Ella for Lovers

Ella for Lovers

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by Ella Fitzgerald
     
 
Ella Fitzgerald could take a great song and, through the magic of her gorgeous tone and effortless swing, make it even greater. Which is what she does throughout this mellifluous collection of classic romantic tunes. Although this princess of popular song could make music out of vocalizing a tax return, here she works with material -- “You’re My Thrill,” “With a Song

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Ella Fitzgerald could take a great song and, through the magic of her gorgeous tone and effortless swing, make it even greater. Which is what she does throughout this mellifluous collection of classic romantic tunes. Although this princess of popular song could make music out of vocalizing a tax return, here she works with material -- “You’re My Thrill,” “With a Song in My Heart,” “Misty,” and “What Is There to Say?” are just some of the gems -- that’s as strong as the day it was written. Although ostensibly targeted for Valentine’s Day, this showcase in brilliant singing can give you goose pimples of pleasure any day of the year.

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
This 16-track collection features Ella Fitzgerald in a variety of musical settings singing romantic songs of love. The disc covers the years 1950 to 1961 with songs taken from the Verve and Decca archives. Four songs are culled from Intimate Ella, which has pianist Paul Smith as her sole accompanist. For the six songs from Pure Ella, she is backed by the wonderful pianist Ellis Larkins. A lovely take from this session on the Gershwin brothers "I've Got a Crush on You" is a highlight of the compilation. Two tracks are lifted from the gently swinging Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! with backing by a small combo. Three songs are extracted from Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers and Hart Songbook; two with small-combo backing including Paul Smith on piano, one, the haunting "Wait Till You See Her," with Barney Kessel providing guitar. The disc closes out with a song taken from Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Song Book. "Russian Lullaby" is a spare track with Fitzgerald's majestic vocals supported by viola and harp. Fitzgerald sounds marvelous throughout, she could sing your phone bill and make it sound like a heavenly choir, and the song selection is top notch. There are a lot of Ella Fitzgerald collections available, this is a solid if not essential addition to them and also a nice disc for a romantic evening.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/28/2003
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0044006533124
catalogNumber:
065331
Rank:
52416

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Tracks

  1. I Got A Guy
  2. I Hadn't Anyone Till You
  3. Please Be Kind
  4. How Long Has This Been Going On?
  5. With A Song In My Heart
  6. Baby, What Else Can I Do?
  7. I've Got A Crush On You
  8. My Melancholy Baby
  9. Wait Till You See Her
  10. You're My Thrill
  11. Misty
  12. What Is There To Say?
  13. Bewitched, Bothered, And Bewildered
  14. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
  15. Imagination
  16. Russian Lullaby

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Ella for Lovers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ella Fitzgerald has a very unique and crystal clear pitch. Although she was not in my time, I enjoy now listening to her.