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The Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945-1959

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This is a rather incredible collection: ten CDs enclosed in a tight black box that includes every one of the recordings Verve owns of Billie Holiday, not only the many studio recordings of 1952-57 which feature Lady Day joined by such jazz all-stars as trumpeters Charlie Shavers and Harry "Sweets" Edison, altoist Benny Carter, and the tenors of Flip Phillips, Paul Quinichette and Ben Webster. Also included are prime performances at Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts in 1945-1947, an enjoyable European gig from 1954, her "comeback" Carnegie Hall concert of 1956, Holiday's rather sad final studio album from 1959, and even lengthy tapes from two informal rehearsals. It's a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This is a rather incredible collection: ten CDs enclosed in a tight black box that includes every one of the recordings Verve owns of Billie Holiday, not only the many studio recordings of 1952-57 which feature Lady Day joined by such jazz all-stars as trumpeters Charlie Shavers and Harry "Sweets" Edison, altoist Benny Carter, and the tenors of Flip Phillips, Paul Quinichette and Ben Webster. Also included are prime performances at Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts in 1945-1947, an enjoyable European gig from 1954, her "comeback" Carnegie Hall concert of 1956, Holiday's rather sad final studio album from 1959, and even lengthy tapes from two informal rehearsals. It's a perfect purchase for the true Billie Holiday fanatic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/1993
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731451765827
  • Catalog Number: 517658

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Body and Soul (3:24)
  2. 2 Strange Fruit (2:56)
  3. 3 I Cried for You (2:18)
  4. 4 Fine and Mellow (3:51)
  5. 5 He's Funny That Way (3:17)
  6. 6 The Man I Love (3:04)
  7. 7 Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You (2:20)
  8. 8 All of Me (1:56)
  9. 9 Billie's Blues (3:35)
  10. 10 Trav'lin' Light (3:28)
  11. 11 He's Funny That Way (2:51)
  12. 12 Norman Granz Announcement (0:08)
  13. 13 You Better Go Now (2:56)
  14. 14 You're Driving Me Crazy (1:30)
  15. 15 There Is No Greater Love (2:34)
  16. 16 I Cover the Waterfront (2:58)
  17. 17 Norman Granz Announcement (0:24)
  18. 18 East of the Sun (And West of the Moon) (2:54)
  19. 19 Blue Moon (3:28)
  20. 20 You Go to My Head (2:54)
  21. 21 You Turned the Tables on Me (3:26)
  22. 22 Easy to Love (3:00)
  23. 23 These Foolish Things (3:34)
  24. 24 I Only Have Eyes for You (2:52)
  25. 25 Solitude (3:29)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Everything I Have Is Yours (3:43)
  2. 2 Love for Sale (2:56)
  3. 3 Moonglow (2:58)
  4. 4 Tenderly (3:23)
  5. 5 If the Moon Turns Green (2:44)
  6. 6 Remember (2:35)
  7. 7 Autumn in New York (3:40)
  8. 8 Autumn in New York (3:52)
  9. 9 My Man (2:36)
  10. 10 Lover, Come Back to Me (3:35)
  11. 11 Stormy Weather (3:41)
  12. 12 Yesterdays (2:48)
  13. 13 He's Funny That Way (3:11)
  14. 14 I Can't Face the Music (3:14)
  15. 15 MC and Leonard Feather Announcements (0:37)
  16. 16 Blue Moon (2:15)
  17. 17 All of Me (1:43)
  18. 18 My Man (2:52)
  19. 19 Them There Eyes (1:28)
  20. 20 I Cried for You (3:20)
  21. 21 What a Little Moonlight Can Do (2:56)
  22. 22 I Cover the Waterfront (3:17)
  23. 23 Leonard Feather Announcement (0:21)
  24. 24 Billie's Blues (11:39)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Lover, Come Back to Me (6:46)
