The Peggy Lee Bio-Discography:
A Gallery Of Albums From Her Later Years

by Iván Santiago-Mercado

Page generated on Dec 4, 2017


Scope And Contents

This page displays photos of the albums that Peggy Lee recorded during her later, post-Capitol years. The albums are presented chronologically by year of release, from Let's Love (1974) to Love Held Lightly (1993). In addition to the original albums, reissues are covered as well, and ditto for any singles which each album might have spawned. For further clarification about this page's scope, and for advice on how to locate particular albums, see final notes below.


I. LET'S LOVE (1974)




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1. Advertisement for Atlantic Records' Let's Love, which was the first Peggy Lee album to be released after the end of her long-term contract with Capitol Records.






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2. Title: Let's Love / Format: LP / Label: ATLANTIC / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) K 50064 / Rel. Year: 1974 / Tracks: 11 / Note: Front cover of the LP's British edition.

3 & 4. Title: Let's Love / Format: Cs & 8-track & LP / Label: ATLANTIC / Cat. Num.: Atl Cs 18108 & Tp 18108 & Sd 18108 / Rel. Year: 1974 / Tracks: 11 / Note: Front and back covers of the LP in its original, American edition. The cassette and 8-track counterparts will be shown further down in this section.





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5 & 6. Title: Let's Love / Format: LP / Label: ATLANTIC / Cat. Num.: (Japan) P 8511 / Rel. Year: ca. 1974 / Tracks: 11 / Note: Japanese edition of the original LP (item #2). As most Japanese albums, it includes a full-size insert, visible in image #7. Primarily dedicated to the transcription and translation of the albums' lyrics, the insert also features a photo of McCartney and Lee. (The original USA LP does not include the photo, nor does it include transcriptions of the lyrics.)

7. Title: Amemos / Format: LP / Label: ATLANTIC Gamma / Cat. Num.: (México) Gx 01 750 / Rel. Year: 1976 / Tracks: 11 / Note: Spanish version of the original LP (item #2). In the physical label of the vinyl, songtitles are printed in Spanish (e.g., "Siempre," "Simple maleficio," "Él es el único," et cetera).








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8 & 9. Title: Let's Love / Format: CD / Label: Warner's Rhino Handmade / Cat. Num.: Rhm2 7853 / Rel. Year: 2003 / Tracks: 16 (total). 11 + 5 (bonus tracks, some of them previously unissued) / Note: Front and back covers of an excellent CD edition that contains Lee entire output on Atlantic, including previously unissued numbers and an alternate take. Also features a number recorded for a movie soundtrack.

10 & 11. Title: Let's Love / Format: CD / Label: Warner Music / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Wpcr 27300 / Rel. Year: 2013 / Tracks: 16/ Note: Japanese edition of the preceding CD. This CD's back cover is an exact replica of the original LP's back cover. For that reason, only the original LP's 11 tracks are listed. The obi makes it clear that the additional five tracks from the Rhino Handmade are also included.

12 & 13. Title: Let's Love / Format: CD / Label: Collectors' Choice / Cat. Num.: 2077 / Rel. Year: 2009 / Tracks: 11 / Note: Digital reissue of the original LP. No bonus tracks. Also released in Japan (images not provided).

14 & 15. Title: Let's Love / Format: CD / Label: Wounded Bird / Cat. Num.: Wou 8108 / Rel. Year: 2016 / Tracks: 16 / Note: Reissue of Rhino Handmade's 2003 CD, containing the same tracks.





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16-18. Title: Let's Love / Format: 8-track & CS & LP / Label: ATLANTIC / Cat. Num.: Tp 18108 & 18108 & Sd 18108 / Rel. Year: 1974 / Tracks: 11 / Note: American 8-track cartridge and cassette editions of the originally US LP pictured above. The cassette comes in a tape box.





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19. Title: Let's Love / Format: Cassette / Label: ATLANTIC / Cat. Num.: (Australia) M5a 18018 / Rel. Year: unknown; possibly 1974 / Tracks: 11 / Note: Australian edition of the American cassette tape.

20. Title: Let's Love / Format: Cassette / Label: ATLANTIC / Cat. Num.: (Japan) possibly Ysa 1028 A / Rel. Year: unknown; possibly 1974 / Tracks: 11 / Note: Japanese edition of the American cassette tape.

21. Title: Let's Love / Format: Cassette / Label: ATLANTIC HispaVox / Cat. Num.: (Spain) Ch 471 / Rel. Year: 1974 / Tracks: 11 / Note: Spanish edition of the American cassette tape. HispaVox was Atlantic's distributor in Madrid.





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22-25. On display herein is the leading 45-rpm single from the Let's Love sessions, in versions from various countries. The first image (#22) shows the American version, which features "Let's Love" on its A side and "Always" on the B side. Like the American version, the German and Japanese editions (#23 & #24) pair "Let's Love" with "Always." On the other hand, the French edition (#25) pairs the album's leading song with a number co-written by Lee, "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter."





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26-28. These images spotlight an Atlantic promotional 45-rpm disc which featured "Let's Love" only. On one side, the song can be heard in mono, while the other side presents it in stereo sound.





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29. Peggy Lee and Paul McCartney, photographed at the press conference in which they announced the release of the album, whose leading track (aka its first single) had been written and produced by McCartney.

30. Atlantic's promotional press kit for the album (not included in commercially sold copies).

31. Another photo shot of Lee and McCartney, this time in the company of the album's main conductor and arranger, Dave Grusin.





