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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ella and Satchmo together, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong - Great collection, but not quite what it says on the tin!, 31 Mar. 2010
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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Note - there are two CD sets named 'Ella and Satchmo together', with very different contents. This review deals specifically with the 2007 Blue Moon release, with a largely black cover and a picture of Louis embracing Ella on the left hand side. This review is NOT for the 2 CD Verve release (with a blue cover) of the same name, even though Amazon have automatically posted it on that product's page as well as the intended location.

Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald were two of the most prolific, famous and influential jazz artists of the twentieth century. And every now and then they recorded together to produce some of the most sublime music ever put on record. Both were superb artists by themselves, but together something magical would happen and things would be lifted to another level.

Their most famous recordings were for the Verve label in the late `50s (The Complete Ella And Louis On Verve). The tracks presented here were made in the late `40s and early `50s, and are a foretaste of the great things to come.

However, only 8 of these tracks feature both Ella AND Satch:-

You won't be satisfied
Frim Fram Sauce
Dream a little dream of me
Can anyone explain?
Necessary evil
Oops!
Would you like to take a walk
Who walks in when I walk out?

The rest feature only Ella OR Satch. However, as far as I can tell this is the only place to get all their non Verve duets in one place, so it's pretty good really. And both artists were superb in their own right, so the 12 solo tracks are high quality listening.

The sound quality is good, and the remastering sympathetic. There is a short booklet with detailed personnel notes for each track, a brief essay and some photos.

All in all 4 stars - a good album, but be warned, not all the tracks are Ella/Satch duets.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ella & Louis, classic albums from 1956 & 1957 plus bonus songs, 2 Sept. 2009
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C. FULLER (Brixham, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This 2CD set comprises sessions by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong with the substantial bonus that most are with Oscar Peterson, providing perfect continuity. The 2 complete albums here are "Ella and Louis" (1956) and "Ella and Louis Again" (1957)both of which were very successful in their day and have over the years become very sought after recordings.

The set also offers bonus songs from other sessions CD1:Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong With Bob Haggart's Orchestra, January 18, 1946, New York, NY plus Louis Armstrong With Ella Fitzgerald And Sy Oliver's Orchestra, August 25, 1950, New York, NY plus Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, July 23, 1957, Los Angeles, CA and Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald with Russell Garcia and Orchestra, August 18-19, 1957, Los Angeles, CA. CD2: Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson, July 31, 1957, Los Angeles, CA.

The sound quality is excellent and to be able to have these 32 legendary performances in one set is a great addition to the shelves. The liner notes are by Peter Gamble and the compilation was produced by Glenn Gretlund. The total running time for the set is approx 145 minutes. This is a must have set and if it is a first hearing you will be knocked out by all 32 songs!
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5.0 out of 5 stars ELLA AND SATCH!, 6 July 2014
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Ms. Yvonne Christie (Aberdeenshire) - See all my reviews
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Fantastic CD, it was so good I decided to invest in a new hi fi! Good buy, good price, wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful music!, 4 July 2014
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Absolutely superb! The sound quality is very good indeed and even songs I'm not usually that keen on sound wonderful when sung by these two great artists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two of the Greats, 10 Aug. 2013
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It wouldn't be possible to put Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong and not come out with something wonderful. This is a lovely collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Twosome, 10 Aug. 2013
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Barry Barrett (UK) - See all my reviews
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The very best really is the very best here. Worth the money for 'Summertime' alone and essential for every collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great cover!, 19 May 2013
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I bought this for a present but I will have to buy another as I love the cover and the mix.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ELLA, 30 April 2013
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Great recordings and a pleasure to listen to.
Original recordings makes this a great addition to the Ella collection. Pity they didn't do anymore.
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4.0 out of 5 stars such good songs!, 17 April 2013
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a really enjoyable album, but I had a bit of trouble trying to get the first disc to rip to my computer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'd forgotten how good Ella and Louis could be!, 18 Jan. 2013
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I chose this as a present for a good friend but had not heard either for some time. They are simply wonderful. Each is smooth as silk and good at what they do but the combination is simply exquisite. Smooth, silky and almost smokey by turns . Just a great listening experience. Good late night listening BTW and even better if you are in company!
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