(1992) The Complete Billie Holiday On Verve 1945 - 1959

Billie Holiday

... read moreThis is a rather incredible collection: ten CDs enclosed in a tight black box that includes every one of the recordings Verve owns of Billie Holiday, not only the many studio recordings of 1952-57 (which feature Lady Day joined by such jazz all-stars as trumpeters Charlie Shavers and Harry "Sweets...

11:58′:58″ 256 Songs

Disk 1

1
Body And Soul (Live At The Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles,1945)
Billie Holiday
3:25
2
Strange Fruit (Live At The Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles,1945)
Billie Holiday
2:59
3
I Cried For You (Live At Carnegie Hall/1946)
Billie Holiday
2:18
4
Fine And Mellow (Live At Carnegie Hall/1946)
Billie Holiday
3:50
5
He's Funny That Way (Live At Carnegie Hall/1946)
Billie Holiday
3:22
6
The Man I Love (Live At Carnegie Hall,1946)
Billie Holiday
3:04
7
Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You? (Live At Carnegie Hall,1946)
Billie Holiday
2:20
8
All Of Me (Live At Carnegie Hall,1946)
Billie Holiday
2:01
9
Billie's Blues (Live At Carnegie Hall, New York ,1946)
Billie Holiday
3:37
10
Travelin' Light (Live At The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles,1946)
Billie Holiday
3:29
11
He's Funny That Way (Live At The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles,1946)
Billie Holiday
2:58
12
Norman Granz Announcement (Live At Carnegie Hall/1947)
Billie Holiday
0:08
13
You Better Go Now (Live At Carnegie Hall/1947)
Billie Holiday
2:51
14
You're Driving Me Crazy (Live At Carnegie Hall/1947)
Billie Holiday
1:32
15
(There Is) No Greater Love (Live At Carnegie Hall/1947)
Billie Holiday
2:33
16
I Cover The Waterfront (Live At Carnegie Hall/1947)
Billie Holiday
2:59
17
Norman Granz Announcement Of Billie Holiday And Intermission (Live At Carnegie Hall/1947)
Billie Holiday
0:27
18
East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon)
Billie Holiday
2:53
19
Blue Moon
Billie Holiday
3:25
20
You Go To My Head
Billie Holiday
2:53
21
You Turned The Tables On Me
Billie Holiday
3:25
22
Easy To Love
Billie Holiday
2:58
23
These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
Billie Holiday
3:35
24
I Only Have Eyes For You
Billie Holiday
2:50
25
Solitude
Billie Holiday
3:25

Disk 2

1
Everything I Have Is Yours (10'' Version)
Billie Holiday
3:45
2
Love For Sale
Billie Holiday
2:52
3
Moonglow
Billie Holiday
2:58
4
Tenderly
Billie Holiday
3:20
5
If The Moon Turns Green
Billie Holiday
2:44
6
Remember
Billie Holiday
2:34
7
Autumn In New York (Single Version)
Billie Holiday
3:41
8
Autumn In New York
Billie Holiday
3:52
9
My Man
Billie Holiday
2:35
10
Lover, Come Back To Me
Billie Holiday
3:36
11
Stormy Weather
Billie Holiday
3:41
12
Yesterdays
Billie Holiday
2:50
13
He's Funny That Way
Billie Holiday
3:13
14
I Can't Face The Music
Billie Holiday
3:14
15
Mc And Leonard Feather Announcements (Live At Jazz Club Usa, Cologne / 1954)
Billie Holiday
0:47
16
Blue Moon (Live At Jazz Club Usa, Cologne / 1954)
Billie Holiday
2:05
17
All Of Me (Live At Jazz Club Usa, Cologne / 1954)
Billie Holiday
1:43
18
My Man (Live At Jazz Club Usa, Cologne / 1954)
Billie Holiday
2:52
19
Them There Eyes (Live At Jazz Club Usa, Cologne / 1954)
Billie Holiday
1:40
20
I Cried For You (Live At Jazz Club Usa, Cologne / 1954)
Billie Holiday
3:23
21
What A Little Moonlight Can Do (Live At Jazz Club Usa, Cologne / 1954)
Billie Holiday
2:40
22
I Cover The Waterfront (Live At Jazz Club Usa, Cologne / 1954)
Billie Holiday
3:17
23
Leonard Feather Announcement (Live At Jazz Club Usa, Cologne / 1954)
Billie Holiday
0:21
24
Billie's Blues (Live At Jazz Club Usa, Cologne / 1954)
Billie Holiday
11:39