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32-35. A few more of the many photos that were taken at the aforementioned press conference.





II. MIRRORS (1975)





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1 - 4. Title: Mirrors / Format: CS & 8-Track & LP / Label: A&M / Cat. Num.: Cs 4547 & 8t 4547 & Sp 4547 / Rel. Year: 1975 / Tracks: 10 / Note: Though a bit blurry, the cassette version should be visible in the first of the images displayed above. The 8-track cartridge is seen in the second image. Two copies of the LP are shown in the other images. As can be best seen in image #3, this LP's front cover boasts a silver-framed, hologram-like head shot of Peggy Lee. (As for image #4, overexposure and aging probably account for the visible difference in this copy's texture and color.) In its LP configuration, Mirrors is actually a twofold album jacket, with another photo of Lee in one of the jacket's inner sides (as shown below, image #8). Also included in the album's jacket are transcriptions of the lyrics and listing of personnel. There are no liner notes, however.





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5 & 6. Title: Mirrors / Format: CS & CD / Label: A&M / Cat. Num.: 75021 5268 4 & 75021 5268 2 / Rel. Year: 1989 / Tracks: 11 (total). 10 + 1 (the bonus track "Is That All There Is?") / Notes: Contains extensive liner notes by William Bolcom, who extolls the praises of Leiber & Stoller and offers interesting details about the songs. However, merely one line of Bolcom's essay is dedicated to Lee (though it is a very laudatory line). This 1989 edition of Mirrors includes the same lyrics' transcriptions and discographical information found in the original, 1975 edition, but not that edition's inner photo, nor the original front cover's hologrammatic design. Instead, the 1989 album cover is plain white, as shown above.

7. Title: Mirrors ("A & M's Hall Of Fame Series") / Format: CD / Label: A&M©Universal / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Uciy 3333 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Tracks: 11 (total). 10 + 1 (the bonus track "Is That All There Is?") / Note: Non-hologrammatic front cover, with a plain gray frame, as shown above. This CD reissue is not recommended. Listeners who own copies (I do not own one) have complained about "heavy digital ambience" and audible "tape edits." Furthermore, one of the songs, "The Case of M. J.," appears in an unauspiciously edited version.





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8 - 10. Title: Mirrors / Format: LP / Label: A&M / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Gp 273 / Rel. Year: 1975 / Tracks: 10 / Notes: The Japanese LP edition of Mirrors uses the same front cover, back cover, and inner covers as the American original. Just like the American original, both the front and the back of the cover are hologrammatic, and can produce a mirror reflection (image #10). The only significant differences pertain to the the Japanese edition's additional inclusion of an obi (shown in image #8) and a leaflet (shown in images #9, #11, #12).





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11 & 12. Leaflet included with the Japanese Mirrors LP edition. (The LP's cover can be seen in the images preceding these ones.)

13. Title: Mirrors / Format: LP / Note: In its vinyl configuration, Mirrors is actually a gatefold album. On one of the jacket's inner covers, the transcribed lyrics of the album's songs are on display. A picture of Peggy Lee takes over the other inner cover in its entirety; that's the picture seen in the image shown above. (This particular image comes from the Japanese LP edition, not the American LP edition. No matter, though: as previously explained, the artwork of the American and Japanese LP editions is essentially identical. ) In 1977, the photo seen above was re-used as the front cover of Lee's next album, Peggy, made for a different label -- Polydor Records).





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14. Title: Mirrors / Format: LP & CS / Label: A&M / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Amlh 64547 & C 34547 / Rel. Year: 1976 / Tracks: 10 / Note: British cassette edition of Mirrors. (A LP edition was also issued in the UK. It is not shown herein because it is nearly identical to the American edition.)

15 - 17. The Mirrors sessions spawned two 45-rpm singles. The earlier single paired "Some Cats Know" (image #15) with "I Remember" (image #16), and was issued in both the USA and the UK. (The UK edition of the single can be in both images. The USA edition, not shown here, has a standard plain white sleeve.) As for the second single from Mirrors, it was issued in Great Britain only. It combines "I've Got Them Feeling Too-Good-Today Blues" (image #17) with "A Little White Ship" (not shown herein).





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18. Title: Peggy Lee Sings Leiber & Stoller / Format: CD / Label: Universal's Hip-O Select/ / Cat. Num.: B 0004169 02 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Tracks: 15 (total). 10 + 5 (bonus tracks, two of them previously unissued) / Note: Although it includes every single track from Mirrors, this excellent edition was not conceived merely as a reissue of that original album. As suggested by the CD's title, a main intention behind the project was to showcase the singer's approach to the songwriter's work. To that effect, nearly every Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller number that Lee recorded was incorporated to the disc, including three of the four Leiber & Stoller compositions that she did for Capitol Records. In addition to its inclusion of various photos in color, the attractively designed booklet features Peter Stoller's detailed annotation, which concentrates of three paramount topics -- Leiber & Stoller's songwriting craft, Peggy Lee's interpretative talent and, most notably, the intriguing stories behind the songs.

19. This photo graces the front page of the Peggy Lee Sings Leiber & Stoller CD booklet.

20. Mike Stoller, Peggy Lee, and Jerry Leiber during the Mirrors sessions. This photo can also be found in the CD Peggy Lee Sings Leiber & Stoller.





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21. Kit sent out to the press, as part of the promotion of the album Mirrors. Packaged inside a custom-printed A4 size envelope, the kit consisted of five photos and seven pages of print. The pages were dedicated to Peggy Lee's biography and to commentary about both the album and her songwriting.

