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Sings The Porter, Rodgers & Hart Songbooks Box set, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Not Now Music
  • ASIN: B001DA9VKG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,166 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. All through the night
  2. Anything goes
  3. Miss Otis regrets
  4. Too darn hoty
  5. In the still of the night
  6. I get a kick out of you
  7. Do I love you ?
  8. Always true to you in my fashion
  9. Let's do it (Let's fall in love)
  10. Just one of those things
  11. Ev'ry time we say goodbye
  12. All of you
  13. Begin the beguine
  14. Get out of town
  15. I am in love
  16. From this moment on
  17. I love paris
  18. You do something to me
  19. Ridin' high
  20. Easy to love
  21. It's all right with me
  22. Why can't you behave

Disc: 2

  1. What is that thing called love?
  2. You're the top
  3. Love for sale
  4. It's de-lovely
  5. Night and day
  6. Ace in the hole
  7. So in love
  8. I've got you under my skin
  9. I concentrate on you
  10. Dont fence me in
  11. Have you met miss Jones?
  12. You took advantage of me
  13. A ship without a sail
  14. To keep my love alive
  15. Dancing on the ceiling
  16. The lady is a tramp
  17. With a song in my heart
  18. Manhattan
  19. Johnny one note
  20. I wish I were in love again
  21. Spring is here
  22. It never entered my mind

Disc: 3

  1. This cant be love
  2. Thou swell
  3. My romance
  4. Where or When
  5. Little girl blue
  6. Give it back to the indians
  7. Ten cents a dance
  8. There's a small hotel
  9. I didnt know what time it was
  10. Ev'rything i've got
  11. I could write a book
  12. The blue room
  13. My funny valentine
  14. Bewitched,bothered,bewildered
  15. Mountain greenery
  16. Wait till you see him
  17. Lover
  18. Isn't it romantic?
  19. Here in my arms
  20. Blue moon
  21. My heart stood still
  22. I've got five dollars

Product Description

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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By C. FULLER TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
This 3 CD and 66 song set comprises some of the best recordings Ella Fitzgerald made and both songbooks are with the accomplished arranger and conductor Buddy Bregman. The popularity and standard of these 2 songbooks and their availability now as public domain recordings allows them to be purchased at a very reasonable price. I don't believe that there is one dud recording in the entire package and so I am not highlighting any individual songs...they are all superb. The sound quality is very good and as with the Billie Holiday set(also on Not Now)the slim line packaging makes them more compact for storage. Liner notes for both sets are by Michael Heatley and the compilations were produced by Glenn Gretlund. The running times are 76; 73 and 71 minutes. A real collectors item and one that I will be playing a lot.
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A great purchase. The greatest female singer of the 20th Century tackling songs by some of the greatest songwriters. Sheer magic throughout. The only thing that could improve this release is if they added the Gershwin Songbook and made it a treble!
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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 7 July 2009
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Albums were still in their infancy in 1956 and usually didn't contain very much music. Yet in that year, Ella Fitzgerald recorded a collection of 32 Cole Porter songs and a collection of 34 Rodgers and Hart songs, both reproduced here in their entirety, as well as some other albums later that year. I don't know how many LP's these 66 tracks originally occupied, but here they fit on three CD's, with each songbook occupying one entire CD and half of another CD. In both cases, the emphasis is on the more famous tracks by the composers, though there are some notable omissions. It is possible that Ella recorded some of these tracks on other albums, but I haven't checked.

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.
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This compilation of 3 CDs featuring 66 songs by the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald is a wonderful bargain. Memorable songs, well recorded. If you love Ella, what more do you need?
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this record is a must-have for any lovers of good popular music of the 20th century,containing as it does some of the best songs,orchestrated beautifully and sung by one of the truly great singers of this period.classic songs at a truly good price,this boxed set does not appear to have been,thankfully, "remastered", and therefore retains the "warmth" of sound of the the original recordings which shows ella's voice off perfectly.an excellent buy at any price i really cannot recommend this highly enough!
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Ella at her best !. Too many standards and classics to mention. A wonderful collection. - superb value.
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I am delighted with the CD collection. All the songs are memorable and her voice unique. The item came to me in good condition and very quick too.
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I had both of these songbook sets on vinyl back in the sixties. Porter is my favourite American songwriter, with Rodgers and Hart coming a very close second. There were two LPs in each set.

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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