Gold [Decca/Verve Years]

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Careful perusal of Ella Fitzgerald's humongous discography reveals numerous references to metallurgy, including platinum, silver, and more than a dozen titles containing the word "gold." Released in 2007, Fitzgerald's double-disc entry in Verve's Gold series outshines most of the competition with 40 chronologically presented titles recorded between May 1938 and October 1964. With disc one dedicated to her Deccas and disc two devoted to her Verves, this well-organized anthology of intelligently selected works is highly recommended as a definitive portrait of this archetypal vocalist whose improvisational abilities are legendary. Fitzgerald's early period is represented ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Careful perusal of Ella Fitzgerald's humongous discography reveals numerous references to metallurgy, including platinum, silver, and more than a dozen titles containing the word "gold." Released in 2007, Fitzgerald's double-disc entry in Verve's Gold series outshines most of the competition with 40 chronologically presented titles recorded between May 1938 and October 1964. With disc one dedicated to her Deccas and disc two devoted to her Verves, this well-organized anthology of intelligently selected works is highly recommended as a definitive portrait of this archetypal vocalist whose improvisational abilities are legendary. Fitzgerald's early period is represented here by examples of her work with Chick Webb's Orchestra, the Ink Spots, the Delta Rhythm Boys and Louis Jordan's Tympany Five, a tight little group temporarily transformed into a hot calypso band for the notoriously outrageous and wickedly funny "Stone Cold Dead in the Market." Her further adventures as a Decca recording artist include comparatively well-behaved and sometimes sugary collaborations with Gordon Jenkins, the Song Spinners, Sy Oliver, and Ray Brown, in addition to her 1950 duet with Louis Armstrong, "Dream a Little Dream of Me." Appalled at what he regarded as Decca's lousy management of a gifted artist, producer Norman Granz proudly showcased Fitzgerald on his Verve and Pablo labels from 1956 throughout most of the remainder of her career. This fruitful business arrangement is documented here with examples from the Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, George & Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer songbook projects; more friendly duets with Louis Armstrong, a Jazz at the Philharmonic jam on "Lady Be Good," and two classic cuts from her deservedly famous concert performance at the Berlin Deutschland Halle on February 13, 1960. Like its companion Dinah Washington volume in the series, Ella Fitzgerald's Decca/Verve Gold is an excellent choice for anyone seeking a definitive dose of her best work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2007
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602517414549
  • Catalog Number: 000951102
  • Sales rank: 69,025

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A-Tisket, A-Tasket (2:39)
  2. 2 Undecided (3:20)
  3. 3 Stairway to the Stars (3:18)
  4. 4 Betcha Nickel (2:54)
  5. 5 Cow Cow Boogie - The Ink Spots (2:54)
  6. 6 Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall - The Ink Spots (3:09)
  7. 7 It's Only a Paper Moon (2:36)
  8. 8 Flying Home (2:29)
  9. 9 Stone Cold Dead in the Market - Louis Jordan (2:40)
  10. 10 I'm Just a Lucky So and So (2:57)
  11. 11 My Happiness (3:18)
  12. 12 Black Coffee - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (3:05)
  13. 13 In the Evening (When the Sun Goes Down) - Sy Oliver (2:38)
  14. 14 Dream a Little Dream of Me - Louis Armstrong (3:05)
  15. 15 Someone to Watch Over Me (3:16)
  16. 16 Smooth Sailing (3:06)
  17. 17 Airmail Special - Ray Brown Orchestra (3:02)
  18. 18 Goody Goody - Sy Oliver (2:25)
  19. 19 Angel Eyes - Sy Oliver (2:55)
  20. 20 You'll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini), Pts. 1 & 2 - Sy Oliver (5:09)
  21. 21 Lullaby of Birdland - Sy Oliver (2:51)
  22. 22 Hard Hearted Hannah (2:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Just One of Those Things - Buddy Bregman & Orchestra (3:32)
  2. 2 In the Still of the Night (2:40)
  3. 3 The Lady Is a Tramp - Buddy Bregman & Orchestra (3:23)
  4. 4 Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin' (3:34)
  5. 5 Take the 'A' Train (6:42)
  6. 6 They All Laughed - Louis Armstrong (3:49)
  7. 7 Summertime - Louis Armstrong (4:57)
  8. 8 Oh, Lady Be Good (4:05)
  9. 9 Blue Skies (3:44)
  10. 10 Swingin' Shepherd Blues (2:40)
  11. 11 Love Is Here to Stay (3:54)
  12. 12 Mack the Knife (4:43)
  13. 13 How High the Moon (7:05)
  14. 14 Misty (2:52)
  15. 15 Blues in the Night (7:12)
  16. 16 A Fine Romance - Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra (3:37)
  17. 17 All the Things You Are - Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra (3:17)
  18. 18 Too Marvelous for Words - Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra (2:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ella Fitzgerald Primary Artist
Russell Garcia Conductor
Nelson Riddle Conductor
Paul "Scooby" Smith Piano
Technical Credits
Leroy Carr Composer
Marc Blitzstein Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Charlie Christian Composer
Arnett Cobb Composer
Ella Fitzgerald Composer
Erroll Garner Composer
Benny Goodman Composer
Lionel Hampton Composer
George Shearing Composer
Russell Garcia Arranger
Moe Koffman Composer
Jimmy Mundy Composer
Chick Webb Composer
Van Alexander Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Milton Ager Composer
Fabian André Composer
Bob Bigelow Composer
Mack Davis Composer
Gene DePaul Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer, Author
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Nancy Hamilton Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Nelson Riddle Arranger
Mitchell Parish Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Don Raye Composer
Wilbur Schwandt Composer
Frank Signorelli Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Jack Yellen Composer
Kenny Jackson Composer
Matty Malneck Composer
Jean-Pierre Leloir Cover Photo, Inlay Photography
Sam Coslow Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Earl Brent Composer
Doris Fisher Composer
Lee Gaines Composer
Morgan Lewis Composer
Sydney Robin Composer
Charles Bates Composer
Rhoda Roberts Composer
Ashley Kahn Liner Notes
Allan Roberts Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Betty Peterson Composer
Sid Robin Composer
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