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Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook [Bette Midler]

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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 770505

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    It shouldn't be a surprise that Barry Manilow and Bette Midler have become a successful team: both are entertainers in the grand tradition, and both share a penchant for jazzy production numbers that blend equal parts Broadway, Vegas, and Top 40. Like their 2003 collaboration BETTE MIDLER SINGS THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY SONGBOOK, THE PEGGY LEE SONGBOOK is a good deal of fun, with strong musical direction and production from Manilow.
    The set opener, "Fever," is delivered with plenty of swagger, and "Is That All There Is," Lee's other signature tune, gets a faithful rendering. Manilow's full arrangements complement Midler's brawny, yet nuanced performances, which shine on slinky tunes like "Big Spender" and smooth ballads like "Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe."

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (p.100) - "[S]he's wisely called on old pal Barry Manilow, singularly skilled at toning down the glare that can so easily creep into the brassy Miss M's performances, to produce the album and shape the majority of the arrangements."
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