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Quintessential Billie Holiday Vol 9

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. St. Louis Blues
  2. Loveless Love
  3. Let's Do It
  4. Georgia On My Mind
  5. Romance In The Dark
  6. All Of Me
  7. I'm In A Low-Down Groove
  8. God Bless The Child
  9. Am I Blue?
  10. Solitude
  11. Jim
  12. I Cover The Waterfront
  13. Love Me Or Leave Me
  14. Gloomy Sunday
  15. Wherever You Are
  16. Mandy Is Two
  17. It's A Sin To Tell A Lie
  18. Until The Real Thing Comes Along


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 23, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: July 23, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000027GP
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,472 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By F. Barton on November 29, 1999
Format: Audio CD
There are MANY box sets, of Lady Day that do NOT include this material. Many stop with 1940. Many. This one start where those leave off, and besides is probably one of the most played single CD of Billie that I play, and I have 58! "In A Low Down Groove" will take you places you've never been, as it completely engulfs you with all her magic, "Jim" so perfectly suited for her voice, "Love Me or Leave Me" with the rarely sung verse, is an incredible find. All the songs are remastered incredibly, and again, for the most part not on box sets! Get this CD for a Billie Lover, they will LOVE it. Even if they have lots, they probably don't have these, as after '42, the recording ban was on. So these are true gems, for a first CD, or a great one to a fan, this one is pure gold!
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I have been in love with the sound of Billie HolidayÕs voice for decades, and own several now out-of-print collections of her work on vinyl. But I put off buying anything by her on CD, mainly because I wasnÕt sure where to begin. I knew I would be wasting my money on any one or two disk "best of" collection, because Holiday simply made many more brilliant recordings than you can squeeze into a couple of disks.
Then I discovered this series Ð nine volumes of songs she recorded between 1933 and 1942, from her first record, with Benny GoodmanÕs Orchestra, to the peak of her powers. Of course, nine CDs is a lot of music, and a lot of money Ð too much for a one-time purchase. So IÕm buying the whole series bit by bit over time. I started with this one, and having now bought four of the nine volumes, I still think this is one of the best, and a great place to begin exploring HolidayÕs work.
I donÕt think you can choose a "best" CD in the series, but this one is fabulous. Of its eighteen tracks, at least a dozen are classic, must-have performances. "Georgia On My Mind," "God Bless The Child," "Am I Blue?" "Until The Real Thing Comes Along" Ð these are some of the best recordings Billie Holiday made, some of the best performances any singer has ever given.
Of course, two of the worst songs she ever recorded are also on this disk. "Wherever You Are" is a piece of World War II patriotism better suited to Kate Smith than Billie Holiday. Historically interesting, but still a lousy song. And "Mandy Is Two" is so sappy and sweet it could give you diabetes. But with a singer of HolidayÕs caliber, even dreadful songs are interesting to listen to.
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This CD no doubt has found its way to many homes because of the classic tracks "God Bless the Child", "I Cover the Waterfront", and "Solitude", the first time Billie waxes these, even before she recorded definitive versions for Decca. Yet I find her versions here more fresh and moving compared to her 1940's version. Her voice sounds fresh, still undeterred by her drug habit, which would unfortunately pick up in a few years. Throughout Billie's recording career, nowhere have I found her more soulful, moving, warm and soothing than the sides she waxes for this volume. Recording quality is beyond reproach, it is clear and full, just like Billie's voice. I wish her voice had kept these qualities of warmth and clarity for much longer before her drug habits kicked in. These are beautiful performances captured in a nostaglic time in American history (World War II). If it hasn't found its way yet to your CD player, it should. Be prepared that no real swingers are on this volume, most of the tracks are medium to slow tempo. Only track that gets the feet moving is "Let's Do It". Billie by this time had found the way to your ears was thru your heart. Listen to this CD on a rainy day in front of the fireplace or with a significant other on a romantic evening. It should put you in the mood for love.
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These are some ofmy favorite songs! I remember having the Columbia reissue on record titled "God Bless The Child" when they started reissuing her work in the 1970's. "Love me or Leave me" "Jim" and "I cover The Waterfront" are songs only Billie can do justice to. These are recordings that were made right before the ban but more importantly John Hammond and Billie Holiday were in the middle of a big feud as he wanted her to add more blues to her repitore note: Bessies "Loveless love aka Careless Love" to which Billie felt was outdated (true) "God Bless The Child" is the orignal before the Decca era which everyone has heard at somebodys darn funeral or wake! The orginal is brisk, sincere and moving the way Lady's music is suppose to be.
This is a great album/CD and anyone that wants to hear what Billie sounded like when she was working at the"Band Box" Or "The Uptown House" would do well to get this album.
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By A Customer on July 27, 2003
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Amongst the scores of Lady Day's discs, this is a sure bet. It features the same tracks as the Chronological Classics series of 1940-42, and is much easier to obtain and better value $$. The sound is quite excellent. Billie's voice is clear and relaxed, accompanied by small ensembles. The titles speak for themselves. Playing time is good. Can't go wrong with this disc.
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