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Billie Holiday - Lady Day: The Master Takes And Singles (1935-1942) [4 CD Set] (2008)

11-07-2016, 19:37
Jazz | Vocal Jazz | FLAC / APE

Title: Lady Day: The Master Takes And Singles (1935-1942)
Year Of Release: 2008
Label: Sony BMG
Genre: Vocal Jazz
Quality: MP3 320 kbps
Total Time: 03:59:25 min
Total Size: 563 mb

Billie Holiday's story is so huge, her artistry so vast, and her impact so incalculable, that even attempting to corral a representative sampling of it within a single collection of recordings is an overwhelming, perhaps foolhardy task. Many have tried, of course, and literally hundreds of options of varying quality and legitimacy, scattered across dozens of labels, are available to the consumer. Neophytes, or those not willing to commit to a gargantuan listening session, can settle for any number of single- or double-CD best-ofs that adequately present Holiday's most important, better-known music. Columbia/Legacy's single-disc God Bless the Child: The Very Best of Billie Holiday and the same label's two-disc 2001 Lady Day: The Best of Billie Holiday are ideal for that purpose, the crème de la Billie, devoid of anything not directly tied to her legend. Meanwhile, the devotee, the collector, and the completist can take ownership of massive pieces of the catalog in box sets that might be lavish and smartly curated or shoddy and unworthy. Among the more essential boxed collections of an American artist's work is Legacy's 2001 ten-CD Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia (1933-1944), whose title speaks for itself: everything the singer recorded for the label during those formative years -- her greatest -- is offered in one place, with no value judgment being made as to what's worthy of inclusion and what isn't. Lady Day: The Master Takes and Singles pares that same body of material down to four CDs that go beyond the two-disc set yet don't attempt to make a definitive statement. That earlier mega-box was broken down into six discs of master takes and four of alternate takes and other ephemera. Here the masters are again whittled down, to a total of 80, making for a more manageable and, honestly, more listenable set. These are the songs that made Billie Holiday Billie Holiday, arranged chronologically and sensibly, with an eye not toward the scholar but toward the fan. Like the larger box, one can follow the trajectory of Holiday's ascent here, but it's not as easy to get lost or even bored. Needless to say, the Columbia/Legacy sets only cover Holiday's output for that label and its subsidiaries, and those in pursuit of the larger picture will have to locate the later recordings she made for Commodore, Decca, and Verve elsewhere, although that should not be difficult.

Billie Holiday - Lady Day: The Master Takes And Singles (1935-1942) [4 CD Set] (2008)

Billie Holiday - Lady Day: The Master Takes And Singles (1935-1942) [4 CD Set] (2008)
CD 1 (60:51):
01. I Wished on the Moon (3:04)
02. What a Little Moonlight Can Do (2:59)
03. Miss Brown to You (3:01)
04. If You Were Mine (3:13)
05. These 'n That 'n Those (3:15)
06. You Let Me Down (2:55)
07. Spreadin' Rhythm Around (2:56)
08. Life Begins When You're in Love (3:05)
09. It's Like Reaching for the Moon (3:23)
10. These Foolish Things (3:20)
11. I Cried for You (3:14)
12. Did I Remember? (2:53)
13. No Regrets (2:38)
14. Summertime (2:56)
15. Billie's Blues (2:41)
16. A Fine Romance (2:54)
17. One, Two, Button Your Shoe (2:52)
18. Easy To Love (3:14)
19. The Way You Look Tonight (3:03)
20. Pennies From Heaven (3:15)
CD 2 (60:40):
01. That's Life I Guess (3:11)
02. I Can't Give You Anything But Love (3:29)
03. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (2:58)
04. He Ain't Got Rhythm (2:52)
05. This Year's Kisses (3:11)
06. Why Was I Born? (2:53)
07. I Must Have That Man (2:57)
08. The Mood That I'm In (3:02)
09. You Showed Me the Way (3:01)
10. My Last Affair (3:11)
11. Moanin' Low (3:06)
12. Where Is the Sun? (2:48)
13. Let's Call the Whole Thing Off (2:39)
14. They Can't Take That Away from Me (3:05)
15. Don't Know If I'm Comin' Or Goin' (2:48)
16. I'll Get By (3:10)
17. Mean to Me (3:09)
18. Foolin' Myself (3:03)
19. Easy Living (3:05)
20. I'll Never Be the Same (3:02)
CD 3 (57:24):
01. Me, Myself and I (2:38)
02. A Sailboat in the Moonlight (2:52)
03. Without Your Love (2:54)
04. Trav'lin' All Alone (2:15)
05. He's Funny That Way (2:42)
06. Nice Work If You Can Get It (3:10)
07. Things Are Looking Up (3:22)
08. My Man (3:04)
09. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man (3:17)
10. When You're Smiling (2:52)
11. On the Sentimental Side (3:06)
12. When a Woman Loves a Man (2:26)
13. You Go to My Head (2:55)
14. I'm Gonna Lock My Heart (And Throw Away the Key) (2:09)
15. The Very Thought of You (2:48)
16. I Can't Get Started (2:49)
17. More Than You Know (3:08)
18. Sugar (2:48)
19. Long Gone Blues (3:07)
20. Some Other Spring (3:01)
CD 4 (61:07):
01. Them There Eyes (2:51)
02. Swing, Brother, Swing (2:58)
03. Night and Day (3:01)
04. The Man I Love (3:07)
05. Body and Soul (3:00)
06. Falling In Love Again (2:53)
07. Laughing at Life (2:57)
08. Time on My Hands (3:07)
09. St. Louis Blues (2:56)
10. Loveless Love (3:18)
11. Let's Do It (2:58)
12. Georgia on My Mind (3:20)
13. All Of Me (3:04)
14. God Bless the Child (2:57)
15. Am I Blue? (2:53)
16. I Cover the Waterfront (2:58)
17. Love Me or Leave Me (3:23)
18. Gloomy Sunday (3:14)
19. It's a Sin to Tell a Lie (3:05)
20. Until the Real Thing Comes Along (3:09)

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