Best of the Song Books: The Collection

Best of the Song Books: The Collection

by Ella Fitzgerald
For those who cannot afford to slurge on the entire epic 16-CD box of the complete Songbooks -- and I suspect that means most of us -- here's a formidable alternate, up to a point. This three-CD box in effect wraps a slipcase around the compilations The Best of the Song Books, Love Songs: Best of the Verve Song Books, and The Ballads: The Best


For those who cannot afford to slurge on the entire epic 16-CD box of the complete Songbooks -- and I suspect that means most of us -- here's a formidable alternate, up to a point. This three-CD box in effect wraps a slipcase around the compilations The Best of the Song Books, Love Songs: Best of the Verve Song Books, and The Ballads: The Best of the Song Books, so it looks smart and impressive on the shelf without draining the budget too seriously. The problem is that this generous brace of 48 selections is thoroughly scrambled within each album, out of chronological order and with all of the composers tumbling after one another. One solution: if you have a CD changer, you can program all of the tracks of a particular composer together and emerge with a series of mini-songbooks. In any case, all of the Ella Songbooks are represented, some more than others, and three hours from them will suffice for most casual Ella fans. For a more diverse overview of Ella's Verve years, though, entry-level collectors will be better served by the three-CD First Lady of Song.

Product Details

Release Date:
Polygram Records


Disc 1

  1. Something's Gotta Give
  2. Love Is Here to Stay
  3. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
  4. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
  5. The Lady Is a Tramp
  6. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
  7. Miss Otis Regrets
  8. 'S Wonderful
  9. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  10. Love for Sale
  11. They Can't Take That Away from Me
  12. Midnight Sun
  13. Hooray for Love
  14. Why Was I Born?
  15. Cotton Tail
  16. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

Disc 2

  1. Oh, Lady Be Good
  2. I'm Old Fashioned
  3. Laura
  4. Day Dream
  5. Easy to Love
  6. It Was Written in the Stars
  7. How Long Has This Been Going On?
  8. Let's Begin
  9. Now It Can Be Told
  10. There's a Small Hotel
  11. Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
  12. Ill Wind
  13. You're Laughing at Me
  14. A Ship Without a Sail
  15. Trav'lin' Light
  16. This Time the Dream's on Me

Disc 3

  1. From This Moment On
  2. Solitude
  3. Love You Madly
  4. All the Things You Are
  5. I Concentrate on You
  6. Out of This World
  7. How About Me?
  8. I'm Beginning to See the Light
  9. The Man I Love
  10. I Remember You
  11. I Let a Song Go out of My Heart
  12. Always
  13. Just One of Those Things
  14. Prelude to a Kiss
  15. All Too Soon
  16. Lover

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist,Vocals
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Buddy Collette   Flute,Trombone
Bob Cooper   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Buddy DeFranco   Clarinet
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Maynard Ferguson   Trumpet
Herb Geller   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Paul Gonsalves   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Billy May   Conductor
Ray Nance   Trumpet
Ted Nash   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Bud Shank   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Paul Smith   Piano
Willie Smith   Alto Saxophone
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Shorty Baker   Trumpet
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Willie Cook   Trumpet
Ray Linn   Trumpet
Abe Most   Clarinet
Babe Russin   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Woode   Bass
Buddy Bregman   Conductor
Justin Gordon   Woodwind
Corky Hale   Harp
Bob Bain   Guitar
Felix Slatkin   Violin,Vocals
Russell Procope   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Victor Arno   Violin,Vocals
Israel Baker   Violin,Vocals
Norman Benno   Oboe
Benny Carter   Alto Saxophone
Milt Bernhart   Trombone
Ray Brown   Bass
Larry Bunker   Background Vocals,Vibes
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
John Cave   French Horn
Gene Cipriano   Woodwind
Clark Terry   Trumpet
John Collins   Guitar
Joe Comfort   Bass
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Irving Cottler   Drums
James A. Decker   French Horn
Alvin Dinkin   Viola
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Duke Ellington   Piano
Walter Edelstein   Vocals
Frank Flynn   Drums,Background Vocals
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
Jacques Gasselin   Violin,Vocals
Chuck Gentry   Bassoon,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
James Getzoff   Vocals
Benny Gill   Violin,Vocals
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Hendrickson   Guitar
Milt Holland   Tuba,Glockenspiel,Marimbas,Background Vocals,Xylophone,Timpani
Jules Jacob   Woodwind
Kathyrine Julye   Harp
Armand Karpoff   Cello
Harry Klee   Flute,Woodwind
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Joe Koch   Woodwind
Ray Kramer   Cello
Dan Lube   Vocals
Edgar Lustgarten   Cello
Virginia Majewski   Viola
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Vito Mangano   Trumpet
Wilfred Middlebrooks   Bass
Dick Nash   Trombone
George Neikrug   Cello
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
Erno Neufeld   Violin,Vocals
Lou Raderman   Violin,Vocals
Emil Radocchia   Percussion
Emil Richards   Marimbas
Bill Richmond   Drums
George Roberts   Bass Trombone
Paul Robyn   Viola
Nathan Ross   Violin,Vocals
Mischa Russell   Vocals,Concert Master
Jack Ryan   Bass
John Sanders   Trombone
Wilbur Schwartz   Woodwind
George Seaberg   Trumpet
Tommy Shepard   Trombone
Shorty Sherock   Trumpet
Paul Shure   Violin,Vocals
Stuff Smith   Vocals
George "Harmonica" Smith   Clarinet
Marshall Sosson   Violin,Vocals
David Sterkin   Viola
Ann Mason Stockton   Harp
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Billy Strayhorn   Piano
Fred Stulce   Clarinet
Lloyd Ulyate   Trombone
Gerald Vinci   Violin,Vocals
Champ Webb   Woodwind
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Conductor
Sam Woodyard   Drums
Alex Beller   Violin,Vocals
William Hinshaw   French Horn
Eleanor Slatkin   Cello
Victor Bay   Violin,Vocals
Murray Kellner   Violin,Vocals
Richard L. Noel   Trombone
Kurt Reher   Cello
Barbara Simons   Viola
Lloyd W. Hildebrand   Bassoon
Arnold Koblentz   English Horn,Oboe
Henry Beau   Woodwind
Karl de Karske   Bass Trombone
Dale McMickle   Trumpet
Joe Stepansky   Vocals
Carroll Lewis   Trumpet
Howard Terry   Bassoon
Sidney Sharp   Vocals
Tommy Pederson   Trombone
Joe Howard   Trombone
Maurice Stein   Alto Saxophone
James Arkatov   Cello
Veryle Brilhart   Harp
Elizabeth Greenschpoon   Cello
Seymour Schoneberg   Oboe
Alex Neimann   Viola
Misha Russel   Violin
William Smith   Woodwind
Henry Hill   Violin,Vocals
Robert LaMarchina   Cello

Technical Credits

Billy May   Arranger
Jimmy Mundy   Composer
Buddy Bregman   Arranger,Contributor
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Trummy Young   Composer
Norman Granz   Producer,Engineer
Duke Ellington   Contributor
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Bret Primack   Liner Notes
Richard Seidel   Executive Producer
Walter Sheets   Arranger
Val Valentin   Engineer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Arranger,Contributor
James Gavin   Liner Notes
Billy May Orchestra   Contributor
Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra   Contributor
Geoffrey Mark Fidelman   Liner Notes
Lisa Po-Ying Huang   Art Direction
Chris Thompson   Art Direction

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