CD The Best of Ella Fitzgerald [Decca] (CD 142974),
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The Best of Ella Fitzgerald [Decca]

  • 1. A-Tisket, A-Tasket
    2. Undecided
    3. Stairway to the Stars
    4. Five O'Clock Whistle
    5. Cow Cow Boogie
    6. Flying Home
    7. Stone Cold Dead in the Market
    8. You Won't Be Satisfied Until You Break My Heart
    9. I'm Just a Lucky So and So
    10. I Didn't Mean a Word I Said
    11. Oh, Lady Be Good
    12. How High the Moon
    13. My Happiness
    14. In the Evening When the Sun Goes Down
    15. Smooth Sailing
    16. Airmail Special
    17. You'll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini) (Parts 1 & 2)
    18. Blue Lou
    19. Lullaby of Birdland
    20. Hard Hearted Hannah
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 050 659

  • Credits
    ProducerMilt Gabler (Compilation)

    Personnel includes: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Chick Webb And His Orchestra, The Ink Spots, Louis Armstrong, Vic Schoen, Louis Jordan, Bob Haggart, Sy Oliver, The Song Spinners.
    Recorded between 1935 and 1955.
    The 1995 Decca release The Best of Ella Fitzgerald was compiled by her Decca producer to commemorate her 75th birthday. As a result, it's not a straight hits compilation; it balances familiar items with personal favorites, and it's stronger for it, since it gives a good idea of the depth of her recordings for the label. Among the 20 tracks are such songs as "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" and "I'm Just a Lucky So and So," and there are cuts that find Fitzgerald with Chick Webb, Louis Armstrong, Sy Oliver, the Ink Spots, and Louis Jordan, among many others. For novices or casual fans, the disc isn't a bad way to become acquainted with her Decca recordings. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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