The Early Years, Pts. 1-2

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
This combines two double-discs of Fitzgerald's earliest work in one deluxe package. The first double-disc covers her recordings with the Chick Webb band between 1935 and 1938, when Ella was the star singing attraction with the band. Fitzgerald's interpretations of such warhorses as "Shine" and "Darktown Strutter's Ball" already show a fine hand for timing that would deepen in time. Her breakthrough hit, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," and its follow-up, "I Found My Yellow Basket," are here, along with nice reads of "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen," "The Dipsy Doodle," and the very interesting "Wacky Dust." The second disc chronicles Ella taking over the band after Webb's untimely death in 1939 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
This combines two double-discs of Fitzgerald's earliest work in one deluxe package. The first double-disc covers her recordings with the Chick Webb band between 1935 and 1938, when Ella was the star singing attraction with the band. Fitzgerald's interpretations of such warhorses as "Shine" and "Darktown Strutter's Ball" already show a fine hand for timing that would deepen in time. Her breakthrough hit, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," and its follow-up, "I Found My Yellow Basket," are here, along with nice reads of "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen," "The Dipsy Doodle," and the very interesting "Wacky Dust." The second disc chronicles Ella taking over the band after Webb's untimely death in 1939 and ends in 1942, having become a major force in jazz vocalizing. The band becomes almost secondary to shining the spotlight on Fitzgerald, but the material stays high-quality throughout. The transfers on all four discs is top-notch, and in them you hear the development of one of the music's greatest singers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/1995
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 011105065429
  • Catalog Number: 654

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'll Chase the Blues Away - Chick Webb (2:30)
  2. 2 Love and Kisses - Chick Webb (3:15)
  3. 3 Rhythm and Romance - Chick Webb (3:02)
  4. 4 Under The Spell Of The Blues - Chick Webb (2:56)
  5. 5 When I Get Low I Get High - Chick Webb (2:23)
  6. 6 Sing Me A Swing Song (And Let Me Dance) - Chick Webb (2:33)
  7. 7 A Little Bit Later On - Chick Webb (3:00)
  8. 8 Love, You're Just a Laugh - Chick Webb (3:07)
  9. 9 You'll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini) - Chick Webb (2:52)
  10. 10 Vote for Mr. Rhythm - Chick Webb (2:24)
  11. 11 My Last Affair - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Savoy Eight (2:41)
  12. 12 Organ Grinder's Swing - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Savoy Eight (2:47)
  13. 13 Shine - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Savoy Eight (2:47)
  14. 14 Darktown Strutters' Ball - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Savoy Eight (3:00)
  15. 15 Take Another Guess - Chick Webb (2:40)
  16. 16 You Showed Me the Way - Chick Webb (3:16)
  17. 17 Cryin' Mood - Chick Webb (2:35)
  18. 18 If You Ever Should Leave - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Savoy Eight (3:02)
  19. 19 Everyone's Wrong But Me - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Savoy Eight (3:01)
  20. 20 Just a Simple Melody - Chick Webb (2:55)
  21. 21 I Got a Guy - Chick Webb (3:18)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Rock It for Me - Chick Webb (3:06)
  2. 2 I Want to Be Happy - Chick Webb (4:28)
  3. 3 The Dipsy Doodle - Chick Webb (3:07)
  4. 4 If Dreams Come True - Chick Webb (2:32)
  5. 5 Hallelujah - Chick Webb (4:02)
  6. 6 Bei Mir Bist du Schön - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Savoy Eight (3:00)
  7. 7 It's My Turn Now - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Savoy Eight (2:52)
  8. 8 It's Wonderful - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Savoy Eight (2:53)
  9. 9 I Was Doing All Right - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Savoy Eight (2:51)
  10. 10 A-Tisket, A-Tasket - Chick Webb (2:36)
  11. 11 Heart of Mine - Chick Webb (2:51)
  12. 12 I'm Just a Jitterbug - Chick Webb (3:13)
  13. 13 You Can't Be Mine (And Someone Else's Too) - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Savoy Eight (2:55)
  14. 14 If You Only Knew - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Savoy Eight (2:42)
  15. 15 Pack up Your Sins and Go to the Devil - Chick Webb (2:52)
  16. 16 McPherson Is Rehearsin' (To Swing) - Chick Webb (3:04)
  17. 17 Everybody Step - Chick Webb (2:40)
  18. 18 Wacky Dust - Chick Webb (3:00)
  19. 19 Strictly from Dixie (2:44)
  20. 20 F.D.R. Jones - Chick Webb (2:49)
  21. 21 It's Foxy - Chick Webb (2:56)
  22. 22 A-Tisket, A-Tasket - Chick Webb (2:33)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Undecided - Chick Webb (3:17)
  2. 2 'Tain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It) - Chick Webb (2:56)
  3. 3 My Heart Belongs to Daddy - Chick Webb (2:59)
  4. 4 Chew, Chew, Chew (Your Bubble Gum) - Chick Webb (2:58)
  5. 5 Don't Worry 'Bout Me - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Savoy Eight (3:05)
  6. 6 If You Ever Change Your Mind - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Savoy Eight (3:02)
  7. 7 Little White Lies - Chick Webb (2:50)
  8. 8 Coochi-Coochi-Coo - Chick Webb (2:59)
