Lady in Satin Billie Holiday Primary Artist
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This was her penultimate album, recorded when her body was telling her enough was enough. During the sessions with arranger {|Ray Ellis|} she was drinking vodka neat, as if it were tap water. Yet, for all her ravaged voice (the sweetness had long gone), she was still an incredible singer. The feeling and tension she manages to put into almost every track set this album as one of her finest achievements. You've Changed and I Get Along Without You Very Well are high art performances from the singer who saw life from the bottom upwards. The CD reissue masterminded by {|Phil Schaap|} is absolutely indispensable. [Some reissues add two alternate takes of I'm a Fool to Want You, part of which were used for the original released rendition, plus the stereo version of The End of a Love Affair (only previously released in mono) and examples of {|Lady Day|} rehearsing the latter song, including a long unaccompanied stretch.]

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