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on November 1, 2016
A very good compilation of Billie's recordings with a big band for Decca, ca. 1950's. If you can't get the full Decca recordings (I have it on the original Decca LP, "The Billie Holiday Story"), then this is an excellent fallback with very good song selections and excellent, consistent sound quality (not normally the case with other Holiday collections). Being an avid Holiday collector for well over 50 years, I would highly recommend this CD as being representative of some of her best work.
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on April 9, 2009
Interesting thing that Billie Holiday best remembered years were either early ones with "Columbia" (happy,swinging,small combos,Teddy Wilson on piano) or later ones for "Verve" (sad,melancholic,depressing) while nobody knows her middle years when she ruled the charts with recording for "Decca" (even lesser known are her "Commodore" recordings).
The thing is,on "Decca" Holiday was backed with strings and lush orchestras so people usually dismiss these records as "pop" rather than jazz,which is nonsense of course - she was vocally in her prime and her lazy growl was nothing if not seductive at its best.
As a "torch" singer Holiday was excellent - not a bad note here - songs all jewels ("Solitude","Crazy he calls me","That ole devil called love") and its fun to hear intro to "You're my thrill" copied note for note on Joni Mitchell's torch album "Both sides now" recorded decades later.
It has been said that strings were almost status symbol for singers at the time and nobody had to twist Holiday's arm to do it,she liked the strings,wanted them and enjoyed being surrounded with cinematic sweep.
Only strange choice is silly vocal chorus on "God bless the child" that betrays the time of recordings,everything else is first-class and luckily we even have spare original of that song recorded few years previously so even that is not bad thing.
If only for two breathtakingly beautiful Holiday singles collected here - "Don't explain" and "Lover man" - this CD is definitely worth purchase. This is the time when she actually had hits,was played on jukeboxes and finally was lifted above cult-status into big time,"Downbeat" awards as singer of the year on national level and so on,really great CD.
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on April 1, 2017
Awesome
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on April 6, 2017
good
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on March 31, 2014
Great classic feel. Love vinyl's mellow sound and the music is a great throwback to yesteryear. Awesome record. Quintessential Sunday afternoon music.
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on February 17, 2017
Clear & clean cut sound with this CD. Then you have "Lady Day" singing, it doesn't get much better than that. VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY FAN!!!!!
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on July 8, 2013
The songs on this CD brings back lots of memories of my husband and I surfing the jazz clubs in NYC. There was a club called the Blue Note that always seemed to have the music of Ms Billie Holiday singing the blues or that of Miles Davis playing as you either entered or were just passing their doors. A wonderful songstress whose music will never die.
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on March 17, 2015
Billie Holiday is one of the greats, and everyone should have at least one of her albums in their collection. If it is going to be only one, this is a great one to have.
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on June 23, 2015
where is miss holiday when we need her?
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on December 30, 2015
We love Billie Holiday! her voice remains us of a time of style, grace, elegance and important lyrics. Her lifestyle reminds us of sufferings, racial hatred and unfulfilled potentials. She represents us.
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