One of the most famous albums that Peggy Lee ever recorded was never actually released. Culled from three nights of a three-week run at New York’s Copacabana in 1968, during which the singer played two shows per night (three on Saturdays), blending in contemporary songs with old favorites, 2 Shows Nightly was pressed and ready to go retail when Lee, unhappy with the mix, pulled the release on the eve of its street date. In the four decades since, only a handful of promo copies of this album have ever surfaced or been heard.
Fortunately, in January, Collector’s Choice Music released a remastered version of 2 Shows Nightly, which includes the album’s original 12 songs plus another dozen bonus tracks. In addition, Collector’s Choice has also released another remastered Peggy Lee gem: 1974’s Let’s Love, which includes a title song written, arranged and produced by Paul McCartney, who wrote the tune especially for Lee. After a long association with Capitol Records, this was Lee’s first (and last) album recorded for the Atlantic label.
By now, Collector’s Choice has released a great wealth of rare Peggy Lee recordings. To buy or learn more about any of them, go to www.ccmusic.com, type “Peggy Lee” in the Quick Search box, and you will soon discover all you’ve been missing.
(Photo courtesy of Peggy Lee Associates, LLC.)