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Original Recordings Group [ORG] / Black Lion Records

Billie Holiday ‎– At Storyville

$45.00

Original Recordings Group [ORG] / Black Lion Records

Billie Holiday ‎– At Storyville

$45.00

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A TAV Curator’s Pick.

Rich, relaxed, intimate: Holiday delves into deep vocal timbre on rare collection recorded at Boston Club during performances from 1951 and 1953.

If the world could hear every single recording ever made by one vocalist, picking Billie Holiday to make such a fantasy come true would be a stellar choice. For evidence, consider the extremely sought-after At Storyville, a collection assembled from the iconic singer's 1951 and 1953 performances at the Boston nightclub. Holiday sinks into each song with unfettered emotion, her relaxed approach drawing out myriad shades and expressiveness, her command of tempo and feeling simply extraordinary. She's backed on several songs by Stan Getz, yet her seductive delivery and intimate, deep timbre needn't any help. This is one for the ages.

Originally released by the U.K. label Black Lion, an imprint that specialized in resurrecting rare gems from U.S. jazz and blues legends, At Storyville stands as a characteristic example of Holiday's bold live presence and a can't-miss opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts to get closer to the woman and her music. Orchestrated by ORG, this historical reissue is afforded the ultimate in audiophile production standards, resulting in sonics and presentation befitting the museum-like worth of this record's existence.

Mastered from the original master tapes at Bernie Grundman Studios by Chris Bellman and pressed at Pallas, the 180-gram LP was curated by legendary engineer Steve Hoffman and eq'd by Grundman himself. A better team you cannot find; every step involved serious quality-control measures to guarantee gorgeous sound. The superb vinyl jacket features exclusive artwork. Indeed, this is what being a collector is all about.

Sure, the title may not be as widely known as some of Holiday’s other works, but this reissue preserves vital music that will be enjoyed by generations to come. Consider it a buried treasure that, miraculously, has resurfaced in better condition than that when it was originally made.  – Acoustic Sounds

"One thing is clear from the opening I Cover The Waterfront, Billie is in full control of herself and in magnificent voice. She is relaxed and confident, as if Wein's magic has worked once again in giving her the musical surroundings she wants. The program comprises old favorites such as Them There Eyes and the timeless Porgy, one of Billie's most intense and moving performances. In fact the entire album shows Billie in rare form..." - Alun Morgan / Original liner notes

“From the first of Carl Drunkard’s watery piano drops which open "I Cover The Waterfront" to Sten Getz’s peppy sax supports in the abbreviated closer "You’re Driving Me Crazy," Holiday evokes a wide palette of feels and feelings. "Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do" depicts an eerily realistic abusive relationship with disturbingly defiant laissez faire. Gershwin’s true classic "I Love You, Porgy," on the other hand, places Holiday in the position of a lover afraid of losing the one man who treats her right.

Along the way, Holiday also cries, creaks and slurs her way through such signatures as "I Only Have Eyes For You," Johnny Mercer’s "Too Marvelous For Words" and her self-penned "Billie’s Blues."” – All About Jazz

Musicians:

  • Billie Holiday, vocals
  • Tenor Saxophone – Stan Getz (tracks: B4 to B6)
  • Bass – Jimmy Woode (tracks: A2 to A8), John Fields  (tracks: B1 to B6)
  • Drums – Marquis Foster (tracks: B1 to B6), Peter Littman (tracks: A2 to A8)
  • Piano – Buster Harding (tracks: B1 to B6), Carl Drinkard (tracks: A2 to A8)

Tracklist:

A1

Introduction

1:14

A2

I Cover The Waterfront

3:25

A3

Too Marvelous For Words

2:14

A4

I Loves You, Porgy

3:09

A5

Them There Eyes

1:45

A6

Willow, Weep For Me

3:55

A7

I Only Have Eyes For You

2:20

A8

You Go To My Head

3:55

B1

He's Funny That Way

3:07

B2

Billie's Blues

3:31

B3

Miss Brown To You

2:00

B4

Lover, Come Back To Me

2:23

B5

Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do

2:24

B6

You're Driving Me Crazy

1:13

 

Item description:

Artist:

Billie Holiday

Title:

At Storyville

Label:

Original Recordings Group [ORG] Music / Black Lion Records

Format:

Vinyl, LP, Reissue

Pressing:

US

Release Date:

This reissue: 2014 | Original – 1976

Genre:

Jazz

Style:

Female Vocals, Live

Catalog No:

ORGM - 1058

Condition:

New