RELEASE
1991
LABEL
MCA
GENRES
Country, Rockabilly, Country-Pop, Rock & Roll, Traditional Country, Nashville Sound/Countrypolitan, AM Pop, Early Pop/Rock

Album Review

Brenda Lee hasn't been treated well by reissue culture -- no remastered albums -- and, excepting the Bear Family box set she deserved (and received), only a few compilations, like this two-disc set from MCA. Fortunately, Anthology, Vols. 1 & 2 (1956-1980) is all most fans will need to appreciate why Lee was one of the most intense performing personalities recording in Nashville, just behind Elvis Presley. But Lee had more power than Presley, and more control as well, and the two ranked nearly even in delivery. (Of course, Elvis received song material of a much higher quality than she did.) Her first hit, "Dynamite," along with "Sweet Nothin's," and "Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home" rank with the best country/pop/rockabilly performances of the era. Lee could pull off bright novelties such as "Let's Jump the Broomstick" or "Dum Dum" with no problem, and add something new to a well-worn standard, like her bluesy, swinging version of Leiber & Stoller's "Kansas City," or the vocal jazz chestnut "You Can Depend on Me." As the later material here proves, Lee also excelled in the melodramatic countrypolitan mode; moving from teenaged exuberance to middle-aged reflection and resignation -- in character, of course; she only turned 30 in 1974 -- to bring across moving country heartbreakers "Johnny One Time," "As Usual," and "Emotions." The track selection is excellent, touching on every major performance of her career, as well as those she's best known for in rock circles: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and "Is It True?," the latter a 1964 rock & roll hit recorded in London with Jimmy Page on guitar.
John Bush, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Jambalaya (On the Bayou) [#]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207
  2. Bigelow 6-200http://itunes.apple.com/album/bigelow-6-200/id458207?i=458128&uo=5
  3. One Step at a Timehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/one-step-at-a-time/id458207?i=458130&uo=5
  4. Dynamitehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/dynamite-1957-single-version/id458207?i=458132&uo=5
  5. Little Jonah (Rock on Your Steel Guitar)http://itunes.apple.com/album/little-jonah-rock-on-your/id458207?i=458134&uo=5
  6. Let's Jump the Broomstickhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/lets-jump-the-broomstick/id458207?i=458136&uo=5
  7. Rockin' Around the Christmas Treehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/rockin-around-christmas-tree/id458207?i=458138&uo=5
  8. Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Homehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/bill-bailey-wont-you-please/id458207?i=458140&uo=5
  9. Sweet Nothin'shttp://itunes.apple.com/album/sweet-nothins/id458207?i=458142&uo=5
  10. Weep No More My Babyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/weep-no-more-my-baby/id458207?i=458144&uo=5
  11. I Want to Be Wantedhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/i-want-to-be-wanted-per-tutta/id458207?i=458146&uo=5
  12. That's All You Gotta Dohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/thats-all-you-gotta-do/id458207?i=458148&uo=5
  13. I'm Sorryhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/im-sorry/id458207?i=458150&uo=5
  14. Emotionshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/emotions/id458207?i=458152&uo=5
  15. If You Love Me (Really Love Me)http://itunes.apple.com/album/if-you-love-me-really-love-me/id458207?i=458154&uo=5
  16. You Can Depend on Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-can-depend-on-me/id458207?i=458156&uo=5
  17. Kansas Cityhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/kansas-city/id458207?i=458158&uo=5
  18. Dum Dumhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/dum-dum/id458207?i=458160&uo=5
  19. Fool #1http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207
  20. So Deephttp://itunes.apple.com/album/so-deep/id458207?i=458164&uo=5
  21. Break It to Me Gentlyhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207
  22. Everybody Loves Me But Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207
  23. Heart in Handhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207
  24. Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207
  25. All Alone Am Ihttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207
  26. My Coloring Bookhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207
  27. Losing Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207
  28. I Wonderhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207
  29. The Grass Is Greenerhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207
  30. My Whole World Is Falling Downhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207
  31. As Usualhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207
  32. Is It True?http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207
  33. Too Many Rivershttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207
  34. Coming on Stronghttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207
  35. Johnny One Timehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207
  36. Nobody Winshttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207
  37. Big Four Poster Bedhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207
  38. Rock On Babyhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207
  39. Tell Me What It's Likehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207
  40. Broken Trusthttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207
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