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Lady In Satin [Original recording remastered, Enhanced]

Billie Holiday Audio CD
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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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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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Billie Holiday ~ Lady In Satin

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lady Sings The Blues April 24 2013
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
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
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent March 10 2014
By Zeljko
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
Legendary album, perfect production, excelent quality of vinyl. Receomendation for LP record lovers.
I got this record sooner than estimate time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Billie laid down these performances at age 42, less than two years before her death. Her voice sounds as if she is 70. Whereas Johnny Cash, Ralph Stanley, Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney and some others still sounded good in their 60's, Ms. Holiday's voice was pretty much gone by 40. Drug and alcohol abuse and perhaps tobacco, and a hard life in spite of being famous, or partly because of it, ravaged her. This is the kind of album that one cringes to hear at first, the voice is so old and raw and frail. I have never been a fan of Billie's, but then I have not been exposed to much of her output from younger days. However, with each listen, this disc gets better. One becomes accustomed to the voice, and begins to appreciate the effort, and phrasing, and emotion, and courage she put into it. The Ray Ellis arrangements and orchestral accompaniment contribute hugely to the album's success. This is not a disc you play for other people, or when you are in a good mood. Like Sinatra's "In the Wee Small Hours" it is melancholy, late-night consolation when "lonesome" and "sad" are the dominant moods of your life. But every adult has nights like that, and every music collection should have something that fits. If you are lucky, once you hear this a few times to get over the strangeness I spoke of earlier, you'll never need it again...but if you do, it will comfort you. Billie's life was worse than yours, her pain was deeper than yours, her future more limited than yours, her story more poignant and tragic than yours. Keep that in mind as you listen for 45 minutes or so, and you'll end up being blessed by Billie, in her last great studio session.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Forever Our Lady Sept. 20 2003
By V.C.
Format:Audio CD
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? I respect Billie Holiday...I read her autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues...getting inside that lady is a higher blessing, a higher beauty, and a higher sense of pain. Nobody can ever express as much pain as she had. Billie Holiday was truly very rare, with a voice that was pure as honey, yet as tarnished as a burnt flower. This album truly reflect her life in whole with the heartache, the pain, the melancholy, the tragedy, and the abuse of a very tarnished heart that has lived to tell the world about it.
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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
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
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Tough Call
Out of all the strange and idiosyncratic albums in music history, this is one of the strangest and most idiosyncratic. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2003 by Mr. Hasta Pasta
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