Billie Holiday Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia 1933-1944 [Box Set][Limited Edition] (10-CD Box Set)

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Format: CD  (10 Discs)
Item:  SNY 793036

CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Released: June 19, 2012
  • Label: Sony

Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 11/16/01, pp.130,133
"...These 230 tracks detail how her expressive devices sharpened even as her identity blurred..." - Rating: B+
Q - 11/01, pp.138-9
4 out of 5 stars - "...This is the sound of Holiday at her height, before drugs and booze thinned out that hypnotic voice."
Down Beat - 1/02, pp.52-3
5 stars out of 5 - "...You can listen to this music all your life, and with every hearing discover layers whose existence you hadn't suspected; LADY DAY sounds just that fresh each and every time."
JazzTimes - 12/01, pp.127-8
"...This brilliant body of work cemented Holiday's reputation as the greatest jazz singer of all time..."
Vibe - 11/01, p.150
5 discs out of 5 - "...The proximity of joy and sadness gives you the chills..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 12/01, p.126
"...The music is some of the best small group vocal jazz ever..."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Your Mother's Son-In-Law
  • 2.Riffin' the Scotch
  • 3.I Wished On the Moon
  • 4.What a Little Moonlight Can Do [78rpm Version]
  • 5.Miss Brown To You
  • 6.Sunbonnet Blue, A (And a Yellow Straw Hat)
  • 7.What a Night, What a Moon, What a Girl
  • 8.I'm Painting the Town Red
  • 9.It's Too Hot for Words
  • 10.Twenty-Four Hours a Day [78 RPM Version]
  • 11.Yankee Doodle Never Went To Town [78 RPM Version]
  • 12.Eeny Meeny Meiny Mo [78 RPM Version]
  • 13.If You Were Mine
  • 14.These 'N' That 'N' Those
  • 15.You Let Me Down
  • 16.Spreadin' Rhythm Around
  • 17.Life Begins When You're in Love
  • 18.It's Like Reaching for the Moon
  • 19.These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)
  • 20.I Cried for You
  • 21.Guess Who
  • 22.Did I Remember? [78 RPM Version]
  • 23.No Regrets [78 RPM Version]
  • 24.Summertime [78 RPM Version]
  • 25.Billie's Blues [78 RPMVersion]

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.A Fine Romance [78 RPM Version]
  • 2.I Can't Pretend [78 RPM Version]
  • 3.One, Two, Button Your Shoe [78 RPM Version]
  • 4.Let's Call a Heart a Heart [78 RPM Version]
  • 5.Easy To Love
  • 6.With Thee I Swing
  • 7.The Way You Look Tonight
  • 8.Who Loves You?
  • 9.Pennies from Heaven
  • 10.That's Life I Guess
  • 11.I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  • 12.One Never Knows, Does One?
  • 13.I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
  • 14.If My Heart Could Only Talk
  • 15.Please Keep Me in Your Dreams
  • 16.He Ain't Got Rhythm
  • 17.This Year's Kisses
  • 18.Why Was I Born?
  • 19.I Must Have That Man
  • 20.The Mood That I'm In
  • 21.You Showed Me the Way
  • 22.Sentimental and Melancholy
  • 23.My Last Affair

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Carelessly [78 RPM Version]
  • 2.How Could You?
  • 3.Moanin' Low
  • 4.Where is the Sun?
  • 5.Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
  • 6.They Can't Take That Away From Me
  • 7.Don't Know If I'm Comin' or Goin'
  • 8.Sun Showers
  • 9.Yours and Mine
  • 10.I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)
  • 11.Mean To Me
  • 12.Foolin' Myself
  • 13.Easy Living
  • 14.I'll Never Be the Same
  • 15.Me, Myself and I
  • 16.A Sailboat in the Moonlight
  • 17.Born To Love
  • 18.Without Your Love
  • 19.Getting Some Fun Out of Life [78 RPM Version]
  • 20.Who Wants Love?
  • 21.Trav'lin' All Alone
  • 22.He's Funny That Way [78 RPM Version]

