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Disc 1:

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listen  1. Body And Soul (Live (1945/Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles))Billie Holiday 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Strange Fruit (Live At Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles/1945)Billie Holiday 2:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. I Cried For You (Live (1946/Carnegie Hall))Billie Holiday 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Fine And Mellow (Live (1946/Carnegie Hall))Billie Holiday 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. He's Funny That Way (Live (1946/Carnegie Hall))Billie Holiday 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Man I Love (Live (1946/Carnegie Hall))Billie Holiday 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You? (Live (1946/Carnegie Hall))Billie Holiday 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. All Of Me (Live (1946/Carnegie Hall))Billie Holiday 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Billie's Blues (Live (1946/Carnegie Hall))Billie Holiday 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Travelin' Light (Live (1946/Shrine Auditorium))Billie Holiday 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. He's Funny That Way (Live (1946/Shrine Auditorium))Billie Holiday 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Norman Granz Announcement (Live (1947/Carnegie Hall))Norman Granz0:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. You Better Go Now (Live (1947/Carnegie Hall))Billie Holiday 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. You're Driving Me Crazy (Live (1947/Carnegie Hall))Billie Holiday 1:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. There Is No Greater Love (Live (1947/Carnegie Hall))Billie Holiday 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. I Cover The Waterfront (Live (1947/Carnegie Hall))Billie Holiday 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Norman Granz Announcement (Live (1947/Carnegie Hall))Norman Granz0:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon)Billie Holiday 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Blue MoonBillie Holiday 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. You Go To My HeadBillie Holiday 2:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. You Turned The Tables On MeBillie Holiday 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Easy To LoveBillie Holiday 2:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)Billie Holiday 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. I Only Have Eyes For YouBillie Holiday 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. SolitudeBillie Holiday 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Everything I Have Is YoursBillie Holiday 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Love For SaleBillie Holiday 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. MoonglowBillie Holiday 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. TenderlyBillie Holiday 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. If The Moon Turns GreenBillie Holiday 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. RememberBillie Holiday 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Autumn In New YorkBillie Holiday 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Autumn In New YorkBillie Holiday 3:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. My ManBillie Holiday 2:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Lover, Come Back To MeBillie Holiday 3:35$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen11. Stormy WeatherBillie Holiday 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. YesterdaysBillie Holiday 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. He's Funny That WayBillie Holiday 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. I Can't Face The MusicBillie Holiday 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. MC And Leonard Feather Announcements (Live (1954/Cologne))Billie Holiday0:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Blue Moon (Live (1954/Cologne))Billie Holiday 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. All Of Me (Live (1954/Cologne))Billie Holiday 1:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. My Man (Live (1954/Cologne))Billie Holiday 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Them There Eyes (Live (1954/Cologne))Billie Holiday 1:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. I Cried For You (Live (1954/Cologne))Billie Holiday 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. What A Little Moonlight Can Do (Live (1954/Cologne))Billie Holiday 2:40$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen22. I Cover The Waterfront (Live (1954/Cologne))Billie Holiday 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Leonard Feather Announcement (Live (1954/Cologne))Leonard Feather0:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Billie's Blues (Live (1954/Cologne))Billie Holiday11:39$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Lover, Come Back To Me (Live (1954/Cologne))Billie Holiday 6:45$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  2. How Deep Is The Ocean?Billie Holiday 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. What A Little Moonlight Can DoBillie Holiday 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. I Cried For YouBillie Holiday 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Love Me Or Leave MeBillie Holiday 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. P.S. I Love YouBillie Holiday 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Too Marvelous For WordsBillie Holiday 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. SoftlyBillie Holiday 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I Thought About YouBillie Holiday 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Willow Weep For MeBillie Holiday 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Stormy Blues (Single Version)Billie Holiday 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Say It Isn't SoBillie Holiday 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. I've Got My Love To Keep Me WarmBillie Holiday 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. I Wished On The MoonBillie Holiday 6:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. AlwaysBillie Holiday 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Everything Happens To MeBillie Holiday 6:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Do Nothing Till You Hear From MeBillie Holiday 5:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Ain't Misbehavin'Billie Holiday 4:39$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 4:

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listen  1. Nice Work If You Can Get It (Rehearsal Version)Billie Holiday 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Discussion; Nice Work If You Can Get ItBillie Holiday0:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mandy Is TwoBillie Holiday 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Prelude To A KissBillie Holiday 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. I Must Have That Man!Billie Holiday 1:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Jeepers CreepersBillie Holiday 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Jeepers CreepersBillie Holiday0:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Discussion; Jeepers CreepersBillie Holiday 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Discussion; Jeepers CreepersBillie Holiday 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm GoneBillie Holiday 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm GoneBillie Holiday 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Discussion; Moonlight In VermontBillie Holiday0:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. MiseryBillie Holiday0:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. RestlessBillie Holiday 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Moonlight In VermontBillie Holiday 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Everything Happens To MeBillie Holiday 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. DiscussionBillie Holiday0:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. I Don't Want To Cry AnymoreBillie Holiday 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. I Don't Want To Cry AnymoreBillie Holiday 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Discussion; I Don't Want To Cry Any MoreBillie Holiday 5:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Everything Happens To MeBillie Holiday 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. DiscussionBillie Holiday 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. When You Are Away, DearBillie Holiday 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. DiscussionBillie Holiday0:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. It Had To Be YouBillie Holiday 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. The Mood That I'm InBillie Holiday0:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Gone With The WindBillie Holiday 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)Billie Holiday 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. DiscussionBillie Holiday 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen30. A Sunbonnet BlueBillie Holiday0:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen31. (I Don't Stand A) Ghost Of A ChanceBillie Holiday 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen32. DiscussionBillie Holiday 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen33. I'm Walkin' Through Heaven With YouBillie Holiday 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen34. DiscussionBillie Holiday0:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen35. Just FriendsBillie Holiday 1:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen36. The Nearness Of YouBillie Holiday 1:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen37. DiscussionBillie Holiday0:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen38. It's Too Hot For WordsBillie Holiday0:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen39. They SayBillie Holiday 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen40. I Won't Believe ItBillie Holiday0:20$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 5:

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listen  1. I Don't Want To Cry Anymore (1955 Version #1)Billie Holiday0:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. I Don't Want To Cry AnymoreBillie Holiday 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Studio Talk; Prelude To A KissBarney Kessel0:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Studio Talk; Prelude To A KissBarney Kessel0:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Prelude To A Kiss (1955 Version)Billie Holiday 5:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. (I Don't Stand) A Ghost Of A Chance With YouBillie Holiday 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. When Your Lover Has GoneBillie Holiday0:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Studio Talk; When Your Lover Has GoneBarney Kessel 1:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Studio TalkBarney Kessel0:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. When Your Lover Has GoneBillie Holiday 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Gone With The WindBillie Holiday 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Studio TalkBarney Kessel0:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm GoneBillie Holiday 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. It Had To Be YouBillie Holiday 4:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Studio TalkBarney Kessel0:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Nice Work If You Can Get ItBillie Holiday 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Come Rain Or Come ShineBillie Holiday 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. I Got A Right To Sing The BluesBillie Holiday 5:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. What's NewBillie Holiday 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. A Fine Romance (Take 1 (Incomplete))Billie Holiday0:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. A Fine RomanceBillie Holiday 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. A Fine Romance (Take 3 (False Start))Billie Holiday0:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. A Fine RomanceBillie Holiday 1:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. A Fine RomanceBillie Holiday 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. A Fine RomanceBillie Holiday0:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. A Fine RomanceBillie Holiday 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. A Fine RomanceBillie Holiday 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Studio TalkBarney Kessel0:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. I Hadn't Anyone Till YouBillie Holiday 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. I Get A Kick Out Of YouBillie Holiday 5:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Everything I Have Is YoursBillie Holiday 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Isn't This A Lovely Day?Billie Holiday 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Discussion; MiseryTony Scott 1:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. IsraelBillie Holiday 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. MiseryBillie Holiday 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. DiscussionTony Scott 1:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I Must Have That Man!Billie Holiday 6:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. DiscussionTony Scott0:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Strange FruitBillie Holiday 5:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Discussion; God Bless The ChildTony Scott 5:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. DiscussionTony Scott 1:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. God Bless The ChildBillie Holiday 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. God Bless The ChildBillie Holiday 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. DiscussionTony Scott0:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. God Bless The ChildBillie Holiday 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. One Never Knows, Does One ?Billie Holiday 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. DiscussionTony Scott 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Beer Barrel Polka (aka ''Roll Out The Barrel'')Billie Holiday 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Some Of These DaysBillie Holiday 1:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. A Yiddishe MommeBillie Holiday0:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. A Yiddishe MommeBillie Holiday 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. DiscussionTony Scott0:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Lady's Back In TownBillie Holiday 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. DiscussionTony Scott 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. DiscussionTony Scott 1:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. One Never Knows, Does One ?Billie Holiday 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. DiscussionTony Scott 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. Unknown TitleBillie Holiday 1:53$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 7:

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listen  1. Trav'lin LightBillie Holiday 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. I Must Have That Man!Billie Holiday 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Some Other SpringBillie Holiday 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Lady Sings The BluesBillie Holiday 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Strange FruitBillie Holiday 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. God Bless The ChildBillie Holiday 3:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Good Morning HeartacheBillie Holiday 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. No Good ManBillie Holiday 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Do Nothing Till You Hear From MeBillie Holiday 4:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Cheek To CheekBillie Holiday 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Ill WindBillie Holiday 6:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Speak LowBillie Holiday 4:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. We'll Be Together AgainBillie Holiday 4:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. All Or Nothing At AllBillie Holiday 5:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Sophisticated LadyBillie Holiday 4:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. April In ParisBillie Holiday 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 


Disc 8:

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listen  1. Lady Sings The Blues With Reading From Lady Sings The Blues (Live (1956/Carnegie Hall)) [feat. Gilbert Millstein]Billie Holiday 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Lady Sings The Blues (Live (1956/Carnegie Hall))Billie Holiday 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do (Live (1956/Carnegie Hall))Billie Holiday 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Trav'lin Light With Reading From Lady Sings The Blues (Live (1956/Carnegie Hall)) [feat. Gilbert Millstein]Billie Holiday0:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Reading From Lady Sings The Blues #3 (Live (1956/Carnegie Hall))Gilbert Millstein 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Billie's Blues (Live (1956/Carnegie Hall))Billie Holiday 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Body And Soul (Live (1956/Carnegie Hall))Billie Holiday 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Reading From Lady Sings The Blues #4 (Live (1956/Carnegie Hall))Gilbert Millstein0:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Don't Explain (Live (1956/Carnegie Hall))Billie Holiday 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Yesterdays (Live (1956/Carnegie Hall))Billie Holiday 1:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (Live (1956/Carnegie Hall))Billie Holiday 1:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. I'll Be Seeing You (Live (1956/Carnegie Hall))Billie Holiday 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Reading From Lady Sings The Blues #5 (Live (1956/Carnegie Hall))Gilbert Millstein 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. My Man (Live (1956/Carnegie Hall))Billie Holiday 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. I Cried For You (Live (1956/Carnegie Hall))Billie Holiday 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Fine And Mellow (Live (1956/Carnegie Hall))Billie Holiday 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. I Cover The Waterfront (Live (1956/Carnegie Hall))Billie Holiday 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. What A Little Moonlight Can Do (Live (1956/Carnegie Hall))Billie Holiday 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. I Wished On The MoonBillie Holiday 3:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Moonlight In VermontBillie Holiday 3:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. A Foggy DayBillie Holiday 4:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. I Didn't Know What Time It WasBillie Holiday 5:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Just One Of Those ThingsBillie Holiday0:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Studio Talk #5Barney Kessel0:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Just One Of Those ThingsBillie Holiday 5:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen26. Studio Talk #6Barney Kessel0:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Comes LoveBillie Holiday 3:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen28. Comes Love (False Start / Take 2)Billie Holiday0:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen29. Comes Love (False Start / Take 3)Billie Holiday0:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen30. Comes Love (Master Take 4)Billie Holiday 4:00$1.29  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Day In Day OutBillie Holiday 6:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Darn That DreamBillie Holiday 6:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. But Not For MeBillie Holiday 3:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Body And SoulBillie Holiday 6:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Studio TalkBarney Kessel0:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Just Friends (Instrumental)Barney Kessel 6:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Studio TalkBarney Kessel0:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Stars Fell On AlabamaBillie Holiday0:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Stars Fell On AlabamaBillie Holiday 4:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Studio Talk; Say It Isn't SoBarney Kessel0:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Say It Isn't SoBillie Holiday 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Studio Talk; Our Love Is Here To StayBarney Kessel0:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Our Love Is Here To StayBillie Holiday 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Studio Talk; One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)Barney Kessel0:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)Billie Holiday 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)Billie Holiday 5:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. They Can't Take That Away From MeBillie Holiday 4:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Embraceable YouBillie Holiday 6:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Let's Call The Whole Thing OffBillie Holiday 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To YouBillie Holiday 5:37$1.29  Buy MP3 