22. Four of the publicity photos from the promotional press kit.

23. Fifth publicity photo from the press kit.





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24 - 26. Variations on the black & white Advertisement that A&M posted in music trade magazines.


III. PEGGY (1977)





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1. Title: Peggy / Format: CS & LP / Label: POLYDOR / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 3170 458 & Super 2383 458 / Rel. Year: 1977 / Tracks: 12

2. Title: Peggy / Format: LP / Label: POLYDOR / Cat. Num.: (Australia) unknown / Rel. Year: 1977 / Tracks: 12 / Note: Australian edition of the album under scrutiny. Its front cover photograph is actually the photo used for the back cover all the other editions. (As for this Australian edition's own back cover, it just re-uses the same photo. It thus has the same back cover as the other editions.)





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3 & 4. Title: Peggy / Format: CS & LP / Label: POLYDOR / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 3170 458 & Super 2383 458 / Rel. Year: 1977 / Tracks: 12 / Note: Cassette version of the same LP whose front cover is shown in entry #1 above.

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





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6 & 7. Title: Peggy / Format: LP / Label: POLYDOR / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Mpf 1132 / Rel. Year: 1977 / Tracks: 12 / Note: Japanese edition of the album under scrutiny.





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8 & 9. From the album Peggy, Polydor released one 45-rpm single, containing the tracks "I'm Not In Love" and "Lover." Incidentally, this Polydor version of "Lover" is substantially different from Lee's own 1952 Decca hit single -- both musically and lyrically.

10. Title: [Various Artists] The Unforgetables ("Unutulamayanlar" Series, Dizisi 3") / Format: LP / Label: Metro / Cat. Num.: (Turkey) 1014 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's interpretation of "Misty." To my knowledge, this item from the Unforgetables [sic] series is the only various-artists LP to ever include any track from the 1977 Polydor album Peggy.





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All three shown items are digital compilations which include tracks from the Polydor LP Peggy. As far as I know, these are the only various-artists CD compilations with tracks from this album. My inclusion of these various-artists compilations in the present section is unorthodox; I have avoided such items in the
sections for all other albums. I originally made the decision to include them because, back when I created the present page, this album was Peggy Lee only 12" studio LP left unreleased on CD. Hence, in the absence of a CD of the album, I wanted to document all the digital items in which its songs could be separately found. Now that the album is fully available on CD (as will be illustrated farther below), these three entries have lost some degree of relevance, but I am keeping them as curiosities of possible interest to the dedicated fan.

11. Title: [Various Artists] Prima Donna ("The Definitive Collection; 16 Indimenticabili Interpretazioni Al Feminile") / Format: CD / Label: Verve Polygram / Cat. Num.: (Italy) 553 984 2 / Rel. Year: 1998 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's interpretation of "I'm Not In Love," from her 1977 album Peggy.

12. Title: [Various Artists] Fly Me To The Moon; A Collection of Diva Classics / Format: CD / Label: Marks & Spencer / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 7345 4902 (Ms 4902) / Rel. Year: 2000 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's interpretation of "Misty," from her 1977 album Peggy.

13. Title: [Various Artists] Voices Of Jazz; A Collection Of Timeless Jazz Classics / Format: CD / Label: Marks & Spencer / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Cmd 007 / Release Year: 2007 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's interpretation of "What I Did For Love," from her 1977 album Peggy.






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14 & 15. Title: You Give Me Fever / Format: CS & CD / Label: Spectrum-Karussell / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 550 088 2 & 550 088 4 / Rel. Year: 1993 / Tracks: 14 (total). 7 (from Peggy, the Polydor album under discussion) + 7 (from another original Polydor album, Live In London).

16. Title: Fever / Format: CD / Label: Spectrum-Karussell / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 550 088 4/2 / Rel. Year: 1998 / Tracks: 14 (total). 7 (from Peggy, the Polydor album under discussion) + 7 (from another original Polydor album, Live In London) / Note: Reissue of the preceding issue.





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17. Title: At Her Best (Pulse Sub-Label) / Format: CD / Label: Castle Communications / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) PdsCd 543 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 40 (total). 6 (rehearsals for the album Peggy) + 16 (from the soundtrack of 1966 and 1967 TV shows) + 17 (from the March 20, 1977 date that was first released in the Pulse CD Fever! Live At The London Palladium, detailed in section V below) + 1 (track from the March 13, 1977 live date) / Note: This 2CD set includes six professionally recorded rehearsal tracks from the Polydor session for the album Peggy. Interpretatively, these rehearsal numbers are naturally fairly similar to the equivalent numbers on the LP.

18 & 19. Title: The New Collection / Format: CS & CD / Label: Kenneth Barnes Productions {owner of the tracks} & Carlton [licensee] / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 30360 01222 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Tracks: 21 (total). 3 (rehearsals for the album Peggy) + 1 (from the March 13, 1977 Live In London concert) + 17 (from the soundtrack of 1966, 1967, and 1981 TV shows) / Note: From the sessions for the Polydor album Peggy, there are three rehearsal tracks in this CD. Naturally, they sound very similar to the performances actually released in the album. However, and most notably, one of them has a line that is clearly different from the reading in the released album.

