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Sings Irving Berlin & Duke Ellington Songbooks [Box set]

Ella Fitzgerald, Irving Berlin Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Now Now Music
  • ASIN: B001I1LQUI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,743 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Let's Face The Music And Dance 2:570.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. You're Laughing At Me 3:160.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Let Yourself Go 2:180.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. You Can Have Him 3:450.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Russian Lullaby 1:530.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Puttin' On The Ritz 2:160.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Get Thee Behind Me, Satan 3:470.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Alexander's Ragtime Band 2:420.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Top Hat, White Tie And Tails 2:340.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. How About Me? 3:160.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Cheek To Cheek 3:470.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I Used To Be Color Blind 2:320.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Lazy 2:380.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. How Deep Is The Ocean? 3:100.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. All By Myself 2:270.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Remember 3:280.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Supper Time 3:170.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. How's Chances 2:470.89  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Heat Wave 2:230.89  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Isn't It A Lovely Day 3:270.89  Buy MP3 
Listen21. You Keep Coming Back Like A Song 3:340.89  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Reaching For The Moon 2:170.89  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Slumming On Park Avenue 2:230.89  Buy MP3 
Listen24. The Song Is Ended 2:280.89  Buy MP3 
Listen25. I'm Puttin' All My Eggs In One Basket 2:580.89  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Now It Can Be Told 3:100.89  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Always 3:070.89  Buy MP3 
Listen28. It's A Lovely Day Today 2:270.89  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Change Partners 3:160.89  Buy MP3 
Listen30. No Strings 3:010.89  Buy MP3 
Listen31. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm 2:570.89  Buy MP3 
Listen32. Rockin' In Rhythm 5:200.89  Buy MP3 
Listen33. Drop Me Off In Harlem 3:500.89  Buy MP3 
Listen34. Day Dream 4:000.89  Buy MP3 
Listen35. Caravan 3:540.89  Buy MP3 
Listen36. Take The 'A' Train 6:420.89  Buy MP3 
Listen37. I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues 4:430.89  Buy MP3 
Listen38. Clementine 2:400.89  Buy MP3 
Listen39. I Didn't Know About You 4:140.89  Buy MP3 
Listen40. I'm Beginning To See The Light 3:270.89  Buy MP3 
Listen41. Lost In Meditation 3:270.89  Buy MP3 
Listen42. Perdido 6:080.89  Buy MP3 
Listen43. Cotton Tail 3:260.89  Buy MP3 
Listen44. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me 6:000.89  Buy MP3 
Listen45. Just A-Sittin' And A'Rockin' 3:340.89  Buy MP3 
Listen46. Solitude 2:080.89  Buy MP3 
Listen47. Rocks My Bed 3:580.89  Buy MP3 
Listen48. Satin Doll 3:290.89  Buy MP3 
Listen49. Sophisticated Lady 5:210.89  Buy MP3 
Listen50. Just Squeeze Me 4:170.89  Buy MP3 
Listen51. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) 4:140.89  Buy MP3 
Listen52. Azure 2:220.89  Buy MP3 
Listen53. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart 4:110.89  Buy MP3 
Listen54. In A Sentimental Mood 2:470.89  Buy MP3 
Listen55. Don't Get Around Much Anymore 5:020.89  Buy MP3 
Listen56. Prelude To A Kiss 5:290.89  Buy MP3 
Listen57. Everything But You 2:560.89  Buy MP3 
Listen58. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) 6:140.89  Buy MP3 
Listen59. I'm Just A Lucky So-And-So 4:150.89  Buy MP3 
Listen60. All Too Soon 4:230.89  Buy MP3 
Listen61. Blip-Blip 3:030.89  Buy MP3 
Listen62. Mood Indigo 3:270.89  Buy MP3 
Listen63. In A Mellow Tone 5:110.89  Buy MP3 
Listen64. Love You Madly 4:400.89  Buy MP3 
Listen65. Lush Life 3:390.89  Buy MP3 
Listen66. Squatty Roo 3:410.89  Buy MP3 

