- Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Polygram Records
- ASIN: B00000477J
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,090 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Nevertheless, her interpretations of these songs are absolutely stunning. She had, by this time, been worn down to the bare minimum, and listening to these songs can be difficult, given her choice of songs, our understanding of what she had been through, and the inevitable comparisons to her earlier years. But the fact of the matter is that, putting all of that aside, she still at this point was able to extract the essence of a song and put it across like no one else except perhaps Frank Sinatra.
It is interesting to note that, on this album as well as her previous "Lady In Satin", she chose songs she had never recorded before. Perhaps she was trying to avoid the aforementioned comparisons people would make to her earlier years when her voice soared seemingly effortlessly like a horn. Or perhaps she simply wanted to do something different and liked these songs, some of which were relatively new at the time.
While Frank Sinatra's recordings for Capitol of "All the Way", "I'll Never Smile Again", and "Don't Worry 'Bout Me" are certainly difficult to match, I think Billie comes close to doing so. On the other hand, her reading of "It's Not For Me To Say" handily beats Johnny Mathis's overly mawkish reading. And she makes "Just One More Chance" completely her own. The more up-tempo numbers are excellent as well.
Bottom line: While Billie was not the same singer as she was 10+ years earlier, one does not have to make excuses for her to find her later work very worthwhile. This album is certainly no exception and represents some of the best of her late work.
Leonard Feather's notes about the session--including Billie's physical appearance ("She walked into the studio statuesque and sharp as ever")--are, as usual, both edifying and engaging. One wishes more listeners would take the time to read them, as they provide a compelling "portrait of the artist as an older woman."
"Don't Worry 'Bout Me" brings back the Billie Holiday that fans know very well: a great singer with a sad story to tell. Listen to her sing; you could peek into her soul and see the anguish there. Only Frank Sinatra and The Four Freshmen can do an equally great job on this song. As if that wasn't enough, she goes on with "All The Way" [one of Sinatra's signature songs], "Just One More Chance" and "I'll Never Smile Again."
The album ends with a jaunty arrangement of "Baby, Won't You Please Come Home" as if to lift you out of your own doldrums. You will find yourself snapping your fingers and then before you know it, the song ends. So does the album. Then you realize this is Billie Holiday's last recording: a beautiful, poignant ending to her great but tragic career.
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I've never been one of those who dumped on the Ray Ellis "Lady in Satin" recording. I thought it was perfection, and it was Billie who wanted the strings and Ray Ellis'... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jack in W.Va.
miss lady day at her best if you don't have anything on miss holiday buy it she is the best, there are so many great performances on verve records!Published 10 months ago by vincent marchese
I remember in Miles Davis' memoir that although her voice wasn't the same as it was in the '30s or '40s---one could still feel the soulfulness and feeling in Billie Holliday's... Read morePublished on April 8, 2014 by Dennis W. Wong
Excellent. The orchestration is absolutely awesome. Her voice is ok for her last attempt. I think this cd is better than "Lady In Satin". Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by John N. Cordaway
The last time making the songs her own. Wasn't sure of the selections, but it's a great list of songs. Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by Kandy Langford
Let's not kid ourselves - compared with her best years, this album is nothing more than a spooky reminder. Read morePublished on August 13, 2006 by Nikica Gilic
Billie Holiday's "THE LAST RECORDING" often draws comparisons to her more well-known "LADY IN SATIN" since both were recorded within a year and a half before her death. Read morePublished on April 9, 2006 by Peter
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