Analogue Productions - AVRJ 6021-45 - 200 gram Virgin Vinyl - 753088602115
45RPM - Two Disc - Verve MG VS-6021
Mastered By George Marino at Sterling Sound
Limited Edition - Pressed at QRP Quality Record Pressings
"...these are all truly classic Verve titles that you simply don't want to miss...most importantly, the sound of these reissues is nothing short of astounding. Particularly the early Billie and Ella mono records are incredible treasures of sonic beauty. I'd definitely ask Santa for the whole set, or, if you want to cherry pick, the most classic titles. Whatever you decide, you owe yourself at least a half dozen!" Winner of a Positive Feedback Online Writers' Choice Award - Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online,
It is undeniable that Billie Holiday's singing changed in her later years. Her voice darkened and shifted to a lower range. Her economy of means distilled her sound to its expressive essence, a kind of heightened speech.
The classic 1957 Ververelease Songs For Distingue Lovers, has also deepened and become burnished with time.
Maybe it's that still-arresting word distingué; maybe it's that iconic, tinted image of Lady Day on the cover. All in all, the legendary Norman Granz produced set features what is arguably the singer's best studio work of the '50s. Iconic accompaniment from the likes of Harry Edison (trumpet), Ben Webster (tenor sax), Jimmy Rowles (piano), Barney Kessel(guitar), Red Mitchell (bass) and Alvin Stoller (drums) never hurts either.
This is simply a beautiful album. The song selection is incredible, the musicians are world class, and the recording is wonderful. Many feel this was her best studio album and Analogue Productions has taken this great LP to a whole new level. They have given it to us on dynamic 45 rpm LPs and a dead quiet pressing. I really like this album and it’s so nice to have such great music sounding so good. My highest recommendation! -Dagogo
"...because Billie is that rare artiste who cannot and will not have anything to do with a song, which story doesn't meet with her understanding and approval; literally, Billie tells her songs rather than sings them as far as the lyrics are concerned, yet, withal, treating the melody as strikingly as any instrumentalist." - Norman Granz
Billie Holiday, vocals
Harry Edison, trumpet
Ben Webster, tenor saxophone
Jimmy Rowles, piano
Barney Kessel, guitar
Red Mitchell, bass
Alvin Stoller, drums
Billie Holiday Songs For Distingue Lovers
1. Day In-Day Out
2. A Foggy Day
3. Stars Fell on Alabama
4. One for My Baby
5. Just One of Those Things
6. I Didn't Know What Time It Was