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Songs For Distingue Lovers (2-LP-200 g._45 RPM_Analogue Produc.)

Songs For Distingue Lovers (2-LP-200 g._45 RPM_Analogue Produc.)

Songs for Distinguè Lovers was originally released as  MG V 8257 in 1957 . ( C ) 2012 The Verve Music Group . Manufactured by Universal Music Enterprises , a Division of UMG Recordings , Inc. 2220 Colorado Avenue , Santa Monica, CA 90404 .Ristampa a cura della Analogue Productions  / Verve reissues  in versione 2 LP a 45 RPM_, Barcode No. : 0 601704 602110 /  AP-6021 . EAN:0601704602110  , Format: 45rpm 200g Vinyl 2LP , Item no.: AVRJ 6021-45. Prodotto di importazione U.S.A..

Songs for distingué Lovers è un album prodotto dalla cantante jazz Billie Holiday e rilasciato nel 1957 su Verve Records. L'album è stato registrato presso il Capitol Studios di Los Angeles dal 3 Gennaio al 9 Gennaio del 1957, e prodotto da Norman Granz.

Songs for Distingué Lovers is an album by jazz singer Billie Holiday released in 1957 on Verve Records. It was recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles from January 3 to January 9, 1957, and produced by Norman Granz.


Il 1956-1957 si è rivelato un periodo intenso per Billie Holiday, dopo aver superato tante difficoltà aveva appena pubblicato le sue memorie, intitolate “ Lady Sings the Blues “ ( in collaborazione con William Dufty ). Il 10 Dicembre del 1956 per promuovere il suo libro ha tenuto un concerto alla Carnegie Hall . In questo periodo la cantante era sotto contratto con Norman Granz , che ha registrato l'evento ( nel corso del quale sono stati anche lette alcune parti del libro), e le ha anche organizzato delle piccole sessions di gruppo in studio con Webster ed Edison, che , in quel momento , facevano parte entrambi del personale staff di Granz . Songs for Distingué Lovers ha visto la creazione dal secondo lotto di sessions effettuate nel 1957 da Billie con Webster , Edison e Rowles.

Come notato in precedenza, queste sarebbero state le ultime piccole registrazioni in studio del gruppo di Billie Holiday. Dopo queste sessioni la sua salute continuò a peggiorare, aggravata da una vita di auto-abuso. Anche se lei , poi , avrebbe continuato le sue performances fino alla fine (morì il 15 Luglio del 1959, all'età di 44 anni ), diventando l'ombra di se stessa. Tuttavia, era ancora capace di regalare ancora magici momenti , come la sua penultima registrazione in studio, Lady in Satin, nella quale è stata sostenuta da una grande orchestra diretta da Ray Ellis.

1956 – 57 proved a busy period for Billie Holiday , who after overcoming many breakdowns had just puplished her memoirs , titled Lady Sings the Blues ( in collaboration with William Dufty ) . She performed a concert at Carnegie Hall on December 10 , 1956 to promote her book. The vocalist was under contract with Norman Granz , who recorded the event ( during which parts of the book were read ) , and also organized the small group studio sessions with Webster and Edison , who were both members of the Granz staff at that time . Songs for Distingué Lovers was culled from the second batch of sessions made in 1957 by Billie with Webster , Edison and Rowles . In his book Wishing on the Moon , biographer Donald Clarke wrote : “ Meanwhile , it was back to the West Coast for Lady , where she went to Jazz City over Christmas , and a marathon five sessions across seven days in January 1957 followed ; she recorded eighteen tunes with the same crew as in August ( Mitchell on bass , Stoller on drums and probably Bunker on the last four tracks ) . These were her last studio recordings for Granz and the last in the small-group context she was famous for .

As previously noted , these would ge Billie Holiday's last small group studio recordings. After these sessions her health continued to deteriorate , worsened by a life of self-abuse. Although she would continue performing until the very end ( she died on July 15 , 1959 , at the age of 44 ) , she was usually just a shadow of her former self . However , she was still capable of magical moments , such as her next to last studio recording , Lady in Satin , on which she was backed by a large orchestra conducted by Ray Ellis.



Writing a liner note about Billie Holiday can , curiously , be the most effortless thing in the world , and at the same time the most difficult ; effortless because the adjectives of praise come easily when describing Miss Holiday's talents , but nonetheless difficult because you're apt to find yourself saying what's been said time and again in other albums , and , as in the case of this writer , by himself .

The same applies to describing the sangs which Miss Holiday treats , 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 .

As I re-read my rather sparing comments on the emotions evoked by Miss Holiday in these short stories that the songs relate , I have the feeling that I have overstayed my welcome in these notes and that quite possibly the best liner notes ever written about Miss Holiday singing songs would be simply to say to the listener “ this is a fact : Miss Holiday has happened to some songs “ and to the discriminating listener that ought to suffice .

Oh , just one more note before we stop . We kind of threw in the “ distingué “ because it had a nice ring to it ; actually these songs apply to all lovers.

Norman Granz.



Tracce presenti / Tracklist :

Side one

    "Day In, Day Out" (Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom)  – 6:47
    "A Foggy Day" (Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin)  – 4:40
    "Stars Fell on Alabama" (Frank Perkins, Mitchell Parish)  – 4:28

Side two

    "One for My Baby" (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)  – 5:39
    "Just One of Those Things" (Cole Porter)  – 5:31
    "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)  – 5:59


Billie Holiday, vocals
Larry Bunker, drums
Harry "Sweets" Edison, trumpet
Barney Kessel, guitar
Red Mitchell, bass
Joe Mondragon, bass
Jimmy Rowles, piano
Alvin Stoller, drums
Ben Webster, tenor saxophone


- Cut from the original analog master tapes
- Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound
- Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
- 200g 45RPM 2LP

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