×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Lady in Satin [SACD]
     

Lady in Satin [SACD]

by Billie Holiday
 

See All Formats & Editions

With Holiday having only a year and a half to live when these songs were recorded, her voice was indeed far less palatable that it had been in her prime. (Although in fact, she actually sounds quite stronger on these February 1958 sessions than she would in many of her still-later recordings.) Yet what Holiday had lost in chops, she more than made up for in increased

Overview

With Holiday having only a year and a half to live when these songs were recorded, her voice was indeed far less palatable that it had been in her prime. (Although in fact, she actually sounds quite stronger on these February 1958 sessions than she would in many of her still-later recordings.) Yet what Holiday had lost in chops, she more than made up for in increased ability to move an audience. The dramatic contrast between Holiday's hoarse and passionate sound and the grand, semisymphonic orchestrations (arranged by Claus Ogerman, conducted by Ray Ellis) also help make this just about the most moving collection of pop standards you could ever hope to hear. The repertoire is particularly interesting in that nearly all the songs here were associated with Frank Sinatra; perhaps the master had by now learned a thing or two from the pupil.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/1999
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646514467
catalogNumber:
65144

Tracks

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

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
Cliff Morris   Engineer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Irving Townsend   Producer,Liner Notes
Jen Wyler   Author
Don Meyer   Composer
Sherman Edwards   Composer

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews