Various Artists

Lady Sings the Blues [EMI]

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American Capitol or British EMI usually issues excellent torch-song anthologies, since it holds in its vault a fount of great material. Lady Sings the Blues expands the template of jazz-driven torch songs to embrace soul and '60s pop as well, thus its success at presenting a compilation with depth and variety. Along with the usual nuggets of torch-song pop -- "Fever" by Peggy Lee, "Cry Me a River" by Julie London, "Black Coffee" and "Stormy Weather" by Sarah Vaughan, "Trav'lin' Light" by Billie Holiday -- Lady Sings the Blues also includes many well-chosen performances from soul artists, including Bettye Swann ("Tell It Like It Is"), Aretha Franklin ("Today I Sing the Blues"), Betty Lavette ("Let Me Down Easy"), and Tina Turner ("Night Time Is the Right Time").

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:19
2 2:49
3 3:31
4 2:19
5 2:34
6 3:06
7 4:33
8 2:46
9 3:15
10 2:06
11 1:59
12 3:17
13 4:18
14 3:34
15 3:49
16 4:01
17 3:02
18 2:41
19 4:54
20 3:33
21 3:59
22 3:09
23 3:26

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:35
2 3:16
3 2:20
4 3:30
5 3:00
6 4:08
7 3:30
8 2:30
9 3:08
10 2:19
11 2:53
12 2:20
13 2:54
14 3:10
15 3:07
16 3:35
17 3:55
18 6:35
19 2:46
20 3:29
21 2:45
22 2:28
23 2:55
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