Mack the Knife: The Complete Ella in Berlin

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Ella Fitzgerald was at the peak of her form during her 1960 tour of Europe. Her Berlin concert is most remembered for her hilariously inventive version of "Mack the Knife," during which she forgot the words and substituted ones of her own that somehow fit, amazing herself in the process. In addition to the original LP program, this CD has two previously unissued titles and a pair of others only briefly released on a very rare LP. With fine support from her quartet pianist Paul Smith, guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Wilfred Middlebrooks, and drummer Gus Johnson, Fitzgerald is brilliant throughout the well-rounded set, with highlights including "Misty" a version very different ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Ella Fitzgerald was at the peak of her form during her 1960 tour of Europe. Her Berlin concert is most remembered for her hilariously inventive version of "Mack the Knife," during which she forgot the words and substituted ones of her own that somehow fit, amazing herself in the process. In addition to the original LP program, this CD has two previously unissued titles and a pair of others only briefly released on a very rare LP. With fine support from her quartet pianist Paul Smith, guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Wilfred Middlebrooks, and drummer Gus Johnson, Fitzgerald is brilliant throughout the well-rounded set, with highlights including "Misty" a version very different from Sarah Vaughan's, "The Lady Is a Tramp," "Too Darn Hot," and a scat-filled "How High the Moon." This is essential music. [A bonus track version was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/1993
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731451956423
  • Catalog Number: 519564
  • Sales rank: 15,432

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Setting up the Stage: Tuning up; Norman Granz & Ella Fitzgerald ... (0:20)
  2. 2 That Old Black Magic - Paul Smith (3:51)
  3. 3 Love Is Here to Stay - Paul Smith (3:19)
  4. 4 Gone with the Wind - Paul Smith (2:25)
  5. 5 Misty - Ella Fitzgerald & Paul Smith (2:38)
  6. 6 Applause and Fanfare Interlude (0:19)
  7. 7 The Lady Is a Tramp - Paul Smith (2:40)
  8. 8 Fanfare and Announcement (0:28)
  9. 9 The Man I Love - Paul Smith (3:42)
  10. 10 Love for Sale - Paul Smith (2:57)
  11. 11 Just One of Those Things - Paul Smith (3:53)
  12. 12 Summertime - Paul Smith (3:02)
  13. 13 Too Darn Hot - Paul Smith (3:17)
  14. 14 Applause and Fanfare Interlude (0:24)
  15. 15 Lorelei - Paul Smith (3:27)
  16. 16 Mack the Knife - Paul Smith (4:39)
  17. 17 Fanfare and Announcement (0:23)
  18. 18 How High the Moon - Ella Fitzgerald & Paul Smith (6:58)
  19. 19 Applause and Closing Fanfare (1:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ella Fitzgerald Primary Artist, Vocals
Jim Hall Guitar
Barney Kessel Guitar
Paul Smith Piano
Gus Johnson Drums
Joe Mondragon Bass
Wilfred Middlebrooks Bass
Alvin Stoller Drums
Technical Credits
Erroll Garner Composer
Norman Granz Producer
Johnny Burke Composer
Nancy Hamilton Composer
Dan Morgenstern Liner Notes
Peter Pullman Contributor, Notes Editing
Phil Schaap Reissue Producer, Remastering
Suzanne Bender Contributor
Morgan Lewis Composer
Lutz Adam Memorabilia
Nicky Davis Director
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