Ultimate Collection

The Ultimate Collection

by Billie Holiday
     
 
More than 45 years after her death in 1959, Billie Holiday remains our most revered jazz singer. For those unfamiliar with Holiday's exquisite artistry, this superb overview collection is a perfect starting point. Touching on signature performances from the most important labels Holiday recorded for -- Columbia, Decca, Commodore, and Verve -- The Ultimate Collection

Overview

More than 45 years after her death in 1959, Billie Holiday remains our most revered jazz singer. For those unfamiliar with Holiday's exquisite artistry, this superb overview collection is a perfect starting point. Touching on signature performances from the most important labels Holiday recorded for -- Columbia, Decca, Commodore, and Verve -- The Ultimate Collection provides a panoramic view of a brilliant, if troubled, career. Lady Day's extraordinary expressiveness is always apparent, whether she is singing ballads ("God Bless the Child"), blues ("Fine and Mellow"), or rhythm songs ("What a Little Moonlight Can Do"). The DVD provides glorious visual proof of Holiday's captivating presence and in-performance magnetism.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Although the title could only have been coined by a marketing department, The Ultimate Collection deserves the highest of praise. It is not only the first American compilation to survey Billie Holiday's entire 25-year career -- and astutely, at that -- but it also includes a DVD that presents the lion's share of her film and TV appearances, a full discography, and an interactive timeline. The audio discs spotlight all of Holiday's most innovative material, from the musically pioneering "Billie's Blues" and "Lover Man," in which she refined the perpetually coarse female blues form and virtually invented the slow-burn torch song, to the socially progressive "Strange Fruit" and "God Bless the Child," wherein she yoked reform concerns to beguiling pop songs and became a master of the protest song. (As it should be, the 1939 of Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" seems much more recent than the 1939 when a majority of Southerners felt lynching was justified in case of sexual assault.) The bulk of the material rightly comes from her Verve and Columbia libraries, but there are many inclusions from her breathtaking Decca and Commodore catalogs, as well as a superb version of "Trav'lin Light" from a 1942 Capitol session with accompaniment from (surprise) the outmoded but effective Paul Whiteman Orchestra. Fittingly, the program begins with one of Holiday's first sessions -- in 1933, when she provided a short vocal chorus over a reading of "Miss Brown to You" by Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra -- and it ends, on the DVD portion, with her reprising another 1933 title for the television program Art Ford's Jazz Party one year before her death.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/05/2005
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0075021034006
catalogNumber:
000391800

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Miss Brown to You
  2. What a Little Moonlight Can Do
  3. I Cried for You
  4. Mean to Me
  5. Strange Fruit
  6. Fine and Mellow
  7. God Bless the Child
  8. Trav'lin' Light
  9. My Old Flame
  10. I'll Get By (As Long as I Have You)
  11. Billie's Blues
  12. He's Funny That Way
  13. Lover Man
  14. Don't Explain
  15. Good Morning Heartache
  16. No Good Man
  17. The Blues Are Brewin'
  18. Solitude
  19. Easy Living
  20. I Loves You Porgy
  21. My Man (Mon Homme)
  22. 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness if I Do

Disc 2

  1. Them There Eyes
  2. You Can't Lose a Broken Heart
  3. You're My Thrill
  4. Crazy He Calls Me
  5. Detour Ahead
  6. These Foolish Things
  7. You Go to My Head
  8. Love Me or Leave Me
  9. Willow Weep for Me
  10. I Thought About You
  11. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
  12. Come Rain or Come Shine
  13. It Had to Be You
  14. What's New?
  15. Lady Sings the Blues
  16. I Cover the Waterfront
  17. Body and Soul
  18. But Not for Me
  19. One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)
  20. I'm a Fool to Want You

Disc 3

  1. Saddest Tale
  2. The Blues Are Brewin'
  3. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans
  4. My Man (Mon Homme)
  5. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
  6. Billie's Blues
  7. Fine and Mellow
  8. What a Little Moonlight Can Do
  9. St. Louis Blues
  10. I Cover the Waterfront
  11. Swing! Brother, Swing!
  12. They Can't Take That Away from Me
  13. Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me
  14. I'll Get By
  15. I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone
  16. Jeepers Creepers
  17. Bonus Materials

