Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books

The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books

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This admittedly pricey -- but by all means mandatory -- Grammy Award-winning box set is the final word on the "songbooks" recorded by Ella Fitzgerald between 1956 and 1964. In order of their initial release, contained within are Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book (1956), Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers & Hart Song Book (1956), Ella…  See more details below

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This admittedly pricey -- but by all means mandatory -- Grammy Award-winning box set is the final word on the "songbooks" recorded by Ella Fitzgerald between 1956 and 1964. In order of their initial release, contained within are Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book (1956), Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers & Hart Song Book (1956), Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book (1957), Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Song Book (1958), Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Song Book (1959), Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Song Book (1961), Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Jerome Kern Song Book (1963), and finally, Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Johnny Mercer Song Book (1964). The audio contents have been completely remastered and each title has been expanded -- wherever possible -- to include previously unissued material. In terms of packaging, the producers went to extreme lengths to create exact reproductions of all the vintage LP jacket artwork. Even going so far as to precisely miniaturize the entire hardbound text The Gershwins: Words Upon Music that accompanied their 1959 collection as well as the booklet that came with the Ellington anthology. The icing on the cake is the newly created 120-page tome that puts both the eight respective songbooks -- and their over 240 musical selections -- in proper context of Fitzgerald's luminous career. Readers are also treated to behind-the-scenes insights on the artist's interaction with the veritable who's who of arrangers. Among them are Buddy Bregman, who worked on Cole Porter as well as Rodgers & Hart; the dynamic duo of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn on the Ellington set; Paul Weston directed the Irving Berlin entry; Nelson Riddle was in charge of the George and Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, and Jerome Kern installments; and Billy May held the baton during the Harold Arlen sessions. There are a few sides that shouldn't be overlooked, especially as they are otherwise or formerly unavailable. Particularly worthy of mention are "You're the Top," "I Concentrate on You," and "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)" from Cole Porter. Plus, a ten-minute rehearsal with Ellington and an alternate of "Chelsea Bridge" from the same. The Gershwin affair yielded an extra version of "Oh, Lady Be Good," while the Arlen catalog produced outtakes of "Let's Take a Walk Around the Block" and "Sing My Heart." As previously mentioned, The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books (1993) received the nod for Best Historical Recording at the 36th Grammy Awards in 1994.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/1993
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731451983221
catalogNumber:
519832

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. All Through The Night
  2. Anything Goes
  3. Miss Otis Regrets
  4. Too Darn Hot
  5. In The Still Of The Night
  6. I Get A Kick Out Of You
  7. Do I Love You?
  8. Always True to You in My Fashion
  9. Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)
  10. Just One Of Those Things
  11. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
  12. All Of You
  13. Begin The Beguine
  14. Get Out Of Town
  15. I Am In Love
  16. From This Moment On

Disc 2

  1. I Love Paris
  2. You Do Something To Me
  3. Ridin' High
  4. Easy To Love
  5. It's All Right With Me
  6. Why Can't You Behave?
  7. What Is This Thing Called Love?
  8. You're The Top
  9. Love For Sale
  10. It's De-lovely
  11. Night And Day
  12. Ace In The Hole
  13. So In Love
  14. I've Got You Under My Skin
  15. I Concentrate On You
  16. Don't Fence Me In
  17. You're The Top
  18. I Concentrate On You
  19. Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)

Disc 3

  1. Have You Met Miss Jones?
  2. You Took Advantage of Me
  3. A Ship Without a Sail
  4. To Keep My Love Alive
  5. Dancing on the Ceiling
  6. The Lady Is a Tramp
  7. With A Song In My Heart
  8. Manhattan
  9. Johnny One Note
  10. I Wish I Were in Love Again
  11. Spring Is Here
  12. It Never Entered My Mind
  13. This Can't Be Love
  14. Thou Swell
  15. My Romance
  16. Where Or When
  17. Little Girl Blue

Disc 4

  1. Give It Back To The Indians
  2. Ten Cents a Dance
  3. There's a Small Hotel
  4. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
  5. Ev'rything I've Got
  6. I Could Write a Book
  7. The Blue Room
  8. My Funny Valentine
  9. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
  10. Mountain Greenery
  11. Wait Till You See Her
  12. Lover
  13. Isn't It Romantic?
  14. Here in My Arms
  15. Blue Moon
  16. My Heart Stood Still
  17. I've Got Five Dollars
  18. Lover

Disc 5

  1. Rockin' in Rhythm
  2. Drop Me off in Harlem
  3. Day Dream
  4. Caravan
  5. Take The "A" Train
  6. I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues
  7. Clementine
  8. I Didn't Know About You
  9. I'm Beginning To See The Light
  10. Lost in Meditation
  11. Perdido
  12. Cotton Tail
  13. Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me

Disc 6

  1. Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin'
  2. Solitude
  3. Rocks In My Bed
  4. Satin Doll
  5. Sophisticated Lady
  6. Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me)
  7. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
  8. Azure
  9. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
  10. In a Sentimental Mood
  11. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  12. Prelude To A Kiss
  13. Mood Indigo
  14. In a Mellow Tone
  15. Love You Madly
  16. Lush Life
  17. Squatty Roo