20. Title: Peggy Lee Live In London / Format: CD & DVD  /   Label: Universal   /  Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 06607 5364186   /  Rel. Year: 2015  /   Discs: 4 / Tracks: 65 (50 on CD, 15 on DVD) / Note: By the year 2015, only two of Peggy Lee's original 12" LPs were left to be issued on CD. Peggy was one of them. (The other one was the live album to be discussed in the next section, Live In London, also on Polydor Records.) As already shown above, seven of the studio album's twelve tracks had appeared in CD anthologies before the year 2015. (As also already mentioned, professionally recorded rehearsal versions of some of the album's tracks had been issued on CD, too.)

The absence of both Polydor albums from the compact disc medium was finally rectified in late 2015, when it was included in the boxed set Peggy Lee In London, pictured in the image under scrutiny (#20). Remastered for its digital debut, the contents of the LP Peggy occupy the first of the set's four discs. It should be pointed out that two of the twelve album tracks are not heard in their original versions from the LP. They are heard instead in re-recordings, which also date from the original 1977 Polydor sessions. The re-recordings were made after the singer re-assessed her original request to feature synthesizer on them. In full agreement that the two tracks ("Star Sounds", "I'm Not In Love") would sound better without the instrument, the producer, the conductor, and the singer belatedly set out to make substitutions. They were too late, though. Polydor had already moved on with the production of the album, using just the previously existent tracks. This 2015 set is thus presenting the album as it was intended by the sessions' main collaborators. (As for the versions with synthesizers, they can be heard not only on the original vinyl but also on the above-discussed Spectrum Karussell CD You Give Me Fever and in two of the above-listed various-artists CD compilations -- each containing one of the tracks. "Misty" can furthermore be found in the Peggy Lee volume from Universal's "Silver Collection" -- discussed in the next section.)


IV. LIVE IN LONDON
[MARCH 13, 1977]






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1. Title: Live In London / Format: CS & LP / Label: POLYDOR / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 3170 448 & Super 2383 448 / Rel. Year: 1977 / Tracks: 16 / Note: Before 2015, this was one of only two Peggy Lee 12" original albums yet to be issued on CD. Seven of the tracks had at least appeared in CD anthologies (as noted below), but the other nine tracks had never been in the digital domain. (In late 2015, the album finally made its digital debut, as part of the boxed set Live In London, to be itemized next.) The above-seen image of the Polydor album spotlights the LP edition; for the cassette edition, see immediately below.

2. Title: Peggy Lee Live In London / Format: CD & DVD  /   Label: Universal   /  Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 06607 5364186   /  Rel. Year: 2015  /   Discs: 4 / Tracks: 65 (50 on CD, 15 on DVD) / Note: This set's second CD is a remastered reissue of item #1, which contains numbers from Peggy Lee's first concert evening at the London Palladium, on March 13, 1977. (The set also includes her second date at the Palladium, to be discussed in the next section.)






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3. Cassette edition of the album seen in image #1.

4. Title: Live In London / Format: CS / Label: Rainbow / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Rpgc 7294 / Rel. Year: unknown; possibly between 1977 and 1980 / Tracks: 16 / Note: I have very limited information about this Australian edition of item #1. Rainbow is presumed to have licensed the original album from Polydor. In addition to this cassette, Rainbow could have issued a LP counterpart, but so far I have found no indication that such was the case.

5 & 6. Title: Live In London / Format: LP / Label: Polydor / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Mfp 1091 / Rel. Year: probably 1977 / Tracks: 16 / Note: Japanese edition of item #1. The second of these two images offers a fragmented view of the edition's front cover, vinyl, and insert .





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7 & 8. Title: You Give Me Fever / Format: CS & CD / Label: Spectrum - Karussell / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 550 088 4/ 550 088 4 2 / Rel. Year: 1993 / Tracks: 14 (total); 7 (from the Polydor album Live In London) + 7 (from the other original Polydor album, Peggy).

9. Title: Fever / Format: CD / Label: Spectrum - Karussell / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 550 088 4/2 / Rel. Year: 1998 / Tracks: 14 (total); 7 (from the Polydor album Live In London) + 7 (from the other original Poolydor album, Peggy). / Note: Reissue of the preceding item.





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

11. Title: Peggy Lee ("The Silver Collection" Spectrum Series) / Format: CD / Label: Universal / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 02498 49051 / Rel. Year: 2007 / Tracks: 10 (total); 4 (from the original Polydor album Live In London) + 5 (from the original Decca album Black Coffee) + 1 ("Misty", from the original Polydor album Peggy).

12. Back cover of the above-shown LP Mfp 1091.


Other Relevant Items, Not Shown Above:

13. Title: Live In London / Format: LP / Label: Mercury / Cat. Num.: Srm 1 1172 / Rel. Year: 1977 / Tracks: 10 / Note: Abridged version of item #1 above. Same front cover.


General Note:
The main album under discussion (Polydor's Live In London) contains selections from the first of Lee's two 1977 evenings at the London Palladium. A second evening was also taped. For releases that feature tracks from the second evening's concert, see next entry.


V. LIVE IN LONDON
[MARCH 20, 1977]





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1. Title: Peggy Lee Live In London / Format: CD & DVD  /   Label: Universal   /  Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 06607 5364186   /  Rel. Year: 2015  /   Discs: 4 / Tracks: 65 (50 on CD, 15 on DVD) / Note: This set's third CD contains Peggy Lee's full London Palladium concert date from March 20, 1977. (That date was Lee's second at the Palladium. For releases that draw from the first evening -- March 13, 1977 -- see preceding section.) This 2015 remastering of the March 20, 1977 concert date significantly improves on all previous incarnations of that concert. Unlike the previous incarnations (to be listed below), it offers the March 20 concert tracks in the actual order in which Lee sang them. It also adds one hitherto missing performance, "Is That All There Is?" (I should clarify that, though excluded from all the CDs that had previously issued the concert, the performance had been separately released in the Carlton CD The New Collection.) The total number of tracks from the March 20, 1977 date is 19, including one track that consists of speech from Lee.





