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Vocal Jazz - Released January 1, 1957 | Verve

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Vocal Jazz - Released April 3, 2015 | Columbia - Legacy

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Vocal Jazz - Released June 1, 1958 | Columbia - Legacy

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Vocal Jazz - Released March 3, 1958 | Verve

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Vocal Jazz - Released January 1, 1956 | Clef Records

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Vocal Jazz - Released January 1, 1956 | Clef Records

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Jazz - Released March 24, 2015 | Columbia - Legacy

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Vocal Jazz - Released June 1, 1958 | Columbia - Legacy

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Jazz - Released March 24, 2015 | Columbia - Legacy

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1956 | Verve

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Vocal Jazz - Released July 22, 2016 | Jazz Essential

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Vocal Jazz - Released October 26, 2010 | Columbia - Legacy

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1957 | Verve Reissues

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Vocal Jazz - Released February 7, 2018 | Resurfaced Records

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1956 | Verve Reissues

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Jazz - Released November 6, 2009 | Verve Reissues

Although many of Billie Holiday's recordings for Commodore and Decca are often overlooked -- at least in comparison to the songs that bookend her career (for Columbia and Verve) -- they include some of her best work, beginning at the end of the '30s with "Strange Fruit" and stretching to the end of the '40s with "God Bless the Child." In 1939, Billie Holiday was a jazz sensation without a hit record. She gained that hit record, and began her journey to musical immortality, when her label Columbia refused to record "Strange Fruit," and jazz fan Milt Gabler welcomed her to his aficionado label, Commodore. Gabler recorded Holiday often over the next ten years, both at Commodore and through his work at Decca in the mid-to late '40s. While on Commodore, Holiday focused on downcast ballads, including "I Cover the Waterfront" and "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues" (dubbed "loser" songs by Gabler), but she also excelled with warm and affectionate material too, "Embraceable You" and "On the Sunny Side of the Street." Regardless of the material, her backing consisted of small groups usually led by a pair of saloon-sound maestros: Doc Cheatham on trumpet and Eddie Heywood on piano. That sound was in for a switch when Holiday moved to Decca, however, beginning with another big hit, "Lover Man," a pop ballad with the full crossover treatment -- strings and all. (Gabler had no compunction about false notions of purity, and he happily recorded Holiday with strings and backing choruses whenever the song demanded it.) Even more than her work for Commodore, Holiday's work for Decca was melancholy and resigned in the extreme, with sterling treatments of yet more loser songs: "Don't Explain," "Good Morning Heartache," "You Better Go Now," and "What Is This Thing Called Love." Individually, the songs are excellent, and as a package, The Complete Commodore & Decca Masters can hardly be beat. It's a splendid accompaniment to similar sets devoted to Billie Holiday's Columbia and Verve output, and while completists will bemoan the lack of the many alternate takes -- most of the Commodore sides have two alternate takes for each master recording, available elsewhere -- this is all the war-years Billie Holiday one could hope for. ~ John Bush
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Jazz - Released January 1, 1991 | Verve Reissues

Billie Holiday is heard at her absolute best on this attractive two-CD set. During her period on Decca, Lady Day was accompanied by strings (for the first time), large studio orchestras, and even background vocalists, so jazz solos from her sidemen are few. But her voice was at its strongest during the 1940s (even with her personal problems) and to hear all 50 of her Decca performances (including alternate takes and even some studio chatter) is a real joy. Among the high points of this essential set are her original versions of "Lover Man" (Holiday's biggest selling record), "Don't Explain," "Good Morning Heartache," "'Tain't Nobody's Business if I Do," "Now or Never," "Crazy He Calls Me," and remakes of "Them There Eyes" and "God Bless the Child." ~ Scott Yanow
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Vocal Jazz - Released January 1, 1957 | Verve

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Jazz - Released September 29, 1992 | Verve Reissues