Disk 3

1
Lover, Come Back To Me (Live At Jazz Club Usa, Cologne / 1954)
Billie Holiday
6:46
2
How Deep Is The Ocean?
Billie Holiday
2:57
3
What A Little Moonlight Can Do
Billie Holiday
3:11
4
I Cried For You
Billie Holiday
2:27
5
Love Me Or Leave Me
Billie Holiday
2:33
6
P.S. I Love You
Billie Holiday
3:35
7
Too Marvelous For Words
Billie Holiday
2:11
8
Softly
Billie Holiday
2:55
9
I Thought About You
Billie Holiday
2:46
10
Willow Weep For Me
Billie Holiday
3:06
11
Stormy Blues (Single Version)
Billie Holiday
3:27
12
Say It Isn't So (1955 "Stay With Me" Version)
Billie Holiday
3:01
13
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Billie Holiday
3:57
14
I Wished On The Moon (1955 "Stay With Me" Version)
Billie Holiday
6:44
15
Always
Billie Holiday
3:57
16
Everything Happens To Me
Billie Holiday
6:21
17
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me (1955 "Stay With Me" Version)
Billie Holiday
5:00
18
Ain't Misbehavin' (I'm Savin' My Love For You)
Billie Holiday
4:38

Disk 4

1
Nice Work If You Can Get It (Rehearsal Version)
Billie Holiday
4:05
2
Discussion; Nice Work If You Can Get It
Billie Holiday
0:40
3
Mandy Is Two
Billie Holiday
4:31
4
Prelude To A Kiss
Billie Holiday
2:46
5
I Must Have That Man! (1955 Rehearsal)
Billie Holiday
1:05
6
Jeepers Creepers (Rehearsal 1)
Billie Holiday
2:13
7
Jeepers Creepers (Rehearsal 2)
Billie Holiday
0:50
8
Discussion; Jeepers Creepers #1
Billie Holiday
3:25
9
Discussion; Jeepers Creepers #2
Billie Holiday
2:28
10
Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (Edit)
Billie Holiday
1:57
11
Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (Rehearsal 2)
Billie Holiday
2:57
12
Discussion; Moonlight In Vermont
Billie Holiday
0:52
13
Misery (1955 Rehearsal)
Billie Holiday
0:35
14
Restless
Billie Holiday
2:45
15
Moonlight In Vermont (Rehearsal)
Billie Holiday
2:01
16
Everything Happens To Me (Rehearsal 1)
Billie Holiday
3:26
17
Discussion #1
Billie Holiday
0:36
18
I Don't Want To Cry Anymore (Rehearsal 1)
Billie Holiday
4:25
19
I Don't Want To Cry Anymore (Rehearsal 2)
Billie Holiday
2:26
20
Discussion; I Don't Want To Cry Any More
Billie Holiday
5:33
21
Everything Happens To Me (Rehearsal 2)
Billie Holiday
2:59
22
Discussion #2
Billie Holiday
1:48
23
When You Are Away, Dear
Billie Holiday
1:40
24
Discussion #3
Billie Holiday
0:49
25
It Had To Be You (Rehearsal)
Billie Holiday
1:54
26
The Mood That I'm In
Billie Holiday
0:32
27
Gone With The Wind (Rehearsal)
Billie Holiday
1:38
28
I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
Billie Holiday
3:17
29
Discussion #4
Billie Holiday
2:30
30
A Sunbonnet Blue
Billie Holiday
0:07
31
(I Don't Stand A) Ghost Of A Chance
Billie Holiday
1:37
32
Discussion #5
Billie Holiday
2:15
33
I'm Walkin' Through Heaven With You
Billie Holiday
2:05
34
Discussion #6
Billie Holiday
0:41
35
Just Friends
Billie Holiday
1:02
36
The Nearness Of You
Billie Holiday
1:04
37
Discussion #7
Billie Holiday
0:27
38
It's Too Hot For Words
Billie Holiday
0:20
39
They Say
Billie Holiday
2:26
40
I Won't Believe It
Billie Holiday
0:20

