Lady in Satin

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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 Ray Ellis' string 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. Ellis' arrangements do not help, veering close to Muzak; most of this record is very difficult to listen to. Late in life, Holiday expressed the pain of life so effectively that her ...
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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 Ray Ellis' string 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. Ellis' arrangements do not help, veering close to Muzak; most of this record is very difficult to listen to. Late in life, Holiday expressed the pain of life so effectively that her croaking voice had become almost unbearable to hear. There is certainly a wide range of opinion as to the value of this set. [Some reissues add two alternate takes of "I'm a Fool to Want You," part of which were used for the original 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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/2009
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 886974920021
  • Catalog Number: 868139
  • Sales rank: 100,087

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm a Fool to Want You - Ray Ellis Orchestra (3:23)
  2. 2 For Heaven's Sake - Ray Ellis Orchestra (3:26)
  3. 3 You Don't Know What Love Is - Ray Ellis Orchestra (3:48)
  4. 4 I Get Along Without You Very Well - Ray Ellis Orchestra (2:59)
  5. 5 For All We Know - Ray Ellis Orchestra (2:53)
  6. 6 Violets for Your Furs - Ray Ellis Orchestra (3:24)
  7. 7 You've Changed - Ray Ellis Orchestra (3:17)
  8. 8 It's Easy to Remember - Ray Ellis Orchestra (4:01)
  9. 9 But Beautiful - Ray Ellis Orchestra (4:29)
  10. 10 Glad to Be Unhappy - Ray Ellis Orchestra (4:07)
  11. 11 I'll Be Around - Ray Ellis Orchestra (3:23)
  12. 12 The End of a Love Affair - Ray Ellis Orchestra (4:46)
  13. 13 I'm a Fool to Want You - Ray Ellis Orchestra (3:24)
  14. 14 I'm a Fool to Want You - Ray Ellis Orchestra (3:23)
  15. 15 The End of a Love Affair: The Audio Story - Ray Ellis Orchestra (9:49)
  16. 16 The End of a Love Affair - Ray Ellis Orchestra (4:46)
  17. 17 [Pause Track] - Ray Ellis Orchestra (0:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billie Holiday Primary Artist, Vocals
Phil Bodner Woodwind
Urbie Green Trombone, Soloist
Mal Waldron Piano
Mel Davis Trumpet, Soloist
Lois Vocals, Soprano (Vocal)
Danny Bank Woodwind
Ray Ellis Conductor
Barry Galbraith Guitar
Milt Hinton Bass
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Osie Johnson Drums
Phil Kraus Percussion
George Ockner Violin, Concert Master
Romeo Penque Woodwind
Janet Putnam Harp
Dave Sawyer Cello
Elise Bretton Vocals, Soprano (Vocal)
Tommy Mitchell Trombone
Miriam Workman Vocals, Soprano (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Matt Dennis Composer
Sherman Edwards & Donald Meyer Composer
Ray Ellis Arranger, Liner Notes
Fred Plaut Engineer
Phil Schaap Producer, Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Remastering
Irving Townsend Producer, Liner Notes
James Van Heusen Composer
Mark Wilder Engineer
Bill Carey Composer
Carl Fischer Composer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Elise Bretton Composer
Randall Martin Reissue Design
Tom Adair Composer
Edward Redding Composer
Juliana Myrick Packaging Manager
Donald Meyer Composer
Don Meyer Composer
Sherman Edwards Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FANTASTIC!

    This is my favorite Billie CD and I am the world's biggest B.H. fan although she died when I was only ten years old! Now that's real devotion! It doesn't get any better than this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    beautiful and full of pain

    I loved every minute of this cd. You can hear every painful moment in her life through her voice. I'm sure there are many so-called better cds of billie but none so heart wrenching as this one. It makes you love her more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Anatomy of Sorrow

    Lady Day's life was the anatomy of sorrow. In this saddest and most emotionally possessed album of her life, it truly portrays the crises of her sad, ailing age and drug problems, which led her to die with a slowly revolving death. Her voice croaks that emotion with a pure feeling that's more than just music. It's her heartbeat. And slowly throughout the record, you could feel her life flickering in the midst of the music that ends with a silent roar.

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