Billie Holiday The Complete Verve Studio Master Takes (6-CD)

The Complete Verve Studio Master Takes (6-CD)
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  • Number of Discs: 6
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  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Verve

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For many people, Billie Holiday (aka "Lady Day") wasn't just a jazz singer. She was the jazz singer, and remains so today. Thanks to her lifelong struggles with men, alcohol, and drug addiction, Holiday is often viewed as an archetypal example of the suffering artist - a singer who sang her life. And there's no denying the often heartrending quality of the classic recordings she made with musicians like Ben Webster, Oscar Peterson, and Harry "Sweets" Edison. This box set includes 100 tracks on 6 CDs, a 56-page book with many rare photographs, and much more.

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • Buy for $1.291.East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon)
  • Buy for $1.292.Blue Moon
  • Buy for $1.293.You Go To My Head
  • Buy for $1.294.You Turned The Tables On Me
  • Buy for $1.295.Easy To Love
  • Buy for $1.296.These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
  • Buy for $1.297.I Only Have Eyes For You
  • Buy for $1.298.Solitude
  • Buy for $1.299.Everything I Have Is Yours
  • Buy for $1.2910.Love For Sale
  • Buy for $1.2911.Moonglow
  • Buy for $1.2912.Tenderly
  • Buy for $1.2913.If The Moon Turns Green
  • Buy for $1.2914.Remember
  • Buy for $1.2915.Autumn In New York
  • Buy for $1.2916.My Man
  • Buy for $1.2917.Lover, Come Back To Me
  • Buy for $1.2918.Stormy Weather
  • Buy for $1.2919.Yesterdays
  • Buy for $1.2920.He's Funny That Way
  • Buy for $1.2921.I Can't Face The Music

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • Buy for $1.291.How Deep Is The Ocean?
  • Buy for $1.292.What A Little Moonlight Can Do
  • Buy for $1.293.I Cried For You
  • Buy for $0.994.Love Me Or Leave Me
  • Buy for $0.995.P.S. I Love You
  • Buy for $0.996.Too Marvelous For Words
  • Buy for $0.997.Softly
  • Buy for $0.998.I Thought About You
  • Buy for $0.999.Willow Weep For Me
  • Buy for $0.9910.Stormy Blues
  • Buy for $1.2911.Say It Isn't So
  • Buy for $1.2912.I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
  • Buy for $1.2913.I Wished On The Moon
  • Buy for $1.2914.Always
  • Buy for $1.2915.Everything Happens To Me
  • Buy for $1.2916.Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
  • Buy for $1.2917.Ain't Misbehavin'

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • Buy for $1.291.I Don't Want To Cry Anymore
  • Buy for $1.292.Prelude To A Kiss
  • Buy for $1.293.I Don't Stand) A Ghost Of A Chance With You
  • Buy for $1.294.When Your Lover Has Gone
  • Buy for $1.295.Gone With The Wind
  • Buy for $1.296.Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
  • Buy for $1.297.It Had To Be You
  • Buy for $1.298.Nice Work If You Can Get It
  • Buy for $1.299.Come Rain Or Come Shine
  • Buy for $1.2910.I've Got A Right To Sing The Blues
  • Buy for $1.2911.What's New
  • Buy for $1.2912.Fine Romance
  • Buy for $1.2913.I Hadn't Anyone Till You
  • Buy for $1.2914.I Get A Kick Out Of You
  • Buy for $1.2915.Everything I Have Is Yours
  • Buy for $1.2916.Isn't This A Lovely Day?

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • Buy for $0.991.Trav'lin Light
  • Buy for $0.992.I Must Have That Man!
  • Buy for $0.993.Some Other Spring
  • Buy for $0.994.Lady Sings The Blues
  • Buy for $1.295.Strange Fruit
  • Buy for $1.296.God Bless The Child
  • Buy for $1.297.Good Morning Heartache
  • Buy for $0.998.No Good Man
  • Buy for $1.299.Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
  • Buy for $1.2910.Cheek To Cheek
  • Buy for $1.2911.Ill Wind
  • Buy for $1.2912.Speak Low
  • Buy for $1.2913.We'll Be Together Again
  • Buy for $1.2914.All Or Nothing At All
  • Buy for $1.2915.Sophisticated Lady
  • Buy for $1.2916.April In Paris

