Billie Holiday and Teddy Wilson, 1947 78 rpm shellac rip

The 1947 Columbia Hot Jazz Classic is a re-release of records from the 1930s and 1940s. The records are quite worn out, the quality is so-so – it is the tape re-recording with all the ensuing losses. Musically, Billy’s tandem with Wilson is great, never later was she so lucky with her partner.

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Billie Holiday ‎– Solitude, 1956 LP mono rip


The album is a prime example of Clef's recordings in the mid-1950s. The wholeness of the sound is somewhat lacking, but on successful tracks the vocals are still clear and tremulous – "You Turned The Tables On Me" and "You Go To My Head" are recorded cleanly and sound comfortable, in the second case only the piano failed.

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Billie Holiday – Stay With Me, 1958 LP mono Rip


The record lacks the bottom support and has problems with the sibilants, but Billy’s voice is quite lively and in a good shape. The songs seem to have been recorded in the mid-1950s, since by 1958 the singer's voice was already quite harsh.

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Billie Holiday – vol1, 1954 Jolly Roger LP mono rip


Re-release of 1930s-40s records on the pirate label Jolly Roger, 1954. The recors are cut from home made tape copies with very large HF losses, which can be estimated by listening on YouTube to the one remastered from the original tape – I’ll Never Be The Same. I didn’t want to mess with such LP, but then I decided to leave it as an example, and the songs are good, the best times of the great Lady Day. Also listen to Teddy Wilson’s solo on the same I’ll Never Be The Same, it is a balm for the soul. What a pity I have no original.

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Billie Holiday, 78RPM vinyl Rip


Rare 1940s 78 records of the Navy and the U.S. Army: light, thin and flexible. Sound is full and melodic, Billy is inimitable.

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Billie Holiday ‎– Music For Torching, 1955 LP Rip

Clef, as always, has carelessly recorded trebles, someone there liked to twist the sibilants to the maximum. The record as a whole sounds sharp and harsh on the forte. You can abstract from the distortion when listening to good equipment, remastering Back To Music allows you to do this without any problems. Billy sings most emphatically in “It Had To Be You” and “I Don’t Want To Cry Anymore”.

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Billie Holiday ‎– Lady Sings The Blues, 1956 LP Rip

Billy’s recordings on Clef and Verve were not distinguished by neat sound engineering work, sometimes they came out blurred, sometimes they were recorded with overloads and the treble was twisted to a whistle. Billie is beautiful in spite of the second hand crackling vinyl. I Thought About You is amazing.

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Billie Holiday – The Lady Sings, 1955 LP mono rip

Recorded in the 1940s, Billie is exquisite and unique. After her songs, you want to turn off the sound and sit in silence to cool down and it seems that it is simply impossible for a singer to be so truthful and convincing. Good Morning, Heartache… I bow my head in admiration.

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Billie Holiday sings, 1950 LP rip

NEW – Energophone take – 28-02-2020


Compilation of records of the 1930s, the record in decent condition, light cracks are present. The golden period of the great Billie Holiday's work.

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An evening with Billie Holiday, 1953 LP rip

NEW – Energophone take – 28-02-2020

Studio recording by Clef Records in 1952. The record is jaded and makes a lot of noise. Billy is not as fresh as in the 1930s, but it only gives a deeper meaning to her interpretations.

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