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Album Review

This attractive two-CD set, released to celebrate Fitzgerald's 75th birthday, is a perfect greatest-hits collection spanning the first half of her very productive career. All 39 songs are winners, highlighted by "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," "Undecided," "Flying Home," "Lady Be Good," "How High the Moon," "Smooth Sailing," "Airmail Special," "Lullaby of Birdland," and "Hard Hearted Hannah." During the period covered by this package, she developed from a fine big-band pop vocalist into the definitive jazz singer, one who could scat and swing with the best musicians. This set is a perfect introduction to her magic.

Customer Reviews

Careful: May Not Be Correct

At this writing, there are problems with all but one of the files on Disc 2: They are actually copies of Disc 1, only the titles have changed. Apple tells me they're investigating the problem, and perhaps it is fixed by the time you read this. Listen to the preview of "How High the Moon." If you hear Ella singing "Lady Be Good," the problem still exists. If not for that, this would be a five-star review.

fantastic collection

i personally consider Ella to be the best vocalist in the history of recorded sound... and this collection is stellar. the quality of the tracks is superb, and the duets with Louis Armstrong are always a treat.


Born: April 25, 1917 in Newport News, VA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

"The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald was arguably the finest female jazz singer of all time (although some may vote for Sarah Vaughan or Billie Holiday). Blessed with a beautiful voice and a wide range, Fitzgerald could outswing anyone, was a brilliant scat singer, and had near-perfect elocution; one could always understand the words she sang. The one fault was that, since she always sounded so happy to be singing, Fitzgerald did not always dig below the surface of the lyrics she interpreted...
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