Billie Holiday - The Commodore Days - 1939-44 Mono Jazz HQ Virgin Vinyl 180 Grm LP
Billie Holiday - The Commodore Days
Label: Dol / Commodore
Format: 180g HQ Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Reissue
Originally Released: 1972
Genre: Jazz, Blues
A1 Stange Fruit 3:13
A2 Yesterdays 3:26
A3 Fine And Mellow 3:18
A4 I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues 2:51
A5 How Am I To Know 2:47
A6 My Old Flame 3:05
A7 I'll Get By 3:01
A8 I Cover The Waterfront 3:24
B1 I'll Be Seeing You 3:33
B2 I'm Yours 3:18
B3 Embraceable You 3:18
B4 As Time Goes By 3:14
B5 He's Fine That Way 3:18
B6 Lover, Come Back To Me 3:22
B7 Billie's Blues 3:10
B8 On The Sunny Of The Street 3:04
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Personnel: Billie Holiday (vocals); Tab Smith, Lem Davis (alto saxophone); Kenneth Hollon, Stan Payne (tenor saxophone); Frankie Newton, Doc Cheatham (trumpet); Vic Dickenson (trombone); Sonny White, Eddie Haywood (piano); Jimmy McLin, Teddy Walters (guitar); John Williams, John Simmons (bass); Eddie Dougherty, Sid Catlett (drums).
In four sessions for the young Commodore label, Billie Holiday recorded sixteen songs in a total of forty-five complete takes. There is no doubt that her work for producer Milt Gabler (founder and operator of this pioneer independent jazz label) was among her finest recorded efforts; many Holiday partisans consider it the very best. Gabler appears to have had little trouble deciding which takes to issue initially; eventually, everything was released.
Commodore original monaural recordings were previously issued in 78 rpm, 45 rpm and 33 rpm form on Commodore and other licensed lables. They are now reissued as two-track monaural recordings suitable for monophonic and stereophonic reproduction. These historical performances have been collected from the Commodore archives and reproduced from the best available sources. Please forgive occasional minor disturbances if you notice any.
"Strange Fruit," a disturbing and impressionistic elegy to lynched black men in the South.
few singers dare to perform to this day. For Margolick, "'Strange Fruit' defies easy musical categorization and has slipped between the cracks of academic study.
It's too artsy to be folk music, too explicitly political and polemical to be jazz. Surely no song in American history has ever been guaranteed to silence an audience or to generate such discomfort."
Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit
Deeply disturbing and resonating words.....W-o-w.... I am in awe that she risked singing this!!! What a strong woman.
i look at this song as more than a song it's a statement, a statement that took great courage to sing and therefore highlight in the 1930's!!! in ultraconservative times in america,
<iframe title="YouTube video player" width="480" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/h4ZyuULy9zs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
Classic Jazz with Lady Day... Written originally as a poem, Abel Meeropol wrote & performed Strange Fruit to express his horror at lynchings. Barney Josephson of Cafe Society Nightclub in New York heard the song performed by Meeropol, his wife, & vocalist Laura Duncan & introduced it to Billie Holiday whom asked her label Columbia to record the song. Fearing a negative reaction due to the songs lyrics, they refused to record the song. She then asked friend Milt Gabler of Commodore Records & sang a cappella version to Gabler whom wept afterwards. Columbia gave Holiday a one-session release from her contract to record with Commodore. Because of the songs impact, Holiday was told to close all her shows with it. As the song was about to begin, waiters stopped serving, lights were turned off & a spotlight was focused on Holiday whom had her eyes closed, as if she were praying.
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-KLl-vrH6Sc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
Billie Holiday and Lester Young - Fine and Mellow
The "divas" of today can't hold a candle to Lady Day. It's not about the
flashing lights or the speakers turned up loud. We know when we're
getting the real deal. You dig ?
<iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cLfG7WSOjNk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
Billie Holiday - I'll Be Seeing You
on The Notebook soundtrack
<iframe title="YouTube video player" width="480" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/566WSwwoWBY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>