The Lady Sings [Proper]

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
The digital marketplace contains a large number of Billie Holiday compilations with the phrase "Lady Sings" in the title. The one you are looking for is surprisingly inexpensive and intelligently presented. The Proper label specializes in affordably priced box sets that contain enough music -- usually around 100 tracks -- to impart a strong impression of who the artist was and convey the essence of his or her musical legacy. Proper's The Lady Sings concentrates upon the recordings Billie Holiday made between 1935 and 1949 for the Vocalion, Columbia, Commodore and Decca labels. First comes the younger, stronger Lady Day, singing with swing bands comprised of her friends ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
The digital marketplace contains a large number of Billie Holiday compilations with the phrase "Lady Sings" in the title. The one you are looking for is surprisingly inexpensive and intelligently presented. The Proper label specializes in affordably priced box sets that contain enough music -- usually around 100 tracks -- to impart a strong impression of who the artist was and convey the essence of his or her musical legacy. Proper's The Lady Sings concentrates upon the recordings Billie Holiday made between 1935 and 1949 for the Vocalion, Columbia, Commodore and Decca labels. First comes the younger, stronger Lady Day, singing with swing bands comprised of her friends and carousing companions. Her best moments on record were shared with Ben Webster and Lester Young -- listen for them. By the middle of the chronology, Holiday's delivery begins to intensify along with her choice of material. Recorded in 1939, "Strange Fruit" is a shocking protest song describing in graphic detail the decomposing body of a lynching victim; "Yesterdays" taps into a reservoir of personal melancholia that would eventually swallow her up entirely. But most of Billie Holiday's music is about being alive, loving and being loved. With "T'aint Nobody's Business If I Do" and "Gimme a Pigfoot," she pays tribute to Bessie Smith, the "Empress of the Blues." What was Billie Holiday's relationship with the blues? She was a skilled interpreter of Tin Pan Alley tunes and popular love songs whose innovation was to infuse her jazz vocals with the honesty and integrity of the blues. Occasionally, she incorporated actual blues material into her repertoire. She composed a tiny handful of blues songs and liked to perform them for the people in order to testify about her own personal reality. But only six of the 99 songs included here can be called blues; while much of this woman's style was nourished, informed and inflected by the blues, so was Louis Armstrong's, and you never see him listed as a blues artist. The main reason most people associate the word "blues" with Billie Holiday is the fact that Herbie Nichols wrote a song for her called "Lady Sings the Blues," and Diana Ross starred in a movie with the same title. But Lady Day was a jazz singer first and foremost. Of course if she were here today she'd ask us to stop fiddling with terminology and let the music speak for itself. This Proper box contains some of the best records Billie Holiday ever made. Her remarkably revealing later recordings for Norman Granz's Verve label are essential, too, but that's another part of her story and should be approached carefully and humbly, on her terms rather than yours.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2001
  • Label: Proper Box Uk
  • UPC: 604988992625
  • Catalog Number: 26


Disc 1
  1. 1 I Wished on the Moon (3:08)
  2. 2 What a Little Moonlight Can Do (3:01)
  3. 3 Miss Brown to You (3:03)
  4. 4 A Sunbonnet Blue (And a Little Straw Hat) (2:52)
  5. 5 It's Like Reaching for the Moon (3:22)
  6. 6 These Foolish Things (3:19)
  7. 7 I Cried for You (3:13)
  8. 8 Did I Remember? (2:52)
  9. 9 Billie's Blues (2:40)
  10. 10 A Fine Romance (2:52)
  11. 11 The Way You Look Tonight (3:02)
  12. 12 I Can't Give You Anything But Love (3:28)
  13. 13 I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (2:55)
  14. 14 This Year's Kisses (3:10)
  15. 15 Why Was I Born? (2:51)
  16. 16 I Must Have That Man! (2:56)
  17. 17 My Last Affair (3:10)
  18. 18 Carelessly (3:08)
  19. 19 How Could You? (2:32)
  20. 20 Moanin' Low (3:05)
  21. 21 Mean to Me (3:08)
  22. 22 Foolin' Myself (3:02)
  23. 23 Easy Living (3:03)
  24. 24 I'll Never Be the Same (3:04)
  25. 25 Me, Myself and I (2:34)
Disc 2
  1. 1 A Sailboat in the Moonlight (2:51)
