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All Or Nothing At All: The Billie Holiday Story Vol.7 Box set, Double CD

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Product details

  • Audio CD (15 Jan. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Double CD
  • Label: Universal Classics
  • ASIN: B00000470G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,557 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me - Billie Holiday, Norman Granz, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Ben Webster, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel, Joe Mondragon, Alvin Stoller
  2. Cheek To Cheek - Billie Holiday, Norman Granz, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Ben Webster, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel, Joe Mondragon, Alvin Stoller
  3. Ill Wind - Billie Holiday, Norman Granz, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Ben Webster, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel, Joe Mondragon, Alvin Stoller
  4. Speak Low - Ben Webster, Billie Holiday, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel, Joe Mondragon, Alvin Stoller, Norman Granz, Harry "Sweets" Edison
  5. We'll Be Together Again - Ben Webster, Billie Holiday, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel, Red Mitchell, Alvin Stoller, Norman Granz, Harry "Sweets" Edison
  6. All Or Nothing At All - Billie Holiday, Ben Webster, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel, Red Mitchell, Alvin Stoller, Norman Granz, Harry "Sweets" Edison
  7. Sophisticated Lady - Billie Holiday, Ben Webster, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel, Red Mitchell, Alvin Stoller, Norman Granz, Harry "Sweets" Edison
  8. April In Paris - Ben Webster, Billie Holiday, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel, Red Mitchell, Alvin Stoller, Norman Granz, Harry "Sweets" Edison
  9. I Wished On The Moon - Billie Holiday, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Norman Granz, Ben Webster, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel, Red Mitchell, Alvin Stoller
  10. Moonlight In Vermont - Billie Holiday, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Ben Webster, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel, Red Mitchell, Alvin Stoller, Norman Granz
  11. A Foggy Day - Billie Holiday, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Norman Granz, Ben Webster, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel, Red Mitchell, Alvin Stoller
  12. I Didn't Know What Time It Was - Billie Holiday, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Ben Webster, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel, Red Mitchell, Alvin Stoller, Norman Granz
  13. Just One Of Those Things - Billie Holiday, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Norman Granz, Ben Webster, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel, Red Mitchell, Alvin Stoller
  14. Comes Love - Billie Holiday, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Norman Granz, Ben Webster, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel, Red Mitchell, Alvin Stoller
  15. Comes Love - Billie Holiday, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Norman Granz, Ben Webster, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel, Red Mitchell, Alvin Stoller

Disc: 2

  1. Day In Day Out - Billie Holiday, Norman Granz, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Ben Webster, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel, Red Mitchell, Alvin Stoller
  2. Darn That Dream - Billie Holiday, Norman Granz, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Ben Webster, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel, Red Mitchell, Alvin Stoller
  3. But Not For Me - Billie Holiday, Larry L. Lash, Peter Matz, Norman Granz, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Ben Webster, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel, Red Mitchell, Alvin Stoller
  4. Body And Soul - Ben Webster, Billie Holiday, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel, Red Mitchell, Alvin Stoller, Norman Granz, Harry "Sweets" Edison
  5. Just Friends - Harry "Sweets" Edison, Norman Granz, Ben Webster, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel, Alvin Stoller, Red Mitchell
  6. Stars Fell On Alabama - Ben Webster, Billie Holiday, Red Mitchell, Alvin Stoller, Norman Granz, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel
  7. Say It Isn't So - Billie Holiday, Norman Granz, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Ben Webster, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel, Red Mitchell, Alvin Stoller
  8. Love Is Here To Stay - Billie Holiday, Norman Granz
  9. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) - Billie Holiday, Ben Webster, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel, Red Mitchell, Alvin Stoller, Norman Granz, Harry "Sweets" Edison
  10. They Can't Take That Away From Me - Ben Webster, Billie Holiday, Red Mitchell, Larry Bunker, Norman Granz, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel
  11. Embraceable You - Ben Webster, Billie Holiday, Red Mitchell, Norman Granz, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel, Larry Bunker
  12. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off - Billie Holiday, Ben Webster, Red Mitchell, Larry Bunker, Norman Granz, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel
  13. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You - Ben Webster, Billie Holiday, Red Mitchell, Norman Granz, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel, Larry Bunker

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By the time these recordings were made in 1956 and 57, Billie Holiday's life and career were ebbing to premature close. It's a story which has been told, twisted and embellished ad nauseum. Die-hard fans are bemused that her later work, with her voice reflecting the accumulated scars of addiction and misuse, should be so highly regarded. They prefer to listen to the prodigious output of her early recording career which started as early as 1935, and which reveals her talent as a vocal musician in all its youthful glory. But as biographer Donald Clarke's accompanying notes suggest, the decline of her voice actually heightened her ability as an interpreter of lyrics and it's this quality which makes these sessions so compulsive to listen to. In fact, they originally comprised two classic albums, Songs for Distingue Lovers and Body and Soul, made for Norman Granz's pioneering Verve label. True, the material is heavily biased towards the torch song, but there are a number of light pop standards ("Moonlight In Vermont" and "April In Paris") which make it absolutely clear that Holiday was never, even at this late stage, a one-dimensional tragedienne. --Piers Ford

