The Complete Billie Holiday On Verve, 1945-1959
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The Complete Billie Holiday On Verve, 1945-1959 Description
That’s right: Ten CDs with everything Billie Holiday recorded on Verve Records between 1945 and her death in 1959–not only the songs, but concert introductions, some of the rehearsals, and between-take studio chatter, too. All of which makes for a definitive portrait of Lady Day in her final years. For a long time these recordings were disparaged because it was said her voice was no longer fine and mellow, “ravaged” by hard living, jail time, booze, and drugs. And there’s no q…
Everything, and we do mean everything, that Lady Day recorded for Verve from 1945 to her death in 1959! And it’s not just the songs-you get to hear concert introductions, rehearsals and between-take studio chatter, too. Critical opinion on this period of her career is mixed, and there’s no denying that Billie’s voice isn’t at its peak, but it never was her voice so much as her interpretive skills that were at the heart of her appeal. 256 tracks!