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  • Audio CD (April 22, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Verve/PolyGram
  • ASIN: B0000047CO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,225 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The received wisdom on the tragic torch singer's later work--of these 35 tracks, six were recorded in 1946 and '47, and the rest in the '50s--is that her interpretive skill made up for the collapse of her voice. In fact, the serious cracks in her pitch don't appear until the second disc of this set, and it doesn't approach the febrile croak of Lady in Satin until the END. But she relies on a handful of vocal tricks, and some numbers that had been in her repertoire for ages, to approximate the glory that her voice once was. At times, though, the results are lovely and heartbroken rather than saddening, especially with the simpatico musical backing she got in these sessions. --Douglas Wolk

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Sound quality is very good, even on the live recordings from 1945-47.
Peter
At the same time, there is a more developed harmonic and rhythmic take here and a great ability to put depth into ballads here.
Tony Thomas
It will take you down her many paths, of pathos, despair, happiness, and just great talent, period.
F. Barton

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By F. Barton on November 29, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This two CD set, with incredible liner notes by Leonard Maltin, Yes, the Television guy, is a landmark release. The chosing of ALL the material here is very carefully thought out, not like others, with whatever they can get to fit, whatever condition, this one is constructed top to bottom with perfection.This set displays Billie in all her Autumn glory, from live recordings, to outtakes that are better than the originals. If you want a set that represents what Billie meant in her later years, get this one. It will take you down her many paths, of pathos, despair, happiness, and just great talent, period. An EXCELLENT starter set.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 13, 2001
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There is an on-going dispute between Holiday fans: is Billie Holiday more interesting at the beginning of her career, when her voice was at its best, or at the end of her career, when her interpretive skills were at their finest? My preference is for the latter, and LADY IN AUTUMN offers a truly fine sampling of later Billie Holiday recordings.

Even at its youthful best, Billie Holiday's distinctive, very quirky voice was never noted for any of the qualities we usually applaud in great singers: Holiday's range, power, and breath support were always more than a little ify. But Holiday showed a remarkable facility for shaping her voice much as sculptor might, and she transformed her vocal defects into an astonishing personal idiom that has never failed to mix musical delight with raw emotional power. And this ability was at its height toward the end of her career.

It is true, however, that Holiday's later recordings are an acquired taste, and listeners who are new to her unique stylings may be put off by the vocal roughness of her later work. But for those who have already listened to an enjoyed her earlier work, Billie Holiday's LADY IN AUTUMN will be a revelation.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2002
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This is the best ballad collection of Billie Holiday to date. You hear someone who has experienced life, in every nuance of her voice. 'These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You' is the most heartbreakingly perfect ballad ever recorded, with a subtly touching piano accompaniment by Oscar Peterson. This track is for those who have loved and lost. 'Don't Worry 'Bout Me' has an ironic sadness when viewed from here and it is appropriately placed as the last song in the set. It will make you cry.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tony Thomas on March 9, 2005
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This selection of her post war work for Verve is among Billie Holiday's Best work. Instead of looking at Holiday as a personal crsisi in process, or as unblemished idol who was always good, it is interesting to look at this selection in regard to where she was as a developing artist.

My opinion is that along with some of the live shots from concerts at the time, this is her last good work because Verve really packaged her as a JAZZ SINGER PLAYING IN A TOTAL jazz package. Unlike some of the Verve recordings of some of the old stars of Swing in the 1940s and the early 1950s, these Holiday recording surrounded Billie with great Jazz musicians like Ben Webster, and eschews either Billie's unfortunate attempts in the early 40s to become a cabaret chanteuse, or later attempt to put over Billie as a pop or R & B singer.

It's the Jazziness, the swing, and the manipulation of the diction that bop and swing and entrance you here. She no longer has the great voice and the raucous swing she possessed as a woman in her twenties in the 1930s. Heroin and hard living had clearly had their effect on her voice and outlook. However, she conquers these sides with a superior sense of swing and attitude. She does that in distinction to her other work because Verve provided a great group of jazz musicians, real jazz arrangements and trusted in Billie.

At the same time, there is a more developed harmonic and rhythmic take here and a great ability to put depth into ballads here.

This is altogether different than the prewar stuff. The prewar stuff bounces and raves and dances, whereas this is jivy, thoughtful, and gracefully swinging, more what you would listen to with a good Scotch than a good beer.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DAVID HALL on November 12, 2011
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I've loved Billie Holiday's voice from the instant I first heard it: "You've Changed" from Lady In Satin. I've purchased many of her albums. Often I've played them only once in a while. Because of a busyness and an intrusiveness of the accompaniment surrounding her. The exception is Lady In Satin. Orchestral with strings: a classic. And another which I sampled and then purchased on Amazon: Billie Holiday: Lady In Autumn. The former I find exceptional. But painful to experience. For me, its a heartbreaker. Lady In Autumn however, is the Billie Holiday I want to have about me. Often. This is Ms. Holiday with a depth of feeling, an understanding of life that can only come from one who has lived, experienced what it is to be competely human, vulnerable to life. Her voice on this album carries in it the essence of her genius as an expressive artist who happened to be the greatest Jazz singer - ever. Read somewhere that its not the voice of the singer but what's behind it, contained in the depth, truthfulness and intensity of the thought and the emotion that is the linchpin of the communicative act that is singing. This cd is an example of that. Its not what she does vocally or what's surrounding her instrumentally that communicates - its her BEING - at the peak of its life experience and aliveness that radiates a depth ,an understanding of life that is sheer, unadulterated, profound - BEAUTY. The accompaniment on this 2cd set, made up of the finest Jazz musicians, never intrudes or competes with this spiritual essence - this BEING. If you're going alone to that desert island, and can only take one album - this is all you'll ever need to keep you rich in spirit as long as you're there. Most highly recommended.
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