Billie Holiday

The Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945-1959

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The Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945-1959 Review

by Scott Yanow

This is a rather incredible collection: ten CDs enclosed in a tight black box that includes every one of the recordings Verve owns of Billie Holiday, not only the many studio recordings of 1952-57 (which feature Lady Day joined by such jazz all-stars as trumpeters Charlie Shavers and Harry "Sweets" Edison, altoist Benny Carter, and the tenors of Flip Phillips, Paul Quinichette and Ben Webster). Also included are prime performances at Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts in 1945-1947, an enjoyable European gig from 1954, her "comeback" Carnegie Hall concert of 1956, Holiday's rather sad final studio album from 1959, and even lengthy tapes from two informal rehearsals. It's a perfect purchase for the true Billie Holiday fanatic.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Billie Holiday 03:24 Amazon
2 Billie Holiday 02:56 Amazon
3 Billie Holiday 02:18 Amazon
4 Billie Holiday 03:51 Amazon
5 Billie Holiday 03:17 Amazon
6 Billie Holiday 03:04 Amazon
7 Billie Holiday 02:20 Amazon
8 Billie Holiday 01:56
9 Billie Holiday 03:35
10 Billie Holiday 03:28 Amazon
11 Billie Holiday 02:51 Amazon
12
Billie Holiday 00:08 Amazon
13 Billie Holiday 02:56 Amazon
14 Billie Holiday 01:30 Amazon
15 Billie Holiday 02:34
16 Billie Holiday 02:58 Amazon
17
Billie Holiday 00:24
18 Billie Holiday 02:54 Amazon
19 Billie Holiday 03:28 Amazon
20 Billie Holiday 02:54 Amazon
21 Billie Holiday 03:26 Amazon
22 Billie Holiday 03:00 Amazon
23 Billie Holiday 03:34
24 Billie Holiday 02:52 Amazon
25 Billie Holiday 03:29 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Billie Holiday 03:43 Amazon
2 Billie Holiday 02:56 Amazon
3 Billie Holiday 02:58 Amazon
4 Billie Holiday 03:23 Amazon
5 Billie Holiday 02:44 Amazon
6 Billie Holiday 02:35 Amazon
7 Billie Holiday 03:40 Amazon
8 Billie Holiday 03:52 Amazon
9 Billie Holiday 02:36 Amazon
10 Billie Holiday 03:35 Amazon
11 Billie Holiday 03:41 Amazon
12 Billie Holiday 02:48 Amazon
13 Billie Holiday 03:11 Amazon
14 Billie Holiday 03:14 Amazon
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Billie Holiday 00:37 Amazon
16 Billie Holiday 02:15 Amazon
17 Billie Holiday 01:43 Amazon
18 Billie Holiday 02:52 Amazon
19 Billie Holiday 01:28 Amazon
20 Billie Holiday 03:20 Amazon
21 Billie Holiday 02:56 Amazon
22 Billie Holiday 03:17 Amazon
23
Billie Holiday 00:21 Amazon
24 Billie Holiday 11:39 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Billie Holiday 04:05 Amazon
2
Billie Holiday 00:40 Amazon
3 Billie Holiday 04:31 Amazon
4 Billie Holiday 02:46 Amazon
5 Billie Holiday 01:05 Amazon
6 Billie Holiday 02:13 Amazon
7 Billie Holiday 00:51 Amazon
8
Billie Holiday 03:25 Amazon
9
Billie Holiday 02:27 Amazon
10 Billie Holiday 01:57 Amazon
11 Billie Holiday 02:57 Amazon
12 Billie Holiday 00:52 Amazon
13 Billie Holiday 00:36 Amazon
14 Billie Holiday 02:45 Amazon
15 Billie Holiday 02:00 Amazon
16 Billie Holiday 03:26 Amazon
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Billie Holiday 00:37 Amazon
18 Billie Holiday 04:25 Amazon
19 Billie Holiday 02:25 Amazon
20
Billie Holiday 05:32 Amazon
21 Billie Holiday 03:00 Amazon
22
Billie Holiday 01:48 Amazon
23 Billie Holiday 01:40 Amazon
24
Billie Holiday 00:48 Amazon
25 Billie Holiday 01:54 Amazon
26 Billie Holiday 00:31 Amazon
27 Billie Holiday 01:36 Amazon
28 Billie Holiday 03:17 Amazon
29
Billie Holiday 02:31 Amazon
30 Billie Holiday 00:06 Amazon
31 Billie Holiday 01:32 Amazon
32
Billie Holiday 02:14 Amazon
33 Billie Holiday 02:05 Amazon
34
Billie Holiday 00:42 Amazon
35 Billie Holiday 01:01 Amazon
36 Billie Holiday 01:04 Amazon
37
Billie Holiday 00:27 Amazon
38 Billie Holiday 00:21 Amazon
39 Billie Holiday 02:25 Amazon
40 Billie Holiday 00:20 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Billie Holiday 00:29 Amazon
2 Billie Holiday 03:54 Amazon
3 Billie Holiday 00:14 Amazon
4 Billie Holiday 00:50 Amazon
5 Billie Holiday 05:32 Amazon
6 Billie Holiday 04:26 Amazon
7 Billie Holiday 00:49 Amazon
8 Billie Holiday 01:00 Amazon
9
Billie Holiday 00:22 Amazon
10 Billie Holiday 04:55 Amazon
11 Billie Holiday 03:23 Amazon
12
Billie Holiday 00:10 Amazon
13 Billie Holiday 04:19 Amazon
14 Billie Holiday 04:01 Amazon
15
Billie Holiday 00:08 Amazon
16 Billie Holiday 03:47 Amazon
17 Billie Holiday 04:21 Amazon
18 Billie Holiday 05:51 Amazon
19 Billie Holiday 04:16 Amazon
20 Billie Holiday 00:46 Amazon
21 Billie Holiday 02:44 Amazon
22 Billie Holiday 00:18 Amazon
23 Billie Holiday 01:16 Amazon
24 Billie Holiday 03:18 Amazon
25 Billie Holiday 00:26 Amazon
26 Billie Holiday 03:12 Amazon
27 Billie Holiday 03:32 Amazon
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Billie Holiday 00:06 Amazon
29 Billie Holiday 04:03 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Billie Holiday 05:39 Amazon
2 Billie Holiday 04:29
3 Billie Holiday 04:11 Amazon
4 Billie Holiday 01:26 Amazon
5 Billie Holiday 02:18 Amazon
6 Billie Holiday 04:40 Amazon
7
Billie Holiday 01:16 Amazon
8 Billie Holiday 06:29 Amazon
9
Billie Holiday 00:27 Amazon
10 Billie Holiday 05:48 Amazon
11 Billie Holiday 05:50 Amazon
12
Billie Holiday 01:16 Amazon
13 Billie Holiday 03:15 Amazon
14 Billie Holiday 01:08 Amazon
15
Billie Holiday 01:08 Amazon
16 Billie Holiday 03:34 Amazon
17 Billie Holiday 02:07 Amazon
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Billie Holiday 02:00 Amazon
19 Billie Holiday 01:19 Amazon
20 Billie Holiday 01:03 Amazon
21 Billie Holiday 00:39 Amazon
22 Billie Holiday 02:16 Amazon
23
Billie Holiday 00:42 Amazon
24 Billie Holiday 02:36 Amazon
25
Billie Holiday 04:33 Amazon
26
Billie Holiday 01:13 Amazon
27 Billie Holiday 02:38 Amazon
28
Billie Holiday 01:19 Amazon
29
Billie Holiday 01:54 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 8

