For those who don't feel like tackling the entire Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia (1933-1944) boxed set, the label offers this collection of highlights. As a primer, it does its job well. The singer's Columbia years are generally acknowledged as her peak. Though deeply influenced by the great Bessie Smith, Holiday's blues were more slinky and elegant, yet not less personal and tormented. In her balladry (check out "You Go To My Head" or "Gloomy Sunday") exists deep recesses of psychology and emotion that find their equal only in the harsh shadow play of classic film noir.