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Lady In Satin

Billie Holiday

1958

Lady In Satin

Album Summary

Lady in Satin is an album by the jazz singer Billie Holiday released in 1958 on Columbia Records, catalogue CL 1157 in mono and CS 8048 in stereo. It is the penultimate album completed by the singer and last released in her lifetime (her final album, Last Recording, being recorded in March 1959 and released just after her death). The original album was produced by Irving Townsend and engineered by Fred Plaut.

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Rating

3.25

Votes

5186

Genres

  • Jazz
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Wed Mar 03 2021
1

Maybe it's the liberal Jewish media. Or the patriarchy. Hell, it could be the lizard people. But, this just isn't my jam. Every song sounds the same to me and it all reminds of Disney princess movies. Or that scene in Clueless when he asks Cher if she likes Billie Holiday, and she says, "I love him". I feel like uncultured swine.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
2

I always see Billie Holiday on people's lists as one of the best singers of all time but I don't hear it (obviously only based on this album) she sounds nice enough but the songs are boring and not her own.

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Sun Aug 01 2021
3

A l'ouverture du générateur aujourd'hui, mes yeux defilèrent horizontalement sur le nom de l'artiste: Billie Holliday. Un album de country donc, ça faisait quelque temps que nous n'en avions pas eu. Seulement, a l'ecoute, ce fut une catastrophe. Au dela de l'aspect visuel completement absent, les chapeaux de paille ayant été remplacés par des robes élégantes. Ensuite, aucune référence au Texas natal, mais plutot a des amants passés, on est bien loins des standards ayant forgé ce style musical legendaire. Par politesse je ne ferai même pas allusion à la nasalité misérable proposée par Billie. A vite oublier.

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Sun Aug 01 2021
3

Pour comprendre cet album, il est nécessaire d'avoir quelques éléments de contexte. Bien que le film Star Wars : Un Nouvel Espoir ne sortira qu'en 1977, la comédie musicale dont le film est inspiré rencontre en 1958 un succès critique à Broadway. Billie Holiday y incarne le rôle de Maître Yoda par le biais d'une peluche de ventriloque aux traits du personnage vert et donne la réplique à Luke Skywalker alors interprété par Charles de Gaule. Les représentations doivent s'interrompre en 1959 car Billie Holiday décède au mois de juillet et le Général de Gaule voit son temps libre limité par ses travaux de rédaction de ce qui deviendra la constitution de la Cinquième République. George Lucas racheta plus tard les droits du spectacle et connaîtra le succès avec son adaptation sur grand écran.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
2

I'm a terrible person - I know "Lady Day" is celebrated as one of the greatest singers of the 20th century. Who am I to argue? Very distinctive, no question. I just really don't properly appreciate vocal jazz at all. Or to be fully honest I don't like it. So my rating is purely subjective (aren't they all?) and if you're inclined to like this genre just ignore me. 3/10 2 stars.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
5

She's very good at what she did. The instrumentation is... honest. There's no subtlety here, and there need not be. There's no need to cloak anything in metaphor. These are across-the-plate songs about love and loss of love.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

10 stars!! Billie Holiday is no doubt my favorite voice. Ever since I was a child and her records put me to sleep. Classic album, Lady in Satin is the best thing I’ve heard so far on this album trip!!

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Sun Jun 20 2021
5

Truly the best

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Fri May 07 2021
5

smooth nice strings "notes of chocolate, black pepper and blueberries"

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Fri Jul 23 2021
5

The sound of longing.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
5

Phenomenal. Precursor to Ronstadt's "What's New", beautiful reserved arrangements/accompaniment, the focus always on her voice and the song.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

I liked this more than the Ella / Gershwin album. I found the orchestration less interruptive. I understand that her voice was no longer hitting the range it did earlier but it is still mighty fine. So my obvious question: Why were these later orchestration versions of Billie (and Ella) included in the 1001. I would much rather listen to Billie with Oscar Peterson tapping the 88 keys.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
5

oh yesss. am i going to listen to a billie holiday album and not give it 5 stars? i dont think so. its just perfect. he casual mastery of her instrument is incredible. the orchestration does just enough.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

Outstanding

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

So so beautiful! Probably the first album in this project, that transcends to the level of art.

