Billie Holiday - Songs For Distingue Lovers


Analogue Productions (Verve)



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CVRJ 6021 SA
UPC: 753088602160
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Hybrid Stereo SACD

Hybrid Stereo SACD  

Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original master tapes to vinyl and PCM. The DSD was sourced from the PCM. George listened to all of the different A/D converters he had before he chose which to use, and he felt the George Massenburg GML 20 bit A/D produced the best and most synergistic sound for the project.

It is undeniable that Billie Holiday's singing changed in her later years. Her voice darkened and shifted to a lower range. Her economy of means distilled her sound to its expressive essence - a kind of heightened speech. The classic LP Songs For Distingue Lovers has also deepened and become burnished with time. Maybe it's that still-arresting word, "distingue"; maybe it's that iconic, tinted image of Lady Day on the cover. But now that legendary LP, with the singer's best studio work of the Fifties, is available as a Hybrid SACD!

This Hybrid SACD is designed to play in both CD and SACD players, as well as all SACD-compatible DVD players.


Originally released in 1957.

Billie Holiday, vocals
Larry Bunker, drums
Harry "Sweets" Edison, trumpet
Barney Kessel, guitar
Red Mitchell, bass
Joe Mondragon, bass
Jimmy Rowles, piano
Alvin Stoller, drums
Ben Webster, tenor saxophone


1. Day in Day Out
2. A Foggy Day
3. Stars Fell on Alabama
4. One For My Baby (And One for the Road)
5. Just One of Those Things
6. I Didn’t Know What Time It Was

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 4 person(s) rated this product.

Very Sweet

posted on 04/24/2014
5 Stars
Reviewer: Rob
Jazz, man it does not get any better than this in performance and re mastering. I am so loving these SACD remasters. While it is Billie, the musicians shine in all Jazz splendour. This is a must.

Songs For Distingue Lovers - Billie Holiday

posted on 06/07/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: MyPal
Of course she is beautiful to listen too. Moderate tape hiss from the master but otherwise came through very well from this 1957 recording.

A new reference

posted on 05/25/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: pvk
This is my third version of this recording and now probably my favorite. In prior versions, the remastering jobs have all been strong, with Ms. Holiday's voice coming out large and in front of the band. But with this release, she takes a few steps back, her voice now appropriately "head-sized, and takes her place with a great band that previously was over-shadowed. The overall presentation is now one of you sitting right in the front row of an intimate session. Excellent!

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