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The Commodore Master Takes (1939-44)


Download links and information about The Commodore Master Takes (1939-44) by Billie Holiday. This album was released in 2000 and it belongs to Blues, Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop genres. It contains 16 tracks with total duration of 51:35 minutes.

Artist: Billie Holiday
Release date: 2000
Genre: Blues, Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop
Tracks: 16
Duration: 51:35
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No. Title Length
1. Strange Fruit 3:13
2. Yesterdays 3:26
3. Fine and Mellow 3:18
4. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues (Take 2) 2:56
5. How Am I to Know? 2:47
6. My Old Flame 3:05
7. I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You) 3:01
8. I Cover the Waterfront 3:34
9. I'll Be Seeing You 3:33
10. I'm Yours 3:18
11. Embraceable You 3:18
12. As Time Goes By 3:16
13. He's Funny That Way 3:18
14. Lover, Come Back to Me 3:20
15. Billie's Blues 3:10
16. On the Sunny Side of the Street 3:02



Anchored by "Strange Fruit," the stark evocation of malignant American racism that would become one of her signature songs, this chronicle of Billie Holiday's brief tenure at NYC jazz purveyor Milt Gabler's Commodore Records finds the singer at a crossroads as crucial to her career blossoming as it was controversial. Indeed, she likely wouldn't have recorded for the label at all had Columbia not balked at the explicit "Strange Fruit." Instead, her freelancing at Commodore offered the singer an opportunity to follow her mercurial muse in a way that was rare for any artist in the late '30's/early '40s, let alone a headstrong black woman with a personal life as stormy as her voice was magnificent. While the full sessions are available on The Complete Commodore Sessions), these are the 16 master takes that resulted, performances that cast Holiday in intimate small band settings, allowing the singer (who had just quit Artie Shaw's big band in frustration) and her blues/jazz-fueled sensibilities to soar to new heights.