  2. 2 How Deep Is the Ocean? (2:57)
  3. 3 What a Little Moonlight Can Do (3:10)
  4. 4 I Cried for You (2:26)
  5. 5 Love Me or Leave Me (2:33)
  6. 6 P.S. I Love You (3:35)
  7. 7 Too Marvelous for Words (2:11)
  8. 8 Softly (2:55)
  9. 9 I Thought About You (2:45)
  10. 10 Willow Weep for Me (3:05)
  11. 11 Stormy Blues (3:26)
  12. 12 Say It Isn't So (3:01)
  13. 13 I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (3:55)
  14. 14 I Wished on the Moon (6:48)
  15. 15 Always (3:57)
  16. 16 Everything Happens to Me (6:20)
  17. 17 Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me (5:00)
  18. 18 Ain't Misbehavin' (4:39)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Nice Work If You Can Get It (4:05)
  2. 2 Discussion: Nice Work If You Can Get It (0:40)
  3. 3 Mandy Is Two (4:31)
  4. 4 Prelude to a Kiss (2:46)
  5. 5 I Must Have That Man! (1:05)
  6. 6 Jeepers Creepers (2:13)
  7. 7 Jeepers Creepers (0:51)
  8. 8 Discussion: Jeepers Creepers (3:25)
  9. 9 Discussion: Jeepers Creepers (2:27)
  10. 10 Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (1:57)
  11. 11 Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (2:57)
  12. 12 Discussion: Moonlight in Vermont (0:52)
  13. 13 Misery (0:36)
  14. 14 Restless (2:45)
  15. 15 Moonlight in Vermont (2:00)
  16. 16 Everything Happens to Me (3:26)
  17. 17 Discussion (0:37)
  18. 18 I Don't Want to Cry Anymore (4:25)
  19. 19 I Don't Want to Cry Anymore (2:25)
  20. 20 Discussion: I Don't Want to Cry Any More (5:32)
  21. 21 Everything Happens to Me (3:00)
  22. 22 Discussion (1:48)
  23. 23 When You Are Away, Dear (1:40)
  24. 24 Discussion (0:48)
  25. 25 It Had to Be You (1:54)
  26. 26 The Mood That I'm In (0:31)
  27. 27 Gone With the Wind (1:36)
  28. 28 I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) (3:17)
  29. 29 Discussion (2:31)
  30. 30 A Sunbonnet Blue (And a Little Straw Hat) (0:06)
  31. 31 I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You (1:32)
  32. 32 Discussion (2:14)
  33. 33 I'm Walkin' Through Heaven With You (2:05)
  34. 34 Discussion (0:42)
  35. 35 Just Friends (1:01)
  36. 36 The Nearness of You (1:04)
  37. 37 Discussion (0:27)
  38. 38 It's Too Hot for Words (0:21)
  39. 39 They Say (2:25)
  40. 40 I Won't Believe It (0:20)
Disc 5
  1. 1 I Don't Want to Cry Anymore (0:29)
  2. 2 I Don't Want to Cry Anymore (3:54)
  3. 3 Studio Talk; Prelude to a Kiss (0:14)
  4. 4 Studio Talk; Prelude to a Kiss (0:50)
  5. 5 Prelude to a Kiss (5:32)
  6. 6 I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You (4:26)
  7. 7 When Your Lover Has Gone (0:49)
  8. 8 Studio Talk; When Your Lover Has Gone (1:00)
  9. 9 Studio Talk (0:22)
  10. 10 When Your Lover Has Gone (4:55)
  11. 11 Gone With the Wind (3:23)
  12. 12 Studio Talk (0:10)
  13. 13 Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (4:19)
  14. 14 It Had to Be You (4:01)
  15. 15 Studio Talk (0:08)
  16. 16 Nice Work If You Can Get It (3:47)
  17. 17 Come Rain or Come Shine (4:21)
  18. 18 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues (5:51)
  19. 19 What's New? (4:16)
  20. 20 A Fine Romance (0:46)
  21. 21 A Fine Romance (2:44)
  22. 22 A Fine Romance (0:18)
  23. 23 A Fine Romance (1:16)
  24. 24 A Fine Romance (3:18)
  25. 25 A Fine Romance (0:26)
  26. 26 A Fine Romance (3:12)
  27. 27 A Fine Romance (3:32)
  28. 28 Studio Talk (0:06)
  29. 29 I Hadn't Anyone Till You (4:03)
Disc 6
  1. 1 I Get a Kick Out of You (5:39)
  2. 2 Everything I Have Is Yours (4:29)
  3. 3 Isn't This a Lovely Day? (4:11)
  4. 4 Discussion: Misery (1:26)
  5. 5 Israel (2:18)
  6. 6 Misery (4:40)
  7. 7 Discussion (1:16)