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Sat Jun 26 2021
5

Billie Holiday's voice 😍😭

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Thu Mar 11 2021
5

¡Excelente!

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Sat Mar 06 2021
5

Her voice is so good. It’s raspy, but beautiful. I can’t believe that this is the first time I’ve heard her. She deserves every bit of praise and respect that she gets, and then some

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Sat Apr 10 2021
5

false

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Wed May 19 2021
5

Unusual voice atop lovely lyrics. I am enjoying it a lot. Will listen again (and again)

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Mon Jun 21 2021
5

Magnificent voice. I'm not into jazz yet, but it's a good starting point.

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Sat Sep 25 2021
5

Absolutely stunning.

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Sat Oct 16 2021
5

Heel rustgevend, prachtige stem, met veel gevoel gezongen

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Sat Nov 13 2021
5

It just sounds nice. 9/10

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

The title is right - it's so smooth!

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Sat Nov 27 2021
5

Masterpiece

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Thu Dec 02 2021
5

This album just brings a crackling fireplace wherever you go. Very lovely album, mostly because her voice is very pleasant.

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Sun Jan 02 2022
5

perfection

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

Dásamlega plata!

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

Love sucks

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

Stunning phrasing, beautiful arrangements. Spellbinding talent.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

Beautiful, incandescent, glorious.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
5

I like it a lot

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Sun Feb 13 2022
5

It is perfect. The orchestration is heavenly and robust, but the singing is so intricate. The OG lady crooner singing standards and making them classics.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
5

Beautiful

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

In 1958, one of the greatest singers of the 20th century released her last album before her death. A memorable masterpiece on which she once again delivered a record that stands through time. She may have lost much of her upper range due to heroin addiction, but her delivery is infused with her experience both tragic with its abusive relationships, prison stints and drug addiction, and triumphant with her musical success. Everyone need this record in their collection

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

Well the lush orchestrations were an unexpected feature. Not quite what I'm used to from Billie Holiday but glad to have been introduced. Happy to float along on the sound of the strings and flutes and her incredible voice.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

I made the mistake of playing this while I ate lunch alone today. I didn't have much time to linger, but I completely forgot where I was, when it was, who I was... I was completely drawn into it, floating along with this beautiful heartache, feeling feeling feeling.

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Mon May 23 2022
5

Billie Holiday....... good shit

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Fri Jun 03 2022
5

Like being wrapped in a blanket. Wonderful.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
5

5 I just love these songs. "In The Wee Small Hours" was amazing, so of course this is too.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Loved Billie Holiday long before this, but finally got a chance to appreciate to album in its entirety. Absolutely amazing, I love it!!

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

I dont even know what words could review this album. Billie's voice is one of the greatest enjoyments available to humans. 5/5

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

This is clearly iconic and also sad as fuck. Billie's voice is everything and I'm thinking about how important she's been for gay men over the decades- there's Frank O'Hara's "The Day Lady Died" (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/42657/the-day-lady-died) or the Magnetic Fields -- My Only Friend (https://genius.com/The-magnetic-fields-my-only-friend-lyrics) She's miserable and beautiful and the gays have been eating since the 50's. Sop it up!

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

Amazing

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Thu Nov 24 2022
5

nice

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Sat Nov 26 2022
5

I have mixed feelings about this late recording of Billie Holiday ... I prefer her earlier recordings, when her voice was more dynamic and the instrumentation less heavy. This album is heartbreaking, a picture of Billie at the end of her life, beaten down by drug and alcohol abuse and life circumstances. She sounds so beaten, tired, and sad ... Yet, I'd rather listen to my least favorite Billie Holiday album than 98% of music out there. It is not possible for me to give her less than 5 stars, ever. And listening to this again, I'm wondering if I should give it more of a shot. There is something so poignantly powerful in this effort.

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Tue Oct 13 2020
4

This album was really interesting to me. It's amazing how much emotion she was able to portray with just her tone of voice. The instrumentation was beautiful and it fit Holliday's voice perfectly. Overall this album was very wistful and melancholy, with a touch of romance.