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billie Holiday   Primary Artist,Vocals,Interviewee
Tony Scott   Clarinet
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Danny Barker   Guitar
Count Basie   Piano
Billy Bauer   Guitar
Phil Bodner   Woodwind
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Billy Eckstine   Interviewee
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet,Interviewee
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Urbie Green   Trombone
Tiny Grimes   Guitar,Interviewee
Bobby Hackett   Trumpet
Chico Hamilton   Drums
Herbie Harper   Trumpet
Eddie Heywood   Piano
Johnny Hodges   Reeds,Alto Saxophone
Budd Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Jo Jones   Drums,Interviewee
Jonah Jones   Trumpet
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Barney Kessel   Guitar
John Kirby   Bass
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Red Mitchell   Bass
Gerry Mulligan   Baritone Saxophone
Red Norvo   Vibes
Kid Ory   Trombone
Mary Osborne   Guitar
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Oscar Pettiford   Bass
Specs Powell   Drums
Jimmy Rowles   Piano,Interviewee
Tab Smith   Alto Saxophone
Willie Smith   Alto Saxophone
Art Tatum   Piano
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Mal Waldron   Piano
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Lester Young   Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Barefield   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Aaron Bell   Bass
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Cozy Cole   Drums
Leonard Gaskin   Bass
Bob Haggart   Bass
John Hammond   Interviewee
Neal Hefti   Trumpet
Horace Henderson   Piano
Klink   Alto Saxophone
Bernie Leighton   Piano
Johnny Mince   Alto Saxophone
Frankie Newton   Trumpet
Zutty Singleton   Drums
Grachan Moncur   Bass
Willie Rodriguez   Drums
Buddy Weed   Piano
Alvy West   Saxophone
Corky Hale   Piano,Interviewee
Sylvia Syms   Interviewee
Don Hill   Alto Saxophone
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Herbie Steward   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Stan Webb   Baritone Saxophone
Wellman Braud   Bass
Sonny Greer   Drums
Walter Page   Bass
George Duvivier   Bass
Lois   Soprano (Vocal)
Cohn   Tenor Saxophone
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet,Vocals
Georgie Auld   Tenor Saxophone
Danny Bank   Woodwind
Everett Barksdale   Guitar
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Benny Carter   Alto Saxophone
Emmett Berry   Trumpet
Denzil Best   Drums
Barney Bigard   Clarinet,Reeds
Larry Binyon   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Blowers   Drums
Lester Boone   Alto Saxophone
Dave Bowman   Piano
Ray Brown   Bass
Mort Bullman   Trombone
Larry Bunker   Drums
Vinnie Burke   Bass
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Robert Butler   Trumpet
Red Callender   Bass
Harry Carney   Reeds,Baritone Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Henderson Chambers   Trombone
Paul Chapman   Guitar
Doc Cheatham   Trumpet
Sid Cooper   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Crawford   Drums
Lem Davis   Alto Saxophone
Vic Dickenson   Trombone
Bob Dorsey   Tenor Saxophone
George Dorsey   Alto Saxophone
Eddie Dougherty   Drums
Duke Ellington   Piano
Ray Ellis   Conductor
Herschel Evans   Tenor Saxophone
Andrew "Fats" Ford   Trumpet
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Joe Garland   Tenor Saxophone
Amos Gordon   Alto Saxophone
Gordon Griffin   Trumpet
Joe Guy   Trumpet
Haywood Henry   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Milt Hinton   Bass
George Hunt   Trombone
Freddie Jenkins   Trumpet
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Osie Johnson   Drums
Armand Karpoff   Viola
Phil Kraus   Percussion
Carey Kress   Guitar
Leo Kruczek   Violin
Billy Kyle   Piano
Jack Lesberg   Bass
Leroy Lovett   Musical Direction
Lawrence Lucie   Guitar
Earl Mason   Piano
Lenny McBrowne   Drums
Murray McEachern   Trombone
Dan Minor   Trombone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Alto Saxophone
Bob Moore   Trumpet
Big Chief Russell Moore   Trombone
Sol Moore   Baritone Saxophone
Tony Mottola   Guitar
Ed Mullens   Trumpet
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton   Trombone
Bob Neel   Drums
David "Fathead" Newman   Strings
Jimmy Nottingham   Trumpet
George Ockner   Violin,Concert Master
Romeo Penque   Woodwind
Rudy Powell   Alto Saxophone
Bernie Privin   Trumpet
Janet Putnam   Harp
Paul Quinichette   Tenor Saxophone
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Hank Ross   Tenor Saxophone
Dave Sawyer   Cello
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Bud Scott   Banjo,Guitar
Artie Shapiro   Bass
Arvell Shaw   Bass
Norris "Bunny" Shawker   Drums
Iggy Shevak   Bass
John Simmons   Bass
Carson Smith   Bass
