The Peggy Lee Bio-Discography's Picture Gallery:
Main Decca Albums
by Iván Santiago-Mercado

Generated on Mar 24, 2015


Scope And Contents

This page displays photos of the albums that Peggy Lee recorded for Decca Records. Lee's original Decca albums are chronologically presented, beginning with Black Coffee (1953) and closing with The Fabulous Peggy Lee (1964). In addition to the front covers of the original albums, those of later reissues are displayed as well. Notice that Decca compilations or hits packages are covered separately, in another page. For further clarification on this page's contents, and for advice on how to locate particular albums, see final notes below.


I. BLACK COFFEE WITH PEGGY LEE




Album Covers Shown:

1. Title: Black Coffee With Peggy Lee / Format: 10" LP / Label: DECCA / Cat. Num.: Dl 5482 / Rel. Year: 1953 / Tracks: 8 / Note: Seen in this picture is the front cover of the original American 10" LP.

2. Title: Black Coffee With Peggy Lee / Format: 10" LP / Label: Decca's Brunswick / Cat. Num.: (England) La 8629 / Rel. Year: 1953 / Tracks: 8 / Note: This photo shows the British edition of item #1.

3. Title: Black Coffee With Peggy Lee / Format: EP / Label: DECCA / Cat. Num.: Ed 533 (91060-91061) / Rel. Year: 1953 / Tracks: 8 / Note: This is the front cover of the original American EP. See also images #53 to #56 below.






Album Covers Shown:

4. Title: Black Coffee With Peggy Lee / Format: LP / Label: DECCA / Cat. Num.: Dl 8358 / Rel. Year: 1956 / Tracks: 12 / Note: This is the front cover of the original American 12" LP.

5. Title: Black Coffee With Peggy Lee / Format: LP / Label: Decca's Ace Of Hearts / Cat. Num.: (England) Ah 5 / Rel. Year: 1961 / Tracks: 12 / Note: British reissue of the America LP seen in image #4. Released by British Decca on Ace of Hearts, one of its budget branches. This might have been the earliest issue of the 12" LP in the United Kingdom. (Before 1961, I have found no traces of a 12" vinyl release on Brunswick, nor on any other UK label. As already noted, only a 10" version had been previously released on Brunswick, which was the main branch of British Decca.)

6. Title: Black Coffee With Peggy Lee / Format: LP / Label: MCA's Coral / Cat. Num.: (England) Cp 94; also Crlm 1055 / Rel. Year: 1973; also 1974 / Note: Another British reissue of the America LP seen in image #4. Released on MCA's budget imprint Coral. (MCA had purchased Decca in 1962.) On a separate matter, I should note that all but one of the music catalogues that I consulted list this album as released on Coral in 1973, with catalogue number Cp 94. The exception in a music catalogue that lists the album with catalogue number Crlm 1055 -- the m presumably standing for mono -- and the (re?-)release date as 1974. While I have certainly seen album copies with catalogue number Cp 94, I have never seen any Crlm 1055 copies, nor have I come across any corroboration for its existence. There is also a third source, a Goldmine article, that lists this item as Coral Cp 964. In the particular case of this Goldmine article, a mistake or a typo is the likeliest explanation; an extra digit was wrongly placed on Cp 94.

7. Title: Black Coffee With Peggy Lee / Format: LP & Cassette / Label: Jasmine / Cat. Num.: (England) Jasm 1026 & Jasmc 1036 / Rel. Year: 1983 / Note: Third British reissue of the America LP seen in image #4. This reissue was released not by MCA-Decca or any of its branches but by an independent (collectors') label. For the cassette version on the same label, see entry #41 below.





Album Covers Shown:

8 & 9. Title: Black Coffee With Peggy Lee / Format: LP / Label: Mca Victor / Cat. Num.: (Japan) 3023 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: In Japan, there have been at least six reissues of the album Black Coffee on vinyl. (The possibility of more LP reissues of which I am not yet aware is high.) Shown in image #8 is the front cover of one of the reissues, #3023, with its obi strip. Image #9 displays another copy of the same LP without its strip.

10. Title: Black Coffee With Peggy Lee ("Jazz Vocal Very Best" Series) / Format: LP / Label: Mca Victor / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Vim 4501 / Rel. Year: 1977 and/or 1980, 1982, 1983. / Note: The different dates come from different sources. Some of them could be wrong. Some or, alternatively, all of them could be right. In Japan, albums used to be pressed in limited quantities, which led to their selling out and subsequent demand. Such in-demand albums would be re-pressed and re-released within the next few years, again in limited quantities, bearing the same catalogue number as the earlier pressings.

11. Title: Black Coffee With Peggy Lee / Format: LP / Label: Mca Victor / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Mvjj 30051 / Rel. Year: 1995 / Note: Japanese vinyl reissue from the CD era.





Album Covers Shown:

12. Title: Black Coffee With Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Decca Pioneer / Cat. Num.: (Japan) 25P2 2829 / Rel. Year: 1989 / Note: Front and back of the earliest compact disc issue of Black Coffee With Peggy Lee. It is the first of over a dozen such CDs released in Japan. Meanwhile, in the United States the album has been released on CD only once.

13. Title: Black Coffee With Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: MCA / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Mvcm 261 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Note: Front and back cover of the second Japanese CD release of Black Coffee With Peggy Lee. Incidentally, this CD's back cover has become the standard for Japanese reissues of Black Coffee: it is found in nearly all of them. (One exception is the earliest of these reissues, already shown in the preceding image.)





Album Covers Shown:

14. Title: Black Coffee With Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Universal / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Uccu 9631 / Rel. Year: 2008

15. Title: Black Coffee With Peggy Lee ("Jazz The Best" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Universal / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Uccu 9517 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: Promoted as a 24k gold disc.

16. Title: Black Coffee With Peggy Lee ("Jazz The Best" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Universal / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Uccu 9094 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Note: A few sources give other release dates for this CD -- specifically, 2008 and 2011. See note about ‘re-pressings’ under next entry.

17. Title: Black Coffee With Peggy Lee ("Jazz The Best" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Universal / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Uccu 9094 / Rel. Year: 2011 / Note: For most of these Japanese editions itemized in this page, my only sources are online sites whose accuracy could be questioned. The online information at my reach gives this particular item the same catalogue number as item #15, and the pictures of their respective obi strips show them to belong to the same series ("Jazz The Best"), too. However, the strips on these CDs are clearly different from one another. It would thus seem that, for item #15, the Japanese reissuers did not bother to come up with a new series title, much less a new catalogue number. (Actually, this appears to be a common practice in Japan, where the same batches of CDs tend to be reissued every 4 or 5 years in limited, small quantities. Such practice probably explains the fact that different release dates can be found for Universal Uccu 9094, as mentioned in the note to item #14.)





Album Covers Shown:

18. Title: Black Coffee With Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: MCA / Cat. Num.: (France) F Bm 720 Lc 1056 / Rel. Year: 1995 / Note: The above-seen photo might give the impression that this is a LP. It is not. This is a CD, housed in a cardboard "mini-LP" sleeve.

19. Title: Black Coffee With Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Universal / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Mcvj 19194 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Note: Yet another of the CD reissues of Black Coffee With Peggy Lee from Japan. For a comprehensive list of such Japanese reissues, consult the Foreign Pressings page.

20. Title: Black Coffee With Peggy Lee / Format: Audiophile LP / Label: Speakers Corner / Cat. Num.: (Germany) Lspc Decca Dl 8358 / Rel. Year: 2008 / Tracks: 12 / Note: This (modern-day) vinyl product was created from the original masters, which Speakers Corner licensed from Universal, the owners of the MCA-Decca catalogue. This release's target audience is any listener in search of superior sound quality (who should naturally own a hi-fidelity turntable).

21. Title: Black Coffee With Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Universal / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Uccu 99033 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Note: Issued in December of 2014, this is the latest of about 15 Japanese CD reissues of the album under discussion (not counting any Japanese re-pressings bearing already used catalogue numbers).









Album Covers Shown:

22 - 25. Title: Black Coffee With Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Universal's Verve / Cat. Num.: B 0003093 02 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Tracks: 12 / Note: First and only American CD edition of the album under discussion. The original masters were used for the preparation of this disc, whic is part of Verve's "Master Edition" series. Unfortunately (and in contrast with many other artists' titles from the same series), no bonus tracks from the recording sessions were included. (Two suitable tracks exist: "Do I Love You" and "Guess I'll Go Back Home This Summer," both of them from the 12" LP Black Coffee sessions.) The first image shows the front cover of this USA digital release, the last image shows the front cover of its booklet. Displayed in the other pictures are this item’s inner tray and compact disc.





