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The quintessential Billie Holiday
(Musical Sound Recording)

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New York, NY : Columbia, p1987-p1991.
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9 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
After years of reissuing Billie Holiday's recordings in piecemeal fashion, Columbia finally got it right with this nine-CD Quintessential series. All of Lady Day's 1933-1942 studio recordings (although without the alternate takes) receive the treatment they deserve in this program. Vol. 1 has Holiday's first two tentative performances from 1933 along with her initial recordings with Teddy Wilson's all-star bands. High points include "I Wished on the Moon," "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," "Miss Brown to You," and "Twenty-Four Hours a Day." ~ Scott Yanow
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Columbia: CK 40646, CK 40790, CK 44048, CK 44252, CK 44423, CK 45449, CK 46180, CK 47030 (v. 1-8).
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Columbia Legacy: CK 47031 (v. 9).
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Compact discs.
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Digitally mastered analog recordings.
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Program notes by Michael Brooks with personnel and recording dates inserted in each container.
Billie Holiday, vocals, with various jazz ensembles.
Date/Time and Place of Event
Recorded 1933-1942.
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Holiday, B. (19871991). The quintessential Billie Holiday. New York, NY: Columbia.

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Holiday, Billie, 1915-1959. 19871991. The Quintessential Billie Holiday. New York, NY: Columbia.

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Holiday, Billie, 1915-1959, The Quintessential Billie Holiday. New York, NY: Columbia, 19871991.

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Holiday, Billie. The Quintessential Billie Holiday. New York, NY: Columbia, 19871991.

