Hear Music / Cat. Num.: 509996 Rel. Year: 2010 / Tracks: 15

2-6. Display of this CD's packaging, with emphasis on the booklet and its "Peggy of the Thousand Microphones" photographic array.



LXXIV. UNDATED COMPILATIONS (FROM JAPAN)






Artwork Shown:

1 - 6. Title: Peggy Lee ("Deluxe Popular" Series) / Format: LP / Label: Toshiba EMI / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Cp 8014 (also Ecs 80165) / Tracks: 14 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Issued twice. Edition Cp 8014 (seen with its obi in image #2, without it in image #1) uses Capitol's rainbow-colored label on its vinyl. The vinyl of edition Ecs 80165 (image #3) has an orange label. The rest of the above-seen images show other views of the album, including the back cover (image #5) and the inner sides (image #4) of Cp 8014. A view of Ecs 80165's record cover, insert and vinyl is provided in the last of the images.






Artwork Shown:

7-10. Title: Great Charms Of Nat King Cole & Peggy Lee ("Capitol Golden Artists Album" Series) / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Cp 8401 / Tracks: 14 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: This curious LP offers Nat King Cole's and Peggy Lee's versions of the exact same 7 songs, with the interpretations by the man on one side and the interpretations by the woman on the other side of the LP. For instance, the last two selections on side 1 of the album are Nat's renditions of "Love Is Here To Stay" and "St. Louis Blues," whereas the last selections on the album's flip side are Peggy's renditions of "Love Is Here To Stay" and "St. Louis Blues." Red vinyl.






Artwork Shown:

11 - 14. Title: Peggy Lee ("Popular Hakugin" Series) / Format: LP / Label: Toshiba EMI / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Cp 9507 / Tracks: 13 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: I would appreciate receiving information about this album. The details that I am missing are: this LP's year of release, the titles of the last four tracks on its side 2. Since I have never listened to the album, the identity of one track from side 1 of the LP is also unclear: "Don't Smoke In Bed" could be either the 1947 or the 1969 version.





Artwork Shown:

15. Title: The Best Of Peggy Lee / Format: Reel [& LP?] / Label: Toshiba EMI / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Cxa 5030 / Tracks: 12 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: All twelve tracks were also included in the 1976 2-LP compilation Peggy Lee from the Golden Double 32 Series, which is covered in section XVIII of the present page. I would think that a LP version of this reel was also issued, but I have not found any confirmation or information about the matter.

16. Title: This Is! Peggy Lee ("Jazz Vocal Best" Series) / Format: LP / Label: Toshiba EMI / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Cp 8215 / Tracks: 14 / Rel. Year: unknown





Artwork Shown:

17. Title: I Left My Heart In San Francisco / Format: LP / Label: Toshiba EMI / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Cw 5077 / Tracks: 14 / Rel. Year: unknown

18. Title: The Shadow Of Your Smile / Format: LP   /   Label: Toshiba-EMI    / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Cw 5138 / Tracks: 12 / Rel. Year: unknown






Artwork Shown:

19-21. Title: Peggy Lee ("Deluxe Double" EMI Series) / Format: LP / Label: Toshiba EMI / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Cp 9364 / Pieces: 2 / Tracks: 24 / Rel. Year: unknown / The first and third images spotlight the front cover, while the other two images present the back cover. The album's insert can also be seen in the last two images.


Scope And Contents

This page focuses on Peggy Lee anthologies which meet the following criteria: (a) they contain primarily Capitol masters and (b) they qualify as either official or licensed releases. An official issue is one made by the company that owns the masters, or by a branch of that company. In this case (and taking into account name changes over the years or across continents), the official companies are Capitol, EMI, Music For Pleasure, Pathé Marconi, Odeon, Toshiba, Bovema, Electrola, Axis, and CEMA. Also qualifying as legitimate releases are those by record labels which have been affiliated to EMI at some point in time, or which have otherwise paid a fee to EMI for the right to use Capitol tracks. Among them: Disky, Pickwick, Collectors' Choice, and Starbucks' Hear Music.

As for my organization of this page, I began by recommending the anthologies that strike me as above average (section I) and then moved on to a quick re-assessment (section II) of a few anthologies that were discussed in a companion page to this one -- the page for Main Capitol Albums. The rest of the page is organized chronologically by the anthologies' year of release. (Incidentally, my goal is to make this gallery of album front covers as complete as possible. Currently, tracking down Japanese anthologies is proving particularly difficult. I would appreciate receiving missing album scans from fellow fans and kind souls. Access to my email address can be obtained by clicking on my name as found above, in blue coloring.)