Album Covers Shown:

26. Title: Black Coffee & Sea Shells / Format: CD / Label: MCA International / Cat. Num.: (England) Mcld 19363 / Rel. Year: 1998 / Tracks: 27 / Note: This is a twofer CD, prepared by the owners of the masters. However, due to the location (England), it probably was not sourced from the original masters (which are housed in the United States) but from company tape copies, housed in England.

27. Title: In The Late Hours; Black Coffee & Pete Kelly's Blues / Format: CD / Label: Flare / Cat. Num.: (England) Roycd 247 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Tracks: 25 (total). 12 (from the album Black Coffee With Peggy Lee) + 9 (Lee's tracks from the album Songs From Pete Kelly's Blues) + 4 (bonus tracks, all of them Decca masters). / Note: This is a Public Domain twofer CD.

28. Title: Black Coffee & Dream Street; The Complete Sessions / Format: CD / Label: Essential Jazz Classics / Cat. Num.: (Spain) 55441 / Rel. Year: 2009 / Tracks: 27 (total). 12 (from the album Black Coffee With Peggy Lee) + 3 (bonus tracks, taken from the Black Coffee With Peggy Lee sessions) + 12 (from the album Dream Street). / Note: This is a Public Domain twofer CD.

29. Title: Black Coffee With Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: Hallmark / Cat. Num.: (England) 710992 / Rel. Year: 2011 / Tracks: 12 / Note: As the twenty-first century progresses and music issued after 1950 begins to become fair game for European Public Domain companies, more and more Peggy Lee albums are unfortunately being re-released by the mass-marketing, horrendously subpar label Hallmark. The company's CDs are becoming justly infamous for their uneven, sometimes downright atrocious sound quality. Some of them suffer from audible needle skips and extensive background noise (originating in the worn out LPs and CDs that the label carelessly uses as main sources).





Album Covers Shown:

30. Title: Miss Peggy Lee / Format: EP / Label: Brunswick / Cat. Num.: (France/Germany) 10 120 Epb / Rel. Year: 1957 / Tracks: 4 / Note: All tracks in this 1957 European EP had been previously issued in the 1956 Decca 12" LP Black Coffee With Peggy Lee.

31. Title: Black Coffee ("Jazz Concise" Series) / Format: EP / Label: Decca Techiku / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Sdw 10121 / Rel. Year: unknown. In the absence of any actual specifics about the release date, I have tentatively assumed it to fall within the 1960s. In the USA, the type of Decca logo seen in this cover was used from around 1962 to at least 1967. / Tracks: 4 / Note: All tracks in this EP were originally issued in the 1956 Decca 12" LP Black Coffee With Peggy Lee.

32. Title: Love Me Or Leave Me / Format: EP / Label: Festival / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Fx 10 537 / Rel. Year: 1962 / Tracks: 4 / Note: All tracks in this 1957 European EP had been previously issued in the 1956 Decca 12" LP Black Coffee With Peggy Lee.





Album Covers Shown:

33. Title: Black Coffee / Format: LP / Label: DECCA / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Sdl 10298 / Rel. Year: unknown / Tracks: 12 / Note: Japanese edition of the 1956 American 12" LP Black Coffee With Peggy Lee, with a different front cover from the standard one. (The photo on this front cover was originally used for a Decca compilation LP set called The Best Of Peggy Lee. That compilation featured a color version of the photo, however.)

34. Title: Um Cafèzinho Com Peggy Lee / Format: LP / Label: Decca / Cat. Num.: (Brazil) Slp 7759 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Brazilian edition of the 1956 American 12" LP Black Coffee With Peggy Lee.

35. Title: Black Coffee ("Golden Groove" Series) / Format: LP / Label: MCA's Decca / Cat. Num.: (Australia) ___ / Release Year: unknown; presumably 1960s or 1970s / Tracks: 12 / Note: Australian edition of the 1956 American LP Black Coffee With Peggy Lee. As was also the case with item #31, this edition features a different front cover from the standard one.





Album Covers Shown:

36. Title: Black Coffee / Format: 10" LP / Label: Decca / Cat. Num.: (France) Us 233139 / Tracks: 8 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: French edition of the 1953 American 10" LP Black Coffee With Peggy Lee (item #1 above).

37. Title: Black Coffee / Format: 10" LP / Label: Festival / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Cfr 10 510 / Rel. Year: 1954 / Tracks: 8 / Note: Australian edition of the 1953 American 10" LP Black Coffee With Peggy Lee (item #1 above).

38. Title: Peggy Lee Canta Para Você ... / Format: 10" LP / Label: Decca / Cat. Num.: (Brazil) Lts 23016 / Release Year: unknown / Tracks: 8 / Note: Brazilian edition of the 1953 American 10" LP Black Coffee With Peggy Lee (item #1 above).





Album Covers Shown:

39 & 40. Title: Black Coffee With Peggy Lee / Format: 10" LP / Label: Decca / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Al 10002 / Tracks: 8 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Japanese edition of the 1953 American 10" LP Black Coffee With Peggy Lee (item #1 above). The front covers of the two editions are identical, but this Japanese version’s back cover (seen in the second image) is different.

41. Title: Crazy In The Heart / Format: LP / Label: Vocalion / Cat. Num.: Vl 7 3903 / Rel. Year: 1970 / Tracks: 10 / Note: This compilation from Decca's budget branch Vocalion combines 5 tracks from the album Black Coffee, the other half from the album Miss Wonderful -- a fact that the compilation does not acknowledge. Simulated stereo.





Album Covers Shown:

42. Title: Black Coffee / Format: LP / Label: [?] Popular Records / Cat. Num.: (unknown) E 258 / Rel. Year: unknown / Tracks: 12 / Note: Reissue of the American 12" LP Black Coffee With Peggy Lee. Various details, including country of origin, unknown. Canada and Italy are possibilities.

43. Title: Black Coffee / Format: LP / Label: Festival / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Fl 12 7026 / Rel. Year: 1958 (or, according to another source, 1962) / Tracks: 12 / Note: Australian reissue of the American 12" LP Black Coffee With Peggy Lee.

44. Title: Black Coffee / Format: Cassette / Label: MCA's Special Products / Cat. Num.: Mcac 20251 / Rel. Year: 1985 / Tracks: 8 / Note: Abridged reissue of the American 12" LP Black Coffee With Peggy Lee.





Album Covers Shown:

45. Title: By Popular Request ... Black Coffee / Format: Cassette / Label: MCA's Coral / Cat. Num.: (England) ___ / Rel. Year: unknown; possibly 1980s / Tracks: 12 / Note: Reissue of the American 12" LP Black Coffee With Peggy Lee. Coral also issued this album on vinyl; see entry #6 above.

46. Title: Black Coffee With Peggy Lee / Format: Cassette & LP / Label: Jasmine / Cat. Num.: (England) Jasmc 1026 & Jasm 1026 / Rel. Year: 1983 / Note: British reissue of the album Black Coffee With Peggy Lee released by a Public Domain label. For the LP counterpart of this cassette, see entry #7 above.

47. Title: Black Coffee / Format: CD / Label: RDM / Cat. Num.: (France) Cd ?372 / Rel. Year: 2011 / Tracks: same 12 as in original LP / Note: The available information about this issue (seemingly a budget Public Domain release, probably issued on MP3 first, then copied from MP3 to CD) is scant and sparse. I am not fully certain that the catalogue number is 372; I am surer of the fact that it falls within the 300s.

48. Title: Peggy Lee ("Eight Classic Albums" Series) / Format: CD / Volumes: 4 / Label: Real Gone Jazz / Cat. Num.: (England) Rgjcd 314 / Rel. Year: 2012 / Tracks: 99 (total), including 94 Peggy Lee vocals plus 2 enactments of the instrumental "Peggy Lee's Bow Music" and 3 instrumentals by the George Shearing Quintet / Note: This crass Public Domain budget release combines the contents of Decca's 12" LP Black Coffee with seven assorted Capitol albums.





Album Covers Shown:

49. Decca's trade ad on behalf of four songbird albums that were released during the same time period. The first songbird shown is Peggy Lee, and the promoted album is her 1956 12" LP edition of Black Coffee.

50. Image found on the net, identity of the album unclear. Though essentially the same 10" LP as the one seen in image #2 above, its texture is noticeably different. Perhaps the image originates in a newspaper/magazine ad, or maybe the uploader willfully altered the cover's overall look?

51. Back cover of the Australian reissue LP on Festival Records (item #43 above).





Album Covers Shown:

52. Back cover of the original American 10" LP (item #1 above).

53. Back cover of the original American 12" LP (item #4 above).
54. Back cover of the Brazilian Decca LP (item #33 above).





Album Covers Shown:

55. Back cover of the British Brunswick 10" LP (item #2 above).
56. Back cover of the British 12" Ace Of Hearts LP (item #5 above).
57. Back cover of the British 12" Jasmine LP (item #7 above).






