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"Black Coffee - v2" album lyrics

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Discs1
GenrePop, Jazz
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Released1956-08-20
Record labelDecca US (Classics), Msi Music/Super D
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AddedApril 18th, 2011
Last updatedMarch 27th, 2018
AboutBlack Coffee is the first album by Peggy Lee, released in the ten-inch format in 1953 on Decca Records in the United States, catalogue DL 5482. In 1956, at the request of the record label, Lee recorded four more songs for a reissue of the album in the twelve-inch LP format, catalogue DL 8358.

By 1953, Lee had been recording professionally since joining the Benny Goodman Orchestra in 1941, but had only released songs on 78s or 45s. This was her first opportunity to record an album, and in the early 1950s, common record company wisdom reserved the 12" LP for classical music and, in the case of Decca and Columbia Records, cast recordings of Broadway musicals. This practice would end soon after this LP was recorded, ten-inch records discontinued generally by the mid-1950s, Lee adding four songs at sessions in 1956 to expand the running time up to that of the twelve-inch LP.

Neither the 10" nor the 12" release made the Popular Album Chart, the chart expanding to a listing of ten to thirty LPs on average during 1956. Joni Mitchell has declared the album among her favourites, leading off her torch song album of 2000, Both Sides Now, with a selection from Black Coffee, "You're My Thrill". In his book Jazz Singing, Will Friedwald names the album as one of his desert island discs.

Side one
1."Black Coffee" – 3:05
2."I've Got You Under My Skin" – 2:28
3."Easy Living" – 2:44
4."My Heart Belongs to Daddy" – 2:09
5."It Ain't Necessarily So" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) – 3:22
6."Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You?" (Don Redman, Andy Razaf) – 3:22

Side two
1."A Woman Alone With the Blues" – 3:12
2."I Didn't Know What Time It Was" – 2:18
3."When the World Was Young" – 3:16
4."Love Me or Leave Me" – 2:08
5."You're My Thrill" (Sidney Clare, Jay Gorney) – 3:22
6."There's a Small Hotel" (Rodgers, Hart) – 2:44

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