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Billie Holiday Solitude Vinyl LP (US) 2015

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Cat no. IMT5018341.1
Disc: 1
1. East of the Sun - Billie Holiday
2. Blue Moon - Billie Holiday
3. You Go to My Head - Billie Holiday
4. You Turned the Tables on Me - Billie Holiday
5. Easy to Love - Billie Holiday
6. These Foolish Things - Billie Holiday
Disc: 2
1. I Only Have Eyes for You
2. Solitude
3. Everything I Have Is Yours
4. Love for Sale
5. Moonglow
6. Tenderly
7. If the Moon Turns Green

After an impasse in which she mostly recorded with tightly arranged groups (for Commodore) and big bands with strings (for Decca), Billie Holiday signed her last long-term contract with Norman Granz. He had showcased her as a star with his Jazz at the Philharmonic tours in the mid- and late forties, and when he signed her as a recording artist in 1952, he tried to repeat the small group magic of her early days. She participated on various sessions surrounded by old friends like Benny Carter, Ben Webster, Harry Sweets Edison, Charlie Shavers and Cozy Cole, all of whom had participated on dates with her in the 1930s, plus other big names from Granz's payroll at the time, such as Paul Quinichette, Flip Phillips, Oscar Peterson, Alvin Stoller, and Tony Scott. The results were uneven, as Billie's unhealthy lifestyle had caught up to her by this point, and would lead to her death in the early hours of the morning of July 17, 1959, at the age of 44. However, many masterpieces were made during the six years from 1952 to 1957, which were issued on a myriad of different EPs, 10 LPs, and 12 albums. On her early Columbia sides from the 1930s Billie was forced by the company to record plenty of trite songs, many of which she transformed into classics merely by her own talents and by interpreting the lyrics and reshaping the melodies. In contrast, Norman Granz took great care in providing the singer with the very best material from the American Songbook. Thus, she was able to perform many songs by Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, etc, which she had never recorded before. Solitude included Billie's first studio sessions for Granz.