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Billie Holiday —
Billie Holiday Story Vol 1 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Verve, 1952. Good+
Classic Billie Holiday for Verve – sad, blue-tinged, and recorded with great small combo backing – in a mode that really updates the sound of her initial recordings while still keeping the best elements intact! Players include Oscar Peterson, Alvin Stoller, Barney Kessell, and Ray ...
Columbia, 1958. Very Good-
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Columbia, 1966. Very Good-
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