Disc 7

  1. I'm Just a Lucky So and So
  2. All Too Soon
  3. Everything But You
  4. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
  5. Bli-Blip
  6. Chelsea Bridge
  7. Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald: Royal Ancestry/All Heart/Beyond Category
  8. The E And D Blues (E For Ella, D For Duke)
  9. Rehearsal
  10. Chelsea Bridge

Disc 8

  1. Let's Face The Music And Dance
  2. You're Laughing At Me
  3. Let Yourself Go
  4. You Can Have Him
  5. Russian Lullaby
  6. Puttin' On The Ritz
  7. Get Thee Behind Me Satan
  8. Alexander's Ragtime Band
  9. Top Hat, White Tie and Tails
  10. How About Me?
  11. Cheek To Cheek
  12. I Used To Be Color Blind
  13. Lazy
  14. How Deep Is The Ocean?
  15. All By Myself
  16. Remember

Disc 9

  1. Supper Time
  2. How's Chances?
  3. Heat Wave
  4. Isn't This a Lovely Day?
  5. You Keep Coming Back Like A Song
  6. Reaching For The Moon
  7. Slumming On Park Avenue
  8. The Song Is Ended
  9. I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket
  10. Now It Can Be Told
  11. Always
  12. It's a Lovely Day Today
  13. Change Partners
  14. No Strings (I'm Fancy Free)
  15. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
  16. Blue Skies

Disc 10

  1. Ambulatory Suite: Promenade (Walking the Dog) /March of the Swiss ...
  2. The Preludes: Prelude 1/Prelude 2/Prelude 3
  3. Sam and Delilah
  4. But Not for Me
  5. My One and Only
  6. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
  7. (I've Got) Beginner's Luck
  8. Oh, Lady Be Good
  9. Nice Work If You Can Get It
  10. Things Are Looking Up
  11. Just Another Rhumba
  12. How Long Has This Been Going On?
  13. 'S Wonderful
  14. The Man I Love
  15. That Certain Feeling
  16. By Strauss
  17. Someone to Watch over Me
  18. The Real American Folk Song (Is a Rag)
  19. Who Cares?

Disc 11

  1. Looking For A Boy
  2. They All Laughed
  3. My Cousin in Milwaukee
  4. Somebody from Somewhere
  5. A Foggy Day
  6. Clap Yo' Hands
  7. For You, for Me, for Evermore
  8. Stiff Upper Lip
  9. Boy Wanted
  10. Strike Up the Band
  11. Soon
  12. I've Got A Crush On You
  13. Bidin' My Time
  14. Aren't You Kind Of Glad We Did?
  15. Of Thee I Sing (Baby)
  16. The Half of It, Dearie, Blues
  17. I Was Doing All Right
  18. He Loves and She Loves

Disc 12

  1. Love Is Sweeping the Country
  2. Treat Me Rough
  3. Love Is Here to Stay
  4. Slap That Bass
  5. Isn't It a Pity?
  6. Shall We Dance?
  7. Love Walked In
  8. You've Got What Gets Me
  9. They Can't Take That Away From Me
  10. Embraceable You
  11. I Can't Be Bothered Now
  12. Boy! What Love Has Done To Me!
  13. Fascinating Rhythm
  14. Funny Face
  15. Lorelei
  16. Oh, So Nice
  17. Let's Kiss and Make Up
  18. I Got Rhythm
  19. Somebody Loves Me
  20. Cheerful Little Earful
  21. Oh, Lady Be Good
  22. But Not for Me

Disc 13

  1. Blues in the Night
  2. Let's Fall in Love
  3. Stormy Weather
  4. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
  5. My Shining Hour
  6. Hooray for Love
  7. This Time The Dream's On Me
  8. That Old Black Magic
  9. I've Got the World on a String
  10. Let's Take A Walk Around The Block
  11. Ill Wind
  12. Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive

Disc 14

  1. When the Sun Comes Out
  2. Come Rain Or Come Shine
  3. As Long As I Live
  4. Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe
  5. It's Only a Paper Moon
  6. The Man That Got Away
  7. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
  8. It Was Written In The Stars
  9. Get Happy
  10. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
  11. Out of This World
  12. Over the Rainbow
  13. Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead
  14. Sing My Heart
  15. Let's Take A Walk Around The Block
  16. Sing My Heart

Disc 15

  1. Let's Begin
  2. A Fine Romance
  3. All the Things You Are
  4. I'll Be Hard to Handle
  5. You Couldn't Be Cuter
  6. She Didn't Say Yes
  7. I'm Old Fashioned
  8. Remind Me
  9. The Way You Look Tonight
  10. Yesterdays
  11. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
  12. Why Was I Born?

