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Billie Holiday

The Complete Commodore Masters

    "These are top- notch performances at the very peak of Holiday's power as an artist." (Thom Jurek) Billie Holiday was probably the most lyrical and expressive female vocalist in jazz history. This set compiles her complete sessions for the legendary Commodore label. Made between Billie's contracts for Columbia / Okeh and Decca, these recordings present her in top form, backed by excellent small groups featuring such names as Frankie Newton, Freddie Webster, Tab Smith, Vic Dickenson, Eddie Heywood, and Sidney Catlett. Among the highlights of the set are Billie's frst version of the shocking "Strange Fruit", which she used to conclude her stage performances, as well as readings of famous standards she would never record again, such as "As Time Goes By" and "I'll Be Seeing You".

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Strange Fruit
    2. Yesterdays
    3. Fine And Mellow
    4. I Gotta Right To
    5. Sing The Blues
    6. How Am I To Know?
    7. My Old Flame
    8. I’ll Get By
    9. I Cover The Waterfront
    10. I'll Be Seeing You
    11. I’m Yours
    12. Embraceable You
    13. As Time Goes By
    14. He’s Funny That Way
    15. Lover Come Back To Me
    16. I Love My Man (Aka Billie’s Blues)
    17. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

    Billie Holiday

    Solitude - 2022 Reissue

      Billie Holiday's first recordings for Norman Granz' Clef Records present the vocalist at the top of her craft. Originally titled 'Billie Holiday Sings', this 1952 session placed Holiday in front of small piano and tenor saxophone-led groups that including jazz luminaries such as Oscar Peterson and Charlie Shavers. Includes the song 'If The Moon Turns Green' from the same session but not included on the original LP. BILLIE HOLIDAY, vocals; CHARLIE SHAVERS, trumpet; FLIP PHILLIPS, tenor sax; OSCAR PETERSON, piano; BARNEY KESSEL, guitar; RAY BROWN, bass; ALVIN STOLLER, drums; HEARD, drums (alternating with Alvin Stoller). Recorded Los Angeles, May 1952. Produced by Norman Granz

      TRACK LISTING

      East Of The Sun
      Blue Moon
      You Go To My Head
      You Turned The Tables On Me
      Easy To Love
      These Foolish Things
      I Only Have Eyes For You
      Solitude
      Everything I Have Is Yours
      Ove For Sale
      Moonglow
      Tenderly
      If The Moon Turns Green

      Billie Holiday

      The Hits

        No one has ever sung or will ever sing like the late Billie Holiday (1925 - 1959). Although her vocal range was more limited than Sarah Vaughan or Ella Fitzgerald, Billie made her interpretations so expressive that even the tritest lyrics sounded almost profound.

        This limited gatefold issue consists of her 14 greatest hits, among them her two studio versions of the poignant protest song "Strange Fruit", her unforgettable reading of "All of Me" with Lester Young on tenor saxophone, and her best recordings of her own compositions "Fine and Mellow", "God Bless The Child", "Lady Sings the Blues"(music by Herbie Nichols), and "Don't Explain.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Strange Fruit 
        2. God Bless The Child 
        3. Lover Man 
        4. All Of Me 
        5. Good Morning, Heatache 
        6. Body And Soul 
        7. Gloomy Sunday 
        8. I'm A Fool To Want You 
        9. I'll Be Seeing You 
        10. Travlin' Light 
        11. Don't Explain 
        12. Lady Sings The Blues 
        13. Fine And Mellow 
        14. Strange Fruit

        Billie Holiday

        Lady Sings The Blues

          Almost 45 years have passed since the death of 'Lady Day'. About 50 years ago she could be seen and heard in just a few rare concerts outside the USA. Alcohol, drugs, affairs and racial discrimination in the USA had all left their mark on her and only her voice served as a reminder of her great successes. It is thanks to Norman Granz that Billie Holiday signed a new, lucrative contract with Verve / Clef in the early Fifties. He drew the very best musicians into the studio and paid for excellent arrangers so that Billie had an opportunity to sing her old songs once again and record them for posterity in the very best sound quality. Recorded between 1954 and 1956, "Lady Sings The Blues" features some of her best-loved jazz-blues numbers, including a never-bettered version of "Strange Fruit", "Good Morning Heartache", "Trav'lin' Light", "I Must Have That Man", "God Bless the Child" and the fantastic title track of course. Holiday is at her heart-rending best here, her voice cracking with emotion and pain at times, which only adds to the brilliance of this set, and the amazing remastering means we get to hear every drum brush stroke and every horn note as well. Wonderful.

          TRACK LISTING

          Trav'lin' Light
          I Must Have That Man!
          Some Other Spring
          Lady Sings The Blues
          Strange Fruit
          God Bless The Child
          Good Morning, Heartache
          No Good Man
          Love Me Or Leave Me
          Too Marvelous For Words
          Willow Weep For Me
          I Thought About You
          P.S. I Love You


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