Billie Holiday - Songs For Distingue Lovers (2LP, 45RPM)
Billie Holiday - Songs For Distingue Lovers (2LP, 45RPM)
Billie Holiday - Songs For Distingue Lovers (2LP, 45RPM)
Billie Holiday - Songs For Distingue Lovers (2LP, 45RPM)

Billie Holiday - Songs For Distingue Lovers (2LP, 45RPM)

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Billie Holiday, vocals [click here to see more vinyl featuring Billie Holiday]

Harry "Sweets" Edison, trumpet [click here to see more vinyl featuring Harry Sweets Edison]

Ben Webster, tenor saxophone [click here to see more vinyl featuring Ben Webster]

Larry Bunker, drums

Barney Kessel, guitar

Red Mitchell, bass

Joe Mondragon, bass

Jimmy Rowles, piano

Alvin Stoller, drums



2 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 45RPM

Size : 12''



Record Press :  Quality Record Pressings

Label :  Analogue Productions

Original Label : Verve

Produced by Norman Granz

Remastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound  

Originally released in 1958

Reissued in 2012


Tracks :

Side A:

    1. Day In Day Out

Side B:

    1. A Foggy Day

    2. Stars Fell On Alabama

Side C:

    1. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)

    2. Just One Of Those Things

Side D:

    1. I Didn't Know What Time It Was


Winner of a 2012 Positive Feedback Online Writers' Choice Award


Reviews :

“Songs for Distingué Lovers forms part of the last series of extensive small-group recordings that Lady Day would make in the studio. Although her voice was largely shot at this point, she puts so much feeling into the lyrics that it's easy to overlook her dark sound. The band is a major asset, and made up of all-stars: trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison, tenor saxophonist Ben Webster, pianist Jimmie Rowles, guitarist Barney Kessel, bassist Red Mitchell, and Alvin Stoller or Larry Bunker on drums. There are plenty of short solos for Edison, Webster, and Kessel. Holiday does her best on such numbers as "A Foggy Day," "One for My Baby," "Just One of Those Things," and "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," and there are plenty of haunting moments, even if one could tell (even at the time) that the end was probably drawing near for the singer.” AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

"...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!" Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online, November/December 2011




AllMusic 3/5  ,  Discogs  4.49/5

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