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The Complete Decca Recordings

Billie Holiday

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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." ~ Scott Yanow

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Billie Holiday

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DISC 1

1
Lover Man (Single Version) 00:03:17

Billie Holiday, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Milt Gabler, Producer - Jimmy Sherman, ComposerLyricist - James Davis, ComposerLyricist - Roger J. "Ram" Ramirez, ComposerLyricist - Toots Camarata, Conductor

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1945 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
No More (Single Version) 00:02:47

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Milt Gabler, Producer - Toots Camarata, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Toots Camarata & His Orchestra, Orchestra - Sidney Keith Bob Russell, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1946 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
No More 00:03:05

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Milt Gabler, Producer - Toots Camarata, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sidney Keith Bob Russell, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1989 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
That Ole Devil Called Love (Single Version) 00:02:54

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Allan Roberts, ComposerLyricist - Doris Fisher, ComposerLyricist - Tutti Camarata, Conductor

℗ 1945 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Don't Explain 00:02:55

Billie Holiday, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Milt Gabler, Producer - Arthur Herzog Jr., ComposerLyricist - Toots Camarata, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1979 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Big Stuff (Alt. Take November 1944) 00:02:28

Leonard Bernstein, ComposerLyricist - Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Milt Gabler, Producer - Toots Camarata, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Toots Camarata & His Orchestra, FeaturedArtist

℗ 1978 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Don't Explain (Single Version) 00:03:23

Billie Holiday, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Arthur Herzog Jr., ComposerLyricist - Toots Camarata, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1946 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Big Stuff 00:02:59

Leonard Bernstein, ComposerLyricist - Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Toots Camarata, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1978 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
You Better Go Now (Single Version) 00:02:36

Bix Reichner, ComposerLyricist - Irving Graham, ComposerLyricist - Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Milt Gabler, Producer - Bob Haggart & His Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1946 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
What Is This Thing Called Love (Single Version) 00:03:06

Cole Porter, ComposerLyricist - Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Milt Gabler, Producer - Bob Haggart & His Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1946 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Good Morning Heartache 00:03:07

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Ervin Drake, ComposerLyricist - Milt Gabler, Producer - Tiny Grimes, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - DAN FISHER, ComposerLyricist - Irene Higginbotham, ComposerLyricist - John Simmons, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Sid Catlett, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Guy, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Griffin, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Hank Ross, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Springer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Stegmeyer's Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernie Kaufman, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Armand Camgros, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1946 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
No Good Man 00:03:23

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Sammy Gallop, ComposerLyricist - DAN FISHER, ComposerLyricist - Irene Higginbotham, ComposerLyricist - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1991 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
No Good Man (Single Version) 00:03:07

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Milt Gabler, Producer - Sammy Gallop, ComposerLyricist - DAN FISHER, ComposerLyricist - Irene Higginbotham, ComposerLyricist - Bill Stegmeyer's Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1946 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Big Stuff (False Start With Chatter) 00:00:23

Leonard Bernstein, ComposerLyricist - Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Milt Gabler, Producer

℗ 1991 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
Big Stuff (Alt. Take) 00:02:46

Leonard Bernstein, ComposerLyricist - Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Milt Gabler, Producer

℗ 1991 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

16
Big Stuff (Prologue / From "Fancy Free") 00:02:31

Leonard Bernstein, ComposerLyricist - Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Milt Gabler, Producer

℗ 1946 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

17
Baby, I Don't Cry Over You 00:03:12

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Milt Gabler, Producer - Morton Krouse, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

18
Baby, I Don't Cry Over You (Single Version) 00:03:11

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Billy Kyle, Musical Director - Morton Krouse, ComposerLyricist - Billy Kyle And His Trio, FeaturedArtist

℗ 1947 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

19
I'll Look Around (Edit) 00:03:15

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - George Cory, ComposerLyricist - Milt Gabler, Producer - Douglas Cross, ComposerLyricist - George Douglas, ComposerLyricist - Cory Cross, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