Album Artwork Shown:

58-61. Various views of the gatefold EP itemized in entry #3 above.


Other Versions Of Note, Not Shown Above:

62. Title: Black Coffee / Format: LP / Label: Festival / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Fr 12 1474 / Rel. Year: 1957 / Tracks: 12



II. SONGS IN AN INTIMATE STYLE






Album Covers Shown:

1. Title: Songs In An Intimate Style / Format: double EP / Label: DECCA / Cat. Num.: Ed 684 (91302-91303) / Rel. Year: 1954 / Tracks: 8 / Note: This is a gatefold cover (as made clearer by image #8 below) which houses two EPs.

2. Title: Songs In An Intimate Style / Format: 10" LP / Label: DECCA / Cat. Num.: Dl 5539 / Rel. Year: 1954 / Tracks: 8 / Note: Original LP version. This album was never expanded into a 12" LP edition.





Album Covers Shown:

3. Title: Songs In An Intimate Style / Format: 10" LP / Label: Brunswick / Cat. Num.: (England) La 8717 / Rel. Year: 1955 / Tracks: 8 / Note: British edition of the original 10" LP (item #2 above). Laminated cover. My thanks to William Naylor for his generous contribution of this album's scans (images #3 and #10).

4. Title: Songs In An Intimate Style / Format: CD / Label: Universal / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Icd 273 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Tracks: 8 / Note: This item was originally available only as a bonus disc for customers who bought an entire 20CD set entitled Universal Female Vocal Collection. The words "not for sale" are printed in the CD's back cover (which I have displayed below, as image #9). This limited edition is the one and only CD version of Songs In An Intimate Style to date.





Album Covers Shown:

5 & 7. Title: Songs In An Intimate Style ("Red Ribbon" Series) / Format: 10" LP / Label: Festival / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Cfr 10 589 / Rel. Year: unknown / Tracks: 8 / Note: Australian reissue of item #2 above. Notice that only one of the two images carry a gray-colored ribbon. In the web, I have seen (mis)identification of the image with a ribbon as an EP, whereas the image without is regularly identified as a 10" LP. At this point in time, I believe that no such EP existed, and that all copies of the 10" LP originally carried the ribbon.

6. Title: Peggy Lee E Suas Interpretaçoes / Format: 10" LP / Label: DECCA / Cat. Num.: Ltn 54 / Rel Year: unknown / Tracks: 8 / Note: Brazilian edition of item #2 above.






Album Covers Shown:

8. Front and back covers of the original EP set (item #1 above).

9. Back cover of the Japanese CD (item #4 above), which is identical to the back cover of the original American 10" LP (item #2 above). The only difference is the addition of the words "Icd-273 not for sale" near the bottom of the CD's cover.

10. Back cover of the British 10" LP (item #3 above).






Artwork Shown:

11. A shot from the same photo session as the one seen in the front cover of the album Songs In An Intimate Style .


General Note:
Songs In An Intimate Style, the successor to the 10" vinyl version of Black Coffee, is basically an anthology, though a very satisfactory one. The promotional note in the back cover of the album states that "Peggy's preceding album, Black Coffee, was acclaimed by her fans and was immediately followed by demands for a new group of Peggy Lee songs. This collection is the answer to that demand." The tracks come from sessions which were not only held months apart (November 28, 1952; February 13, 1953; September 14 and 16, 1953) but also led by three different conductors (Victor Young, Sy Oliver, Gordon Jenkins). Despite such divergence of personnel and recording dates, Songs In An Intimate Style still manages to come off as a cohesive collection of beautifully sung numbers, thanks in no small measure to its uniformly romantic mood. Of the 8 tracks, 7 are love ballads which Peggy Lee renders with a deep sense of intimacy. The eighth number ("Apples, Peaches And Cherries") is actually a charming folk ballad (rather than a modern-day ballad), whose theme is also love.


III. LADY AND THE TRAMP, SONGS FROM WALT DISNEY'S





Album Covers Shown:

1 & 2. Title: Songs From Walt Disney's Lady And The Tramp / Format: EP & 10" LP / Label: DECCA / Cat. Num.: Ed 728 (91505-91506) & Dl 5557 / Rel. Year: 1955 / Tracks: 9 (total). 6 (numbers performed by Peggy Lee) + 3 (numbers performed by Oliver Wallace and The Disney Studio Orchestra, George Givot, and The Mellomen, aka The Pound Hounds) / Note: These are the original editions of this album. Both of them were released two years before the 12" LP seen below (item #4). All three items (EP, 10" LP, 12" LP) can be best described as partial movie soundtracks, because Peggy Lee sings in them not only her own soundtrack vocals but also those that were assigned to other artists in the movie. (For further clarification on this matter, see general note at the end of this entry.) It's worth adding that all the album numbers (including those that other artists interpreted in the movie) were co-written by Peggy Lee. (The only exceptions are the instrumental "Lady" and the barbershop-style quartet harmony "Home, Sweet Home.")

3. Title: Songs From Walt Disney's Lady And The Tramp / Format: 10" LP / Label: Brunswick / Cat. Num.: (England) La 8731 / Rel. Year: 1955? / Tracks: same 9 as in previously discussed items / Note: British version of item #2.






Album Covers Shown:

4. Title: Songs From Walt Disney's Lady And The Tramp / Format: LP / Label: DECCA / Cat. Num.: DL 8462 / Rel. Year: 1957 / Tracks: 13 (total). 10 (numbers performed by Peggy Lee) + 3 (numbers performed by Oliver Wallace and The Disney Studio Orchestra, George Givot, and The Mellomen aka The Pound Hounds). / Note: In 1956, Peggy Lee recorded new tracks expressly for inclusion in this expanded, 12" LP edition of the original 10" LP and EP. The newly recorded songs were not brand new compositions, however: she had co-written them back when the Disney movie was in production, and they had been considered for inclusion in the film at that time.

5. Title: Songs From Walt Disney's Lady And The Tramp / Format: LP / Label: Decca's Ace Of Hearts / Cat. Num.: (England) Ah 70 / Rel. Year: 1964 / Tracks: same 13 as in item #4 / Note: British reissue of item #4, released on a Decca-MCA budget branch.

6. Title: Songs From Walt Disney's Lady And The Tramp / Format: LP / Label: MCA / Cat. Num.: (Japan) ca 7150 (Map 5 3229) / Rel. Year: 1975 / Tracks: same 13 as in item #4 / Note: Japanese reissue of item #4.






Album Covers Shown:

7. Title: Cançoes Do Filme De Walt Disney A Dama E O Vagabundo / Format: 10" LP / Label: Decca / Cat. Num.: (Brazil) Slp 7027 / Rel. Year: unknown / Tracks: unknown; most likely 9 / Note: Brazilian edition of item #2 above.

8. Title: Songs From Walt Disney's Lady And The Tramp / Format: 10" LP / Label: Festival / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Fr 10 1186 / Rel. Year: 1955 / Tracks: 9 / Note: Australian edition of item #2 above.

9. Title: Songs From Walt Disney's Lady And The Tramp / Format: LP / Label: Decca / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Sdl 10201 / Rel. Year: unknown / Tracks: 12 / Note: Japanese edition of item #4 above.





Artwork Shown:

10 - 13. Title: Walt Disney's Lady And The Tramp / Format: LP / Label: DISNEY RECORDS / Cat. Num.: 3103 / Rel. Year: 1980 / Tracks: 9 (total). 4 (numbers performed by Peggy Lee) + 5 (numbers not performed by Lee) / Note: This is a picture disc, marketed to Disney's audience of children. Shown above are both sides of the picture disc (central images), along with the front and back of the yellow jacket (images placed first and fourth). All the tracks heard in this issue are taken from the soundtrack of the original movie, except for "Peace On Earth / Silent Night" and "La La Lu," which are Lee's versions from her Decca album. (In addition to those two songs, the other two Lee vocals in this Disney LP are her soundtrack renditions of "He's A Tramp" and "La La Lu." The former is actually the 2:10 variant heard in the Decca album, as opposed to the edited version heard in the movie. However, even if it is the 2:10 variant from the album, this transfer of "He's A Tramp actually includes the soundtrack's opening and the ensuing spoken bits uttered by the Pound Hounds, which were edited from the album version.)





Album Covers Shown:

14-15. Title: Walt Disney's Lady And The Tramp / Format: Cassette & LP / Label: DISNEY's Buena Vista / Cat. Num.: Bvs 2c 5008 & Bvs 2c 5008s / Rel. Year: 1975 / Tracks: same 13 as in item #4 / Note: Disney reissue of the original Decca 12" LP (item #4 above).





