This collection of 3 CDs of Bille Holiday's work is fantastic value.
All the songs come from the 1930s and 1940s. Perhaps not as well known as her later period (where her albums were recorded), this period captures Holiday at the height of her powers and with the songs that made her famous. For me, it is also her most interesting period - fresh, zesty, smoky and powerful. It is easy to see why she was a hit.
The collection covers almost all the recordings from this period that you might want: from the classic and defining 'Strange Fruit', through jazz standards and popular tunes of the day ('On the Sunnyside of the Street', 'My Last Affair' and 'Pennies From Heaven') and classic songs from Fred Astair movies ('The Way You Look Tonight', 'A Fine Romance' and Gershwin's 'They Can't Take that Away From Me'). What it does lack is her brilliant rendition of 'Gloomy Sunday'. That's a shame, but given the ridiculously reasonable price, one that it is easy to overlook.