Icon: Love Songs

Icon: Love Songs

by Billie Holiday
     
 

As part of the "Love Songs" subcategory of its discount-priced Icon series of compilations, Universal Music Group issues this Billie Holiday CD, collecting 12 tracks from the latter part of her career, originally recorded for Decca (Tracks 1-3, produced by Milt Gabler), Verve (Tracks 4-11, produced by Norman Granz), and MGM (Track 12, produced by Ray Ellis).See more details below

Overview

As part of the "Love Songs" subcategory of its discount-priced Icon series of compilations, Universal Music Group issues this Billie Holiday CD, collecting 12 tracks from the latter part of her career, originally recorded for Decca (Tracks 1-3, produced by Milt Gabler), Verve (Tracks 4-11, produced by Norman Granz), and MGM (Track 12, produced by Ray Ellis). The Gabler recordings find Holiday fronting a string orchestra; Granz has her record standards by the likes of Arlen, Berlin, and Gershwin before a small jazz ensemble; and Ellis returns her to a string arrangement for a reading of the Frank Sinatra hit "All the Way." Of course, Holiday's voice betrays some wear and tear at this point in her career, more so as the album goes on, but she makes up for it with her idiosyncratic phrasing and surprising note choices, and the backings, whether orchestral or jazzy, are sympathetic. Most of the songs Holiday recorded in her career could be described as "love songs," so this is really just a sampler of her later years, but a reasonable one.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/04/2011
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602527568805
catalogNumber:
001510502

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billie Holiday   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Norman Granz   Producer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Ray Ellis   Producer
Milt Gabler   Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Bob Russell   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Chuck Stewart   Back Cover
Harold Adamson   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Sidney Clare   Composer
Jay Gorney   Composer
Doris Tauber   Composer
William Tracey   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination

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