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Is That All There Is? - Limited Edition LP - 180 gr

Peggy Lee


Data aparitiei: 05.12.2006

Gen: Jazz

Casa de discuri: Pure Pleasure

136 LEI


In the forties, the beginning of the career of Peggy Lee, the musical landscape of swing and jazz-influenced pop dominated. In the sixties, however, the world was a complete other: the so-called 'British Invasion' and Motown represented the tastes of the masses, Lee was part of the 'music of our parents'. Nevertheless, the singer landed in 1969 with "Is That All There Is?" a huge hit, one of the bestselling albums of their career. Though this LP is no rock LP in the usual sense, the base is still jazz-influenced pop, so there are concessions to the Pop-/Rock taste of the sixties without the Lee's story to deny. Each piece of this LP is a gem, the dark remake of their hit from 1940, "Do not Smoke in Bed", as well as the superb new arrangements of George Harrison's "Something", Neil Diamond's "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show," Leiber & Stoller's "I'm a Woman" and Randy Newman's "Love Story". The highlight of the album, however, is without a doubt Randy Newman's Hitarrangement of the title track, "Is That All There Is?" Leiber & Stoller of which has been covered in the Neuzigern by PJ Harvey. Influenced in the style of "Cabaret" this half-spoken, half-sung preciousness are as impressive as soulful. The statement of the song is anything but optmistisch, the key message is rather that we should hold the moments of happiness and joy at every opportunity, because ultimately, life is nothing more than meaningless succession of disappointments. In no way disappointing, however is the LP "Is That All There Is?", certainly one of the best recordings by Peggy Lee. 

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