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Hot on the heels of Nina Simone's like-minded project, this 14-track disk takes Billie Holiday's masterful and mourning vocals of 1935 to 1958 to the 21st-century digital dance floor, courtesy of some resourceful remixers and DJs from Swingsett & Takuya and Nickodemus & Zeb to Organica and Poppyseed. You have to give these aural alchemists credit for their daring, but some tracks work better than others. The best include "Spreadin’ Rhythm Around," featuring Digable Planet's Ladybug Mecca, the echoplexed embers of GXR's "Long Gone Blues," DJ Logic's string-centric "Glad to be Unhappy," and Daniel Y's infectious, Soul to Soul/Loose Ends grooved "Billie's Blues." With augmentation provided by live guitarists, keyboardists, and percussionists, these scientists of sound don't desecrate the gardenia-wearing goddess's eternal artistry; rather, they globally reposition it for this era's electronica-fueled iPod generation, from the downbeat to the download. --Eugene Holley, Jr.

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listen  1. I Hear Music (Swingsett & Takuya's Mighty Fine Remix) 5:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. More Than You Know (Jazzeem's Throwback Remix) 5:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Spreadin' Rhythm Around (Lady Bug vs. Lady Day RR Remix) 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Long Gone Blues (GXR Remix) 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Trav'lin' All Alone (Nickodemus & Zeb Remix) 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. He Ain't Got Rhythm (Poppyseed Remix) 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Summertime (Organica Remix) 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I'm Gonna Lock My Heart (And Throw Away the Key) (Madison Park Remix) 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Glad To Be Unhappy (DJ Logic Remix) 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Billie's Blues (Daniel Y Remix) 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. You're so Desirable (Sunday People Remix) 5:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Pennies from Heaven (Count De Money Remix) 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. But Beautiful (Tony Humphries THP Remix) 8:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. All Of Me (Charles Feelgood Remix) 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 7, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B000NA283Y
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By heyamishgirl on September 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
If you're a Billie Holiday purist, as some of these other reviewers seem to be, this is not the CD for you. But if your taste in music ranges from classic jazz to downtempo, this is a terrific compilation.

True, Billie Holiday's voice is borrowed in bits and piece and the songs are not played all the way, per se, but I think the mixes highlight the genius of her phrasing and range of voice. She sounds completely contemporary, as if she had sung the songs for the tracks. I also liked the range of styles included. With some CDs of this sort, you get things that sound like they blend together (and not in a good way), but on this CD, each song has a unique presence.

In "Spreadin' the Rhythm Around" the RR Remix, you can almost picture her with Lady Bug on a stage in one of those live let's-bring-together-all-kinds-of-artists performances, that often disappoints, but sometimes produces concert magic. The energy is contagious.

Another one of my favorites is Poppyseed's remix of "He Ain't Got Rhythm" which juxtoposes an excellent rhythm section against the words of the song. The message, unsung, is that she has enough rhythm for both of them.

Love it!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By W. E. Phillips VINE VOICE on September 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I will start off by saying this: I did not enjoy the Nina Simone remixed album. Still, I bought this because I wanted to give the idea another chance, and maybe this one was better. Although I enjoyed this collection a bit more, I am still very disappointed.

This disc has all the same problems as the Nina Simone album of the same title; the vocals of legendary Billie Holiday are treated as just another pro-tool by most of the producers. They are chopped up, blurred, distorted and some are neglected and left out of the mixes altogether. Her voice is burried in the mix of extremely repetitive, long and anti-climactic backdrops of lounge music and quite frankly, the emotion and feeling is lost for me. Some of the remixes sound like they put her records on and they just kept on skipping and skipping on the same lyric, over and over again. And as sad as I am to say this, Billie is almost never the main focus.

I did actually enjoy a few. "I Hear Music" is quite energetic, I like the modern touch to "Spreadin' Rhythm Around" and "Glad To Be Unhappy" was pretty nice, too. The others were just a blur for me. A very annoying, drawn out blur. Is this a good CD to play in the background of a small get together or a store? Sure. Is this for you if you like lounge music? Probably, yes. Is it a good thing to put on when cleaning? Why not? But can I sit down, listen to it and appreciate it? No. I'll stick to the originals, thanks.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. D. S. Garcia on September 9, 2007
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We got this because we were so happy with the Nina Simone remix. We felt it was a great light manipulation of Nina's music, but Nina Simone's music remained the focus of the disk, whereas the Billy Holiday remix seems to be more about the DJ or the remix, or the something, but a lot of the soul of the BIlly Holiday music is lost. It is still a good CD, 6 or 7 on a scale of 1 to 10, but it isn't as nice as the Nina Simone of the same name.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By KURLYLOX on August 8, 2007
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I purchased this Remixed CD because I want to enjoy another experience with Billie Holiday. The music is not Billie but dance club music. She is there in spirit and in the background but not singing soulfully. This interpretation is interesting; however it is fulled with instrumental and not Billie singing. #13 But Beautiful is sounding like "another one bites the dust". I think that some DJ somewhere is enjoying this recording; however if you are looking for Billie she is not here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I do believe that if Lady Day had been a contemporary artist, she would have been one of the first to appreciate her music in this format. I love her music, and I also love downtempo music for meditative times. This is a fabulous album, and I'm enjoying every single track.

As has been said before; if you're a purist, you may not enjoy this album. But if you're adventuresome, and enjoy hearing a new take on a classic, check it out.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jack on December 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This album is just a cut and paste job. There is a lot of extra production which adds nothing to the original recording and obscures the talent of Ms Holiday. A couple of tracks work because they enhance the mood of the original without totally deconstructing it, but mostly this is a travesty best forgotten.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Norman Farrell on December 27, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Spend 20 seconds listening to Summertime on this disk. That is likely enough to scare off any serious admirer of Billie Holiday. Those who also love the works of George and Ira Gershwin, particularly their music for the opera Porgy and Bess, are in for a double shock at this mistreatment of an American classic. Remixing, at least in this case, is akin to colorizing a classic B&W movie, something that should not be done. People today should respect classic works of art; tampering with them is cruel to the memories of the creators.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By reader on January 30, 2008
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This CD gets better and better upon repeated listening. Its off the bloody hook really. If you are a jazz purest or struggle with popular genres there is a 99% chance you will not like something like this cross-pollinated effort. As you can see by other reviews this one is not everyones bag of bananas. It doesn't have the monumentality of the original works, but does it have to? Although the feeling may fade a bit with time, I'm really blown by it. I really am. She would have loved this. Makes me love her that much more. Well done.
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