The Complete Verve Studio Master Takes

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All Music Guide - John Bush
One of the first box sets for completists only, 1993's ten-disc The Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945-1959 was considered nearly a necessity by anyone interested in jazz vocals. Verve returned to the catalog 12 years later with a much tighter, much smarter collection: The Complete Verve Studio Master Takes. Encompassing six discs, the set skips the many live performances and the few alternate takes included on the previous box. Overall, the work compares well to her earlier material for Columbia. Although the old familiar cracks rarely appeared in her voice during her Columbia, Decca, and Commodore years, the song selections weren't all gold, and the needs of that era the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
One of the first box sets for completists only, 1993's ten-disc The Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945-1959 was considered nearly a necessity by anyone interested in jazz vocals. Verve returned to the catalog 12 years later with a much tighter, much smarter collection: The Complete Verve Studio Master Takes. Encompassing six discs, the set skips the many live performances and the few alternate takes included on the previous box. Overall, the work compares well to her earlier material for Columbia. Although the old familiar cracks rarely appeared in her voice during her Columbia, Decca, and Commodore years, the song selections weren't all gold, and the needs of that era the 1930s and '40s dictated that each side end around the three-minute mark. With Verve during the '50s, Holiday recorded nothing but standards in the studio, and indulged in many longer performances that often resulted in relaxed, methodical songs. Aside from Holiday's mastery of vocal jazz as a form, the practice also allowed for some lengthy, perfectly loving solos by musicians including Ben Webster "Ill Wind" Harry "Sweets" Edison "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," "Day in, Day Out", Benny Carter "I Get a Kick Out of You," "Prelude to a Kiss", and Charlie Shavers "I Wished on the Moon". If the previous "Complete on Verve" set was an expensive bauble that listeners rarely returned to, this "Complete Verve" is a much brighter proposition. The accordion-like packaging, however, leaves much to be desired.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/13/2005
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602498803028
  • Catalog Number: 000429102
  • Sales rank: 17,095

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 East of the Sun (2:56)
  2. 2 Blue Moon (3:30)
  3. 3 You Go to My Head (2:55)
  4. 4 You Turned the Tables on Me (3:28)
  5. 5 Easy to Love (3:00)
  6. 6 These Foolish Things (3:37)
  7. 7 I Only Have Eyes for You (2:55)
  8. 8 Solitude (3:30)
  9. 9 Everything I Have Is Yours (3:46)
  10. 10 Love for Sale (2:58)
  11. 11 Moonglow (3:01)
  12. 12 Tenderly (3:23)
  13. 13 If the Moon Turns Green (2:47)
  14. 14 Remember (2:36)
  15. 15 Autumn in New York (3:43)
  16. 16 My Man (2:37)
  17. 17 Lover, Come Back to Me (3:35)
  18. 18 Stormy Weather (3:43)
  19. 19 Yesterdays (2:50)
  20. 20 He's Funny That Way (3:12)
  21. 21 I Can't Face the Music (3:12)
Disc 2
  1. 1 How Deep Is the Ocean? (2:57)
  2. 2 What a Little Moonlight Can Do (3:12)
  3. 3 I Cried for You (2:28)
  4. 4 Love Me or Leave Me (2:35)
  5. 5 P.S. I Love You (3:37)
  6. 6 Too Marvelous for Words (2:13)
  7. 7 Softly (2:57)
  8. 8 I Thought About You (2:48)
  9. 9 Willow Weep for Me (3:08)
  10. 10 Stormy Blues (3:28)
  11. 11 Say It Isn't So (3:03)
  12. 12 I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (3:58)
  13. 13 I Wished on the Moon (6:49)
  14. 14 Always (3:58)
  15. 15 Everything Happens to Me (6:22)
  16. 16 Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me (5:01)
  17. 17 Ain't Misbehavin' (4:38)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I Don't Want to Cry Anymore (3:55)
  2. 2 Prelude to a Kiss (5:34)
  3. 3 I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You (4:28)
  4. 4 When Your Lover Has Gone (4:59)
  5. 5 Gone with the Wind (3:25)
  6. 6 Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (4:20)
  7. 7 It Had to Be You (4:02)
  8. 8 Nice Work If You Can Get It (3:50)
  9. 9 Come Rain or Come Shine (4:23)
  10. 10 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues (5:53)
  11. 11 What's New? (4:17)
  12. 12 A Fine Romance (3:33)
  13. 13 I Hadn't Anyone Till You (4:04)
  14. 14 I Get a Kick out of You (5:41)
  15. 15 Everything I Have Is Yours (4:31)
  16. 16 Isn't This a Lovely Day? (4:11)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Trav'lin' Light (3:09)
  2. 2 I Must Have That Man! (3:05)
  3. 3 Some Other Spring (3:37)
  4. 4 Lady Sings the Blues (3:45)
  5. 5 Strange Fruit (3:04)
  6. 6 God Bless the Child (3:59)
  7. 7 Good Morning Heartache (3:30)
  8. 8 No Good Man (3:20)
  9. 9 Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me (4:15)
  10. 10 Cheek to Cheek (3:36)
  11. 11 Ill Wind (6:16)
  12. 12 Speak Low (4:28)
  13. 13 We'll Be Together Again (4:26)
  14. 14 All or Nothing at All (5:41)
  15. 15 Sophisticated Lady (4:51)
  16. 16 April in Paris (3:02)
Disc 5
  1. 1 I Wished the Moon (3:27)
  2. 2 Moonlight in Vermont (3:50)
  3. 3 A Foggy Day (4:41)
  4. 4 I Didn't Know What Time It Was (6:01)
  5. 5 Just One of Those Things (5:32)
  6. 6 Comes Love (4:00)
  7. 7 Day in, Day Out (6:48)
  8. 8 Darn That Dream (6:18)
  9. 9 But Not for Me (3:50)
  10. 10 Body and Soul (6:23)
  11. 11 Stars Fell on Alabama (4:30)
  12. 12 Say It Isn't So (3:18)
  13. 13 Love Is Here to Stay (3:42)
  14. 14 One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) (5:39)
Disc 6
  1. 1 They Can't Take That Away from Me (4:11)
  2. 2 Embraceable You (6:48)
  3. 3 Let's Call the Whole Thing Off (3:24)
  4. 4 Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You? (5:38)
  5. 5 All the Way (3:26)
  6. 6 It's Not for Me to Say (2:29)
  7. 7 I'll Never Smile Again (3:27)
  8. 8 Just One More Chance (3:47)
  9. 9 When It's Sleepy Time Down South (4:08)
  10. 10 Don't Worry 'Bout Me (3:10)
  11. 11 Sometimes I'm Happy (2:49)
  12. 12 You Took Advantage of Me (3:11)
  13. 13 There'll Be Some Changes Made (2:55)
  14. 14 'Deed I Do (2:16)
  15. 15 All of You (2:34)
  16. 16 Baby, Won't You Please Come Home? (3:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billie Holiday Primary Artist, Vocals
Tony Scott Clarinet
Billy Bauer Guitar
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Herb Ellis Guitar
Freddie Green Guitar
Chico Hamilton Drums
Budd Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Hank Jones Piano, Celeste
Wynton Kelly Piano
Barney Kessel Guitar
Red Mitchell Bass, Double Bass
Joe Newman Trumpet
Oscar Peterson Organ, Piano
Flip Phillips Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Rowles Piano, Celeste
Ed Shaughnessy Drums
Willie Smith Alto Saxophone
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Aaron Bell Bass, Double Bass
Cozy Cole Drums
Leonard Gaskin Bass
Gene Quill Alto Saxophone
Joe Wilder Trumpet
Al Cohn Tenor Saxophone
Danny Bank Baritone Saxophone
Joe Benjamin Bass, Double Bass
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone
Ray Brown Bass, Double Bass
Billy Byers Trombone
Larry Bunker Drums
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Red Callender Bass, Double Bass
Ray Ellis Conductor
Barry Galbraith Guitar
Milt Hinton Bass, Double Bass
Gus Johnson Drums
Osie Johnson Drums
Joe Mondragon Bass, Double Bass
Lenny McBrowne Drums
Romeo Penque Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Janet Putnam Harp
Paul Quinichette Tenor Saxophone
John Simmons Bass, Double Bass
Alvin Stoller Drums
Billy Taylor Piano
Bobby Tucker Piano
Joe Newman Quartet Trumpet
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Sigmund Romberg Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Bing Crosby Composer
Frankie Laine Composer
Harry "Sweets" Edison Author
Gordon Jenkins Composer
Herbie Nichols Composer
Fats Waller Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Jimmy Mundy Composer
Ray Noble Composer
Abe Lyman Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Don Redman Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Ogden Nash Composer
Dorothy Parker Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Trummy Young Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Gus Arnheim Composer
Eddie Beal Composer
Billie Holiday Composer, Author
Rube Bloom Composer
Norman Granz Audio Production
Lew Brown Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Ervin Drake Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Ray Ellis Arranger
Dorothy Fields Composer
Arthur Freed Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Walter Gross Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Otto Harbach Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Arthur Herzog Jr. Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Will Hudson Composer
Isham Jones Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Burton Lane Composer
Leroy Lovett Director
Herbert Magidson Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Bob Russell Composer
Sam H. Stept Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Albert Willemetz Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Allie Wrubel Composer
Bernie Hanighen Composer
Carl Fischer Composer
Hollis King Art Direction
Arthur Johnston Composer
Charles Tobias Composer
Ann Ronell Composer
Sam Coslow Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Robert Sour Composer
Harold Adamson Composer
Frank Eyton Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Irving Gordon Composer
Harry Woods Composer
Victor Schertzinger Composer
Harry Link Composer
Jack Strachey Composer
Sidney Clare Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels) Composer
Louis Alter Composer
Arthur Altman Composer
John Blackburn Composer
Brooks Bowman Composer
Jacques Charles Composer
Dan Fisher Composer
Sammy Gallop Composer
Clifford Grey Composer
Robert Haggart Composer
Irene Higginbotham Composer
Walter Hirsch Composer
Ruth Lowe Composer
Holt Marvell Composer
Clarence Muse Composer
Frank Perkins Composer
Channing Pollack Composer
Karl Suessdorf Composer
Einar A. Swan Composer
Maurice Yvain Composer
Paul Coates Composer
Charles Warfield Composer
L. Allen Composer
Alexander Gelfand Note Editing
Ken Druker Executive Producer
Gail Jones Author
Robert O'Meally Author, Essay
Irene Kitchings Composer
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