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Album: Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia 1933-1944 [Box]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Your Mother's Son-In-Law
2)    Riffin' the Scotch
3)    I Wished on the Moon
4)    What a Little Moonlight Can Do
5)    Miss Brown to You
6)    Sunbonnet Blue, A (And a Yellow Straw Hat)
7)    What a Night, What a Moon, What a Girl
8)    I'm Painting the Town Red
9)    It's Too Hot for Words
10)    Twenty-Four Hours a Day
11)    Yankee Doodle Never Went to Town
12)    Eeny Meeny Meiny Mo
13)    If You Were Mine
14)    These 'n' That 'n' Those
15)    You Let Me Down
16)    Spreadin' Rhythm Around
17)    Life Begins When You're in Love
18)    It's Like Reaching for the Moon
19)    These Foolish Things
20)    I Cried for You
21)    Guess Who
22)    Did I Remember?
23)    No Regrets
24)    Summertime
25)    Billie's Blues
1)    Fine Romance, A
2)    I Can't Pretend
3)    One, Two, Button Your Shoe
4)    Let's Call a Heart a Heart
5)    Easy to Love
6)    With Thee I Swing
7)    Way You Look Tonight, The
8)    Who Loves You?
9)    Pennies from Heaven
10)    That's Life I Guess
11)    I Can't Give You Anything But Love (Baby)
12)    One Never Knows, Does One?
13)    I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
14)    If My Heart Could Only Talk
15)    Please Keep Me in Your Dreams
16)    He Ain't Got Rhythm
17)    This Year's Kisses
18)    Why Was I Born?
19)    I Must Have That Man
20)    Mood That I'm In, The
21)    You Showed Me the Way
22)    Sentimental and Melancholy
23)    My Last Affair
1)    Carelessly
2)    How Could You?
3)    Moanin' Low
4)    Where Is the Sun?
5)    Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
6)    They Can't Take That Away from Me
7)    Don't Know If I'm Comin' or Goin'
8)    Sun Showers
9)    Yours and Mine
10)    I'll Get By (As Long as I Have You)
11)    Mean to Me
12)    Foolin' Myself
13)    Easy Living
14)    I'll Never Be the Same
15)    Me, Myself and I
16)    Sailboat in the Moonlight, A
17)    Born to Love
18)    Without Your Love
19)    Getting Some Fun Out of Life
20)    Who Wants Love?
21)    Trav'lin' All Alone
22)    He's Funny That Way
1)    Nice Work If You Can Get It
2)    Things Are Looking Up
3)    Billie's Blues
4)    Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
5)    My First Impression of You
6)    When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles with You)
7)    I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me - (alternate take)
8)    If Dreams Come True
9)    Now They Call It Swing
10)    On the Sentimental Side
11)    Back in Your Own Backyard
12)    When a Woman Loves a Man
13)    You Go to My Head
14)    Moon Looks Down and Laughs, The
15)    If I Were You
16)    Forget If You Can
17)    Having Myself a Time
18)    Says My Heart
19)    I Wish I Had You
20)    I'm Gonna Lock My Heart (And Throw Away the Key)
21)    Very Thought of You, The
22)    I Can't Get Started
23)    I've Got a Date with a Dream
24)    You Can't Be Mine
1)    Everybody's Laughing
2)    Here It Is Tomorrow Again
3)    Say It with a Kiss
4)    April in My Heart
5)    I'll Never Fail You
6)    They Say
7)    You're So Desirable
8)    You're Gonna See a Lot of Me
9)    Hello, My Darling
10)    Let's Dream in the Moonlight
11)    That's All I Ask of You
12)    Dream of Life
13)    What Shall I Say?
14)    It's Easy to Blame the Weather
15)    More Than You Know
16)    Sugar
17)    You're Too Lovely to Last
18)    Under a Blue Jungle Moon
19)    Everything Happens for the Best
20)    Why Did I Always Depend on You?
21)    Long Gone Blues
1)    Some Other Spring
2)    Our Love Is Different
3)    Them There Eyes
4)    Swing! Brother, Swing!
5)    Night and Day
6)    Man I Love, The
7)    You're Just a No Account
8)    You're a Lucky Guy
9)    Ghost of Yesterday
10)    Body and Soul
11)    What Is This Going To Get Us?
12)    Falling in Love Again
13)    I'm Pulling Through
14)    Tell Me More-More-Then Some
15)    Laughing at Life
16)    Time on My Hands (You in My Arms)
17)    I'm All for You
18)    I Hear Music
19)    Same Old Story, The
20)    Practice Makes Perfect
21)    St. Louis Blues
22)    Loveless Love
23)    Let's Do It
24)    Georgia on My Mind
1)    Romance in the Dark
2)    All of Me
3)    I'm in a Low Down Groove
4)    God Bless the Child
5)    Am I Blue?
6)    Solitude
7)    Jim
8)    I Cover the Waterfront
9)    Love Me or Leave Me
10)    Gloomy Sunday
11)    Wherever You Are
12)    Mandy Is Two
13)    C'est un Peche de Dire un Mentire
14)    Until the Real Thing Comes Along
15)    Saddest Tale
16)    No Regrets
17)    Way You Look Tonight, The
18)    Who Loves You?
19)    Pennies from Heaven
20)    That's Life I Guess
21)    They Can't Take That Away from Me
22)    Don't Know If I'm Comin' or Goin'
23)    I'll Get By (As Long as I Have You)
24)    Mean to Me
1)    Me, Myself and I
2)    Without Your Love
3)    They Can't Take That Away from Me - (live)
4)    Swing, Brother, Swing - (live)
5)    I Can't Get Started - (live)
6)    My First Impression of You
7)    When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles with You)
8)    I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me
9)    If Dreams Come True
10)    Now They Call It Swing
11)    On the Sentimental Side
12)    Back in Your Own Backyard
13)    You Go to My Head
14)    Moon Looks Down and Laughs, The
15)    If I Were You
16)    Forget If You Can
17)    Having Myself a Time
18)    Says My Heart
19)    I Wish I Had You
20)    I'm Gonna Lock My Heart (And Throw Away the Key)
21)    I Can't Get Started
22)    I've Got a Date with a Dream
1)    April in My Heart
2)    They Say
3)    You're So Desirable
4)    You're Gonna See a Lot of Me
5)    Hello, My Darling
6)    Let's Dream in the Moonlight
7)    I Cried for You
8)    Jeepers Creepers
9)    That's All I Ask of You - (alternate take)
10)    More Than You Know
11)    You're Too Lovely to Last
12)    Under a Blue Jungle Moon
13)    Night and Day
14)    Falling in Love Again
15)    Laughing at Life
16)    I'm All for You
17)    I Hear Music
18)    Same Old Story, The
19)    Same Old Story, The
20)    Practice Makes Perfect
21)    Practice Makes Perfect
22)    Practice Makes Perfect
1)    St. Louis Blues
2)    Loveless Love
3)    Let's Do It
4)    Georgia on My Mind
5)    Georgia on My Mind
6)    Romance in the Dark
7)    Romance in the Dark
8)    Romance in the Dark
9)    All of Me
10)    All of Me
11)    God Bless the Child
12)    God Bless the Child
13)    Am I Blue?
14)    Am I Blue?
15)    Jim
16)    Gloomy Sunday
17)    Wherever You Are
18)    Mandy Is Two
19)    It's a Sin to Tell a Lie
20)    It's a Sin to Tell a Lie
21)    Until the Real Thing Comes Along
22)    Do Nothing 'Til You Hear from Me/I'll Get By - (featuring Billie Holiday & the All-Star Jam Band)
23)    I Love My Man - (featuring Billie Holiday & the All-Star Jam Band)
 
