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Ella: The Legendary Decca Recordings

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The four-CD retrospective The Legendary Decca Recordings represented both an attempt to present the essence of Ella Fitzgerald's two-decade tenure at Decca Records and to defend that period against the conventional wisdom that not until she moved to Verve Records in the mid-'50s was her talent given full rein. Divided into four sections, the collection began with "The Very Best of Ella," not exactly a greatest-hits set, though it started with her first big hit, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," and included such chart successes as "Undecided," "Cow-Cow Boogie," and "Stone Cold Dead in the Market." Also included were such classics of scat singing as "Oh, Lady Be Good" and "How High...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The four-CD retrospective The Legendary Decca Recordings represented both an attempt to present the essence of Ella Fitzgerald's two-decade tenure at Decca Records and to defend that period against the conventional wisdom that not until she moved to Verve Records in the mid-'50s was her talent given full rein. Divided into four sections, the collection began with "The Very Best of Ella," not exactly a greatest-hits set, though it started with her first big hit, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," and included such chart successes as "Undecided," "Cow-Cow Boogie," and "Stone Cold Dead in the Market." Also included were such classics of scat singing as "Oh, Lady Be Good" and "How High the Moon" and the signature song "You'll Have to Swing It Mr. Paganinni." Thus, with only one disc, producers Orrin Keepnews and Joel Dorn accomplished their goals of including Fitzgerald's most memorable work for Decca and demonstrating that this work was as good as any she ever did. The second disc, "Ella & Friends," featured duets with Louis Armstrong, the Ink Spots, Louis Jordan, and the Mills Brothers, among others. With the third disc, "Ella Sings Gershwin & Others," the producers went on to show how her Decca recordings anticipated the ones on Verve. Of course, the popular Verve songbooks featured not only song standards but also name arrangers, and the fourth disc "Ella & the Arrangers" demonstrated that, again, Decca had gotten there first, pairing her with many gifted arrangers. Ella Fitzgerald recorded a great deal of material for Decca over the years, and some of it certainly justifies the criticisms made of the catalog in general. But The Legendary Decca Recordings presented it in the best possible light and included the most impressive sides from the period.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/1995
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 011105064828
  • Catalog Number: 648

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A-Tisket, A-Tasket (2:36)
  2. 2 Undecided (3:17)
  3. 3 Stairway to the Stars - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (3:15)
  4. 4 Five O'Clock Whistle (3:08)
  5. 5 Cow Cow Boogie (2:52)
  6. 6 Flying Home (2:27)
  7. 7 Stone Cold Dead in the Market (He Had It Coming) - Louis Jordan (2:38)
  8. 8 You Won't Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart) (2:52)
  9. 9 I'm Just a Lucky So and So (2:54)
  10. 10 I Didn't Mean a Word I Said (3:16)
  11. 11 Oh, Lady Be Good (3:06)
  12. 12 How High the Moon (3:13)
  13. 13 My Happiness (3:16)
  14. 14 In the Evening (When the Sun Goes Down) (2:37)
  15. 15 Smooth Sailing (3:04)
  16. 16 Air Mail Special (3:00)
  17. 17 You'll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini) (5:09)
  18. 18 Blue Lou (2:45)
  19. 19 Lullaby of Birdland (2:49)
  20. 20 Hard Hearted Hannah (2:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Frim Fram Sauce (3:11)
  2. 2 Dream a Little Dream of Me (3:04)
  3. 3 Can Anyone Explain? (No, No, No!) (3:09)
  4. 4 Would You Like to Take a Walk - Dave Barbour & His Orchestra (3:15)
