Love Held Lightly: Rare Songs by Harold Arlen

Love Held Lightly: Rare Songs by Harold Arlen

by Peggy LeePeggy Lee


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In 1988, Peggy Lee was persuaded to leave her casual retirement by the promise of recording some recently unearthed Harold Arlen songs. Her voice was far less attractive and vivacious than it had been even in the '70s, and health problems forced her to record everything from a wheelchair; what's more, when she heard the results, she refused to let the record be released for another three years. Nevertheless, Love Held Lightly is an important album, not just because it saves a few Arlen compositions from the brink of disaster, but also because Lee's unpretty voice serves this material well. When she sings "Come on, Midnight" or "I Had a Love Once," she sings the twilight years with as much poignancy as she sang middle age on her '60s hit, "Is That All There Is?" Her group featured sensitive accompaniment from Ken Peplowski on tenor and Keith Ingham on piano (the latter also arranged and directed). Another highlight, "Buds Won't Bud," blossoms from just another saloon song into a playful, what-the-hell romp. Eight of the songs received their first recording here, including a Lee/Arlen collaboration from decades previously. The only standard, "My Shining Hour" (lyric by Johnny Mercer), comes last, thus allowing Lee to end on a wise, confident note, accompanied only by acoustic guitar.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/13/2006
Label: Harbinger
UPC: 0632433240120
catalogNumber: 2401
Rank: 162860

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peggy Lee   Primary Artist,Vocals
Phil Bodner   Flute,Bass Flute,Alto Saxophone
Ken Peplowski   Tenor Saxophone
Keith Ingham   Piano,Musical Direction
George Masso   Trombone
Grady Tate   Drums
John Chiodini   Guitar
Mark Sherman   Percussion,Vibes
Jay Leonhart   Bass
Glenn Zottola   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Keith Ingham and His Octet   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Peggy Lee   Composer
Ken Bloom   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Keith Ingham   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Harold Arlen   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Andrew Milano   Engineer
Martin Charnin   Composer
Edward Jablonski   Liner Notes
Truman Capote   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Carolyn Leigh   Composer
LuAnn Graffeo Blonkowski   Art Direction
Bill Rudman   Audio Production

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