An amazing little set – and the first to really do such a bang-up job on the Billie Holiday sides recorded for the Decca and Commodore labels in the 1940s! The 3CD set is beautifully put together – with one disc of Commodore material, and two more of Decca sides – and unlike some other collections of this nature, only master takes and issued singles are included – so each of the 52 tracks is different, and you don't just hear Billie singing alternate takes over and over! Plus, the packaging is sublime – book-like, with a cloth hardcover finish – which encloses the 3CDs, as well as notes by Ashley Khan
, some great vintage photos, and full discographical details on all the sessions. The evolution in sound and style is amazing – so that by the end of the Decca years, you've really heard Holiday grow as an artist – emerging to the greatness that would make her one of the most important singers of the 20th century. Titles include "The Blues Are Brewin", "Solitude", "Do Your Duty", "Gimme A Pigfoot", "There Is No Greater Love", "I'll Get By", "My Old Flame", "Billie's Blues", "As Time Goes By", "He's Funny That Way", "I'll Be Seeing You", "My Man", "I Loves You Porgy", "Baby Get Lost", "You Can't Lose A Broken Heart", and "My Sweet Hunk O Trash".
(Out of print, includes original slipcase and booklet.)