Cpte Columbia Golden Years Recs [Spanish Import] Box set
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That ended appropriately with "Until the Real Thing Comes Along", and was overtaken in 2001 by the reissue of the 10-CD boxed set "Lady Day, The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia" which retailed for a three-figure sum. Not a bad price, unless you stopped to reflect that the dedicated collector would have expended several times that amount already on previous vinyl and digital reissues. The price was geared to the LP-sized package as well as the contents, but sound quality was far superior.
Having held back then, I am delighted that this magnificent compilation has been repackaged in a CD-sized box and is now available at a price that puts it in reach not just of the ardent collector, but of the casual purchaser also. The set includes a 68-page booklet, which comprises a song index (invaluable if you want to locate just one) an appreciation of Lady Day by Gary Giddins, a shorter essay of her effect on literature by Farah Jasmine Griffin, and a discography. Photographs are scattered throughout the essays, and there's a colour montage of some of the original 78 labels.
Giddins makes a nod in the direction of John Hammond, and the latter deserves credit as the catalyst for these recording sessions. He was not a hard-nosed record producer (most of whom were unsympathetic to jazz) but a genuine fan who could afford to indulge his passion.Read more ›
Having got that off my chest, what can i, a mere mortal, say about these recordings. Oh to have been alive in NYC in the thirties. Although no club could have afforded all the talent gathered together for these sessions, there was always the chance to see some of them some of the time - and one had Toscanini and Horowitz as well!Read more ›
This group of recordings is, of course, one of the most significant in jazz history. To listen in chronlogical order from Billie's exhuberant first date with Benny Goodman - full of youthful joy - through the wonderful 'swing-sing' sessions with Teddy Wilson and the Basieites and concluding with the emergence of Lady Day as the finest of all jazz vocalists accompanied by the superb 'Cafe Society' bands is one of the greatest pleasures music has to offer.
As a bonus, the set set includes a handful of live recordings. These include a film sountrack with Duke Ellington from 1935, three airshots with Basie in 1937, two with Goodman in 1939, and Billie's contributions to the 1944 Metropolitan Opera House jam session. These are all notable performances and well worth having.
An essential purchase.
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The material contained in the sublime set is very well known and I will limit myself to saying this is sublimly perfect Jazz. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Keith Wise
The early Billie Holiday,wonderful stuff,never been a Singer like her,made up for having a limited vocal range,by what she achieved in that range,the sides with Lester Young being... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Hafish
Nice package fantastic mastering and sound. Sometimes available for around £30 and at that price a real bargainPublished 8 months ago by Paul Scene
A very good set,at a good price.Like Callas,a voice that doesn't always appeal,at least not to me,in an aesthetic sense. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Music Lover
Fantastic value for the price. Quality of discs excellent. Would strongly recommend.Published 12 months ago by Stella
I would stick my neck out and say Billie was the greatest vocalist of any kind, pop, jazz, male or female yes she was an angel flying to close to the ground and survived by the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by P. Evans