The Essential Billie Holiday

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Billie Holiday
The Essential Billie Holiday

[ Sony / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Saturday 1 March 2014

Billie Holiday was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday was a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo.

The recordings Billie Holiday made between 1933 and 1944 for Columbia and its associated labels represent not only her finest work, but American jazz and pop singing at its zenith. Here she is accompanied by a who's who of the swing era.. Lester Young, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Buck Clayton, Ben Webster, Johnny Hodges, Teddy Wilson and many more.


[Disc 1]
1.What A Little Moonlight Can Do (78rpm Version)
2.These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
3.I Cried For You
4.Summertime (78rpm Version)
5.Billie's Blues (78rpm Version)
6.If You Were Mine
7.A Fine Romance (78rpm Version)
8.Easy To Love
9.I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
10.I Must Have That Man
11.Me, Myself And I
12.They Can't Take That Away From Me
13.Easy Living
14.A Sailboat In The Moonlight
15.Trav'lin' All Alone
16.When A Woman Loves A Man
17.You Go To My Head
18.Billie's Blues

[Disc 2]
1.I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me (Alternate Take)
2.The Very Thought Of You (78rpm Version)
3.I Can't Get Started
4.Long Gone Blues
6.Some Other Spring
7.Them There Eyes
8.The Man I Love
9.Body And Soul
10.Swing! Brother, Swing!
11.Night And Day
12.Let's Do It
13.God Bless The Child (78rpm Version)
14.Solitude (78rpm Version)
15.I Cover The Waterfront
16.Gloomy Sunday
17.Until The Real Thing Comes Along
18.All Of Me