Billie Holiday

The Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945-1959

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

Track Listing - Disc 2

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

Track Listing - Disc 4

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

Track Listing - Disc 5

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

Track Listing - Disc 6

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

Track Listing - Disc 8

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:52 Amazon
2 02:38 Amazon
3 02:30 Amazon
4 00:44 Amazon
5
02:06 Amazon
6 03:20 Amazon
7 02:39 Amazon
8
00:55 Amazon
9 02:26
10 01:16 Amazon
11 01:43 Amazon
12 02:28 Amazon
13
02:50 Amazon
14 03:13 Amazon
15 03:09 Amazon
16 03:15
17 03:46 Amazon
18 02:49 Amazon
19 03:25 Amazon
20 03:49 Amazon
21 04:40 Amazon
22 05:59 Amazon
23 00:25 Amazon
24
00:47 Amazon
25 05:31 Amazon
26
00:29 Amazon
27 03:58 Amazon
28 00:38 Amazon
29 00:18 Amazon
30 04:00 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 9

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

Track Listing - Disc 10

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