Lady In Autumn: The Best Of The Verve Years
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Lady In Autumn: The Best Of The Verve Years

20 Feb 2014

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Song Title
Body And Soul
Strange Fruit
Trav'lin' Light
All Of Me
There Is No Greater Love (Live (1947/Carnegie Hall))
I Cover The Waterfront
These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
Autumn In New York
My Man
Stormy Weather
He's Funny That Way
What A Little Moonlight Can Do
I Cried For You (Now It's Your Turn To Cry Over Me)
Too Marvelous For Words
I Wished On The Moon
I Don't Want To Cry Anymore
Prelude To A Kiss
Disc 2
Nice Work If You Can Get It (Damsel In Distress )
Come Rain Or Come Shine
What's New
God Bless The Child
Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
April In Paris
Lady Sings The Blues (Live (1956/Carnegie Hall))
Don't Explain (Live (1956/Carnegie Hall))
Fine And Mellow (Live (1956/Carnegie Hall))
I Didn't Know What Time It Was
Stars Fell On Alabama
One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You
Lover Man (Single Version)
All The Way
Don't Worry 'Bout Me

Product details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1991 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 2:08:29
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,506 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Great and Original Stylist 24 Dec 2008
By David R. Bishop VINE VOICE
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When you listen to Ella Fitzgerald or Sarah Vaughan, you are overwhelmed by their tonal purity, their range and their jazz technique. When you listen to Billie Holliday, your first response is likely to be emotional.

This set follows the second half of her career from 1946 until her premature death in 1959 at the age of 44. On the early tracks, her heroin addiction was not affecting her voice and performance too much, by the end you could hear the pain and strain in her voice. You can almost hear life taking its toll track by track. On some levels, it is ghoulish to listen to her self-destruct, yet her recordings are so compelling, and they strike chords inside you that no other singers can do. There are several re-recordings of songs she did with Columbia in the 30s

This is a fairly old release from 1990. Most if not all of the albums that this music came from are now available in their entirity. If you just want a large sample of her later work, then this double set is just the thing.

My favourite track is 'Autumn In New York' from 1952. It is wistful and dreamy, and it really haunts me. It was voted record of the year by the readers of a leading jazz magazine.

