Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald vinyl sets for fall release

Limited edition vinyl sets of legendary jazz singers billie holiday and Ella Fitzgerald should be out this fall. Unreleased on vinyl, the collection of four LP boxes, Billie Holiday: The Complete Decca Recordings is slated for a November 4 release and the three-LP box set Ella Fitzgerald: Jukebox Ella: The Complete Verve Singles, Vol.1 is scheduled for October 28.

The collection of 50 titles, Billie Holiday: The Complete Decca Recordings, encompasses Billie Holiday’s extraordinary 5 and a half years at Decca Records. The limited-edition four-LP set includes master takes of all 36 songs she recorded for the label, plus additional versions and alternate takes. Additionally, a 20-page booklet containing many rare photographs of the artist, an interview with his Decca producer, Milt Gabler, and extensive liner notes documenting the period and the music are included. The first pressing of the box set is limited to 2000 copies and the full track list is below.

The first of two volumes, Ella Fitzgerald: Jukebox Ella: The Complete Verve Singles, Vol.1, brings together for the first time the singles of Ella Fitzgerald. When Ella Fitzgerald first entered the recording studio in 1956 for Verve, it wasn’t to record The Cole Porter Song Book; it was to record four singles. Ella recorded 45’s alongside her big album projects for the next ten years. These songs reflect all the many facets of her musical personality, whether she sings sentimental ballads, big band swingers or novelty tunes. His impeccable artistry and wonderful voice all make them timeless classics. The first pressing of the box set is limited to 1000 copies and the full track list is below.

Pre-order Billie Holiday: The Complete Decca Recordings and Jukebox Ella: The Complete Verve Singles Vol. 1.

Billie Holiday: The Complete Decca Recordings:

LP 1: Side A
“Man in Love (Oh, Where Can You Be?)”
“No more”
“No More (Alternative)”
“That old devil called for love”
“Don’t Explain (Early Version)”
“Big Stuff (First Version)”
“Don’t Explain”

B-side
“Big Stuff” (second version)
“You better go now”
“What is this thing called love?”
“Hello Heartache”
“No Good Man (Alternate)”
“No Good Man”

LP 2: C-side
“Big Stuff” (breakdown and chatter)
“Big Stuff” (third version)
“Big Stuff”
“Baby, I’m Not Crying For You” (alternate)
“Baby, I don’t cry for you”
“I’ll Look Around Me” (Alternative)
“I will look around me”

D-side
“The Blues Brews”
“Guilty” (alternate)
“Guilty” (breakdown and chatter)
“Guilty”
“Deep Song”
“There is no greater love”
“Easy life”

LP 3: E Side
“Loneliness” (Alternate)
“Solitude”
“Do not Cry”
“Girls are made to take care of boys”
“I love you, Porgy”
“My Man (My Man)” (substitute)

F side
“My Man (My Man)”
“‘Tain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do” (alternate)
“‘Tain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do”
“Baby Gets Lost”
“Keep Raining”
“Their Eyes Eyes”

LP 4: G side
“Your Duty”
“Give me a pig’s foot (and a bottle of beer)”
“You Can’t Lose a Broken Heart” (duet with Louis Armstrong)
“My Sweet Hunk O’ Trash” (Duet with Louis Armstrong)
“Now or never”
“You are my thrill”

H side
“Crazy, he’s calling me”
“Please tell me now”
“Someone’s on My Mind”
“God bless the child”
“It’s heaven for me”

Ella Fitzgerald: Jukebox Ella: The Complete Verve Singles, Vol.1:

LP 1: Side A
“Stay There” 2:33
“The sun forgot to shine this morning” 3:15
“Too Young for the Blues” 3:13
“He’s just a man” 3:26
“Beale Street Blues” 2:26
“(The End of) A Beautiful Friendship” 2:36

B-side
“The Silent Treatment” 2:49
“Listen to my heart” 2:17
“Hotta Chocolatta” 3:07
“A-Tisket, A-Task” 2:19
“Teach Me to Cry” 2:56
“Swingin’ Shepherd Blues” 2:38

LP 2: C-side
“Your Red Cart” 2:54
“Journey into Light” 3:10
“Oh, what a night for love” 2:23
“Dreams Are Made for Children” 2:37
“But not for me” 2:04
“The Christmas Song” 3:18

D-side
“The Secret of Christmas” 2:45
“Medley: We Are the Three Kings of the East / O Little Town of Bethlehem” 3:34
“Ich Fuhle Mich Crazy (You Drive Me Crazy)” 3:06
“(You’ll Have To Swing It) Mr. Paganini” 3:45
“Call Me Honey” 2:33

LP 3: E Side
“Bill Bailey, don’t you want to go home?” » 3:23
“Old Man Mose” 3:51
“Desafinado” 2:09
“Stardust Bossa Nova” 2:31
“All Long Day Live” 2:39
“I’m a poached egg (no toast)” 2:34
“Ringo Beat” 1:46

F side
“I fall in love” 2:34
“She’s just a quiet girl” 2:51
“We Three (My Echo, My Shadow, and Me)” 2:36
“The Shadow of Your Smile” 3:04
“A Place for Lovers” 2:40
“Alone Is” 3:33

Jack L. Goldstein