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Mon Oct 05 2020
4

Beautiful instrumentals and old school sounds. Although a little slow at times.

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Wed Nov 04 2020
4

Respect, but it was hard to get through the album in this non modern style

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

Reminds me of Wall-E. Nice and calming.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

Soulful!

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

muito chic ouvir billie holiday

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

lovely album. There's maybe a song or two i'd put on to feel sexy

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

Beautiful voice but it all started to sound very same same after a while. Just made it to a four.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

I liked the live performances with the album I found online

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Sun May 09 2021
4

Her voice is so unique, beautiful, expressive, haunting, warm, rich, textured - a real force, and showcased so well by these songs and the orchestral backdrop.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

Heartbreaking.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

Grand

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

Gut

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

It's good but all the songs sound the same

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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

Really enjoyed doing some odds and ends around the house with this on. Incredible voice and every song told a story.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

amazing voice and perfect compliment to the rainy monday morning.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

This album is just beautiful. The arrangements are amazing. The strings on songs like For Heaven's Sake are so lush and beautiful and the horn and flute parts are also very nice. Holiday's vocals aren't the best apparently because of her heroin addiction but they are unqiue and fit the songs well. There's a lot of emotion and, although it's not a perfect album, it is a very good one. But. SPOTIFY sucks because they decide to add random bonus tracks to the end of the album. There is another deluxe edition and this isn't it so there's just no way to listen to the album without a bunch of annoying outtakes of the same 2 songs tagged on at the end. That's not relevant to my thoughts on the album really, it's just a rant that I needed to include at some point. Favorite Songs: I'm A Fool To Want You, For Heaven's Sake, You Don't Know What Love Is, I Get Along Without You Very Well, It's Easy To Remember, But Beautiful Least Favorite Songs: The End of a Love Affair - The Audio Story Strong 8/10

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

Fantastic. Smooth and dreamy album. Honeyed, yet broken, sexy and wistful voice.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

This album is basically "All the Things Love Can Make You Feel 101." I'm a Fool to Want You and Glad to Be Unhappy stood out on first listen. The End of a Love Affair is the perfect track to end it. Can't imagine being a heartbroken teenage girl when this first came out.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

If for some reason there was ever any question about the power of Holiday's voice this record floats in like one of her sultry songs. Harkening back to the golden-age of big bands and jazz singers, it is easy to see what sets her apart as a timeless voice.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

I've always respected Billie Holiday and enjoyed hearing her work whenever someone happens to put it on, but have never really reached for one of her albums to listen to on my own. Methinks that should change. Right off the bat you can tell there is going to be a theme for this record...sultry strings, lyrics with themes of love and love lost, and that unmistakable voice. I don't know that I ended up listening to this record in the best headspace to properly enjoy it, but it's definitely a good one that will likely be revisited at a more appropriate time.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Outside of my normal headspace but I immediately fell into it.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

My mum listens to this. But it’s very pretty and romantic.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Very classy and romantic. Not the type of music I would usually listen to but it makes me feel like I should lay on a hill with a lover.

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Fri May 28 2021
4

Brilliant. Very nice listen.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

I prefer some more bouncy Billie, but far out could that woman sing

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

It's still a 4/5. Second listen.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
4

Herausragende Hintergrundmusik.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

Great disneyesq music. She has an incredibly unique voice.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

Very good, soothing voice

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

Jazz is always a challenge for me, but I truly enjoyed this album. Her voice is unique and beautiful.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

I appreciate how the music lets her voice remain the star, but you can really hear the weariness by this point in her life. Still good, not great.

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Sun Oct 03 2021
4

Not heard before. Really enjoyed it, will listen again for sure.

