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Billie Holiday Volume 6

22 April 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Release Date: 22 April 2012
  • Label: Baierle records
  • Copyright: (p) 2007, Baierle Records
  • Total Length: 55:08
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  • ASIN: B002Z5M7VI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 411,472 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A year before Strange Fruit . Dues Paid 25 Dec. 2000
By Jahlaune K. Hunt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is an interesting Holiday album You get a foretaste of her up and coming style in track 1 "You go to my head" She has shedded her Armstrong mannerisms and has made this song all her own. Though most of the songs are song pluggers nightmares Holiday handles them with Aplomp! "Your So Desirable" Etc are basically obscure tunes that even Holiday couln't make into standards. This is a album for die hard Billie Lovers. She had just paid her dues and the best was yet come!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Well-Sung and Played Holiday Repetoire 6 Feb. 2001
By Peter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This volume is not as well known as the previous volumes in this Quintessential series, but still they're well-sung and played by Billie and her incredible sidemen. The sound quality of this volume is markedly improved and better. By this time, Billie's repetoire finds slow-paced material compared with the outright "swingers" on her earlier sides, but it's a welcome addition. Billie sounds equally at ease tackling the "slow burners" as well as the swinging fast ones. There are the usual standouts such as "You Go to My Head" "Very Thought of You" and "I Can't Get Started". Some of the material were later sung by Sinatra and Nat King Cole, but Holiday's versions still stick out in my mind. Only Billie can take laughable material like "Moon Looks Down and Laughs" and "Gonna Lock My Heart" and turn them into gems. It's a testimony to her timeless artistry.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Lesser known Billie Holiday work 26 Dec. 2000
By Sasha - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Of all the collected "Columbia" Quintessential volumes,this one has a biggest ratio of undiscovered repertoire.Its almost like a hearing for the first time "unreleased" tapes,many of these songs were not big succes - there were overshadowed by Lady's much better-known work.Perhaps it has to do something with her then-turmoil period as a black singer in Artie Shaw big band,who knows? Besides "The Very Thought Of You" and "You Go To My Head",other songs are quitte obscure,but still discovery is beautiful as always.Her singing is sensitive as usual,musicians great,its just that this repertoire did not survive the time as good as some of her other music.This CD is a great discovery of Billie's lesser known material,if you want something more universaly recognised (as "God Bless The Child",for example) I reccomend other "Quintessential" volumes.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great place to start 11 Dec. 2000
By tunestony - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm a huge Billie Holiday fan and this one's my favorite. By this point (1938) she was in complete control of her amazing voice. Her impeccable sidemen (Lester Young, Teddy Wilson, etc) add the perfect accompaniment. This predates Billie's torch singing ("Lover Man" "God Bless the Child") by a few years. Here, the songs are upbeat and she seems to be having a lot of fun.
A perfect introduction to one of the greatest singers of all time.
Lady Day Begins To Master Her Craft 8 Jun. 2008
By Alfred Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In my book, and I am hardly alone on this, Billie Holiday is the torch singer's torch singer. Maybe it is the phrasing on her best songs. That well-placed hush. Maybe it is the unbreakable link between her voice when she is on a roll and the arrangements. Hell, maybe in the end it was the dope but, by Jesus, she could sing a modern ballad of love, lost or both like no other. And if it was the dope, let me say this- a `normal' nice singer could sing for a hundred years and never get it right, the way Billie could get it right when she was at her best. Dope or no dope. Was she always at her best? These recordings done in 1938 show the highs. Billie had mastered here trade.

Many of the songs on the current compilation are technically sound, a few not, as is to be expected on such re-mastering. For examples of what I mean by what I said in the first paragraph check out the playfulness of You Go to My Head and If I Were You. The sentiment of The Very Thought of You and I Got a Date With A Dream. Hey, I don't even usually like this kind of song from the masters of Tin Pan Alley. That tells the tale here.

One last word- I have occasionally mentioned my love of Billie Holiday's music to younger acquaintances. Some of their responses reflecting, I think, the influence of the movie version of her life (Lady Sings the Blues with Diana Ross) or some unsympathetic black history 'up lift' type views on her life have written her off as an 'addled' doper. Here is my rejoinder- If when I am blue and need a pick me-up and put on a Billie platter (CD) and feel better then, my friends, I do not give a damn about the dope. Enough said.
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