Analogue Productions / Verve

Billie Holiday ‎– Songs For Distingué Lovers | 45rpm 2LP


Analogue Productions / Verve

Billie Holiday ‎– Songs For Distingué Lovers | 45rpm 2LP


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A TAV Essential Listening Album.

It is undeniable that Billie Holiday's singing changed in her later years. Her voice darkened and shifted to a lower range. Her economy of means distilled her sound to its expressive essence - a kind of heightened speech. 

The classic LP Songs For Distingue Lovers has also deepened and become burnished with time. Maybe it's that still-arresting word, "distingue"; maybe it's that iconic, tinted image of Lady Day on the cover.

This legendary album, with the singer's best studio work of the 50s, has been made available on 45rpm over two 200g LP audiophile pressings by Analogue Productions, and pressed at Quality Records Pressings. 

Originally released in 1957, and newly mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound.

"The song selection is incredible, the musicians are world class, and the recording is wonderful. Many feel this was her best studio album and Analogue Productions has taken this great LP to a whole new level. They have given it to us on dynamic 45 RPM LPs and a dead quiet pressing. I really like this album and it's so nice to have such great music sounding so good. My highest recommendation" — Jack Roberts, dagogo.com, September 2012

Source: Acoustic Sounds

“Ask any Billie Holiday fan to tell you what they consider to be her best material, and they'll most likely say it's the music she recorded for Verve. Producer extraordinaire, Norman Granz always surrounded her with the best players on the jazz scene at the time and this album was no exception. The immaculate sound quality on this album doesn't hurt matters either. From the time your stylus settles into the groove on this vinyl pressing, you can tell you're in for a treat. Originally cut in January 1957, this album sounds like it was recorded yesterday. Surface noise is non-existent.

The bass drum on "Day In, Day Out" is deep and tight, never muddy. Barney Kessel's aggressive guitar work on the track sounds warm and natural. When tenor sax legend Ben Webster's solo comes in, you'll swear he's right there in the room with you. Channel separation on "A Foggy Day" is outstanding. The solos from Kessel, and master pianist Jimmy Rowles, are firmly planted in the left channel. You won't hear a thing out of the right side until trumpet virtuoso Harry "Sweets" Edison comes in.

Edison really stretches out on the classic "One for My Baby," and never sounded better. One of the album's best sounding tracks is "Just One of Those Things." The dynamic range on the entire album is superb, but it really stands out here. Kessel turns in another dazzling solo, as does Rowles. … this album … is a must for your collection.” – Steve Marshall 1997


  • 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



Features of this audiophile reissue:

  • Limited Edition
  • Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound
  • Cut from the Absolute Original Analog Master Tapes
  • 200 Gram, 45rpm 2LP
  • Pressed at Quality Record Pressings


Item description:        


Billie Holiday


Songs For Distingué Lovers


Analogue Productions / Verve


2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, 45 RPM, Limited Edition, Remastered, Stereo, 200gm



Release Date:

This reissue: 2012| Original issue (on Verve): 1957




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