Peggy Lee

Let’s Love 2009

Collectors’ Choice Music, US
(WWCCM2077)
November, 2009
Wide release: January 26, 2010

Recorded and released in 1974 by Atlantic Records, Let’s Love is best remembered for its title song, which was presented to Peggy as a gift by a longtime admirer named Paul McCartney. The former Beatle also produced the song and played piano on its instrumental track, recorded at EMI’s Abbey Road studios in London. He later joined Peggy in Los Angeles for her vocal overdub.

Let’s Love is among the most thoroughly contemporary albums by Peggy. All but one of its ten songs were recent compositions, including cover versions of James Taylor’s Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight and the recent Stylistics hitYou Make Me Feel Brand New. The album’s sole standard, Irving Berlin’sAlways, received a decidedly modern, downright funky instrumental setting. The jazz- and R&B-influenced arrangements were by veteran composer and arranger Dave Grusin, who co-produced the album with Peggy and shared writing credit with her on the song The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. Peggy added lyrics to his theme for the 1968 film of the same name.

This is the second appearance of Let’s Love on CD. Its first release, in 2003, was a limited-edition pressing by Rhino Handmade that is now out of print. For this version, Collectors’ Choice has included new liner notes by James Ritz, who previously supplied notes for CD releases by Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin and Frank Sinatra, among others.

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Let’s Love
Originally released as Atlantic 18108 (1974)

1. Let’s Love
2. He Is the One
3. Easy Evil
4. Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
5. Always
6. You Make Me Feel Brand New
7. Sweet Lov’liness
8. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
9. Sweet Talk
10. Sometimes
11. Let’s Love (Reprise)