Collectors’ Choice Music, US
Original release date: March, 2008
Wide release date: May 27, 2008
Collectors’ Choice Music, in association with EMI Music Special Markets, presents Peggy’s much-admired 1960 compilation album All Aglow Again! on CD in its entirety for the first time, with six complementary bonus tracks.
Although Capitol Records released several compilation albums throughout Peggy’s long association with the label, All Aglow Again! was more than a recycled “greatest hits” package upon its original release. It presented three previously-unheard songs from Peggy’s last 1952 session for the label before her five-year foray at Decca Records — Whee, Baby (co-written by Peggy); Louisville Lou; and Let’s Call It a Day — along with her major 1948 hit Manana. Of a more recent vintage,All Aglow Again! featured her 1958-59 chart hits Fever; Hallelujah, I Love Him So; and My Man, all then making their first appearances on a long-playing album. Added to the mix were her other recent singles Where Do I Go from Here? (from the current Broadway musical Fiorello!); You Don’t Know (the original flipside for Fever); You Deserve; and I’m Lookin’ Out the Window, a new adaptation of the folk ballad Go ‘Way from My Window. Finally, It Keeps You Young, a previously-unreleased side from a 1957 session with Nelson Riddle, made its debut on the All Aglow Again! album — just as it makes its CD debut on this release.
The CD’s six bonus tracks are taken from 1957-58 singles that escaped LP release: Listen to the Rockin’ Bird; Baby, Baby Wait for Me; Uninvited Dream (the CD debut of the version originally released); Every Night; and two minor chart entries, Sweetheart and Light of Love. Jack Marshall arranged and conducted ten of the CD’s 18 tracks, Nelson Riddle four, Sid Feller three (the 1952 tracks), and Dave Barbour one (Manana). Four of the tracks are presented in stereo versions for the very first time.
Holly Foster-Wells, Peggy’s granddaughter, shares reminiscences in the CD’s booklet, alongside liner notes by Jim Pierson, producer of this series of Peggy releases from Collectors’ Choice.
Produced by Jim Pierson, all four releases in this Collectors’ Choice series (Make It With You / Where Did They Go; The Lost ’40s and 50’s Capitol Masters; All Aglow Again!; Then Was Then, Now Is Now / Bridge Over Troubled Water) will be available exclusively from Collectors’ Choice upon initial release in mid-March, 2008, and available in wider release on May 27, 2008.
Excerpts from reviews
In 1958, when Lee’s “Fever” hit the Billboard charts, Capitol did not rush to the stores with a Fever album — that idea only became standard in the record business a few years later. Instead, the label used “Fever” as the lead-off track on a budget LP called All Aglow Again, which turned out to be a tidy collection of her hits for the label. That album is part of the new Collectors’ Choice gathering and, like the rest, it’s reissued with marvelous sound, packaging, and bonus tracks…. In the late ’50s and early ’60s — the glory years of her career — Lee was juggling traditions, keeping current with Elvis Presley and Ray Charles (as on “Hallelujah, I Love Him So”) whilst continuing to record standards and new show tunes (“Where Do I Go from Here”). — Will Friedwald, New York Sun
While this newly remastered version of All Aglow Again! includes a nice version of Lee’s 1947 million-seller, “Manana,” most Lee fans will want to purchase this CD for the rare and bonus tracks this set has to offer. The rarest track is the Charles Singleton/Larry Coleman composition “It Keeps You Young.” Arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle, the big band arrangement behind Lee sounds wonderful and it’s obvious she was enjoying herself. Oddly, “It Keeps You Young” has never been reissued until now…. It’s hard to believe that Peggy Lee’s version of “Fever” is fifty years old in 2008. For me, “Fever” is one of those songs that never gets old. It sounds fresh and new every time I play it…. If you’re not familiar with her work, All Aglow Again! is a great place to start. If you’re a fan, Collectors’ Choice has done such a great job remastering and including rare and bonus tracks, this re-release of All Aglow Again! is a must-have. — Rebecca Wright, Elastic Pop
All Aglow Again!
Originally released as Capitol T-1366 (1960)
2. Where Do I Go from Here? – previously unreleased stereo version
3. Whee, Baby
4. My Man
5. You Deserve – previously unreleased stereo version
7. Hallelujah, I Love Him So
8. You Don’t Know – previously unreleased stereo version
9. Louisville Lou
10. I’m Lookin’ Out the Window
11. It Keeps You Young
12. Let’s Call It a Day
13. Listen to the Rockin’ Bird – Capitol single 3811 (1957)
14. Uninvited Dream – Capitol single 3811 (1957)
15. Baby, Baby Wait for Me – Capitol single 3722 (1957)
16. Every Night – Capitol single 3722 (1957)
17. Sweetheart – Capitol single 4071 (1958) – previously unreleased stereo version
18. The Light of Love – Capitol single 4071 (1958)