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • Buy for $1.291.I Wished On The Moon
  • Buy for $1.292.Moonlight In Vermont
  • Buy for $1.293.Foggy Day
  • Buy for $1.294.I Didn't Know What Time It Was
  • Buy for $1.295.Just One Of Those Things
  • Buy for $1.296.Comes Love
  • Buy for $1.297.Day In Day Out
  • Buy for $1.298.Darn That Dream
  • Buy for $1.299.But Not For Me
  • Buy for $1.2910.Body And Soul
  • Buy for $1.2911.Stars Fell On Alabama
  • Buy for $1.2912.Say It Isn't So
  • Buy for $0.9913.Our Love Is Here To Stay
  • Buy for $1.2914.One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)

Tracks on Disc 6:

  • Buy for $1.291.They Can't Take That Away From Me
  • Buy for $1.292.Embraceable You
  • Buy for $1.293.Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
  • Buy for $1.294.Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You
  • Buy for $1.295.All The Way
  • Buy for $1.296.It's Not For Me To Say
  • Buy for $1.297.I'll Never Smile Again
  • Buy for $1.298.Just One More Chance
  • Buy for $1.299.When It's Sleepy Time Down South
  • Buy for $1.2910.Don't Worry 'Bout Me
  • Buy for $1.2911.Sometimes I'm Happy
  • Buy for $1.2912.You Took Advantage Of Me
  • Buy for $1.2913.There'll Be Some Changes Made
  • Buy for $1.2914.Deed I Do
  • Buy for $1.2915.All Of You
  • Buy for $1.2916.Baby Won't You Please Come Home

Product Description:

Personnel: Billie Holiday (vocals); Billie Holiday; Janet Putnam (harp); Romeo Penque (bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Gene Quill (alto saxophone); Al Cohn (tenor saxophone); Danny Bank (baritone saxophone); Joe Newman Quartet , Joe Newman , Joe Wilder (trumpet); Billy Byers (trombone); Jimmy Rowles (piano, celesta); Joe Benjamin, Joe Mondragon, John Simmons , Milt Hinton, Ray Brown , Red Callender, Red Mitchell, Aaron Bell (double bass); Freddie Green, Herb Ellis, Kenny Burrell, Barney Kessel, Barry Galbraith, Billy Bauer (guitar); Tony Scott (clarinet); Willie Smith, Benny Carter (alto saxophone); Flip Phillips, Paul Quinichette, Ben Webster, Budd Johnson (tenor saxophone); Harry "Sweets" Edison , Charlie Shavers (trumpet); Jimmy Cleveland (trombone); Hank Jones (piano, celesta); Oscar Peterson (piano, organ); Wynton Kelly, Billy Taylor , Bobby Tucker (piano); Chico Hamilton, Cozy Cole, Lenny McBrowne, Gus Johnson , Larry Bunker, Alvin Stoller, Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy (drums).
Recording information: Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA (??/??/1952-03/11/1959); Fine Sound Studio, New York, NY (??/??/1952-03/11/1959); Los Angeles, CA (??/??/1952-03/11/1959); Metropolitan Sounds, New York, NY (??/??/1952-03/11/1959); New York, NY (??/??/1952-03/11/1959); Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA (??/??/1952-03/11/1959).
Authors: Billie Holiday; Harry "Sweets" Edison ; Gail Jones; Robert O'Meally.
Director: Leroy Lovett.
Photographers: Katherine Holzman Goldblatt; Burt Goldblatt; Paul J. Hoeffler; Herman Leonard.
Arranger: Ray Ellis.
Billie Holiday fans will argue eternally over the relative merits of the different phases of her career. In these arguments Lady Day's work for Verve, which roughly covered the last decade of her life, often gets short shrift. While it cannot be denied that Holiday had lost much of the elasticity and spring in her voice (due in large part to a rough life filled with alcohol and drug abuse), and that the recordings were sometimes weighted too heavily with strings and saccharine arrangements, it is impossible to overlook the exquisite phrasing and raw emotion underscoring many of these performances.
THE COMPLETE VERVE STUDIO MASTER TAKES makes a definitive and compelling case for Holiday's Verve tenure. Packaged in a deep-dish metallic box (which resembles the world's most beautiful lunch pail), THE COMPLETE comprises six CDs, a 60-page booklet filled with rare photographs and superb liner notes, and dazzlingly crisp sound via digital remastering. The musicians on these sessions were some of the finest of the era, and Holiday herself--even with a gift impaired by time and abuse--sings with impeccable artistry, and beautifully enough to break the heart. The set is essential for completists, and is also a great one-stop for those looking to acquaint themselves with Lady Day's later work.

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  • UPC: 602498803028
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