Holiday introduces a song she wrote, one of the defining songs she performed, and takes on her own blues declaration commandingly in this 1957 rendition. Holiday saw her share of woes, from a troubled childhood through an adulthood marred by substance abuse, and she channeled them into a song written and recorded near the end of her life and career. Beyond the semi-true autobiography (ghostwritten by William Dufty) and even less true film about her that both share a name with this song, “Lady Sings the Blues” stands as one of her true statements in that the lyrics leave her to channel a lifetime into minimal lyrics that allow meaning to seep between the lines. This rendition, as clear and emotional a live recording of it that you’ll find, makes the song felt deeply. Beautifully remastered from the most pristine Vinyl sources available. Billie as you’ve never heard her!