First Issue: Great American Songbook

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All Music Guide - John Bush
For this double-disc set commemorating her American postage stamp and patterned after Ella Fitzgerald's Songbook series, Verve compiled two discs of Billie Holiday covering the best of American popular song, from Ellington to Gershwin to Berlin to Porter and others. Though most of the material comes from the late '50s, when Holiday's voice was often in poor shape, her versions never fail to stir the heart -- often because her voice was in such bad repair. All of the tracks are familiar standards, including light-hearted songs like "A Fine Romance," "Embraceable You," "Prelude to a Kiss," and "I Get a Kick Out of You," as well as darker fare like "But Not for Me," "Stormy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
For this double-disc set commemorating her American postage stamp and patterned after Ella Fitzgerald's Songbook series, Verve compiled two discs of Billie Holiday covering the best of American popular song, from Ellington to Gershwin to Berlin to Porter and others. Though most of the material comes from the late '50s, when Holiday's voice was often in poor shape, her versions never fail to stir the heart -- often because her voice was in such bad repair. All of the tracks are familiar standards, including light-hearted songs like "A Fine Romance," "Embraceable You," "Prelude to a Kiss," and "I Get a Kick Out of You," as well as darker fare like "But Not for Me," "Stormy Weather," "One for My Baby And One More for the Road," and "I Got a Right to Sing the Blues."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/1994
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731452300324
  • Catalog Number: 523003
  • Sales rank: 114,111

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billie Holiday Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Tony Scott Clarinet
Billy Bauer Guitar
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Herb Ellis Guitar
Freddie Green Guitar
Chico Hamilton Drums
Budd Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Hank Jones Piano
Wynton Kelly Piano
Barney Kessel Guitar
Red Mitchell Bass
Joe Newman Trumpet
Oscar Peterson Organ, Piano
Flip Phillips Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Ed Shaughnessy Drums
Willie Smith Alto Saxophone
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Aaron Bell Bass
Cozy Cole Drums
Leonard Gaskin Bass
Joe Wilder Trumpet
Al Cohn Tenor Saxophone
Danny Bank Baritone Saxophone
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone
Ray Brown Bass
Billy Byers Trombone
Larry Bunker Drums
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Red Callender Bass
Ray Ellis Conductor
Barry Galbraith Guitar
Milt Hinton Bass
Gus Johnson Drums
Osie Johnson Drums
Joe Mondragon Bass
Lenny McBrowne Drums
Paul Quinichette Tenor Saxophone
John Simmons Bass
Alvin Stoller Drums
Billy Taylor Piano
Bobby Tucker Piano
Ray Ellis Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Jimmy Mundy Composer
Trummy Young Composer
Chris Albertson Liner Notes
Norman Granz Producer
Ray Ellis Arranger, Producer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Michael Lang Compilation Supervisor
Leroy Lovett Director
Johnny Mercer Composer
Peter Pullman Contributor, Notes Editing
Phil Schaap Remastering
Richard Seidel Executive Producer
Shawn Wilson-Bunyan Contributor
Gordon H. Jee Director
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