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • Includes a 116-page booklet containing essays by Gary Giddins, Farah Jasmine Griffin and song-by-song commentary by Michael Brooks.
  • Personnel includes: Billie Holiday, Johnny Mercer (vocals); Johnny Hodges, Benny Carter, Tab Smith (alto saxophone); Lester Young, Ben Webster, Chu Berry (tenor saxophone); Harry Carney (baritone saxophone); Buck Clayton, Roy Eldridge, Harry James, Charlie Shavers, Red Allen, Cootie Williams, Bunny Berigan, Hot Lips Page (trumpet); Dicky Wells, Jack Teagarden, Benny Morton (trombone); Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Edmond Hall, Buster Bailey (clarinet); Teddy Wilson, Count Basie, Claude Thornhill, Billy Kyle (piano); Freddie Green, Lawrence Lucie, Carmen Mastren (Guitar); Walter Page, Milt Hinton, John Kirby (bass); Jo Jones, Gene Krupa, Sid Catlett, Cozy Cole, Kenny Clarke (drums); Duke Ellington & His Orchestra.
  • Producers include: John Hammond, Bernie Hanighen.
  • Compilation producers: Michael Brooks, Michael Cuscana.
  • Digitally remastered by Mark Wilder & Seth Foster (Sony Music Studios, New York, New York).
  • LADY DAY won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Historical Album.
  • Liner Note Author: Gary Giddins.
  • The 10-disc 2001 Grammy-winning LADY DAY: THE COMPLETE BILLIE HOLIDAY ON COLUMBIA (1933-1944) contains all of the singer's recordings for the Brunswick and Columbia labels, from her debut in 1933 with Benny Goodman to the mid-'40s when she switched to the Commodore label in order to record the controversial anti-lynching ode, "Strange Fruit." Ordinarily, a super deluxe set like this one is of interest to completist collectors only. With Billie Holiday however, nearly everything she recorded is of great musical (and historical) interest. (The compilation producers have wisely decided to save the inevitable alternate takes etc. for the later discs in the set.)
  • Meanwhile, we are treated to some of the greatest jazz sides ever made, celebrated standards such as "These Foolish Things" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me" in addition to the less well-known novelties--"Me, Myself, and I," "A Sailboat In the Moonlight"--which Holiday sang as if she had written them herself. Contrary to her later myth of a tragic chanteuse, the young Billie Holiday was a highly exuberant jazz singer, uncannily sure in her interpretation of lyrics and phrasing. What is striking too is how confidently she takes her place besides the greatest musicians of the era, a veritable Who's Who of Swing Era Harlem and beyond--Roy Eldridge, Ben Webster, Johnny Hodges, her sympathetic leader, the pianist Teddy Wilson, and, lastly, Lester Young, with whom she achieved a justly famous rapport.
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (11/16/01, pp.130,133) - "...These 230 tracks detail how her expressive devices sharpened even as her identity blurred..." - Rating: B+

Q (11/01, pp.138-9) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...This is the sound of Holiday at her height, before drugs and booze thinned out that hypnotic voice."

Down Beat (1/02, pp.52-3) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...You can listen to this music all your life, and with every hearing discover layers whose existence you hadn't suspected; LADY DAY sounds just that fresh each and every time."

JazzTimes (12/01, pp.127-8) - "...This brilliant body of work cemented Holiday's reputation as the greatest jazz singer of all time..."

Vibe (11/01, p.150) - 5 discs out of 5 - "...The proximity of joy and sadness gives you the chills..."

Mojo (Publisher) (12/01, p.126) - "...The music is some of the best small group vocal jazz ever..."
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