Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Love Held Lightly
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
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... But Beautiful
Liz G. | Hyattsville, MD | 09/16/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This may not be Peggy Lee's best, and yes, she's a little older here, and yes, her voice has changed from her younger days (although it's still a lot stronger than on later albums), ... but if you're a fan, you should still have this album. First, of course, there are some truly lovely songs on here. "I Had A Love Once" is deeply moving. "Happy With the Blues" has that same swingy, bluesy feeling PL has always done so well (and she cowrote the song). Second, PL still knows how to wrench all the feeling out of a song without becoming maudlin. The collection overall is a throwback to the older PL sound.
I think if you're a newcomer to Peggy Lee, you should start with either one of the collections ("Miss Peggy Lee" or "The Singles Collection") or a classic album like "Black Coffee" (the Black Coffee double CD is great too) or "Things Are Swingin'." But if you already love Peggy, but were afraid to hear this album after having heard, say, "Moments Like This," don't be scared. It's not her prime, but it's beautiful."
A great Peggy cd!!
G. Carter | Temple Hills, maryland United States | 01/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's a shame this cd is out of print!!
this was one of her later recordings and the arrangements and Peggy's voice made this one of her best! rare Harold Arlen songs given a gentle reading by Peggy, this one all her fans should have!!"
The sweet bird of age
Donald Elfman | Guilford, CT | 12/22/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I worked for a well-known record company and this album was offered to us to release. The management and "deciders" found Peggy's voice shaky and not up to either her standards or that of this label.
They were wrong!!! This is a very special recording - BECAUSE of where Peggy was in her life. Besides the fact that the songs were rare ones by Harold Arlen, Peggy sang with an emotional resonance that came with her experience and her age. Give a listen to "My Shining Hour." It's just Peggy's voice and a guitar and they do the song slower than it's ever been recorded. It's so poignant that the song fully takes its place as one of the great poems of parting.
Elsewhere the swing arrangements of Keith Ingham and the playing of the likes of saxophonist Ken Peplowski, bassist Jay Leonhart and guitarist John Chiodini (it's he who does the magic on "My Shining Hour") make this a rare and beautiful gem.
Remember the late, bittersweet singing of Billie Holiday? This matches that and adds to it a lovely, quietly humorous way with the lyrics of such masters as Dorothy Fields, Johnny Mercer, Truman Capote (!), and Peggy herself. It's a gorgeous closer to the career of one of our very finest vocalists."