There are other singers I prefer, Aretha Franklin and Sarah Vaughan spring to mind, yet there are times when only Billie Holliday will do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The new Alisiah! 6 Nov 2001
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What to say about Billie Holiday. She lived 2 generations before me and I face already some brilliant new singers from a new generation. Why is Billie Holiday unique? There are female singers with a better voice, who have a better band and a better producer. Billie cannot use the techniques of today. The fact is she does not need all of that. Here voice is just like Chet Bakers voice coming from another dimension. It hurts and in the same time all your sorrows fade away. She sings against the melody of her band. The trouble with many recordings is the bad quality, which is really a pity. You like to improve that sound every time. Lady in Autumn has a perfect sound, a perfect melody and a Billie Holiday in a very best shape. This is the record from Billie Holiday you have to buy and you will enjoy it for the rest of your life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lady In Autumn 16 Feb 2005
By A Customer
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This was the first Lady Day record I bought and the beginning of my love affair with the voice. This CD is worth owning for the first 6 tracks alone which are live recordings from the Jazz at The Philarmonic series of concerts at Carneige Hall. To say they are awesome would be an understatement. Many people say her voice was in decline after the war years, but thse live recordings, taken from 44 i think, are absolutely divine. Never mind the crackles and primitive sound recording, turn up the volume and prepare to be 'blown away' !! The remainder of the CD is Lady with small combos in the 50's - demonstrating that even though her voice was in serious decline, her artistry was not and she can still convey a song with immense feeling. I read something the other day where the writer was discussing Billie and Ella Fitzgerald. He said the difference between the two of them was that when Ella sings "my man hasleft me" one assumes he's popped out for a loaf of bread!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lady Day -- PURE HEAVEN 30 Nov 1999
By F. Barton - Published on
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This two CD set, with incredible liner notes by Leonard Maltin, Yes, the Television guy, is a landmark release. The chosing of ALL the material here is very carefully thought out, not like others, with whatever they can get to fit, whatever condition, this one is constructed top to bottom with perfection.This set displays Billie in all her Autumn glory, from live recordings, to outtakes that are better than the originals. If you want a set that represents what Billie meant in her later years, get this one. It will take you down her many paths, of pathos, despair, happiness, and just great talent, period. An EXCELLENT starter set.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Revelation 14 Dec 2001
By Gary F. Taylor - Published on
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There is an on-going dispute between Holiday fans: is Billie Holiday more interesting at the beginning of her career, when her voice was at its best, or at the end of her career, when her interpretive skills were at their finest? My preference is for the latter, and LADY IN AUTUMN offers a truly fine sampling of later Billie Holiday recordings.
Even at its youthful best, Billie Holiday's distinctive, very quirky voice was never noted for any of the qualities we usually applaud in great singers: Holiday's range, power, and breath support were always more than a little ify. But Holiday showed a remarkable facility for shaping her voice much as sculptor might, and she transformed her vocal defects into an astonishing personal idiom that has never failed to mix musical delight with raw emotional power. And this ability was at its height toward the end of her career.
It is true, however, that Holiday's later recordings are an acquired taste, and listeners who are new to her unique stylings may be put off by the vocal roughness of her later work. But for those who have already listened to an enjoyed her earlier work, Billie Holiday's LADY IN AUTUMN will be a revelation.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And Still Her Heart Has Wings 1 Mar 2002
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This is the best ballad collection of Billie Holiday to date. You hear someone who has experienced life, in every nuance of her voice. 'These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You' is the most heartbreakingly perfect ballad ever recorded, with a subtly touching piano accompaniment by Oscar Peterson. This track is for those who have loved and lost. 'Don't Worry 'Bout Me' has an ironic sadness when viewed from here and it is appropriately placed as the last song in the set. It will make you cry.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, Very Jazz, Very Ballady, among her best 9 Mar 2005
By Tony Thomas - Published on
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This selection of her post war work for Verve is among Billie Holiday's Best work. Instead of looking at Holiday as a personal crsisi in process, or as unblemished idol who was always good, it is interesting to look at this selection in regard to where she was as a developing artist.

My opinion is that along with some of the live shots from concerts at the time, this is her last good work because Verve really packaged her as a JAZZ SINGER PLAYING IN A TOTAL jazz package. Unlike some of the Verve recordings of some of the old stars of Swing in the 1940s and the early 1950s, these Holiday recording surrounded Billie with great Jazz musicians like Ben Webster, and eschews either Billie's unfortunate attempts in the early 40s to become a cabaret chanteuse, or later attempt to put over Billie as a pop or R & B singer.

It's the Jazziness, the swing, and the manipulation of the diction that bop and swing and entrance you here. She no longer has the great voice and the raucous swing she possessed as a woman in her twenties in the 1930s. Heroin and hard living had clearly had their effect on her voice and outlook. However, she conquers these sides with a superior sense of swing and attitude. She does that in distinction to her other work because Verve provided a great group of jazz musicians, real jazz arrangements and trusted in Billie.

At the same time, there is a more developed harmonic and rhythmic take here and a great ability to put depth into ballads here.

This is altogether different than the prewar stuff. The prewar stuff bounces and raves and dances, whereas this is jivy, thoughtful, and gracefully swinging, more what you would listen to with a good Scotch than a good beer.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Sampler of Billie's Verve Stuff 6 Feb 2001
By Peter - Published on
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This 2-CD sampler will make a lot of Billie's fans happy for those who cannot afford the $120 10-CD box set. It spans the last 15 years of Billie's life on this planet and takes multiple tracks from all her Verve albums. Sound quality is very good, even on the live recordings from 1945-47. Billie's voice actually holds up quite well on most of the tracks with the exception of the last 2 tracks taken from her final album, I would have left out those tracks because her voice is just not there. It's quite chilling to listen to what remains just a shell of the artist. But the entire 2 CD set is well worth the experience of sitting thru 2 hours plus of what has come to be the Holiday experience, a journey thru every emotion you can experience as a music fan and lover of jazz music. Get it and you'll be glad.
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