Ken Burns Jazz: Billie Holiday
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||Strange Fruit (1939 Single Version)||Billie Holiday||3:10||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Yesterdays (1939 Single Version)||Billie Holiday||3:23||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be) [Single]||Billie Holiday||3:15||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Don't Explain (Single)||Billie Holiday||3:21||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Good Morning Heartache (1946 Single Version)||Billie Holiday||3:05||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Autumn in New York||Billie Holiday||3:41||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Lady Sings the Blues (1956/Carnegie Hall) [Live]||Billie Holiday||2:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
In conjunction with the release of Ken Burns' ten-part, 19-hour epic PBS documentary Jazz, Columbia issued 22 single-disc compilations devoted to jazz's most significant artists, as well as a five-disc historical summary. Since the individual compilations attempt to present balanced overviews of each artist's career, tracks from multiple labels have thankfully been licensed where appropriate. That's especially nice in the case of Billie Holiday, who recorded excellent and essential work for Columbia, Commodore, Decca, and Verve. Since her signature numbers were also spread out over those labels, and since Ken Burns Jazz includes pretty much all of her best-known songs, this makes an excellent introduction and an even better single-disc retrospective. No previous Holiday compilation gathers her original recordings of "Strange Fruit," "God Bless the Child," "Gloomy Sunday," "Lover Man," and "Lady Sings the Blues." While the collection isn't quite perfect — some might miss "Tain't Nobody's Business if I Do" or her cover of Bessie Smith's "Them There Eyes" — it is the only one to draw from Holiday's entire output, and as such, it's truly a best-of.
Beautifiul album..Quite enjoyable! - Gloomy Sunday is my favorite.
Billie Must Be Heard By Everyone
This "disc" should live in EVERY music lover's collection. I don't care what your core listening habits/genres are, Billie's voice...it's the real deal...free form like Jazz, heartfelt like Blues, eloquent like Classical, raw like Punk, sexy like Rock. Start here and dig deeper. Do it.
Where is the rest of the album?
Nice to see they have this but why doesn't it have all the songs? I had this CD in high school and this is only half of the album.
Born: April 7, 1915 in Baltimore, MD
Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s