Billie Holiday - The Billie Holiday Story (CD)

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Deluxe 4-CD Billie Holiday set featuring 48 tracks by the great lady herself together with a detailed audio-biography.

When, in 1956, no less a vocalist than Frank Sinatra said that Billie Holiday was 'one of the most important influences on American popular singing' he could have been speaking anytime between the release of her earliest recordings in the 1930s right up to the present, as 'Lady Day' as she is often referred, remains a name that comes up time and again when contemporary vocalists - notably female ones - list their biggest inspirations.

However, as well as being such a dynamic and emotional interpreter of Jazz and Blues music, Billie lived a quite incredible life, despite passing away at the early age of 45 following cirrhosis of the liver bought on by her heavy drinking. Her harrowing story - one that includes rape, prostitution, drug abuse, heavy drinking, arrest and time spent in jail at just 11 years old - is one that all those who enjoy her music should be familiar with.

This 4 CD set includes a double CD of Billie Holiday's superb music, including a number of the songs she composed herself such as 'God Save The Child' and Strange Fruit' along with almost 50 other classic cuts. The other two discs feature a spoken word biography of Billie during which the listener will become much more familiar with the life story of this American legend, leading to a greater understanding of where her passion and pain emanated from, factors which certainly contributed to her quite exceptional artistic prowess.

Completed with detailed liner notes on her music, her recordings and on her life, all packaged in deluxe slipcase, this collection works as both a starting point for those new to Billie Holiday and to the veteran collector who requires a reminder of everything that made Billie Holiday the woman she was.

Track Listing

Disc 1:
  • The Spoken Word Biography: Part One
Disc 2:
  • The Spoken Word Biography: Part Two
Disc 3:
  • Your Mother's Son-In-Law
  • Riffin' The Scotch
  • I Wished Upon The Moon
  • Miss Brown To You
  • What A Night, What A Moon, What A Girl
  • You Let Me Down
  • It's Like Reaching For The Moon
  • These Foolish Things
  • I Cried For You
  • No Regrets
  • Billie's Blues
  • A Fine Romance
  • That's Life I Guess
  • He Ain't Got Rhythm
  • Why Was I Born'
  • I Must Have That Man
  • The Mood That I'm In
  • (This Is) My Last Affair
  • Me Myself And I
  • Trav'lin' All Alone
  • Nice Work If You Can Get It
  • My Man
  • When You're Smiling
  • I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me
  • You Go To My Head
Disc 4:
  • Strange Fruit
  • Fine And Mellow
  • I've Got A Right To Sing The Blues
  • Some Other Spring
  • Them There Eyes
  • Night And Day
  • The Man I Love
  • Body And Soul
  • God Bless The Child
  • Trav'lin' Light
  • Billie's Blues (Live)
  • Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me (Live)
  • I Cover The Waterfront
  • As Time Goes By
  • I'll Be Seeing You
  • On The Sunny Side Of The Street
  • Lover Man
  • Don't Explain (2nd Version)
  • Good Morning Heartache
  • I Love You Porgy
  • My Man (Take1)
  • T'aint Nobody's Business If I Do (Take 2)
  • You Can't Lose A Broken Heart

Additional Details

Label: Chrome Dreams

Genre: Jazz

Language: English

Run Time: 253 mins

Region: 0

Release Date: 11/05/13

UPC: 5037320800121

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