Billie Holiday had a hard life from the time she was a little girl. Her misery carried into her adult life in the form of drug addiction and arrests before she finally succumbed to her disease. Before Holiday cashed in her chips for good, she recorded a tremendous wealth of music, which is the focus of this generous career spanning set. Two hundred and thirty tracks of prime Lady Day from 1933 to 1950 encompass this wonderful collection along with a booklet that gives you a short biography of her life and career.
I have never delved that far into this singer’s career, or any artists’ career for that matter. Her voice was so full of emotion and pain that I felt I was listening to a story unfold page by page every day I listened to another CD. Some of the CDs have as many as 26 tracks, including outtakes and rarities. I could not possibly ever give this excellent set its due with mere words; all I can say is that it is something that all music lovers should experience.
This woman’s legacy can only grow with the passing of time. Her influence is far reaching and will continue to be as long as people want to hear emotionally drenched vocals that move and inspire. This boxed set is an absolute must and a great investment to make in your collection.