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Ella Fitzgerald was, by any yardstick, a remarkable singer. She had achieved much by the time she signed to the newly created Verve Records in 1956, but it was the genius of Norman Granz, her personal manager, in suggesting that she tackle the material of great contemporary composers in themed albums that sent her career into orbit. Ella had the world at her feet during the late 1950s and early 1960s, recording her songbooks and delighting concert audiences across the globe. Featured here are the original Irving Berlin and Duke Ellington recordings, digitally remastered for optimum sound quality.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Ella 19 Nov 2008
Format:Audio CD
This 3 CD set is sure to find favour containing as it does 2 complete songbooks, Irving Berlin and Duke Ellington. Recorded in 1958 and 1957 these have been continually popular since their original release. The Irving Berlin album has Paul Weston conducting and the Duke Ellington songbook has Duke Ellington in command. I suspect that it is the Duke Ellington set that will make this an instant must have. The sound quality is excellent throughout and with 2 huge songbooks we are talking of an equally huge running time of almost 240 minutes. Interestingly if you want to purchase the Ellington Songbook it will cost at least twice the price alone, making this very good value indeed. As with all the Not Now 3CD sets they are now slim line packaged and this one includes orchestral credits, dates and liner notes by Michael Heatley. Look out for other Ella Fitzgerald releases on Not Now.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing value 30 Oct 2010
By Icarus
Format:Audio CD
Read the other reviews and thought they must be exaggerated. I was very pleasantly surprised to find they were'nt. Well remastered these CDs are worth many times the asking price.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Singer - great songs 14 May 2009
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Great compilation of classic songs impeccably arranged and impeccably performed... You can't beat the best!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What are you waiting for? 24 Sep 2011
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A fantastic bargain - great remastering, absolutely classic material, well packaged and all at a ludicrous price, this set is a must for any fan of Ella. Featuring the complete Irving Berlin and Duke Ellington Songbooks recordings this really required listening for anyone with even the slightest interest in jazz. Ella is absolutely peerless throughout these discs - she has such effortless charm and warmth that you might get the idea that it all comes too easily to her. Take a listen then to tunes like 'Don't Get Around Much Anymore' and 'I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues, and she'll show you that she can dig deep when called upon.

If I had to express a preference I would say I prefer her work with Ellington as it has more of a gritty and perhaps collaborative air about the recordings: with the Duke she is working with a band rather then simply singing atop previously worked out arrangements as per the Berlin material. But this is nitpicking.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two contrasting songbooks 26 July 2011
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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Irving Berlin was a songwriter first and foremost, supplying other people with songs for them to record. He was not a success as a performer, though he had an American hit with a novelty song that I've never heard of in 1910. That song has obviously not stood the test of time, but plenty of his songs have done so.

Ella recorded 31 of Irving Berlin's songs for her songbook collection. The obvious omission is White Christmas, but she recorded that for a Christmas album and I'm comfortable about its omission here. Although I listen to Christmas music at any time of year for reviewing purposes, I think it works best when kept separate from other music. Some of the songs were intended for male singers and Ella made no attempt to adapt the lyrics, but I can live with that. There are many classic songs here including Let's face the music and dance, Let yourself go, Putting on the Ritz, Alexander's ragtime band, Cheek to cheek, Always, It's a lovely day today and I've got my love to keep me warm. Plenty of other people have recorded these songs but suffice to say that Ella's versions are every bit as good as I expected them to be and are therefore among the best. You are likely to recognize at least some of the songs I haven't mentioned, but Ella took the opportunity to record some less obvious songs.

By contrast, Duke Ellington was a jazz musician and band leader. He wrote songs for his own band to record, though he was happy enough for other people to cover the. He may even have written some songs for other people that he didn't record himself, as the Beatles did in the sixties, but I can't confirm that.
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I bought this 3 CD set for the Ellington songs. Most are excellent, "Lush Life" is superb.
The Irving Berlin Songbook disappoints me. Many of the tunes are associated with Fred Astaire and for me her rendition of the song is just not correct. The Paul Weston orchestral accompaniment is not typical of this conductor and is too brash.
I have given the set a 4 star rating because of the Ellington numbers.
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