Ella Fitzgerald The Best of Ella Fitzgerald [Decca]
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- Released: March 26, 1996
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Verve
- 1.A-Tisket, A-Tasket
- 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
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
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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