Contains new specially prepared liner notes by PENGUIN GUIDE TO JAZZ’s writer BRIAN MORTON and by Paris’ prestigious JAZZ MAGAZINE
INCLUDES 2 BONUS TRACKS
Revisionists and counter-revisionists argue back and forth, but it remains unmistakable that Billie Holiday’s inimitable way with a heartache song only deepened as her own life unraveled. A compilation of her dozen years recording for Verve was put out under the title Lady in Autumn, which is a marketing cliché, but also a perfect description, for these are autumnal performances: ripe with experience, laden with anticipations of the chill of death, hanging on precariously but ready to fall.”PENGUIN GUIDE TO JAZZ
“Every track is performed in an inimitable and extraordinary way, and the tragic mood never falls into the pathetic. Even today Billie continues to influence the style of innumerable singers and instrumentalists, both male and female. What’s the secret? Just the fact that Billie Holiday simply invented a way of singing: a language.”- JAZZ MAGAZINE.
BILLIE HOLIDAY, vocals
RAY ELLIS and His Orchestra
New York, February 18-20, 1958.
(*) BONUS TRACKS (A7 & B7):
BILLIE HOLIDAY (vc) with Harry “Sweets” Edison, Joe Wilder (tp), Billy Byers (tb), Al Cohn (ts), Danny Bank (bs), Hank Jones (p), Barry Galbraith (g), Milt Hinton (b), Osie Johnson (d), Ray Ellis (arr, cond). New York, March 11, 1959.
01. I’M A FOOL TO WANT YOU
02. FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE
03. YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS
04. I GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU VERY WELL
05. FOR ALL WE KNOW
06. VIOLETS FOR YOUR FURS
07. ALL OF YOU (*)
01. YOU’VE CHANGED
02. IT’S EASY TO REMEMBER
03. BUT BEAUTIFUL
04. GLAD TO BE UNHAPPY
05. I’LL BE AROUND
06. THE END OF A LOVE AFFAIR
07. THERE’LL BE SOME CHANGES MADE (*)
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