4/7/15

Billie Holiday - If the Moon Turns Green / Autumn in New York (alt. take) 78 rpm (1954)


Second re-up, much later this time. A mellower atmosphere. Details why I chose this couple of songs. Catch it here.

I listen a lot to Billie Holiday these days (and nights). Often the case when my (senti)mental mood becomes cloudy. I'm not a specialist of her discography and I realize that there are some forgotten songs also in it. Or, in the present case, forgotten versions of songs. So, the classic "Autumn in New York", taken from the second session she recorded for Verve, is usually found on albums (the original one and the numerous compilations) in the first she recorded. But it seems there was a mistake in her singing that she wanted to correct, and she recorded the song again. This is this second version that would be found on the B-side of the single of that times (78 rpm), 2 years laters, backing "If the Moon Turns Green" (not a specially good song but I respected the A and B-sides and this provided me the opportunity to use this beautiful picture for the fake sleeve). The second (alt. take) of "Autumn in New York" is all the more interesting that on it she sounds quite different than on the first one. Like the happiness of the lyrics was fake and that actually she only saw the other ones having good time in New York, not her. She seems tired, surely because the session had been long but now we have a stranger version to hear. The sound quality is not as good as the official one (surely the master was lost) but that's not a problem with Billie.



Autumn in New York. Autumn in New York, why does it seem so inviting? Autumn in New York, it spells the thrill of first knighting Glittering crowds and shimmering clouds in canyons of steel They're making me feel, I'm home It's autumn in New York that brings the promise of new love Autumn in New York is often mingled with pain Dreamers with empty hands, may sigh for exotic lands It's autumn in New York, it's good to live it again Autumn in New York, the gleaming rooftops at sundown Autumn in New York, it lifts you up when you're run down Jaded roués and gay divorces who lunch at the Ritz Will tell you that it's divine This autumn in New York transforms the slums into Mayfair Autumn in New York, you'll need no castle in Spain Lovers that bless the dark on benches in Central Park Great autumn in New York, it's good to live it again



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