20
I'll Look Around (Single Version) 00:03:14

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - George Cory, ComposerLyricist - Milt Gabler, Producer - Douglas Cross, ComposerLyricist - George Douglas, ComposerLyricist - Cory Cross, ComposerLyricist - Billy Kyle And His Trio, Orchestra

℗ 1947 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

21
The Blues Are Brewin' (Single Version) 00:03:02

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Eddie Delange, Author - Louis Alter, Composer - John Simmons & His Orchestra, Musical Director, FeaturedArtist

℗ 1951 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

22
Guilty (Alt. Version) 00:02:52

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Gus Kahn, Author - Harry Akst, Composer - Milt Gabler, Producer - Richard A. Whiting, Composer

℗ 1991 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

23
Guilty 00:01:06

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Gus Kahn, Author - Harry Akst, Composer - Milt Gabler, Producer - Richard A. Whiting, Composer

℗ 1991 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

24
Guilty 00:03:13

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Gus Kahn, Author - Harry Akst, Composer - Milt Gabler, Producer - Richard A. Whiting, Composer - John Simmons, Musical Director - John Simmons & His Orchestra, FeaturedArtist

℗ 1958 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

25
Deep Song (Single Version) 00:03:12

Douglass Cross, ComposerLyricist - George C. Cory Jr., ComposerLyricist - Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Milt Gabler, Producer - Bob Haggart & His Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1947 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

26
There Is No Greater Love (Single Version) 00:02:56

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Marty Symes, Author - Isham Jones, Composer - Milt Gabler, Producer - Bob Haggart, Musical Director

℗ 1947 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 2

1
Easy Living (Single Version) 00:03:12

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Leo Robin, Author - Ralph Rainger, Composer - Milt Gabler, Producer - Bob Haggart & His Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1947 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Solitude (1991 Box Set Version) 00:03:14

Duke Ellington, Composer - Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Irving Mills, Author - Milt Gabler, Producer - Eddie Delange, Author

℗ 1991 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Solitude (Single Version) 00:03:10

Duke Ellington, Composer - Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Irving Mills, Author - Milt Gabler, Producer - Bob Haggart, Conductor - Eddie Delange, Author

℗ 1947 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Weep No More (Single Version) 00:03:21

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Gordon Jenkins, ComposerLyricist - Tom Adair, ComposerLyricist - Tutti Camarata, Musical Director - The Stardusters, FeaturedArtist

℗ 1949 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Girls Were Made To Take Care Of Boys (Single Version) 00:03:12

Mundell Lowe, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Ralph Blane, ComposerLyricist - Bob Haggart, Musical Director - Bobby Tucker, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Levy, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Denzil Best, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Stardusters, FeaturedArtist

℗ 1949 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Porgy (Single Version) 00:02:57

George Gershwin, ComposerLyricist - Ira Gershwin, ComposerLyricist - Mundell Lowe, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Milt Gabler, Producer - Bob Haggart, Musical Director - Heyward Du Bose, ComposerLyricist - Bobby Tucker, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Levy, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Denzil Best, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1949 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
My Man (Mon Homme) (1991 Box Set Version) 00:03:10

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Jacques Charles, ComposerLyricist - Maurice Yvain, ComposerLyricist - Milt Gabler, Producer - Channing Pollock, ComposerLyricist - Albert Lucien Willemetz, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
My Man (Single Version) 00:02:56

Mundell Lowe, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Jacques Charles, ComposerLyricist - Maurice Yvain, ComposerLyricist - Milt Gabler, Producer - Bobby Tucker, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Levy, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Denzil Best, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Channing Pollock, ComposerLyricist - Albert Lucien Willemetz, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1949 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
'Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do (Alternate Version) 00:03:17

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Milt Gabler, Producer - Porter Grainger, ComposerLyricist - Everett Robbins, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do (Single Version) 00:03:20