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Nice Work If You Can Get It
  • 2.Things Are Looking Up
  • 3.Billie's Blues
  • 4.Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
  • 5.My First Impression of You
  • 6.When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)
  • 7.I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me - (alternate take)
  • 8.If Dreams Come True
  • 9.Now They Call It Swing
  • 10.On the Sentimental Side
  • 11.Back in Your Own Backyard
  • 12.When a Woman Loves a Man
  • 13.You Go To My Head
  • 14.The Moon Looks Down and Laughs [78 RPM Version]
  • 15.If I Were You
  • 16.Forget If You Can
  • 17.Having Myself a Time
  • 18.Says My Heart
  • 19.I Wish I Had You
  • 20.I'm Gonna Lock My Heart (And Throw Away the Key)
  • 21.The Very Thought of You [78 RPM Version]
  • 22.I Can't Get Started
  • 23.I've Got a Date With a Dream
  • 24.You Can't Be Mine

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • 1.Everybody's Laughing
  • 2.Here It is Tomorrow Again
  • 3.Say It With a Kiss
  • 4.April in My Heart
  • 5.I'll Never Fail You
  • 6.They Say
  • 7.You're So Desirable
  • 8.You're Gonna See a Lot of Me
  • 9.Hello, My Darling
  • 10.Let's Dream In the Moonlight [78 RPM Version]
  • 11.That's All I Ask of You [78 RPM Version]
  • 12.Dream of Life
  • 13.What Shall I Say?
  • 14.It's Easy To Blame the Weather
  • 15.More Than You Know
  • 16.Sugar
  • 17.You're Too Lovely To Last
  • 18.Under a Blue Jungle Moon
  • 19.Everything Happens for the Best
  • 20.Why Did I Always Depend On You?
  • 21.Long Gone Blues

Tracks on Disc 6:

  • 1.Some Other Spring
  • 2.Our Love is Different
  • 3.Them There Eyes
  • 4.Swing! Brother, Swing!
  • 5.Night and Day
  • 6.The Man I Love
  • 7.You're Just a No Account
  • 8.You're a Lucky Guy
  • 9.Ghost of Yesterday
  • 10.Body and Soul
  • 11.What is This Going To Get Us?
  • 12.Falling in Love Again
  • 13.I'm Pulling Through
  • 14.Tell Me More-More-Then Some
  • 15.Laughing at Life
  • 16.Time On My Hands (You in My Arms)
  • 17.I'm All for You
  • 18.I Hear Music [78 RPM Version]
  • 19.The Same Old Story
  • 20.Practice Makes Perfect
  • 21.St. Louis Blues
  • 22.Loveless Love
  • 23.Let's Do It
  • 24.Georgia On My Mind

Tracks on Disc 7:

  • 1.Romance in the Dark
  • 2.All of Me
  • 3.I'm In a Low Down Groove
  • 4.God Bless the Child [78 RPM Version]
  • 5.Am I Blue?
  • 6.Solitude [78 RPM Version]
  • 7.Jim
  • 8.I Cover the Waterfront
  • 9.Love Me or Leave Me
  • 10.Gloomy Sunday
  • 11.Wherever You Are
  • 12.Mandy is Two
  • 13.C'est un Peche de Dire un Mentire
  • 14.Until the Real Thing Comes Along
  • 15.Saddest Tale
  • 16.No Regrets
  • 17.The Way You Look Tonight
  • 18.Who Loves You?
  • 19.Pennies From Heaven
  • 20.That's Life I Guess
  • 21.They Can't Take That Away From Me
  • 22.Don't Know If I'm Comin' or Goin'
  • 23.I'll Get By (As Long as I Have You)
  • 24.Mean To Me [78 RPM Version]

Tracks on Disc 8:

  • 1.Me, Myself and I
  • 2.Without Your Love
  • 3.They Can't Take That Away from Me - (live)
  • 4.Swing, Brother, Swing - (live)
  • 5.I Can't Get Started - (live)
  • 6.My First Impression of You
  • 7.When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)
  • 8.I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me
  • 9.If Dreams Come True
  • 10.Now They Call It Swing
  • 11.On the Sentimental Side
  • 12.Back in Your Own Backyard
  • 13.You Go To My Head
  • 14.The Moon Looks Down and Laughs [78 RPM Version]
  • 15.If I Were You
  • 16.Forget If You Can
  • 17.Having Myself a Time
  • 18.Says My Heart
  • 19.I Wish I Had You
  • 20.I'm Gonna Lock My Heart (And Throw Away the Key)
  • 21.I Can't Get Started
  • 22.I've Got a Date With a Dream

Tracks on Disc 9:

  • 1.April In My Heart
  • 2.They Say
  • 3.You're So Desirable
  • 4.You're Gonna See a Lot of Me
  • 5.Hello, My Darling
  • 6.Let's Dream in the Moonlight
  • 7.I Cried For You
  • 8.Jeepers Creepers
  • 9.That's All I Ask of You - (alternate take)
  • 10.More Than You Know
  • 11.You're Too Lovely To Last
  • 12.Under a Blue Jungle Moon
  • 13.Night and Day
  • 14.Falling in Love Again
  • 15.Laughing at Life
  • 16.I'm All for You
  • 17.I Hear Music
  • 18.The Same Old Story
  • 19.The Same Old Story
  • 20.Practice Makes Perfect
  • 21.Practice Makes Perfect
  • 22.Practice Makes Perfect

Tracks on Disc 10:

  • 1.St. Louis Blues
  • 2.Loveless Love
  • 3.Let's Do It
  • 4.Georgia On My Mind
  • 5.Georgia On My Mind
  • 6.Romance in the Dark
  • 7.Romance in the Dark
  • 8.Romance in the Dark
  • 9.All of Me
  • 10.All of Me
  • 11.God Bless the Child
  • 12.God Bless the Child
  • 13.Am I Blue?
  • 14.Am I Blue?
  • 15.Jim
  • 16.Gloomy Sunday
  • 17.Wherever You Are
  • 18.Mandy is Two
  • 19.C'est un Peche de Dire un Mentire
  • 20.C'est un Peche de Dire un Mentire
  • 21.Until the Real Thing Comes Along
  • 22.Do Nothing 'til You Hear from Me / I'll Get By - (featuring Billie Holiday & the All-Star Jam Band)
  • 23.I Love My Man - (featuring Billie Holiday & the All-Star Jam Band)

Product Description:

Includes a 116-page booklet containing essays by Gary Giddins, Farah Jasmine Griffin and song-by-song commentary by Michael Brooks.
Personnel includes: Billie Holiday, Johnny Mercer (vocals); Johnny Hodges, Benny Carter, Tab Smith (alto saxophone); Lester Young, Ben Webster, Chu Berry (tenor saxophone); Harry Carney (baritone saxophone); Buck Clayton, Roy Eldridge, Harry James, Charlie Shavers, Red Allen, Cootie Williams, Bunny Berigan, Hot Lips Page (trumpet); Dicky Wells, Jack Teagarden, Benny Morton (trombone); Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Edmond Hall, Buster Bailey (clarinet); Teddy Wilson, Count Basie, Claude Thornhill, Billy Kyle (piano); Freddie Green, Lawrence Lucie, Carmen Mastren (Guitar); Walter Page, Milt Hinton, John Kirby (bass); Jo Jones, Gene Krupa, Sid Catlett, Cozy Cole, Kenny Clarke (drums); Duke Ellington & His Orchestra.
Producers include: John Hammond, Bernie Hanighen.
Compilation producers: Michael Brooks, Michael Cuscana.
Digitally remastered by Mark Wilder & Seth Foster (Sony Music Studios, New York, New York).
LADY DAY won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Historical Album.
Liner Note Author: Gary Giddins.
The 10-disc 2001 Grammy-winning LADY DAY: THE COMPLETE BILLIE HOLIDAY ON COLUMBIA (1933-1944) contains all of the singer's recordings for the Brunswick and Columbia labels, from her debut in 1933 with Benny Goodman to the mid-'40s when she switched to the Commodore label in order to record the controversial anti-lynching ode, "Strange Fruit." Ordinarily, a super deluxe set like this one is of interest to completist collectors only. With Billie Holiday however, nearly everything she recorded is of great musical (and historical) interest. (The compilation producers have wisely decided to save the inevitable alternate takes etc. for the later discs in the set.)
Meanwhile, we are treated to some of the greatest jazz sides ever made, celebrated standards such as "These Foolish Things" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me" in addition to the less well-known novelties--"Me, Myself, and I," "A Sailboat In the Moonlight"--which Holiday sang as if she had written them herself. Contrary to her later myth of a tragic chanteuse, the young Billie Holiday was a highly exuberant jazz singer, uncannily sure in her interpretation of lyrics and phrasing. What is striking too is how confidently she takes her place besides the greatest musicians of the era, a veritable Who's Who of Swing Era Harlem and beyond--Roy Eldridge, Ben Webster, Johnny Hodges, her sympathetic leader, the pianist Teddy Wilson, and, lastly, Lester Young, with whom she achieved a justly famous rapport.

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