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50500|g v. 1, 1933-1935.|t Your mother's son-in-law /|r Nichols, Holiner|g (2:43) --|t Riffin' the scotch /|r Mercer, McDonough, Goodman, Buck|g (2:33) --|t I wished on the moon /|r Parker, Rainger|g (3:05) --|t What a little moonlight can do /|r H. Woods|g (2:59) --|t Miss Brown to you /|r Robin, Whiting, Rainger|g (3:01) --|t A sunbonnet blue /|r Kahal, Fain|g (2:49) --|t What a night, what a moon, what a girl /|r J.J. Loeb|g (2:57) --|t I'm painting the town red /|r Tobias, Newman, Stept|g (2:59) --|t It's too hot for words /|r Samuels, Whitcup, Powell|g (2:47) --|t Twenty-four hours a day /|r Swanstrom, Hanley|g (3:01) --|t Yankee Doodle never went to town /|r Freed, Hanighan|g (2:44) --|t Eeny meeny miney mo /|r Mercer, Maineck|g (3:12) --|t If you were mine /|r Mercer, Maineck|g (3:12) --|t These 'n that 'n' those /|r Pascal, Fairchild|g (3:12) --|t You let me down /|r Dubin, Warren|g (2:53) --|t Spreadin' rhythm around /|r Koehler, McHugh|g (2:54).
50500|g v. 2.|t Life begins when you're in love /|r Brown, Schertzinger|g (3:01) --|t It's like reaching for the moon /|r Sherman, Lewis, Marqusee|g (3:19) --|t These foolish things /|r Strachey, Marvell, Walker|g (3:16) --|t I cried for you /|r Freed, Arnheim, Lyman|g (3:11) --|t Guess who /|r Freed, Lane|g (3:08) --|t Did I remember? /|r Adamson, Donaldson|g (2:49) --|t No regrets /|r Tobias, Ingraham|g (2:35) --|t Summertime /|r Heyward, G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin|g (2:53) --|t Billie's blues /|r B. Holiday|g (2:37) --|t A fine romance /|r Fields, Kern|g (2:49) --|t I can't pretend /|r Tobias, Rusincky, Breuder|g (3:03) --|t One, two, button your shoe /|r Johnston, Burke|g (2:47) --|t Let's call a heart a heart /|r Johnston, Burke|g (3:01) --|t Easy to love /|r C. Porter|g (3:10) --|t With thee I swing /|r Adlam, Hyde, Stillman|g (3:14) --|t Way you look tonight /|r Fields, Kern|g (2:59).
50500|g v. 3, 1936-1937.|t Who loves you? /|r Davis, Coots|g (3:11) --|t Pennies from heaven /|r Johnston, Burke|g (3:15) --|t That's life I guess /|r Lewis, DeRose|g (3:02) --|t I can't give you anything but love (baby) /|r Fields, McHugh|g (3:26) --|t One never knows, does one? /|r Gordon, Revel|g (3:02) --|t I've got my love to keep me warm /|r I. Berlin|g (2:54) --|t If my heart could only talk /|r Samuels, Whitcup, Powell|g (3:02) --|t Please keep me in your dreams /|r Seymour, Lawnhurst|g (2:18) --|t He ain't got rhythm /|r I. Berlin|g (2:48) --|t This year's kisses /|r I. Berlin|g (3:08) --|t Why was I born /|r Hammerstein II, Kern|g (2:49) --|t I must have that man /|r Fields, McHugh|g (2:52) --|t Mood that I'm in /|r Silver, Sherman|g (2:58) --|t You showed me the way /|r Fitzgerald, McCrae, Webb, Green|g (2:58) --|t Sentimental & melancholy /|r Mercer, Whiting|g (2:37) --|t My last affair /|r H. Johnson|g (3:07).
50500|g v. 4, 1937.|t Carelessly /|r G. Kenny, N. Kenny, N. Ellis|g (3:05) --|t How could you? /|r A. Dubin, H. Warren|g (2:30) --|t Moanin' low /|r R. Rainger, H. Deitz|g (3:02) --|t Where is the sun? /|r J. Redmond, L. David|g (2:46) --|t Let's call the whole thing off /|r I. Gershwin, G. Gershwin|g (3:36) --|t They can't take that away from me /|r I. Gershwin, G. Gershwin|g (3:02) --|t I don't know if I'm coming or going /|r Wainer, Fien|g (2:45) --|t Sun showers /|r A. Freed, N.H. Brown|g (3:05) --|t Yours and mine /|r A. Freed, N.H. Brown|g (3:15) --|t I'll get by /|r R. Turk, F. Ahlert|g (3:07) --|t Mean to me /|r R. Turk, F. Ahlert|g (3:07) --|t Foolin' myself /|r P. Tinturin, J. Lawrence|g (2:58) --|t Easy living /|r L. Robin, R. Rainger|g (3:01) --|t I'll never be the same /|r M. Maineck, F. Signorelli, G. Kahn|g (3:03) --|t Me, myself and I /|r I. Gordon, A. Roberts, A. Kaufman|g (2:35) --|t A sailboat in the moonlight /|r C. Lombardo, J. Loeb|g (2:49).
50500|g v. 5, 1937-1938.|t Born to love /|r Scholl, Jerome|g (2:38) --|t Without your love /|r Lange, Stryker|g (2:52) --|t Getting some fun out of life /|r Leslie, Burke|g (3:01) --|t Who wants love? /|r Kahn, Waxman|g (2:33) --|t Trav'lin' all alone /|r J.C. Johnson|g (2:12) --|t He's funny that way /|r Whiting, Morel|g (2:38) --|t Nice work if you can get it /|r I. Gershwin, G. Gershwin|g (3:07) --|t Things are looking up /|r I. Gershwin, G. Gershwin|g (3:19) --|t My man /|r C. Pollock, M. Yvain, A. Willemetz, J. Charles|g (3:02) --|t Can't help lovin' dat man /|r O. Hammerstein II, J. Kern|g (3:14) --|t My first impression of you /|r C. Tobias, S.H. Stept|g (2:48) --|t When you're smiling /|r M. Fisher, J. Goodwin, L. Shay|g (2:49) --|t I can't believe that you're in love with me /|r C. Gaskill, J. McHugh|g (2:48) --|t If dreams came true /|r E. Sampson, B. Goodman, I. Mills|g (3:03) --|t Now they call it swing /|r W. Hirsch, V. DeLeath, N. Cloutier, L. Handman|g (2:59) --|t On the sentimental side /|r J. Burke, J. Monaco|g (3:03) --|t Back in your own backyard /|r A. Jolson, B. Rose, D. Dreyer|g (2:40) --|t When a woman loves a man /|r Mercer, Hanighen, Jenkins|g (2:24).
