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Billie Holiday Love Songs

Billie HolidayAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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listen  5. The Very Thought Of YouBillie Holiday 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. They Can't Take That Away From Me (Album Version)Billie Holiday 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (78rpm Version)Billie Holiday 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Them There Eyes (Album Version)Billie Holiday 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Night And Day (Album Version)Billie Holiday 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen15. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me (Album Version)Billie Holiday 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love) (Album Version)Billie Holiday 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Audio CD (March 11, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: March 12, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Legacy/Columbia
  • ASIN: B000002ACT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,542 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Billie Holiday Love Songs by Billie Holiday

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Culled from the Columbia Records reissue packages, variously released under the multivolume Quintessential Billie Holiday umbrella, this package goes straight for the love songs, the heart of Holiday. Ranging from such playful lyrics as "Let's Do It" and "Them There Eyes" to such essential Holiday as "You Go to My Head," "The Very Thought of You," and "Easy Living," this set is guaranteed to keep the home fires burning brightly. Lay this one on your lover next Valentine's Day. As was so frequently the case with Holiday, the ensemble support is impeccable, including many of the swingers from Columbia's Greatest Hits package. The bonus here is Count Basie on piano, leading his swinging big band on "They Can't Take That Away from Me." --Willard Jenkins

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Billie Holiday primer w/best sound possible August 14, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This compilation collects the very love songs from what is probably Billie's best records, the early Columbia (Brunswick/Vocalion) records. Those records do not equal her later records in terms of recording quality nor does it match the nuanced phrasing of her Verve records. What they have going is a young and fresh sounding Billie fronting unbeatable arrangements and performances. They also have some great upbeat material that would become increasingly absent towards the end of Billie's recording career, showing just how much she could do (as her voice faded, she became less capable of handling such material convincingly).
All the Columbia material was collected on the 9 volume "Quintessential" set, but unfortunately, while half of the stuff is pure gold, there's also a lot of dreck. Furthermore, all 9 volumes have poor, compressed sound, and some great stuff comes off limp and lifeless. "Love Songs" rectifies this, and it's just amazing how much better everything is once it's been put through Sony's 20-bit fairy dust. Now if they would only go back and re-do it all in a tightly packaged 6 CD set...
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential songs. Essential Singer. February 3, 2005
Format:Audio CD
What can one say here, that hasn't already been said of Billie Holiday... I come not to praise but simply to say, "Pick this up!" 11 bux (unless you get it used) for a fat-load, a veritable goldmine, of great tunes sung by one of the last century's most soulful and velvetine singers, each with incredibly superb backing (the players include Count Basie((!!!)), Gene Krupa, Lester Young, Al Casey and Freddie Green, among other badass greats of the time).

Each note of these songs is art. Language shudders under the weight of describing how wonderful this music is. The songs always end making you wish teh band had just played on... And the thematic unity is never cumbersome- yes they're all love songs, but what are looking for? Protest music?

Also Recommended- if you get this plus the Sony comp "Blue Billie," (I love that collection, cheap copies abound, and it's not really soooo bluesy- just more meditative and pensive songs and many of the songs have the term "blue" in the title, but most swing!). Get those two and you got 31 great tracks of swingin', depression-era Billie. Only one overlap track- "Night and Day." Both CDs are remastered lovely and nice, the sound is clear, warm, sumptuous.

Or pick up Lady in Autumn (another fave of mine), for more voluptuous recordings, later in her life.

Honestly though, you can't go wrong with Billie.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Billie Sings Like No Woman Can December 6, 2000
By Peter
Format:Audio CD
Sony-Columbia once again comes up aces in their great job remastering and choosing the songs on this collection. Billie not only sounds wonderful, the sound quality itself is excellent. Majority of the hisses have been taken out. Holiday recorded these songs at a time when she was still fresh and upbeat, and this is reflected in her singing (or her drug habit hadn't fully kicked in yet). The song selection is hard to fault, most of them waxing romantic optimism. Even on the torchier numbers, the mood is still wistful as opposed to downright depressing as she would sound later in her career. One only wishes Sony had included more numbers on this set. Maybe there'll be a Love Songs Volume 2 next time?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really a sampler but a Good Place to Start March 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
My addiction to Billie Holiday since my childhood makes it impossible for me to do with just this much of Billie from the 1930s and early 1940s. I have it all!

