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 3:24 Amazon
2 2:56 Amazon
3 2:18 Amazon
4 3:51 Amazon
5 3:17 Amazon
6 3:04 Amazon
7 2:20 Amazon
8 1:56
9 3:35
10 3:28 Amazon
11 2:51 Amazon
12
0:08 Amazon
13 2:56 Amazon
14 1:30 Amazon
15 2:34
16 2:58 Amazon
17
0:24
18 2:54 Amazon
19 3:28 Amazon
20 2:54 Amazon
21 3:26 Amazon
22 3:00 Amazon
23 3:34
24 2:52 Amazon
25 3:29 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:43 Amazon
2 2:56 Amazon
3 2:58 Amazon
4 3:23 Amazon
5 2:44 Amazon
6 2:35 Amazon
7 3:40 Amazon
8 3:52 Amazon
9 2:36 Amazon
10 3:35 Amazon
11 3:41 Amazon
12 2:48 Amazon
13 3:11 Amazon
14 3:14 Amazon
15
0:37 Amazon
16 2:15 Amazon
17 1:43 Amazon
18 2:52 Amazon
19 1:28 Amazon
20 3:20 Amazon
21 2:56 Amazon
22 3:17 Amazon
23
0:21 Amazon
24 11:39 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 4:05 Amazon
2
0:40 Amazon
3 4:31 Amazon
4 2:46 Amazon
5 1:05 Amazon
6 2:13 Amazon
7 0:51 Amazon
8
3:25 Amazon
9
2:27 Amazon
10 1:57 Amazon
11 2:57 Amazon
12 0:52 Amazon
13 0:36 Amazon
14 2:45 Amazon
15 2:00 Amazon
16 3:26 Amazon
17
0:37 Amazon
18 4:25 Amazon
19 2:25 Amazon
20
5:32 Amazon
21 3:00 Amazon
22
1:48 Amazon
23 1:40 Amazon
24
0:48 Amazon
25 1:54 Amazon
26 0:31 Amazon
27 1:36 Amazon
28 3:17 Amazon
29
2:31 Amazon
30 0:06 Amazon
31 1:32 Amazon
32
2:14 Amazon
33 2:05 Amazon
34
0:42 Amazon
35 1:01 Amazon
36 1:04 Amazon
37
0:27 Amazon
38 0:21 Amazon
39 2:25 Amazon
40 0:20 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 0:29 Amazon
2 3:54 Amazon
3 0:14 Amazon
4 0:50 Amazon
5 5:32 Amazon
6 4:26 Amazon
7 0:49 Amazon
8 1:00 Amazon
9
0:22 Amazon
10 4:55 Amazon
11 3:23 Amazon
12
0:10 Amazon
13 4:19 Amazon
14 4:01 Amazon
15
0:08 Amazon
16 3:47 Amazon
17 4:21 Amazon
18 5:51 Amazon
19 4:16 Amazon
20 0:46 Amazon
21 2:44 Amazon
22 0:18 Amazon
23 1:16 Amazon
24 3:18 Amazon
25 0:26 Amazon
26 3:12 Amazon
27 3:32 Amazon
28
0:06 Amazon
29 4:03 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 5:39 Amazon
2 4:29
3 4:11 Amazon
4 1:26 Amazon
5 2:18 Amazon
6 4:40 Amazon
7
1:16 Amazon
8 6:29 Amazon
9
0:27 Amazon
10 5:48 Amazon
11 5:50 Amazon
12
1:16 Amazon
13 3:15 Amazon
14 1:08 Amazon
15
1:08 Amazon
16 3:34 Amazon
17 2:07 Amazon
18
2:00 Amazon
19 1:19 Amazon
20 1:03 Amazon
21 0:39 Amazon
22 2:16 Amazon
23
0:42 Amazon
24 2:36 Amazon
25
4:33 Amazon
26
1:13 Amazon
27 2:38 Amazon
28
1:19 Amazon
29
1:54 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 8

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:52 Amazon
2 2:38 Amazon
3 2:30 Amazon
4 0:44 Amazon
5
2:06 Amazon
6 3:20 Amazon
7 2:39 Amazon
8
0:55 Amazon
9 2:26
10 1:16 Amazon
11 1:43 Amazon
12 2:28 Amazon
13
2:50 Amazon
14 3:13 Amazon
15 3:09 Amazon
16 3:15
17 3:46 Amazon
18 2:49 Amazon
19 3:25 Amazon
20 3:49 Amazon
21 4:40 Amazon
22 5:59 Amazon
23 0:25 Amazon
24
0:47 Amazon
25 5:31 Amazon
26
0:29 Amazon
27 3:58 Amazon
28 0:38 Amazon
29 0:18 Amazon
30 4:00 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 9

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 6:47 Amazon
2 6:19 Amazon
3 3:48 Amazon
4 6:22 Amazon
5
0:45 Amazon
6 6:26 Amazon
7
0:16 Amazon
8 0:36 Amazon
9 4:29 Amazon
10 0:24 Amazon
11 3:16
12 0:25 Amazon
13 3:42 Amazon
14 0:28 Amazon
15 1:56 Amazon
16 5:39 Amazon
17 4:10 Amazon
18 6:47 Amazon
19 3:24 Amazon
20 5:38 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 10

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
0:54 Amazon
2
0:42 Amazon
3 0:11 Amazon
4 2:39 Amazon
5 3:08 Amazon
6 3:30 Amazon
7 2:05 Amazon
8 3:00 Amazon
9 2:54 Amazon
10 0:18
11
0:47 Amazon
12 2:43 Amazon
13 3:01 Amazon
14 3:23 Amazon
15 2:26 Amazon
16 3:23 Amazon
17 3:43 Amazon
18 4:05 Amazon
19 3:08 Amazon
20 2:46 Amazon
21 3:08 Amazon
22 2:52 Amazon
23 2:13 Amazon
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