Billie Holiday

Good Morning Blues: The Complete Columbia Recordings (1933-1950)

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The back of this release from Comet awkwardly trumpets, "There was never released such a box set for Billie Holiday." Actually, there was, two years earlier, when Columbia/Legacy unveiled Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia (1933-1944), a lavish ten-disc box set of remastered recordings. Since the track listings are nearly identical, the decision for buyers hinges on whether they'd rather pay more money for better sound and liner notes (the Columbia set) or whether they'd be content without those features (Comet). Everything else between the two is the same; both illustrate clearly -- though rather exhaustively, through dozens of alternate takes -- what made Holiday a star during the '30s: her languorous, caressing voice and her alchemical transformations of the hokiest novelties (and a few standards) into pure gems. Whether the tracks are early performances of Tin Pan Alley jokes like "Your Mother's Son-in-Law" and "Yankee Doodle Never Went to Town" or later, definitive readings of torch songs such as "Mean to Me," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," and "I Cover the Waterfront," Holiday possessed her full weight of charm and interpretive powers during this period.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:47 Spotify
2 02:33 Spotify
3 03:02 Spotify
4 02:57 Spotify
5 03:00 Spotify
6
02:51
7 02:57 Spotify
8 02:59 Spotify
9 02:47 Spotify
10 03:01 Spotify
11 02:44 Spotify
12 03:12 Spotify
13 03:11 Spotify
14 03:13 Spotify
15 02:54 Spotify
16 02:55 Spotify
17 03:03 Spotify
18 03:21 Spotify
19 03:19 Spotify
20 03:12 Spotify
21 03:09 Spotify
22 02:51 Spotify
23 02:37 Spotify
24 02:55 Spotify
25 02:39 Spotify
26 02:52 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:06 Spotify
2 02:50 Spotify
3 03:01
4 03:12 Spotify
5 03:17 Spotify
6 03:01 Spotify
7 03:13 Spotify
8 03:16 Spotify
9 03:10 Spotify
10 03:28 Spotify
11 03:03 Spotify
12 02:57 Spotify
13 03:05 Spotify
14 02:17 Spotify
15 02:51 Spotify
16 03:09 Spotify
17 02:51 Spotify
18 02:55 Spotify
19 03:00 Spotify
20 02:59 Spotify
21 02:38 Spotify
22 03:09 Spotify
23 03:06 Spotify
24 02:30 Spotify
25 03:04 Spotify
26 02:46 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:40 Spotify
2 03:04 Spotify
3 02:47 Spotify
4 03:09 Spotify
5 03:17 Spotify
6 03:09
7 03:08 Spotify
8 03:02 Spotify
9 03:04 Spotify
10 03:04 Spotify
11 02:37 Spotify
12 02:51 Spotify
13 02:41 Spotify
14 02:53 Spotify
15 03:03 Spotify
16 02:34 Spotify
17 02:15 Spotify
18 02:40 Spotify
19 03:09 Spotify
20 03:21 Spotify
21 03:03 Spotify
22 03:16 Spotify
23 02:49 Spotify
24 02:51 Spotify
25 02:50 Spotify
26 03:03 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:01 Spotify
2 03:05 Spotify
3 02:42 Spotify
4 02:25 Spotify
5 02:54 Spotify
6 02:56 Spotify
7 02:25 Spotify
8 02:50 Spotify
9 02:30 Spotify
10 02:49 Spotify
11 02:51 Spotify
12 02:08 Spotify
13 02:46 Spotify
14 02:48 Spotify
15 02:43 Spotify
16 02:24 Spotify
17 03:03 Spotify
18 02:46 Spotify
19 02:36 Spotify
20 03:08 Spotify
21 03:00 Spotify
22 03:13 Spotify
23 02:54 Spotify
24 02:59 Spotify
25 02:45 Spotify
26 02:55 Spotify
27 02:59 Spotify
28 02:43 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:07 Spotify
2 03:01 Spotify
3 03:07 Spotify
4 02:47 Spotify
5 02:50 Spotify
6
02:58 Spotify
7 02:51 Spotify
8 02:33 Spotify
9 03:07 Spotify
10 03:03 Spotify
11 03:15 Spotify
12 02:50 Spotify
13 02:57 Spotify
14 03:00 Spotify
15 03:06 Spotify
16 03:00 Spotify
17 02:46 Spotify
18 02:39 Spotify
19 02:59 Spotify
20 02:41 Spotify
21 02:52 Spotify
22 03:11 Spotify
23 03:08 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:57 Spotify
2 03:06 Spotify
3 03:10 Spotify
4 02:42 Spotify
5 03:12 Spotify
6 02:37 Spotify
7 02:55 Spotify
8 03:17 Spotify
9 02:57
10 03:19 Spotify
11 02:17 Spotify
12 03:03 Spotify
13
03:10 Spotify
14 02:57 Spotify
15 02:52 Spotify
16 03:16 Spotify
17
03:10 Spotify
18 02:57 Spotify
19 03:22 Spotify
20 03:13 Spotify
21 03:02 Spotify
22 03:02 Spotify
23 03:04 Spotify
24 03:11 Spotify
25 02:55 Spotify
26 02:35 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 7

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:09 Spotify
2 03:15 Spotify
3 03:14 Spotify
4 03:20 Spotify
5 02:55 Spotify
6 02:46 Spotify
7 03:07
8 03:06 Spotify
9 02:37 Spotify
10 02:53 Spotify
11 03:24 Spotify
12 01:51 Spotify
13 02:46 Spotify
14 02:51 Spotify
15 03:01 Spotify
16 02:50 Spotify
17 03:04 Spotify
18 03:05 Spotify
19 03:06 Spotify
20 03:15 Spotify
21 02:53 Spotify
22 02:55 Spotify
23 02:28 Spotify
24 02:50 Spotify
25 02:31 Spotify
26 02:44 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 8

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:01 Spotify
2 02:07 Spotify
3 02:47 Spotify
4 02:42 Spotify
5 03:13 Spotify
6 03:04 Spotify
7 02:55 Spotify
8 03:00 Spotify
9 02:44 Spotify
10 02:55 Spotify
11 02:30 Spotify
12 03:03 Spotify
13 02:59 Spotify
14 03:05 Spotify
15 03:02 Spotify
16
03:03 Spotify
17 03:03 Spotify
18 02:47 Spotify
19 02:55 Spotify
20 03:28 Spotify
21 02:41 Spotify
22 03:11 Spotify
23 03:11 Spotify
24 02:36 Spotify
25 02:42 Spotify
26 02:42 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 9

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:55 Spotify
2 03:16 Spotify
3 02:57
4 03:00 Spotify
5 03:07 Spotify
6 02:20 Spotify
7 02:15 Spotify
8 02:27 Spotify
9 02:59 Spotify
10 03:59 Spotify
11 02:59 Spotify
12 02:33 Spotify
13 02:45 Spotify
14 02:45 Spotify
15
03:05 Spotify
16 03:12 Spotify
17 02:59 Spotify
18 02:59 Spotify
19 03:08 Spotify
20 03:07 Spotify
21 03:19 Spotify
22 04:57 Spotify
23 04:05 Spotify
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