Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday on Verve (1946-1959)

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Until this music was reissued on CD with additional selections, this large blue box set (which contains ten LPs) was unbeatable in documenting the second half of Billie Holiday's career. Its packaging actually tops its CD counterpart with a booklet that has a complete discography of Lady Day's entire career and cardboard reproductions of Holiday's rare 10-inch Verve LPs. The music consists of all of her 1952-57 jazz-oriented studio sessions, her 1946 and 1947 appearances at Jazz at the Philharmonic affairs, her Carnegie Hall concert of 1956, two live cuts from 1958 and Holiday's final studio album, an overproduced and rather sad affair from 1959.