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2. Title: Fever! The Best Of Peggy Lee (Pulse Sub-label) / Format: CS & CD Label: Kaz (A Division Of Castle Communications) / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Pls Mc 144 & Pls Cd 144 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Tracks: 17 / Note: All 17 tracks on this CD come from the London Palladium date that took place on March 20, 1977.

3. Title: Fever! Live At The London Palladium (Pulse Sub-Label) / Format: CD / Label: Kaz (A Division Of Castle Communications) / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Pls Cd 144 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Tracks: 17 / Note: All 17 tracks on this CD come from the London Palladium date that took place on March 20, 1977. The title, the catalogue number, and the track order are fundamentally the same as in the preceding item; the artwork is the main difference. (The photos seen on the cover are anachronistic, however. They date from 1962.)

4. Title: Mack The Knife; The Best Of Peggy Lee (TrueTrax Sub-Label) / Format: CS & CD / Label: Kaz (A Division Of Castle Communications) / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Trt Mc 209 & Trt Cd 209 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Tracks: 17 / Note: This is the third edition of the same 1977 concert date to be released by the same family of labels. In addition to the more obvious ways in which it differs from the two preceding items (artwork, title, catalogue number) this CD had its track sequence was reshuffled, too. All but the first two and the last four tracks are in a different sequence.

5. Title: At Her Best (Pulse Sub-label) / Format: CD / Label: Castle Communications / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) PdsCd 543 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 40 (total). 17 (from the March 20, 1977 London Palladium date) + 1 (from the Polydor album Live In London, which contains the March 13, 1977 London Palladium date) + 6 (rehearsals for the Polydor album Peggy) + 16 (from the soundtrack of 1966 and 1967 TV shows) / Note: The second disc of this 2CD set is a straight reissue of the same 17 aforementioned concert tracks.





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6. Title: The Great Vocalists {Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, Billie Holiday, Perry Como, Dinah Shore, Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee} / Format: CD / Label: Sanctuary's Castle Pulse (formerly a Castle Communications sub-label) / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Pbx 901 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Volumes: 10 / Tracks: 17 by Peggy Lee / Note: This 10CD set dedicates one full disc to each of the singers that I have listed next to its title. The Lee CD contains the aforementioned tracks from the March 20, 1977 concert date.

7 & 8. Title: Four Great Gals {Doris Day, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald} / Format: CD / Label: Sanctuary's Castle Pulse (formerly A Castle Communications sub-label) / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Pbx 457 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Volumes: 4 / Tracks: 17 by Peggy Lee / Note: This 4CD set dedicates one full disc to each of the singers who are shown in its front cover. The tracks sung by Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, and Doris Day are the exact same ones found in the previously discussed 10CD set from the same label. Image #7 shows the front cover of the set, image #8 the front cover of the Lee CD. (Vendors sometimes sell the CD separately.)

Note: some online websites mistakenly refer to yet another re-release of this 1977 London Palladium concert, this time on St. Clair Records, and issued in either 2000 or later. It is actually a Marvin Gaye CD, containing his own 1977 concert at the Palladium.


VI. CLOSE ENOUGH FOR LOVE (1979)






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1. Title: Close Enough For Love / Format: LP & Cs & 8-Track / Label: DRG / Cat. Num.: Sl 5190 & Slc 5190 & ___ 5190 / Rel. Year: 1979 / Tracks: 10 / Note: Above, the album is seen in its LP configuration. The cassette edition is pictured down below. I have never seen the 8-track cartridge, nor have I even found any images of it; however, various music guides list it.

2. Title: Close Enough For Love [DBX Edition] / Format: LP / Label: DRG / Cat. Num.: Dbx Slc 5190 / Rel. Year: 1981 / Tracks: 10 / Note: The LP Close Enough For Love was first released in its "regular" LP version (image #1), a couple of years later in this dbx special edition. (A noise reduction system used for professional recording, dbx requires special audio equipment to be appreciated.) I do not own a copy of this item, and I believe it to carry the original 1979 date, despite having been issued some time afterwards. My adjudication of a 1981 release date is based on an article that appeared in the December 13, 1980 issue of Billboard magazine, on which it was announced that DRG would be releasing dvx version of both this album and Anita Ellis' A Legend Sings. Visually, the two versions seem identical, their only noticeable difference being the inclusion of the prefix dbx in the special edition.

3 & 4. Title: Close Enough For Love / Format: LP / Label: DRG -Victor / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Vij 6353 / Rel. Year: 1979 / Tracks: 10 / Note: Both of these images (which I found online) are identified as Vij 6353. I do not know if the album was (re)issued with two differently colored obis, or if the images' uploaders have altered the cooling of their photographs. I have also come across listings of Japanese vinyl editions of Close Enough For Love under two slightly different catalogue numbers (Vig 6353, Vic 353), but have yet to find corroboration of their physical existence. For the time being, I am entertaining the possibility that references contain typos. Furthermore, some online commercial sites tout this Japanese release (Vij 6353) as a "limited 1980 edition." Since Japanese companies tend to press reissue albums in small quantities, most releases qualify as limited editions. In any case, the artwork and contents of this Japanese edition are identical to those of the American edition.





