The Complete Commodore Masters – Billie Holiday


The Commodore recordings were made for Milt Gablers small Commodore label and the master takes were originally distributed two per disc on 78 r.p.m issues. The material was recorded in 1939 and 1944 by Milt Gabler. The original 78 that was Strange Fruit b/w Fine and Mellow, was released by Gabler because Columbias John Hammond refused to record the song. Holiday was under contract to the label at the time, but Hammond loosened the reins a bit and allowed her the leeway to cut it for Commodore.

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