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The Definitive Collection: Brenda Lee

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Album Review

Like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and only a few others, Brenda Lee could sound equally wonderful whether she was tearing into an upbeat rock & roll number or crooning a melancholy countrypolitan ballad. The fact that she demonstrated ample knowledge of both even before getting halfway through her teenage years made her achievements much more special. MCA's The Definitive Collection befits its title in one area: it's the definitive collection of her Billboard chart history, where most — but not all — of her artistic excellence occurred. The disc includes a full 28 tracks, but dispatches her early history as a rock firebrand with only three songs (when even ten wouldn't have been overdoing it), and moves quickly to her decade-long mastery of the forlorn, love-scorned ballad. It's a fact that most new listeners with a potential appreciation for Lee's talents would be drawn to her earlier rockabilly material, not her balladry, so this is a lost opportunity that some other collection will have to remedy. (In fact, the two-disc Anthology [1956-1980] proves that there's enough excellent Brenda Lee material to fill two discs.)

Customer Reviews

The Definitive Collection by Brenda Lee

This album brought back so many memories of my pre-teen and teenage years. I was looking for a few Brenda Lee songs and found that they were all on this album, plus many more that I had forgotten about.

The Definitive Collection: Brenda Lee

The awesome voice of a little package of dynamite. Brenda Lee at her very best.

Good things come in small packages.

Britney, Christina, Beyonce, etc...none of them hold up to Brenda's voice. There hasn't been a voice like Brenda Lee's in the last 50 years, play any of her ballads and if it does not bring something out of you emotionally, you are dead.

Biography

Born: December 11, 1944 in Lithonia, GA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the biggest pop stars of the early '60s, Brenda Lee hasn't attracted as much critical respect as she deserves. She is sometimes inaccurately characterized as one of the few female teen idols. More crucially, the credit for achieving success with pop-country crossovers usually goes to Patsy Cline, although Lee's efforts in this era were arguably of equal importance. While she made few recordings of note after the mid-'60s, the best of her first...
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