Peggy Lee : Is That All There Is?

Peggy Lee : Is That All There Is?


Peggy Lee with orchestras conducted by Benny Carter, Randy Newman, and Mundell Lowe

Capitol 386

Pure Pleasure Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Is That All There Is?
A2 - Love Story
A3 - Me And My Shadow
A4 - My Old Flame
A5 - I'm A Woman
B1 - Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show
B2 - Something
B3 - Whistle For Happiness
B4 - Johnny (Linda)
B5 - Don't Smoke In Bed

Recorded from January to October 1969 at Capitol Studios in Hollywood.

Is That All There Is? 's eponymous title track won Lee the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance, Female at the 12th Grammy Awards. and then later was named to the Grammy Hall of Fame.

When Peggy Lee became well-known in the 1940s, swing and jazz-influenced pop dominated the musical landscape. In the 1960s, however, it was a whole new world in popular music. The British Invasion and Motown — not big bands — were mainstream, and to the Baby Boomer youths of the 1960s, Lee was part of "our parents' music." But the singer had a major hit with 1969's Is That All There Is?, one of the best-selling albums of her career. While this isn't a rock album per se — Lee's foundation was still jazz-influenced pop — it acknowledges pop-rock tastes of the 1960s without being unfaithful to her history. Everything on this LP is a gem, and that includes a moody remake of Lee's 1940s hit "Don't Smoke in Bed" as well as classic arrangements of George Harrison's "Something," Neil Diamond's "Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show," Leiber & Stoller's "I'm a Woman," and Randy Newman's "Love Story."
The LP's centerpiece, however, is Newman's hit arrangement of Leiber & Stoller's title song, which was covered by P.J. Harvey in the 1990s. Influenced by German cabaret, this half-spoken, half-sung treasure is as hauntingly soulful as it is maudlin. The song's outlook is far from optimistic; essentially, it's saying that we might as well grab our moments of pleasure and enjoyment where we can find them because ultimately, life is nothing more than a meaningless series of disappointments. But there's nothing disappointing about Is That All There Is?, an LP that is most certainly among Lee's finest accomplishments.

This Pure Pleasure LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas.