Lady in Satin [SACD]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This is the most controversial of all Billie Holiday records. "Lady Day" herself said that this session which finds her accompanied by the Ray Ellis Orchestra was her personal favorite, and many listeners have found her emotional versions of such songs as "I'm a Fool to Want You," "You Don't Know What Love Is," "Glad to Be Unhappy," and particularly "You've Changed" to be quite touching. But Holiday's voice was essentially gone by 1958, and although not yet 43, she could have passed for 73. Ray Ellis' arrangements do not help, veering close to Muzak; most of Lady in Satin is very difficult to listen to. Late in life, Billie Holiday expressed the pain of life so effectively ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This is the most controversial of all Billie Holiday records. "Lady Day" herself said that this session which finds her accompanied by the Ray Ellis Orchestra was her personal favorite, and many listeners have found her emotional versions of such songs as "I'm a Fool to Want You," "You Don't Know What Love Is," "Glad to Be Unhappy," and particularly "You've Changed" to be quite touching. But Holiday's voice was essentially gone by 1958, and although not yet 43, she could have passed for 73. Ray Ellis' arrangements do not help, veering close to Muzak; most of Lady in Satin is very difficult to listen to. Late in life, Billie Holiday expressed the pain of life so effectively that her croaking voice had become almost unbearable to hear. The 1997 CD reissue adds two alternate takes of "I'm a Fool to Want You," parts of which were used for the originally released rendition, plus the stereo version of "The End of a Love Affair" only previously released in mono, and examples of "Lady Day" rehearsing the latter song, including a long unaccompanied stretch. There is certainly a wide range of opinion as to the value of this set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/2/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998669765
  • Catalog Number: 86697

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm a Fool to Want You - Ray Ellis Orchestra
  2. 2 For Heaven's Sake - Ray Ellis Orchestra
  3. 3 You Don't Know What Love Is - Ray Ellis Orchestra
  4. 4 I Get Along Without You Very Well - Ray Ellis Orchestra
  5. 5 For All We Know - Ray Ellis Orchestra
  6. 6 Violets for Your Furs - Ray Ellis Orchestra
  7. 7 You've Changed - Ray Ellis Orchestra
  8. 8 It's Easy to Remember - Ray Ellis Orchestra
  9. 9 But Beautiful - Ray Ellis Orchestra
  10. 10 Glad to Be Unhappy - Ray Ellis Orchestra
  11. 11 I'll Be Around - Ray Ellis Orchestra
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billie Holiday Primary Artist, Vocals
Phil Bodner Reeds
Urbie Green Trombone
Hank Jones Piano
Mal Waldron Piano
Billy Butterfield Trumpet
Gene Quill Alto Saxophone
Mel Davis Trumpet
Don Lamond Drums
Barry Galbraith Guitar
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Milt Hinton String Bass
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Osie Johnson Drums
Romeo Penque Reeds
Ed Powell Reeds
Janet Putnam Harp
Brad Spinney Xylophone
Tom Mitchell Trombone
Technical Credits
Bob Belden Producer
Claus Ogerman Arranger
Richard King Producer, Mastering
Cliff Morris Engineer
Fred Plaut Engineer
Irving Townsend Producer, Liner Notes
Jen Wyler Author
Don Meyer Composer
Sherman Edwards Composer
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