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Sun Oct 10 2021
4

i never know what to say about billie. her voice is incredible, and it annoys me. her vocal melodies are intriguing, and i get bored with them after a while. one thing i'm definitely sure about: i do not like that orchestral thing happening on this album. i'm sure there was a time when it was just the thing, but to me, those flutes just sound like they're supposed to be bluebirds in an overly-sweetened cartoon. the strings are supposed to be a velvety backdrop, but they just end up feeling, to my ear, like they're filling time until the brass comes back from break. it all just feels too over the top. that said, this is billie freakin' holiday. we don't say bad things about billy freakin' holiday. there's never been a voice like hers since. even if it bothers me after a while.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

Diva

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

Really really good. Would listen again.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
4

Love Billie, even though every song on this album sounds the same

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

Vocal jazz albums have never particularly been my thing, but you have to give credit where it's due. There is just something about Billie Holiday and her voice. There are many ways to be a great singer, and one of them is to have an angelic voice that carries an incredible burden of sadness without sagging under the weight 4/5

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

If I worked at a place that played nothing but Billie Holiday all day, every day, I wonder how long it would take for me to get tired of it? I felt soothed by having this record on. Don’t you dare ask me to name a single song! Shame on you! But it was soothing.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

Not sure I could take too much of this. Not sure I prefer the lush, delicate Holiday to the earlier, swinging incarnation. But she couldn't sing like that any more, instead pouring every ounce of emotion into her broken voice and creating this heartbreaking collection. Best experienced with lights down low, right?

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Toller klassischer Orchester-Jazz, wie aus Disney Filmen. Kein Swing, sehr free, thematisch fast Blues.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Soothing, jazzy, hilft beim konzentrieren.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

Solid album

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

yes

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

heartbreaking mooi 4,5/5 zeker voor herhaling vatbaar

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Extremely easy listening

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

Classic.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Nice album. Great background music

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Songs from the Great American Songbook. Billie Holidays frail voice and the orchestral arrangements do justice to these selections, but they could be a little more varied. Still a very nice listen. 3.5/5.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

Billie Holiday does not pull any punches here. The venerable crooner sings very personally. Often, solo artists may rely on their talent or technical prowess to sing songs for the sake of singing them well. Most listeners can 'see' through that, and appreciate that as a courtesy. The real test of a solo artist though, is how much can they convince the listener that their songs are personal, perhaps drawn from personal experience, or a piece of their autobiography. The true performer can sing a song everyone knows, and create doubt as whether or not the actual author knew what they were doing at all. Billie Holiday would have you believe she wrote these songs herself, that she is the subject of her own lyrics. She owns her performances fully, and for that reason this album is great for reasons of being genuine. Her raspy, Louis Armstrong-esque delivery that was indicative of her age, gave her performance an authority so to speak, the kind that says without room for negotiation that 'she sings and you listen'. This is a fine album. It is mellow and unexciting, but it is smooth and enjoyable. She sings, you listen, and that is it.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

Nice easy listening.

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Sat Mar 05 2022
4

Not my favourite Billie, but good nonetheless.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

This album is all about the vocals. Some have written that Billie’s voice had been ruined by this time due to years of drug and alcohol abuse. It certainly was not as vibrant as it was at her peak, but I wholeheartedly disagree that her voice was ruined. Her voice has a steely resolve, a hardiness representative of her life. A life growing up with an often absentee mother, nearly being raped at 11, being on the road in a transient life, suffering racial abuse, and the long slog through substance abuse. Despite, maybe because of all, this I hear a stark beauty in her voice, and my is it intoxicating. I feel the struggle and the pain, and I am lured in. Pulled by the rip current, the gravelly siren call of Billie’s “ruined” voice. Ruined it is not.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

I love him.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

I will always love the texture and unique quality of her voice.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

So many songs about love lost, it could have been a country album 😉. Her voice is a bit faded this late in her career but she could still bring out the sadness in the songs. Knowing the pain and difficulties she went through in her personal life helps, I suppose. The orchestral arrangements don't get in the way and provide a nice cushion for her voice. Her singing style is more recognizable than just about anyone else in jazz history, okay maybe not Louis Armstrong, but could he really sing?

