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Ella & Louis [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import]

Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 April 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B00004RD5E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,714 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Can't We Be FriendsElla Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong 3:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Isn't This a Lovely DayElla Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong 6:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Moonlight in VermountElla Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong 3:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. They Can't Take That Away from MeElla Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong 4:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Under a Blanket of BlueElla Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong 4:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. TenderlyElla Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong 5:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. A Foggy DayElla Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong 4:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Stars Fell On AlabamaElla Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong 3:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Cheek to CheekElla Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong 5:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Nearness of YouElla Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong 5:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. April in ParisElla Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong 6:270.79  Buy MP3 

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What we have here is the mating of honey and molasses. Or is it the sound of melted butter over gravel? Never mind--sweeter, more joyous music has never been recorded (although the follow-up, Ella and Louis Again, may be even better). You can't listen to these two without smiling. It's such an inevitable pairing that you wonder what titanic forces of nature could have kept Ella and Satchmo apart until they made this record together in 1957, accompanied by the Oscar Peterson trio and Buddy Rich on drums. The songs are standards--extraordinary standards, of course, like "Moonlight in Vermont" and "A Foggy Day"--but nirvana is reached on "Cheek to Cheek". Heaven. --Jim Emerson

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Ella: Perfect Porter 12 April 2006
By Leonard Fleisig TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
In any rational list of the 20th-century's top song-stylists, Ella Fitzgerald would have to rank in the Top 5. Ella had a wonderful, distinct voice and style. Many singers have great skills. Many have perfect pitch and great intonation. But very few singers can use their voice like a fine instrument. Ella was one of those select few.

Apart from having a wonderful voice, Ella was next to incomparable when it came to interpreting lyrics. It is no wonder that lyricists loved her and were ecstatic when she covered one of their songs. It is also no wonder that during the course of her career Ella recorded various "Song Books" in which she took the work of a great composer/lyricist and dedicated an album or two to their work. Ella did Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Rodgers & Hart, the Gershwins', and Jerome Kern song books among others. They are all wonderful to listen to, all 5-star performances (with the possible exception of the Gershwin song book) but my favorite of all her song books is this one: "Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book".

Although the first half of the 20th century had a surplus of great songwriters (see the above) there was something about Cole Porter's that has kept those lyrics fresh and even edgy in the 21st-century. The pairing of Fitzgerald and Porter then is the equivalent of the perfect. A lyricist whose lyrics are funny, witty, charming and, yes, poetic and a singer capable of doing justice to those great lyrics makes for a memorable CD.

This is a 2-CD set (the product description lists it incorrectly as 4). It contains an awful lot of Porter's great songs. Anything Goes, Too Darn Hot, Let's Do it, and I'm Always True to You in My Fashion are my highlights for CD-1.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ella & Cole Porter - Need I say more 6 Feb 2005
By Michael F. Freer VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Ella is always a pleasure to listen to, but Ella with classy material is something special. This is what you get on this double album. The "Song Book" series is renown and this is arguably the best.
I own the earlier CD releases as well as this later double album. There is a difference in the sound as a result of the re-mastering but I would not like to say which sounds the better. I do wonder why Verve bothered to re-master when the originals still sound wonderful but do not let this consideration of fine judgement prevent you from buying a great album.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to basics 19 Feb 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you are a jazz fan, you've heard most of the songs on this album a hundred times in a thousand different versions, mostly as instrumentals. Now is your chance to hear them as Cole Porter wrote them and, in particular, to pay attention to the lyrics. Porter's powerful poetry would often be banned in today's politcally correct world. Thank god we still have these recordings.
We all have a tendency to think that Sinatra put down the official american songbook soundtrack (please **** off, Rod Stewart, Jaimie whatsit, Bubley and all the rest of you new converts) but Ella's recordings sit side by side with the Chairman of the Board's.
None of Ella's fantastic scat here. Just plain straight forward singing of the songs of one of the 20th century's greatest composers with wonderful arrangements and a fantastic diction which makes printed lyrics unnecessary.
We can all complain about the Cole Porter songs that are missing from this set, but it is wonderful. A couple of tracks with 1950s latin feel have aged enormously, but the majority is just plain brilliant.
If you are a musician you will agree tha Cole Porter's are amongst the most difficult standards to play. Ella will give you a lesson in simplicity that you will never forget.
Just listen to Miss Otis Regrets. This is clearly a desert island disc.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow, but wonderfully invigorating. 9 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
If ever there were magic caught on a recording, it happened on one day in August 1956 in Los Angeles when these six musicians worked together to produce it. Ella and Louis are the vocalists, Louis alternating on trumpet. The Oscar Peterson Trio and Buddy Rich, drums complete the sextet. The tracks, all perennial favorites at the time, are ensured of immortality by this recording. All items are slow moving, but such is the buoyant, easy rhythm these artists set you will find the effect is wonderfully invigorating. Australian and Californian listeners might agree with me that the sound of Louis Armstrong's trumpet playing is similar to the sound produced by an improvised arrangement of eucalyptus leaves on a player's lips.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This CD shows off the talents of Ella and 'Satchmo' at their peak. Sounding wonderfully relaxed and enjoying themselves immensely, this recording presents some of the greatest jazz standards in probably the best setting you will ever hear. Forget the "best jazz album" compliations - buy this and see what 'best' really means.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Sufyan
Format:Audio CD
Ella with her voice...Louis with his trumpet... every single song on this album warms the heart and puts you in the mood for a cuddle by the fire. Brilliantly put together, the songs are slow and smooth; an ideal gift for valentine's. Without a doubt somthing to be played with your significant other during a romantic, moonlit dinner. A must for hopeless romantics!
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83 of 95 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A great collection messed up by an engineer 2 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This was one of the great recordings of all time showing off the range, depth and expression of Ella's astonishing voice. Unfortunately this re-master has lost all the warmth and subtlety that could be found on the original CD. (Yes, I do know it was originally on record.) It has brought Ella's voice forward and thinned it out. The whole balance has been tilted upwards with the brass sounding sharp and the violins almost without timbre. Most tragically of all, the unequalled expressive qualities of her voice, that knowingness, have been largely stripped away leaving only a singer with an astonishing ability to hit the right note.
Such a failing draws one towards the conclusion that the engineer was either not a fan of Ella or simply didn't understand her qualities. In short, the collection has been ruined. Because this is an album that should be in every record collection, my advice is to scour the secondhand record shops for the individual CDs. That suggestion becomes an imperative if you have spent money on your hi-fi system and are expecting more rather than less from this re-master.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
The amazing talent of Cole Porter and the beautiful voice of Ella Fitzgerald - What more could you ask??
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a nostalgic present for my wifes Birthday .
This was the one record which meant so much to us 50 years ago-and still does. Well Done Ella Fitsgerald.!
Published 4 months ago by russ calver
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous album.
I first heard this album when my parents bought it in about 1959 (when I was a kid of 4) and it made a huge impression on me. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Henry Ferguson
4.0 out of 5 stars CD
Bought as a Christmas present and she was very pleased with it as it's her favourite. Arrived reasonably quickly. Thanks
Published 8 months ago by juboo
5.0 out of 5 stars Cole Porter sang by Ella, wonderful.
In excellent condition. Good value for money. A double CD for less than the price of one! It contains "Every time we say goodbye", my favourite song.
Published 9 months ago by Llewellyn
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time jazz classic
The personell list on this 1956 LP recorded in Hollywood -- Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, and Buddy Rich -- raises high expectations, and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jon Corelis
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to love
This is the first album where Ella sings songs of the great American composers of the first half of the twentieth century. She is not that we are used to hearing. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Eric Mascarin Perigault
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