Retro Candy

The Best of Miss Peggy Lee
Review by Will “The Thrill” Viharo

I’m lovin’ this new trend of combining CDs with DVDs in one little package, neatly archiving highlights of a performer’s career both visually and aurally for one ¹s personal pop culture library. This dual format–also realized beautifully with The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection last year–now offers us The Best of Miss Peggy Lee, the silky siren who is as pleasant for the eye and she is for the ear.

The CD is a previously released greatest-hits package containing the usual classics, like “Fever” and “Manana,” along with more offbeat chart-toppers, such as “Riders in the Sky” and “Is That All There Is?” The DVD preserves a PBS special covering the gamut of her career with many priceless television performances and other invaluable historical footage, boasting 45 minutes not included in the original telecast.

All in all, this is both the perfect introduction to one of the greatest (and sexiest) cabaret legends in pop history, and a comprehensive collector’s item for the veteran fan of this agelessly cool torch singer.

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