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Lady In Satin

Billie Holiday Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (6 Oct 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia / Legacy
  • ASIN: B000024IJY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,377 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'm A Fool To Want You
2. For Heaven's Sake
3. You Don't Know What Love Is
4. I Get Along Without You Very Well
5. For All We Know
6. Violets For Your Furs
7. You've Changed
8. It's Easy To Remember
9. But Beautiful
10. Glad To Be Unhappy
11. I'll Be Around
12. The End Of A Love Affair
13. I'm A Fool To Want You
14. I'm A Fool To Want You
15. The End Of A Love Affair
16. The End Of A Love Affair
17. Pause Track

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A harrowing classic and Billie Holiday's personal favorite among her 1950s albums, Lady in Satin captures the singer 17 months before her death, her once-honeyed voice scarred and weakened by a punishing life, emphasized by the session's crisp sonics and the contrasting "satin" of Ray Ellis' sleek string arrangements. Yet it is that very contrast that describes the power of these performances. In revisiting its torchy standards, Holiday reduces them to their core of pain and longing, transforming "I'm a Fool to Want You", "You Don't Know What Love Is" and "You've Changed" into naked declarations as mesmerizing and unsettling as a horrific accident. Any post-rocker that presumes pop standards and string sections automatically translate to "easy listening" hasn't listened to this. This 1997 version adds previously unreleased takes and a beautiful 20-bit digital transfer to extract every shivering pang of Holiday's music. --Sam Sutherland