Album Covers Shown:

16. Back cover of the original Decca EP (item #1).

17. Back cover of the original Decca 12" LP (item #4).

18. Back cover of the British 10" LP on Brunswick Records (item #3).


General Note:
The original Decca issues of Songs From Walt Disney's Lady And The Tramp (i.e., the LP and the EP seen in images #1 and #2 above) contain six numbers sung by Peggy Lee. Such original Decca issues qualify as partial rather than full copies of the Disney movie soundtrack: of the six Lee numbers, three seem to be the exact same versions that are heard in the soundtrack ("La La Lu," "He's A Tramp," "The Siamese Cat Song"). As for the other three numbers ("What Is A Baby?," "Bella Notte," "Peace On Earth"), the original Decca issues offers Lee's interpretation of lyrics which were sung by other vocalists in the soundtrack, though Lee herself wrote each of them.

Although the Decca album renditions of "La La Lu" and "He's A Tramp" are, as already mentioned, the same ones heard in the soundtrack, there are a few differences between them, the most notable one pertaining to the length of "La La Lu." The film's soundtrack features an edited, 2:57 version of "La La Lu" whereas the album offers a longer, 4:10 performance of the same master take. (Decca released the 2:57 version on a single. The 4:10 version would have not fit on one side of a single.) Another significant difference pertains to the spoken coda that closes "La La Lu." Though uttered by Lee in both cases, the words are not the same.





Album Covers Shown:

19. Title: From Walt Disney's Lady And The Tramp ("Children's Series") / Format: 78 & 45 / Label: DECCA / Cat. Num.: K 149 (88186) & 1 275 (9-88186) / Rel Year: unknown / Tracks: 2 / Note: This single contains two tracks from the original Lady And The Tramp sessions -- "The Siamese Cat Song" and "La La Lu" -- both co-written and originally sung by Peggy Lee. These numbers were commercially released in items #1 and #2 above, and on Decca singles. It should be clarified, however, that Peggy Lee re-recorded "The Siamese Cat Song" for the same label, which released in on a single, too. In other words, there are three Decca Peggy Lee 45/78 rpm singles containing "The Siamese Cat Song": the one to which the above-shown picture sleeve belongs and two earlier ones, which do not have picture sleeves. Of the earlier two, one contains the same master as the item under discussion, whereas the other features a re-recording of the song. (Neither of the earlier singles includes "La La Lu." Instead, they pair "The Siamese Cat Song" with "He's A Tramp.")

20. Title: Walt Disney's Lady And The Tramp ("Little Gems" Series) / Format: 78 & 45 / Label: DISNEYLAND / Cat. Num.: Lg 755 / Rel Year: 1962 / Tracks: 2 / Note: This single contains versions of "He's A Tramp" and "Bella Notte," both of them songs co-written by Peggy Lee for the Lady And The Tramp sessions. Since I do not know if Peggy Lee is the vocalist who sings on either side, this is a tentative listing. For a longer explanation, see note under next item.

21. Title: Siamese Cat Song ("Little Gems" Series) / Format: 78 & 45 / Label: DISNEYLAND / Cat. Num.: Lg 756 / Rel Year: 1962 / Tracks: 2 / Note: This single contains versions of "The Siamese Cat Song" and "Bella Notte," both of them songs co-written by Peggy Lee for the Lady And The Tramp sessions. I have not succeeded in finding further specifics about its contents, nor have I ever listened to it. For these reasons, I do not know if these are the original soundtrack masters or versions recorded afterwards. If the latter, Peggy Lee would not be heard on either side of the single; the numbers would be sung by artists hired by Disney for the purpose of re-recording the soundtrack vocals. If the former, then Peggy Lee would most likely be the singer heard in "The Siamese Cat Song," and George Givot the singer on "Bella Notte." (Incidentally, Lee also recorded her own non-soundtrack version of "Bella Notte" for Decca Records.) Furthermore, a single containing the same two songs as the single under discussion was released by Disney's branch Buena Vista in 1975. That British single definitely contains Lee's soundtrack version of "The Siamese Cat Song."

Note About The Last Two Items Seen Above: In the United Kingdom, His Master's Voice issued these two 45 singles as one EP
(7EG 8921) in 1965, using the first of the two images on display as the EP's front cover.

An additional note. The present page shows only picture sleeves of 78 rpm or 45 rpm singles. To take a look at the vinyl inside the above-shown picture sleeves, and to see the other Decca singles to which I referred above, see this discography's pages for 78 & 45 singles -- especially the bottom of that page.





Album Covers Shown:

22. Title: La Belle Et Le Clochard / Format: EP / Label: Cid / Cat. Num.: (France) Eus 100 558 / Rel. Year: 1956 / Tracks: 4 / Note: All four tracks are vocals taken from the album titled Songs From Walt Disney's Lady And The Tramp, originally issued as items #1 and #2 above. (Besides being on those items, some of the songs were also originally issued on American Decca singles.)

23. Title: La Dama Y El Vagabundo (Lady And The Tramp) / Format: EP / Label: Columbia / Cat. Num.: (Spain) Ecge 70169 / Rel. Year: 1956 / Tracks: 4 (total). 3 (numbers performed by Peggy Lee) + 1 (numbers not performed by Lee) / Note: The numbers in this EP were originally issued in items #1 and #2 above. (Besides being on those items, some of the songs were also originally issued on American Decca singles.)

24. Title: La Dama Y El Vagabundo (Lady And The Tramp) / Format: EP / Label: Columbia / Cat. Num.: (Spain) Ecge 70170 / Rel. Year: 1956 / Tracks: 5 (total). 3 (numbers performed by Peggy Lee) + 2 (numbers not performed by Lee) / Note: The numbers in this EP were originally issued in items #1 and #2 above. (Besides being on those items, some of the songs were also originally issued on American Decca singles.)

25. Title: La Dama Y El Vagabundo (Lady And The Tramp) / Format: EP / Label: Columbia / Cat. Num.: (Spain) Ecge 70925 / Rel. Year: 1956 / Tracks: 4 / Note: This image actually shows not only the EP under discussion but also (behind Ecge 70925) the two previously discussed ones. Unlike those other EPs, this one includes tracks that are not from the film. To be more specific, two of the tracks in Ecge 70925 are vocals from Lady And The Tramp and were originally issued on items #1 and #2 above, and/or on an American Decca single. The other two tracks are ballads that Lee recorded in 1954 and 1955, and which American Decca originally released as singles.






Album Covers Shown:

26. Title: Walt Disney's Lady And The Tramp / Format: Cassette & CD / Label: DISNEY RECORDS / Cat. Num.: 5008 60951 Bl & 5008 60951 7 9 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Tracks: 22 (total). 3 (soundtrack numbers performed by Peggy Lee) + 19 (soundtrack numbers in which Peggy Lee does not participate) / Note: The contents of this CD come from the movie's soundtrack. In other words, this is not a reissue of Peggy Lee's original Decca album (displayed in items #1, #2, and #4 above). Furthermore, each of this CD's tracks is an assemblage of various components (e.g., sound effects, music cues, solo vocals, group vocals) which exist separately from one another, and which are housed at Disney's reel library. Rather than taking the (relatively) easy route of reissuing any existent tapes of the movie soundtrack, the commendable producer of this CD (Randy Thornton) retrieved those original components and reassembled them for release on compact disc.

27. Title: Walt Disney's Lady And The Tramp / Format: CD / Label: DISNEY RECORDS / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Ocd 65008 / Rel. Year: probably 1997 / Tracks: 22 (total). 3 (soundtrack numbers performed by Peggy Lee) + 19 (soundtrack numbers in which Peggy Lee does not participate) / Note: Japanese edition of the item discussed in the previous entry, according to online databases. (I neither own nor have I ever seen a copy of this CD.)

28. Title: Walt Disney Records Presents Lady And The Tramp / Format: CD / Label: DISNEY RECORDS / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: unknown / Tracks: unknown / Note: I am missing most basic details about this CD, which for the time being I am assuming to be another foreign edition of the 1997 CD Walt Disney's Lady And The Tramp.





Album Covers Shown:

29. Title: Disney's Lady And The Tramp And Friends / Format: CD / Label: DISNEY RECORDS / Cat. Num.: 861428 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Tracks: 9 (total). 3 (soundtrack numbers performed by Peggy Lee) + 6 (numbers not performed by Peggy Lee, though two of them come from the Lady And The Tramp soundtrack, and feature her lyrics; remaining numbers are from modern-day Disney films.) / Note: The CDs from Disney's "And Friends" series were tie-ins to the company's Platinum Edition DVDs. (The former were issued shortly after the latter came out.) The 3 Peggy Lee vocals in this particular issue were "transported" or taken from a CD just discussed above (item #14).

