Beauty & The Beat

Beauty & The Beat

Posted by jack_miller | Published 6 months ago

With 85 ratings

By: Peggy Lee and George Shearing

Purchased At: $17

This is an intriguing and very appealing album full of beautiful songs. Supposedly it was recorded live, so if you get the original CD version, you'll hear "on-stage" intros to the numbers and crowd reactions. This is the way I heard it first--and I found those extras to be distracting--especially when Peggy and George were in the middle of a number and you could hear people in the audience just chattering away! Had I been there, I'd have been quite tempted to stand up and yell, "Will you people BE QUIET!? That's PEGGY LEE up there singing! For cryin' out loud, you think this happens every day?"

Turns out, though, that all that noise and the intros were added later in the studio--which makes me wonder whether it was ever really a live performance in the first place. I don't really care--all I'm saying is, get the version that says "original recording remastered." It's just Peggy and George and the music. (I don't mind audience sounds if it's really a live recording, but if you're just trying to make it sound like a live recording when it wasn't live, that's just kind of . . . dishonest, isn't it?)

The songs are one winner after another--"Do I Love You?" "You Came a Long Way from St. Louis," "Blue Prelude," "Always True to You in My Fashion" ("Mr. Harris, plutocrat, wants to give my cheek a pat. If the Harris pat means a Paris hat, vey vey!"), and the album finishes off with two quiet yet heartrendingly beautiful pieces --"Nobody's Heart" and "Don't Ever Leave Me."

- Anonymous

I purchased this record shortly after it was released and just loved it. I loved all of Shearing's collaborations with singers. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to me, my husband went through a phase of throwing out some of his records. He added many of my albums to the stack and never bothered to ask or mention to me he was doing this. I lost so many of my favorite jazz albums because of this. I'm so glad they had an mp3 version of it. Now I can listen to it again. It's hard to say what my favorite is, because I love them all! This was really a wonderful collaboration. I loved reading the linear notes about how the album came together as well.

- Anonymous

I have one MAJOR complaint with this album: it is not NEARLY LONG ENOUGH. The combination of George Shearing and Peggy Lee is unbeatable. Why they did not record more and more together is a real mystery.
Anyone who hears this album, jazz lover, pop lover, Shearing lover, Lee lover, anyone-- will come away smiling. Obviously, Shearing and Lee not only had a great respect for each other as artists, they also were having a ball.
It's hard to pick out one or more favorites on an album that has no low spots, but the Latin arrangement of Cole Porter's "Always True To You In My Fashion" makes a standard into something new. I also loved Peggy Lee's sexually teasing way with "You Came A Long Way From St. Louis."
MUCH TOO SHORT BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

- Anonymous

This is one of my favorite albums (yes I have the vinyl). I've loved it for a long time, know the words to most of the songs. Two of my favorite jazz artists.

- Anonymous

Bought as a gift for my husband who had this same record/album years ago.He loves it.My job here is finished...

- Anonymous

I really enjoyed this album with George Shearing - too bad she never made any others with him. Peggy can sing any kind of
song and she is good. She makes any song her own. She was so original, she would record the same songs 3 different times and they each sounded great, but not the same.. In this CD she sings " I lost my sugar in Salt Lake City" and it is jazz. In Blues Cross Country she sings the song and it is very different, but also good. With her when you look at the songs on the cover, you don't
have to think oh, I all ready have that song, I'll get another CD, because she will surprise you with a new sound and you will
love it!!

- Anonymous

Tasteful musical choices that highlight Lee’s silky vocals and Shearing’s precision. The remastered selections are clean with depth.

- Anonymous

I remember hearing this album as a kid. I found it wonderful then and find it wonderful now. I have to confess that I do prefere the album with the additions of the talk and the clapping - yes, I know that this was added later but it does give the album an added excitement.

Still ....... with or without the clapping and the chat, it is a great album with some masterpieces (in my opinion) - but then, I am a fan!!!

- Anonymous

I bought this on Amazon's recommendation and this time they got me spot on! I've always loved Peggy Lee's voice, but never heard her teamed up with George Shearing until now - what a perfect combination. Lee's inate sense of timing and phrasing combined with Shearing's smooth,swinging delicacy is pure magic. I've never heard the original recording described by other reviewers, but I can't imagine why the record producers felt the need to falsify a live recording by overlaying 'audience' noises when this studio recorded version is so perfect - why try to gild the lily? I can't think of any artists today who have this kind of class and sheer 'star quality' - more's the pity. Just buy it, you won't regret it.

- Anonymous

A really delightful musical CD showing the talents of both artists.

- Anonymous

This is music I enjoyed many years ago on an LP and am enjoying it just as much now

- Anonymous

This is a remake of the original vinyl issues in the 1960s with the original studio recordings without the dubbed applause is a great music experience. It was as though hearing the music for the first time. Great

- Anonymous

I had this on vinyl back in the 60's
Great to hear it again!

- Anonymous

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