  5. 5 Who Walks in When I Walk Out? - Dave Barbour & His Orchestra (2:16)
  6. 6 Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall (3:07)
  7. 7 I'm Making Believe (3:09)
  8. 8 I'm Beginning to See the Light (2:42)
  9. 9 I Still Feel the Same About You (3:15)
  10. 10 Petootie Pie (2:35)
  11. 11 Baby, It's Cold Outside (2:40)
  12. 12 Don't Cry, Cry Baby (2:56)
  13. 13 Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own (3:12)
  14. 14 I'll Never Be Free (3:09)
  15. 15 It's Only a Paper Moon (2:34)
  16. 16 Cry You Out of My Heart (2:44)
  17. 17 (I Love You) for Sentimental Reasons (3:07)
  18. 18 It's a Pity to Say Goodnight (2:37)
  19. 19 Fairy Tales (2:51)
  20. 20 I Gotta Have My Baby Back (3:21)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Someone to Watch over Me (3:13)
  2. 2 My One and Only (3:13)
  3. 3 But Not for Me (3:12)
  4. 4 Looking for a Boy (3:06)
  5. 5 I've Got a Crush on You (3:13)
  6. 6 How Long Has This Been Going On? (3:14)
  7. 7 Maybe (3:24)
  8. 8 Soon (2:44)
  9. 9 I'm Glad There Is You (3:06)
  10. 10 What Is There to Say? (3:19)
  11. 11 People Will Say We're in Love (3:08)
  12. 12 Please Be Kind (3:32)
  13. 13 Until the Real Thing Comes Along (2:54)
  14. 14 Makin' Whoopee (3:03)
  15. 15 Imagination (2:34)
  16. 16 Stardust (3:58)
  17. 17 My Heart Belongs to Daddy (2:36)
  18. 18 You Leave Me Breathless (3:02)
  19. 19 Baby, What Else Can I Do? (3:46)
  20. 20 Nice Work If You Can Get It (2:37)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Basin Street Blues (3:06)
  2. 2 I've Got the World on a String (3:17)
  3. 3 Goody Goody (2:23)
  4. 4 Angel Eyes (2:53)
  5. 5 Happy Talk - Gordon Jenkins (2:26)
  6. 6 I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair - Gordon Jenkins (2:54)
  7. 7 Black Coffee - Gordon Jenkins (3:03)
  8. 8 I Wished on the Moon - Gordon Jenkins (3:08)
  9. 9 A Sunday Kind of Love (3:12)
  10. 10 That's My Desire (2:59)
  11. 11 Thanks for the Memory - André Previn (2:26)
  12. 12 It Might as Well Be Spring - André Previn (2:39)
  13. 13 You'll Never Know - André Previn (3:07)
  14. 14 I Can't Get Started - André Previn (3:04)
  15. 15 That Old Black Magic - Benny Carter (2:30)
  16. 16 Old Devil Moon - Benny Carter (2:56)
  17. 17 Lover, Come Back to Me - Benny Carter (1:59)
  18. 18 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - Benny Carter (2:16)
  19. 19 (Love Is) the Tender Trap - Tutti Camarata (2:59)
  20. 20 My One and Only Love - Tutti Camarata (3:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ella Fitzgerald Primary Artist, Vocals
The Mills Brothers Track Performer
The Delta Rhythm Boys Track Performer
Gordon Jenkins Track Performer
Louis Jordan Track Performer
André Previn Track Performer
Bob Haggart Track Performer
Sy Oliver Track Performer
Tutti Camarata Track Performer
The Ink Spots Track Performer
Louis Armstrong Track Performer
Benny Carter Track Performer
Vic Schoen Track Performer
Chick Webb & His Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Louis Prima Composer
Ella Fitzgerald Composer
Tony Williams Composer
Van Alexander Composer
Josef Myrow Composer
Fred Hopkins Composer
Richard Barrett Composer
Jimmy Dorsey Composer
Kim Gannon Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Nancy Hamilton Composer
Hy Heath Composer
John Lange Composer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Paul Mertz Composer
Billy Reid Composer
George Goldner Composer
Paul Robi Composer
Al Hoffman Composer
Gerald Marks Composer
Ralph Freed Composer
Walter Hirsch Composer
Morgan Lewis Composer
Guy Wood Composer
Anita Leonard Composer
Richard Loring Composer
Stan Rhodes Composer
Irving Taylor Composer
Barbara Belle Composer
Al Goodhart Composer
William J. Rietz Composer
Gene Irwin Composer
Sid Robin Composer
A. Barrett Composer
Richie Barrett Composer
Frederick Hendricks Composer
Jean Miles Composer
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