Lady Day's 25 Greatest: 1933-1944

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although she didn't technically have the greatest voice and range, the legendary Billie Holiday had an intangible ability to bring the full of her life to bear on whatever she sang, and every song she touched, no matter how trite, gained poignancy because of it. Modeling her vocal phrasing to echo the sound of a jazz horn, and fully aware of how to work a microphone, she continually suggested personal intimacy as she sang, even if the song she was singing was constructed to work in an entirely different direction. This approach means that one has to take the good Billie Holiday with the bad, and luckily there is plenty of the former. This set features tracks recorded ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although she didn't technically have the greatest voice and range, the legendary Billie Holiday had an intangible ability to bring the full of her life to bear on whatever she sang, and every song she touched, no matter how trite, gained poignancy because of it. Modeling her vocal phrasing to echo the sound of a jazz horn, and fully aware of how to work a microphone, she continually suggested personal intimacy as she sang, even if the song she was singing was constructed to work in an entirely different direction. This approach means that one has to take the good Billie Holiday with the bad, and luckily there is plenty of the former. This set features tracks recorded between 1933 and 1944, and although it purports to include her 25 greatest sides, whether or not it actually does so could be easily debated where, for instance, is "God Bless the Child"?. True, the wonderful "Fine and Mellow" is here, as is the eerie and unforgettable "Strange Fruit" and more generic but impressive cuts like "Easy Living" and "Long Gone Blues," so there is more than enough here to sustain her legend, but it isn't quite the be-all that the title suggests.
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  • Release Date: 3/19/1996
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625518122
  • Catalog Number: 5181

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Your Mother's Son-In-Law (2:44)
  2. 2 Miss Brown to You (3:02)
  3. 3 What a Little Moonlight Can Do (2:59)
  4. 4 Did I Remember? (2:50)
  5. 5 I Can't Give You Anything But Love (3:26)
  6. 6 I Must Have That Man! (2:54)
  7. 7 My Last Affair (3:08)
  8. 8 Moanin' Low (3:02)
  9. 9 Easy Living (3:03)
  10. 10 I'll Never Be the Same (3:02)
  11. 11 Swing, Brother, Swing (1:48)
  12. 12 They Can't Take That Away from Me (3:20)
  13. 13 Back in Your Own Backyard (2:39)
  14. 14 You Go to My Head (2:51)
  15. 15 Long Gone Blues (3:01)
  16. 16 Fine and Mellow (3:10)
  17. 17 Some Other Spring (2:59)
  18. 18 Them There Eyes (2:48)
  19. 19 Ghost of Yesterday (2:36)
  20. 20 I'll Get By (As Long as I Have You) - Leonard Feather All Stars (1:28)
  21. 21 Billie's Blues - Leonard Feather All Stars (4:12)
  22. 22 He's Funny That Way (3:01)
  23. 23 That Ole Devil Called Love - Toots Camarata & His Orchestra (2:52)
  24. 24 No More - Toots Camarata & His Orchestra (2:46)
  25. 25 Strange Fruit (3:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billie Holiday Primary Artist, Vocals
Henry "Red" Allen Trumpet
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Bunny Berigan Trumpet
Al Casey Guitar
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Benny Goodman Clarinet
Freddie Green Guitar
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Jo Jones Drums
Jonah Jones Trumpet
John Kirby String Bass
Gene Krupa Drums
Oscar Pettiford String Bass
Artie Shaw Clarinet
Tab Smith Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Art Tatum Piano
Jack Teagarden Trombone
Claude Thornhill Piano
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Wilson Piano, Track Performer
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Cootie Williams Trumpet
Lester Young Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Joe Bushkin Piano
Cozy Cole Drums
Carl Kress Guitar
Benny Morton Trombone
Frankie Newton Trumpet
Babe Russin Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Teagarden Trumpet
George Wettling Drums
Ken Kersey Piano
Walter Page String Bass
Bernard Addison Guitar
Artie Bernstein String Bass
Barney Bigard Clarinet
Larry Binyon Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Blowers Strings, Drums
Dave Bowman Piano
Harry Carney Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Doc Cheatham Trumpet
Shirley Clay Trumpet
Lem Davis Alto Saxophone
Vic Dickenson Trombone
Eddie Dougherty Drums
Herschel Evans Tenor Saxophone
Carl Frye Alto Saxophone
George Hunt Trombone
Lawrence Lucie Guitar
Dan Minor Trombone
Hot Lips Page Trumpet
Jimmy Powell Alto Saxophone
Hymie Schertzer Alto Saxophone
Cecil Scott Multi Instruments
Kermit Scott Tenor Saxophone
John Simmons String Bass
John Trueheart Guitar
Teddy Walters Guitar
Earle Warren Alto Saxophone
Buck Washington Piano
Jack Washington Alto Saxophone
Harold "Doc" West Drums
Sonny White Piano
John Williams [double bass] String Bass
Paul Ricci Tenor Saxophone
Dick McDonough Guitar
Art Karle Tenor Saxophone
Bernard Anderson Trumpet
Prince Robinson Tenor Saxophone
Cas de Marez Trumpet
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Track Performer
Pete Peterson String Bass
Jimmy McLin Guitar
Haig Stephens String Bass
Stanley Payne Tenor Saxophone
Ed Lewis Trumpet
Jack Cressey Alto Saxophone
Allan Ruess Guitar
Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra Track Performer
Bob Moore Trumpet
Toots Camarata & His Orchestra Track Performer
Dave Harris Tenor Saxophone
Kenneth Hollin Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Billie Holiday Composer
Arthur Herzog Jr. Composer
Vic Bellerby Liner Notes
David Flemming Contributor
Charlie Crump Contributor
Irene Kitchings Composer
Lewis Allan Composer
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