  8. 8 I Must Have That Man! (6:29)
  9. 9 Discussion (0:27)
  10. 10 Strange Fruit (5:48)
  11. 11 Discussion: God Bless the Child (5:50)
  12. 12 Discussion (1:16)
  13. 13 God Bless the Child (3:15)
  14. 14 God Bless the Child (1:08)
  15. 15 Discussion (1:08)
  16. 16 God Bless the Child (3:34)
  17. 17 One Never Knows, Does One? (2:07)
  18. 18 Discussion (2:00)
  19. 19 The Beer Barrel Polka (1:19)
  20. 20 Some of These Days (1:03)
  21. 21 A Yiddishe Momme (0:39)
  22. 22 A Yiddishe Momme (2:16)
  23. 23 Discussion (0:42)
  24. 24 Lady's Back in Town (2:36)
  25. 25 Discussion (4:33)
  26. 26 Discussion (1:13)
  27. 27 One Never Knows, Does One? (2:38)
  28. 28 Discussion (1:19)
  29. 29 (Unknown Title) (1:54)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Trav'lin' Light (3:07)
  2. 2 I Must Have That Man! (3:03)
  3. 3 Some Other Spring (3:36)
  4. 4 Lady Sings the Blues (3:44)
  5. 5 Strange Fruit (3:01)
  6. 6 God Bless the Child (3:58)
  7. 7 Good Morning Heartache (3:29)
  8. 8 No Good Man (3:18)
  9. 9 Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me (4:12)
  10. 10 Cheek to Cheek (3:35)
  11. 11 Ill Wind (6:14)
  12. 12 Speak Low (4:25)
  13. 13 We'll Be Together Again (4:24)
  14. 14 All or Nothing at All (5:39)
  15. 15 Sophisticated Lady (4:48)
  16. 16 April in Paris (3:02)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Lady Sings the Blues (2:52)
  2. 2 Lady Sings the Blues (2:38)
  3. 3 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do (2:30)
  4. 4 Trav'lin' Light (0:44)
  5. 5 Reading from Lady Sings the Blues (2:06)
  6. 6 Billie's Blues (3:20)
  7. 7 Body and Soul (2:39)
  8. 8 Reading from Lady Sings the Blues (0:55)
  9. 9 Don't Explain (2:26)
  10. 10 Yesterdays (1:16)
  11. 11 Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (1:43)
  12. 12 I'll Be Seeing You (2:28)
  13. 13 Reading from Lady Sings the Blues (2:50)
  14. 14 My Man (3:13)
  15. 15 I Cried for You (3:09)
  16. 16 Fine and Mellow (3:15)
  17. 17 I Cover the Waterfront (3:46)
  18. 18 What a Little Moonlight Can Do (2:49)
  19. 19 I Wished on the Moon (3:25)
  20. 20 Moonlight in Vermont (3:49)
  21. 21 A Foggy Day (4:40)
  22. 22 I Didn't Know What Time It Was (5:59)
  23. 23 Just One of Those Things (0:25)
  24. 24 Studio Talk (0:47)
  25. 25 Just One of Those Things (5:31)
  26. 26 Studio Talk (0:29)
  27. 27 Comes Love (3:58)
  28. 28 Comes Love (0:38)
  29. 29 Comes Love (0:18)
  30. 30 Comes Love (4:00)
Disc 9
  1. 1 Day In - Day Out (6:47)
  2. 2 Darn That Dream (6:19)
  3. 3 But Not for Me (3:48)
  4. 4 Body and Soul (6:22)
  5. 5 Studio Talk (0:45)
  6. 6 Just Friends (6:26)
  7. 7 Studio Talk (0:16)
  8. 8 Stars Fell on Alabama (0:36)
  9. 9 Stars Fell on Alabama (4:29)
  10. 10 Studio Talk; Say It Isn't So (0:24)
  11. 11 Say It Isn't So (3:16)
  12. 12 Studio Talk; Our Love Is Here to Stay (0:25)
  13. 13 Love Is Here to Stay (3:42)
  14. 14 Studio Talk; One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) (0:28)
  15. 15 One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) (1:56)
  16. 16 One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) (5:39)
  17. 17 They Can't Take That Away from Me (4:10)
  18. 18 Embraceable You (6:47)
  19. 19 Let's Call the Whole Thing Off (3:24)
  20. 20 Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You (5:38)
Disc 10
  1. 1 Willis Conover Announcement (0:54)
  2. 2 Johnny Mercer Announcement (0:42)
  3. 3 Fanfare from "Oh Lady Be Good" (0:11)
  4. 4 Nice Work If You Can Get It (2:39)
  5. 5 Willow Weep for Me (3:08)
  6. 6 My Man (3:30)
  7. 7 Lover, Come Back to Me (2:05)
  8. 8 Lady Sings the Blues (3:00)
  9. 9 What a Little Moonlight Can Do (2:54)
