Lady In Satin =180g vinyl LP =
1 x LP
( 1958 ) 2015 EU reissue on 180g LP=1958's Lady In Satin is the last major recording of Billie Holiday that was released during her lifetime, and it is also the most controversial. Ray Ellis' arrangements seem like a harsh contrast to Holiday's broken and
Release date: 24-09-2015(originally released in 1958)
2015 EU reissue on 180g LP= Lady In Satin is the last major recording of Billie Holiday that was released during her lifetime, and it is also the most controversial. Ray Ellis' arrangements seem like a harsh contrast to Holiday's broken and fragile voice. Ellis himself was, at first, disappointed by the quality of the recording. It was only after listening more closely that he realized the beauty of these sessions and understood why Billie ranked this album as her favorite. More than any of her other recordings, Lady In Satin calls for an emotional rather than a musical listening.
A1. I'm A Fool To Want You
A2. For Heaven's Sake
A3. You Don't Know What Love Is
A4. I Get Along Without You Very Well
A5. For All We Know
A6. Violets For Your Furs
B1. You've Changed
B2. It's Easy To Remember
B3. But Beautiful
B4. Glad To Be Unhappy
B5. I'll Be Around
Billie Holiday is undeniably one of the most influential singers of the twentieth century. As the first vocalist to cite instruments – and especially the horns of Louis Armstrong and Lester Young – as her main inspiration, she was one of the most relentlessly individual singers of the jazz age, transforming silly Tin Pan Alley songs into jazz standards. But her biography also reads as one of the saddest tales of the modern age. Her talents came at a cost; the price seemed to be a predilection for bad men and an addiction to drugs.
Billie Holiday was a true artist of her day and rose as a social phenomenon in the 1950s. Her soulful, unique singing voice and her ability to boldly turn any material that she confronted into her own music made her a superstar of her time. Today, Holiday is remembered for her masterpieces, creativity and vivacity, as many of Lady Day’s songs are as well known today as they were decades ago. Holiday’s poignant voice is still considered to be one of the greatest jazz voices of all time.
After years on Norman Granz's Clef/Norgran/Verve group of labels, and impressed by arrangements she had heard by Ray Ellis, Holiday cut this album for Columbia in 1958. A highwater mark of her career, Lady In Satin served as Billie's second to last studio effort and final album released during her lifetime. The results are a very smooth, velvety set of tunes that go down like a twelve year old single-malt scotch. Standouts include "I Get Along Without You Very Well" and "You've Changed."
Originally released: 1958
This release: 2015