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Format: Audio CD
A collection in a 2-CD set of the classic late (August 1956 and January 1957) recordings of standard numbers that Lady Day made in sessions with Harry “Sweets” Edison (t), Ben Webster (ts), Jimmy Rowles (p) and Barney Kessel (g), originally issued in the albums “All or Nothing at All”, “Body and Soul” and “Songs for Distingue Lovers”. She was in her element here, with her voice in reasonable shape, and the guys in the band did her proud. Probably the finest jazz recordings that she made after the classic Columbia discs of 1935-42, and certainly the closest to those in spirit.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e9078b8) out of 5 stars Breathtaking music 23 Jan. 2007
By Penumbra - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is the album that turned me into a Billie Holiday fan. Part of what makes Lady Day accessible on this CD is that you can finally hear her voice as she tells you the stories behind these songs, without the distractions on some of the technically inferior older recordings.

The songs, which represent the cream of the 20th century American songbook, were recorded over seven sessions; two in 1956 and five in January 1957. So, unlike some of her music that's available from the 1930's, these were recorded in stereo and the annoying hisses and pops are gone. Yes, this was late in her career but she is still strong!

She's working with some other legendary musicians here, too. Ben Webster on the saxophone is also a master at telling a story through music. Harry "Sweets" Edison on the trumpet and Jimmy Rowles on piano are outstanding.

Although I had always heard she was phenomenal, I never quite "got it" until I heard "All or Nothing At All." Now I understand why Sinatra spent hours listening to her in clubs to learn how to phrase a song.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eb2ebe8) out of 5 stars A Great Collection 12 July 2002
By Michael Marcotte - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The songs on this CD are the ones you really want to hear. So often compilations fall short of depicting a great artist because they leave out so much. They usually only have the #1 hits and most requested songs that are already so easy to find. Not this time.
Here, the songs are all examples of why Lady Day's name is so closely associated with singing the blues. And in typical Verve fashion, the quality of the recordings is OUTSTANDING.
Billie Holiday's voice isn't the most powerful, the most refined, or the most acclaimed, but is it ever inspiring. Her ability to convey sorrow in a ballad is unparalleled. But one of the best things about this CD are the medium tempo'd, swinging songs like "Cheek to Cheek", "All Or Nothing At All", "Just One Of Those Things" and several others. You don't simply get lulled into sadness (for too long).
Highly recommended for the Billie enthusiast or casual Jazz fan. This compilation trumps others around it.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e1d8e28) out of 5 stars Late but convincing work from Lady Day 21 April 2007
By Nikica Gilic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
At the age in life when other great singers were at their peak (for instance Ella, Sarah, Satchmo), Billie was deteriorating rapidly: her voice was losing strength and collour... But, since the strength and the loudness were never essential for her, and the immaculate sense of tempo, rhythm and emotion lingered on, she could still muster a convincing session or two in the fifties. Some even claim that this weaker Billie actually had additional emotional acuteness (I agree only partially - at times she WAS emotionally more convincing at this stage, but too often she was just unable to deliver a chorus convincingly)

This double CD (made of three LP albums - "All or nothing at all", "Body and Soul" and "Songs for distingue lovers") is a good example of this stage in her career, but also probably the best recordings made in the period. It is full of genuinly emotional, but sometimes also ironic interpretations of great songs from Gershwin and company (Berlin, Porter, Duke...), with only one great instrumental number, recorded while the musicians waited Billie to show up ("Just Friends"; recording not issued on the original albums)...

Edison wisely sticks to the muted trumpet on many songs (too much open horn would outshine the gentle and fragile star of the sessions), but when he removes his mute it is a pleasure indeed, while Ben Webster is also reasonably restrained when compared with his own sessions. However, these two are really magnificent players (and so are the pianist Rowles, the guitarist Kessel and other musicians), capable of high degrees of emotion and providing a swinging back-up, in tune with the singers register and the general idea of the song.

Naturally, this is far from Billie's "Columbia" gems from the 30's (with Teddy Wilson, Lester Young, Buck Clayton, Webster, Benny Goodman...), or from the best of her 40's output, but since the sound is better from the technological point of view, this is a fine way to start exploring the legacy of, many would argue, the greatest singer in the entire jazz history.

And, I repeat again, I have met and read people who actually prefer her emotinally very potent late voice to the superior sounds she produced when she was at her peak... It's probably more common view among Billie's larger, not-strictly-jazz oriented following.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e1da2ac) out of 5 stars Voice like no other 25 Oct. 2011
By Jack - Published on Amazon.com
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After hearing "Ill Wind" and "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me" in an internet video, I went on a search for the artist; that's how I found Billie Holiday. I had to listen to samplings of those same songs by many artists in my search, and I found nobody else who delivers those songs with the same golden tone as Lady Day.

On a side note, if you're listening to this CD in Windows Media Player, your cheating yourself if you let WMP get away with its one-size-fits-all equalizer settings. Be sure to set it to "jazz" if not a custom setting.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e1d8fa8) out of 5 stars Satisfied Customer 24 May 2010
By A. Rodriguez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Love the CD and I didn't have to wait long to receive it. Great price too.
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