  2. 2 He's Funny That Way (2:40)
  3. 3 Nice Work If You Can Get It (3:09)
  4. 4 My Man (3:03)
  5. 5 When You're Smiling (2:51)
  6. 6 I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me (2:46)
  7. 7 On the Sentimental Side (3:05)
  8. 8 Back in Your Own Backyard (2:42)
  9. 9 When a Woman Loves a Man (2:26)
  10. 10 You Go to My Head (2:54)
  11. 11 I'm Gonna Lock My Heart (And Throw Away the Key) (2:10)
  12. 12 The Very Thought of You (2:47)
  13. 13 I Can't Get Started (2:49)
  14. 14 Say It With a Kiss (2:36)
  15. 15 That's All I Ask of You (2:57)
  16. 16 Dream of Life (2:46)
  17. 17 More Than You Know (3:08)
  18. 18 Sugar (2:47)
  19. 19 Strange Fruit (3:09)
  20. 20 Yesterdays (3:23)
  21. 21 Fine and Mellow (3:15)
  22. 22 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues (2:51)
  23. 23 Some Other Spring (3:02)
  24. 24 Them There Eyes (2:51)
  25. 25 Night and Day (3:01)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Man I Love (3:07)
  2. 2 You're Just a No Account (2:59)
  3. 3 Ghost of Yesterday (2:39)
  4. 4 Body and Soul (3:00)
  5. 5 What Is This Going to Get Us? (2:42)
  6. 6 Laughing at Life (2:56)
  7. 7 Time on My Hands (3:05)
  8. 8 I Hear Music (2:41)
  9. 9 Practice Makes Perfect (2:40)
  10. 10 Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) (2:57)
  11. 11 Romance in the Dark (2:16)
  12. 12 All of Me (3:02)
  13. 13 God Bless the Child (2:56)
  14. 14 Am I Blue? (2:51)
  15. 15 Solitude (3:15)
  16. 16 Love Me or Leave Me (3:21)
  17. 17 Mandy Is Two (3:01)
  18. 18 It's a Sin to Tell a Lie (3:04)
  19. 19 Until the Real Thing Comes Along (3:10)
  20. 20 Trav'lin' Light (3:18)
  21. 21 How Am I to Know? (2:46)
  22. 22 My Old Flame (3:04)
  23. 23 I'll Get By (As Long as I Have You) (3:01)
  24. 24 I Cover the Waterfront (3:32)
  25. 25 I'll Be Seeing You (3:32)
Disc 4
  1. 1 I'm Yours (3:19)
  2. 2 Embraceable You (3:18)
  3. 3 As Time Goes By (3:14)
  4. 4 He's Funny That Way (3:18)
  5. 5 Lover, Come Back to Me (3:22)
  6. 6 Billie's Blues (3:10)
  7. 7 On the Sunny Side of the Street (3:04)
  8. 8 Lover Man (3:23)
  9. 9 That Old Devil Called Love (2:55)
  10. 10 Don't Explain (3:23)
  11. 11 You Better Go Now (2:44)
  12. 12 What Is This Thing Called Love? (3:17)
  13. 13 Good Morning Heartache (3:11)
  14. 14 Big Stuff (2:34)
  15. 15 There Is No Greater Love (3:02)
  16. 16 I Loves You, Porgy (3:00)
  17. 17 Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do (3:24)
  18. 18 Baby Get Lost (3:19)
  19. 19 Them There Eyes (2:53)
  20. 20 Gimme a Pigfoot (And a Bottle of Beer) (2:48)
  21. 21 Now or Never (3:21)
  22. 22 You're My Thrill (3:27)
  23. 23 Crazy He Calls Me (3:07)
  24. 24 Somebody's on My Mind (2:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billie Holiday Primary Artist, Vocals
Henry "Red" Allen Trumpet
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Danny Barker Guitar
Bunny Berigan Trumpet
Chu Berry Tenor Saxophone
Al Casey Guitar
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Benny Goodman Clarinet
Freddie Green Guitar
Tiny Grimes Guitar
Bobby Hackett Trumpet
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Harry James Trumpet
Budd Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Jo Jones Drums
Jonah Jones Trumpet
Gene Krupa Drums
Mundell Lowe Guitar
Specs Powell Guitar, Conductor, Drums
Artie Shaw Clarinet
Tab Smith Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Claude Thornhill Piano
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Wilson Piano, Conductor
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Cootie Williams Trumpet
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Barefield Alto Saxophone
Joe Bushkin Piano
Billy Butterfield Trumpet
Cozy Cole Drums
Irving Fazola Clarinet
Tyree Glenn Trombone
Horace Henderson Piano
Al Klink Alto Saxophone
Bernie Leighton Piano
Johnny Mince Alto Saxophone
Benny Morton Trombone
Vido Musso Clarinet
Sy Oliver Conductor
Frankie Newton Trumpet
Babe Russin Tenor Saxophone
Edgar Sampson Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Joe Sullivan Piano
George Wettling Drums
Tutti Camarata Guitar, Conductor
Don Redman Alto Saxophone
Willie Rodriguez Drums
Buddy Weed Piano
Alvy West Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Stan Webb Baritone Saxophone
Walter Page Bass
George Duvivier Bass
Bernard Addison Guitar
Georgie Auld Alto Saxophone
Everett Barksdale Guitar
Joe Benjamin Bass
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone
Artie Bernstein Bass
Emmett Berry Trumpet
Denzil Best Drums
Wallace Bishop Drums