30. Title: Disney's Lady And The Tramp And Friends / Format: CD / Label: EMI Music / Cat. Num.: (England) 9463 5 6302 2 0 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Tracks: same as in previous item / Note: British edition of item #17.

31. Title: Favourite Songs From Disney's Lady And The Tramp / Format: CD / Label: unknown / Cat. Num.: (England?) unknown / Tracks: 5 / Note: Tentative entry. Found at an online commercial site, which lists only 5 tracks for this CD, and credits Peggy Lee as the artist for all but the opening track ("Bella Notte," credited instead to The Disney Studio Chorus). I would appreciate receiving further details about this CD.

A Note About Additional Albums: For other Lady And The Tramp albums issued by Disney, consult the Miscellanea section near the bottom of this page (right before the index). (Included just for the purpose of clarification, the Disney issues listed therein do not feature Peggy Lee's vocals.) For Disney's various-artists compilations with one or more Peggy Lee tracks from the Lady And The Tramp soundtrack, take a look at section V of this page.


IV. PETE KELLY'S BLUES, SONGS FROM





Album Covers Shown:

1. Title: Songs From Pete Kelly's Blues / Format: LP / Label: DECCA / Cat. Num.: Dl 8166 / Rel. Year: 1955 / Tracks: 12 (total). 9 (numbers sung by Peggy Lee) + 3 (numbers sung by Ella Fitzgerald) / Note: Original American LP edition of the album under discussion.

2. Songs From Pete Kelly's Blues / Format: LP / Label: Brunswick / Cat. Num.: (England) Lat 8078 / Rel. Year: 1956 / Tracks: 12 (total). 9 (numbers sung by Peggy Lee) + 3 (numbers sung by Ella Fitzgerald) / Note: Earliest British edition of the album under discussion. Curiously, and as can be seen, Its front cover is entirely different from the American edition. (See, however, item #3.)

3. Title: Songs From The Warner Bros. Film Pete Kelly's Blues / Format: LP / Label: Ace Of Hearts / Cat. Num.: (England) Ah 26 / Rel. Year: 1962 / Tracks: 12 (total). 9 (numbers sung by Peggy Lee) + 3 (numbers sung by Ella Fitzgerald) / Note: This release from a budget branch of British Decca used the same artwork as the American edition.

4. Songs From The Warner Bros. Film Pete Kelly's Blues / Format: cassette & LP / Label: Jasmine / Cat. Num.: (England) Jasm 1024 / Rel. Year: 1983 / Tracks: 12 (total). 9 (numbers sung by Peggy Lee) + 3 (numbers sung by Ella Fitzgerald) / Note: This British release (from a Public Domain company) used the artwork of the 1955 British edition.









General Note:
In the United States, Decca released two Pete Kelly's Blues EPs, one by Ella Fitzgerald and one by Peggy Lee. Lee's was actually a double EP. In the United Kingdom, Brunswick released three Pete Kelly's Blues EPs, of which the first two featured Peggy Lee, and the third one Ella Fitzgerald. All 5 items are seen above and discussed below.

Album Covers Shown:

5. Title: Songs From Pete Kelly's Blues / Format: double EP / Label: DECCA / Cat. Num.: Ed 758 (91638-91639) / Rel. Year: 1955 / Tracks: 9 (all numbers performed by Peggy Lee)

6. Title: Songs From Pete Kelly's Blues / Format: EP / Label: Decca / Cat. Num.: Ed 2269 / Rel. Year: 1955 / Tracks: 3 (all numbers performed by Ella Fitzgerald)

7. Title: Songs From The Warner Bros. Film Pete Kelly's Blues, Volume 1 / Format: EP / Label: Brunswick / Cat. Num.: (England) Oe 9153 / Rel. Year: 1956 / Tracks: 5 (all numbers sung by Peggy Lee)

8. Title: Songs From The Warner Bros. Film Pete Kelly's Blues, Volume 2 / Format: EP / Label: Brunswick / Cat. Num.: (England) Oe 9154 / Rel. Year: 1956 / Tracks: 4 (all numbers sung by Peggy Lee)

9. Title: Songs From The Warner Bros. Film Pete Kelly's Blues, Volume 3 / Format: EP / Label: Brunswick / Cat. Num.: (England) Oe 9155 / Rel. Year: 1956 / Tracks: 3 (all numbers sung by Ella Fitzgerald) / Note: Brunswick also (re)issued this EP with the simpler title Pete Kelly's Blues, catalogue number 10 033 EPB, entirely different artwork, country of origin unknown.





Album Covers Shown:

10. Title: Songs From Pete Kelly's Blues / Format: LP / Label: Festival / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Fr 12 889 / Rel. Year: 1956 / Tracks: 12 (total). 9 (numbers sung by Peggy Lee) + 3 (numbers sung by Ella Fitzgerald) / Note: Australian reissue of the original 12" LP (item #4 above).

11. Title: Somebody Loves Me / Format: EP / Label: Festival / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Fx 10 538 / Rel. Year: 1962 / Tracks: 4 / Note: All four numbers are sung by Peggy Lee and originate in the Decca LP Songs From Pete Kelly's Blues.






Album Covers Shown:

12. Back cover of the original Decca LP.

13. Title: "Taverna Maldita" / Format: LP / Label: Discos Decca / Cat. Num.: (Argentina?) 42-32 / Rel Year: unknown, possibly 1955 / Tracks: 12 (total). 9 (numbers sung by Peggy Lee) + 3 (numbers sung by Ella Fitzgerald) / Note: Hispanic edition of item #1.

14. Back cover of the American Peggy Lee EP (item #5 above).





Album Covers Shown:

15. Title: Songs From Pete Kelly's Blues / Format: LP / Label: MCA / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Vim 7240 / Rel. Year: ca. 1985 / Tracks: 12 (total; same as in original LP, item #1). / Note: The Japanese LP edition of which I am aware. Although I have found no evidence, earlier editions are likely to exist.

16. Title: Songs From Pete Kelly's Blues / Format: CD / Label: DECCA / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Mvcj 19197 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Tracks: 12 (total; same as in original LP, item #1). / Note: One of at least two official Japanese CD editions of the album under discussion.

17. Title: Songs From Pete Kelly's Blues ("Decca 70th Anniversary" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Universal / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Uccu 9088 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Tracks: 12 (total; same as in original LP, item #1). / Note: One of at least two official Japanese CD editions of the album under discussion.





Album Covers Shown:

18. Title: Pete Kelly's Blues (Expanded Soundtrack) / Format: CD / Label: Giant Steps - Cherry Red / Cat. Num.: (England) Gscr 027 / Rel. Year: 2008 / Tracks: 24 (total). 9 (numbers sung by Peggy Lee) + 3 (numbers sung by Ella Fitzgerald) + 12 (from RCA Victor's LP Pete Kelly's Blues, featuring 'Pete Kelly' And His Big Seven, with narrative by Jack Webb) / Note: This is a Public Domain twofer CD.

19. Title: In The Late Hours; Black Coffee & Pete Kelly's Blues / Format: CD / Label: Flare / Cat. Num.: (England) Roycd 247 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Tracks: 25 (total). 9 (Lee's tracks from the album Songs From Pete Kelly's Blues) + 12 (from the album Black Coffee With Peggy Lee) + 4 (bonus tracks, all of them Decca masters). / Note: This is a Public Domain twofer CD.

20. Title: Peggy Lee ("Eight Classic Albums" Series), Volume 2 / Format: CD / Discs: 4 / Label: Real Gone Jazz / Cat. Num.: (Holland) Rgjcd 329 / Rel. Year: 2012 / Tracks: 97 (total), including 93 Peggy Lee vocals and 4 instrumentals by Stella Castellucci and Gene DiNovi / Note: Songs From Pete Kelly's Blues is among the albums included in this crass set. There is no full-size reproduction of the original LP cover, nor are the original liner notes included. Notice that this is an unauthorized release from a Public Domain label [i.e., a company that copies its tracks from already existent CDs, LPs and singles, not from the original masters]. The sound quality of this budget "Eight Classic Albums" series is known to vary considerably from set to set; some sets sound fine, whereas others have audible skips and background noise.


V. DREAM STREET





Album Covers Shown:

1. Title: Dream Street / Format: LP / Label: DECCA / Cat. Num.: Dl 8411 / Rel. Year: 1957 / Tracks: 12 / Note: Image #1 shows the original American album, on Decca.

2. Title: Dream Street / Format: LP / Label: Brunswick / Cat. Num.: (England) Lat 8171 / Rel. Year: 1957 / Tracks: 12 (total). 11 (numbers from the original American Decca album; the number "I've Grown Accustomed To His Face" was left out) + 1 (substitute track, "I Don't Know Enough About You"). / Note: British edition of the American album, notable for using a variation of the original artwork, and for containing a substitute track.

