Beauty and the Beat! (Peggy Lee album)

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Beauty and the Beat!
Studio album by Peggy Lee and George Shearing
Released May 28, 1959
Recorded April 29, 1959
Genre Jazz
Length 38:48
Label Capitol
Producer Dave Cavanaugh
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AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

Beauty and the Beat! is a 1959 album (see 1959 in music) by Peggy Lee, accompanied by the George Shearing Quintet.

Original Sleeve Notes[edit]

The notes on the back cover of the original 1959 LP are in the hyperbolic style common at the time and present the story that the recording was live:

1959 Track listing[edit]

  1. "Do I Love You?" (Cole Porter) – 3:03
  2. "I Lost My Sugar in Salt Lake City" (Johnny Lange, Leon Rene) – 2:27
  3. "If Dreams Come True" (Benny Goodman, Irving Mills, Edgar Sampson) – 2:20
  4. "All Too Soon" (Duke Ellington, Carl Sigman) – 2:35
  5. "Mambo in Miami" (Armando Peraza) – 1:42
  6. "Isn't It Romantic?" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 2:54
  7. "Blue Prelude" (Joe Bishop, Gordon Jenkins) – 2:06
  8. "You Came a Long Way from St. Louis" (John Benson Brooks, Bob Russell) – 2:50
  9. "Always True to You in My Fashion" (Porter) – 1:58
  10. "There'll Be Another Spring" (Peggy Lee, Hubie Wheeler) – 2:23
  11. "Get Out of Town" (Porter) – 1:58
  12. "Satin Doll" (Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Billy Strayhorn) – 2:47


2003 Remaster[edit]

This recording was re-issued in 2003 as a CD on the Capitol Jazz label and was described as 'Newly restored from the original studio session tapes'. It was a remixed and remastered version of the original 3-track tapes. The remaster also contained two additional tracks from the studio session, but not included on the original vinyl release - 'Nobody's Heart' (Rodgers and Hart) as track 13 and 'Don't Ever Leave Me' (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern) as track 14. The description on the CD names different players from those noted above for the 1959 vinyl version. The personnel are given as:

Other recording and production information is given on the cover notes as follows:

  1. Produced by David Cavanaugh, recorded on May 28-30, 1959
  2. Re-issue produced by Cy Godfrey and Michael Cuscuna
  3. Remixed from the original 3-track tapes and remastered in 24 bit by Ron McMaster.

There is also a descriptive note, explaining the subterfuge of claiming that the original issue was of a live recording:

This album was originally released with overdubbed applause and background ambience and issued as recorded at the 1959 Miami Disk Jockey's (sic) Convention. It was actually recorded in the studio shortly before or after the actual appearance and is presented here in its pure state and greatly improved fidelity. Tracks 13 and 14, recorded at these sessions, were not included on the original LP.