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on 13 June 2008
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. OK it is wracked with emotion, but then a lot of her latter day recordings were. What makes this one so stark, is that any flicker of optimism has been completely eradicated. It is painful to hear her sing 'For all we Know'(we may never meet again) because she makes it so damned apparent, that there is very little chance of a further meeting taking place.
One has to be selective with Billie's later work, but this one is a near deathbed experience, and should be avoided by all those with sensitive ears.
Two and a half stars only, but I have been generous with three, because I can't go in between!
Footnote:- Anyone who wants a good example from Billie's later period should go for 'Songs for Distingue Lovers' which also has the bonus of some fine solo performances from Ben Webster, Harry Edison, Barney Kessel etc., Highly Recommended!