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  • Audio CD (7 Jun 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jazz
  • ASIN: B00000JBGH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 527,578 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Too Close For ComfortElla Fitzgerald 3:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Smack Dab In The MiddleCount Basie 3:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Amazing LoveElla Fitzgerald 3:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Only ForeverJoe Williams 3:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Don't Worry 'Bout MeElla Fitzgerald 3:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Stop, Pretty Baby, StopElla Fitzgerald 3:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. One O'Clock Jump (LP Master)Ella Fitzgerald 4:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. JamboreeJoe Williams 2:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. I Don't Like You No MoreCount Basie 2:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. From Coast To CoastCount Basie 8:44Album Only
Listen11. Too Close For Comfort (Alternate Take)Ella Fitzgerald 2:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. One O'Clock Jump (EP Master)Ella Fitzgerald 2:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. One O'Clock Jump (Alternate Take)Ella Fitzgerald 5:580.99  Buy MP3 

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Swinging and nice but 20 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
A VERY VERY nice and swinging Basie-Williams album, with a nice guest spot for Ella with Joe on "Two Close for Comfort" - NOT enough reason to give her top-billing...
Actually, all in all, although my appreciation of Joe's work with Basie grows with time, I still think the best tune here is the more ambitious Ernie Wilkins arrangement of "From Coast to Coast",
with some swinging solos and subtle orchestral nuances...

Recommended to all the swing fans and Basie fans, although not my favorite Basie album (but, I must add, I like it more than the Neal Hefti arranged albums; just for you to know where I stand...)...
Since Amazon tends to link the reviews to every Basie compilation with the same title, I'm talking about the reissue of a Verve album recorded in '56 and '57, produced by Norman Granz,
with tracks 1. Too Close for Comfort 2. Smack Dab in the Middle 3. Amazing love 4. Only Forever (etc.)...
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4.0 out of 5 stars really good release of the ORIGINAL 1957 LP! 13 May 2005
By Elwood Conway - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I think too many people are assuming that they are buying a compilation CD when they pick up this release. In fact, this was the original album released in 1957. Ella gets top billing becuse she was the biggest of the three "names" at the time. These sessions were laid down between Jan 4, 1956 and April 30, 1957. Each artist gets a chance to showcase their talents and it is apparent that, when they all get together for the few numbers that they all share, they are really swinging and having a great time. Basie's band was in top form, the arrangements were wonderful and the vocals are spot on. This is a terrific window into the past.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fidelity 1956 1957 Swing From Basie and Williams. 4 Dec 2006
By JG - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What we have here is the crack "April In Paris" era Basie band with one Ella F track singing with Joe Williams on "Too Close To Comfort", a bunch of tracks with Joe taking the lead and a few great swinging instrumentals and a few alternative sides.

The whole album works well, great sound,exciting music,especially if you like the croon of Joe Williams.

The famous "Joe Williams sings CD" with Basie is considered the better,no arguing that fact, but this CD is a nice addition to your library.

Great blowing on the 3 versions of One'O'clock Jump here make it all worthwhile.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good Count Basie record, but not an Ella record! 24 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a perfectly fine, swinging Count Basie record with some great Joe Williams vocals. It just annoys the heck out of me that Ella sings a duet with Williams on only one track of 13 and she gets top billing. It is a great version of "Too Close For Comfort". The disk also includes Joe Williams classic version of "Smack Dab in the Middle". Docked one star for annoying marketing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Blows Shingles Off the Roof 12 Jun 2007
By Lee Armstrong - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Like many, I found this packaging a bit deceptive because without close inspection it gives the impression that it's a collaboration with Ella Fitzgerald. This 1999 reissue of the 1957 LP is still welcome. The duet Ella sings with Joe Williams on "Too Close for Comfort" with Count Basie's orchestra has her flawless phrasing, "One thing leads to another..." On what was side one of the LP, Joe Williams' vocals are featured. Unfortunately, I simply don't connect with the Williams' style. His voice isn't beautiful as he talk-sings on "Smack Dab in the Middle." On the bluesy swanky "Amazing Love" which has a terrific band arrangement, Williams' voice warbles. The title track originally started the second side of the LP and so the second half of the CD is much better with the vocalist's absence. On "One O'clock Jump," Basie has some of the sassiest sax and popping trumpets in a wild arrangement that blows the shingles off the roof. "Jamboree" is a short swaggering piece with Basie's piano tinkling distinctively near the end of the arrangement. Williams shows up again on "I Don't Like You No More," which describes my reaction to his vocals. "From Coast to Coast" is an eight & 1/2-minute blowout that frequently shifts gears and gives each of the musicians a solo including Sonny Payne's wild drums. This set has a few stellar tracks, but the Williams' tracks I usually skip. Enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Swinging and hot but still... 19 Jun 2007
By Nikica Gilic - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Yes, this is a good Joe Williams-Count Basie album, but on one hand, I've heard Williams sounding better with smaller groups (Cannonball Adderley, Clark Terry and Coleman Hawkins, etc.) and on the other hand Williams is no match for Jimmy Rushing, as demonstrated on Count Basie at NewportCount Basie at Newport.

And, yes, on the third hand (hm...) there is the question of Ella getting the top billing for doing just one song on the album (and a duet at that!)... Well, on the fourth hand, I've heard Basie's band from this period sounding better without Williams. And, surprise, surprise, probably the most interesting tune of the album is "From Coast to Coast"; not so usual example of succesful blending of Basie's drive with slightly Ellingtonish orchestral subtleties.
(BTW; not that it matters much, but I don't really like Hefti's work for Basie all that much...)

small edit from April 2010
- it took me some time to get over my Rushing thrill and fully appreciate Joe Williams; I still prefer Rushing,
but now I can clearly see (hear) the glory of Joe Williams---
But, I still think "From Coast to Coast" is the most interesting number on this album
and I still think it's a shame to label it an Ella-Count-Joe album when you have only one song with Ella.
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