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Three Classic Albums Plus (Mack The Knife / Let No Man Write My Epitaph / Ella In Hollywood)

Ella Fitzgerald Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Avid Jazz
  • ASIN: B00J2AY992
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,685 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Gone with the Wind (Mack the Knife) 2:390.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Misty (Mack the Knife) 2:470.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Lady Is a Tramp (Mack the Knife) 3:170.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Man I Love (Mack the Knife) 3:350.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Summertime (Mack the Knife) 2:550.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Too Darn Hot (Mack the Knife) 3:350.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Lorelei From (Mack the Knife) 3:270.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mack the Knife (Mack the Knife) 5:010.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. How High the Moon (Mack the Knife) 8:090.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Black Coffee (Let No Man Write My Epitaph) 3:300.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Angel Eyes (Let No Man Write My Epitaph) 3:290.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I Cried for You (Let No Man Write My Epitaph) 3:280.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. I Can't Give You Anything but Love (Let No Man Write My Epitaph) 3:300.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Then You've Never Been Blue (Let No Man Write My Epitaph) 3:120.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. I Hadn't Anyone Till You From (Let No Man Write My Epitaph) 2:510.69  Buy MP3 
Listen16. My Melancholy Baby (Let No Man Write My Epitaph) 2:590.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Misty (Let No Man Write My Epitaph) 2:540.69  Buy MP3 
Listen18. September Song (Let No Man Write My Epitaph) 3:420.69  Buy MP3 
Listen19. One for My Baby (Let No Man Write My Epitaph) 4:190.69  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Who's Sorry Now (Let No Man Write My Epitaph) 3:280.69  Buy MP3 
Listen21. I'm Getting Sentimental over You (Let No Man Write My Epitaph) 2:380.69  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Reach for Tomorrow From (Let No Man Write My Epitaph) 2:250.69  Buy MP3 
Listen23. This Could Be the Start of Something Big (Ella in Hollywood) 2:330.69  Buy MP3 
Listen24. I've Got the World on a String (Ella in Hollywood) 3:450.69  Buy MP3 
Listen25. You're Driving Me Crazy (Ella in Hollywood) 3:270.69  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Just in Time (Ella in Hollywood) 1:590.69  Buy MP3 
Listen27. It Might as Well Be Spring (Ella in Hollywood) 3:070.69  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Take the "A" Train (Ella in Hollywood) 9:030.69  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Stairway to the Stars (Ella in Hollywood) 3:560.69  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Mr. Paganini (Ella in Hollywood) 4:060.69  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Satin Doll (Ella in Hollywood) 2:530.69  Buy MP3 
Listen32. Blue Moon (Ella in Hollywood) 3:220.69  Buy MP3 
Listen33. Baby, Won't You Please Come Home (Ella in Hollywood) 3:430.69  Buy MP3 
Listen34. Air Mail Special (Ella in Hollywood) 5:290.69  Buy MP3 
Listen35. Sweet and Slow (Ella Swings Gently with Nelson) 3:190.69  Buy MP3 
Listen36. Georgia on My Mind (Ella Swings Gently with Nelson) 3:330.69  Buy MP3 
Listen37. I Can't Get Started (Ella Swings Gently with Nelson) 3:360.69  Buy MP3 
Listen38. Street of Dreams (Ella Swings Gently with Nelson) 3:150.69  Buy MP3 
Listen39. Imagination (Ella Swings Gently with Nelson) 3:500.69  Buy MP3 
Listen40. The Very Thought of You (Ella Swings Gently with Nelson) 2:490.69  Buy MP3 
Listen41. It's a Blue World (Ella Swings Gently with Nelson) 2:480.69  Buy MP3 
Listen42. Darn That Dream (Ella Swings Gently with Nelson) 2:340.69  Buy MP3 
Listen43. He's Funny That Way (Ella Swings Gently with Nelson) 3:170.69  Buy MP3 
Listen44. I Wished on the Moon (Ella Swings Gently with Nelson) 2:450.69  Buy MP3 

Product Description

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AVID Jazz presents three classic Ella Fitzgerald albums plus including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD. 'Mack the Knife', 'Let No Man Write My Epitaph', 'Ella in Hollywood' and 10 tracks from 'Ella Swings Gently with Nelson'. A live set kicks off our Ella Fitzgerald tribute, 'Mack The Knife' was recorded in 1960 in Berlin as part of the Jazz at the Philharmonic International tour. It features Paul Smith on piano, Jim Hall on guitar, Wilfred Middlebrooks on bass and Gus Johnson on drums. A rather portentious title greets our next selection 'Let No Man Write My Epitaph' featuring Paul Smith again on piano recorded in L.A. in 1960. This album features the music from a film of the same name Ella had appeared in plus numbers that Ella just felt were right to complete the record. A year on from 'Mack the Knife' featuring Ella in Berlin, we have 'Ella in Hollywood' again recorded live as part of a projected new series of Fitzgerald recordings. The series was designed to highlight the differences in approach by Ella to performing in front of audiences with a different first language and to also guage the response of the audiences to Ella's different musical approach. Featured in her band are Lou Levy on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Wilfred Middlebrooks on bass and Gus Johnson on drums. 'Ella Swings Gently with Nelson' finds Ella performing with the great Nelson Riddle Orchestra and highlights her amazing ability to be able to interpret and improvise across a variety of different musical numbers. All three albums plus have been digitally re-mastered

