77 Songs, 4 Hours 10 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s a testament to how much music Ella Fitzgerald recorded, that these 76 sparkling, professionally recorded tunes were allowed to languish unheard for more than 50 years. As her phenomenally successful Songbook albums show, with the eternally bubbly Fitzgerald and her elegant little-girl voice it’s about the songs, and here there’s a sterling mix of stage and screen numbers like the Gershwins’ “S’Wonderful,” and Harold Arlen’s “The Old Black Magic,” big band numbers like Ellington’s “Perdido,” oddities like “Across the Alley From the Alamo,” and a stab at Thelonious Monk’s “`Round Midnight.” Even her best known tunes, “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” and “Mack the Knife” get fresh, ingenious takes that are essential for Ella collectors. The whole set plays like a fast-moving jam session, loose and inventive with Fitzgerald full of energy and brio, her scatting tight and disciplined, and her sense of delight showing itself often, none better than in “Sunny Side of the Street,” when instead of the usual “Rockefeller” she sings, “I’d be rich as Frank Sinatra. A vivacious rarity.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s a testament to how much music Ella Fitzgerald recorded, that these 76 sparkling, professionally recorded tunes were allowed to languish unheard for more than 50 years. As her phenomenally successful Songbook albums show, with the eternally bubbly Fitzgerald and her elegant little-girl voice it’s about the songs, and here there’s a sterling mix of stage and screen numbers like the Gershwins’ “S’Wonderful,” and Harold Arlen’s “The Old Black Magic,” big band numbers like Ellington’s “Perdido,” oddities like “Across the Alley From the Alamo,” and a stab at Thelonious Monk’s “`Round Midnight.” Even her best known tunes, “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” and “Mack the Knife” get fresh, ingenious takes that are essential for Ella collectors. The whole set plays like a fast-moving jam session, loose and inventive with Fitzgerald full of energy and brio, her scatting tight and disciplined, and her sense of delight showing itself often, none better than in “Sunny Side of the Street,” when instead of the usual “Rockefeller” she sings, “I’d be rich as Frank Sinatra. A vivacious rarity.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
48 Ratings
48 Ratings
Lil' Yellow Basket Case ,

Year!

These are amazing!! Never before released an recorded in 1961-62 when Ella was at the peak of her career! The scarring is relaxed and free and her ballads are beautiful! She reaches new highs and lows in terms of voice and she tackles the blues!! 72 news versions of the songs you love!!

wifici ,

ella's bewitching

she's de-lightful, she's de-licious, she's de-lovely.
Her banter with the band and audience is equally valuable.
In what year were these songs recorded?

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Bow Down to the Queen

Ella Fitzgerald was/is the greatest voice ever recorded. And this set brings you a moment in time that can never be recaptured. She was at the peak of her talents and you are able to feel what it must have been like to be at a live performance in an intimate setting.

Wish I was there.

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