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The Definitive Collection


Download links and information about The Definitive Collection by Billie Holiday. This album was released in 2008 and it belongs to Blues, Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop genres. It contains 22 tracks with total duration of 01:10:28 minutes.

Artist: Billie Holiday
Release date: 2008
Genre: Blues, Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop
Tracks: 22
Duration: 01:10:28
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No. Title Length
1. What a Little Moonlight Can Do (featuring Teddy Wilson) 2:55
2. Mean to Me (featuring Teddy Wilson) 3:05
3. Strange Fruit 3:09
4. Fine and Mellow 3:13
5. Trav'lin' Light (featuring Paul Whiteman, Paul Whiteman And His Orchestra) 3:15
6. Billie's Blues 3:07
7. Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be) 3:15
8. Don't Explain 3:20
9. Good Morning Heartache 3:05
10. Solitude 3:07
11. Easy Living 3:10
12. I Loves You Porgy 2:54
13. My Man (Mon Homme) 2:55
14. 'Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do 3:18
15. You're My Thrill 3:22
16. Them There Eyes 2:49
17. Willow Weep for Me 3:05
18. I Thought About You 2:45
19. Lady Sings the Blues 3:43
20. God Bless the Child 3:57
21. I Cover the Waterfront 3:42
22. You've Changed 3:17



Since the range of recording dates for Verve Records' Billie Holiday compilation The Definitive Collection stretches from her first session in 1935 to her last in 1958, it might be supposed that the album attempts to live up to its ambitious name. In fact, however, this disc is really a selection of 18 highlights from the portion of Holiday's catalog controlled by Verve's parent company, Universal Music, which is to say her work for Commodore, Decca, Clef, and Verve itself between 1939 and 1956, with a couple of tracks licensed from her mid-'30s work for Brunswick (now owned by Sony BMG); a track she recorded under a pseudonym for Capitol (now controlled by EMI) in 1942; and a track from her final album, Lady in Satin, released by Columbia (another Sony BMG label). Although the bulk of these performances date from the '40s, the chronological sequence gives a sense of Holiday's vocal development over the years, as her craft improved and the technical quality of her voice deteriorated. Many of her better-known songs are included, with the caveat that "God Bless the Child," "Billie's Blues," "Easy Living," "Solitude," "My Man," and "I Cover the Waterfront" are re-recordings. (Annotator Bill Dahl states the case made by some listeners that the later versions are superior to the earlier ones.) Absent a merger of the remaining major record labels, it may be impossible to attempt a comprehensive, not to mention "definitive," collection of Holiday's career peaks on a single disc. This one is not a bad attempt, but it still basically represents only a part of the story.