  10. 10 Fanfare from "Oh Lady Be Good" (0:18)
  11. 11 Leonard Feather Announcement (0:47)
  12. 12 I Wished on the Moon (2:43)
  13. 13 Lover Man (3:01)
  14. 14 All the Way (3:23)
  15. 15 It's Not for Me to Say (2:26)
  16. 16 I'll Never Smile Again (3:23)
  17. 17 Just One More Chance (3:43)
  18. 18 When It's Sleepy Time Down South (4:05)
  19. 19 Don't Worry 'Bout Me (3:08)
  20. 20 Sometimes I'm Happy (2:46)
  21. 21 You Took Advantage of Me (3:08)
  22. 22 There'll Be Some Changes Made (2:52)
  23. 23 'Deed I Do (2:13)
  24. 24 All of You (2:30)
  25. 25 Baby Won't You Please Come Home (3:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billie Holiday Primary Artist, Vocals
Tony Scott Clarinet
Beryl Booker Piano
Sonny Clark Piano
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Buddy DeFranco Clarinet
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Wardell Gray Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Green Guitar
Tiny Grimes Electric Guitar
Chico Hamilton Drums
Illinois Jacquet Tenor Saxophone
Budd Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Jo Jones Drums
Wynton Kelly Piano
Barney Kessel Electric Guitar
Charles Mingus Bass
Red Mitchell Bass
Joe Newman Trumpet
Red Norvo Vibes
Oscar Peterson Organ, Piano
Flip Phillips Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Raney Electric Guitar
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Willie Smith Alto Saxophone
Charlie Ventura Tenor Saxophone
Mal Waldron Piano
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Dave Barbour Electric Guitar
Aaron Bell Bass
Cozy Cole Drums
Leonard Gaskin Bass
Don Lamond Drums
Howard McGhee Trombone, Trumpet
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Ken Kersey Piano
Trummy Young Trombone
Al McKibbon Bass
Georgie Auld Alto Saxophone
Joe Benjamin Bass
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone
Ray Brown Bass
Larry Bunker Drums
Red Callender Bass
Tony Collins Electric Guitar
Barry Galbraith Electric Guitar
Joe Guy Trumpet
J.C. Heard Drums
Gus Johnson Drums
Osie Johnson Drums
Elaine Leighton Drums
Lenny McBrowne Drums
Paul Quinichette Tenor Saxophone
Milt Raskin Piano
Curly Russell Bass
Alvin Stoller Drums
Bobby Tucker Piano
Dave Coleman Drums
Jackie Mills Drums
Carl Drinkard Piano
Charles Drayton Bass
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Percy Grainger Composer
Tony Scott Producer
Buck Clayton Liner Notes
Leonard Feather Producer
Matt Dennis Composer
Jimmy Mundy Composer
Abe Lyman Composer
Trummy Young Composer
Gus Arnheim Composer
Norman Granz Producer
Ervin Drake Composer
Ray Ellis Producer
Arthur Freed Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Walter Gross Composer
Arthur Herzog Jr. Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Michael Lang Executive Producer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Leroy Lovett Producer
Paul Mann Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Bob Porter Liner Notes
Roger "Ram" Ramirez Composer
Phil Schaap Producer, Liner Notes, Remastering
Richard Seidel Executive Producer
Joel E. Siegel Liner Notes
Clarence Williams Composer
Jimmy Sherman Composer
David Lau Art Direction
Tom Adair Composer
Harry Link Composer
Jack Strachey Composer
Harry Revel Composer
John Blackburn Composer
Brooks Bowman Composer
Dan Fisher Composer
Irene Higginbotham Composer
Holt Marvell Composer
Karl Suessdorf Composer
Robert Prince Composer
Jimmy Davis Composer
Bickley S. Reichmer Composer
Robert Graham Composer
W. Benton Overstreet Composer
Stephen Weiss Composer
Irene Kitchings Composer
Lewis Allan Composer
Billy Higgins Composer
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