Bill Stegmeyer   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Billy Taylor   Piano
Juan Tizol   Trombone
John Trueheart   Guitar
Bobby Tucker   Piano
Dick Vance   Trumpet
Elmer Warner   Guitar
Earle Warren   Alto Saxophone
Jack Washington   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Arthur Whetsol   Trumpet
Sonny White   Piano
James Whitney   Trombone
Shadow Wilson   Drums
Milt Yaner   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Paul Ricci   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Beal   Piano
Carl Drinkard   Piano
Kenneth Hollon   Tenor Saxophone
Larry Neill   Trumpet
Sammy Benskin   Piano
Tony Faso   Trumpet
Earnest Thompson   Baritone Saxophone
Herbert Cowans   Drums
Harry Azen   Strings
Dan d'Andrea   Saxophone
John Fulton   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Bernard Kaufman   Tenor Saxophone
Mike Pingatore   Guitar
Joe Springer   Piano
Monty Kelly   Trumpet
Skip Layton   Trombone
Elise Bretton   Soprano (Vocal)
Freddy Guy   Guitar
Morris Lefkowitz   Violin
George Mathews   Trombone
Daniel Perry   Guitar
Rostelle Reese   Trumpet
Armand Camgros   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy McLin   Guitar
Ernie Powell   Tenor Saxophone
John Sparrow   Tenor Saxophone
Haig Stephens   Bass
Stanley Payne   Tenor Saxophone
Ed Lewis   Trumpet
Otto Hardwick   Reeds
Jack Cressey   Alto Saxophone
Barney Josephson   Interviewee
Edward McConney   Drums
Pat Nizza   Tenor Saxophone
George Serloff   Violin
Miriam Workman   Soprano (Vocal)
Art Drellinger   Tenor Saxophone
Nat Allen   Trombone
Lennie Hartman   Saxophone
Waddey Williams   Trombone
Arthur Berstein   Bass
King Guion   Saxophone
Freddie Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Sol Blumenthal   Strings
Albert Casey   Guitar
John Williams & the Tick Tocks   Bass
Don Waddilove   Trumpet
Joe "Cornbread" Thomas   Tenor Saxophone
Lawrence D. Brown   Trombone
Tom Mitchell   Trombone
Jules Bertaux   Bass
Charles Jaffe   Violin
Teddy Walter   Guitar
Blinkie Garner   Drums
Frank Siefiels   Violin
John Levy   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Frank Sinatra   Composer
Herb Ellis   Composer
Eddie Heywood   Arranger,Director
Gordon Jenkins   Arranger,Director
James P. Johnson   Director
Herbie Nichols   Composer
Bob Haggart   Composer,Director
John Hammond   Producer
Buddy Johnson   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Jimmy Mundy   Arranger,Composer
Sy Oliver   Arranger,Director
W.C. Handy   Composer
Abe Lyman   Composer
Bobby Troup   Contributor
Harold Arlen   Composer
Trummy Young   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Gus Arnheim   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Walter Bishop   Composer
Norman Granz   Producer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Toots Camarata   Direction
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ray Ellis   Arranger
Arthur Freed   Composer
Milt Gabler   Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Porter Grainger   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Charles Peterson   Cover Photo
Roger "Ram" Ramirez   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Bob Russell   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
John Simmons   Director
Bill Stegmeyer   Director
Sam H. Stept   Composer
Irving Townsend   Producer
Roy Turk   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Mike Wallace   Interviewer
Harry Warren   Composer
Albert Willemetz   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Chuck Stewart   Cover Photo
Jimmy Sherman   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Jules Levy   Producer
Jack Wolf   Composer
Buster Harding   Director
Arthur Johnston   Composer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Lewis Raymond   Composer
Ann Ronell   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Robert Sour   Composer
Frank Eyton   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Harry Link   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Sidney Clare   Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels)   Composer
Louis Alter   Composer
Lou Carter   Composer
Jacques Charles   Composer
Dan Fisher   Composer
Sammy Gallop   Composer
Jay Gorney   Composer
Irene Higginbotham   Composer
Channing Pollack   Composer
Everett Robbins   Composer
Doris Tauber   Composer
William Tracey   Composer
Maurice Yvain   Composer
Holt Maschwitz   Composer
Ashley Kahn   Liner Notes
L. Allen   Composer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Art Ford   Contributor
Fred Waller   Director
Jimmy Davis   Composer
Joel Herron   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Glenn Barry   Design Producer
Jimmie Baker   Producer
Robert Herridge   Producer,Contributor
Arthur Lubin   Director
Holger Madsen   Director
Frede Skaarup   Producer
Adolph Zukor   Producer

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