Billie Holiday

The Billie Holiday Collection: 1935-42

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One of the more blues-influenced singers from the golden age of jazz singers, Billie Holiday, by altering her phrasing, dropping it in behind the beat, and then slipping into a harmony melody (she always said she tried to sing like a horn, which explains, perhaps, why her tracks with saxophonist Lester Young are among her best), managed to breathe fresh life into all manner of jazz standards. This four-disc, 100-track set covers the first seven years of her recording career (from 1935 to 1942), years that formed a platform for her commercial success later in the decade, and features her with the Teddy Wilson, Count Basie, and Artie Shaw bands.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:51
2 2:54
3 2:55
4 3:05
5 3:05
6 2:44
7 3:07
8 3:03
9 2:41
10 2:27
11 2:47
12 2:30
13 2:42
14 2:51
15 2:37
16 2:58
17 3:04
18 2:48
19 2:59
20 3:03
21 2:59
22 3:15
23 2:45
24 2:52
25 3:03

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:42
2 2:48
3 2:29
4 3:01
5 2:57
6 2:24
7 3:05
8 2:31
9 3:02
10 2:46
11 3:17
12 3:02
13 3:07
14 3:00
15 2:57
16 2:36
17 2:45
18 2:45
19 2:54
20 2:29
21 2:04
22 2:29
23 2:56
24 2:50
25 2:57

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:45
2 2:39
3 2:55
4 2:54
5 2:31
6 2:15
7 2:41
8 2:16
9 2:19
10 2:00
11 3:29
12 2:35
13 2:42
14 2:30
15 2:52
16 2:47
17 2:52
18 2:36
19 2:50
20 2:54
21 3:13
22 3:02
23 2:42
24 2:49
25 2:47

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:36
2 2:24
3 2:44
4 2:36
5 2:43
6 2:54
7 2:55
8 2:30
9 2:58
10 2:24
11 2:39
12 3:05
13 2:46
14 3:04
15 2:57
16 2:43
17 2:50
18 3:03
19 2:45
20 3:07
21 3:09
22 2:57
23 2:48
24 2:49
25 3:02
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