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, sinceSee 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

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2008
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886972162522
catalogNumber:
721625
Rank:
231740

Tracks

  1. I Wished on the Moon  - Billie Holiday
  2. If You Were Mine  - Billie Holiday
  3. These Foolish Things  - Billie Holiday
  4. Summertime  -  Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra
  5. Easy Living  - Billie Holiday
  6. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm  -  Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra
  7. The Very Thought of You  -  Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra
  8. More Than You Know  - Billie Holiday
  9. The Man I Love  -  Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra
  10. Me, Myself and I  -  Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra
  11. You Got to My Head  -  Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra
  12. Body and Soul  -  Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra
  13. Until the Real Thing Comes Along  -  Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra
  14. Night and Day  -  Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra
  15. All of Me  -  Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra

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