Billie Holiday : Songs for Distingué Lovers

Billie Holiday : Songs for Distingué Lovers


Billie Holiday (lyrics), Ben Webster (tenor sax), Harry 'Sweets' Edison (trumpet), Jimmy Rowles (piano), Barney Kessel (guitar), Red Mitchell, Joe Mondragon (bass), Larry Bunker, Alvin Stoller (drums)

Verve 6021

Analogue Productions : 2 LPs 200 gram (45rpm)

Brand New and Sealed Record

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1. Day In Day Out
2. A Foggy Day
3. Stars Fell On Alabama
4. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
5. Just One Of Those Things
6. I Didn't Know What Time It Was

Recorded on January 3-9, 1957 at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.

It is undeniable that Billie Holiday’s singing changed in her later years. Her voice darkened an shifted to a lower range. Her economy of means distilled her sound to its expressive essence – a kind of heightened speech. The classic LP Songs For Distingué 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. This legendary recording features the singer’s best studio work of the Fifties.

Down Beat’s West Coast editor John Tynan wrote that it is, ‘…loose, utterly relaxed, a top flight solo work.’ The great Lady Day is backed by Harry Edison’s trumpet, Ben Webster on tenor sax, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Barney Kessel on guitar, Red Mitchell on bass and Alvin Stoller on drums.
…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.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on 200-gram virgin vinyl at Quality Record Pressings.