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Billie Holiday's Greatest Hits

Billie Holiday

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Album Review

GRP's Greatest Hits is not designed for collectors or serious fans, as it will likely frustrate them. Casual fans, however, and the curious will be well served by this 19-track collection of highlights from Billie Holiday's Decca recordings, featuring such songs as "Easy Living," "Solitude," "God Bless the Child," "T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness if I Do," "Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be)" and "Crazy He Calls Me." It's not an ideal collection, and it doesn't contain all of her great performances for Decca, but it's a nice sampler that makes for an effective introduction to this era.

Customer Reviews

beautiful

i love this album. im 15 and im really into vintage and the 1940's. i recommend this album to everyone!

Billie at her best.

This is one of my favorite albums of all time. I love it and still get chills every time I listen to Solitude. If you like Billie Holiday, or just want a good album to introduce yourself to her, this is my pick!

Timeless and Emotional

Holiday's greatest asset is not necessarily the quality of her voice as much as the emotion she is able to convey through her voice. Everyone, no matter what their musical taste is, should have Billie Holiday on their iPod and no collection is as comprehensive as this album.

Biography

Born: April 7, 1915 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s

The first popular jazz singer to move audiences with the intense, personal feeling of classic blues, Billie Holiday changed the art of American pop vocals forever. More than a half-century after her death, it's difficult to believe that prior to her emergence, jazz and pop singers were tied to the Tin Pan Alley tradition and rarely personalized their songs; only blues singers like Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey actually gave the impression they had lived through what they were singing. Billie Holiday's...
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