Disk 5

1
I Don't Want To Cry Anymore (Take 1 / False Start)
Billie Holiday
0:31
2
I Don't Want To Cry Anymore (Take 2 / Master Take)
Billie Holiday
3:54
3
Studio Talk; Prelude To A Kiss #1
Billie Holiday
0:14
4
Studio Talk; Prelude To A Kiss #2
Billie Holiday
0:52
5
Prelude To A Kiss
Billie Holiday
5:35
6
I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You
Billie Holiday
4:27
7
When Your Lover Has Gone (Take 1)
Billie Holiday
0:49
8
Studio Talk; When Your Lover Has Gone
Billie Holiday
1:01
9
Studio Talk #1
Billie Holiday
0:24
10
When Your Lover Has Gone (Take 2)
Billie Holiday
4:58
11
Gone With The Wind
Billie Holiday
3:22
12
Studio Talk #2
Billie Holiday
0:10
13
Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
Billie Holiday
4:19
14
It Had To Be You
Billie Holiday
4:00
15
Studio Talk #3
Billie Holiday
0:08
16
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Billie Holiday
3:50
17
Come Rain Or Come Shine
Billie Holiday
4:20
18
I Got A Right To Sing The Blues
Billie Holiday
5:49
19
What's New
Billie Holiday
4:16
20
A Fine Romance (Take 1 / Incomplete)
Billie Holiday
0:46
21
A Fine Romance (Take 2 / Alternate)
Billie Holiday
2:44
22
A Fine Romance (Take 3 / False Start)
Billie Holiday
0:18
23
A Fine Romance (Take 4 Incomplete)
Billie Holiday
1:16
24
A Fine Romance (Take 5 Incomplete)
Billie Holiday
3:18
25
A Fine Romance (Take 6 / False Start)
Billie Holiday
0:25
26
A Fine Romance (Take 7 / Incomplete)
Billie Holiday
3:12
27
A Fine Romance (Take 8 / Master Take)
Billie Holiday
3:32
28
Studio Talk #4
Billie Holiday
0:06
29
I Hadn't Anyone Till You
Billie Holiday
4:02

Disk 6

1
I Get A Kick Out Of You
Billie Holiday
5:39
2
Everything I Have Is Yours ("Velvet Mood" Version)
Billie Holiday
4:29
3
Isn't This A Lovely Day?
Billie Holiday
4:11
4
Discussion; Misery
Billie Holiday
1:26
5
Israel
Billie Holiday
2:18
6
Misery (1956 Rehearsal)
Billie Holiday
4:38
7
Discussion #8
Billie Holiday
1:15
8
I Must Have That Man! (1956 Rehearsal)
Billie Holiday
6:30
9
Discussion #9
Billie Holiday
0:27
10
Strange Fruit (Rehearsal)
Billie Holiday
5:48
11
Discussion; God Bless The Child
Billie Holiday
5:50
12
Discussion #10
Billie Holiday
1:16
13
God Bless The Child (Rehearsal 1)
Billie Holiday
3:16
14
God Bless The Child (Rehearsal 2)
Billie Holiday
1:07
15
Discussion #11
Billie Holiday
0:33
16
God Bless The Child (Rehearsal 3)
Billie Holiday
3:35
17
One Never Knows, Does One? (Rehearsal 1)
Billie Holiday
2:07
18
Discussion #12
Billie Holiday
2:00
19
Beer Barrel Polka (Aka "Roll Out The Barrel")
Billie Holiday
1:19
20
Some Of These Days
Billie Holiday
1:02
21
A Yiddishe Momme (Rehearsal 1)
Billie Holiday
0:39
22
A Yiddishe Momme (Rehearsal 2)
Billie Holiday
2:15
23
Discussion #13
Billie Holiday
0:41
24
Lady's Back In Town
Billie Holiday
2:36
25
Discussion #14
Billie Holiday
4:34
26
Discussion #15
Billie Holiday
1:13
27
One Never Knows, Does One? (Rehearsal 2)
Billie Holiday
2:38
28
Discussion #16
Billie Holiday
1:19
29
Unknown Title
Billie Holiday
1:53

