God Bless the Child: The Very Best of Billie Holiday

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It's easy to call any collection "The Very Best Of" and mislead naïve listeners into believing the claim until they take the record home and give it a spin, and find it was compiled of dead dogs or substandard material licensed by some shoddy label to make a buck. Not so with this fine 14-cut collection by Sony/BMG Legacy, God Bless the Child: The Very Best of Billie Holiday, which certainly makes a convincing argument for the claim. While it begins with a 1941 performance of the title track, with Roy Eldridge, Jimmy Powell, Grachan Moncur, Eddie Heywood, and Herbert Cowans in the band, it goes backward to 1935 when she fronted the Teddy Wilson Orchestra for a historic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It's easy to call any collection "The Very Best Of" and mislead naïve listeners into believing the claim until they take the record home and give it a spin, and find it was compiled of dead dogs or substandard material licensed by some shoddy label to make a buck. Not so with this fine 14-cut collection by Sony/BMG Legacy, God Bless the Child: The Very Best of Billie Holiday, which certainly makes a convincing argument for the claim. While it begins with a 1941 performance of the title track, with Roy Eldridge, Jimmy Powell, Grachan Moncur, Eddie Heywood, and Herbert Cowans in the band, it goes backward to 1935 when she fronted the Teddy Wilson Orchestra for a historic session that yielded three classic performances, including "I Wished on the Moon." Her association with Wilson continues into 1936 with one cut, "I Cried for You," featuring Jonah Jones, Wilson, Harry Carney, and Cozy Cole in the band. The version of "Billie's Blues" included here is the original recorded take from 1937 with Bunny Berigan, Artie Shaw, and Joe Bushkin. Of course, "Easy Living" is included here, with Holiday once more fronting Wilson's band, which in 1937 included Buck Clayton, Walter Page, Jo Jones, and the great saxophonist Lester Young. Other performances that make this set an amazing buy for the price include "My Man" from 1937; "Some Other Spring" with Charlie Shavers and Tab Smith; "Body and Soul" from 1940; "I Cover the Waterfront" from 1941; and one of the most haunting vocal tunes in the history of jazz, "Gloomy Sunday" with the Wilson band -- featuring J.C. Heard on drums -- from 1942. These 14 tunes give an overview of Holiday at her peak and will certainly inspire listeners to dig deeper into her catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/1/2006
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 828768174326
  • Catalog Number: 81743
  • Sales rank: 286,442

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 God Bless the Child (2:56)
  2. 2 I Wished on the Moon (3:02)
  3. 3 What a Little Moonlight Can Do (2:57)
  4. 4 Miss Brown to You (2:59)
  5. 5 I Cried for You (3:13)
  6. 6 Billie's Blues (2:39)
  7. 7 Easy Living (3:03)
  8. 8 My Man (3:03)
  9. 9 Some Other Spring (3:02)
  10. 10 Them There Eyes (2:49)
  11. 11 Body and Soul (2:58)
  12. 12 Solitude (3:15)
  13. 13 I Cover the Waterfront (2:57)
  14. 14 Gloomy Sunday (3:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billie Holiday Primary Artist, Vocals
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Bunny Berigan Trumpet
Al Casey Guitar
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Benny Goodman Clarinet
Freddie Green Guitar
Eddie Heywood Piano
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Jo Jones Drums
Jonah Jones Trumpet
John Kirby Bass
Artie Shaw Clarinet
Tab Smith Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Wilson Piano
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Joe Bushkin Piano
Cozy Cole Drums
Vido Musso Tenor Saxophone
Babe Russin Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Grachan Moncur III Bass
Walter Page Bass
Bernard Addison Guitar
Emmett Berry Trumpet
Lester Boone Alto Saxophone
Paul Chapman Guitar
Eddie Dougherty Drums
Gene Fields Guitar
Carl Frye Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet
J.C. Heard Drums
Lawrence Lucie Guitar
Jimmy Powell Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Allan Reuss Guitar
Hymie Schertzer Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Kermit Scott Tenor Saxophone
John Trueheart Guitar
Sonny White Piano
John Williams [double bass] Bass
Kenneth Hollon Tenor Saxophone
Dick McDonough Guitar
Herbert Cowans Drums
Prince Robinson Tenor Saxophone
Pete Peterson Bass
Ernie Powell Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Stanley Payne Tenor Saxophone
Hal West Drums
Technical Credits
John Hammond Sr. Audio Production
Irving Mills Composer
Abe Lyman Composer
Dorothy Parker Composer
Gus Arnheim Composer
Billie Holiday Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Arthur Freed Composer
Johnny Green Composer
Arthur Herzog Jr. Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Robert Sour Composer
Frank Eyton Composer
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Harry Woods Composer
Jacques Charles Composer
Channing Pollack Composer
Doris Tauber Composer
William Tracey Composer
Maurice Yvain Composer
Rezsö Seress Composer
Irene Kitchings Composer
László Jávor Composer
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