For me this set of songs is one of the pinnacles of human artistic achievement. I would honestly rate this collection alongside Beethoven's Symphonies. Cole Porter's ability to marry an exquisite melody to a set of intelligent and often witty set of lyrics has rarely been equalled by any other songwriter or songwriting partnership. Add to this the unparalleled vocal abilities of Ella Fitzgerald at the peak of her powers and we have something very special. Ella enjoyed a very long and successful recording career, Ellington quite rightly regarded her to be in 'a class of her own'. She recorded dozens of great albums many of which were 'Grammy award winners'. However in my opinion this collection offers the best of the best of her recorded output.