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The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books [Box]


  • 0. DISC 1: THE COLE PORTER SONG BOOK PART 1:
    1. All Through the Night
    2. Anything Goes
    3. Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable to Have Lunch Today)
    4. Too Darn Hot
    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, (I'm)
    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
    0. DISC 2: THE COLE PORTER SONG BOOK PART 2:
    1. I Love Paris
    2. You Do Something to Me
    3. Ridin' High
    4. Easy to Love
    5. It's All Right With Me
    6. Why Can't You Behave?
    7. What Is This Thing Called Love
    8. You're the Top
    9. Love For Sale
    10. It's de-Lovely
    11. Night and Day
    12. Ace in the Hole
    13. So in Love
    14. I've Got You Under My Skin
    15. I Concentrate on You
    16. Don't Fence Me In
    17. You're the Top
    18. I Concentrate on You
    19. Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)
    0. DISC 3: THE RODGERS & HART SONG BOOK PART 1:
    1. Have You Met Miss Jones
    2. You Took Advantage of Me
    3. Ship Without a Sail, A
    4. To Keep My Love Alive
    5. Dancing on the Ceiling (He Dances on My Ceiling)
    6. Lady Is a Tramp, The
    7. With a Song in My Heart
    8. Manhattan
    9. Johnny One Note
    10. I Wish I Were in Love Again
    11. Spring Is Here
    12. It Never Entered My Mind
    13. This Can't Be Love
    14. Thou Swell
    15. My Romance
    16. Where or When
    17. Little Girl Blue
    0. DISC 4: THE RODGERS & HART SONG BOOK PART 2:
    1. Give It Back to the Indians
    2. Ten Cents a Dance
    3. There's a Small Hotel
    4. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
    5. Ev'rything I've Got
    6. I Could Write a Book
    7. Blue Room
    8. My Funny Valentine
    9. Bewitched
    10. Mountain Greenery
    11. Wait 'Till You See Her
    12. Lover
    13. Isn't It Romantic
    14. Here in My Arms
    15. Blue Moon
    16. My Heart Stood Still
    17. I've Got Five Dollars
    18. Lover - (mono)
    0. DISC 5: THE DUKE ELLINGTON SONG BOOK PART 1:
    1. Rockin' in Rhythm
    2. Drop Me Off in Harlem
    3. Day Dream
    4. Caravan
    5. Take the "A" Train
    6. I Ain't Got Nothing But the Blues
    7. Clementine
    8. I Didn't Know About You
    9. I'm Beginning to See the Light
    10. Lost in Meditation
    11. Perdido
    12. Cotton Tail
    13. Do Nothin' till You Hear From Me
    0. DISC 6: THE DUKE ELLINGTON SONG BOOK PART 2:
    1. Just a Sittin' and a Rockin'
    2. Solitude
    3. Rocks in My Bed
    4. Satin Doll
    5. Sophisticated Lady
    6. Just Squeeze Me
    7. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
    8. Azure
    9. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
    10. In a Sentimental Mood
    11. Don't Get Around Much Any More
    12. Prelude to a Kiss
    13. Mood Indigo
    14. In a Mellow Tone
    15. Love You Madly
    16. Lush Life
    17. Squatty Roo
    0. DISC 7: THE DUKE ELLINGTON SONG BOOK PART 3:
    1. I'm Just a Lucky So and So
    2. All Too Soon
    3. Everything But You
    4. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
    5. Bli-Blip
    6. Chelsea Bridge
    7. Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald: Royal Ancestry (First movement) / All Heart (Second movement) / Beyond Category (Third movement) / Total Jazz (Fourth movement)
