The Complete Decca Recordings

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Billie Holiday is heard at her absolute best on this attractive two-CD set. During her period on Decca, Lady Day was accompanied by strings for the first time, large studio orchestras, and even background vocalists, so jazz solos from her sidemen are few. But her voice was at its strongest during the 1940s even with her personal problems and to hear all 50 of her Decca performances including alternate takes and even some studio chatter is a real joy. Among the high points of this essential set are her original versions of "Lover Man" Holiday's biggest selling record, "Don't Explain," "Good Morning Heartache," "'Tain't Nobody's Business if I Do," "Now or Never," "Crazy He ...
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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Billie Holiday is heard at her absolute best on this attractive two-CD set. During her period on Decca, Lady Day was accompanied by strings for the first time, large studio orchestras, and even background vocalists, so jazz solos from her sidemen are few. But her voice was at its strongest during the 1940s even with her personal problems and to hear all 50 of her Decca performances including alternate takes and even some studio chatter is a real joy. Among the high points of this essential set are her original versions of "Lover Man" Holiday's biggest selling record, "Don't Explain," "Good Morning Heartache," "'Tain't Nobody's Business if I Do," "Now or Never," "Crazy He Calls Me," and remakes of "Them There Eyes" and "God Bless the Child."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/1/1991
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 011105060127
  • Catalog Number: 601

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lover Man (3:18)
  2. 2 No More (2:48)
  3. 3 No More (3:06)
  4. 4 That Ole Devil Called Love (2:55)
  5. 5 Don't Explain (2:57)
  6. 6 Big Stuff (2:29)
  7. 7 Don't Explain (3:24)
  8. 8 Big Stuff (3:00)
  9. 9 You Better Go Now (2:37)
  10. 10 What Is This Thing Called Love? (3:07)
  11. 11 Good Morning Heartache (3:08)
  12. 12 No Good Man (3:24)
  13. 13 No Good Man (3:08)
  14. 14 Big Stuff (0:22)
  15. 15 Big Stuff (2:47)
  16. 16 Big Stuff (2:32)
  17. 17 Baby, I Don't Cry over You (3:13)
  18. 18 Baby, I Don't Cry over You (3:12)
  19. 19 I'll Look Around (3:16)
  20. 20 I'll Look Around (3:15)
  21. 21 The Blues Are Brewin' (3:03)
  22. 22 Guilty (2:53)
  23. 23 Guilty (1:07)
  24. 24 Guilty (3:14)
  25. 25 Deep Song (3:13)
  26. 26 There Is No Greater Love (2:57)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Easy Living (3:12)
  2. 2 Solitude (3:14)
  3. 3 Solitude (3:10)
  4. 4 Weep No More (3:21)
  5. 5 Girls Were Made to Take Care of Boys (3:13)
  6. 6 I Loves You, Porgy (2:57)
  7. 7 My Man (3:10)
  8. 8 My Man (2:57)
  9. 9 'tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do (3:17)
  10. 10 'tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do (3:21)
  11. 11 Baby Get Lost (3:15)
  12. 12 Keeps on A-Rainin' (3:15)
  13. 13 Them There Eyes (2:50)
  14. 14 Do Your Duty (3:16)
  15. 15 Gimme a Pigfoot (And a Bottle of Beer) (2:45)
  16. 16 You Can't Lose a Broken Heart (3:15)
  17. 17 My Sweet Hunk O' Trash (3:20)
  18. 18 Now or Never (3:17)
  19. 19 You're My Thrill (3:25)
  20. 20 They Can't Take That Away from Me (3:05)
  21. 21 Please Tell Me Now (3:14)
  22. 22 Somebody's on My Mind (2:57)
  23. 23 God Bless the Child (3:10)
  24. 24 This Is Heaven to Me (2:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billie Holiday Primary Artist, Vocals
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Richard Davis Background Vocals
Tiny Grimes Guitar
Bobby Hackett Trumpet
Budd Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Mundell Lowe Guitar
Specs Powell Drums
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Barefield Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Billy Butterfield Trumpet
Cozy Cole Drums
Bob Haggart Bass
Horace Henderson Piano
Al Klink Alto Saxophone
