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Lady In Satin [Original recording remastered, Enhanced]

Billie Holiday Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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1. I'm A Fool To Want You
2. For Heaven's Sake
3. You Don't Know What Love Is
4. I Get Along Without You Very Well
5. For All We Know
6. Violets For Your Furs
7. You've Changed
8. It's Easy To Remember
9. But Beautiful
10. Glad To Be Unhappy
11. I'll Be Around
12. The End Of A Love Affair
13. I'm A Fool To Want You (Take 3)
14. I'm A Fool to Want You (Take 2 - Alternate Take)
15. The End Of A Love Affair: The Audio Story
16. The End Of A Love Affair (Stereo)
17. Pause Track

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Heavyweight 180gm vinyl LP pressing of this 1958 album from the Jazz legend. Wax Time.


A harrowing classic, Billie Holiday's personal favorite among her '50s albums captures the singer 17 months before her death, her once honeyed voice, scarred and weakened from punishing life, its ravages highlighted by the 1958 session's crisp sonics and the contrasting "satin" of Ray Ellis' sleek string arrangements. Yet it is that very contrast that explains the power of these performances: In revisiting its torchy standards, Holiday reduces them to their core of pain and longing, transforming "I'm a Fool to Want You," "You Don't Know What Love Is," and "You've Changed" into naked declarations as mesmerizing and unsettling as a horrific accident. Any postrocker that presumes pop standards and string sections automatically translate to "easy listening" hasn't listened to this. This 1997 version adds unreleased takes and a beautiful 20-bit digital transfer to extract every shivering pang of Holiday's music. --Sam Sutherland