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Billie Holiday 02:52 Amazon
2 Billie Holiday 02:38 Amazon
3 Billie Holiday 02:30 Amazon
4 Billie Holiday 00:44 Amazon
5
Billie Holiday 02:06 Amazon
6 Billie Holiday 03:20 Amazon
7 Billie Holiday 02:39 Amazon
8
Billie Holiday 00:55 Amazon
9 Billie Holiday 02:26
10 Billie Holiday 01:16 Amazon
11 Billie Holiday 01:43 Amazon
12 Billie Holiday 02:28 Amazon
13
Billie Holiday 02:50 Amazon
14 Billie Holiday 03:13 Amazon
15 Billie Holiday 03:09 Amazon
16 Billie Holiday 03:15
17 Billie Holiday 03:46 Amazon
18 Billie Holiday 02:49 Amazon
19 Billie Holiday 03:25 Amazon
20 Billie Holiday 03:49 Amazon
21 Billie Holiday 04:40 Amazon
22 Billie Holiday 05:59 Amazon
23 Billie Holiday 00:25 Amazon
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Billie Holiday 00:47 Amazon
25 Billie Holiday 05:31 Amazon
26
Billie Holiday 00:29 Amazon
27 Billie Holiday 03:58 Amazon
28 Billie Holiday 00:38 Amazon
29 Billie Holiday 00:18 Amazon
30 Billie Holiday 04:00 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 9

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Billie Holiday 06:47 Amazon
2 Billie Holiday 06:19 Amazon
3 Billie Holiday 03:48 Amazon
4 Billie Holiday 06:22 Amazon
5
Billie Holiday 00:45 Amazon
6 Billie Holiday 06:26 Amazon
7
Billie Holiday 00:16 Amazon
8 Billie Holiday 00:36 Amazon
9 Billie Holiday 04:29 Amazon
10 Billie Holiday 00:24 Amazon
11 Billie Holiday 03:16
12 Billie Holiday 00:25 Amazon
13 Billie Holiday 03:42 Amazon
14 Billie Holiday 00:28 Amazon
15 Billie Holiday 01:56 Amazon
16 Billie Holiday 05:39 Amazon
17 Billie Holiday 04:10 Amazon
18 Billie Holiday 06:47 Amazon
19 Billie Holiday 03:24 Amazon
20 Billie Holiday 05:38 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 10

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Billie Holiday 00:54 Amazon
2
Billie Holiday 00:42 Amazon
3 Billie Holiday 00:11 Amazon
4 Billie Holiday 02:39 Amazon
5 Billie Holiday 03:08 Amazon
6 Billie Holiday 03:30 Amazon
7 Billie Holiday 02:05 Amazon
8 Billie Holiday 03:00 Amazon
9 Billie Holiday 02:54 Amazon
10 Billie Holiday 00:18
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Billie Holiday 00:47 Amazon
12 Billie Holiday 02:43 Amazon
13 Billie Holiday 03:01 Amazon
14 Billie Holiday 03:23 Amazon
15 Billie Holiday 02:26 Amazon
16 Billie Holiday 03:23 Amazon
17 Billie Holiday 03:43 Amazon
18 Billie Holiday 04:05 Amazon
19 Billie Holiday 03:08 Amazon
20 Billie Holiday 02:46 Amazon
21 Billie Holiday 03:08 Amazon
22 Billie Holiday 02:52 Amazon
23 Billie Holiday 02:13 Amazon
24 Billie Holiday 02:30 Amazon
25 Billie Holiday 03:03 Amazon
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