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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
British budget reissue label Prism Leisure takes advantage of the 50-year copyright limit in Europe to slap together this 25-track, 73-minute compilation of early Ella Fitzgerald recordings originally released on 78 RPM discs by Decca Records in the second half of the 1930s and the first half of the 1940s. Fitzgerald was the singer with Chick Webb & His Orchestra when she sang on the hits "Sing Me a Swing Song And Let Me Dance"; "A-Tisket, a-Tasket"; its follow-up, "I Found My Yellow Basket"; and "T'Ain't What You Do It's the Way That Cha Do It." By the time she made hits out of "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall" accompanied by the Ink Spots and "It's Only a ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
British budget reissue label Prism Leisure takes advantage of the 50-year copyright limit in Europe to slap together this 25-track, 73-minute compilation of early Ella Fitzgerald recordings originally released on 78 RPM discs by Decca Records in the second half of the 1930s and the first half of the 1940s. Fitzgerald was the singer with Chick Webb & His Orchestra when she sang on the hits "Sing Me a Swing Song And Let Me Dance"; "A-Tisket, a-Tasket"; its follow-up, "I Found My Yellow Basket"; and "T'Ain't What You Do It's the Way That Cha Do It." By the time she made hits out of "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall" accompanied by the Ink Spots and "It's Only a Paper Moon" backed by the Delta Rhythm Boys in the 1940s, she was on her own. The collection also captures her versions of standards such as "My Melancholy Baby" and "Little White Lies," along with some oddities. Her version of Cole Porter's suggestive "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" has been bowdlerized to such an extent its lyric no longer makes any sense, and, with her happy approach to singing, she is the last one who should be tackling the masochistic torch song "My Man." Crackles are occasionally audible from the old 78s Prism Leisure has mastered to create this disc, and overall sound quality is OK, but not to be compared with the better-put-together collections of the same material put out by MCA. Of course, those collections are much more expensive, too.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/1998
  • Label: Prism Platinum
  • UPC: 501429325328
  • Catalog Number: 253

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ella Fitzgerald Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Rudolf Friml Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Ella Fitzgerald Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Sy Oliver Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Van Alexander Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Trummy Young Composer
Stanley Adams Composer
Gene Austin Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Saul Chaplin Composer
Jesse Greer Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Harry Von Tilzer Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Albert Willemetz Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
George Stoll Composer
Mort Dixon Composer
Ernie Burnett Composer
Jacques Charles Composer
George Norton Composer
Channing Pollack Composer
Maurice Yvain Composer
Charles Warfield Composer
Billy Rose Composer
Nat Gardner Composer
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