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

I didn’t realize until listening to this that David Sedaris has almost ruined my ability to listen to a Billie Holiday album, as he was really my first exposure to this artist, but after a few songs I managed to get him out of my head and stop expecting a joke… This is the first Billie Holiday album, and it was as I expected: lovely and classy and cool. I quite like her unique voice.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

A very elegant album and a lovely listen. The voice of Billie Holiday is very distinctive and I enjoyed attending the Church of Billie on my walk today.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

Sweet

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

This pains me to listen to. I love Billie Holliday and listening to this final record released while she was alive leaves me uneasy. Her voice is not what it was on her best record 'Lady Sings the Blues'. She is a ghost of herself, wracked in addiction and mostly likely terminal when she recorded these tracks. The orchestration by Irving Townsend is too Lawrence Welk-like and doesn't compliment what could be a more bluesy, torch-song like recording. Holiday sings some of my favorites from the Great American Songbook and nothing on here challenges what are my favorite versions. Bonus to her for trying to put her spin on these treasures, but she should have gone to Nelson Riddle who was working wonders with Frank Sinatra during this period. 3.5/5.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

Here is an album which shows its age in arrangements but not in recording, and is aged - two syllables - in the voice. There's nothing here I haven't heard before, but Billie's phrasing sublimates the familiar bittersweet. It's a mature album, the completeness of love brought into shattering focus as she sings "you've changed".

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

Beautifully wrecked voice in these dreamy, pretty settings is almost too precise a metaphor for Holiday so close here to the end of her life.

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Wed May 04 2022
4

klassiker. Jeg elsker alle sangene her. har hørt mye på dette albumet før. Har det faktisk på CD. Høstmusikk. Mørkt ute - regn og vind, sitte inne og drikke kaffe eller conjack. oooh lord.

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Wed May 04 2022
4

Billie <3 Kan ikke være upartisk her. Jeg er fan. Jeg ønsker meg å bo i en liten toppleilighet i Paris og leve et mer drama-fylt liv. Synes nok at Chet Baker sin "I get along without you very well" er hakket sårere og ikke kan overgås. Dette er musikk man hører på vinyl alene om kvelden, og for dette er det 100%. I'm a fool to want you - foreløpig favoritt

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Wed May 11 2022
4

Ms. Billie Holiday is more than just 'in' satin; she’s 'of' satin, with it’s glossy, lustrous surface but underneath a dull back. These collection of songs are all about that dull back of romantic love, the losing of love, as well as the pain of unrequited love. “I’m a Fool to Want You’ – ‘to want a love that can’t be true.’ ‘You Don’t Know What Love Is’ – ‘until you’ve loved a love you’ve had to lose.’ ‘It’s Easy to Remember’ – ‘but so hard to forget.’ You get the picture. It’s not particularly pleasant. But, oh, Billie Holiday’s voice sure takes some of the sting out of the hurt. Backed by Ray Ellis’ tasteful conducting of Claus Ogerman’s arrangements, 'Lady In Satin' is all about Ms. Holiday’s extraordinarily unique timbre, in particular her sultry vibrato and distinctive pronunciation. For example, when she sings about how foolish it is to ‘seek a kiss not mine alone, to share a kiss the Devil has known,’ she delivers the simple word kiss in such a way as to give it depths of significance most other artists are not able to convey. It’s coming from a very deep place of its own, a painful place, somewhere embedded in the dull back, underneath all that silky front we enjoy. 'Lady In Satin' shares a dozen good songs that become even better under Ms. Holiday’s interpretation. Shame she never wrote any of her own. I can only imagine what fabric they would’ve worn- perhaps Chiffon, a sheer and plainwoven cloth made from a twisted yarn that gives it a slightly rough feel.

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Fri May 20 2022
4

Beautiful album.

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Mon May 23 2022
4

I love Billies voice. So soothing, regardless of the accompanying music. In this album we get a very chill background instrumentals to accompany the stories she sings. Beautiful

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Sat Jun 04 2022
4

Ah yes, the sound of love and all the fucking sadness that comes with it.

