Lady in Satin

Billie Holiday - Lady in Satin
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1958 Ratings: #6
June 1, 1958 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
Vocal Jazz / Genres
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The History of the Albums - n°76

[I invite you to read my previous reviews of the following Billie Holiday albums : Billie Holiday Sings (1952) and Lady Sings The Blues (1956), to better understand her life and this one]

In 1958, one of the greatest singers of the "first half" of the 20th century released her last album before her death, a memorable masterpiece on which she once again reached, against all circumstances, a totally prodigious level, which she hadn't had since the ... read more
It's hard not to get pulled into the quiet melancholy of Lady in Satin, when the moment is right there is no music that better illustrates the sorrowful blues of lonesomeness. Fantastic vocals from front to back, gorgeous instrumentation backing Billie throughout, really it's easy to see that this is a masterpiece within its own class.
A torture soul. Billie holiday were one of the artists that probably had the most tragic life happen to them. On her last record "Lady in Satan" the talented vocal jazz singer sounded like breaking down as if she was singing on the age of 80 rather than in her early 40s. However, what really elevates this album compared to her counter-parts is the "vulnerability' of the music and the way she performs. The 40-piece orchestra on here does a wonderful job on crafting and arranging ... read more
( ☆☆☆☆ ) — breathtakingly solid
So beautiful...
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Added on: October 29, 2013