Billie Holiday - Lady in Satin (1958, 1997 enhanced)
Vocal Jazz, Blues, Oldies | FLAC image, cue, log, covers / MP3 320 kbps | 359 MB (3% recov.)
Label: Sony BMG/Columbia
A harrowing classic, Billie Holiday's personal favorite among her '50s albums captures the singer 17 months before her death, her once honeyed voice, weakened from rough living & heroin addiction, its ravages highlighted by the 1958 session's crisp sonics and the contrasting "satin" of Ray Ellis' sleek string arrangements. Yet it is that very contrast that explains the power of these performances: In revisiting its torchy standards, Holiday reduces them to their core of pain and longing, transforming "I'm a Fool to Want You," "You Don't Know What Love Is," and "You've Changed" into naked declaration. This 1997 version adds unreleased takes and a beautiful 20-bit digital transfer to extract every shivering pang of Holiday's music.