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Love Songs, Vol. 2

Love Songs, Vol. 2

by Billie Holiday Billie Holiday
Love Songs, Vol. 2

Love Songs, Vol. 2

by Billie Holiday Billie Holiday


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Another Legacy title fashioned out of the recordings released in total on the exhaustive Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia box set of her early career. No complaints here, as few can afford such abundant booty, and because the label sticks to tried and true themes. Although, you may prefer her previous swing record, and the bluesy compilation of her work with velvet-touched tenor-saxophonist Lester Young, Love Songs, Vol. 2 is another antidote to the perception that Lady Day could only excel at mournful, striking, downer tunes such as her most famous work, "God Bless the Child," "Strange Fruit," and "Until the Real Thing Comes Along." Here are 16 sides of the more whimsical, sassy, mischievous, or laughingly resigned Billie Holiday, typified by the unabashedly lustful "I Must Have That Man," the chuckle of Oscar Hammerstein's "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," and even Hammerstein's depressingly named but actually bouncy "Why Was I Born." Though she's not as unfettered as Louis Armstrong (who, for instance, wrung much more humor with Ella Fitzgerald out of their later '50s look at "A Fine Romance," Holiday's version here from 1936), her behind-the-beat singing remains a flavorful reading on these classic Tin Pan Alley tunes. Of course, there are a few "blue" Holiday tunes, such as Irving Berlin's "This Year's Kisses," and Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra can't help but inject their melancholy notes here and there. So it's not exactly a picnic, but it is once again a multifaceted look at the total talent of one of the best jazz interpreters who ever entered a studio, of the languid tantalization of love just out of reach.

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2003
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969037324
catalogNumber: 90373
Rank: 141789


  1. These Foolish Things
  2. Did I Remember?
  3. A Fine Romance
  4. Easy to Love
  5. This Year's Kisses
  6. Why Was I Born?
  7. I Must Have That Man!
  8. Moanin' Low
  9. I'll Never Be the Same
  10. He's Funny That Way
  11. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
  12. When a Woman Loves a Man
  13. More Than You Know
  14. Body and Soul
  15. I Cover the Waterfront
  16. Love Me or Leave Me

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billie Holiday   Primary Artist
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Danny Barker   Guitar
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Jo Jones   Drums
Jonah Jones   Trumpet
John Kirby   String Bass
Gene Krupa   Drums
Artie Shaw   Clarinet
Claude Thornhill   Piano
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Lester Young   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Bushkin   Piano
Cozy Cole   Drums
Irving Fazola   Clarinet
Benny Morton   Trombone
Vido Musso   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Babe Russin   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Walter Page   String Bass
Benny Carter   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Artie Bernstein   String Bass
Emmett Berry   Trumpet
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Eddie Durham   Guitar
Carl Frye   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet
Clyde Hart   Piano
J.C. Heard   Drums
Milt Hinton   String Bass
Lawrence Lucie   Guitar
Irving "Mouse" Randolph   Trumpet
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Hymie Schertzer   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Kermit Scott   Tenor Saxophone
Sonny White   Piano
John Williams   String Bass
Dick McDonough   Guitar
Prince Robinson   Clarinet
Pete Peterson   String Bass
Ernie Powell   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Hal West   Drums

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Frank Signorelli   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Robert Sour   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Frank Eyton   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Harry Link   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels)   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer

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