Still, if you are not ready to take the ultimate step and get it all, this is a wonderful place to start. Too much is said about Billie Holiday as a life tragedy in various stages, when what is important is her life as a jazz musician and singer. In that regard these are revolutionary records that will be treasured as long as people have ears. It is very hard to really explain how good these recordings are. You simply need them and listen and enjoy them and have them swing you to know.

Holiday swings in a way that no singer to her time, even her one predecessor of note, The Great Louis Armstrong, swings. She swang so well that she immediately attracted the greatest of swing musicians who wanted to be part of these sessions for the musical experience. In a sense these recordings were a chance for them to jam together in loose arrangements and be more innovative and creative than they were with the orchestras they played with.

Of course, the great collaboration captured on so many of these recordings is the one between Lester Young and Billie. They were great musical friends and personal friends until Billie became a heroin addict at which point Lester didn't much want to be around her.

As much as I am a Lester Young man to the death (his framed picture hangs in my home), Billie's collaboration with pianist Teddy Wilson who plays on and directed most of these recordings (many were recorded as Teddy Wilson Orchestra sides)needs to be explored. Likewise, her work with the great bassists and rhythm players on these records needs to be appreciated.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Nathan
Format:Audio CD
It's one of those names that e'ybody's heard, but lotsa people, 'specially my age group (the under-25 category), have yet to truly embrace. But, lemme tell y'all that Lady Day was one of a kind. There's been certain vocalists over the past century that have an alluring quality about them and who's impact has etched them into history, allowing them to constantly be re-discovered by a new generation. It's when music becomes more than music. It's when it becomes a part of our collective conscious and everyday lives. Billie Holiday is an artist that my ol' grandmother used to listen to, and she probably woulda never thought that I would be comin' home from work, sittin' back in my easy chair, and listenin' to these old songs from the 30s and 40s crackle out of my stereo speakers. As with all the great singers, I feel every word she sings. While there are many legendary jazz musicians that are providing her with her backdrop, including Duke Ellington, Ben Webster, Lester Young, and others, Holiday's delivery is the real showcase. She sang straight from her gut. Her voice is smooth and rough, rich and gritty, raw and lovely, all at the same time. These are all sweet, romantic and cherishable love songs that are absolutely timeless in appeal. The story of her life is certainly a tragic one, but hearing her sing these wistful and almost-innocent numbers you'd never know it. If you've never listened to Ms. Holiday, don't deprive yourself of such great music any longer. This is a great place to get started. Chances are, once you hear this, you'll want to hear more. As for me, I think I'm gonna go crack a few brews, sit in my easy chair, put my feet up, and put this in my stereo. Ahhh, yeah, it doesn't get much better than this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good "album" and very much worth the purchase price
Loved the music but I have yet to run across a Billie Holiday recording that I didn't like. I was extremely happy with my purchase
Published 16 days ago by Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars Theres nothing better than Billie
If you,love Billie holiday, this is a wonderful collection of her timeless love ballads. If you're contemplating trying it on for size....do it! Read more
Published 22 days ago by Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Billie Holiday Love Songs
One of her best CD's. Great voice, sad life for a wonderful singer.
Published 25 days ago by JM. Trosinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's Billie and a great collection. What more can I say?!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant
Published 1 month ago by Cinisterella
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Together with Beethoven in a world apart. Well recorded
Published 2 months ago by Michael Meguid
5.0 out of 5 stars Appreciated so much for the international delivery~~
I love this album and appreciated so much for the international delivery. Thank you.
Published 2 months ago by Julia Wang
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Good Job
Published 3 months ago by Adelina Valdezdoherty
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
NICE TO LISTEN TO ONCE IN A WHILE. TURNED DOWN LOW
Published 3 months ago by Gary m Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE
What else is there but loving someone? And being loved? Well, this beautiful, BEAUTIFUL recording tells it all. Puts one in another world, so to speak. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Marie Ghiozzi
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