Johnny Blowers Drums
Dave Bowman Piano
Mort Bullman Trombone
Don Byas Tenor Saxophone
Harry Carney Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Russ Case Trumpet
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Henderson Chambers Trombone
Doc Cheatham Trumpet
Kenny Clarke Drums
Shad Collins Trumpet
Sid Cooper Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Crawford Drums
Lem Davis Alto Saxophone
Vic Dickenson Trombone
George Dorsey Alto Saxophone
Herschel Evans Tenor Saxophone
Gene Fields Guitar
Carl Frye Alto Saxophone
Gordon Griffin Trumpet
Joe Guy Trumpet
Al Hall Bass
Jimmy Hamilton Tenor Saxophone
Clyde Hart Piano
J.C. Heard Drums
Milt Hinton Bass
Billy Kyle Piano
Lawrence Lucie Guitar
Kelly Martin Drums
George Matthews Trombone
Murray McEachern Trombone
Dave McRae Baritone Saxophone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello Alto Saxophone
Sol Moore Baritone Saxophone
Tony Mottola Guitar
Jimmy Nottingham Trumpet
Rudy Powell Alto Saxophone
Bernie Privin Trumpet
Irving "Mouse" Randolph Trumpet
Allan Reuss Guitar
Hank Ross Tenor Saxophone
Hymie Schertzer Alto Saxophone
Cecil Scott Clarinet
Kermit Scott Tenor Saxophone
Artie Shapiro Bass
Norris "Bunny" Shawker Drums
John Simmons Bass
Bill Stegmeyer Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Ted Sturgis Bass
John Trueheart Guitar
Bobby Tucker Piano
Dick Vance Trumpet
Earle Warren Alto Saxophone
Jack Washington Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Dicky Wells Trombone
Sonny White Piano
John Williams Bass
Shadow Wilson Drums
Milt Yaner Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Paul Ricci Tenor Saxophone
Kenneth Hollon Tenor Saxophone
Dick McDonough Guitar
James McLin Guitar
Larry Neill Trumpet
Sammy Benskin Piano
Tony Faso Trumpet
Bernard Anderson Trumpet
Dan d'Andrea Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
John Fulton Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Leslie Johnakins Alto Saxophone
Bernard Kaufman Tenor Saxophone
Mike Pingatore Guitar
Prince Robinson Tenor Saxophone
Joe Springer Piano
George Stevenson Trombone
Monty Kelly Trumpet
Skip Layton Trombone
Pete Peterson Bass
Billy Taylor Sr. Bass
Daniel Perry Guitar
Ernie Powell Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Haig Stephens Bass
Stanley Payne Tenor Saxophone
Jack Cressey Alto Saxophone
Art Drellinger Tenor Saxophone
Lennie Hartman Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Rae Williams Trumpet
Don Waddilove Trumpet
Fred Williams Tenor Saxophone
John Levy Bass
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Leonard Feather Composer
Gordon Jenkins Composer
Al Jolson Composer
Sy Oliver Arranger
Ray Noble Composer
Tutti Camarata Arranger
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Luther Henderson Composer
Dorothy Parker Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Billie Holiday Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Ervin Drake Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Mark Fisher Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Ernest Gold Composer
Joe Goodwin Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Arthur Herzog Jr. Composer
Isham Jones Composer
Charles F. Kenny Composer
Burton Lane Composer
Carmen McRae Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Marty Symes Composer
Bob Todd Composer
Albert Willemetz Composer
Bernie Hanighen Composer
Jack King Composer
Carmen Lombardo Composer
Wesley Wilson Composer
Curtis Lewis Composer
DuBose Heyward Composer
Billy Moore Jr. Composer
Sam Coslow Composer
Harold Adamson Composer
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Irving Gordon Composer
Edward Eliscu Composer
Harry Akst Composer
Seymour Simons Composer
Harry Link Composer
Jack Strachey Composer
Gerald Marks Composer
Sidney Clare Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels) Composer
Jacques Charles Composer
Grant Clarke Composer
Dave Dreyer Composer
Dan Fisher Composer
Clarence Gaskill Composer
Jay Gorney Composer
Irene Higginbotham Composer
Holt Marvell Composer
Sidney Mitchell Composer
Channing Pollack Composer
Larry Shay Composer
Maurice Yvain Composer
John Jacob Loeb Composer
Cornell Todd Composer
Edna Alexander Composer
Norman Ellis Composer
Joop Visser Producer, Essay
Bickley S. Reichmer Composer
Robert Graham Composer
Allan Roberts Composer
Nick Kenny Composer
Don Roberts Composer
Billy Rose Composer
Alvin Kaufman Composer
Haven Johnson Composer
Irene Kitchings Composer
Gertrude Neisen Composer
Lewis Allan Composer
Herman Hupfeld Composer
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