Disk 7

1
Trav'lin Light
Billie Holiday
3:09
2
I Must Have That Man!
Billie Holiday
3:04
3
Some Other Spring
Billie Holiday
3:35
4
Lady Sings The Blues
Billie Holiday
3:44
5
Strange Fruit
Billie Holiday
3:01
6
God Bless The Child (1956 Version)
Billie Holiday
3:59
7
Good Morning Heartache
Billie Holiday
3:28
8
No Good Man
Billie Holiday
3:18
9
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me (1956 Version)
Billie Holiday
4:12
10
Cheek To Cheek
Billie Holiday
3:35
11
Ill Wind
Billie Holiday
6:15
12
Speak Low
Billie Holiday
4:27
13
We'll Be Together Again
Billie Holiday
4:22
14
All Or Nothing At All
Billie Holiday
5:39
15
Sophisticated Lady
Billie Holiday
4:48
16
April In Paris
Billie Holiday
3:02

Disk 8

1
Lady Sings The Blues With Reading From Lady Sings The Blues (Live At Carnegie Hall / 1956)
Billie Holiday
2:52
2
Lady Sings The Blues (Live At Carnegie Hall,1956)
Billie Holiday
2:36
3
Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do (Live At Carnegie Hall,1956)
Billie Holiday
2:30
4
Trav'lin Light With Reading From Lady Sings The Blues (Live At Carnegie Hall / 1956)
Billie Holiday
0:44
5
Reading From Lady Sings The Blues #3 (Live At Carnegie Hall / 1956)
Billie Holiday
2:06
6
Billie's Blues (Live At Carnegie Hall / 1956)
Billie Holiday
3:12
7
Body And Soul (Live At Carnegie Hall,1956)
Billie Holiday
2:39
8
Reading From Lady Sings The Blues #4 (Live At Carnegie Hall / 1956)
Billie Holiday
0:55
9
Don't Explain (Live At Carnegie Hall,1956)
Billie Holiday
2:26
10
Yesterdays (Live At Carnegie Hall,1956)
Billie Holiday
1:16
11
Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (Live At Carnegie Hall,1956)
Billie Holiday
1:43
12
I'll Be Seeing You (Live At Carnegie Hall,1956)
Billie Holiday
2:28
13
Reading From Lady Sings The Blues #5 (Live At Carnegie Hall / 1956)
Billie Holiday
2:50
14
My Man (Live At Carnegie Hall,1956)
Billie Holiday
3:13
15
I Cried For You (Live At Carnegie Hall,1956)
Billie Holiday
3:09
16
Fine And Mellow (Live At Carnegie Hall,1956)
Billie Holiday
3:24
17
I Cover The Waterfront (Live At Carnegie Hall,1956)
Billie Holiday
3:49
18
What A Little Moonlight Can Do (Live At Carnegie Hall,1956)
Billie Holiday
2:49
19
I Wished On The Moon
Billie Holiday
3:25
20
Moonlight In Vermont
Billie Holiday
3:47
21
A Foggy Day
Billie Holiday
4:38
22
I Didn't Know What Time It Was
Billie Holiday
5:54
23
Just One Of Those Things (Take 7 - Incomplete Take)
Billie Holiday
0:25
24
Studio Talk #5
Billie Holiday
0:47
25
Just One Of Those Things (Take 8 - Master Take)
Billie Holiday
5:27
26
Studio Talk #6
Billie Holiday
0:28
27
Comes Love (Alternate Take 1)
Billie Holiday
3:57
28
Comes Love (False Start / Take 2)
Billie Holiday
0:38
29
Comes Love (False Start / Take 3)
Billie Holiday
0:18
30
Comes Love (Master Take 4)
Billie Holiday
4:00