3. Title: Dream Street / Format: LP / Label: Festival / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Fr 12 475 / Rel. Year: 1957 / Tracks: 12 / Note: Australian edition of the original American Decca album. Like the British item discussed in entry #2, this edition's front cover features a variant from the American album's artwork.





Artwork And Album Cover Shown:

4. Publicity photo that inspired the drawing on the American LP cover.
5. Publicity photo that inspired the drawing on the British LP cover.
6. Publicity photo that inspired the drawing on the Australian LP cover.





Album Covers Shown:

7. Title: Dream Street / Format: LP / Label: DECCA / Cat. Num.: possibly Dl 8411 / Rel. Year: unknown / Tracks: 12 / Note: This edition appears to be an American reissue of the original issue (item #1). Given the Decca logo on the cover, the release date is likely to be in the 1960s.

8. Title: Dream Street / Format: LP / Label: Decca's Ace Of Hearts / Cat. Num.: (England) Ah 44 / Rel. Year: 1963 / Tracks: same 12 as in the Brunswick album described above. / Note: Released by a branch of British Decca, this is a reissue of item #2 above. Contains the aforementioned substitute track.

9. Title: Dream Street / Format: CS & LP / Label: Jasmine / Cat. Num.: (England) Jasm 1032 / Rel. Year: 1983 / Tracks: 13 (total). 12 (from the original American Decca album) + 1 (from the British Brunswick album). / Note: Reissue of the Brunswick edition of the album. Released by a Public Domain label. Contains both the original album track "I've Grown Accustomed To His Face" and its substitute, "I Don't Know Enough About You."





Album Covers Shown:

10. Title: Dream Street ("Decca Vocal Series") / Format: CD / Label: MCA Victor / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Mvcm 263 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Tracks: 15 (total). 12 + 3 (bonus tracks) / Note: In Japan, Lee's Decca albums have been reissued many times. In the case of Dream Street, special note should be made of the reissues numbered Mvcm 263 and 25p2 2830. Unlike subsequent pressings, those two CD pressings feature 3 bonus tracks ("Autumn In Rome," "Baubles, Bangles And Beads," and "Do I Love You."). This image shows both the front and back covers of Mvcm 263.

11. Title: Dream Street / Format: CD / Label: Warner Pioneer / Cat. Num.: (Japan) 25p2 2830 / Rel. Year: 1989 / Tracks: 15 (total). 12 + 3 (bonus tracks) / Note: See note #10.

12. Title: Dream Street / Format: CD / Label: Universal / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Uccu 9632 / Rel. Year: 2008 / Tracks: 12 / Note: Straight reissue of the original American album.

13. Title: Dream Street / Format: CD / Label: LP Time / Cat. Num.: (Spain) Lpt 1160 / Rel. Year: 2011 / Tracks: 19 (total). 12 (from the original American Decca album) + 1 (from the Dream Street sessions, though excluded from the album) + 6 (from the Black Coffee 12" LP session, which was scheduled in conjunction with the Dream Street sessions). / Note: Spanish reissue of the Brunswick edition of the album. Released by a Public Domain label, and exclusively sold to the Japanese market. See also comments in section IX below, item #7.





Album Covers Shown:

14. Title: Dream Street - Out Of The Blue ("Pin-Up" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Marginal / Cat. Num.: (Belgium) Pc 65002 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Tracks: 24 (total). 12 (from Dream Street) + 12 (from Carol Sloane's Out Of The Blue) / Note: Bootleg CD.

15. Title: Miss Wonderful & Dream Street / Format: CD / Label: MCA International / Cat. Num.: (England) Mcld 19382 / Rel. Year: 1998 / Tracks: 24 (12 numbers from Dream Street and 12 numbers from Miss Wonderful) / Note: This is a twofer CD, prepared by the owners of the masters. However, due to the location (England), it probably was not sourced from the original masters (which are housed in the United States) but from the tape copies that the company housed in England (i.e., the same copies used for the Brunswick edition of the album). Incidentally, notice that the front cover chosen for reproduction was not the original on American Decca nor the earliest British one on Brunswick, but the cover of the aforementioned reissue on Ace Of Hearts.

16. Title: Black Coffee & Dream Street; The Complete Sessions / Format: CD / Label: Essential Jazz Classics / Cat. Num.: (Spain) 55441 / Rel. Year: 2009 / Note: This is a Public Domain twofer CD. / Tracks: 27 (total). 12 (from the album Black Coffee With Peggy Lee) + 3 (bonus tracks, taken from the Black Coffee With Peggy Lee sessions) + 12 (from the album Dream Street). / Note: This is a twofer CD. Released by a Public Domain label.





Album Covers Shown:

17. Title: So Blue / Format: LP / Label: MCA's Vocalion / Cat. Num.: Vl 3776 [mono] / 7 3776 [simulated stereo] / Rel. Year: 1966 / Tracks: 10 / Note: Abridged version of Dream Street. It contains 9 of the 12 tracks from the original Decca album. Also included is a bonus track of sorts: "The Night Holds No Fear" a number that had been previously available only as the B side of a single. This abridged LP was issued on Vocalion, a budget label that originally belonged to Columbia, and which MCA apparently acquired in the 1960s. The parent company resurrected the budget label for the purpose of reissuing back catalogue. (For another Peggy Lee title on MCA's Vocalion, see section VII below.)

18. Title: So Blue / Format: LP / Label: MCA's Coral / Cat. Num.: Mcl 1051 / Rel. Year: unknown / Tracks: 10 / Note: Japanese reissue of item #17. Notice that MCA used Vocalion for the American original, Coral for the Japanese release. Coral was also used by MCA for yet a second abridged reissued of Dream Street; see next entries.





Album Covers Shown:

19 - 22. Title: Peggy Lee / Format: LP & cassette / Label: MCA's Coral / Cat. Num.: Cr 20187 & Crc 20187 / Rel. Year: 1984 / Tracks: 9 / Note: Abridged reissue of So Blue (item #17 above), which itself is an abridgment of Dream Street (item #1 above). This second abridgment contains 8 of the 12 tracks from the original Decca album as well as the one bonus track from So Blue ("The Night Holds No Fear"). MCA released this album on its Coral imprint, another label that the parent company turned into a budget outfit. To further complicate matters, notice that the cassette configuration was (re)issued in at least three versions, pictured above.





Album Covers Shown:

23. Title: Peggy Lee ("Eight Classic Albums" Series), Volume 2 / Format: CD / Discs: 4 / Label: Real Gone Jazz / Cat. Num.: (Holland) Rgjcd 329 / Rel. Year: 2012 / Tracks: 97 (total), including 93 Peggy Lee vocals and 4 instrumentals by Stella Castellucci and Gene DiNovi / Note: is among the albums included in this crass set. There is no full-size reproduction of the original LP cover, nor are the original liner notes included. Notice that this is an unauthorized release from a Public Domain label [i.e., a company that copies its tracks from already existent CDs, LPs and singles, not from the original masters]. The sound quality of this budget "Eight Classic Albums" series is known to vary considerably from set to set; some sets sound fine, whereas others have audible skips and background noise.

24. Back cover of the original British LP (item #1).

25. Back cover of the original British LP (item #2).


VI. SEA SHELLS





Album Covers Shown:

1. Title: Sea Shells / Format: LP / Label: Decca / Cat. Num.: Dl 8591 / Rel. Year: 1958 / Tracks: 16 (total). 12 (vocals sung by Peggy Lee) + 4 (instrumentals performed by Stella Castellucci) / Note: Original American edition of this album.

2. Title: Chinese Love Poems From Most Ancient To Modern Times / Format: Book / Publishing House: Peter Pauper Press / Pub. Year: 1942 (first edition) / Note: This text was Peggy Lee's source for the Chinese poems that she sings in the album Sea Shells.

3. Title: Sea Shells / Format: LP / Label: Decca / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Jdl 5085 / Rel. Year: unknown / Tracks: 16 (same as in item #1 / Note: Japanese edition of the album under discussion.





Album Covers Shown:

4. Title: Sea Shells / Format: LP / Label: MCA Victor / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Vim 5587 / Rel. Year: unknown; possibly within the 1980s / Tracks: same as in entry #1 / Note: Images #3 to #7 show the Japanese LP editions of which I am aware. It is definitely possible that (many) more were issued.

5. Title: Sea Shells / Format: LP / Label: Decca / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Sdl 1032 / Rel. Year: unknown; possibly 1960s / Tracks: same as in entry #1.

6. Title: Sea Shells / Format: LP / Label: MCA / Cat. Num.: (Japan) 7099 / Rel. Year: 1972 / Tracks: same as in entry #1.





