Saturday, 24 May 2014

Vinyl Feature: Billie Holiday - Billie Holiday

The tragic life of Billie Holiday is the stuff of jazz legend and this tragedy is accentuated through this album, her final recording before she died four months later at the age of 44. After her death the album was renamed "Last Recording", but was otherwise the exact same album.

Billie's voice on this record adds to the sense of finality with her sounding frail and weak through most of the album, and yet it is pure Billie Holiday and full of the soul and passion she always infused into her music. For me this album completes the collection of Billie Holiday LP's that I have and it simply wouldn't be the same without this addition.

While my copy's cover is very yellowed with age the vinyl inside is near mint without a single crackle or scratch and makes for very poignant listening.

The front cover has a mood filled portrait of Billie Holiday while the back has a short history of Billie and includes a short run through the songs on the album.

All in all a great find and probably not so common these days, even Discogs doesn't have a single copy available.


Side 1
All Of You
Sometimes I'm Happy
You Took Advantage Of Me
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
There'll Be Some Changes
'Deed I Do

Side 2
Don't Worry' Bout Me
All The Way
Just One More Change
It's Not For Me To Say
I'll Never Smile Again
Baby Won't You Please Come Home

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