Disc 10:

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listen  1. Willis Conover Announcement (Live (1957/Newport))Willis Conover0:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Johnny Mercer Announcement (Live (1957/Newport))Johnny Mercer0:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Fanfare From Oh, Lady Be Good (Live (1957/Newport))Jo Jones0:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Nice Work If You Can Get It (Live (1957/Newport))Billie Holiday 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Willow Weep For Me (Live (1957/Newport))Billie Holiday 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. My Man (Live (1957/Newport))Billie Holiday 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Lover, Come Back To Me (Live (1957/Newport))Billie Holiday 2:05$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Lady Sings The Blues (Live (1957/Newport))Billie Holiday 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. What A Little Moonlight Can Do (Live (1957/Newport))Billie Holiday 2:53$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen10. Fanfare From Oh, Lady Be Good With Conover Announcement (Live (1957/Newport))Jo Jones0:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Leonard Feather Announcement (Live (1958/Seven Ages Of Jazz Festival))Leonard Feather0:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. I Wished On The Moon (Live (1958/Seven Ages Of Jazz Festival))Billie Holiday 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Lover ManBillie Holiday 3:01$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen14. All The WayBillie Holiday 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. It's Not For Me To SayBillie Holiday 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. I'll Never Smile AgainBillie Holiday 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Just One More ChanceBillie Holiday 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. When It's Sleepy Time Down SouthBillie Holiday 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Don't Worry 'Bout MeBillie Holiday 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Sometimes I'm HappyBillie Holiday 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. You Took Advantage Of MeBillie Holiday 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. There'll Be Some Changes MadeBillie Holiday 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. 'Deed I DoBillie Holiday 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. All Of YouBillie Holiday 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Baby Won't You Please Come HomeBillie Holiday 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 9, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
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  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B0000046P3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Everything, and we do mean everything, that Lady Day recorded for Verve from 1945 to her death in 1959! And it's not just the songs-you get to hear concert introductions, rehearsals and between-take studio chatter, too. Critical opinion on this period of her career is mixed, and there's no denying that Billie's voice isn't at its peak, but it never was her voice so much as her interpretive skills that were at the heart of her appeal. 256 tracks!

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That's right: Ten CDs with everything Billie Holiday recorded on Verve Records between 1945 and her death in 1959--not only the songs, but concert introductions, some of the rehearsals, and between-take studio chatter, too. All of which makes for a definitive portrait of Lady Day in her final years. For a long time these recordings were disparaged because it was said her voice was no longer fine and mellow, "ravaged" by hard living, jail time, booze, and drugs. And there's no question that her later tone is darker, more brittle and unstable than it had been in the '30s--but somehow I find myself listening to this music more often than those Brunswick/Columbia or Decca sides, anyway. Like Frank Sinatra, who so often paid tribute to her influence, Holiday's artistry was never based on virtuosity; it was about interpretation, bringing out the emotions in a song and giving a personal reading. She never stopped doing that, and for all the "strange fruit" you'll find in this collection, it's a gold mine. --Jim Emerson

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Most critics believe Billie's early years were her best years.
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While I am grateful to have so complete a box set as Verve has issued here, I have severe problems with the way the material is presented.
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Now the CDs are separate in plastic jewel cases and the book is a cheaper softback version of the original.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By James Morris on November 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
My Five Star rating is for the music.

I am a long time Billie Holiday fan and love all of her music; it's taken many years, but I am confident that I have acquired virtually everything she ever recorded. Although I enjoy every period of her musical development, I am particularly fond of the tracks she recorded for Norman Granz on the Verve label in the 1950's. Naturally, I was thrilled when this box set was announced.

While I am grateful to have so complete a box set as Verve has issued here, I have severe problems with the way the material is presented. It's nice that they have released virtually everything in the Verve vaults, but in so doing they have included live performances, alternate takes, false starts, and even some rehearsals. That would have been fine with me, if they hadn't decided to place everything in strictly chronological order. We therefore get Lady Day's great studio sessions interspaced with live concert performances, chatter, rehearsals and incomplete takes, and the total effect makes for very poor continuity. It also makes the boxed set, on the whole, very difficult to enjoy.

