Billie Holiday

The Complete Decca Recordings

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Billie Holiday is heard at her absolute best on this attractive two-CD set. During her period on Decca, Lady Day was accompanied by strings (for the first time), large studio orchestras, and even background vocalists, so jazz solos from her sidemen are few. But her voice was at its strongest during the 1940s (even with her personal problems) and to hear all 50 of her Decca performances (including alternate takes and even some studio chatter) is a real joy. Among the high points of this essential set are her original versions of "Lover Man" (Holiday's biggest selling record), "Don't Explain," "Good Morning Heartache," "'Tain't Nobody's Business if I Do," "Now or Never," "Crazy He Calls Me," and remakes of "Them There Eyes" and "God Bless the Child."

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Billie Holiday 03:18
2 Billie Holiday 02:48 SpotifyAmazon
3 Billie Holiday 03:06 SpotifyAmazon
4 Billie Holiday 02:55
5 Billie Holiday 02:57 SpotifyAmazon
6 Billie Holiday 02:29 SpotifyAmazon
7 Billie Holiday 03:24 SpotifyAmazon
8 Billie Holiday 03:00 SpotifyAmazon
9 Billie Holiday 02:37
10 Billie Holiday 03:07
11 Billie Holiday 03:08 SpotifyAmazon
12 Billie Holiday 03:24 SpotifyAmazon
13 Billie Holiday 03:08 SpotifyAmazon
14 Billie Holiday 00:22 SpotifyAmazon
15 Billie Holiday 02:47 SpotifyAmazon
16 Billie Holiday 02:32 SpotifyAmazon
17 Billie Holiday 03:13 SpotifyAmazon
18 Billie Holiday 03:12 SpotifyAmazon
19 Billie Holiday 03:16 SpotifyAmazon
20 Billie Holiday 03:15 SpotifyAmazon
21 Billie Holiday 03:03
22 Billie Holiday 02:53 SpotifyAmazon
23 Billie Holiday 01:07 SpotifyAmazon
24 Billie Holiday 03:14 SpotifyAmazon
25 Billie Holiday 03:13
26 Billie Holiday 02:57

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Billie Holiday 03:12
2 Billie Holiday 03:14 SpotifyAmazon
3 Billie Holiday 03:10 SpotifyAmazon
4 Billie Holiday feat: The Stardusters 03:21
5 Billie Holiday feat: The Stardusters 03:13 SpotifyAmazon
6 Billie Holiday 02:57
7 Billie Holiday 03:10
8 Billie Holiday 02:57
9 Billie Holiday 03:17 Amazon
10 Billie Holiday 03:21 Amazon
11 Billie Holiday 03:15
12 Billie Holiday 03:15
13 Billie Holiday 02:50
14 Billie Holiday 03:16
15 Billie Holiday 02:45 SpotifyAmazon
16 Billie Holiday feat: Louis Armstrong 03:15
17 Billie Holiday feat: Louis Armstrong 03:20
18 Billie Holiday 03:17
19 Billie Holiday 03:25
20 Billie Holiday 03:05
21 Billie Holiday 03:14
22 Billie Holiday 02:57
23 Billie Holiday 03:10
24 Billie Holiday 02:51
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