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5. Ad prepared by DRG in 1979, as part of the company's promotion of the album in the various configurations that had been made then available (LP, cassette, 8-track).

6. Title: Close Enough For Love / Format: CS & CD / Label: DRG / Cat. Num.: Slc 5190 & Cdsl 5190 / Rel. Year: 1988 / Tracks: 10

7. Title: Close Enough For Love / Format: CD / Label: DRG / Cat. Num.: 91471 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Tracks: 10 / Note: Expertly mastered. Significantly better-sounding than all earlier versions.





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8. Back cover of the original LP. The 1988 CD uses the same back cover as well, but it skits the photo insert.

9. Back cover of the booklet of the 1988 CD.

10. Back cover of the 2002 CD.

11. Back cover of the booklet of the 2002 CD.





Items And Artwork Shown:

12. Title: Close Enough For Love ("Le Chante du Monde "/"Radio Nights" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Harmonia Mundi / Cat. Num.: (France) Ldj 274 953 Cm 211 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Tracks: 10 / Note: One of various European reissues of the original USA CD from 1988.

13. Title: Close Enough For Love ("Success" Series) / Format: CD ^ CS / Label: Pickwick's Elap / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 16130cd & 16130mc / Rel. Year: 1992 / Tracks: 10 / Note: One of various European reissues of the original 1988 CD.

14. Title: Close Enough For Love ("Freestyle" Series) / Format: CS & CD / Label: Tring International / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Mcjhd 067 & Jhd 067 / Rel. Year: 1993 / Tracks: 10 / Note: One of various European reissues of the American CD, which was originally released in 1988.





Items And Artwork Shown:

15. Cassette edition of the original album, discussed in entry #1 above.

16. Cassette edition of the Elap reissue discussed directly above.

17. Cassette edition of the Tring international reissue discussed directly above.





Items And Artwork Shown:

18 - 20. Title: Miss Peggy Lee / Format: Booklet / Note: When originally released on vinyl, Close Enough For Love (entry #1) consisted of not only the LP and its record jacket but also a regular (8.5" by 11") white piece of paper, inserted in the record jacket along with the vinyl. That piece of paper was an advertisement for The Life Story Of Peggy Lee, a 20-page pamphlet described in the ad as "an ideal companion to the LP." One of the ad's details was slightly off the mark; the title of the pamphlet in question is not The Life Story Of Peggy Lee but, simply, Miss Peggy Lee. In reality, this pamphlet was Lee's 1979 souvenir tour book. Since the booklet's front picture happened to be the same one that was used as the cover of the Close Enough For Love album, DRG honcho Hugh Fordin deemed it a good idea to make the booklet part of the album's marketing campaign. (For collectors and Lee fans, it certainly proved a felicitous decision on Fordin's part.) The contents of this 12" by 9" souvenir book are as follows: color photos of the singer, displayed in the front and back covers (images #15 and #17 above); three pages of biographical material, divided into "The Professional Side," "The Creative Side," and "The Personal Side"; a couple of poems by the singer-songwriter; a list of her original American LPs up to 1975 (image #16 above); some acknowledgments; and many small b&w photos, most of them featuring Lee with other celebrities (Jimmy Dorsey, Alice Faye, Jackie Gleason, Woody Herman, Liberace, Robert Preston, Ronald Reagan, etc., etc.).





Artwork Shown:

21. Hans Albers' photo, used as the cover of the original album.

22. Before becoming the front cover of the Close Enough For Love album, Albers' photo graced Lee's concert programs such as this one, from her March 1979 trip to Australia.





Artwork Shown:

23. Part of Blackglama Mink Furs' ad campaign What Becomes A Legend Most, this 1973 photo was originally under consideration as a possible front cover for the album Close Enough For Love.

24. Another shot from the Hans Albers photo session. This one was also used as the front cover of various concert programs -- most notably, the 1981 Side By Side By Sondheim and the 1984 An Evening With Peggy Lee [In The UK] programs.


VII. MISS PEGGY LEE SINGS THE BLUES (1988)






Items And Artwork Shown:

1 - 3. Title: Miss Peggy Lee Sings The Blues / Format: CD & CS & LP / Label: MUSIMASTERS - Amreco / Cat. Num.: Cijd 60155f & Cijd 40155h & Cijd 20155k [1st pressing]; 5005 2c & 5005 4c & 5005[2nd pressing] / Rel. Year: 1988 [1st pressing]; 1992 or 1993 [2nd pressing] / Tracks: 12 / Note: This album seems to have gone through a fair amount of pressings and reissues. Shown above is CD Cijd 60155F, cassette 5005 4c and, and LP Cijd 20155k. CDs and cassettes with different catalogue numbers, and presumably belonging to different pressings, also circulate.

4. Title: Miss Peggy Lee Sings The Blues / Format: CD & LP / Label: Jazz Heritage Society - Amerco / Cat. Num.: 5124878 [LP's number unknown] / Rel. Year: 2002 / Tracks: 12 / Note: The sound quality of this 2002 issue is a substantial improvement over all previous editions. Visually, this issue can be differentiated from previous ones by looking at the copyright year (2002), or by looking at the words "K2 Laser Cutting Jazz Heritage Society" in the right bottom corner of the front cover. Also, the 2002 front cover is the only one that has a double frame; in all other editions, Lee's photo is surrounded by just one frame. As for the image that I have provided here (the only one that I was able to find) please notice that it actually misrepresents the right coloring of this issue: it is not blue but a very dark violet -- thus closer to the look of the LP shown in #3 above. (However, there is always the possibility that, unknown to me, Jazz Heritage issued more than one printing of this CD, each with a different color.)





