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Better than what I thought
Other reviewers here have pretty much said all that need be said but another "thumbs up" can't hurt. Some might say that LadyDay was past her prime and they are probably correct. That being said, whatever percent she was at is so good that listening to this album makes one very happy to get the chance to hear this artistry. I have several of the CD re-issues of the mostly mono recordings but this album makes me ache in a way those have not. On top of that, the band is in top form and not just along for the ride. I would encourage anyone on the fence about purchasing this album to go ahead and make the purchase so as to have more time to listen to it during your life. The recording is fantastic (I purchased DSD128) and should be part of a class on how to do it for aspiring engineers.
A friend once played this lovely album from LP, a very good recording. The SQ of it as a PCM download is ok, the DSD64 download even better, however this HDTT version is even more natural.
Here is a perfect example of how a magical session was captured on tape and transferred with perfection. You can hear nuances from mouth movements of Billie to the movement of the pads from Webster to Sweets axes. Moreover is the sheer joy of these incredible musicians on this date. As in everything technology a long learning curve is necessary before this kind of feeling could be duplicated after all of the experimentation with processing
One of the best sounding discs of anything I’ve ever heard. The soundstaging is totally realistic. The instruments crystal clear. The timbre perfect. Not to mention the wonderful performances of Billy Holiday and Ben Webster. Overall a perfect record, and I’m just talking about the normal res red book CD!
Title: Billie Holiday – Songs For Distingué Lovers
Artist(s): Vocals – Billie Holiday
Bass – Red Mitchell
Drums – Alvin Stoller
Guitar – Barney Kessel
Piano – Jimmie Rowles
Tenor Saxophone – Ben Webster
Trumpet – Harry "Sweets" Edison
Recording Info: Transferred from a 15ips 2-track tape
Producer – Norman Granz
Recorded by Verve Records January 1957 at Capitol Studios
1 Day In, Day Out 6:45
2 A Foggy Day 4:39
3 Stars Fell On Alabama 4:26
4 One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) 5:37
5 Just One Of Those Things 5:29
6 I Didn't Know What Time It Was 6:00
Total Time: 32:56