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Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas Original recording remastered, Extra tracks


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  • Audio CD (20 Oct. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Verve Records
  • ASIN: B00006WL1Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,894 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Jingle Bells (Album Version) 2:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Album Version) 2:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Album Version) 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. Sleigh Ride (Album Version) 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Christmas Song (Album Version) 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Good Morning Blues (Album Version) 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Album Version) 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Winter Wonderland (Album Version) 2:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Album Version) 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Frosty The Snowman (Album Version) 2:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. White Christmas (Album Version) 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Secret Of Christmas 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Medley: We Three Kings Of Orient Are/O Little Town Of Bethlehem 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Christmas Island 2:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. The Christmas Song 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. White Christmas 3:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Frosty The Snowman 2:11£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Tracks 13-18 are bonus tracks, tracks 16-18 are previously unissued. Ella Fitzgerald (vocal) with the orchestras of Frank DeVol and Russ Garcia. Recorded September 1959 and August 1960 in Hollywood and July 1960 in New York City. (2002/VERVE) 18 tracks 96khz-24bit digital transferMedium 1
  1. Jingle Bells
  2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  4. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
  5. Sleigh Ride
  6. The Christmas Song
  7. Good Morning Blues
  8. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  9. Winter Wonderland
  10. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
  11. Frosty, The Snowman
  12. White Christmas
  13. The Secret Of Christmas
  14. Medley: We Three Kings Of Orient Are/O
  15. Little Town Of Bethlehem
  16. Christmas Island
  17. The Christmas Song (alt. take)
  18. White Christmas (alt. take)
  19. Frosty, The Snowman (alt. take)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Miss A A Jiear on 23 Nov. 2005
Format: Audio CD
You don't have to be familiar with the glorious voice of Ella Fitzgerald to appreciate this CD. Recorded in 1959 - 1960, Ella's vocal variations of all of the standard xmas favourites are just inspired. Being an avid Ella fan myself, I actually laughed out loud with joy when I first bought this cd in Paris a few years ago. She changes lyrics and melodies in a way only Ella can get away with.... she's BRILLIANT. It's a must have!!!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Captain Kirk on 4 Oct. 2008
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The magic of Christmas is truly captured to magnificent effect on this remarkable CD.Make no mistake, Ella holds nothing back on these wonderful recordings.The CD is made up of the complete original album with the fabulous orchestral arrangements by Frank Devol plus two previously unreleased tracks and alternative takes. There is something very special about the music of Christmas which conjures up all our memories of Christmas's past and this CD is no exception.
Ella and the orchestra power-house their way through these songs and are still able to capture the spirit of the season and never sacrifice the meaning of the lyrics or the integrity of the music for a second.

This album is far removed from her other Christmas album which was a much more low key affair as the vocal and orchestral arrangements were much more subdued and recorded as a set of Christmas carols "ballad style" with a bluesy feel to the album.

The tracks on this present CD are superb and flawless - just what one would expect from probably the best female jazz singer of all time.For a great sounding zappy Christmas album it just doesn't get any better than this.
The original album was recorded in Columbia's 30th Street studios in the heart of Manhattan,New York City in the early summer of 1960.The bonus tracks were recorded the same year in Hollywood,California with another fine arranger,Russ Garcia who also did all the arrangements for Ella and Louis Armstrong's famous album of George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess.

The liner notes of this Christmas album contain much interesting information about the recording and make very good reading if you are an avid Ella fan.The sound is amazing and nothing has been lost in the remastering of this album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 5 Dec. 2011
Format: Audio CD
The liner notes enthuse about Ella's love of children, although Ella didn't have any of her own and raised just one adopted child. It certainly seems that this album was recorded with children at least partly in mind, as most of the songs are of the festive variety, with a mix of tempos. If you want religious carols, you won't find them here except for a medley of We three kings / O little town of Bethlehem. Ella shows on this track that she could perform such material superbly, and it would have been great if she had recorded another Christmas album featuring some of them, but she didn't do that. Another song that seems to be an oddity in the context of the album is the Count Basie song, Good morning blues, but I can't fault Ella's performance.

Children and adults alike will surely enjoy Ella's versions of the many familiar songs that dominate this album. I was particularly pleased to find that Ella had recorded two slightly less familiar songs (in that fewer recordings of them have been made). They are Christmas Island, a song forever associated with the Andrews sisters, and The secret of Christmas, which was a fairly new song when Ella recorded it, but I first took notice of the song via the superb version by Julie Andrews. The other songs are VERY familiar, although the liner notes say that Ella included a rarely recorded verse in Santa Claus is coming to town. I didn't even know that the song had such a verse, although I have long known about the opening verse to White Christmas that isn't normally recorded, and it isn't included here either.

This excellent collection does not include all of Ella's Christmas music, because one song (Santa Claus got stuck in my chimney) recorded for a different record label (Decca) isn't included, but that track can be found elsewhere.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Welsh John on 3 Dec. 2008
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I bought this after a reccomendation from another reviewer and I have to say I'm not disappointed. I was already expecting alot from this, I mean Ella Fitzgerald could sing the telephone directory and it'd sound great.
This albun contains the usual Christmas standards, the best being Ellas version of "Have yourself a merry little Christmas". There are some other not as well known tracks too, including the excellant "The secret of Christmas". I must highlight Track 14 "(Medley) We 3 kings of Orient are / O Little town of Bethlehem", which in my opinion is worth the price of the CD alone!!

All in all, an excellant Christmas CD. Ideal for background music for a party or for getting comy on the sofa with your nearest and dearest with a glass or two of wine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Astrid on 21 Mar. 2013
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If you like Ella and Christmas then you will love this! I love having Christmas music but can't cope with the cheesy awful songs that come out every year. This is wonderful and jazzy and will have you swinging round the kitchen as you cook your turkey.
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By Muggsy on 15 Jan. 2014
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Growing up we listened to Ella's Swinging Christmas every year. My Dad's a jazz pianist and this was the best Xmas music around. It brings back so many happy memories and I was so excited to order this CD. I've thoroughly enjoyed listening and singing along to it. Ella has a magical voice and, along with the band/s playing, I defy anybody not to tap their feet and sing along.

A very happy purchase. Arrived very quickly too.
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