    8. E and D Blues, The (E For Ella, D For Duke)
    9. Rehearsal
    10. Chelsea Bridge - (alternate take)
    0. DISC 8: THE IRVING BERLIN SONG BOOK PART 1:
    1. Let's Face the Music and Dance
    2. You're Laughing at Me
    3. Let Yourself Go
    4. You Can Have Him
    5. Russian Lullaby
    6. Puttin' on the Ritz
    7. Get Thee Behind Me Satan
    8. Alexander's Ragtime Band
    9. Top Hat, White Tie and Tails
    10. How About Me?
    11. Cheek to Cheek
    12. I Used to Be Color Blind
    13. Lazy
    14. How Deep Is the Ocean
    15. All by Myself
    16. Remember
    0. DISC 9: THE IRVING BERLIN SONG BOOK PART 2:
    1. Suppertime
    2. How's Chances
    3. Heat Wave
    4. Isn't This a Lovely Day (To Be Caught in the Rain)
    5. You Keep Coming Back Like a Song
    6. Reaching For the Moon
    7. Slumming on Park Avenue
    8. Song Is Ended, The (But the Melody Lingers On)
    9. I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket
    10. Now It Can Be Told
    11. Always
    12. It's a Lovely Day Today
    13. Change Partners
    14. No Strings (I'm Fancy Free)
    15. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
    16. Blue Skies
    0. DISC 10: THE GEORGE & IRA GERSHWIN SONG BOOK PART 1:
    1. Ambulatory Suite
    2. Preludes, The
    3. Sam and Delilah
    4. But Not For Me
    5. My One and Only
    6. Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
    7. Beginner's Luck, (I've Got)
    8. Oh, Lady Be Good
    9. Nice Work If You Can Get It
    10. Things Are Looking Up
    11. Just Another Rhumba
    12. How Long Has This Been Going On?
    13. 'S Wonderful
    14. Man I Love, The
    15. That Certain Feeling
    16. By Strauss
    17. Someone to Watch Over Me
    18. Real American Folk Song, The
    19. Who Cares?
    0. DISC 11: THE GEORGE & IRA GERSHWIN SONG BOOK PART 2:
    1. Looking For a Boy
    2. They All Laughed
    3. My Cousin in Milwaukee
    4. Somebody From Somewhere
    5. Foggy Day, A
    6. Clap Yo Hands
    7. For You, For Me, For Evermore
    8. Stiff Upper Lip
    9. Boy Wanted
    10. Strike up the Band
    11. Soon
    12. I've Got a Crush on You
    13. Bidin' My Time
    14. Aren't You Kind of Glad We Did?
    15. Of Thee I Sing (Baby)
    16. Half of It Dearie Blues, The
    17. I Was Doing All Right
    18. He Loves and She Loves
    0. DISC 12: THE GEORGE & IRA GERSHWIN SONG BOOK PART 3:
    1. Love Is Sweeping the Country
    2. Treat Me Rough
    3. Our Love Is Here to Stay
    4. Slap That Bass
    5. Isn't It a Pity?
    6. Shall We Dance
    7. Love Walked In
    8. You've Got What Gets Me
    9. They Can't Take That Away From Me
    10. Embraceable You
    11. I Can't Be Bothered Now
    12. Boy! What Love Has Done to Me
    13. Fascinating Rhythm
    14. Funny Face
    15. Lorelei
    16. Oh, So Nice
    17. Let's Kiss and Make Up
    18. I Got Rhythm
    19. Somebody Loves Me
    20. Cheerful Little Earful
    21. Oh, Lady Be Good - (alternate take)
    22. But Not For Me
    0. DISC 13: THE HAROLD ARLEN SONG BOOK PART 1:
    1. Blues in the Night
    2. Let's Fall in Love
    3. Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time)
    4. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
    5. My Shining Hour
    6. Hooray For Love
    7. This Time the Dream's on Me
    8. That Old Black Magic
    9. I've Got the World on a String
    10. Let's Take a Walk Around the Block
    11. Ill Wind (You're Blowin' Me No Good)
    12. AC-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
    0. DISC 14: THE HAROLD ARLEN SONGBOOK PART 2:
    1. When the Sun Comes Out
    2. Come Rain or Come Shine
    3. As Long as I Live
    4. Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe
    5. It's Only a Paper Moon
    6. Man That Got Away, The
    7. One For My Baby (And One More For the Road)
    8. It Was Written in the Stars
    9. Get Happy
    10. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
    11. Out of This World
    12. Over the Rainbow
    13. Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead
    14. Sing My Heart
    15. Let's Take a Walk Around the Block - (alternate take)
    16. Sing My Heart - (alternate take)
    0. DISC 15: THE JEROME KERN SONG BOOK:
    1. Let's Begin
    2. Fine Romance, A
    3. All the Things You Are
    4. I'll Be Hard to Handle
    5. You Couldn't Be Cuter
    6. She Didn't Say "Yes"
    7. I'm Old Fashioned
    8. Remind Me
    9. Way You Look Tonight, The
    10. Yesterdays
    11. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
    12. Why Was I Born
    0. DISC 16:
    1. Too Marvelous For Words
    2. Early Autumn
    3. Day in Day Out
    4. Laura
    5. This Time the Dream's on Me
    6. Skylark
    7. Single-O
    8. Something's Gotta Give
    9. Trav'lin Light
    10. Dream (When Your Feeling Blue)
    11. I Remember You
    12. When a Woman Loves a Man
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 519 832

  • Credits
    ProducerNorman Granz
    EngineerVal Valentin

    Personnel includes: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Buddy Bregman, Billy May, Nelson Riddle, Paul Weston (arrangers).