Disc 16

  1. Too Marvelous for Words
  2. Early Autumn
  3. Day in - Day Out
  4. Laura
  5. This Time The Dream's On Me
  6. Skylark
  7. Single-O
  8. Something's Gotta Give
  9. Trav'lin' Light
  10. Midnight Sun
  11. Dream
  12. I Remember You
  13. When a Woman Loves a Man

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist,Vocals
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Buddy Collette   Woodwind
Bob Cooper   Oboe,Tenor Saxophone
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Victor Feldman   Piano
Maynard Ferguson   Trumpet
Herb Geller   Alto Saxophone
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Paul Gonsalves   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Billy May   Conductor
Ray Nance   Trumpet
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Bud Shank   Alto Saxophone
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Willie Cook   Trumpet
Ronnie Lang   Alto Saxophone
Lou Levy   Piano
Ray Linn   Trumpet
Abe Most   Clarinet
Babe Russin   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Woode   Bass
Buddy Bregman   Conductor
Justin Gordon   Woodwind
Corky Hale   Harp
Felix Slatkin   Vocals
Russell Procope   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Emil Richard   Background Vocals
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Victor Arno   Vocals
Israel Baker   Vocals
Frank Beach   Trumpet
Norman Benno   Oboe
Milt Bernhart   Trombone
Ray Brown   Bass
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
John Cave   French Horn
Gene Cipriano   Woodwind
Clark Terry   Trumpet
John Collins   Guitar
Joe Comfort   Bass
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Irving Cottler   Drums
Harold Dicterow   Vocals
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Duke Ellington   Piano
Walter Edelstein   Vocals
Gilbert Falco   Trombone
Frank Flynn   Drums
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
David Frisina   Vocals
Jacques Gasselin   Vocals
Chuck Gentry   Baritone Saxophone
James Getzoff   Vocals
William Green   Woodwind
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Hendrickson   Guitar
Milt Holland   Percussion,Marimbas,Timbales,Background Vocals,Xylophone
Jules Jacob   Woodwind
Armand Karpoff   Cello
Harry Klee   Woodwind
Joe Koch   Woodwind
Ray Kramer   Cello
Eddie Kusby   Trombone
Marvin Limonick   Vocals
Dan Lube   Vocals
Edgar Lustgarten   Cello
Arthur Maebe   French Horn
Virginia Majewski   Viola
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Vito Mangano   Trumpet
Wilfred Middlebrooks   Bass
Dick Nash   Trombone
George Neikrug   Cello
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
Erno Neufeld   Vocals
Lou Raderman   Vocals
Emil Radocchia   Percussion
Paul Robyn   Viola
Nathan Ross   Vocals
Jack Ryan   Bass
John Sanders   Trombone
Wilbur Schwartz   Woodwind
Willie Schwartz   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
George Seaberg   Trumpet
Tommy Shepard   Trombone
Shorty Sherock   Trumpet
Paul Shure   Vocals
Stuff Smith   Vocals
Marshall Sosson   Vocals
David Sterkin   Viola
Billy Strayhorn   Piano
Fred Stulce   Clarinet
Juan Tizol   Trombone
Joe Triscari   Trumpet
Lloyd Ulyate   Trombone
Gerald Vinci   Vocals
Champ Webb   Woodwind
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Conductor
Sam Woodyard   Drums
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Alex Beller   Vocals
William Hinshaw   French Horn
Eleanor Slatkin   Cello
Victor Bay   Vocals
Stanley Harris   Viola
Murray Kellner   Vocals
Kurt Reher   Cello
Barbara Simons   Viola
Arnold Koblentz   Oboe
Henry Beau   Woodwind
Dale McMickle   Trumpet
Carroll Lewis   Trumpet
Howard Terry   Bassoon
Sidney Sharp   Cello
Tommy Pederson   Trombone
Joe Howard   Trombone
Maurice Stein   Alto Saxophone
James Arkatov   Cello
Alex Neimann   Vocals
Henry Hill   Vocals

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Billy May   Arranger
Buddy Bregman   Arranger
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Norman Granz   Producer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Cole Porter   Composer
Richard Seidel   Executive Producer
Walter Sheets   Arranger
Juan Tizol   Composer
Val Valentin   Engineer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Arranger
John McDonough   Liner Notes
Chris Thompson   Art Direction
Robert Fletcher   Composer

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The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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dare1969 More than 1 year ago
It really doesn't get any better than this. One of the best singers or our time singing the greatest American songwriters of our time (Porter, Berlin, Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Arlen, Ellington, Kern, Mercer). This collection is a desert island selection for me.
slimikin More than 1 year ago
The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books is a remarkable collection. In addition to compiling Ella Fitzgerald's explorations of such fantastic songwriters as Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, the Gershwins, and Irving Berlin, which is an impressive feat in and of itself, the collection presents those pieces with vivid clarity of sound and accompanies them with notes on the songwriters, the songs, and Ella Fitzgerald's experiences with both. It's certainly not cheap, but anyone who's a fan of Ella Fitzgerald or even the songwriters she features will find this well worth the price, especially since it provides an opportunity to discover each songwriter's style and sound through Ella Fitzgerald's voice.
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