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Pure Ella

Ella Fitzgerald Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Mar 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000025TCS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Someone To Watch Over MeElla Fitzgerald 3:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. My One And OnlyEllis Larkins 3:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. But Not For MeEllis Larkins 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Looking For A BoyEllis Larkins 3:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I've Got A Crush On YouElla Fitzgerald 3:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. How Long Has This Been Going On?Ella Fitzgerald 3:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. MaybeEllis Larkins 3:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. SoonEllis Larkins 2:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. I'm Glad There Is You (Album Version) [feat. Ellis Larkins]Ella Fitzgerald 3:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. What Is There To Say? (Album Version) [feat. Ellis Larkins]Ella Fitzgerald 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. People Will Say We're In Love (Album Version) [feat. Ellis Larkins]Ella Fitzgerald 3:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Please Be Kind (Album Version) [feat. Ellis Larkins]Ella Fitzgerald 3:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Until The Real Thing Comes Along (Album Version) [feat. Ellis Larkins]Ella Fitzgerald 2:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Makin' Whoopee [feat. Ellis Larkins]Ella Fitzgerald 3:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Imagination [feat. Ellis Larkins]Ella Fitzgerald 2:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Stardust [feat. Ellis Larkins]Ella Fitzgerald 4:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. My Heart Belongs To Daddy [feat. Ellis Larkins]Ella Fitzgerald 2:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. You Leave Me Breathless (Album Version) [feat. Ellis Larkins]Ella Fitzgerald 3:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Baby, What Else Can I Do? (Album Version) [feat. Ellis Larkins]Ella Fitzgerald 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Nice Work If You Can Get It (Album Version) [feat. Ellis Larkins]Ella Fitzgerald 2:400.99  Buy MP3 

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure it says and pure it is 16 Dec 1999
Format:Audio CD
A classic case of less is more; strong songs beautifully performed by Ella at the peak of her power and at the peak of her considerable taste. And Ellis Larkins's piano accompaniment is impeccable. In most cases Ella takes the songs totally straight and lets the strong melodies and lyrics speak for themselves - and it turns out to be a totally right decision. All these words like taste and impeccable tend to damn with faint praise, but this isn't the case here. If you want a textbook example of pure artistry then this is it. Beautifully reissued sound quality too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ella at her best 14 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Like many people, I consider Ella to be one of the all time best jazz vocalists and this CD has some of her all time best recordings. To top it all there are plenty of classic Gershwin tracks. What better jazz combination can there be than Ella and Gershwin? This is a real classic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary, beautiful 25 Nov 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is an extraordinary, beautiful album. Recorded with just a piano and Ella's voice, these are pared down versions but this just adds to their power. This is not an upbeat album, but rewards repeated listens with it's emotional intensity and perfect performances. From what I've heard of the songbooks' lavish orchestration this is quite a different type of album and should certainly not be overlooked. Buy this recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ella and Ellis Larkins 18 Jun 2014
Format:Audio CD
The Decca recordings of Ella Fitzgerald are often, unfairly, viewed as inferior to her earlier work and her later Verve recordings. This CD amply shows that negative view to be wrong; it contains in full her 1950 album Ella Sings Gershwin and the 1954 Songs in a Mellow Mood, in both cases accompanied by Ellis Larkins on piano.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cream of the Decca Years 26 Dec 2005
By James Morris - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I recently came across this CD in my local store and debated taking it home. With 94 Ella Fitzgerald CD's in my collection already, I need another Ella like I need a hole in my head. But when I noticed that it contained the tracks she made with Ellis Larkins on piano, I said "What the heck" and took it home anyway.

I might not have bothered; had I checked first I would have realized that the exact same tracks, in the exact same sequence, occupy disc three of the four-disc boxed set "Ella: The Legendary Decca Recordings". That's the problem with re-issue anthologies for someone as prolific a recording artist as Ella - there is always the danger that you already have the all or most of the material they contain.

But I never regret purchasing more of Ella Fitzgerald. These tracks are particularly interesting, as they were made right before her most fruitful and celebrated period, the "Song Book" sessions she did for Norman Granz on his Clef (later known as Verve) label. The idea of having Ella backed with just a piano was sheer genius, and one of the few correct things that Decca did for her during her years there. Ellis Larkins provides her with sympathetic accompaniment on these sessions, and she responds in kind. The Decca producers have long claimed that Ella was not "wasted" during her Decca period, as many critics and fans have complained. I am of the opinion that her Decca years were almost a complete waste, with these wonderful tracks a glorious exception. Her other Decca recordings seemed to concentrate on novelty numbers, and when she was given material she really deserved, the arrangements tended to be either overly commercial, or obscure her delightful voice. Decca has been very, very bad about releasing vintage material - I wish I had a dollar for every musical artist I have on a Decca vinyl whose material has not yet made it to CD, and Ella is no exception. Decca has yet to release quite a few of her original Decca recordings; all we get is anthology after anthology that tend to present the same material over and over. This is not the way they should be treating the female vocalist who made more records than any other female vocalist. Many people are not aware that Ella Fitzgerald is the third most recorded vocalist of all time. I was not surprised to learn that Frank Sinatra made more records than she did to occupy the #2 spot, but I am still floored to know that Bing Crosby officially remains the #1 recorded vocalist of all time.

Anyway, the music here is quite marvelous, as there is hardly an obscure song on the whole CD, and certainly not a single bad performance, either. It's hard as always with Ella to pick out a standout, but for my money, I'm Glad There Is You, My Heart Belongs to Daddy, How Long Has This Been Going On and Someone To Watch Over Me are the clear winners.

Just a few years after these sessions her career was to be guided by Norman Granz, who became her personal manager as well as her producer (for both records and concerts) and that is when her career, which had been languishing at Decca for years, really took off. But these tracks are the very best of her Decca years.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The swinging angel sings 22 Dec 2001
By KSG - Published on
Format:Audio CD
This truly is PURE ELLA, no strings or brass, just her voice and the piano.
The perfect recording for a dinner party or an evening sitting by the fire.
This selection of rarified show tunes, many by the Gershwins, are given the royal treatment by Ella and her sublime and swinging pianist, Ellis Larkins.
You can't go wrong with this CD.
52 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be Careful What Ella Fitzgerald You Order 9 Dec 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Be careful that you are ordering the right Ella Fitzgeral CD. There is another outstanding Ella Fitzgerald CD by almost the same name that is very different. It is called "Pure Ella: The Very Best of Ella Fitzgerald," and it is the best Elle Fitzgerald ever made.
So don't accidentally order this CD thinking you are getting the other one.
This very enjoyable CD shows a nice side of Ella with the Piano and Gershwin songs, and would make a nice addition to your collection. But it would not be one of my first three choices by Ella Fitzgerald. My first choice would be the other one: "Pure Ella: The Very Best of Ella Fitzgerald," released in 1998.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soothing, beautiful and transcendent 21 Sep 1999
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I've never bought a CD in which I liked every song on it.....until now. If you love the hypnotic, pillow soft and meditative reverberations of Ella Fitzgerald's wonderful voice this is the CD for you.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pure and perfect 22 Aug 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format:Audio CD
If you are in love with Ella's voice then this is the cd for you. Solo vocals are backed quietly by Ellis Larkins on piano, who is the model of an accompanist whose only interest is making the singer sound good. One of the most amazing and soulful voices to ever grace this planet.
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