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Peggy Lee/June Christy: The Complete Peggy Lee & June Christy Capitol Transcription Sessions

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Mosaic’s first all-vocal release, The Complete Peggy Lee & June Christy Capitol Transcription Sessions, makes available obscure early material by these jazz-oriented singers. Transcriptions were 16″ disks containing about a dozen songs specifically produced for radio broadcast and not sold in music stores. Their contents tended to be more informal and less jukebox-driven than commercial singles. As Lee recently observed, “We made these transcriptions for radio play only, and I have been hesitant to have them released. They were recorded very quickly, and if we were making a record album we would have done things quite differently. However, if you listen with this in mind, I think you will enjoy what we were doing.”

June Christy had just turned 20 in December 1945 when she cut the first 15 tracks in this collection. Nine months earlier, she had replaced Anita O’Day as vocalist with Stan Kenton’s orchestra, and had sung on only three Kenton recordings before making these transcriptions. Credited to “June Christy and the Kentones,” these performances featured the singer backed by a septet combining Kenton sidemen (saxophonist Boots Mussulli, trombonist Gene Roland) with several ringers, notably guitarist Dave Barbour who, at the time, was married to Peggy Lee, and who appears on all 99 tracks of this five-CD set.

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