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Billie Holiday - Essential Works 1937-1958 2LP

Billie Holiday - Essential Works 1937-1958 2LP

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Lady Day was born under the name of Eleanora Fagan. How much suffering does it take to express love, pain, despair, or even life itself? Few singers have communicated emotions like Billie Holiday.

Her father, a jazz guitarist, wouldn’t recognise her and so refused to give his daughter his name. He was more interested in nightlife than in family life. Billie’s mother was a cleaner, cook and occasional prostitute who abandoned her daughter to the care of her aunts or a reformatory. Billie had a life of violence that commonly included rape and physical abuse of all kinds.

In between prostitution, prison and a few gigs in sordid dives where a customer’s generosity was her only means of support, Billie managed to record for Columbia when she was only nineteen. It was the beginning of a recognition that never waned over the years. Few voices of the past eight decades were as capable of moving the hearts of those who loved female singers in the same way as Billie Holiday.


1. All of Me
2. When You're Smiling
3. If Dreams Come True
4. The Man I Love
5. Getting Some Fun Out of Life
6. Time on My Hands
7. The Very Thought of You
8. My Man
9. Jim
10. Solitude
11. Georgia on My Mind
12. Loverman
13. Am I Blue?
14. I'll Be Seeing You
15. Now or Never
16. On the Sunny Side of the Street
17. Blue Moon
18. Remember
19. Sugar
20. Them There Eyes
21. Lover Come Back to Me
22. Love Me or Leave Me
23. Willow Weep for Me
24. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
25. Cheek to Cheek
26. All or Nothing at All
27. I'm a Fool to Want You

About this product: this release is pressed on 2x black vinyl.