Billie Holiday Commodore Recordings

Billie Holiday - Lady In Satin: The Centennial Edition (2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz] REPOST

Billie Holiday - Lady In Satin: The Centennial Edition (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 167:00 minutes | 3,61 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

"Lady In Satin" is Billie Holiday’s penultimate masterpiece. The 1958 gem is one of her finest achievements and a full display of her immortal vocal abilities. It is one of jazz’s bestselling albums and was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame. This Centennial Edition features a set of extensive liner notes, plus two bonus discs covering the complete Lady In Satin sesseions. The recordings were transferred from the original three-track tapes to a hi-res Pro Tools file by Vic Anesini, and remixed and remastered in 24-bit audio by Maria Triana at Battery Studios, NYC. Absolutely essential.
Billie Holiday - Solitude (1956/2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/192kHz] REPOST

Billie Holiday - Solitude (1956/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 38:40 minutes | 1,65 GB
Studio Mono Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Most of the songs on this session were originally released on 10-inch vinyl in 1952 under the title Billie Holiday Sings; four additional tunes were added to this 1956 LP version, now renamed Solitude. Holiday is backed by some impressive musicians including Oscar Peterson on piano, Ray Brown on double bass, Barney Kessel on guitar and drummer Alvin Stoller on these standards, among them Blue Moon and I Only Have Eyes For You.

Billie Holiday - Ken Burns Jazz (2000)  Music

Posted by popsakov at Jan. 26, 2018
Billie Holiday - Ken Burns Jazz (2000)

Billie Holiday - Ken Burns Jazz (2000)
EAC Rip | WavPack (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 260 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 160 Mb
Full Scans (PNG, 400 dpi) ~ 107 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Vocal Jazz, Standards | Verve Records #549 081-2

In conjunction with the release of Ken Burns' ten-part, 19-hour epic PBS documentary Jazz, Columbia issued 22 single-disc compilations devoted to jazz's most significant artists, as well as a five-disc historical summary. Since the individual compilations attempt to present balanced overviews of each artist's career, tracks from multiple labels have thankfully been licensed where appropriate. That's especially nice in the case of Billie Holiday, who recorded excellent and essential work for Columbia, Commodore, Decca, and Verve. Since her signature numbers were also spread out over those labels, and since Ken Burns Jazz includes pretty much all of her best-known songs, this makes an excellent introduction and an even better single-disc retrospective.
Billie Holiday - The Best of Billie Holiday: The Master Takes And Singles [4CD Box Set] (2008) (Repost)

Billie Holiday - The Best of Billie Holiday: The Master Takes And Singles [4CD Box Set] (2008)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 633 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 566 MB | Covers - 13 MB
Genre: Vocal Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Sony BMG (88697301262)

It's fitting that singer Billie Holiday began the most celebrated part of her career with Columbia in 1933, when the country was in the throes of the depression, and ended it in 1942, when the world was gripped by war. Her anguished delivery fit in perfectly with the times. As she projected the torments of her life through music, she gave us an escape from our own troubles, by reminding us of how bad life could get. Regardless, Holiday's sublime Columbia recordings, which originally appeared on the Brunswick, Vocalion and Okeh labels, are among the true treasures of jazz. The complete recordings were released a few years ago in a mammoth box set. This four CD collection pares the material down considerably, although the producers have not just taken the cream of the crop…

Billie Holiday - Solitude (1952) [Reissue 1993]  Music

Posted by gribovar at Dec. 17, 2017
Billie Holiday - Solitude (1952) [Reissue 1993]

Billie Holiday - Solitude (1952) [Reissue 1993]
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 183 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 122 MB | Covers - 60 MB
Genre: Vocal Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Verve Records (519 810-2)

Billie Holiday's first recordings for Norman Granz' Clef Records present a vocalist truly at the top of her craft, although she would begin a rapid decline soon thereafter. This 1952 recording (originally issued as a 10" LP, Billie Holiday Sings) places Holiday in front of small piano and tenor saxophone-led groups including jazz luminaries such as Oscar Peterson and Charlie Shavers, where her gentle phrasing sets the tone for the sessions, evoking lazy evenings and dreamy afternoons. The alcoholism and heroin use that would be her downfall by the end of this decade seems to be almost unfathomable during these recordings since Holiday is in as fine a voice as her work in the '30s, and the musical environment seems ideal for these slow torch songs…
Billie Holiday - Lady Day: The Best Of Billie Holiday (2001) 2CD

Billie Holiday - Lady Day: The Best Of Billie Holiday (2001) 2CD
Mp3 CBR320 kbps | 107:10 min | 222 Mb (5% Rec.)
Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Blues, Oldies | Label: Columbia / Legacys

Forget for a moment that The Best of Lady Day: The Best of Billie Holiday was tied into the release of the superb box set, Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia (1933-1944), thereby offering a bit of advertisement to the full-fledged set. That doesn't matter – even if there was never a box set, this would have been a welcome addition to Billie Holiday's catalog, since it's the first concise, yet comprehensive, introduction to her groundbreaking, perhaps greatest, recordings.
Billie Holiday - The Essential Billie Holiday: Carnegie Hall Concert Recorded Live (1961/2015) [24-bit/192kHz] REPOST

Billie Holiday - The Essential Billie Holiday: Carnegie Hall Concert Recorded Live (1961/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 44:33 minutes | 2,18 GB
Studio Mono Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

This live concert album, recorded at two packed shows at Carnegie Hall in November 1956, contains the biographical narration that accompanied the music during the concerts, recited by Gilbert Millstein of The New York Times. Billie Holiday is backed by the Chico Hamilton Quintet featuring guitarist Kenny Burrell and two horn sections including Coleman Hawkins and Al Cohn on tenor sax and Roy Eldridge and Buck Clayton on trumpet.
Billie Holiday with Ray Ellis And His Orchestra (1959/2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/192kHz] REPOST

Billie Holiday with Ray Ellis And His Orchestra (1959/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 37:11 minutes | 1,88 GB
Studio Mono Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

This Billie Holiday album was recorded in March 1959 and released four months later, in July 1959, the same month Holiday died; after her death the album was renamed "Last Recording". Al Cohn on tenor sax and Milt Hinton on bass are among the several notable session musicians in Ray Ellis's Orchestra which provides horn-driven accompaniment on most of this material.
Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Fitzgerald & Billie Holiday At Newport (1958/2015) [24-bit/192kHz] REPOST

Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Fitzgerald & Billie Holiday At Newport (1958/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 44:28 minutes | 2,36 GB
Studio Mono Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

A live album from the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival, this album combines individual performances recorded at separate shows two days apart from two of the most popular female singers of the era. Billie Holiday is backed by Mal Waldron on piano, Joe Benjamin on double bass and drummer Jo Jones; Ella Fitzgerald's band includes Don Abney on piano, Wendell Marshall on double bass and Jones again on drums.
Billie Holiday - Songs For Distingué Lovers (1957/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Billie Holiday - Songs For Distingué Lovers (1957/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 33:20 minutes | 1,38 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

It is undeniable that Billie Holiday's singing changed in her later years. Her voice darkened an shifted to a lower range. Her economy of means distilled her sound to its expressive essence – a kind of heightened speech. The classic LP Songs For Distingué Lovers, has also deepened and become burnished with time. Maybe it's that still-arresting word distingué; maybe it's that iconic, tinted image of Lady Day on the cover. This legendary recording features the singer's best studio work of the Fifties.