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Comp. Songbooks (16 Cds) [Box set]

Ella Fitzgerald Audio CD
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Of all the critiques that have been written about Ella Fitzgerald, East Coast music critic Tony Mastrianni’s perhaps best defined her very special song stylings. “In the case of Ella Fitzgerald you have something unique. There continues to be no one like her, no one who uses a voice so completely like a musical instrument. . . . She can stray from the melody, sing around it, and ... Read more in Amazon's Ella Fitzgerald Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (15 Nov 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 16
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Universal Jazz
  • ASIN: B0000046RN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,698 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ella Fitzgerald sings The Jerome Kern Songbook - Includes 12 Tracks
2. Ella Fitzgerald sings The Rodgers and Hart Songbook - Includes 34 Tracks
3. Ella Fitzgerald sings The Johnny Mercer Songbook - Includes 13 Tracks
4. Ella Fitzgerald sings The Cole Porter - Includes 30 Tracks
5. Ella Fitzgerald sings The Irving Berlin Songbook - Includes 32 Tracks
6. Ella Fitzgerald sings The Harold Arlen - Includes 24 Tracks
7. Ella Fitzgerald sings The Geroge and Ira Gershwin Songbook - 59 Tracks
8. Ella Fitzgerald sings The Duke Ellington

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sumptuous 16CD Box Set 7 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
I must reiterate the passionate review made by a fellow enthusiast on the Amazon web site in America (dated 20 Oct 2000). I too agonised over the purchase price, in other words the entrance fee to this monumental work. I have been aware of this sumptuous 16CD box set for a long time and my first real look and hands on experience with the red cloth bound box set was in 1996 in a very large music store in Times Square New York. It was towards the end of our holiday and the financial situation was almost nil. I returned home with thoughts about the prospective purchase. I have now bought the box set and I am thrilled to have it in my collection. Apart from the fantastic music it includes additional tracks, short outtakes, short snatches of conversation and alternate versions. I did not need any persuading to buy this superb collection and incidentally it's now much cheaper than last year. Remember what someone once said "The quality remains when the cost is forgotten" I'd give it six stars if it were possible. This is my very first on line purchase the delivery was very quick the packaging was excellent many thanks Amazon. To all lovers of real music order Ella now
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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This is the ultimate and one of the most important collections of music in history. When listening to that effortless, stylish and smooth voice it is impossible not to become an instant fan. This CD collection contains all the great songwriters of the century from George and Ira Gershwin to Duke Ellington and Cole Porter. All of theses songbooks made the foundations of popular song and are quite possibly the most stylish combonation of music ever created...this isn't jazz or easy listening but timeless masterpieces of music
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ella and Song - born for each other 4 April 2008
By Ms. Felicia Davis-burden VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
It looks like an awful lot of money to spend on a boxed set, and it is. But this is a collected masterclass of great songwriting and of great singing. Ira Gershwin was quoted as saying, 'I didn't know how good our songs were, until I heard Ella Fitzgerald sing them.' It was said of Irving Berlin, 'His songs are born, not made.' There's proof enough.

This is the best Popular Music boxed set ever minted. An investment maybe, but pleasure in the music contained here will last you all your life. Ella is the first lady of song, the finest and the best.
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