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Standards: Great Songs/Great Performances
     

Standards: Great Songs/Great Performances

by Billie Holiday
 
A brief, half-hour look at Billie Holiday's incomparable way with a classic song, Standards: Great Songs/Great Performances is arranged chronologically, beginning with her 1944 take on "I'll Be Seeing You," the great WWII chestnut, and progressing all the way to 1959's "All the Way," a string-laden ballad from her last year of

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A brief, half-hour look at Billie Holiday's incomparable way with a classic song, Standards: Great Songs/Great Performances is arranged chronologically, beginning with her 1944 take on "I'll Be Seeing You," the great WWII chestnut, and progressing all the way to 1959's "All the Way," a string-laden ballad from her last year of life. Billie Holiday transformed nearly every shopworn standard she strayed across, and the compilers chose wisely (but briefly) in concentrating on tender balladry that never quite descends into torch song territory. Aside from the first two songs, all come from her Verve years in the '50s, when her voice was drying up but her interpretive powers peaked, and it's readily audible in every line. Buyers won't find any notes or recording information (at least the composers were included), but such information is readily available elsewhere.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2010
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602527310572
catalogNumber:
001393502

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billie Holiday   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Norman Granz   Producer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Ray Ellis   Producer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Milt Gabler   Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer

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