  9. 9 Betcha Nickel - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (2:51)
  10. 10 Stairway to the Stars - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (3:15)
  11. 11 I Want The Waiter (With The Water) - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (3:05)
  12. 12 Out of Nowhere - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (2:56)
  13. 13 My Last Goodbye - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (3:14)
  14. 14 Billy (I Always Dream Of Billy) - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (2:37)
  15. 15 You're Gonna Lose Your Gal - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (3:05)
  16. 16 After I Say I'm Sorry - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (2:49)
  17. 17 Moonray - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (2:57)
  18. 18 Sugar Blues (2:44)
  19. 19 The Starlit Hour - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (3:04)
  20. 20 What's The Matter With Me? - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (2:53)
  21. 21 Baby, Won't You Please Come Home - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (2:32)
Disc 4
  1. 1 If It Weren't for You - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (2:56)
  2. 2 Imagination - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (2:55)
  3. 3 Deedle-De-Dum - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (2:35)
  4. 4 Shake Down the Stars - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (2:43)
  5. 5 Gulf Coast Blues - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (2:54)
  6. 6 Five O'Clock Whistle - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (3:07)
  7. 7 Louisville, K-Y - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (3:05)
  8. 8 Taking A Chance On Love - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (3:03)
  9. 9 Cabin In The Sky - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (2:43)
  10. 10 I'm the Lonesomest Gal in Town - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (2:38)
  11. 11 Three Little Words - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (2:29)
  12. 12 The One I Love (Belongs to Somebody Else) - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (3:02)
  13. 13 The Muffin Man - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (2:23)
  14. 14 Keep Cool, Fool - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (2:58)
  15. 15 No Nothing - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (3:04)
  16. 16 My Man - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (2:58)
  17. 17 I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (2:32)
  18. 18 I Must Have That Man! - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (3:07)
  19. 19 When My Sugar Walks Down The Street - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (2:41)
  20. 20 I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (2:54)
  21. 21 Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (2:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ella Fitzgerald Primary Artist, Vocals
John Kirby Bass
Eddie Barefield Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Taft Jordan Trumpet
Edgar Sampson Alto Saxophone
Chick Webb Drums, Track Performer
Jimmy Archey Trombone
Mario Bauzá Trumpet
Bill Beason Drums
Floyd Brady Trombone
Garvin Bushell Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Wayman Carver Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Pete Clark Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
George Dorsey Alto Saxophone
Tommy Fulford Piano
Earl Hardy Trombone
John Haughton Trombone
Hilton Jefferson Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Claude Jones Trombone
Ulysses Livingston Guitar
George Matthews Trombone
John McConnell Trombone
Teddy McRae Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Beverly Peer Bass
Jesse Price Drums
Roger "Ram" Ramirez Piano
Sam Simmons Tenor Saxophone
Joe Steele Piano
Nat Story Trombone
John Trueheart Banjo, Guitar
Dick Vance Trumpet
Elmer Williams Tenor Saxophone
Sandy Williams Trombone
Chauncey Houghton Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bill Thomas Bass
Technical Credits
Ella Fitzgerald Composer
Artie Shaw Composer
Sy Oliver Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Van Alexander Composer
Josef Myrow Composer
Trummy Young Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Saul Chaplin Composer
Dave Grusin Executive Producer
Joseph Doughney Reissue Post Production
Will Friedwald Liner Notes
Kim Gannon Composer
Joe Goodwin Composer
Johnny Green Composer
J.C. Johnson Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Orrin Keepnews Reissue Producer
Michael Landy Reissue Post Production
Ralph Rainger Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Larry Rosen Executive Producer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Harry Von Tilzer Composer
Albert Willemetz Composer
Adam Zelinka Reissue Post Production
Dan Serrano Art Direction
Geoffrey Mark Fidelman Liner Notes
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Jacques Charles Composer
Murray Mencher Composer
Channing Pollack Composer
Maurice Yvain Composer
Paul Madison Composer
Sholom Secunda Composer
Al Sherman Composer
Al Siegel Composer
Maurice Sigler Composer
Mayme Watts Composer
Kay Werner Composer
Charles Newman Composer
Traditional Composer
Scott Johnson Art Direction, Illustrations
Artie Quenzer Composer
James Kendis Composer
Sue Werner Composer
Gene Irwin Composer
Nat Gardner Composer
Herman Paley Composer
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