50500|g v. 6, 1938.|t You go to my head /|r H. Gillespie, J.F. Coots|g (2:52) --|t Moon looks down and laughs /|r B. Kalmar, S. Silvers, Ha. Ruby|g (2:54) --|t If I were you /|r B. Bernier, B. Emmerich|g (2:34) --|t Forget if you can /|r J. Manus, K. Upham, L. Joy|g (2:49) --|t Having myself a time /|r L. Robin, R. Rainger|g (2:29) --|t Says my heart /|r F. Loesser, B. Lane|g (2:49) --|t I wish I had you /|r B. Green, A. Stillman, C. Thornhill|g (2:47) --|t I'm gonna lock my heart (and throw away the key) /|r J. Eaton, T. Shand|g (2:07) --|t Very thought of you / R. Noble|g (2:44) --|t I can't get started /|r I. Gershwin, V. Duke|g (2:46) --|t I've got a date with a dream / M. Gordon, H. Revel|g (2:42) --|t You can't be mine (and someone else's too) /|r J.C. Johnson, C. Webb|g (2:20) --|t Everybody's laughing /|r S. Lerner, B. Oakland|g (3:02) --|t Here it is tomorrow again /|r P. Gibbons, R. Ringwald|g (2:44) --|t Say it with a kiss /|r J. Mercer, H. Warren|g (2:33) --|t April in my heart /|r H. Meinardi, H. Carmichael|g (3:05) --|t I'll never fail you /|r I. Taylor, V. Mizzy|g (2:58) --|t They say /|r E. Heyman, P. Mann, S. Weiss|g (3:10)
50500|g v. 7, 1938-1939.|t You're so desirable /|r R, Noble|g (2:50) --|t You're gonna see a lot of me /|r A. Hoffman, A. Goodhard, M. Curtis|g (2:56) --|t Hello, my darling /|r F. Loesser, F. Hollander|g (2:42) --|t Let's dream in the moonlight /|r R. Walsh, M. Maineck|g (2:52) --|t That's all I ask of you /|r R.E. Pope|g (2:55) --|t Dream of life /|r C. McRae, L. Henderson|g (2:43) --|t What shall I say? /|r P. Tinturin|g (3:06) --|t It's easy to blame the weather /|r S. Cahn, S. Chaplin|g (3:00) --|t More than you know /|r B. Rose, E. Eliscu, V. Youmans|g (3:04) --|t Sugar (that sugar baby o' mine) /|r M. Pinkard, S. Mitchell, F. Alexander|g (2:45) --|t You're too lovely to last /|r T. McRae, C. Beal, E. Fraser|g (2:47) --|t Under a blue jungle moon /|r R. Conway, N. Brisben|g (2:55) --|t Everything happens for the best /|r B. Holiday, T. Smith|g (2:47) --|t Why did I always depend on you? /|r T. McRae, R. Smith, P. Greenwood|g (2:30) --|t Long gone blues /|r B. Holiday|g (3:04) --|t Some other spring /|r A. Herzog, I. Kitchings|g (3:00) --|t Our love is different /|r R. Conway, B. Holiday, B. Alba, S. White|g (3:13).
50500|g v. 8, 1939-1940.|t Them there eyes /|r Pinkard, Tracey, Tauber|g (2:48) --|t Swing, brother, swing /|r L. Raymond, W. Bishop, C. Williams|g (2:55) --|t Night and day /|r C. Porter|g (2:58) --|t Man I love /|r I. Gershwin, G. Gershwin|g (3:04) --|t You're just a no account /|r S. Cahn, S. Chaplin|g (2:56) --|t You're a lucky guy /|r S. Cahn, S. Chaplin|g (2:44) --|t Ghost of yesterday /|r I. Kitchings, A. Herzog Jr.|g (2:36) --|t Body and soul /|r E. Heyman, R. Sour, F. Eyton, J. Green|g (2:58) --|t What is this going to get us? /|r I. Kitchings, A. Herzog Jr.|g (2:39) --|t Falling in love again (can't help it) /|r F. Hollander, S. Lerner|g (2:49) --|t I'm pulling through /|r I. Kitchings, A. Herzog Jr.|g (3:08) --|t Tell me more and more, and then some /|r B. Holiday|g (3:08) --|t Laughing at life /|r N. Kenny, C. Kenny, C. Todd, B. Todd|g (2:53) --|t Time on my hands /|r H. Adamson, M. Gordon, V. Youmans|g (3:03) --|t I'm all for you /|r Bresler, Wynn|g (3:08) --|t I hear music /|r F. Loesser, B. Lane|g (2:39) --|t Same old story /|r M. Field, N. Oliphant|g (3:10) --|t Practice makes perfect /|r D. Roberts, E. Gold|g (2:35).
50500|g v. 9, 1940-1942.|t St. Louis blues /|r W.C. Handy|g (2:51) --|t Loveless love /|r W.C. Handy|g (3:14) --|t Let's do it /|r C. Porter|g (2:55) --|t Georgia on my mind /|r S. Gorrell, H. Carmichael|g (3:17) --|t Romance in the dark /|r S. Coslow, G. Neison|g (2:13) --|t All of me /|r S. Simons, G. Marks|g (3:00) --|t I'm in a low-down groove /|r R. Jacobs|g (3:07) --|t God bless the child /|r B. Holiday, A. Herzog Jr.|g (2:57) --|t Am I blue? /|r H. Akst, G. Clarke|g (2:48) --|t Solitude /|r D. Ellington, I. Mills, E. DeLange|g (3:12) --|t Jim /|r N. Shawn, C. Petrillo, E. Ross|g (3:07) --|t I cover the waterfront /|r E. Heyman, J. Green|g (2:55) --|t Love me or leave me /|r W. Donaldson, G. Kahn|g (3:18) --|t Gloomy Sunday /|r S. Lewis, R. Seres|g (3:11) --|t Wherever you are /|r C. Friend, C. Tobias|g (2:58) --|t Mandy is two /|r F. McGrath, J. Mercer|g (2:58) --|t It's a sin to tell a lie /|r B. Mayhew|g (3:01) --|t Until the real thing comes along /|r S. Kahn, S. Chaplin, M. Holiner, A. Nichols|g (3:07).
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