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply The Best ! 23 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Lady Day sings from the soul on this album, I have many Billie Holiday albums, but this is simply exceptional, with full orchestral support Miss Holiday pours out her soul through her voice on this album, you can feel the emotion and sadness in her voice, along with some "outtake" bonus tracks in which you can get a real feel for her mood, it makes this an album not to have missing from your Billie Holiday collection...buy it now !!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty comes in many forms... even croaking! 16 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
AS nearly everybody sees fit to note Billie Holiday's voice on this her favourite recording was not 'what it used to be'... However personally, this is exactly what makes this my favourite of all her albums.
There are those who want us to believe that they 'know' beauty... that it lies in some kind of technical proficiency, in hitting all the right notes or or in some kind of vocal dexterity (although one would have presumed that Ms Carey and Ms Dion had proven this to be false beyond all scientific reason?!)... they maintain that lists can be made that objectively rank the beauty of this or that song or artwork, and that on some objective level this Billie Holiday album can be dismissed as one of those unfortunate anticlimaxes to a legendary career.
If however you believe that beauty is ultimately in the ear of the listener and not purely in the inanimate object... if you believe it is the unclassifiable product of the rapport and intimacy that builds up between the mood of the listener and the mood and tone of the artist... if you believe the beauty of a song to be dependant on an unlimited number of variables such as: mood, location, memory etc... then you may find as many others have that 'Lady in Satin' provides a fitting finale to one of the most intriguing figures in 20th century music.
If you want vocal dexterity above all else then maybe you should go for one of Billie Holiday's earlier collections.. if however you think you may want to hear Lady Day wistfully croak twelve wonderful melodies (yes croak - after all Louis Armstrong croaked some of the most beautiful sounds every known!!), then purchase this album, go straight to song three (my personal fav) and sit back and get to know a whole new Billie and a whole new world...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Miss Holiday crawled through some bad times, sometimes of her choosing, mostly not. Always she sang like no other jazz singer, and never more so than on this recording. She is not just singing lyrics and trying to be what we expect from a jazz singer. This is real time. Forever time. The Lady sings the Blues and we will never hear someone like this again. Ever. Over 30 years span her recording career, until this. Her finest hour. The Lady sings as only she knows how...the rest is history.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lady in Satin 15 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
Her finest hour ? No I don`t think so but a great great album . It makes me cry but I may be crying for me , she does that to you . The greatest female artist of any genre ever .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BILLIE'S ART TRANSCENDED HER PROBLEMS 19 July 2008
By Barry McCanna TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
It isn't just the haunting quality of Billie Holiday's voice that captivates the listener, but the unique way she manoeuvred it between and around the written notes in a way that gave an added dimension to everything she sang, whilst respecting the songwriter's intentions. So it is here, in these late recordings, made less than eighteen months before her untimely death. It's short measure, but 45 minutes was fairly standard for an LP when these tracks were recorded, and what could you add that would not detract from what is here? Of course the voice is not the glorious instrument it once was, but to criticise these recordings for that decline is to miss the point. Here was a supreme artist, singing with a degree of poignancy it would be hard to surpass. It's part of her canon, and deserves its place in any collection worthy of the name.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Lady in Satin 16 Feb 2009
By Jane
Format:Audio CD
Although I wasn't familiar with all the songs on this CD at first it just gets better every time I listen to it. What a unique voice she just sounds like she's living every minute of the song.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lady's favourite 15 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
Billie Holiday led four lives in one. And that is saying something considering she never made her 45th birthday! She was raped at an early age, spent time involved in prostitution,and was a drug addict. She probably had just about every vice that anyone could have.
Yet she was a beautiful lady, although she had a reputation for being very difficult, and had one of the most distinctive voices of the twentieth century. Yes, by the time she recorded her last album just over a year before her death, her voice was no way near what it was in her prime. But to leave it like that is missing the point.
In her later years Billie Holiday's voice contained all the experiences of life and it was enriched for this. It had a certain timbre and you immidiately sympathise. The songs that she sung reflected this and the quality of the arrangements and the musicians around her are first rate and seem to put a comforting arm around her.
Listening to some songs on this recording reduce me to tears. Tears more for her than anything else. As I said, the songs are so well selected that they seem autobiographical. This album was her favourite and it's one that should be in everyones collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Priceless Gift 21 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD
It is useless to attempt a review of these sublime performances
You either dig jazz and revel in its many different forms or you do not.
It has been said if you need an explanation of jazz then you do not dig and never will.
I consider myself fortunate to have been born when I was and to be gifted unforgettable performances such as these.
A tribute to the songwriters art,the recording technicians skill,the arrangers understanding and the ability to interpret a lyric.
Billie Holiday was a towering giant and these performances unique in her stunning catalog.
This reissue is as fine an issue of the material as we are ever going to see and Columbia Legacy deserve our thanks
I have grown up through records on 78rpm shellac through vinyl LP's Mp3 files and digital downloads.
I can remember when this material was first issued it was hard to come by and expensive.
I have worn out, loaned, argued over copies of the material countless times over the years.
I never tire of it and never will.
Nothing remotely like it was attempted before or has been equaled since.
Now the C/D can be purchased for less than a fiver but the performances shimmer now as they did way back then.
They will be played thought about argued over and enjoyed for as long as music lives
Billie Holiday has enriched my life and I for one and am grateful for the privilege
Buy the disc listen and offer Billie Holiday the homage she deserves
Keith
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad and beautiful.
One of the saddest records ever made. The song choices are downbeat, the voice is in decline, the strings are sumptuous. Perfect post-breakup listening.
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Othniel Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL IN ITS SIMPLICITY
This is one of Billie's later albums - it's not her greatest, but it is great nevertheless.

Her voice is older, wiser but still very moving. Read more
Published 5 months ago by HAYLING BOOK & MUSIC VENUE (HBMV)
5.0 out of 5 stars IM A FOOL TO WANT U
TO HEAR LADY SING THIS TRACK PUTS HER IN THE CATEGORY OF GREATEST JAZZ SINGER OF ALL TIME.LADY REGARDED THIS ALBUM AS HER BEST.HER CLOSE FRIEND ANNIE ROSS THOUGHT THE SAME. Read more
Published 6 months ago by CENTRAL LONDON MAN
4.0 out of 5 stars The End
Recorded less than 2 years before her untimely death, "Lady in Satin" is a document of a singer who had lost it all. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mister D
5.0 out of 5 stars Billie Holiday breaking up
Billie Holiday is heartbreaking on this late recording. You can hear the pain in her voice and it is extremely moving. She makes you cry!
Published on 1 Feb 2011 by calvo
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lady in Satin
I bought this CD after hearing I am a fool.. on a TV advert. I have Billie Holiday CDs already and do enjoy her voice. Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2009 by R W Kidd
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
This has to be my favourite Billie Holiday album, so much passion so much pain.
Hard to put into words the brilliance on offer here. Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2009 by D. C. Julian
3.0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortable Listening
Billie had to struggle to make this recording and it shows. As a Billie Holiday fan, this is probably the recording I like the least. Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2008 by Mr. Kenneth J. Hodges
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