Love Songs, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
Another Legacy title fashioned out of the recordings released in total on the exhaustive Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia box set of her early career. No complaints here, as few can afford such abundant booty, and because the label sticks to tried and true themes. Although, you may prefer her previous swing record, and the bluesy compilation of her work with velvet-touched tenor-saxophonist Lester Young, Love Songs, Vol. 2 is another antidote to the perception that Lady Day could only excel at mournful, striking, downer tunes such as her most famous work, "God Bless the Child," "Strange Fruit," and "Until the Real Thing Comes Along." Here are 16 sides of the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
Another Legacy title fashioned out of the recordings released in total on the exhaustive Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia box set of her early career. No complaints here, as few can afford such abundant booty, and because the label sticks to tried and true themes. Although, you may prefer her previous swing record, and the bluesy compilation of her work with velvet-touched tenor-saxophonist Lester Young, Love Songs, Vol. 2 is another antidote to the perception that Lady Day could only excel at mournful, striking, downer tunes such as her most famous work, "God Bless the Child," "Strange Fruit," and "Until the Real Thing Comes Along." Here are 16 sides of the more whimsical, sassy, mischievous, or laughingly resigned Billie Holiday, typified by the unabashedly lustful "I Must Have That Man," the chuckle of Oscar Hammerstein's "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," and even Hammerstein's depressingly named but actually bouncy "Why Was I Born." Though she's not as unfettered as Louis Armstrong who, for instance, wrung much more humor with Ella Fitzgerald out of their later '50s look at "A Fine Romance," Holiday's version here from 1936, her behind-the-beat singing remains a flavorful reading on these classic Tin Pan Alley tunes. Of course, there are a few "blue" Holiday tunes, such as Irving Berlin's "This Year's Kisses," and Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra can't help but inject their melancholy notes here and there. So it's not exactly a picnic, but it is once again a multifaceted look at the total talent of one of the best jazz interpreters who ever entered a studio, of the languid tantalization of love just out of reach.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2003
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 827969037324
  • Catalog Number: 90373
  • Sales rank: 381,068

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 These Foolish Things (3:20)
  2. 2 Did I Remember? - Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra (2:52)
  3. 3 A Fine Romance - Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra (2:53)
  4. 4 Easy to Love (3:13)
  5. 5 This Year's Kisses (3:10)
  6. 6 Why Was I Born? (2:52)
  7. 7 I Must Have That Man! (2:57)
  8. 8 Moanin' Low (3:06)
  9. 9 I'll Never Be the Same (3:04)
  10. 10 He's Funny That Way - Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra (2:41)
  11. 11 Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man (3:17)
  12. 12 When a Woman Loves a Man - Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra (2:26)
  13. 13 More Than You Know (3:08)
  14. 14 Body and Soul - Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra (3:00)
  15. 15 I Cover the Waterfront (2:58)
  16. 16 Love Me or Leave Me (3:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billie Holiday Primary Artist
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Danny Barker Guitar
Bunny Berigan Trumpet
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
Artie Shaw Clarinet
Claude Thornhill Piano
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Wilson Piano
Cootie Williams Trumpet
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Joe Bushkin Piano
Cozy Cole Drums
Irving Fazola Clarinet
Benny Morton Trombone
Vido Musso Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Babe Russin Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Walter Page String Bass
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Artie Bernstein String Bass
Emmett Berry Trumpet
Harry Carney Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Eddie Durham Guitar
Carl Frye Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet
Clyde Hart Piano
J.C. Heard Drums
Milt Hinton String Bass
Lawrence Lucie Guitar
Irving "Mouse" Randolph Trumpet
Allan Reuss Guitar
Hymie Schertzer Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Kermit Scott Tenor Saxophone
Sonny White Piano
John Williams String Bass
Dick McDonough Guitar
Prince Robinson Clarinet
Pete Peterson String Bass
Ernie Powell Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Hal West Drums
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Gordon Jenkins Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Howard Dietz Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Johnny Green Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Frank Signorelli Composer
Bernie Hanighen Composer
Matty Malneck Composer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Robert Sour Composer
Harold Adamson Composer
Frank Eyton Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Edward Eliscu Composer
Harry Link Composer
Jack Strachey Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels) Composer
Holt Marvell Composer
Billy Rose Composer
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