Album Covers And Artwork Shown:

7 & 8. Title: Sea Shells / Format: CD / Label: Decca Pioneer / Cat. Num.: (Japan) 25P2 2831 / Rel. Year: 1989 or earlier / Tracks: Same as in entry #1 / Note: To my knowledge, this is the earliest CD edition of Sea Shells. The second image showcases the CD's obi strip.





Album Covers Shown:

9. Title: Sea Shells / Format: CD / Label: MCA Victor / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Mvcm 264 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Tracks: Same as in entry #1 / Note: I am aware of the existence of six CD Japanese releases of the album Sea Shells. (For a list of all six releases, consult the Foreign Issues page. There might very well be more.) Images of five of those CD editions are supplied in this section, starting with image #7.

10. Title: Sea Shells / Format: CD / Label: MCA / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Mcjv 19196 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Tracks: Same as in entry #1 / Note: This CD edition of Sea Shells is housed in a mini-LP sleeve.

11 & 12. Title: Sea Shells / Format: CD / Label: Universal / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Uccu 5135 & Uccu 6224 / Rel. Year: 2003 & 2012 / Tracks: Same as in entry #1 / Note: The 2003 edition seen in image #11 was released in 2003 as part of the "Jazz The Best" series. The 2012 edition seen in image #12 is a straight reissue of the 2003 predecessor. Though bearing a new catalogue number and a mildly altered obi, the 2012 edition belongs to the same series as the 2003 edition..





13. Title: Sea Shells / Format: LP / Label: Brunswick / Cat. Num.: (England) Lat 8266 / Rel. Year: ca. 1958 / Tracks: same as in entry #1 / Note: British edition of item #1.

14. Title: Sea Shells / Format: LP / Label: Decca's Ace Of Hearts / Cat. Num.: (England) Ah 75 / Rel. Year: 1964 / Tracks: same as in entry #1 / Note: British reissue of Sea Shells, produced by a branch of British Decca.

15. Title: Sea Shells / Format: LP / Label: Jasmine / Cat. Num.: (England) Jasm 1045 / Rel. Year: 1984 / Tracks: same as in entry #1 / Note: British reissue, produced by a Public Domain label.





Album Covers Shown:

16. Title: Sea Shells, Part 1 / Format: EP / Label: Brunswick / Cat. Num.: (England) 0e 9400 / Rel. Year: 1958 / Tracks: 4 / Note: British edition; I have found no evidence of an American release for this EP nor for its sequel, seen in the next picture.

17. Title: Sea Shells, Part 2 / Format: EP Label: Brunswick / Cat. Num.: (England) 0e 9401 Rel. Year: 1958 / Tracks: 4 / Note: I have not seen physical copies of this EP. Online, I have seen its front cover both with and without the white framing.

18. Title: Black Coffee & Sea Shells / Format: CD / Label: MCA International / Cat. Num.: (England) Mcld 19363 / Rel. Year: 1998 / Tracks: 27 / Note: This is a twofer CD, prepared by the owners of the masters. However, due to the location (United Kingdom), it probably was not sourced from the original masters (housed in the United States) but from company tape copies, housed in British land.

19. Title: Peggy Lee ("Eight Classic Albums" Series), Volume 2 / Format: CD / Discs: 4 / Label: Real Gone Jazz / Cat. Num.: (Holland) Rgjcd 329n / Rel. Year: 2012 / Tracks: 97 (total), including 93 Peggy Lee vocals and 4 instrumentals by Stella Castellucci and Gene DiNovi / Note: is among the albums included in this crass set. There is no full-size reproduction of the original LP cover, nor are the original liner notes included. Notice that this is an unauthorized release from a Public Domain label [i.e., a company that copies its tracks from already existent CDs, LPs and singles, not from the original masters]. The sound quality of this budget "Eight Classic Albums" series is known to vary considerably from set to set; some sets sound fine, whereas others have audible skips and background noise.





20. Back cover of the original LP (item #1).

21. Back cover of one of the Japanese LPs (item #6). The original back cover is used, on the other hand, by the Japanese LP seen in image #7.

22. Back cover of one of the Japanese CDs shown above (item #9).

23. Back cover of one of the Japanese CDs shown above (item #10).


Other Versions Of Note, Not Shown Above:

24. Title: Sea Shells / Format: LP / Label: Festival / Cat. Num.: Fl 12 7050 / Rel. Year: 1958 / Tracks: 16 (total). 12 (vocals sung by Peggy Lee) + 4 (instrumentals performed by Stella Castellucci) / Note: Australian edition of the American 12" LP.


General Note:
The original Sea Shells LP was belatedly released. Decca issued it two years after Lee had amiably parted ways with the company. She was not consulted about the choice of photo for the cover, which was not to her liking.


VII. MISS WONDERFUL





Album Covers Shown:

1 & 2. Title: Miss Wonderful / Format: LP / Label: DECCA / Cat. Num.: Dl 8816 / Rel. Year: 1959 / Tracks: 12 / Note: Image #1 shows the original American album, on Decca. Image #2 shows a Decca reissue, release date unknown.

3. Title: Miss Wonderful / Format: LP / Label: Brunswick / Cat. Num.: (England) 8287 / Rel. Year: ca. 1959 / Tracks: 12 / Note: British edition of item #1.





Album Covers Shown:

4. Title: Miss Wonderful / Format: LP / Label: MCA / Cat. Num.: (Japan) 3092 / Rel. Year: 1974 / Tracks: 12 / Note: This is one of at least two Japanese LP reissues of the original Decca album. For a comprehensive list of vinyl and digital reissues, see the Foreign Pressings page.

5. Title: Miss Wonderful / Format: LP / Label: MCA / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Vim 5613 / Rel. Year: unknown / Tracks: 12 / Note: This is one of two Japanese vinyl reissues of Miss Wonderful. (There could be more LP reissues, but if such is the case, I am not aware of their existence.) As these images can attest, the two items are nearly identical, its main difference being the catalogue number and the inclusion or exclusion of the label's name as the uppermost left corner of the front cover.





Album Covers Shown:

6. Title: Miss Wonderful / Format: LP / Label: Official / Cat. Num.: (Denmark) 12013 / Rel. Year: 1989 / Tracks: 12 / Note: Danish reissue of item #1.





Album Cover Shown:

7 & 8. Title: Miss Wonderful ("Decca Vocal Series") / Format: CD / Label: MCA / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Mvcm 262 / Rel. Year: 1992; apparently re-pressed 1998 / Tracks: 12 / Note: I came across the first two images in the internet. The same CD edition is seen in both, the only difference being that one image shows the obi whereas the other image doesn't.

9. Title: Miss Wonderful / Format: CD / Label: Universal / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Uccu 9041 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Tracks: 12 / Note: This is one of various Japanese CD reissues of the original Decca album under discussion. In Japan, Miss Wonderful has been issued on compact disc at least three times -- possibly more. To see a comprehensive list of reissues, visit the Foreign Pressings page.





Album Covers Shown:

10. Title: Miss Wonderful - After Midnight ("Pin-Up" Series) / Format: CD / Label: [Bootleg] Marginal / Cat. Num.: (Belgium) Pc 65005 / Rel. Year: 1998 / Tracks: 24 (total). 12 (from Miss Wonderful) + 12 (from Helen Grayco's After Midnight) / Note: This is a bootleg CD.

11. Title: Miss Wonderful & Dream Street / Format: CD / Label: MCA International / Cat. Num.: (England) Mcld 19382 / Rel. Year: 1998 / Tracks: 24 (12 numbers from Miss Wonderful and 12 numbers from Dream Street) / Note: This is a twofer CD, prepared by the owners of the masters. However, due to the location (England), it probably was not sourced from the original masters (housed in the United States) but from company tape copies, housed in England.





Artwork Shown:

12. Title: Crazy In The Heart / Format: LP / Label: Vocalion / Cat. Num.: Vl 7 3903 / Rel. Year: 1970 / Tracks: 10 / Note: This compilation from Decca's budget branch Vocalion combines 5 tracks from the album Miss Wonderful, the other half from the album Black Coffee -- a fact that is not acknowledged anywhere. Simulated stereo.

13. Photo from the same photographic session that generated the cover picture for the album Miss Wonderful.





Album Covers Shown:

14. Title: Peggy Lee ("Eight Classic Albums" Series), Volume 2 / Format: CD / Discs: 4 / Label: Real Gone Jazz / Cat. Num.: (Holland) Rgjcd 329 / Rel. Year: 2012 / Tracks: 97 (total), including 93 Peggy Lee vocals and 4 instrumentals by Stella Castellucci and Gene DiNovi / Note: is among the albums included in this crass set. There is no full-size reproduction of the original LP cover, nor are the original liner notes included. Notice that this is an unauthorized release from a Public Domain label [i.e., a company that copies its tracks from already existent CDs, LPs and singles, not from the original masters]. The sound quality of this budget "Eight Classic Albums" series is known to vary considerably from set to set; some sets sound fine, whereas others have audible skips and background noise.

15. Back cover of the original LP (item #1).


General Note:
Miss Wonderful was put together and released three years after Peggy Lee had left Decca Records. Lending cohesiveness to the album is the brassy nature of the tracks and the fact that Sy Oliver is credited with conducting all of them.

On a different note, a clarification about a 1959 EP entitled Miss Wonderful (Fx 10 5097) should be made here. Except for its inclusion of the song "Mr. Wonderful," that Festival Records EP bears no relation to the original Decca LP under scrutiny. Ditto, it seems, for Festival EP Fx 10 038. I have not seen this last item, but the information at hand suggests that it is a ca. 1961 reissue of the 1959 EP.


VIII. LOVER





Album Covers Shown:

1. Title: Lover / Format: LP / Label: DECCA / Cat. Num.: Dl 4458 [mono] / Dl 7 4458 [stereo enhanced] / Rel. Year: 1964 / Tracks: 12 / Note: Original edition of the album under discussion.

2 & 3. Title: Lover / Format: CD / Label: Universal / Cat. Num.: (Japan) 9336 / Rel. Year: 2007 / Tracks: 12 / Note: Front and back cover of a reissue of the original album under discussion. As of 2011, the album has been issued on Japanese CD three times. For a comprehensive list of these and other reissues, consult the Foreign Pressings page.





Album Covers Shown:

4. Title: Lover / Format: EP / Label: Festival / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Fx 10 5003 / Rel. Year: 1958 / Tracks: 4 (total). 3 (found in the Lover LP) + 1 (not found in the Lover LP) / Note: Strictly speaking, this EP bears no direct relation to the album under discussion: Festival's Lover was released years before Decca's Lover -- and continents away. Still, I feel prompted to display and discuss both albums herein, due to the fair amount of common ground between them (same title, three shared songs).

5. Back cover of the original LP.


General Note:
Prepared for release long after Peggy Lee had departed from the Decca label, Lover is not an original album, but neither is it a thoughtlessly assembled compilation. Lending cohesiveness to this company project is conductor-arranger Gordon Jenkins' involvement on all chosen tracks. Furthermore, the sessions from which Decca chose those numbers had taken place within an one-year span: April 23, April 28/May 1, July 31, November 28, and December 16, 1952. It is also worth noting that almost none of the album's twelve numbers had appeared on 12" vinyl before 1964. (Most had come out on singles, a few on EP or on 10" LP.)


IX. THE FABULOUS PEGGY LEE





Album Covers Shown:

1 & 2. Title: The Fabulous Peggy Lee / Format: LP / Label: DECCA / Cat. Num.: Dl 4461 [mono] & Dl 7 4461 [stereo enhanced] / Rel. Year: 1964 / Tracks: 12 / Note: Original edition of the album under discussion, released in monophonic (image #1) and fake stereophonic sound (image #2).

3. Title: The Fabulous Peggy Lee / Format: LP / Label: Decca's Ace Of Hearts / Cat. Num.: (England) Ah 107 / Rel. Year: 1966 / Tracks: 12 / Note: Reissue of item #1, prepared by a branch of British Decca.





Album Cover Shown:

4. Title: The Fabulous Peggy Lee / Format: LP / Label: Decca / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Sdl 10148 / Rel. Year: unknown / Tracks: 12 / Note: Likely to be the earliest Japanese LP edition of the album under discussion. See also the back cover, below.

5. Title: The Fabulous Peggy Lee / Format: LP / Label: MCA / Cat. Num.: (Japan) 3155 / Rel. Year: 1976 / Tracks: 12 / Note: One of the two Japanese LP editions of the album under discussion. (If there were additional vinyl editions, they remain unknown to me.)





Album Covers Shown:

6. Title: The Fabulous Peggy Lee / Format: LP / Label: Official / Cat. Num.: (Denmark) 12002 / Rel. Year: 1988 / Tracks: 12 / Note: Danish reissue of item #1.

7. Title: The Fabulous Peggy Lee ("Decca 70th Anniversary" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Universal / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Uccu 9109 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Tracks: 12 / Note: Cardboard, mini-LP sleeve edition. To my knowledge, this is the only official Japanese CD issue of The Fabulous Peggy Lee. Neither MCA nor Victor (previous owners of the Decca catalogue) seem to have ever issued the album on the digital domain. Besides this official disc from Universal, there is also a Public Domain CD release, shown in the next image.

8. Title: The Fabulous Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: LPTime / Cat. Num.: (Spain) Lpt 1125 / Rel. Year: 2010 / Tracks: 20 (total). 12 (numbers from The Fabulous Peggy Lee) + 8 (bonus tracks) / Note: It's worth clarifying that, although made in Spain, releases from the LPTime label are aimed and sold in the Japanese market only. (American commercial sites do not carry them.) LPTime is (was) actually a Public Domain label -- one with a good reputation. The company's edition of The Fabulous Peggy Lee is particularly noteworthy for its healthy dose of bonus tracks.





Album Covers Shown:

9. Back cover of the original Decca LP (item #1).

10. Back cover of the British LP reissue on Decca's Ace of Hearts (item #3).

11. Back cover of one of the Japanese LPs (item #4).

12. Back cover of the official Japanese CD (item #7).

General Note:
The Fabulous Peggy Lee was prepared and issued by Decca eight years after the expiration of Lee's contract with the label. The album collects numbers that had been previously released on singles -- never on 12" LP. (There are two partial exception. One track was making its debut; it had never been previously issued. Another had been issued on vinyl, but it was a 10-inch, not a 12-inch LP.


Index

The following alphabetical list includes every original album that Peggy Lee recorded for Decca, along with a few other related items of interest. To find a given album's location in this page, use as your guideline the Roman numeral that follows each title. Items from the Miscellanea section are not included, because Peggy Lee is not featured in them.

A Dama E O Vagabundo: III
Belle Et Le Clochard, La: III
Black Coffee: I
Black Coffee ("Jazz Concise" Series): I
Black Coffee & Dream Street; The Complete Sessions: I, V
Black Coffee & Sea Shells: I, VI
By Popular Request .... Peggy Lee Black Coffee: I
Cançoes Do Filme De Walt Disney A Dama E O Vagabundo: III
Chinese Love Poems From Most Ancient To Modern Times: VI
Dama Y El Vagabundo, La: III
Disney's Lady And The Tramp And Friends: III
Dream Street: V
Dream Street - Out Of The Blue: V
Fabulous Peggy Lee, The: IX
Favourite Songs From Disney's Lady And The Tramp: III
From Walt Disney's Lady And The Tramp ("Children's Series"): III
In The Late Hours; Black Coffee & Pete Kelly's Blues: I, IV
Jazz Singer, The. Selections Featured In The Warner Bros. Motion Picture: see EP page
La Belle Et Le Clochard: III
La Dama Y El Vagabundo: III
Lady And The Tramp, Songs From Walt Disney's: III
Love Me Or Leave Me: I
Lover: VIII
Miss Peggy Lee: I
Miss Wonderful: VII
Miss Wonderful - After Midnight: VII
Miss Wonderful - Dream Street: V, VII
Peggy Lee [Coral cassette; cover shows Lee with microphone]: V
Peggy Lee Canta Para Voce: I
Peggy Lee E Suas Interpretaçoes: II
Pete Kelly's Blues, Songs From: IV
Pete Kelly's Blues (Expanded Soundtrack): IV
Road To Bali, Selections From The Paramount Picture: **
Sea Shells: VI
Siamese Cat Song ("Little Gems" Series): III
So Blue: V
Somebody Loves Me: IV
Songs In An Intimate Style: II
Taverna Maldita: IV
Um Cafezinho Com Peggy Lee: I
Walt Disney Records Presents Lady And The Tramp: III
Walt Disney's Lady And The Tramp: III
White Christmas, Selections From Irving Berlin's: see this Bing Crosby page



Cross-references: Further Information

For more detailed information about any particular album (e.g., its track listing), you may use the album's release year to locate it in this discography's chronological LP Index (or, if it is a compact disc, in the CD Index).


Scope And Completeness

Bear in mind that this page concentrates on the original American issues; it does not cover every single foreign version. Abroad, MCA's pressings of Decca albums generally featured the same artwork and the same tracks, but not necessarily the same catalogue number. In this page, I have selectively included a few foreign pressings with the same artwork, but my main interest has lied with artwork that differs from the original. For comprehensive listings of non-American pressings, consult this discography's British and Foreign pages.