Limited Edition 180 Gram Vinyl from Pure Pleasure Records! Audiophile Re-Mastering! Pressed at Pallas in Germany!
Frank Sinatra and Nelson Riddle had a hand in assisting Peggy Lee for this depiction of a woman in love.
Around the same time that Peggy Lee decamped her longtime label home, Capitol Records, for what turned out to be a five-year sojourn at Decca Records in 1952, an apparently washed-up Frank Sinatra signed with Capitol. In 1957, when Lee returned to Capitol, Sinatra had re-established himself as a major recording artist. Meanwhile, the recording world had changed with the emergence of the 12-inch LP as an industry standard. The Man I Love, Lee's first recording for Capitol in the format after re-signing, matched her with the company's flagship artist, Sinatra, who was credited as the album's conductor, his name printed on the front cover in the same size as Lee's. A year earlier, Sinatra had conducted his Tone Poems of Color album for Capitol, and though the singer did not read music and relied on arranger Nelson Riddle, he again proved himself able to make his intentions clear in working with Lee. The Man I Love is a concept album in the manner pioneered by Sinatra at Capitol, a group of 12 songs chosen to express a single theme. That theme, as the title suggests, is a woman's unwavering devotion to a man, as expressed in songs often composed by gilt-edged songwriters (Gershwin, Arlen, Rodgers, Kern, etc.) and taken from Broadway shows. That devotion is not starry eyed, however; in several songs, Lee acknowledges the flaws in her paramour (e.g., "Something Wonderful"), but then explains them away and reconfirms her commitment. In fact, toward the end she worries what she would do "If I Should Lose You" before declaring "There Is No Greater Love" and finally idealizing the long-term relationship in the closing song, "The Folks Who Live on the Hill." It wouldn't be surprising to find that Sinatra directed Lee to sing like one of his favorite singers, Billie Holiday, since she often does, laying back in understated vocal performances to reinforce the near-victimhood of the woman depicted in the songs. Riddle supports these interpretations with lush string charts that hint of dark feelings. The result is a superb pairing of singer, conductor, and arranger on an album that re-conceives Lee as a Capitol recording artist in the Sinatra concept album mold.
"There is a very specific formula to the recording. However, the brilliant arrangements by Nelson Riddle and Lees understated versatility are a great fit. Recorded in mono, Pure Pleasure Records has re-mastered the tapes with unusual clarity and tone quality. The orchestra is full but nuanced and Lees voice is mellow and alluring. Audiophile vinyl is the ideal medium for this genre" - Robbie Gerson, www.audaud.com, 4.5 Stars!
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180 Gram Vinyl
Pressed at Pallas in Germany
Re-mastered by Ron McMaster at Capitol Studios!
Peggy Lee, vocals
Nelson Riddle, orchestra arrangements
Frank Sinatra, conductor
1. The Man I Love
2. Please Be Kind
3. Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe
4. Just One Way To Say I Love You
5. That's All
6. Something Wonderful
1. He's My Guy
2. Then I'll Be Tired Of You
3. My Heart Stood Still
4. If I Should Lose You
5. There Is No Greater Love
6. The Folks Who Live On the Hill