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Natural Woman/Is That All There Is? by Peggy Lee (Vocals) (CD, Oct-2003, Emi)

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Product description
Album Features
Artist:Peggy Lee (Vocals)
Release Year:2003
Record Label:Emi
Genre:Classic Pop Vocals, Easy Listening/Vocal, Pop Vocal

Track Listing
1. (All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings
2. Don't Explain
3. Can I Change My Mind?
4. Lean on Me
5. (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
6. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
7. Everyday People
8. Please Send Me Someone to Love
9. Spinning Wheel
10. Living Is Dying Without You
11. I Think It's Gonna Rain Today
12. Is That All There Is?
13. Love Story
14. Me and My Shadow
15. Sing a Rainbow
16. My Old Flame
17. I'm a Woman
18. Somethin' Stupid
19. Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show
20. Something
21. Whistle for Happiness
22. Johnny (Linda)
23. I Can Hear the Music
24. Don't Smoke in Bed
25. You Must Have a Beautiful Baby

Playing Time:76 min.
Distributor:MSI Music Distribution
Recording Type:Studio
Recording Mode:Stereo
SPAR Code:n/a

Album Notes
Digitally remastered edition of two great Lee albums from the late 1960's on a single CD. The jewel in the box here is her all time hit "Is That All There Is?", where she was at the final tall peak of her career. The song became a pop hit and the accompanying album raced up the pop charts and Lee had the recognition of the songwriting royalty and singing she so richly deserved once more.

This compilation features two albums, NATURAL WOMAN and IS THAT ALL THERE IS? from the apex of Peggy Lee's career.Audio Remasterers: David McEowen; Cy Godfrey; Steve Genewick; Steve Hoffman.Recording information: 06/08/1967-10/15/1969.The compilers of British EMI's extensive "two on one" reissue series have made some questionable choices in combining two albums originally issued on LP into a single CD, but it's hard to second guess this one, which contains the two albums Peggy Lee released in 1969, A Natural Woman and Is That All There Is? Not only are the collections chronologically sequential, but it sounds like the second one employs tracks recorded for the first one. By the late `60s, Lee, like many other veteran pop singers, was attempting to keep current and keep selling records by incorporating current trends in pop/rock into her music. A Natural Woman alternates efforts by two prominent Los Angeles session musicians serving as arranger/conductors, pianist Mike Melvoin and trumpeter Bobby Bryant. This is one of those albums that sounds like these guys (and perhaps Lee, too) came up with the set list by listening to their AM radios, tuned to the local Top 40 station, on the freeway on their way to the session. They hear, say, Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," Sly & the Family Stone's "Everyday People," and Blood, Sweat & Tears' "Spinning Wheel," and, by the time they pull into the parking lot, they've got the gist of the arrangement down and proceed to re-create it, more or less, with their fellow session pros, as Lee gamely approximates the hit vocals. When they do use a vintage piece of material, such as "(All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings," or come up with an original ("Lean on Me"), they are still keeping in mind what they heard on the radio, so that the former sounds like watered-down Motown and the latter has the modified R&B funkiness of Frank Sinatra's "That's Life."The atypical last song on A Natural Woman leads right into Is That All There Is? It's Randy Newman's introspective ballad "I Think It's Gonna Rain Today," and since Newman arranged and conducted Lee's surprise comeback hit with Leiber & Stoller's European-style art song "Is That All There Is?" (inspired by a Thomas Mann short story), and that song leads off the second LP, the mood stays constant. And that mood continues with the next track, "Love Story," another Newman composition, even if Lee, the disillusionment of "Is That All There Is?" notwithstanding, cannot bring herself to sing Newman's fatalistic final couplet, "We'll play checkers all day/Until we pass away." Instead, she substitutes "We'll play checkers in the sun/Playing checkers can be fun." Unfortunately, Is That All There Is? doesn't turn out to be a complete album of similar material. In fact, it is actually a cobbled-together rush job that was assembled on the fly to have an LP in the record racks while "Is That All There Is?," which had been released as a one-off single, was still in the charts. Capitol Records thought nothing of recycling previously released tracks including Lee's 1963 hit "I'm a Woman" (also written by Leiber & Stoller) to pad the collection out to LP length. Toward the end, there are some good songs and arrangements in the art song style of "Is That All There Is?," however, notably Newman's "Linda," which has had its gender switched and is called "Johnny (Linda)." But the Is That All There Is? LP remains a patchwork Peggy Lee album, even suitably paired with A Natural Woman. ~ William Ruhlmann

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