Carl Kress Guitar
Bernie Leighton Piano
Johnny Mince Alto Saxophone
Johnny Parker Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Joe Thomas Tenor Saxophone
George Wettling Drums
Bob Bain Guitar
George Duvivier Bass
Louis Armstrong Vocals, Track Performer
Everett Barksdale Guitar
Tom Barney Bass
Joe Benjamin Bass
Emmett Berry Trumpet
Denzil Best Drums
Larry Binyon Guitar, Tenor Saxophone
Wallace Bishop Drums
Johnny Blowers Drums
Dave Bowman Piano
Mort Bullman Trombone
Russ Case Trumpet
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Henderson Chambers Trombone
Pete Clark Alto Saxophone
Kenny Clarke Drums
Shad Collins Trumpet
Sid Cooper Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Crawford Drums
Lem Davis Alto Saxophone
Bob Dorsey Tenor Saxophone
George Dorsey Alto Saxophone
Art Drelinger Tenor Saxophone
Nick Fatool Drums
David Frisina Violin
Gordon Griffin Trumpet
Joe Guy Trumpet
Armand Karpoff Viola
Leo Kruczek Violin
Billy Kyle Piano
Jack Lesberg Bass
Kelly Martin Drums
George Matthews Trombone
Dave McRae Baritone Saxophone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello Alto Saxophone
Sol Moore Baritone Saxophone
Tony Mottola Guitar
Loulie Jean Norman Background Vocals
Jimmy Nottingham Trumpet
Rudy Powell Alto Saxophone
Bernie Privin Trumpet
Hank Ross Strings, Tenor Saxophone
Hymie Schertzer Alto Saxophone
Norris "Bunny" Shawker Drums
Jimmy Shirley Guitar
John Simmons Bass
Bill Stegmeyer Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bobby Tucker Piano, Tenor Saxophone
Dick Vance Trumpet
Dicky Wells Trombone
Shadow Wilson Drums
Milt Yaner Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Beverly Jenkins Background Vocals
Paul Ricci Guitar, Tenor Saxophone
Kurt Reher Cello
Stanley Webb Baritone Saxophone
Sammy Benskin Piano
Tony Faso Trumpet
John Fulton Clarinet, Flute, Strings, Tenor Saxophone
Bernard Kaufman Strings, Tenor Saxophone
Charlie LaVere Piano
Maurice Perlmutter Viola
Joe Quadri Violin
Joe Springer Piano
George Stevenson Trombone
The Stardusters Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Dave Harris Guitar
Billy Taylor Sr. Bass
Dave Knight Background Vocals
Morris Lefkowitz Violin
Daniel Perry Guitar
Rostelle Reese Trumpet
Armand Camgros Strings, Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Williams Trumpet
Haig Stephens Bass
Jack Cressey Alto Saxophone
Dick "Dent" Eckles Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Fred Neff Performing Ensemble
Pat Nizza Tenor Saxophone
George Serloff Violin
Freddy Williams Tenor Saxophone
Art Drellinger Tenor Saxophone
Charles Schroeder Background Vocals
Freddie Williams Tenor Saxophone
David Friscina Violin
Dave Harris Tenor Saxophone
Charles Jaffe Violin
Frank Siefiels Violin
John Levy Bass
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Percy Grainger Composer
Leonard Feather Composer
Gordon Jenkins Arranger, Director, Contributor
James P. Johnson Composer
Bob Haggart Arranger, Director
Sy Oliver Arranger, Director
Tutti Camarata Arranger, Director
Billie Holiday Composer
Teddy Brannon Arranger
Sonny Burke Producer
Peter DeRose Composer
Ervin Drake Composer
Milt Gabler Producer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Irvin Graham Composer
Porter Grainger Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Steve Lasker Producer, Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Cover Design
Andy McKaie Producer, Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
F.E. Miller Composer
Doug Schwartz Engineer
Carl Sigman Composer
John Simmons Director
Bill Stegmeyer Director
Clarence Williams Composer
John Fulton Contributor
Vartan Art Direction
Armand Camgros Contributor
Buster Harding Director
Ralph Blane Composer
Curtis Lewis Composer
Mark Matlock Cover Design
Billy Moore Jr. Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Harry Akst Composer
Dan Fisher Composer
Irene Higginbotham Composer
Everett Robbins Composer
Robert Prince Composer
Bickley S. Reichmer Composer
Robert Graham Composer
Morton Krouse Composer
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