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    Recorded between 1956 & 1964. Includes liner notes and discography by Benny Green.
    THE COMPLETE ELLA FITZGERALD SONG BOOKS contains eight songbooks (in chronological order) by Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer. This box set, which coincides with the Verve label's 50th anniversary, comes with a 48-page clothbound book with interviews of Verve founder Norman Granz and arrangers Buddy Bregman and Paul Weston conducted by John McDonough. All the original artwork is reproduced as miniature albums including the inner sleeves and original liner notes. Also contains previously unreleased bonus tracks.
    THE COMPLETE ELLA FITZGERALD SONG BOOKS won 1995 Grammy Awards for Best Historical Album and Best Recording Package, Boxed.
    TRACK LIST CONTINUED:
    DISC 15 (CONTINUED WITH TRACK 8):
    Remind Me
    Way You Look Tonight, The
    Yesterdays
    Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
    Why Was I Born?
    DISC 16: THE JOHNNY MERCER SONG BOOK:
    Too Marvelous For Words
    Early Autumn
    Day In-Day Out
    Laura
    This Time The Dream's On Me
    Skylark
    Single-O
    Something's Gotta Give
    Trav'lin Light
    Midnight Sun
    Dream (When You're Feeling Blue)
    I Remember You
    When A Woman Loves A Man
    This admittedly pricey -- but by all means mandatory -- Grammy Award-winning box set is the final word on the "songbooks" recorded by Ella Fitzgerald between 1956 and 1964. In order of their initial release, contained within are Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book (1956), Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers & Hart Song Book (1956), Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book (1957), Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Song Book (1958), Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Song Book (1959), Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Song Book (1961), Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Jerome Kern Song Book (1963), and finally, Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Johnny Mercer Song Book (1964). The audio contents have been completely remastered and each title has been expanded -- wherever possible -- to include previously unissued material. In terms of packaging, the producers went to extreme lengths to create exact reproductions of all the vintage LP jacket artwork. Even going so far as to precisely miniaturize the entire hardbound text The Gershwins: Words Upon Music that accompanied their 1959 collection as well as the booklet that came with the Ellington anthology. The icing on the cake is the newly created 120-page tome that puts both the eight respective songbooks -- and their over 240 musical selections -- in proper context of Fitzgerald's luminous career. Readers are also treated to behind-the-scenes insights on the artist's interaction with the veritable who's who of arrangers. Among them are Buddy Bregman, who worked on Cole Porter as well as Rodgers & Hart; the dynamic duo of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn on the Ellington set; Paul Weston directed the Irving Berlin entry; Nelson Riddle was in charge of the George and Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, and Jerome Kern installments; and Billy May held the baton during the Harold Arlen sessions. There are a few sides that shouldn't be overlooked, especially as they are otherwise or formerly unavailable. Particularly worthy of mention are "You're the Top," "I Concentrate on You," and "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)" from Cole Porter. Plus, a ten-minute rehearsal with Ellington and an alternate of "Chelsea Bridge" from the same. The Gershwin affair yielded an extra version of "Oh, Lady Be Good," while the Arlen catalog produced outtakes of "Let's Take a Walk Around the Block" and "Sing My Heart." As previously mentioned, The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books (1993) received the nod for Best Historical Recording at the 36th Grammy Awards in 1994. ~ Lindsay Planer

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (12/24/93, p.61) - "...Jazz mogul Norman Granz's masterstroke of pre-rock-artist packaging...finally gets the CD-age packaging it deserves..." - Rating: A+
    Down Beat (2/94, p.56) - 5 Stars - Excellent - "...stand as perhaps the finest tribute to American popular song ever recorded....possessed with a pure timbre and a guileless approach to singing...she met her mentor in [Norman] Granz and her mettle in the songbook concept...."
    Musician (4/94, p.91) - "...Has there ever been a great singer so willing to make herself invisible in the service of a song? The genius of these Norman Granz '50s sessions is that the songs here are almost uniformly unsurpassable...The Ellington collection is particularly wonderful to hear, as Ella becomes the great female voice Duke never had...."
    Stereo Review (3/94, p.102) - Performance: Handled With Care / Recording: Excellent Transfers - "...a monument to [Ella's] artistry, to American popular music, and to Norman Granz....ought to be offered on a layaway plan, because no discriminating pair of ears should be without it...."
    New York Times (Publisher) (11/28/93) - "...Along with Frank Sinatra's 1950s Capitol recordings, Ella Fitzgerald's `songbook' anthologies of pre-rock American music are one of the cornerstones of American pop on disk...."
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