An original written by Holiday in 1936, the simply titled “Billie’s Blues” is one of the few glimpses into Holiday as a songwriter. However, many of Holiday’s few credits as a songwriter or co-songwriter have gone on to be classics, and though “Billie’s Blues” is lesser-known than, say, “Lady Sings the Blues,” “Billie’s Blue” is fascinating as Holiday plays with gender norms (“My man wouldn’t give me no breakfast, wouldn’t give me no supper”) and early feminist declarations (“Before I’ll be your dog/I’ll see you in your grave”). Her voice on this ’51 performance is high and raspy, giving it a shade of realism befitting the lyrics, sounding great and gritty as she hits the higher notes.
Beautifully remastered from the most pristine Vinyl sources available. Billie as you’ve never heard her!