VARIOUS ARTISTS / “Don’t Explain Mixtape”

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“Don’t Explain” is Billie’s song. Billie Holiday wrote it and her recording remains a touchstone for torch music. Nothing sadder than love that is abused. Especially when both the abuser and the abusee know that the abuse is going down—one of them won’t stop and the other can’t stop, and, well, it’s just sad, which is the way Billie sings it. But also exhibits a touch of defiance.

I’m going to defy all this pain I’m going through just so I can take the briefest taste of joy I can squeeze out of this pot of misery. Oh what a situation. Needless to say, this is not a song to love but rather a song to recognize and, hopefully, never have to experience. Or as the old blues cat sang, if you never had it, I hope you never will.

But the thing that makes this song so everlasting is that after all the centuries, literally hundreds of years, of lovers being done wrong, it seems at some time or another, far too many of us go marching through that particular corner of hell.

Anyway, here’s a baker’s dozen of selections starting off with Ms. Billie Holiday and trooping on through to a hip-hop take on this classic song of love gone wrong. As always pick your own poison; I’m not going to tell you that one version is the standout above and beyond the others.

Some like ‘em tall, some like ‘em stout, so are enraptured by a whisper, others want to shake it til it shout. Whatever be your inclination and carnal orientation, we got something for you in these selections.

Would it be too perverse to say: enjoy. Even if you condition don’t get no better, at least enjoy it when it hurts so good… hush, don’t say nothing. Just shut up and listen to this…

—Kalamu ya Salaam

Don’t Explain Mixtape Playlist

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01 The Complete Billie Holiday On Verve – Billie Holiday

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02 For Lady – Webster Young

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03 For Lady Day, Vol. 1 – Carmen McRae

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04 Mostly Ballads – Steve Khun

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05 Altre spezie – Gianni Coscia & Lucia Minetti

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06 Almost Like Being In Jazz – Hugh Masekela

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07 Let It All Out – Nina Simone

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08 Soul Box – Grover Washington, Jr.

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09 Mystery Lady (Songs of Billie Holiday) – Etta James

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10 Soulin' - Lou Rawls

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11 Lady Sings The Blues Soundtrack – Diana Ross

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12 Let's Stay Here – Oleta Adams

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13 The Complete Moon Bay Sessions – DJ Drez & Marty Williams

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