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Classic Decade
     

Classic Decade

by Ella Fitzgerald
 
British budget reissue label Prism Leisure takes advantage of the 50-year copyright limit in Europe to slap together this 25-track, 73-minute compilation of early Ella Fitzgerald recordings originally released on 78 RPM discs by Decca Records in the second half of the 1930s and the first half of the 1940s. Fitzgerald was the singer with See more details below

Overview

British budget reissue label Prism Leisure takes advantage of the 50-year copyright limit in Europe to slap together this 25-track, 73-minute compilation of early Ella Fitzgerald recordings originally released on 78 RPM discs by Decca Records in the second half of the 1930s and the first half of the 1940s. Fitzgerald was the singer with Chick Webb & His Orchestra when she sang on the hits "Sing Me a Swing Song (And Let Me Dance)"; "A-Tisket, a-Tasket"; its follow-up, "I Found My Yellow Basket"; and "T'Ain't What You Do (It's the Way That Cha Do It)." By the time she made hits out of "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall" (accompanied by the Ink Spots) and "It's Only a Paper Moon" (backed by the Delta Rhythm Boys) in the 1940s, she was on her own. The collection also captures her versions of standards such as "My Melancholy Baby" and "Little White Lies," along with some oddities. Her version of Cole Porter's suggestive "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" has been bowdlerized to such an extent its lyric no longer makes any sense, and, with her happy approach to singing, she is the last one who should be tackling the masochistic torch song "My Man." Crackles are occasionally audible from the old 78s Prism Leisure has mastered to create this disc, and overall sound quality is OK, but not to be compared with the better-put-together collections of the same material put out by MCA. (Of course, those collections are much more expensive, too.)

Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/1998
Label:
Prism Platinum
UPC:
5014293625326
catalogNumber:
253

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Rudolf Friml   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Ella Fitzgerald   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Sy Oliver   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Van Alexander   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Trummy Young   Composer
Stanley Adams   Composer
Gene Austin   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
Jesse Greer   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Harry Von Tilzer   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Albert Willemetz   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
George Stoll   Composer
Mort Dixon   Composer
Ernie Burnett   Composer
Jacques Charles   Composer
George Norton   Composer
Channing Pollack   Composer
Maurice Yvain   Composer
Charles Warfield   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Nat Gardner   Composer

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