George Duvivier, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Nottingham, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Mundell Lowe, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Milt Gabler, Producer - Rudy Powell, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Buster Harding, Unknown, Other - Porter Grainger, ComposerLyricist - George Dorsey, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Buck Clayton, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - George Matthews, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Everett Robbins, ComposerLyricist - Dickie Wells, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Henderson, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Shadow Wilson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Emmett Berry, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Sol Moore, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1949 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Baby Get Lost (Single Version) 00:03:15

Billy Moore, ComposerLyricist - Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Buster Harding, Musical Director - Leonard Feather, ComposerLyricist - Buster Harding & His Orchestra, FeaturedArtist

℗ 1949 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Keeps On A Rainin' (Single Version) 00:03:16

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Sy Oliver, Musical Director - Clarence Williams, ComposerLyricist - Sy Oliver & His Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Max Korlander, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1950 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Them There Eyes (Single Version) 00:02:50

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Sy Oliver, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Milt Gabler, Producer - Maceo Pinkard, ComposerLyricist - DORIS TAUBER, ComposerLyricist - William Tracey, ComposerLyricist - Sy Oliver & His Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1950 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Do Your Duty (Single Version) 00:03:16

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Sy Oliver, Musical Director - Wesley Sox Wilson, ComposerLyricist - Sy Oliver & His Orchestra, FeaturedArtist

℗ 1951 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
Gimme A Pigfoot And A Bottle Of Beer (Single Version) 00:02:45

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Sy Oliver, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Wesley Sox Wilson, ComposerLyricist - Sy Oliver & His Orchestra, FeaturedArtist

℗ 1950 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

16
You Can't Lose A Broken Heart (Single Version) 00:03:15

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Louis Armstrong, MainArtist - Sy Oliver, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Milt Gabler, Producer - James P. Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Sy Oliver & His Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Flourney E. Miller, ComposerLyricist

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1949 UMG Recordings, Inc.

17
My Sweet Hunk O' Trash (Single Version) 00:03:20

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Louis Armstrong, MainArtist - Sy Oliver, Musical Director - Milt Gabler, Producer - James P. Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Sy Oliver & His Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Flourney E. Miller, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1949 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

18
Now Or Never (Single Version) 00:03:17

Billie Holiday, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Sy Oliver, Conductor - Sy Oliver & His Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Curtis Reginald Lewis, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1950 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

19
You're My Thrill (Single Version) 00:03:25

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Gordon Jenkins, Conductor - Milt Gabler, Producer - Jay Gorney, Composer - Sidney Clare, Author

℗ 1949 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

20
Crazy He Calls Me (Single Version) 00:03:04

Bob Russell, ComposerLyricist - Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Carl Sigman, ComposerLyricist - Gordon Jenkins, Conductor - Milt Gabler, Producer

℗ 1949 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

21
Please Tell Me Now (Single Version) 00:03:14

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Gordon Jenkins, Conductor - Toussaint L. Pope, ComposerLyricist - Arnold Clawson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1950 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

22
Somebody's On My Mind (Single Version) 00:02:57

Billie Holiday, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Arthur Herzog Jr., ComposerLyricist - Gordon Jenkins' Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - John Simmons, Musical Director

℗ 1950 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

23
God Bless The Child (Single Version) 00:03:10

ROB MOUNSEY, Arranger, Work Arranger - Billie Holiday, Author - Gordon Jenkins, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Charles LaVere, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Fatool, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Milt Gabler, Producer - Arthur Herzog Jr., Composer - Bob Bain, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra, MainArtist - Lou Butterman, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Dent Eckels, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Fahie, Adapter

℗ 1950 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

24
This Is Heaven To Me (Single Version) 00:02:51

Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Bob Haggart, Musical Director - Ernest Schweikert, ComposerLyricist - Frank Reardon, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1950 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

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." ~ Scott Yanow

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