Items And Artwork Shown:

5 & 6. Title: Miss Peggy Lee Sings The Blues / Format: CS & CD / Label: Musical Heritage Society - Amreco / Cat. Num.: Mhc 312487x & Mhs 512487m / Rel. Year: 1990 / Tracks: 12 / Note: Reissues. Black & white covers, as shown.

7. Title: Miss Peggy Lee Sings The Blues ("Classics In Jazz" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Limelight - Decca - Polygram / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom; manufactured in Germany) 820 809 2 / Rel. Year: 1989 / Tracks: 12 / Note: European pressing of item #1. black & white cover with color lettering, as shown.

8. A photo from the same photographic session that generated the pictures used on the covers of the Music Heritage Society issues.

Other Album Versions, Not Shown Above:

9. Title: Miss Peggy Lee Sings The Blues / Format: CD / Label: Phonogram / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Phce 5015 / Rel. Year: unknown / Tracks: 12 / Note: Reissue of #1.


General Note:
This album actually has two valid titles: Miss Peggy Lee Sings The Blues and the more succinct Peggy Sings The Blues. The reason why those two titles are valid is that both can be simultaneously found in most editions and configurations of the album. To be more specific, the short title Peggy Sings The Blues appears in the front covers of most issues, but the variant Miss Peggy Lee Sings The Blues is printed inside, in both the disc and the tape. (As for the spine of the cassette, it uses the Miss Peggy Lee Sings The Blues variant.)


VIII. THERE'LL BE ANOTHER SPRING; THE PEGGY LEE SONGBOOK (1990)





Items And Artwork Shown:

1, 2 & 4. Title: There'll Be Another Spring; The Peggy Lee Songbook / Format: LP & CD & CS / Label: MusicMasters - Amreco [manufactured by Columbia CBS] / Cat. Num.: Cijd 20249 & Cijd 60249k & Cijd 40249l [1st pressing]; 60340k & 503424 2c & 503422 4c [2nd pressing] / Rel. Year: 1990 [1st pressing]; date unknown [2d pressing] / Tracks: 13 / Note: This album was originally sent to commercial stores only on LP and cassette. The CD was initially available only to members of the Columbia House mail-only program. (It was eventually sent out to physical music stores.) Of the six pictures shown above, the first one shows the CD; the cover bears the legend "MusicMasters full digital recording" in the lower left bottom. Image #2 shows the LP, which actually exists in this "limited edition" version and in a standard version, whose cover is identical to that of the CD (image #1). I am not acquainted with the details surrounding the "limited edition," nor have I seen actual, physical copies of it. Image #5 shows the album in cassette format. The cassette tape can be seen (dimly, unfortunately) in image #4.

3. Title: There'll Be Another Spring; The Peggy Lee Songbook / Format: CD / Label: Limelight - Polygram / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 820 821 2 / Rel. Year: 1990 / Tracks: 13 / Note: European edition of the album under discussion.

5. Title: There'll Be Another Spring; The Peggy Lee Songbook / Format: CD / Cat. Num.: unknown / Label: MusicMasters - Amreco / Note: This edition consisted of a longbox which housed the CD. Only the longbox is shown in the picture. I do not know any further details about it; additional information about this item would be appreciated.

6. Title: There'll Be Another Spring; The Peggy Lee Songbook / Format: CD / Label: Jazz Heritage Society - Amerco / Cat. Num.: 515674h / Rel. Year: 1999 / Tracks: 13 / Note: Domestic reissue of the album under discussion.





Items And Artwork Shown:

7 & 8. Title: There'll Be Another Spring; The Peggy Lee Songbook / Format: CD / Label: Phonogram / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Phce 5030 / Rel. Year: unknown / Tracks: 13 / Note: Back and front covers of the main Japanese CD edition of the album. (I have seen somewhat dubious listings for two others; both are itemized at the end of the present section.) The track listing of this issue includes one slight misspelling ("Sons Souci" instead of "Sans Souci").





Items And Artwork Shown:

9. Title: There'll Be Another Spring; The Peggy Lee Songbook / Format: CS & LP & CD / Label: Musical Heritage Society - Amreco / Cat. Num.: Mhc 40249l [CS] & 20249 [LP] & 912697z [LP] & 60249k [CD] / Rel. Year: 1990 / Tracks: 13 / Note: Another domestic reissue of the album under discussion. Its front cover is in black & white cover, as shown.

10. Paper insert found in various editions of There'll Be Another Spring; The Peggy Lee Songbook, including those identified herein as items #1 and #7. Printed in this insert are most of the song's lyrics, the track listing, basic personnel information, and very brief liner notes -- the latter penned by Sammy Cahn. Other editions print the same information in booklets or in back covers.





Item Shown:

11. Seen in this photo is The Peggy Lee Rose, which was the inspiration for the drawing that graces the cover of the album There'll Be Another Spring. The flower was "created" or cultivated in 1982, and officially named The Peggy Lee Rose in 1983, upon its introduction in the United States.


Other Album Versions, Not Shown Above:

12. Title: There'll Be Another Spring; The Peggy Lee Songbook / Format: CD / Label: Venus / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Tkcz 36031 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Tracks: 13

13. Title: There'll Be Another Spring; The Peggy Lee Songbook / Format: CD / Label: Disc Kiosk / Cat. Num.: (Japan?) unknown / Rel. Year: 2006 / Tracks: 13


General Note:
The original album (released by MusicMasters) includes a transcript of the album's lyrics, and so do most if not all of the reissues. In the original LP editions, the transcript and other details appear in a white one-page insert, of the same size as the album, and placed inside the album's jacket. The Musical Heritage Society LP does not include the insert, but it does feature the entire transcript of the lyrics on its back cover.


