Great Ladies on V-Disc, Vol. 1 is a compilation of female jazz vocalists performing some of their best-known songs. This particular volume features Billie Holiday for more than half the disc, then there are a few songs each from Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. One could argue with the obvious preference given to Holiday, but the reasons probably have far more to do with what they had the rights to than their concern about showing favoritism. The songs by Holiday are all pretty good, her smooth voice and poetic delivery was still in fine form at the time these were recorded. The offering from the other two vocalists are also decent, although the track arrangement does not lend itself to giving them much of a chance to compete. Vaughan may actually have the best track here with her excellent "Black Coffee," an excellent slow jazz track that drips with the blues because of her sad yet sultry vocal line. This is a very average album that does not do the three singers justice, especially when there is such a wealth of material they could have used in the place of the songs that are here.
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AllMusic Review by Bradley Torreano