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Vocal Jazz - Released January 1, 1957 | Verve

Hi-Res Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Vocal Jazz - Released April 3, 2015 | Columbia - Legacy

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Vocal Jazz - Released November 14, 2015 | Landmark

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1957 | Verve Reissues

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Vocal Jazz - Released March 27, 2015 | Columbia - Legacy

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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Jazz - Released January 1, 1956 | Verve Reissues

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Vocal Jazz - Released January 1, 1956 | Clef Records

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1958 | Verve Reissues

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Vocal Jazz - Released January 1, 1957 | Commodore

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1958 | Verve Reissues

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Jazz - Released November 10, 2017 | Verve Reissues

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Soul - Released May 21, 2019 | Guest Star Records

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Vocal Jazz - Released May 3, 2016 | CTS Digital

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Vocal Jazz - Released May 15, 2019 | Reborn recordings

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Jazz - Released March 1, 1953 | Verve Reissues

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Vocal Jazz - Released May 28, 2015 | Digital Recordings

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Jazz - Released October 2, 2018 | Editions Audiovisuel Beulah

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Jazz - Released May 10, 2011 | S.D.E.G. Records

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Jazz - Released February 3, 2006 | Music & Melodie

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Vocal Jazz - Released May 27, 2015 | Digital Recordings

This budget compilation seems determined to counter Billie Holiday's image as a mournful singer by choosing 12 selections from her Brunswick and Vocalion sessions of the 1930s that emphasize her talents for uptempo swing music. Half the tracks are drawn from recordings credited to Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra, half to Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra, but in practice all are hot, small-band recordings on which Holiday generally is accompanied by a few horns and a rhythm section. With the exception of the Gershwins' "They Can't Take That Away From Me," the tunes are not memorable, but the playing is: Holiday keeps up with the beat, and the backup musicians, who include such notables as Roy Eldridge, Chu Berry, Dave Barbour, Cozy Cole, Babe Russin, and Milt Hinton, acquit themselves well. ~ William Ruhlmann