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Sat Jun 04 2022
4

How great would it be to produce this album? No bells or whistles needed. Just sit back and let Billie cook. The epitome of a 3 AM album.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
4

"Lady in Satin" feels like the soundtrack to every black-and-white film from the 50s. It's iconic and firmly rooted to a specific moment in time. With warbling strings, swelling brass, virtual lack of rhythm section, and Billie's unique croon, it's an album for the age. But it's not an album for the ages. It's timely, not timeless. It's so soft, it's almost painful to listen to. The utter lack of backbone is understandable in an album from the 50s but falls flat in a modern context and, for that reason alone, this is a 4-star album to me. I hate to say it, but it gets boring very quickly. In no way should that be taken as a slight on Billie Holiday or this album, however. It's a masterful work from a truly exceptional vocal talent in a time when it was difficult for a black female to make it in entertainment. She, and this album, belong in any conversation about the evolution of popular music in America.

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Sun Jun 19 2022
4

Sensação de aconchego por todo tempo pela voz e orquestra.

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Tue Jun 28 2022
4

Classic recording. This stands the test of time.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Old school jazz/blues, relaxing

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Tue Aug 02 2022
4

This is SICK! Its like legit old school bond music but not a joke - I love it. Standout Tracks: You Don't Know What Love Is

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Thu Aug 04 2022
4

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

It might sound blasphemous but I haven't heard all of her stuff, and this one I found to be great but not like easy 5/5. Her voice is nice, but feels very slur-y, almost in a buzzed/drunken way and a little too loose for me to think that this is some of her best work. It's almost a little too caricature~ish for me to absolutely adore. She's of course a wildly accomplished musician and it's hard for me to criticize her at all because she is often hailed as one of the greatest voices/jazz voices of all time, but I think it's important to be honest in these. I can't help it! It's great songs but not an instant 5/5 for me because I don't love the vocal performance.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

Gorgeous. The warble in her voice mixed with the strings creates a kind of drunken wooziness. The album casts an intoxicating spell. It gives off late-night jazz club energy. Billie Holiday’s voice on this album is so… weathered. Hard to believe she was 43 when she recorded this. She sounds older. But man, her performance on this album is so expressive. “The End of a Love Affair” might be my favorite here. Such a fun song.

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Sat Aug 20 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: You don’t know what love is, Violets for your furs, You’ve changed

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

lushly heartbreaking

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Beautiful! Her voice isn't my favorite of all time, but it's still nice to listen to.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
4

What can you say? She's one of the great vocalists of our time, well 70 years ago time, but you can't deny the quality of her talent. Don't know if this is considered the best of her work (I own a couple best of, greatest hits collections), most of it is fine, but it helps if you are in the mood or the right state of mind to fully appreciate the music.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

I cried to “The end of a love affair”

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Sat Sep 03 2022
4

Great one, I like all of these 50's records. amazing voice and recording.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

4/5

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Sat Oct 01 2022
4

“You like jazz?” Yes :) 4/5

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Sun Oct 02 2022
4

Love the album cover. I'm expecting great things. Wonderful sultry feel and pacing, satiny smooth. Something about Billie Holiday always feels very human to me, I don't have a single thing in common with her but I still feel connected, if you know what I mean. I love it when the orchestra comes soaring in behind (but not over) the vocal. Nice song selection, reasonable recording quality. Great music to drink my weekend morning coffee to. Two thumbs up!

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

A bit over produced. At times the strings overpower the nuances of pain in Billie’s voice.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

4.5

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

It's pretty good, really. I'll have to get back to it.

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Tue Oct 18 2022
4

I know this is supposed to be sad, but this record is like a warm bowl of soup after a long hard winters day..and I love soup 😘🥣 Billie could sing the phone book and I’d be game. They’re just something so soothing and homegrown about this all. Thank you Billie - I know you’re not my Billie (Eilish), but you are still awesome 😎

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Sat Oct 22 2022
4

My, my. Her voice pierces your foreskin like a grenade being thrown into a pile of dead crows. The world is not good enough for her talent. Now, eat my eyelids, you pack of cunts.

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Tue Nov 01 2022
4

Nice Jazz Lady sings nice Jazz songs in a Lady style. I particularly liked the bonus track with all the takes and her getting frustrated. It's always fun peering behind the curtain.

