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The Absolutely Essential 3CD Collection [Box] [Ella Fitzgerald]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Love and Kisses
    2. (If You Can't Sing It) You'll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini)
    3. A-Tisket, A-Tasket
    4. Flying Home
    5. Oh, Lady Be Good
    6. Imagination
    7. You Leave Me Breathless
    8. Until the Real Thing Comes Along
    9. How High the Moon
    10. Miss Otis Regrets
    11. It Never Entered My Mind
    12. I Love Paris
    13. Russian Lullaby
    14. What Is This Thing Called Love
    15. I've Got You Under My Skin
    16. Little Girl Blue
    17. Love for Sale
    18. Stone Cold Dead in the Market
    19. Baby, It's Cold Outside
    20. Nearness of You, The
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Bewitched
    2. You're the Top
    3. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
    4. My Heart Stood Still
    5. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
    6. Johnny One Note
    7. Let's Face the Music and Dance
    8. Cheek to Cheek
    9. Lady Is a Tramp, The
    10. I've Got a Crush on You
    11. Puttin' on the Ritz
    12. Night and Day
    13. Blue Skies
    14. All by Myself
    15. Isn't This a Lovely Day?
    16. Blue Moon
    17. You Do Something to Me
    18. I've Got the World on a String
    19. Empty Ballroom, An
    20. Tenderly
    0. DISC 3:
    1. My One and Only Love
    2. Dancing on the Ceiling
    3. Dream a Little Dream of Me
    4. Black Coffee
    5. Begin the Beguine
    6. All of You
    7. Nice Work If You Can Get It
    8. Undecided
    9. Summertime
    10. Under a Blanket of Blue
    11. But Not for Me
    12. Moonlight in Vermont
    13. April in Paris
    14. My Funny Valentine
    15. With a Song in My Heart
    16. Stardust
    17. Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)
    18. I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good
    19. It's Only a Paper Moon
    20. Solitude
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2013018

  • Credits

    Compiled and manufactured by Universal in the EC, this triple-disc box collects 60 of Ella Fitzgerald's best-known recordings made for Verve and Decca during her long career. While not big on serious notes for the collector, this is for the music fan who doesn't give a whit about critical platitudes, but is far more interested in music -- and lots of it. The early sides such as "Love and Kisses" and the original version of "A Tisket A Tasket," as well as "Oh, Lady Be Good" on disc one, are underscored by signature readings of "Bewitched," "Let's Face the Music and Dance," the irony and fingerpoppin' swing in "The Lady Is aTramp," and deeply rendered ballads like "Blue Moon," and "An Empty Ballroom" on disc two. The final disc contains the truly legendary performances of "Being the Beguine," "Dancing on the Ceiling," "Summertime," "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good" (with Duke Ellington), and of course, "It's Only a Paper Moon." These are just a few of the tracks in this treasure trove that was compiled aesthetically rather than chronologically. The music has been remastered and sounds terrific. By not wasting a lot of time and money on packaging, this set is very attractively priced, making it all but indispensable for any fan of Fitzgerald's, not just the connoisseur. ~ Thom Jurek

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