The Ultimate Collection

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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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2005
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 075021034006
  • Catalog Number: 000391800

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Miss Brown to You (3:00)
  2. 2 What a Little Moonlight Can Do (2:58)
  3. 3 I Cried for You (3:12)
  4. 4 Mean to Me (3:08)
  5. 5 Strange Fruit (3:11)
  6. 6 Fine and Mellow (3:16)
  7. 7 God Bless the Child (2:57)
  8. 8 Trav'lin' Light (3:17)
  9. 9 My Old Flame (3:03)
  10. 10 I'll Get By (As Long as I Have You) (2:59)
  11. 11 Billie's Blues (3:09)
  12. 12 He's Funny That Way (3:18)
  13. 13 Lover Man (3:18)
  14. 14 Don't Explain (3:23)
  15. 15 Good Morning Heartache (3:07)
  16. 16 No Good Man (3:06)
  17. 17 The Blues Are Brewin' (3:04)
  18. 18 Solitude (3:10)
  19. 19 Easy Living (3:12)
  20. 20 I Loves You Porgy (2:56)
  21. 21 My Man (Mon Homme) (2:57)
  22. 22 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness if I Do (3:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Them There Eyes (2:51)
  2. 2 You Can't Lose a Broken Heart (3:15)
  3. 3 You're My Thrill (3:24)
  4. 4 Crazy He Calls Me (3:04)
  5. 5 Detour Ahead (3:03)
  6. 6 These Foolish Things (3:36)
  7. 7 You Go to My Head (2:56)
  8. 8 Love Me or Leave Me (2:36)
  9. 9 Willow Weep for Me (3:07)
  10. 10 I Thought About You (2:48)
  11. 11 I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (3:58)
  12. 12 Come Rain or Come Shine (4:23)
  13. 13 It Had to Be You (4:03)
  14. 14 What's New? (4:17)
  15. 15 Lady Sings the Blues (3:44)
  16. 16 I Cover the Waterfront (3:45)
  17. 17 Body and Soul (6:20)
  18. 18 But Not for Me (3:50)
  19. 19 One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) (5:40)
  20. 20 I'm a Fool to Want You (3:24)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Saddest Tale
  2. 2 The Blues Are Brewin'
  3. 3 Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans
  4. 4 My Man (Mon Homme)
  5. 5 Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
  6. 6 Billie's Blues
  7. 7 Fine and Mellow
  8. 8 What a Little Moonlight Can Do
  9. 9 St. Louis Blues
  10. 10 I Cover the Waterfront
  11. 11 Swing! Brother, Swing!
  12. 12 They Can't Take That Away from Me
  13. 13 Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me
  14. 14 I'll Get By
  15. 15 I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone
  16. 16 Jeepers Creepers
  17. 17 Bonus Materials
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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 "Sweets" 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 Sr. Interviewee
Neal Hefti Trumpet
Horace Henderson Piano
Al Klink Alto Saxophone
Bernie Leighton Piano
Johnny Mince Alto Saxophone
Frankie Newton Trumpet
Zutty Singleton Drums
Grachan Moncur III 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)
Al 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 Jr. 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 Sr. 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 Sr. 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 Jr. 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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