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The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol.6: 1938
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
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Jahlaune K. Hunt | Brooklyn, New York United States | 12/25/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is an interesting Holiday album You get a foretaste of her up and coming style in track 1 "You go to my head" She has shedded her Armstrong mannerisms and has made this song all her own. Though most of the songs are song pluggers nightmares Holiday handles them with Aplomp! "Your So Desirable" Etc are basically obscure tunes that even Holiday couln't make into standards. This is a album for die hard Billie Lovers. She had just paid her dues and the best was yet come!"
Well-Sung and Played Holiday Repetoire
Peter | East of Los Angeles | 02/06/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This volume is not as well known as the previous volumes in this Quintessential series, but still they're well-sung and played by Billie and her incredible sidemen. The sound quality of this volume is markedly improved and better. By this time, Billie's repetoire finds slow-paced material compared with the outright "swingers" on her earlier sides, but it's a welcome addition. Billie sounds equally at ease tackling the "slow burners" as well as the swinging fast ones. There are the usual standouts such as "You Go to My Head" "Very Thought of You" and "I Can't Get Started". Some of the material were later sung by Sinatra and Nat King Cole, but Holiday's versions still stick out in my mind. Only Billie can take laughable material like "Moon Looks Down and Laughs" and "Gonna Lock My Heart" and turn them into gems. It's a testimony to her timeless artistry."
Great place to start
tunestony | Dayton, OH | 12/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a huge Billie Holiday fan and this one's my favorite. By this point (1938) she was in complete control of her amazing voice. Her impeccable sidemen (Lester Young, Teddy Wilson, etc) add the perfect accompaniment. This predates Billie's torch singing ("Lover Man" "God Bless the Child") by a few years. Here, the songs are upbeat and she seems to be having a lot of fun. A perfect introduction to one of the greatest singers of all time."