Sings the Irving Berlin Song Book

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
It is difficult to know where to begin when approaching an artist as wonderful as Ella Fitzgerald, especially when covering a revered recording like Sings the Irving Berlin Song Book from the late '50s. This set includes two CDs with 32 songs chosen from Berlin's collection of nearly 800 songs. These selections are perfectly suited for Fitzgerald's voice and her romantic sensibility; they are happy, occasionally sad, and full of swinging rhythm. A few of these songs -- "Cheek to Cheek," "Puttin' on the Ritz," and "Blue Skies" -- will be most familiar; others, "Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails," "Russian Lullaby," and "All By Myself" are as memorable but perhaps less ...
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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
It is difficult to know where to begin when approaching an artist as wonderful as Ella Fitzgerald, especially when covering a revered recording like Sings the Irving Berlin Song Book from the late '50s. This set includes two CDs with 32 songs chosen from Berlin's collection of nearly 800 songs. These selections are perfectly suited for Fitzgerald's voice and her romantic sensibility; they are happy, occasionally sad, and full of swinging rhythm. A few of these songs -- "Cheek to Cheek," "Puttin' on the Ritz," and "Blue Skies" -- will be most familiar; others, "Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails," "Russian Lullaby," and "All By Myself" are as memorable but perhaps less known. Choices like "Isn't This a Lovely Day?" feature everything a listener would want in a song: intelligent lyrics, memorable melodies, and a strong emotional center. To say that Fitzgerald is in good voice for these recordings would be an understatement; her presentation here is simply regal. It should be pointed out that these two- and three-minute tunes are tightly arranged, and don't allow the freedom of extended scat singing as on Ella in Berlin. The arrangements are also lovely, featuring the tasteful support of Paul Weston & His Orchestra, which never overpowers Fitzgerald. Such songs as "Cheek to Cheek" and "How Deep Is the Ocean?" -- the standards that once dominated singers' repertoires -- seem absent from today's musical scene. That may be unfortunate, but they continue to live healthy lives in recordings like this one. For fans who have enjoyed other songbook recordings, this reissue is a must-have; for those unfamiliar with Fitzgerald's songbook work, this is an excellent place to start.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/14/2000
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731454383028
  • Catalog Number: 543830

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let's Face the Music and Dance - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:57)
  2. 2 You're Laughing at Me - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (3:18)
  3. 3 Let Yourself Go - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:20)
  4. 4 You Can Have Him - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (3:47)
  5. 5 Russian Lullaby - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (1:55)
  6. 6 Puttin' on the Ritz - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:18)
  7. 7 Get Thee Behind Me, Satan - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (3:49)
  8. 8 Alexander's Ragtime Band - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:43)
  9. 9 Top Hat, White Tie and Tails - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:36)
  10. 10 How About Me? - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (3:17)
  11. 11 Cheek to Cheek - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (3:48)
  12. 12 I Used to Be Color Blind - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:34)
  13. 13 Lazy - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:40)
  14. 14 How Deep Is the Ocean? - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (3:11)
  15. 15 All by Myself - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:29)
  16. 16 Remember - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (3:26)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Suppertime - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (3:19)
  2. 2 How's Chances? - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:48)
  3. 3 Heat Wave - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:25)
  4. 4 Isn't This a Lovely Day? - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (3:29)
  5. 5 You Keep Coming Back Like a Song - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (3:35)
  6. 6 Reaching for the Moon - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:18)
  7. 7 Slumming on Park Avenue - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:24)
  8. 8 The Song Is Ended - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:30)
  9. 9 I'm Puttin' All My Eggs in One Basket - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (3:01)
  10. 10 Now It Can Be Told - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (3:12)
  11. 11 Always - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (3:09)
  12. 12 It's a Lovely Day Today - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:28)
  13. 13 Change Partners - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (3:18)
  14. 14 No Strings (I'm Fancy Free) - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (3:03)
  15. 15 I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (3:00)
  16. 16 Blue Skies - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (3:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ella Fitzgerald Primary Artist, Vocals
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Barney Kessel Guitar
Ted Nash Woodwind
Paul Smith Piano
Pete Candoli Trumpet
Matty Matlock Woodwind
Babe Russin Woodwind
John Best Trumpet
Gene Cipriano Woodwind
Don Fagerquist Trumpet
Chuck Gentry Woodwind
Manny Klein Trumpet
Eddie Kusby Trombone
Joe Mondragon Bass
Dick Noel Trombone
Jack Ryan Bass
Alvin Stoller Drums
Fred Stulce Woodwind
Juan Tizol Valve Trombone
Paul Weston Conductor
Leonard Hartman Woodwind
William Schaefer Trombone
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Norman Granz Original Album Producer
Paul Weston Arranger
James Gavin Liner Notes
Andrew Nicholas Mastering
Sheldon Marks Art Direction
Hollis King Art Direction
Ben Young Research Supervisor
Carlos Kase Research Coordination
Ken Druker Executive Producer
Chris Corley Mastering
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