Billie Holiday - Sings - ARS LP dg RVG Rare Jazz Vocal LP

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Billie Holiday - Sings

Deep groove labels, RVG in trailout
Record is VG+ VG++
Cover is VG+ VG++

ARS was a mid 50's subscription service. Covers are AMERICAN RECORD SOCIETYgeneric plastic, . Nice early thick pressings and excellent sound!

ARS was a record club/subscription service back in the 1950's They re-issued many of the Norman Granz label recordings among them Verve and Clef. This is specifically a re-issue of Billie's Clef 713 LP also from 1956. There are some track variations,

Great fidelity as these A.R.S. pressings were known to have.

When Your Lover Has Gone

Prelude To A Kiss

Gone With The Wind

Everything I Have Is Yours

I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues

Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone

A Fine Romance

What's New

Nice Work If You Can Get It

all of the songs date from the same session as Music For Torching — same players, same type of repertoire, same level of inspiration. So much the same that, apparently, the album has not been re-released since its original market venture,

Re-recordings here include 'Nice Work If You Can Get It' — another of the lady's old Columbia upbeat rocking horses, and, consequently, another odd choice on an album dominated by smoky melancholy blues; 'Everything I Have Is Yours', which she'd already cut for Verve two years ago, but essays here once again in a slightly higher register; and the Commodore years classic 'I Got A Right To Sing The Blues', taken here at a slower pace, ornated with a pompous trumpet backing and featuring a long guitar solo from Barney Kessel — in other words, treated as «blues-de-luxe» rather than a brief aggressive outburst. Not very convincing, but passable.

Billie Holiday - When Your Lover Has Gone (1955/Master Take)

Although, as usual, the record is very even, my own tastes choose the 1931 standard 'When Your Lover Has Gone' as the outstanding high­light (a choice in which, surprisingly, I happen to coincide with the late James Dean, who declared it his favorite song). There is just something utterly mysterious about her phrasing on the title line — Billie may not be the master of complex technique, but she is the master of tone and pitch. The 4:32-4:58 segment of the song is, like, the ultimate benchmark in high quality choice of wavelength, if you know what I mean..

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Condition Used
Format LP
Label American Recording Society
Artist Billie Holiday