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&at=11l9vR
  2. Bigelow 6-200http://itunes.apple.com/album/bigelow-6-200/id458207?i=458128&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. One Step at a Timehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/one-step-at-a-time/id458207?i=458130&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Dynamitehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/dynamite-1957-single-version/id458207?i=458132&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Little Jonah (Rock on Your Steel Guitar)http://itunes.apple.com/album/little-jonah-rock-on-your/id458207?i=458134&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Let's Jump the Broomstickhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/lets-jump-the-broomstick/id458207?i=458136&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Rockin' Around the Christmas Treehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/rockin-around-christmas-tree/id458207?i=458138&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Homehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/bill-bailey-wont-you-please/id458207?i=458140&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Sweet Nothin'shttp://itunes.apple.com/album/sweet-nothins/id458207?i=458142&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Weep No More My Babyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/weep-no-more-my-baby/id458207?i=458144&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. I Want to Be Wantedhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/i-want-to-be-wanted-per-tutta/id458207?i=458146&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. That's All You Gotta Dohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/thats-all-you-gotta-do/id458207?i=458148&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. I'm Sorryhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/im-sorry/id458207?i=458150&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Emotionshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/emotions/id458207?i=458152&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  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&at=11l9vR
  16. You Can Depend on Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-can-depend-on-me/id458207?i=458156&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. Kansas Cityhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/kansas-city/id458207?i=458158&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Dum Dumhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/dum-dum/id458207?i=458160&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. Fool #1http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207&at=11l9vR
  20. So Deephttp://itunes.apple.com/album/so-deep/id458207?i=458164&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. Break It to Me Gentlyhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207&at=11l9vR
  22. Everybody Loves Me But Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207&at=11l9vR
  23. Heart in Handhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207&at=11l9vR
  24. Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207&at=11l9vR
  25. All Alone Am Ihttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207&at=11l9vR
  26. My Coloring Bookhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207&at=11l9vR
  27. Losing Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207&at=11l9vR
  28. I Wonderhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207&at=11l9vR
  29. The Grass Is Greenerhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207&at=11l9vR
  30. My Whole World Is Falling Downhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207&at=11l9vR
  31. As Usualhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207&at=11l9vR
  32. Is It True?http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207&at=11l9vR
  33. Too Many Rivershttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207&at=11l9vR
  34. Coming on Stronghttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207&at=11l9vR
  35. Johnny One Timehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207&at=11l9vR
  36. Nobody Winshttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207&at=11l9vR
  37. Big Four Poster Bedhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207&at=11l9vR
  38. Rock On Babyhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207&at=11l9vR
  39. Tell Me What It's Likehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207&at=11l9vR
  40. Broken Trusthttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=458207&at=11l9vR
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