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Sat Nov 05 2022
4

Voix vibrante, magnifiques arrangements. Je pourrais l’écouter sans me lasser

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Sun Nov 06 2022
4

I don't know if I've ever truly sat down and listened to Billie Holiday. Of course I know the name and probably some songs, but never consciously have I sat down and listened to her. I can't stop looking at the album cover--I can picture it on vinyl. I can close my eyes and disappear into a different period of time. I also, can't help but think about what her life as a Black woman must have been like in 1958 when the album was released.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

My grandma always had the radio in her bedroom playing super low, just barely perceptible. This brought me back to looking through grandma's jewelry box and napping on her big bed. I put the album on as I fell asleep and slept better than I have in weeks. Obviously, this has nothing to do with how good the album is. Deal with it.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

Billie is one of the greatest to ever do it. such a beautiful voice

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Wed Nov 16 2022
4

I can understand that this type of music isn't for everyone, but I partly grew up with it, and Billie Holiday practically defines it. I would give this a 5 if it weren't for some of the tracks being maybe a bit too humdrum (even for the genre).

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Sun Nov 27 2022
4

Smooth and sensual performances on a beautiful album from the beginning until the end.

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Tue May 18 2021
3

This sounds super dated in 2021 and tbh the "jazz singer does other people's songs" thing never really sat well with me... but this has some kind of charm to it. I was bored on the first song, but as it went on I just kept listening and listening. I can see why she's regarded as a classic singer. It's captivating in a weird way. 3/5, but it's a high 3.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
3

Wonderful listen.

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Fri Sep 25 2020
3

Tapped into some stuff I'm going through so was a bit of a heartsore listen. Overall still a bit bland for my taste

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

I can't claim to be a connoisseur of Billie Holiday music, but this album sounded different than what I was expecting. Turns out it's because they recorded this after her voice broke down. It's rougher and more seasoned than how she sounds on her more famous works. I wish the producer would have thrown some more varied songs at her. It sounds like 12 variations on a theme, which is probably what they were going for, but not necessarily the most interesting choice they could have made. Best track: But Beautiful

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

3. She has a great voice.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

pretty but a bit one note and slow

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

Okay

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Tue Feb 16 2021
3

Bel album mais je n'ai jamais aimé le Jazz vocal.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

Like walking back in time to a rainy night in the 40s. Smooth and classic--but not something I'd listen to in my own free time (unless it was Christmas). Makes me think of Esther, which is nice.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Great music to listen to while cooking

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Sun May 09 2021
3

This is apparently her last album? You can hear the years worn on her, but that adds a kind of beautiful-tragicness to it. I like the 1st song the best. Really makes me want to go to a Jazz bar and just sit and take it all in. 3.5 to 3 since it's a bit one-dimensional.

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Sun May 09 2021
3

I listened to this several times. It has a pleasant sound but also a deep sadness.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

Wow. Classicly good vocals. I can't believe this was recorded over 60 years ago.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
3

pretty but not for me

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

Iconic woman in a terrible time. Voice is a little harsh but very easy to listen to this album. 3.5/5

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

Nice rainy day music. Not my taste but I like the mood it instills. The songs feel like they they should play over the opening credits of a movie set in Paris. The more albums I listen to the more I see the importance of song order. There needs to be an ebb and flow to stop songs from feeling redundant. Lady in Satin doesn't really do that.

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Sat May 08 2021
3

Soul, jazz. Un poco aburrido.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

Bonito y tranquilo. Jazz clásico. Como es de sus últimos discos está mejor grabado.

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Thu May 20 2021
3

Voz sedosa y negra como pocas.

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Wed May 26 2021
3

Beautiful vocals that I could listen to forever. Everything was pretty samey throughout. This is Sunday music.

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Sun Jul 18 2021
3

3.7 - sumptuous but a little same same throughout

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

Voz y orquestación. Un poco igual

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Tue May 04 2021
3

This is an okay album. A little redundant at times. Still, I love BH's voice!

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

Yeah was alright. Enjoyed. 6.5/10

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

The events leading to the recording of this album were interesting to read about before listening. Helped me appreciate the tone and setting Billie and Ray were going for.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

Classic voice and nice easy listening jazz

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

Billie’s top notch, but this is maybe not her best

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

Classic, but wasn't really my jam.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

not my music but its good in the background. i understand the appeal; billie holiday was a heck of a vocalist

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Sun Apr 18 2021
3

Quite nice relaxing music.

