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Love Songs, Vol. 2 [Billie Holiday]

  • 1. These Foolish Things
    2. Did I Remember?
    3. Fine Romance, A
    4. Easy to Love
    5. This Year's Kisses
    6. Why Was I Born?
    7. I Must Have That Man!
    8. Moanin' Low
    9. I'll Never Be the Same
    10. He's Funny That Way
    11. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
    12. When a Woman Loves a Man
    13. More Than You Know
    14. Body and Soul
    15. I Cover the Waterfront
    16. Love Me or Leave Me
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 90373

  • Credits
    ProducerMichael Brooks (Compilation)

    Personnel: Billie Holiday (vocals); Hymie Schertzer (alto saxophone, clarinet); Babe Russin (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Harry Carney (baritone saxophone, clarinet); Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone); Lester Young (tenor saxophone); Bunny Berigan, Buck Clayton, Roy Eldridge (trumpet); Artie Shaw, Irving Fazola, Vido Musso, Buster Bailey (clarinet); Teddy Wilson, Joe Bushkin, Clyde Hart, Claude Thornhill, Sonny White (piano); Lawrence Lucie, Dick McDonough, Allan Reuss, Freddie Green, Eddie Durham (guitar); John Kirby, Pete Peterson, Walter Page (bass); Cozy Cole, Gene Krupa, Jo Jones (drums).
    Recorded between 1936 & 1941.
    Personnel: Danny Barker , Dick McDonough, Eddie Durham, Freddie Green, Lawrence Lucie, Allan Reuss (guitar); Hymie Schertzer (clarinet, alto saxophone); Ernie Powell, Babe Russin, Vido Musso (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Harry Carney (clarinet, baritone saxophone); Irving Fazola, Prince Robinson, Jimmy Hamilton, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Buster Bailey (clarinet); Benny Carter (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Carl Frye, Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone); Kermit Scott, Lester Young , Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Cootie Williams, Emmett Berry, Irving "Mouse" Randolph, Jonah Jones, Roy Eldridge, Buck Clayton, Bunny Berigan (trumpet); Benny Morton (trombone); Claude Thornhill, Clyde Hart, Joe Bushkin, Sonny White, Teddy Wilson (piano); Cozy Cole, Hal West, Gene Krupa, J.C. Heard, Jo Jones (drums).
    Another Legacy title fashioned out of the recordings released in total on the exhaustive Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia box set of her early career. No complaints here, as few can afford such abundant booty, and because the label sticks to tried and true themes. Although, you may prefer her previous swing record, and the bluesy compilation of her work with velvet-touched tenor-saxophonist Lester Young, Love Songs, Vol. 2 is another antidote to the perception that Lady Day could only excel at mournful, striking, downer tunes such as her most famous work, "God Bless the Child," "Strange Fruit," and "Until the Real Thing Comes Along." Here are 16 sides of the more whimsical, sassy, mischievous, or laughingly resigned Billie Holiday, typified by the unabashedly lustful "I Must Have That Man," the chuckle of Oscar Hammerstein's "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," and even Hammerstein's depressingly named but actually bouncy "Why Was I Born." Though she's not as unfettered as Louis Armstrong (who, for instance, wrung much more humor with Ella Fitzgerald out of their later '50s look at "A Fine Romance," Holiday's version here from 1936), her behind-the-beat singing remains a flavorful reading on these classic Tin Pan Alley tunes. Of course, there are a few "blue" Holiday tunes, such as Irving Berlin's "This Year's Kisses," and Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra can't help but inject their melancholy notes here and there. So it's not exactly a picnic, but it is once again a multifaceted look at the total talent of one of the best jazz interpreters who ever entered a studio, of the languid tantalization of love just out of reach. ~ Jack Rabid

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