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The Ultimate Collection [Box set]

Billie Holiday Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Not Now Music
  • ASIN: B001DA9VK6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,239 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Lover Come Back 3:360.69  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. He's Funny That Way 3:150.69  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. Remember 2:350.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Love For Sale 2:570.69  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Everything I Have Is Yours 3:450.69  Buy MP3 
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Listen13. What A Little Moonlight Can Do 3:110.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. I Cried For You 2:260.69  Buy MP3 
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Listen23. East Of The Sun 2:560.69  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Blue Moon 3:300.69  Buy MP3 
Listen25. You Go To My Head 2:560.69  Buy MP3 
Listen26. You Turned The Tables On Me 3:280.69  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Easy To Love 3:010.69  Buy MP3 
Listen28. These Foolish Things 3:360.69  Buy MP3 
Listen29. I Only Have Eyes For You 2:540.69  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Solitude 3:300.69  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Prelude To A Kiss 5:340.69  Buy MP3 
Listen32. When Your Lover Has Gone 4:570.69  Buy MP3 
Listen33. Please Don't Talk About Me 4:200.69  Buy MP3 
Listen34. Nice Work If You Can Get It 3:490.69  Buy MP3 
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Listen38. A Foggy Day 4:410.69  Buy MP3 
Listen39. Stars Fell On Alabama 4:300.69  Buy MP3 
Listen40. One For My Baby 5:400.69  Buy MP3 
Listen41. Just One Of Those Things 5:320.69  Buy MP3 
Listen42. Lady Sings The Blues 3:460.69  Buy MP3 
Listen43. Trav'lin Light 3:090.69  Buy MP3 
Listen44. I Must Have That Man 3:050.69  Buy MP3 
Listen45. Some Other Spring 3:370.69  Buy MP3 
Listen46. Strange Fruit 3:030.69  Buy MP3 
Listen47. No Good Man 3:200.69  Buy MP3 
Listen48. God Bless The Child 3:590.69  Buy MP3 
Listen49. Good Morning Heartache 3:300.69  Buy MP3 
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Listen51. Too Marvellous For Words 2:130.69  Buy MP3 
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Listen53. I Thought About You 2:470.69  Buy MP3 
Listen54. Body And Soul 6:220.69  Buy MP3 
Listen55. They Can't Take That Away From Me 4:110.69  Buy MP3 
Listen56. Darn That Dream 6:190.69  Buy MP3 
Listen57. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off 3:250.69  Buy MP3 
Listen58. Comes Love 4:010.69  Buy MP3 
Listen59. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You? 5:370.69  Buy MP3 
Listen60. Embraceable You 6:480.69  Buy MP3 
Listen61. Moonlight In Vermont 3:500.69  Buy MP3 


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The gloriously emotive voice of blues singer Billie Holiday remains a source of enjoyment and inspiration today, five decades after her tragic demise. Perhaps Frank Sinatra got it right when he said simply that she was 'one of the most important influences on American popular singing' - and remains so today. Featured here are 8 of her original albums, digitally remastered for optimum sound quality.

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78 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable set 6 July 2009
By C. FULLER TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The albums presented here are all from the Verve label and are shown with the dates 1953 to 1957. The Verve recordings account for about a third of Billie Holiday's studio output and include many of her own favourite recordings.

This is a remarkable set capturing the formative and middle years of her Verve output and with a consistent group of musicians. The sound quality is very good throughout and this compilation allows you to have 61 songs that do make this an ultimate collection. The performances are top notch and if you are a Billie Holiday fan looking to have CD copies of your well treasured LPs then this is the package for you. The presentation is excellent and the slim line packaging adds to the convenience too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value 29 May 2012
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
I have just purchased a Sony mp3 player the sound quality of which is excellent I may add, and It has completely re-awakened my interest in my music collection.
And being a great fan of Billie Holidays voice I wanted something quick to get my player up and running.
And I thought at this price I could'nt go wrong although I was'nt expecting much in the way of sound quality.
How wrong I was the sound quality Is excellent and this a good value introducttion to her distinctive voice.
My only caveat would be that there are'nt more upbeat numbers in the set
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate but misleading 6 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent 3 cd set but contrary to the label does not have the complete 8 albums. Nonetheless this is a good start to get a taste of probably the best jazz vocalist of all time.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why would you not buy this collection. 25 Aug 2011
By Anton
Format:Audio CD
Good solid verve recordings. These are reworkings / recordings made in the later part of her life/career but she was only in her 40's when she died. The quality of the recordings is better than those pre war sides. You cannot go wrong for the price.

Apparently the musicians on these recording were some of the best around at the time including Oscar Peterson on several tracks. So the only down side is that a booklet/original sleeve notes might have been a nice addition.

It still gets 5 stars

Theydon Bois on vibes...nice!

(Check out Anita O'Day if you like Billie you'll like Anita.)
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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So many of Billie's greatest songs at an affordable price. If you like Billie Holiday you'll buy this!
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New to me, but I like it 10 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
The Ultimate Collection
I chose to buy this by simply browsing female blues singers, this album at it's low price with around 60 tracks seemed like a good risk. If I didn't like it, it wouldn't cost me much to find that out.
Billies skilled voice and unique singing style are reminders of a time when music was treated in a different manner. The easy style of the 1950s sound makes a very pleasant change from the overbearing guitar and drum sounds to which we are accustomed.
I was surprised by the number of these lovely recordings I recognised from other places, tracks used in assorted films, some fairly recent, I haven't a clue if Billie performed these first or others did them earlier, either way I like this music very much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
By Grandad
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great album
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 3 July 2014
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Very good collection for Billie holiday fans, even if it misses some great but maybe less famous songs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars in excellent condition, i have throughly enjoyed listening to it
this came within 3 days of ordering it, it was just as seller described, in excellent condition, i have throughly enjoyed listening to it, as i have been searching for Billie... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Dennis Hurrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Billie Holiday
Very enjoyable 3 CD set, for me CD1 and CD2 are the best, but enjoy, it's the wonderful Billy holiday
Published 3 months ago by Leslie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous collection of songs!
I'm a fan of Billie Holiday so was only ever going to love this CD and it has lived up to my expectations!
Published 4 months ago by Jem
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Collection, Billie Holliday
Been a fan of hers for a few years now, watched a programme on the Arts channel about her and decided to get a box set which had Strange Fruit on it, I wouldn't say Billie was the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by D. J. Wilden
5.0 out of 5 stars You love Billie?, then love this!
I bought this collection as a birthday present for a friend who absolutely adores it. Am very partial to it myself!
Published 5 months ago by Mr. J. Russel
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Billie
I love Billie and this is an excellent collection of her work. I have listened to it over and over. Perfect
Published 6 months ago by DRJ London
5.0 out of 5 stars Indeed ultimate...
Excellent recordings and choice. The three albums are not cheap copies of live recordings with all the clapping in and out!
Published 8 months ago by Ron C
3.0 out of 5 stars Only 3 x songs i really like in the whole album.
I like some of billies music, but I'm not the greatest fan . I bought the album to see if I really love jazz or not.
Published 9 months ago by Alice Fowler
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all in the voice
Very good value for money. The CDs contain all the various tracks that I wanted by this artist, so that's all good!
Published 10 months ago by Mr. S. Biddlecombe
2.0 out of 5 stars dated
found the songs a bit too old for my taste. one or two were ok but played a couple of times then gave to a charity shop
Published 12 months ago by Mr. G. Scarfe
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