IX. EVERYBODY NEEDS A SANTA CLAUS / WE BE FRIENDS (1990)





Album Cover Shown:

1. Title: Everybody Needs A Santa Claus - We Be Friends / Format: cassingle / Label: MusicMasters - Amreco / Cat. Num.: 5500 4 Cs / Rel. Year: 1990 / Tracks: 2 / Note: These two tracks are not available in any other issue (not on CD, not on LP, not on any format other than cassingle).





Photos Shown:

2 - 4. In these 1987 photos, Dom DeLuise is seen dressed as Santa Claus at the White House. (Next to him is then-First Lady Nancy Reagan.) About three years later, Lee had plans to perform a TV special in which DeLuise would have again fulfilled Kriss Kringle duties, and in which the two of them would have reprised this duet. The special did not come to fruition, but the above-shown cassingle did. In it, DeLuise and Lee performed a duet version of her self-penned "Everybody Needs A Santa Claus."


X. MOMENTS LIKE THIS (1992)





Artwork Shown:

1-3. Title: Moments Like This / Format: CD / Label: CHESKY / Cat. Num.: Jd 84 / Rel. Date: 1992 / Tracks: 15 / Note: The second image shows the front cover of the CD under discussion. The other images are also part of the CD's artwork. See also entry #6 below.





Artwork Shown:

4 & 5. Title: Moments Like This / Format: CD / Label: CHESKY & Nippon Phonogram / Cat. Num.: Phcc 5021 Jd 84 / Rel. Date: 1993 / Tracks: 15 / Note: Japanese edition of the album under discussion. Image #5 shows the release's front cover, image #4 its booklet. The back cover identifies Nippon Phonogram Co. as the disc's manufacturer and distributor.

6. Back cover of the American CD, which has already been showcased herein (images #1, #2, and #3 above).


XI. LOVE HELD LIGHTLY (1993)





Items And Artwork Shown:

1 & 2. Title: Love Held Lightly / Format: CS & CD / Label: CAPITOL's Angel / Cat. Num.: 4 Ds 0777 7 54798 & CDs 0777 7 54798 / Rel. Date: February 1993 / Tracks: 14





Items And Artwork Shown:

3 & 4. Title: Love Held Lightly /Format: CD / Label: HARBINGER / Cat. Num.: Hcd 632433 2401 2 0 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Tracks: 14 / Note: Reissue of the item above.










  Artwork Shown:

  5. Harold Arlen with co-stars Peggy Lee and Vic Damone, in a publicity photo for Happy With The Blues, the 1961 TV show for which Lee and Arlen wrote the song "Happy With The Blues." Thirty-two years later, the song was included in the album Love Held Lightly, in a revised version.



General Note:
This album's masters were actually recorded in 1988, but the album was not issued until 1993, when Peggy Lee finally authorized its release.


Index

The following alphabetical list includes every original album that Lee recorded in her later, post-Capitol years, along with a few non-original but related items of interest. Next to each album title is a Roman numeral, pointing to the section on this page in which the given album receives discussion.

At Her Best: III, V
Close Enough For Love: VI
Everybody Needs A Santa Claus / We Be Friends: IX
Fever [Spectrum Karussell]: III, IV
Fever! Live At The London Palladium: V
Fever! The Best Of Peggy Lee: V
Four Great Gals {Doris Day, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald}: V
Let's Love: I
Live In London: IV
Love Held Lightly; Rare Songs By Harold Arlen: XI
Lover / I'm Not In Love: III
Mack The Knife; The Best Of Peggy Lee: V
Mirrors: II
Miss Peggy Lee Sings The Blues: VII
Moments Like This: X
New Collection, The: III, V
Peggy: III
Peggy Sings The Blues: VII
Peggy Lee Sings Leiber & Stoller: II
Prima Donna ("The Definitive Collection; 16 Indimenticabili Interpretazioni Al Feminile"): III
Silver Collection, The: IV
There'll Be Another Spring; The Peggy Lee Songbook: VIII
Voices Of Jazz; A Collection Of Timeless Jazz Classics: III
You Give Me Fever: III, IV



Cross-references: Further Information

In addition to the Lee albums displayed in the current page, during this period Peggy Lee also recorded guest vocals for album projects by Michael Franks (rel. 1993), Gilbert O'Sullivan (rel. 1993), and Benny Carter (1995). Images of those three albums will be displayed in a separate page that is currently under construction.

If you are looking for additional information (e.g., track listings) about the albums covered herein, consult this discography's chronological LP Index (or, if it is a compact disc, consult the CD Index). In order to locate the album of your interest in those chronological pages, you will need to retrieve its release year from this page.


Scope And Completeness

Bear in mind that this page concentrates on the original American (or British) issues; it does not cover every single foreign edition of the originals. Abroad, most of these albums featured the same artwork and the same tracks, albeit not necessarily the same catalogue number nor the same label. Hence my general interest in that area has remained with covers that differ from the originals. (I have selectively included just a few foreign editions which use the same artwork as the domestic ones, and which I deemed of potential interest for one reason or another.) For comprehensive listings of non-American pressings, consult this discography's British and Foreign pages.