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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
The second in Columbia/Legacy's Remixed & Reimagined series, this time it's blues legend Billie Holiday who is reinvented for modern audiences. But how well does Lady Day translate to modern times and climes? Unlike Nina Simone, who opened the series, not so well. Holiday oozed emotion, while the music had a rawness around the edges, far removed from the smoother, more "sophisticated" style that most white audiences of the day preferred. No wonder she sounds so "Glad to Be Unhappy" when she's virtually smothered in DJ Logic's overly lush remix. If that's an uncomfortable environment for Holiday, Daniel Y.'s and Sunday People's smooth and slick remixes are even more ...
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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
The second in Columbia/Legacy's Remixed & Reimagined series, this time it's blues legend Billie Holiday who is reinvented for modern audiences. But how well does Lady Day translate to modern times and climes? Unlike Nina Simone, who opened the series, not so well. Holiday oozed emotion, while the music had a rawness around the edges, far removed from the smoother, more "sophisticated" style that most white audiences of the day preferred. No wonder she sounds so "Glad to Be Unhappy" when she's virtually smothered in DJ Logic's overly lush remix. If that's an uncomfortable environment for Holiday, Daniel Y.'s and Sunday People's smooth and slick remixes are even more alien, while Charles Feelgood's intensive use of looped vocals is just disrespectful given Holiday's unsurpassed legacy. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, and Holiday's '30s recordings, which comprise the bulk of this set, need no improvement. But too many of the remixers here chose to ignore the wonderful music that supported her, preferring to snip out Holiday's vocals and plunk them down into their own milieu. Another case in point: Tony Humphries "But Beautiful THP Remix"; it's a dancefloor killer, flowing from New Romantic style into disco, then on into more modern dance flavors. But what he does to Holiday's vocals should be criminal, as he transforms the legend into a hyped up disco queen. Jazzeem has a better idea, cutting and pasting old and new sounds and styles together, and making great use of smoky trumpet solos. Scott Schlachter also recognizes the importance of brass, and goes on to actually enhance the melancholy beauty of "Summertime" with haunting piano and organ. GXR's remix of "Long Gone Blues" is perhaps a tad too slick, but the duo still largely pull it off, wrapping Holiday in swirly synths and sumptuous Hammond organ. In contrast, Nickodemus and Zeb's stay true to the Lady herself, deftly giving further kick to a great swing number. Poppyseed captures her spirit on "He Ain't Got Rhythm," and transports it to the Caribbean, where Holiday feels right at home, these are two of the three most inspired remixes on the set. Roland Richards, whose superb keyboard skills also ignited "Summertime," delivers up the other. He showcases Lady Day in all her glory, bringing in rapper Ladybug Mecca to pay tribute to her greatness on a real old-school hip-hop extravaganza. So quite a mixed bag this, evenly divided between the great and good, and the flotsam and jetsam. Lady Day had a rough ride through this life, and she suffers the same fate here; she deserves better.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2010
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886973529713
  • Catalog Number: 735297
  • Sales rank: 34,255

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billie Holiday Primary Artist, Vocals
Fabio Morgera Trumpet
Steve Kelly Guitar
Roland Richards Piano, Keyboards
Scott Schlachter Guitar, Keyboards
DJ Logic Turntables
Ladybug Mecca Rap
Andre LaSalle Guitar
Louis Benedetti Keyboards
Adam Deitch Drums
Takuya Nakamura Trumpet, Keyboards, Soloist, Piano (Grand)
Neil Evans Piano, Moog Synthesizer
Eddie Timbales
Scott Ritchie Bass, Bass Guitar
Oli Rockberger Piano
Sorin Romanescu Guitar
Selen Lerner Keyboards
Technical Credits
Vincent Youmans Composer
Steven Berkowitz Executive Producer
Simon Cooper Audio Production
Didier C. Deutsch Tape Research
J.C. Johnson Composer
Charles Peterson Cover Photo
Roland Richards drum programming, Audio Production
Mark Wilder Mastering
Kirk Yano Engineer
Tony Humphries Engineer
Zeb Audio Production
Poppyseed Audio Production
Sandra Monteparo Art Direction
Scott Schlachter Executive Producer, drum programming, Audio Production
Azeem Audio Production
Hasan Audio Production
Edward Eliscu Composer
Phil Webb Producer, Remixing
Louis Benedetti drum programming
Charles Feelgood Producer, Remixing, Audio Production
Adam Deitch drum programming
Nickodemus Audio Production
Takuya Nakamura Engineer, Remixing, Re-arranged, Audio Production
DeAnna Cool Producer, Remixing, Audio Production
James Cool Producer, Remixing, Audio Production
Billy Rose Composer
Sultan Nasser Producer, Remixing
Phil Webb Audio Production
David 'Swingsett' Winsett Audio Production
Sultan Nasser Audio Production
Daniel Yaghoubi Audio Production
Andrew Altwert Audio Production
Gabriel Parker Audio Production
Kaoss Programming
Jazzy Nice Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superb

    I was surprised to find myself enjoying this album even more than the "Verve Remixed" series (which I love). There's so much crap out there, it's nice that someone is managing to create something sophisticated and not cheesy.

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