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Best of Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song

Ella Fitzgerald

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Album Review

Comprising 16 of the 51 tracks (one-third) from the original First Lady of Song three-CD collection, this edited single disc is for those disinclined to purchase the full set or complete works. It might be advisable first to search for any full album sides of specific sessions or tributes to composers that Ella Fitzgerald had done, but this smaller compilation does contain some of her better songs, falling short of an essential greatest-hits or best-of effort. Such all-time classics as "Can't We Be Friends?," "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," "Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin'," "Baby, Don't You Go 'Way Mad," "I Won't Dance," and "Don't Be That Way" are definitive Ella, and are included. The bargain hunter in you might find this at a good price, but saving up for the larger sets should be your aim. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

Customer Reviews


Ella had such a beautiful, soulful and original voice. When I hear her sing songs like "A Fine Romance" and "Angel Eyes" and "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" I get goosebumps. She is such a legend and a joy to hear after all the artists we have today there is NO comparison. I loved it!

Ella Shines!

This is a really good compilation of Ella's great recordings. Another you might enjoy is "Pure Ella." Ella could swing like no one else! Her rhythm, note choices, and style are unparalleled. And of course, she always worked with fine musicians. You can't go wrong with Ella.

Pick Kellie

I Liked Kellie on americna idol singing this song better...


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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