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Ultimate Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday
Ultimate Billie Holiday
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
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All Artists: Billie Holiday
Title: Ultimate Billie Holiday
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Polygram Records
Original Release Date: 11/4/1997
Release Date: 11/4/1997
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Swing Jazz, Traditional Jazz & Ragtime, Vocal Jazz, Oldies, Vocal Pop, Classic Vocalists, Cabaret, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 731453905122, 0731453905122

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CD Reviews

(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great CD. If you buy only one Billie Holiday CD, let it be this one. It moves; it's funny; it's poignant; it's not too loud, and it's great for any time -- especially late evening. Excellent listening."
G. Sawaged | Canada | 06/20/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album contains 16 wonderful songs as only Billie Holiday can sing them. Chosen for this album by the great Shirley Horn, they include songs from 1945 through to 1956. When I first got this album I thought that half of the songs I already had on a different compilation, but no...they may be the same songs but not the same performances, which was a nice suprise. Some of the tracks are live performances, while others are studio. This is truly a great album, and Shirley Horn writes such touching notes on how she saw Billie perform shortly before she died, that just reduced me to tears it was so sad. This is an album that EVERY music fan should own."
In a Word...Phenomenal
G. Sawaged | 03/13/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I wasn't a great Billie Holiday fan until now. From the very first cut (Lover Come Back To Me), this CD is awesome! Since hearing it, I've become interested in all her backup musicians, particularly the ones who seemed to compliment Billie's offbeat, yet wonderful stylizations (such as Lester Young, a soulmate in friendship and musical ability). Hearing the songs made me sad that Fletcher Henderson never thought to blend his band arrangements and Clarence Holiday's strong guitar rhythms to Bilie's halting vocal shadings. If ever a human voice mimicked a horn, hers did and she played with a skill and emotion that touched the soul of the listener. Lady Day was truly one-of-a-kind and this CD captures the essence of of her artistry."