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Wed May 26 2021
3

A perfectly fine, pleasant album, but for some reason I just never connect as well to Billie Holiday as I do to her contemporaries, like Nina Simone or Ella Fitzgerald. A lot of the songs I’ve heard done by other artists that I prefer, but it was still a perfectly nice listen.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
3

Quite good

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Fri May 07 2021
3

Not an album to listen to whilst working, at least not for me. Its very good, her voice is incredible. I just don't know when/where I'll listen to it again.

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Mon May 31 2021
3

In which Billie Holiday does Frank Sinatra's 'In The Wee Small Hours'. Her voice is cooked after years of alcohol and drug abuse, but the arrangements complement what's left of her voice, and the result manages to be harrowing yet triumphant at the same time.

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Fri May 07 2021
3

nice

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Fri May 14 2021
3

I hesitate to disparage Billie Holliday but these songs are almost all the same. Tempo, dynamics. The melodies vary and obviously her voice rises above it all. Still, there's something staid about this that disengages me.

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Fri May 07 2021
3

I enjoy the album as a stark departure from the normal djent/metal that I listen to. I don’t know that I necessarily like how she leans into the vibrato on every held note but I think that’s more a product of the time/genre.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Easy listening - I like it.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

If you listen to recordings from the 30's or 40's she had a beautiful voice but here she sounds like an old lady, even though she was only 42 years old at the time. But I do think the soft and romantic orchestra presents an interesting contrast to her voice and it gives a sense of nostalgia which matches the tone of the lyrics quite well

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Fri May 07 2021
3

First song very raspy, tickled my ears. This album is just one verrry long song.

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Fri May 07 2021
3

Such a rich full voice The 50’s vibes are amazing Brass is so nice, slow guitar Kinda sounds like a Disney soundtrack For all we know is a highlight

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Tue Jun 08 2021
3

I don't have a lot to say about this album. It's a nice time capsule of music from the 50s

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Mon Jul 12 2021
3

Buena música, buena voz... Pero es el segundo disco consecutivo del estilo que me sale y son estilos que tienes que escuchar en cierto estado de ánimo y momento del día para que te guste de verdad.

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Tue Aug 03 2021
3

Easy listening with warbly vocals. Bit of a miss for me, but this is easy to listen to.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

Schöner, gemütlicher Gesang mit Trompete

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Wed Aug 25 2021
3

I wasn't sure about the vocal style at first, but I think I like it. It sounds to me like a trumpet soloist. Enjoyed this one

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Wed Aug 25 2021
3

She can sing. I didn't care for the music.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
3

Nice, pleasant album. Billie Holiday's voice is full of emotion and feeling and the songs are all sad in their own subtly different ways. That said, the songs do blend together and are hard to distinguish from each other. Can't really imagine listening to this to just enjoy it and I think that's what music is really about.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
3

Just fine.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
3

every song filled with feeling and great technique, altough not my style makes for a great performance

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Tue Sep 07 2021
3

Very old timey music; lady singing really slowly about love to an orchestral backing. My grandparents would have thought this was the bee's knees.

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Tue Sep 07 2021
3

It will never be my desert island Billie Holiday album, partly the choice of material, partly because her voice has lost much of its power. That said, it has many beautiful and poignant moments. The delicate orchestration supports and caresses Billie's fragility rather than overwhelming her voice.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

I liked this album. But I don't yearn to hear it again.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
3

was okay in my opinion. billie holiday has a special voice and yet its not for me lots of classics, 3/5

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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

Такая камерная музыка с томным и вязким женским вокалом. Если бы я послушал это, не посмотрев дату альбома, подумал бы что это записано в 1920-х .. Подошло бы для мультика Диснея или же для какого нибудь нуарного фильма! Послушав дольше, погрузился в некую атмосферу спокойствия, как будто перенесся в фильм в роли с самим собой. Взаимодействие голоса и такого количества инструментов удивительно.

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