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Complete Original American Commodore Recordings (Bonus Track Version) )
 
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Complete Original American Commodore Recordings (Bonus Track Version) )

23 Feb 2001 | Format: MP3

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3:39
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3:26
Disc 2
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3:19
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3:19
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3:13
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3:19
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3:22
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3:10
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3:26
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3:17
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3:08
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 23 Feb 2001
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Jazz Factory
  • Copyright: (c) 2001 Jazz Factory
  • Total Length: 2:25:34
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  • ASIN: B0094IUZEK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,792 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Charles R. Day on 21 Feb 2010
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These are the complete sessions for the independent label Commodore - four of them contemporary with Billie's great Columbia sessions and the remainder at the beginning of her Decca period. The sessions were originally prompted by Billie's desire to record Strange Fruit, a mediocre melody housing lyrics that are profoundly moving and guilt inducing to those of us with a white skin. Columbia would not let her record this track (it was the thirties!) but allowed her to go elsewhere- hence another great series of songs from that greatest of all jazz singers. Personally, as I have a tidy and chronological mind, I would like to see the 1939 tracks integrated with the Columbia sessions and the rest with the succeeding Decca series.

The only comparisons to be made with the other complete set of this material are the transfers and the layout. Here, all additional takes are added at the end of the discs so you do not hear the same song twice in succession except where there is more than one additional take (and in some cases there are three additions, making a total of four!) The other set lays them out in strict chronological fashion so that in some instances you hear the same song four times in a row. As CD players can be programmed, this is not too important, although I admit it is a hassle.

The transfers are very good, just a tad superior to those on the other set - you must decide what is the more important. Suffice it to say, either way, you will be investing in gold.
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