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  • Audio CD (22 Feb. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Not Now Music
  • ASIN: B0036BCCME
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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This 3CD set features Ella Fitzgerald putting her inimitable stamp on the works of the George & Ira Gershwin Songbook. Highlights include 'Let's Call The Whole Thing Off', 'Nice Work If You Can Get It', 'Someone To Watch Over Me', 'Fascinating Rhythm' and many more classics. Digitally remastered for optimum quality.

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This record is unbelievable value for money....it is simply, in a word, superb, What a combination, George and Ira Gershwin, Ella Fitzgerald,and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, The "Songbook" series of recordings that Ella made have gone down in musical history as some of the greatest interpretations of the modern song ever recorded as this particular one is a gem! a must buy for anyone out there who appreciates the best. Thank you Ella for so many years of wonderful memories. Peter and Phyllis Davey.
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By C. FULLER TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Feb. 2010
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This 3 CD slim line set presents 57 of the Gershwin's finest compositions sung by the finest of 20th century interpreters of the popular song, Ella Fitzgerald. Now you have another chance thanks to Not Now to decide whether to purchase these classic recordings with Nelson Riddle that date from 1959 and that were produced by Norman Granz. The original recordings were on the Verve label.

This brand new set from Not Now has a total running time of approx 199 minutes and has 2 additional songs "Somebody Loves Me" & "Cheerful Little Earful" plus great sound quality too. I never tire of hearing the Gershwin songbook and I think it is my favourite of all those recorded by Ella Fitzgerald. The orchestrations are excellent and to have such a definitive set now available because of the public domain laws is something quite special. The liner notes are by Michael Heatley and the compilation was produced by Glenn Gretlund. The whole set looks classy and is a great addition to the other Ella Songbooks they have already released.
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Once again a superb release of Ella's songbook collection,she is in a class of her own, like Frank Sinatra & Peggy Lee she makes songs her own with that wonderful ability that she is singing just for you....The Gershwins stand out as possibly along with Cole Porter the greatest composers of popular music for the 20th Century and Ella made these wonderful tunes her own,she glides, swoops & "Scats" (as only she can)through this wonderfully remastered set of CD's,a must for any lover of Swing come Jazz interpratations of some of the greatest songs ever written,I have all 3 sets and recommend you go buy this now,thanks for the Music Ella you are sorely missed....Sweet Dreams..D.S.
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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 July 2011
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Recorded in 1959, Ella's Gershwin songbook project was particularly ambitious, comprising 55 songs and two instrumental tracks, which originally occupied five vinyl albums between them . Those instrumental tracks are the first two tracks on CD1 and I don't understand their inclusion, since Ella is not featured. However, there is nothing intrinsically wrong with them and the other 55 tracks are excellent.

Among the more famous songs here, you'll find Nice work if you can get it, 'S wonderful, The man I love, Someone to watch over me, They all laughed, Our love is hear to stay, They can't take that away from me, Fascinating rhythm and I got rhythm. The Grammy-award winning But not for me. Plenty of less famous but also excellent songs illustrate why Ella recorded so many Gershwin songs.

This album has stood the test of time well and remains one of Ella's classics.
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It arrived on Saturday which was earlier than said and was in excellent condition. I have only managed to play 2 of the 3 CDs and am knocked out by them.I didn't realize what a great talent that George and Ira Gershwin possessed with fantastic music and lyrics and then add to that the wonderful vocals by Ella Fitzgerald it is seventh heaven for music lovers. I can't wait to play the last one but it can't be anything but superb if the first two are an example
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Very good value indeed. As far as one can tell this is a complete version of all the Ella recordings of the Gershwin compositions.

The quality is surprisingly good considering the age and variety of conditions that must apply to these old master discs or tapes. Becuase of this, tracks are variable in quality, as one would expect but never bad. The refurbishing has been done well.

Thoroughly recommended to any Ella or Gershwin fan, of which there must be many millions.
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Lovely songs beautifully sung. immortal music from a somehow more innocent age. The songs lack the edge of Cole Porter, but Ella brings each one home in her miraculous way. Superb arrangements by Bregman.
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As near perfect as a songbook performance can be! Ella at her magnificent peak with masterly arrangements by Nelson Riddle.
An outstanding collection of popular songs. Highlights galore, of course, but "Lorelei" a personal favourite.
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