Quintessential Billie Holiday Vol 9
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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.Read more ›
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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A great series of recordings of Billie Holiday from the early 40's, in good condition at a great price!Published 17 months ago by jo jo from baltimore
SO great to hear this woman's voice again! I don't have a way to hear my 78 rpm record of "Am I Blue?" and this CD has it!Published on March 28, 2014 by Barbara Renton
In my book, and I am hardly alone on this, Billie Holiday is the torch singer's torch singer. Maybe it is the phrasing on her best songs. That well-placed hush. Read morePublished on June 2, 2008 by Alfred Johnson
This review is a collaborative writing project of a PHL/323 class at the University of Phoenix in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado. Read morePublished on December 30, 2004 by R. Enos
I would like to say that I have everyone of Billie`s cds that she recorded during this period of her life. Read morePublished on March 12, 2001 by Barbara Moorman
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