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Favourite Billie Holiday Song
« on: November 22, 2019, 05:39:31 PM »
The choice comes down to which tempo you think she was best in. The faster swinging early Colombia work of 1935-38 is technically amazing but usually not as moving emotionally as her torch style of the 40s. I would probably go for 'You Go To My Head' which is transitional (1938) and still has a medium tempo while having all the intimate intensity she conveyed in her later work. I'm interested in how others got into her singing and compare these periods.

SpiderChrist

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Re: Favourite Billie Holiday Song
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2019, 05:52:01 PM »
This NME tape was probably my gateway.

https://nmecassettes.wordpress.com/nme-023-holiday-romance-1986/

Favourite tune? Toss up between Strange Fruit and Good Morning Heartache.

Re: Favourite Billie Holiday Song
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2019, 06:14:56 PM »
That was my Gateway too! 'Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me' especially. Just under 3 quid plus postage IIRC.

chveik

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Re: Favourite Billie Holiday Song
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2019, 06:28:06 PM »
I only have the big Columbia comp, so I dunno much about the different periods. I think I tend to prefer the 40s stuff too.

I would say "Gloomy Sunday". hardly an original choice I know.

grassbath

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Re: Favourite Billie Holiday Song
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2019, 06:34:06 PM »
'Summertime.' The definitive version. A sweltering, lurching thing. She sounds positively alien.

H-O-W-L

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Re: Favourite Billie Holiday Song
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2019, 05:03:31 AM »
Crazy He Calls Me.
Such a warm, calming song.

H-O-W-L

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Re: Favourite Billie Holiday Song
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2019, 05:04:05 AM »
Though I fucking love me some God Bless The Child too. Ahhh fuck.