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Audio CD, CD, Compilation, 11 August 2008
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 14 x 12.6 x 1.4 cm; 123.89 Grams
- Manufacturer : NOT NOW MUSIC
- Manufacturer reference : unknown
- Original Release Date : 2008
- Label : NOT NOW MUSIC
- ASIN : B001DA9VK6
- Number of discs : 3
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The gloriously emotive voice of blues singer Billie Holiday remains a source of enjoyment and inspiration today, five decades after her tragic demise. Perhaps Frank Sinatra got it right when he said simply that she was 'one of the most important influences on American popular singing' - and remains so today. Featured here are 8 of her original albums, digitally remastered for optimum sound quality.
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BH had just two number one singles. Her number one in the R&B charts, `Trav'lin' Light,' is on what I consider to be the best album of the collection - `Lady Sings the Blues.' Of course, her biography, and eventually the film of her life (Diana Ross) came from this album's title.
Her best two albums of this collection are thought to be (All Music ratings) the aforementioned, `Lady Sings' and `Music for Touching.'
The album `Velvet Mood' is apparently `out of print' and so this set is just about the only place that you can get it. BH had such a strong, almost gritty voice which was so distinctive. The support musicians are just wonderful - quality all round.
A lot of the songs on here are from the `American Song Book.' At times I found them rather one paced, samey or a little too low key but it seems that this was the style of the day. I would have preferred a little more up tempo stuff over the piece but I did enjoy listening to such a great musical icon.
Billie Holiday is one of the finest female vocalists af all time, with a rich voice that gets across emotion, tenderness and grit all at once. She had a range from Blues through to R&B as well as romantic ballads. This collection ticks all the boxes and provides a pretty good in depth look at the music across her career.
For those who own no Billie Holiday this is a great way to get a taste of her work before looking a little deeper.
Thank You with all my heart.