Sings The Porter, Rodgers & Hart Songbooks Box set, Original recording remastered
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There are popular singers and singer's singers. Ella Fitzgerald achieved the near impossible by being as highly regarded by her peers as the public. Featured here are her famous Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hart songbooks in their complete original form. The Rodgers & Hart album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 due to a 'qualititative or historical significance' which had seen it endure for nearly half a century. Music like this backs up Tony Bennett's assertion that 'Her recordings will live forever...she'll sound as modern 200 years from now.'
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Cole Porter started song writing while still at school, but his successful period began in the mid-twenties and he continued to write successfully until the mid-fifties. He apparently wrote his last song in 1958 and died in 1964. So nearly all of Cole Porter's classic songs pre-date this album, recorded early in 1956, but there was at least one more great song that came too late for Ella to consider for inclusion here, that song being True love. That classic apart, I spotted one obvious omission - My heart belongs to Daddy. I'm sure that there are plenty of great Cole Porter songs that didn't make the final selection for this album, and if I looked through my CD collection I'd find some of them, but I certainly have no complaints about any of the tracks chosen.Read more ›
When these albums were first released on CD they were ridiculously expensive. The four LPs came on separate CDs, each one priced at around £14. This release puts the 66 tracks on 3 CDs (without the four alternative takes you got on the later CD sets), 22 tracks on each. CD2 is therefore part Porter and part R&H. The discs are packed in a folding cardboard box.
The sound quality is excellent. For this price it's an essential buy for anyone whose condition this kind of music speaks to: beautiful vocals and orchestrations, wonderful songs, many of them showing the humour of Porter's and Hart's lyrics. "I'll sing to him, each spring to him, and worship the trousers that cling to him..." (I've always preferred the combination of Rodgers and Hart to that of Rodgers and Hammerstein.) Ella is not in her true jazz mood on these sets, but the voice, phrasing and timing are as wonderful as ever. Treat yourself.
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Ella delivers these songs with effortless ease and style. Great music from a brilliant artist.Published 6 days ago by mike d
Wonderful singer singing beautiful songs. Brings back lovely memories.Published 19 months ago by Eric Whitham