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Ever. April 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is my first review on Amazon. I have never felt the need to do a review on Amazon before. Simply because someone would have always said all that I would have wanted to say.
56 people have reviewed this album before me. Pretty much every good reviewer has said what I am going to say. And yet I feel compelled to review this album. No one, I repeat no artist has ever sung from the depth of his/her heart like Billie Holiday in this album. The music pacifies you, and Lady Day's voice fills you with the deepest sorrow. And yet, in the end you emerge as if transformed by a divine experience.
Now, I will be fair. I had first heard this record 2 months back. And as it turned out, it was the first record of Billie Holliday that I had heard. Naturally, I was surpried, as people who know their stuff regarded her as one of the greats, and this record of her's as the best of all. But I was disappointed.
Eventually, I went back and heard more of her earlier recordings, read about her life, and again came back to this record. And now I truly believe that no artist has ever sung from his/her heart like the way Billie Holiday did in this CD. This album is truly beautiful. And the beauty is hidden underneath a sratchy and haggard voice of a lady tormented by physical and emotional distress.
If you do not know much about Jazz don't buy it.
If you haven't heard Lady Day before, wait till you have heard some of her other stuff.
If you have heard her before and haven't heard this album, then you are missing out on something no words can describe.
And as a tip to those who do not "get" this album. Like Ray Ellis said it, hear it emotionally and not musically.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Altisimo nivel emocional March 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
Es curioso la controversia que este disco despierta. Razonable porque la voz de Billie Holliday está ya muy deteriorada, como si tuviera 80 años. Pero para mi su interpretación es mejor que nunca, trasciende sus propias posibilidades vocales y la emoción desborda, el dolor empapa los deliciosos arreglos de Ray Ellis y los sentimientos se apoderan de un disco impagable e irrepetible.
Este disco aparece aproximadamente 1 año y medio antes de su muerte, y es su mejor legado, una colección de hermosas viñetas de amor y desamor, desgarrado pero no exento de un pequeño rayo de esperanza a veces (for heaven's sake).
Entre las canciones del disco, mis preferidas son I'm a Fool To Want You (entre las mejores de su repertorio), For Heaven's Sake, You Don't Know What Love Is, You've Changed o The End Of A Love Affair.
Disco especial e irrepetible, joya atemporal, testamento de una de las mejores y expresivas voces del universo jazz, pop. Este disco no merece menos de un 10.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Tough Call Jan. 3 2003
Format:Audio CD
Out of all the strange and idiosyncratic albums in music history, this is one of the strangest and most idiosyncratic. The arrangements are so cool, while the singing is so understated, that you could put it on during a cocktail party and probably no one would bat an eyelid, because it's so superficially unobtrusive it can function as a perfect complement to the background. However, for the more attentive listener there are subtle dark horrors lurking within the phrasing, which may be inferred by the low-energy, sometimes off-key singing. Then again, so paradoxical is this album that this apparent morbidness may ultimately be nothing more than an expression of pure joy with an extremely compromised instrument. Whatever it is, this album is certainly Holiday's completely unpretentious attempt to compete with protege Frank Sinatra on his own turf in that never-never land of quasi-Easy-listening, where the jazz isn't so much in the charts, but is more in the soul of the performer.
Who knows what to make of this album?
I really don't want to pre-determine the listener's response to this music, though I would like to make one suggestion. Whatever you do, don't listen to this CD for the first time during the daylight hours, and don't listen to it with a full-tank of gas. This disc should only be played on a relaxed weekend, after your revels are mostly ended. So fragile and evanescent is its art that it can only be properly appreciated when your more vulnerable self takes hold.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The sound of fragility. Nov. 6 2002
Format:Audio CD
I always wondered what *fragile* sounded like. Now I know. It sounds like Billie Holiday singing on one of her final albums, her voice as tired and damaged as can be, with a lush orchestra backing her just to make the juxtaposition all the more stunning. As a singer myself, just listening to her voice gives me chills. I no longer have to imagine what years of substance abuse does to the lungs and vocal cords. It is painfully obvious. This is not to say that the listening experience is painful; in fact, many feel this is essential Billie. The factory-placed sticker states that this was Billie's personal favorite recording. Whether or not that is true, LADY IN SATIN is a gorgeous record, but probably not one you will spin a lot. Holiday had deteriorated so visibly and audibly by this point that I'm amazed she got thru the recording sessions. The strain in her voice only serves to drive home the lyrics which are mostly about lost love, forlorn love, sadness etc. The performances are all the more effective for this-thank God her doctor didn't make her stay home! We music lovers are so much the better for her work on this tortured, melancholy recording.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent
Legendary album, perfect production, excelent quality of vinyl. Receomendation for LP record lovers.
I got this record sooner than estimate time.
Published 7 months ago by Zeljko
5.0 out of 5 stars Lady Sings The Blues
This is an awesome lp,,her voice is quivering,though at age 58..to me this lp delivers in all counts..from the first to last song..this record is on my turntable,,,,a lot
Published 18 months ago by bocephusfan
2.0 out of 5 stars an essential classic ?
Having just read an article entitled the most essential jazz music of the past century I went and purchased ths Lady in Satin. Read more
Published on March 12 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish!!!
this is the most terrible voice i've ever heard!!!!
a loaf of rubbish and a waste of time and money!!!
Published on Jan. 20 2004 by Christine Daae
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever Our Lady
Who wouldn't embrace Billie Holiday's emotionally, cringing, yet beautiful soul haunting pain that she portrayed in almost every single song she has sung from her soul? Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2003 by V.C.
3.0 out of 5 stars I get it - but don't want to
Yes...I understand what previous reviewers are feeling and saying, viv-a-vis the haunting, scarred, weak voice of Billie on this, set against the lush arrangements of Ray Ellis. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2003 by "douglasnegley"
5.0 out of 5 stars Lady's Favorite
The ultimate torch album of all time! Ray Ellis wrote similar arrangements for Pop singers around the same time (Connie Francis, Jerri Adams, etc. Read more
Published on July 17 2003 by Allen Bardin
5.0 out of 5 stars Billie's masterpiece (of human emotion).
Real Emotion. Universal Truth. The Sadness and Tragedy of Life. Wilst there is another happy, triumphant, and joyous side to the human condition, all must die, therein lies the... Read more
Published on July 4 2003 by Eric Andreasen
4.0 out of 5 stars More of a cultural icon than enjoyable experience...
Billie laid down these performances at age 42, less than two years before her death. Her voice sounds as if she is 70. Read more
Published on June 19 2003 by William E. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars my first ever jazz cd
it was a strange choice i seppose for somone who wants to get to know the basics of jazz music, but i got it a few years ago, cause i loved the way she looks on the cover, about a... Read more
Published on March 2 2003 by A. Dan
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