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Billie Holiday: Lady Sings The Blues

Billie Holiday Lady Sings The Blues

Liner Notes:
"Lady Sings the Blues," which of course the tile of this album, happens also to be the title of an important book in the jazz field - Billie Holiday's autobiography in which Lady Day does sing the blues, sings them honestly and without self-pity. It would have to be that way in print since there's little appreciable difference between Lady Day in print and Lady Day on record. What is there is there - and nothing held back. "If you find a tune and it's got something to do with you, your don't have to evolve anything," Miss Holiday sings it - and it is there for anyone to feel. There are the somewhat pleasant tunes, "Too Marvelous for Words," which Johnny Mercer and Richard Whiting wrote back in 1937, and the Jimmy Van Heusen-Mercer song, "I Thought About You." But mostly, with Billie, it is the blues in this album - the title song, to begin with, here own immensely touching "God Bless the Child," and the heart-wrenching "Strange Fruit." The same sentiment is expressed along more commercial lines with "Love Me or Leave Me" and "Willow Weep for Me" and, with a sharp strain or irony, in "Trav'lin' Light" and "Good Morning Heartache" (whose title is in itself an ironic juxtaposition or sentiments).

Billie Holiday sample tracks recorded from vinyl
Cambridge 640p Phono Preamp Y-Stereo to Mono Jacks
Strange Fruit (Tonar-OM5e)
Love Me Or Leave Me (Tonar-OM5e)
FLAC File Compression
Size: 27.19 MB

Billie Holiday, as everyone knows by now, has led a torn and tattered life - all of this is revealed candidly in her autobiography. But the fact is, the printed word can explore only so many subtleties of human experience. For the rest - well, when Lady sings the blues record, singing with everything that is in her, the subtleties are there. They are all there.

Side A:
Lady Sings the Blues
Trav'lin' Light
I Must Have That Man
Some Other Spring
Strange Fruit
No Good Man

Side B:
God Bless The Child
Good Morning Heartache
Love Me Or Leave Me
Too Marvelous For Words
Willow Weep For Me
I Thought About You


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