CD Lady Sings the Blues [Billie Holiday] [8436028691814] (CD 6278189),
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Lady Sings the Blues [Billie Holiday] [8436028691814]

  • 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. Love Me or Leave Me
    10. Too Marvelous for Words
    11. Willow Weep for Me
    12. I Thought About You
    13. P.S. I Love You
    14. Softly
    15. Stormy Blues
    16. Say It Isn't So
    17. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
    18. I Wished on the Moon
    19. Always
    20. Everything Happens to Me
    21. Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): PWR27203

  • Credits

    Personnel: Billie Holiday (vocals); Budd Johnson, Paul Quinichette (tenor saxophone); Charlie Shavers (trumpet); Tony Scott (clarinet, piano); Wynton Kelly, Billy Taylor (piano); Billy Bauer, Kenny Burrell (guitar); Aaron Bell, Leonard Gaskin (bass); Cozy Cole, Lennie McBrowne (drums).
    Producers: Leroy Lovett, Tony Scott.
    Compilation producer: Michael Lang.
    Recorded at Fine Sound and William And Maely Dufty's Home, New York, New York between February 1955 and June 1956. Includes liner notes by John Chilton.
    Digitally remastered by Suha Gur (Polygram Studios).
    Contains 20 tracks.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    Personnel: Billie Holiday (vocals).
    Liner Note Authors: Arnold Marcus; Nat Hentoff.
    Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (02/14/1955/06/07/1956); New York (02/14/1955/06/07/1956); Los Angeles, CA (09/03/1954); New York (09/03/1954).
    Photographer: X .
    Some Holiday fans embrace the very weariness and faults of her late recordings that others find heartbreaking and disappointing. These sessions from 1955 and 1956 clearly show the results of a life marked by alcohol and drug abuse, horrific love affairs and racism. On such cuts as "Too Marvelous For Words" the contrast between the lyrics and Holiday's heavy-heartedness is disconcerting.
    But the juxtaposition works on "I Must Have That Man," where Holiday's interpretations seem to be saying that even good love is tragic. The lynching depicted in "Strange Fruit" is certainly made even more powerful and harrowing by Holiday's slow, wrenching delivery. In 1959, Holiday would die with 70 cents in her bank account. LADY SINGS THE BLUES is the soundtrack for those final, troubled years.

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