This CD contains all 16 master takes that Billie recorded on Commodore Records in 1939 and 1944. The standout item here is, of course, the immortal "Strange Fruit." All the other recordings, however, are outstanding as well. On the songs here, she's backed by small jazz combos, which (I agree with the other reviewers) is how she sounded best. I like her version of "Yesterdays" very much. Other gems include "My Old Flame," "I'll Be Seeing You," and "How Am I to Know." This is some of the most emotion-charged music you'll ever hear.