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listen  1. The Man I Love (Album Version)Billie Holiday 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. My Melancholy Baby (Album Version)Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra; vocal by Ella Fitzgerald 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Prisoner Of Love (Album Version)Lena Horne;Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Nice Work If You Can Get It (Album Version)Sarah Vaughan;George Treadwell & His All-Stars 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. I'll Never Be The Same (Album Version)Billie Holiday;Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon) (Album Version)Sarah Vaughan;George Treadwell & His All-Stars 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. What A Little Moonlight Can Do (Album Version)Billie Holiday;Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Ain't Misbehavin' (Album Version)Sarah Vaughan;George Treadwell & His All-Stars 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Out Of Nowhere (Album Version)Lena Horne;Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. All My Life (Album Version)Ella Fitzgerald;Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. I'm Gonna Lock My Heart (And Throw Away The Key) (Album Version)Billy Holiday 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Goodnight My LoveSarah Vaughan;George Treadwell & His All-Stars 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 7, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000029FJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,303 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The sound quality is better than I remember.
Mary Sue Whiting
This is a wonderful opportunity to compare the art and craft of four great song stylists--Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Lena Horne.
Steven A. Peterson
Lena sings this with panache and I love every minute of it.
Matthew G. Sherwin

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This collection was first issued in the mid '50s as "Ella, Lena and Billie" - Sarah was added later - and if you don't know these great vocalists by their first names, you must be from the Moon. The sessions by Billie and Ella are from the '30s, and Lena's sessions are from 1941. Most of these numbers were recorded with a Teddy Wilson-led band which included several of Basie's sidemen. The Sarah Vaughn numbers were recorded in 1950 with a lineup that included Miles Davis on trumpet. It's wonderful to hear these singers in the early stages of their careers. The sound quality is better than one might expect.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Billie, Ella, Lena, Sarah is an excellent sampler album that also lets us compare the vocal qualities of four great songbirds: Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne and Sarah Vaughan. The sound quality is excellent and I love that artwork! This is one CD that many people will want for their collections.

The track sets opens with the immortal Billie Holiday singing her heart out on "The Man I Love." Billie never misses a note and she sings with all the heart and soul of an accomplished chanteuse. The music that goes with her vocals is very well done as well. "My Melancholy Baby" is an early recording by the great Ella Fitzgerald; she sings this so well you'll instantly know she was born to sing songs like this! Ella's voice is clear as a bell; and I really like that. Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra play perfectly, too--listen for that brass--the horn solo is also gorgeous! Great!

"Prisoner Of Love" features Lena Horne front and center--and that's quite all right by me! Lena sings this with panache and I love every minute of it. The horn solo is again rather strikingly beautiful and it goes with Lena's vocals very well. Listen also for the great Sarah Vaughan on "It's Nice Work If You Get It;" Sarah delivers this with style, grace and all her heart. We again get a fantastic horn solo that embellishes the number considerably and Sarah never sings a superfluous note.

"I'll Never Be The Same" is another early Billie Holiday recording that is absolutely marvelous when Billie gives this her all; and there's also Billie on "What A Little Moonlight Can Do." Excellent! Billie sings like the great songbird she was and still remains.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 1999
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This album introduced me to jazz a couple of years ago. Now, I'm a big fan. I know the work of Amstrong, Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Nina Simone and others. Still, this is the best I have.The lyrics, instrumental richness and even the imperfect recording quality makes it really charming and beautiful. Horne's emotion in "Prisioner of Love" and all Sarah's performances give it an extra star.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RSProds TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Five Tremendous Stars!! Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, and Sarah Vaughan!! Four of the best singers "there ever was" sing truly classic songs from early in their careers. This sampler 'freeze-frames' the careers of these tremendous singers at a crucial time when they were the rage of the jazz world, in a jazz constellation that included many other fabulous singers like Anita O'Day and Carmen McRae.

From the Ella Fitzgerald sessions with Teddy Wilson's orchestra in 1936 to Sarah Vaughan fronting George Treadwell's All Stars with Miles Davis, Benny Green, Tony Scott, and guitarist Mundell Lowe on piano of all things in 1950, these classic pieces are dated in sound and arrangement, BUT not in performance. These are truly timeless classics that can be enjoyed over and over by the 21st Century music fan. Indeed, any jazz singer of today would give anything to be able to duplicate these stellar performances.

In between the Fitzgerald and Vaughan "bookend" sessions, we find the inimitable Billie Holiday with her very own orchestra in the late 1930's, including Lester Young, Buck Clayton, Sweets Edison, and Jo Jones, and Lena Horne with another version of the Teddy Wilson Orchestra from 1936 featuring Emmet Berry and Jimmy Hamilton. Ms Horne only gets two tracks ("Prisoner of Love" and "Out of Nowhere"), but she uses them to telling effect as a jazz vocalist who would later become best known as a pop singer who never forgot her jazz roots. Ms Fitzgerald likewise gets two tracks within which to weave her vocal magic and she does just that with sizzling, memorable renditions of "My Melancholy Baby" and "All of My Life".

I usually pick out "Pieces De Resistance", the best of the best, from each CD, but this is an impossible task with this compendium.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Cary A Wing on May 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
There are not enough adjectives for the tremendous impact of this recording - all it takes is one play - one memory - cascades! These ladies are to "Die For".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Carter on July 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This cd is a nice introduction to the earlier years of these Great Ladies of Song! Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 12, 2007
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This is a wonderful opportunity to compare the art and craft of four great song stylists--Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Lena Horne. The songs were recorded over the period from 1935 to 1950. The CD works not so much as a seamless piece of art, but it works as a means of introducing people to four great singers, while--at the same time--allowing those listeners to make their own comparisons of their respective talents.

Overall, I think that this works pretty well. One can wish that other selections had been used on this CD, but with so few cuts available, this works about as well as one could expect.

Some samples:

Billie Holiday begins the CD with her "The Man I Love." This Gershwin song is done justice by her wonderful voice, as she imagines a love to come and considers how she "can make him stay." Evocative singing. There is the hope of coming love. On Monday? Or Tuesday? This cut also features some nice backing orchestral work.

Ella Fitzgerald follows with "My Melancholy Baby." This is an up tempo rendering of this song. Teddy Wilson's Orchestra backs Fitzgerald most ably. Her voice is in fine form and she provides us an estimable rendition of the work.

Lena Horne, "Prisoner of Love." Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra provide terrific backing. Her smooth voice serves this song well; the voice almost caresses the words as she sings lines such as:
"I need no shackles to remind me
I'm just a prisoner of love."

Sarah Vaughan, "Nice Work if You Can Get It." Another Gershwin song and another great voice to sing it. Once more, superb orchestral support for the singer. And what lines!

"Nice work if you can get it,
And you can get it if you try."
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