Billie Holiday - Greatest Hits (Sony) Original recording remastered
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As a side note, the only song I would have added to this collection is "Strange Fruit," one of the most haunting and politically-charged Holiday songs to date. If you get a chance to hear that, you'll be doing yourself a favor. Otherwise, this album is a great choice.
With Billie who recorded for about 30 years on a lot of labels, the tendency was, particularly back in the days of LPs, for every owner of some Billie material to put out whatever they could crip together as Billie's greatest hits.
I have to say that I was introduced to Billie's greatest work, that in the 1930s, by owning this collection on Vinyl. This is nice fun and engaging music. On some of the great standards, she really makes it. Like all of her recordings for Columba and its ancestors back then, John Hammond Sr, gathers together some of the masters of Black and white swing Jazz to join her. Very shortly after she started recording, the greatest names in Jazz would flock to her sessions and play on her recordings for litte because of the innovation and creativity Billie showed as a jazz creator in her own right.
One special treat here is "I can't get started" with the Count Basie Orchestra. Billie was the first female singer with Count Basie's band, but because she was booked to Columbia and the Count had been shanghied by Decca, there were no studio recordings of Billie singing with the Basie Orchestra. This is an enormous loss to human culture. "I can't get started" is one of the two air checks (recordings made off of radio broadcasts) we have of Billie with the Baseities.Read more ›
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My husband and I really enjoy dancing to "The Very Thought of You"! Her album is so romantic.Published 9 months ago by Deborah Deane
I bought this CD because I enjoy her music. Having grown up listening to RADIO, these songs bring back pleasant old memories.Published 18 months ago by Packrat
These are lovely songs, though I wish the selections were slightly better. You can tell these were made from very old recordings. Read morePublished on October 17, 2013 by Rachael E. Stanley
I bought this because the only Billie Holiday we owned were singles on mixed artist albums. Why it took us so long to own her solo is beyond me. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Liz
Is there any possible way a Billie Holiday record will get a bad review??? This album is stacked!! "Miss Brown to You", "Billie's Blues", and the greatest song of... Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by LakersFan
A nice way to be sure to have some incredible Billy Holiday in your jazz collection because she is one of the greatest.Published on December 7, 2012 by L. Walker
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