Track List

I'll Get By

My Old Flame

Embraceable You

(Billie's Blues) I Love My Man

I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues

I Cover The Waterfront

(I Got A Man Crazy For Me) He's Funny That Way


Strange Fruit

On The Sunny Side Of The Street

I'm Yours

Fine And Mellow

Lover Come Back To Me

I'll Be Seeing You

As Time Goes By

How Am I To Know

Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit (2xLP)
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A great issue of some of Billie Holiday's classic sides for the Commodore label – a company she didn't work with often, but home to some of her best material of the early years! The tracks here were mostly recorded in 1944, but the set also features some early bits from 1939 as well – and backing on all numbers is by small combos, with players who include Eddie Heywood on piano, Frankie Newton or Doc Cheatham on trumpet, Tab Smith or Lem Davis on alto, Teddy Walters on guitar, and Kenneth Hollon on tenor sax. Titles include Holiday's seminal "Strange Fruit" – a track that's stunning both for its handling of racial subject matter, and for the fact that it's one of the few penned by Billie herself! Other titles include "Yesterdays", "I'll Get By", "I Cover The Waterfront", "Lover Come Back To Me", "I'm Yours", and "Embraceable You".