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Lady in Satin Original recording remastered, Enhanced
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|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|
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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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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Legendary album, perfect production, excelent quality of vinyl. Receomendation for LP record lovers.
I got this record sooner than estimate time.
Having just read an article entitled the most essential jazz music of the past century I went and purchased ths Lady in Satin. Read morePublished on March 12 2004
this is the most terrible voice i've ever heard!!!!
a loaf of rubbish and a waste of time and money!!!
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 morePublished on Sept. 20 2003 by Vanessa Clark
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 morePublished on Sept. 6 2003
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 morePublished on July 17 2003 by Allen Bardin
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 morePublished on July 4 2003 by Eric Andreasen
Billie laid down these performances at age 42, less than two years before her death. Her voice sounds as if she is 70. Read morePublished on June 19 2003 by William E. Adams
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