A few of the live concert performances have never been released before, and I was thrilled to hear some "new" Billie Holiday. But the audio quality and Billie's performance varies greatly on the live material, and the result is very uneven. And the inclusion of the rehearsal material is questionable, even if you're a die-hard fan like me.

The 1955 rehearsal with Jimmie Rowles is particularly problematic. This session was released on an LP called Songs and Conversations shortly after Billie's death, and I was frankly surprised to find it included here.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Joshua on May 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
...Holiday's brilliance, in spite of and in synch with the circumstance of her life does something religious, transcends, translates and transforms everyday existence.
This box set is a great gift to those of us wishing to understand better our love for Lady. The insight into her musical journeys in the final years of her life is fascinating. Although many critics have contended that Holiday's genius lay, for the most part, in her earlier Columbia recordings I feel this box set nullifies that argument. Not because Holiday's Columbia recordings weren't brilliant, but because the Lady we here in her Verve Days is almost a different artist.
Here we have a Billie of resillience as we witness in the recordings of her 1954 Jazz Club USA performance on Dics 2 & 3. We have an artist choosing new (for her) material and revitalized while nearing the end of her life in the 1957 Norman Granz run sessions. We are given a look into the recording world of Holiday will rehearsal tapes from Artie Shapiro's home in 1955. These are particularly interesting as we are given a chance to hear her in both the process of crafting each song. A step from this to the 1955 August 25th recording session tapes allows into the reminiscient dialogue of Billie and her band while reshaping Holiday classics like "Strange Fruit".
My personal highlights hit in the Jazz Club USA jam session of "Billie's Blues", discussion in the '55 studio session over "Nice Work If You Can Get" where Holiday explains why she feels she can never sing a song the same twice. (This is erroneous in actuality - in some ways this being because of the limitations of her substance abuse, but we'll let her have it because we love her.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter on July 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Enough already with all this debate whether her later years ('50s) or early years ('30s) were better. Why can't we all enjoy her music for what it is and represents, which is A LOT! True, Billie Holiday's voice became ravaged, worn and narrow in range as she entered her last decade on earth in the 1950s, but for all that she lost, she made up for in tons of wisdom, experience and feeling in her singing. She'll never scale vocal heights attained by Ella or Sassy, but she's a totally different singer too. Ella or Sass couldn't match Lady's depth of feeling and soulful phrasing, and they all knew it. This gem of a collection (10 CD's!) should provide plenty of feeling, soul, experience---whatever you want to call it---that became Billie Holiday's trademark for the singer that she is remembered for today. A great comprehensive look at the singer in studio album cuts and live concert tracks.
My only reservation was including the home tapings of Lady's rehearsals with her fellow accompanists, some of it as wasted chatter and joking. Though her devoted fans might want to hear Lady 'cuss using 4-letter words or her racy humor, I could do without it. Still it provides another surprising lighthearted look at the person behind Billie. Definitely a must for her fans!
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92 of 123 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the worst box sets ever released.
There is talking between virtually every track (on 7 or 8 of the 10 cds)(scores and scores of title and take numbers spoken, and respoken. The producer introducing tracks by title and making endlessly pointless studio remarks. (Of course the same uninteresting remark
each and every time you play the cd..)
Sometimes songs even stop after a single line is sung (or before). Then reslate, retitle and restart for
another 20 seconds.
Of course the (properly recorded) music itself is wonderful but it's impossible to fall into any kind of musical reverie
with the incessant interruptions (absolutely none of it worth hearing).
So if you like Billie Holiday for her *music* this isn't for you
In fact the box set is so utterly unplayable I rebought the music on individual cds so that I can actually listen to it.
I'm a big Billie fan, I already had all the music on vinyl before I bought the box set.
(Yes, even the very poor bootleg stuff that Verve bought to pad out the box set.)
Finally it's wildly overpriced, around 5/6 of the cd's are only for listening to once (and you might not even manage
that. Billie Holiday as a slurring rambling drunk is a big downer and
the record company might have shown her a little respect and kept the tapes in the vault.
Haven't they made enough off her yet? In the first place they only paid her a fee of $30-$100 per track for a buyout with
with no royalties ever.
In reality at least half the box set is actually unreleasable outtakes/rehearsal tapes - boxed up as full price cds.
The whole thing smacks of record company greed.
So there are only around 4 cds of real, properly recorded releasable master take music.
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