Lady Day: The Master Takes & Singles Box set
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I originally owned volume 2, 3 and 5 of the Quintessential series then upgraded to the 2 CD, "Lady Day: The Best of Billie Holiday". Problem was, this stuff is so good, I just could not seem to get enough. Having said that, the 10 CD complete seemed a bit much. Like I said, this is a real good fit. See what a little moonlight can do.
I have been a Billie Holiday fan for 40 years. This is an excellent collection - the music deserves 5 stars without question.
So why did I give it 2 stars?
Knowing that 2015 is the centennial anniversary of Billie Holiday's birth, I was hoping to find a new re-master of this material. Lady Day: The Master Takes and Singles was originally issued by Sony in 2007 - ASIN: B000ROALA8. This release is dated 2015. Amazon lists the label as Import. I made every attempt to see if the material had been remastered and/or if new material has been added to the 2015 release. I searched the internet - called Sony, etc., but was unable to learn anything about the 2015 release.
After thinking this over, I made the purchase.
Big disappointment. This is the exact same release as the 2007 version. The Label for this release is Sony (unlike what is posted on the Amazon site).
So, what's the difference. The packing for the 2015 release is terrible (the 2007 packing is much better and does a better job of protecting the disks). The disks overlap on the front and back covers (2 disks on the front and 2 on the back) - the potential for scratching is high. To make matters worse, the plastic disk holders in my copy were broken - I had to put my disks in a separate holder to prevent them from falling out and/or getting scratched.
Secondly, there is no mention anywhere on Amazon or on the packing about sound re-mastering. Thinking, why would Sony re-release this while the previous version is still available, I assumed (hoped) that they had re-mastered the sound. The 2015 packaging is silent whether the new release has been re-mastered.Read more ›
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Great bands, incomparable singer. One of the best purchases of any kind that I have made in some time! Sound is excellent.Published on July 13, 2013 by Michael Lee Huffman
A good collection of songs, the best way to start knowing the art of Billie HolidayPublished on January 30, 2010 by Luis J. Granda
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