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The Centennial Collection

Billie Holiday

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A hundredth birthday is a good reason to release a new Billie Holiday collection, but it's also true that it's been a little while since Legacy has returned to this particular well. As of 2015, it's been 14 years since the complete box Lady Day and eight years since the nice double-disc distillation, so a single-disc set like The Centennial Collection is indeed welcome. Legacy didn't limit itself to the Columbia catalog for this set, either. Drawing from sides recorded for Brunswick, Vocalion, OKeh, Commodore, and Decca between 1937 and 1945, this 20-track collection contains the original (and often best-known) performances of many of her best-known songs, including "These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)," "The Very Thought of You," "Them There Eyes," "God Bless the Child," "Gloomy Sunday," and "Strange Fruit." This by no means touches on everything the great Holiday recorded -- there is nothing from Verve, for instance -- this is nevertheless better than most single-disc sets on touching upon her best work. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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1
What a Little Moonlight Can Do 00:02:56

Billie Holiday, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra, Associated Performer - Billie Holiday with Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra, Associated Performer - Bernie Hanighen, Producer - H.Woods, Composer, Lyricist - John Truehart, Guitar - Teddy Wilson, Piano - Cozy Cole, Drums - John Hammond, Producer - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Benny Goodman, Clarinet - Roy Eldridge, Trumpet

Originally released 1935. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You) 00:03:18

Billie Holiday, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra, Associated Performer - Billie Holiday with Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - J. Strachey, Composer, Lyricist - Lawrence Lucie, Guitar - H.Link, Composer, Lyricist - Teddy Wilson, Piano - Cozy Cole, Drums - E. Maschwitz, Composer, Lyricist - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Jonah Jones, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet

Originally released 1936. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Summertime 00:02:53

Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra, Associated Performer, Main Artist - George Gershwin, Composer, Lyricist - Ira Gershwin, Composer, Lyricist - Heyward DuBose, Composer, Lyricist - Dorothy Heyward, Composer, Lyricist - Billie Holiday - Dick McDonough, Guitar - Cozy Cole, Drums - Joe Bushkin, Piano - Artie Shaw, Clarinet - Bunny Berigan, Trumpet - Bernie Hanighen, Producer - John Hammond, Producer

Originally released 1936. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Billie's Blues (Take 1) 00:02:39

Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra, Associated Performer, Main Artist - John Hammond, Producer - Billie Holiday, Composer, Lyricist - Bernie Hanighen, Producer - Joe Bushkin, Piano - Dick McDonough, Guitar - Artie Shaw, Clarinet - Cozy Cole, Drums - Bunny Berigan, Trumpet

Originally Released 1936. All rights reserved by Colombia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm 00:02:56

Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Bernie Hanighen, Producer - Billie Holiday - Irving Berlin, Composer, Lyricist - John Hammond, Producer - Allan Reuss, Guitar - Cozy Cole, Drums - Teddy Wilson, Piano - Edgar Sampson, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Jonah Jones, Trumpet

Originally released 1937. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Why Was I Born? 00:02:50

Billie Holiday, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra, Associated Performer - Billie Holiday with Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - Oscar Hammerstein II, Composer, Lyricist - Bernie Hanighen, Producer - Freddie Green, Guitar - J. Kern, Composer, Lyricist - Jo Jones, Drums - Teddy Wilson, Piano - Lester Young, Tenor Saxophone - Benny Goodman, Clarinet - Buck Clayton, Trumpet

Originally released 1937. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
I Must Have That Man 00:02:55

Billie Holiday, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra, Associated Performer - Billie Holiday with Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - D. Fields, Composer, Lyricist - Bernie Hanighen, Producer - Allan Reus, Guitar - Jimmy McHugh, Composer, Lyricist - Cozy Cole, Drums - Teddy Wilson, Piano - Walter Page, Bass - Vido Musso, Tenor Saxophone - Prince Robinson, Clarinet - Buck Clayton, Trumpet

Originally released 1937. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You) (Take 1) 00:03:07

Billie Holiday, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra, Associated Performer - Billie Holiday with Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - R. Turk, Composer, Lyricist - Allan Reuss, Guitar - Bernie Hanighen, Producer - Teddy Wilson, Piano - F.E. Ahlert, Composer, Lyricist - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Cozy Cole, Drums - Lester Young, Tenor Saxophone - Buster Bailey, Clarinet - Buck Clayton, Trumpet

Originally released 1937. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Mean to Me (Take 1) 00:03:06

Billie Holiday, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra, Associated Performer - Billie Holiday with Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - Bernie Hanighen, Producer - Allan Reuss, Guitar - Teddy Wilson, Piano - F.E. Ahlert, Composer - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Cozy Cole, Drums - R. Turk, Lyricist - Lester Young, Tenor Saxophone - Buster Bailey, Clarinet - Buck Clayton, Trumpet

(P) Originally released 1937. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
When a Woman Loves a Man 00:02:23

Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Billie Holiday - J. Mercer, Composer, Lyricist - John Hammond, Producer - B. Hanighen, Composer, Lyricist - Bernie Hanighen, Producer - Freddie Green, Guitar - Jo Jones, Drums - G. Jenkins, Composer, Lyricist - Teddy Wilson, Piano - Lester Young, Tenor Saxophone - Buck Clayton, Trumpet - Benny Morton, Trombone

Originally released 1938. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
You Go to My Head (Take 1) 00:02:52

Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Billie Holiday - H. Gillespie, Composer, Lyricist - Danny Barker, Guitar - J. F. Coots, Composer, Lyricist - Cozy Cole, Drums - Billy Kyle, Piano - Claude Thornhill, Piano - Babe Russin, Tenor Saxophone - Buster Bailey, Clarinet - Charlie Shavers, Trumpet

Originally Released 1938. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
The Very Thought of You 00:02:45

Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra, Associated Performer, Main Artist - John Hammond, Producer - Billie Holiday - R.Noble, Composer, Lyricist - Freddie Green, Guitar - Jo Jones, Drums - Margaret "countess" Johnson, Piano - Lester Young, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone - Buck Clayton, Trumpet - Dicky Wells, Trombone

Originally released 1938. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
I Can't Get Started (Take 1) 00:02:47

Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Ira Gershwin, Composer, Lyricist - John Hammond, Producer - Billie Holiday - Vernon Duke, Composer, Lyricist - Bernie Hanighen, Producer - Freddie Green, Guitar - Jo Jones, Drums - Margaret "countess" Johnson, Piano - Walter Page, Bass - Lester Young, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone - Buck Clayton, Trumpet

Originally released 1938. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

14
Them There Eyes 00:02:48

Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra, Associated Performer, Main Artist - M.Pinkard, Composer, Lyricist - Unknown, Producer - Billie Holiday - W. Tracey, Composer, Lyricist - Bernard Addison, Guitar - D.Tauber, Composer, Lyricist - Eddie Dougherty, Drums - Sonny White, Piano - Tab Smith, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone - Kenneth Hollon, Tenor Saxophone - Stanley Payne, Tenor Saxophone - Charlie Shavers, Trumpet

Originally released 1939. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

15
All of Me (Take 2) 00:03:01

Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra, Associated Performer, Main Artist - John Hammond, Producer - Billie Holiday - S.Simons, Composer, Lyricist - Bernie Hanighen, Producer - John Collins, Guitar - G.Marks, Composer, Lyricist - Kenny Clarke, Drums - Mark Wilder - Eddie Heywood, Piano - Seth Foster - Ted Sturgis, Bass - Leslie Johnakins, Alto Saxophone - Eddie Barefield, Alto Saxophone - Lester Young, Tenor Saxophone - Shad Collins, Trumpet

Originally Recorded 1941 & Released 1977. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

16
God Bless the Child (Take 1) 00:02:54

Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Billie Holiday, Composer, Lyricist - John Hammond, Producer - A. Herzog Jr., Composer, Lyricist - Bernie Hanighen, Producer - Paul Chapman, Guitar - Herbert Cowans, Drums - Eddie Heywood, Piano - Lester Boone, Alto Saxophone - Jimmy Powell, Alto Saxophone - Ernie Powell, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone - Roy Eldridge, Trumpet

Originally released 1941. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

17
Gloomy Sunday (Take 1) 00:03:11

Billie Holiday, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra, Associated Performer - Billie Holiday with Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - R. SERESS, Composer, Lyricist - Bernie Hanighen, Producer - L. Javor, Composer, Lyricist - Gene Fields, Guitar - S. Lewis, Composer, Lyricist - J.C. Heard, Drums - Teddy Wilson, Piano - John Williams, Bass - Hymie Schertzer, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet - Babe Russin, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone - Jimmy Hamilton, Clarinet - Emmett Berry, Trumpet

Originally released 1942. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

18
Strange Fruit (1939 Single version) 00:03:11

Billie Holiday, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Lewis Allan, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 1939 The Verve Music Group

19
Fine and Mellow 00:03:14

Billie Holiday, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist

Originally released 1939 The Verve Music Group, A Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

20
Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be) (Single Version) 00:03:16

Billie Holiday, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Roger J. Ramirez, Composer, Lyricist - Jimmy Sherman, Composer, Lyricist - James Davis, Composer, Lyricist

Originally released 1945 The Verve Music Group, A Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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A hundredth birthday is a good reason to release a new Billie Holiday collection, but it's also true that it's been a little while since Legacy has returned to this particular well. As of 2015, it's been 14 years since the complete box Lady Day and eight years since the nice double-disc distillation, so a single-disc set like The Centennial Collection is indeed welcome. Legacy didn't limit itself to the Columbia catalog for this set, either. Drawing from sides recorded for Brunswick, Vocalion, OKeh, Commodore, and Decca between 1937 and 1945, this 20-track collection contains the original (and often best-known) performances of many of her best-known songs, including "These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)," "The Very Thought of You," "Them There Eyes," "God Bless the Child," "Gloomy Sunday," and "Strange Fruit." This by no means touches on everything the great Holiday recorded -- there is nothing from Verve, for instance -- this is nevertheless better than most single-disc sets on touching upon her best work. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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