The Complete Verve Studio Master Takes

The Complete Verve Studio Master Takes

by Billie Holiday


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The Complete Verve Studio Master Takes

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.)

Product Details

Release Date: 12/13/2005
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602498803028
catalogNumber: 000429102


Disc 1

  1. East of the Sun
  2. Blue Moon
  3. You Go to My Head
  4. You Turned the Tables on Me
  5. Easy to Love
  6. These Foolish Things
  7. I Only Have Eyes for You
  8. Solitude
  9. Everything I Have Is Yours
  10. Love for Sale
  11. Moonglow
  12. Tenderly
  13. If the Moon Turns Green
  14. Remember
  15. Autumn in New York
  16. My Man
  17. Lover, Come Back to Me
  18. Stormy Weather
  19. Yesterdays
  20. He's Funny That Way
  21. I Can't Face the Music

Disc 2

  1. How Deep Is the Ocean?
  2. What a Little Moonlight Can Do
  3. I Cried for You
  4. Love Me or Leave Me
  5. P.S. I Love You
  6. Too Marvelous for Words
  7. Softly
  8. I Thought About You
  9. Willow Weep for Me
  10. Stormy Blues
  11. Say It Isn't So
  12. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
  13. I Wished on the Moon
  14. Always
  15. Everything Happens to Me
  16. Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
  17. Ain't Misbehavin'

Disc 3

  1. I Don't Want to Cry Anymore
  2. Prelude to a Kiss
  3. I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You
  4. When Your Lover Has Gone
  5. Gone with the Wind
  6. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
  7. It Had to Be You
  8. Nice Work If You Can Get It
  9. Come Rain or Come Shine
  10. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
  11. What's New?
  12. A Fine Romance
  13. I Hadn't Anyone Till You
  14. I Get a Kick out of You
  15. Everything I Have Is Yours
  16. Isn't This a Lovely Day?

Disc 4

  1. Trav'lin' Light
  2. I Must Have That Man!
  3. Some Other Spring
  4. Lady Sings the Blues
  5. Strange Fruit
  6. God Bless the Child
  7. Good Morning Heartache
  8. No Good Man
  9. Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
  10. Cheek to Cheek
  11. Ill Wind
  12. Speak Low
  13. We'll Be Together Again
  14. All or Nothing at All
  15. Sophisticated Lady
  16. April in Paris

Disc 5

  1. I Wished the Moon
  2. Moonlight in Vermont
  3. A Foggy Day
  4. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
  5. Just One of Those Things
  6. Comes Love
  7. Day in, Day Out
  8. Darn That Dream
  9. But Not for Me
  10. Body and Soul
  11. Stars Fell on Alabama
  12. Say It Isn't So
  13. Love Is Here to Stay
  14. One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)

Disc 6

  1. They Can't Take That Away from Me
  2. Embraceable You
  3. Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
  4. Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You?
  5. All the Way
  6. It's Not for Me to Say
  7. I'll Never Smile Again
  8. Just One More Chance
  9. When It's Sleepy Time Down South
  10. Don't Worry 'Bout Me
  11. Sometimes I'm Happy
  12. You Took Advantage of Me
  13. There'll Be Some Changes Made
  14. 'Deed I Do
  15. All of You
  16. Baby, Won't You Please Come Home?

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billie Holiday   Primary Artist,Vocals
Tony Scott   Clarinet
Billy Bauer   Guitar
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
Harry 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
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 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   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Arthur Herzog   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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