Billie Holiday

Legends: Summertime

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Billie Holiday's voice was informed by her life, and her life by her voice, both full of heartache and loss, tragedy and resignation, and all of it added up to one of the most compelling singers in the history of American music. This set, although it contains few of the classic songs she's famous for ("Strange Fruit," absent here, comes immediately to mind), is still a generous 20-track sampler of what Holiday could do with songs like "Summertime" and "Pennies from Heaven," each given the weight of a life lived, lost, and fought for by a one-of-a-kind vocalist.

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