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4.0 out of 5 stars TWO REVIEWS, DON'T BE CONFUSED 7 April 2014
By Barry McCanna TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
NOTE: This review relates to two Avid albums, AMSC 11i8 and AMSC 1118. Under Amazon's crazy product group policy, I cannot post separate reviews because the earlier one has been cross-posted.

AVID AMSC 1118: These four albums date from the early sixties, and were issued originally on Verve. Both "Ella in Berlin" and "Ella in Hollywood" were recorded with a live audience, in February 1960 and May 1961 respectively. "Let No Man Write My Epitaph" was recorded in April 1960, and "Ella Swings Gently with Nelson" was recorded in April and November 1961. Three tracks have been omitted from the last-named album, namely "It's a Pity to Say Goodnight", "My One and Only Love" and "Body and Soul". (NOTE: They can be found, together with "Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson") on Avid's subsequent compilation AMSC1122).

There are two Ellas on offer here; the Ella of the concert hall, who peppered her appearances with breakneck delivery and extreme scat singing, and the refined Ella of the recording studio, whose sublime art reached its apogee with the Songbook series.

"Ella in Berlin" is remembered mainly for her alleged memory loss on Mack the Knife, and includes her 8-minute bop-influenced scat on How High the Moon, which also went down well at the time, but may pall on repeated listening. Ella's pipes sound just a trifle hoarse, and the balance between her and the Paul Smith Quartet (particularly the bass) is not perfect, but the atmosphere overcomes those minor deficiencies. The highlights for me are Misty and the three Gershwin numbers. Lou Levy and Herb Ellis replaced pianist Paul Smith and guitarist Jim Hall respectively for the Hollywood concert, and the smaller venue of the 200 capacity Crescendo is reflected in the acoustic.
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From her early vocal beginnings, the career of Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996) can best be defined in three phases - her embryonic period as band singer and occasional band leader with the Chick Webb Orchestra; her pop-solo Decca years and finally the Verve (later Pablo) burst-of- glory years that deservedly imprinted her reputation as the most respected jazz diva others aspired to.

As a logical follow-up to the other recent Ella set on Avid AMSC1118, this release continues its exploration of the singer’s Verve albums and up-front helpfully includes the three songs - IT’S A PITY TO SAY GOODNIGHT, MY ONE AND ONLY LOVE and BODY AND SOUL from ELLA SWINGS GENTLY WITH NELSON (1961) that were omitted from the previous set due to timing constraints.

Of the three complete albums, LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE was released in 1957, with its romantic theme enhanced by Frank DeVol’s wonderful arrangements augmented by the inclusion of saxophonist Stan Getz who is featured on tenor sax on four tracks including MIDNIGHT SUN and YOU’RE BLASÉ. The iconic Ted Nash also features on alto sax and solos and with MORE THAN YOU KNOW, CLOSE YOUR EYES and WE’LL BE TOGETHER AGAIN amongst the fifteen songs; many with the rare verses; this album highlights Ella in perfect romantic mood.

Similarly honed towards ballad appreciation, HELLO LOVE, released in 1960, but recorded over two sessions in 1957 and 1959 with Frank DeVol again providing superb orchestral support, is an album that puts the focus on standards not included in her epic Songbooks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ELLA FITZGERALD : "THREE CLASSIC ALBUMS PLUS" 22 May 2014
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A good and varied selection of early Sixties Ella. Personally, I prefer the small group sessions to the album with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, but that is my personal outlook. One thing still irritates me after all these years. Why can't she remember all the words to "Mack The Knife ?" (Or was it some kind of gimmick, as I have seen her do this on old film footage as well ?) An enjoyable 2 disc set and a real bargain at the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not just a Skeeter fan 22 July 2014
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Excellent album and a great addition to the various compilation albums I have.
Quality singing and Ella has a great sense of humour. It's great to have proper albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ELLA SHINES BRIGHTLY 13 Jun 2014
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"Like Someone in Love" and "Hello Love" were both recorded in 1957, accompanied by the orchestra of Frank deVol. Most of the songs are standards, which Ella sings in a relaxed and carefree fashion. The 1961 album "Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson" and the three missing tracks from the "Gently" album featured on AMSC 1118 feature her with a big band accompaniment, and her vocals are correspondingly more extrovert. Five tracks from "Ella Fitzgerald at the (Chicago) Opera House" are also included; this was a live 1957 recording from the eighteenth JATP tour accompanied by the Oscar Peterson Quartet. Overall, it's a delightful compilation.
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