Disk 9

1
Day In Day Out
Billie Holiday
6:45
2
Darn That Dream
Billie Holiday
6:15
3
But Not For Me
Billie Holiday
3:48
4
Body And Soul
Billie Holiday
6:22
5
Studio Talk #7
Billie Holiday
0:44
6
Just Friends (Instrumental)
Billie Holiday
6:26
7
Studio Talk #8
Billie Holiday
0:16
8
Stars Fell On Alabama (Take 1 - Incomplete)
Billie Holiday
0:37
9
Stars Fell On Alabama
Billie Holiday
4:27
10
Studio Talk; Say It Isn't So
Billie Holiday
0:26
11
Say It Isn't So
Billie Holiday
3:15
12
Studio Talk; Our Love Is Here To Stay
Billie Holiday
0:27
13
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Billie Holiday
3:40
14
Studio Talk; One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
Billie Holiday
0:27
15
One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) (Take 2 - Incomplete)
Billie Holiday
1:55
16
One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
Billie Holiday
5:37
17
They Can't Take That Away From Me
Billie Holiday
4:07
18
Embraceable You
Billie Holiday
6:44
19
Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
Billie Holiday
3:22
20
Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You
Billie Holiday
5:38

Disk 10

1
Announcement By Willis Conover (Live At The Newport Jazz Festival/1957)
Billie Holiday
0:53
2
Announcement By Johnny Mercer (Live At The Newport Jazz Festival/1957)
Billie Holiday
0:41
3
Fanfare From Oh, Lady Be Good (Live At The Newport Jazz Festival/1957)
Billie Holiday
0:11
4
Nice Work If You Can Get It (Live At The Newport Jazz Festival,1957)
Billie Holiday
2:39
5
Willow Weep For Me (Live At The Newport Jazz Festival,1957)
Billie Holiday
3:11
6
My Man (Live At The Newport Jazz Festival,1957)
Billie Holiday
3:32
7
Lover, Come Back To Me (Live At The Newport Jazz Festival,1957)
Billie Holiday
2:07
8
Lady Sings The Blues (Live At The Newport Jazz Festival, 1957)
Billie Holiday
3:02
9
What A Little Moonlight Can Do (Live At The Newport Jazz Festival,1957)
Billie Holiday
3:15
10
Fanfare From Oh, Lady Be Good With Conover Announcement (Live At The Newport Jazz Festival/1957)
Billie Holiday
0:22
11
Announcement By Leonard Feather (Live From Seven Ages Of Jazz Festival/1958)
Billie Holiday
0:47
12
I Wished On The Moon (Live From Seven Ages Of Jazz Festival/1958)
Billie Holiday
2:47
13
Lover Man (Live From Seven Ages Of Jazz Festival /1958)
Billie Holiday
3:01
14
All The Way
Billie Holiday
3:22
15
It's Not For Me To Say
Billie Holiday
2:26
16
I'll Never Smile Again
Billie Holiday
3:23
17
Just One More Chance
Billie Holiday
3:44
18
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Billie Holiday
4:04
19
Don't Worry 'Bout Me
Billie Holiday
3:08
20
Sometimes I'm Happy
Billie Holiday
2:46
21
You Took Advantage Of Me
Billie Holiday
3:08
22
There'll Be Some Changes Made
Billie Holiday
2:52
23
'Deed I Do
Billie Holiday
2:14
24
All Of You
Billie Holiday
2:29
25
Baby Won't You Please Come Home
Billie Holiday
3:03
Released 29 September 1992, A Verve Label Group release; This Compilation ℗ 1992 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Review

This is a rather incredible collection: ten CDs enclosed in a tight black box that includes every one of the recordings Verve owns of Billie Holiday, not only the many studio recordings of 1952-57 (which feature Lady Day joined by such jazz all-stars as trumpeters Charlie Shavers and Harry "Sweets" Edison, altoist Benny Carter, and the tenors of Flip Phillips, Paul Quinichette and Ben Webster). Also included are prime performances at Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts in 1945-1947, an enjoyable European gig from 1954, her "comeback" Carnegie Hall concert of 1956, Holiday's rather sad final studio album from 1959, and even lengthy tapes from two informal rehearsals. It's a perfect purchase for the true Billie Holiday fanatic. ~ Scott Yanow