(2007) Lady In Autumn: The Best Of The Verve Years

Billie Holiday

... read moreThere are many jazz lovers, even dedicated ones, who cannot afford to part with the 150 dollars or so that the ten-disc Complete Billie Holiday on Verve commands, so this two-disc distillation will do very nicely as a detailed summary of her troubled, soulful Verve period. Set out in chronological...

02:08′:43″ 35 Songs

Disk 1

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(Not available) Body And Soul
Billie Holiday
3:27
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(Not available) Strange Fruit
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2:55
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(Not available) Trav'lin' Light
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3:26
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(Not available) All Of Me
Billie Holiday
1:58
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(Not available) There Is No Greater Love (Live At Carnegie Hall/1947)
Billie Holiday
2:37
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(Not available) I Cover The Waterfront
Billie Holiday
2:52
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(Not available) These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
Billie Holiday
3:37
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(Not available) Tenderly
Billie Holiday
3:23
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(Not available) Autumn In New York
Billie Holiday
3:54
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(Not available) My Man
Billie Holiday
2:39
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(Not available) Stormy Weather
Billie Holiday
3:42
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(Not available) Yesterdays
Billie Holiday
2:50
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(Not available) He's Funny That Way
Billie Holiday
3:11
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(Not available) What A Little Moonlight Can Do
Billie Holiday
3:15
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(Not available) I Cried For You (Now It's Your Turn To Cry Over Me)
Billie Holiday
2:30
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(Not available) Too Marvelous For Words
Billie Holiday
2:16
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(Not available) I Wished On The Moon
Billie Holiday
6:47
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(Not available) I Don't Want To Cry Anymore
Billie Holiday
3:58
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(Not available) Prelude To A Kiss
Billie Holiday
5:35

Disk 2

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(Not available) Nice Work If You Can Get It (Damsel In Distress )
Billie Holiday
3:53
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(Not available) Come Rain Or Come Shine
Billie Holiday
4:21
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(Not available) What's New
Billie Holiday
4:18
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(Not available) God Bless The Child
Billie Holiday
4:01
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(Not available) Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me ("All Of Nothing At All" Version)
Billie Holiday
4:15
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(Not available) April In Paris
Billie Holiday
3:04
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(Not available) Lady Sings The Blues (Live At Carnegie Hall/1956)
Billie Holiday
2:39
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(Not available) Don't Explain (Live At Carnegie Hall/1956)
Billie Holiday
2:25
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(Not available) Fine And Mellow (Live At Carnegie Hall/1956)
Billie Holiday
3:23
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(Not available) I Didn't Know What Time It Was
Billie Holiday
6:01
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(Not available) Stars Fell On Alabama
Billie Holiday
4:30
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(Not available) One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
Billie Holiday
5:40
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(Not available) Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You
Billie Holiday
5:39
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(Not available) Lover Man (Single Version)
Billie Holiday
3:08
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(Not available) All The Way
Billie Holiday
3:25
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(Not available) Don't Worry 'Bout Me
Billie Holiday
3:09
Released 02 April 2007, ℗ 1991 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Review

There are many jazz lovers, even dedicated ones, who cannot afford to part with the 150 dollars or so that the ten-disc Complete Billie Holiday on Verve commands, so this two-disc distillation will do very nicely as a detailed summary of her troubled, soulful Verve period. Set out in chronological order with a mighty overreaching sweep, this mini-box covers virtually the entire period, with a generous helping of the JATP events of the 1940s, jumping a few years into the jazz all-star backings of the '50s and the 1956 Carnegie Hall concert, and closing with her heartbreakingly ravaged final sessions with Ray Ellis' string orchestra. Along the way, several Holiday landmark tunes like "Don't Explain," "God Bless the Child," "Lover Man," "Fine and Mellow," and "He's Funny That Way" are revisited and reinterpreted from a bitter, life-worn perspective. But not all is stark tragedy, for life-affirming tracks like the 1957 "Stars Fell on Alabama" and "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You" add some balance to the picture. For very sensitive listeners, 128 minutes of Lady Day in her twilight years may well be all they'll need. ~ Richard S. Ginell