Beautiful Ballads & Love Songs

Beautiful Ballads & Love Songs

by Billie Holiday
     
 

Every few years, Legacy finds fresh excuses to cull Billie Holiday's classic catalog, with a dubious regularity rivaled by MOJO Beatles covers. Here it's their Beautiful Ballads & Love Songs series, which had heretofore mostly hit soul singers, not American Songbook crooners. Yet, since…  See more details below

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Every few years, Legacy finds fresh excuses to cull Billie Holiday's classic catalog, with a dubious regularity rivaled by MOJO Beatles covers. Here it's their Beautiful Ballads & Love Songs series, which had heretofore mostly hit soul singers, not American Songbook crooners. Yet, since Columbia had Holiday at her early acme before booze and bad men took tolls, one revels in the endless manna each slice serves. This is more 1935-1941 magic, with tunes by the likes of Johnny Mercer, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and the Gershwins given her unforgettably long, languid treatments. Even where there are preferable versions (Fats Waller's whimsical "Until the Real Thing Comes Along," Helen Forrest/Benny Goodman's romantic "The Man I Love," Louis Armstrong's twinkling "Body and Soul"), she puts such a singular stamp on everything, it's incredible. And no one ever did "Summertime," "Night and Day," or "All of Me" better -- all so bittersweet, even in surrender. Ahhh. ~ Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover

Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2008
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886972162522
catalogNumber:
721625
Rank:
132878

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