Ella Fitzgerald The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books (16-CD Box Set)

The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books (16-CD
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  • Number of Discs: 16
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1993
  • Label: Polygram Records

Entertainment 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...."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • Buy for $0.991.All Through the Night
  • Buy for $1.292.Anything Goes
  • Buy for $0.993.Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable to Have Lunch Today)
  • Buy for $1.294.Too Darn Hot
  • Buy for $0.995.In the Still of the Night
  • Buy for $0.996.I Get a Kick Out of You
  • Buy for $0.997.Do I Love You?
  • Buy for $0.998.Always True to You in My Fashion, (I'm)
  • Buy for $0.999.Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)
  • Buy for $0.9910.Just One of Those Things
  • Buy for $0.9911.Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
  • Buy for $0.9912.All of You
  • Buy for $0.9913.Begin the Beguine
  • Buy for $0.9914.Get Out of Town
  • Buy for $0.9915.I Am in Love
  • Buy for $0.9916.From This Moment On

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • Buy for $0.991.I Love Paris
  • Buy for $1.292.You Do Something to Me
  • Buy for $0.993.Ridin' High
  • Buy for $0.994.Easy to Love
  • Buy for $1.295.It's All Right With Me
  • Buy for $0.996.Why Can't You Behave?
  • Buy for $1.297.What Is This Thing Called Love
  • Buy for $0.998.You're the Top
  • Buy for $0.999.Love For Sale
  • Buy for $0.9910.It's de-Lovely
  • Buy for $1.2911.Night and Day
  • Buy for $0.9912.Ace in the Hole
  • Buy for $0.9913.So in Love
  • Buy for $1.2914.I've Got You Under My Skin
  • Buy for $0.9915.I Concentrate on You
  • Buy for $0.9916.Don't Fence Me In
  • Buy for $0.9917.You're the Top
  • Buy for $0.9918.I Concentrate on You
  • 19.Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • Buy for $1.291.Have You Met Miss Jones
  • Buy for $1.292.You Took Advantage of Me
  • Buy for $1.293.A Ship Without a Sail
  • Buy for $1.294.To Keep My Love Alive
  • Buy for $1.295.Dancing on the Ceiling (He Dances on My Ceiling)
  • Buy for $1.296.The Lady Is a Tramp
  • Buy for $1.297.With a Song in My Heart
  • Buy for $1.298.Manhattan
  • Buy for $1.299.Johnny One Note
  • Buy for $1.2910.I Wish I Were in Love Again
  • Buy for $1.2911.Spring Is Here
  • Buy for $1.2912.It Never Entered My Mind
  • Buy for $1.2913.This Can't Be Love
  • Buy for $1.2914.Thou Swell
  • Buy for $1.2915.My Romance
  • Buy for $1.2916.Where or When
  • Buy for $1.2917.Little Girl Blue

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • Buy for $1.291.Give It Back to the Indians
  • Buy for $1.292.Ten Cents a Dance
  • Buy for $0.993.There's a Small Hotel
  • Buy for $1.294.I Didn't Know What Time It Was
  • Buy for $1.295.Ev'rything I've Got
  • Buy for $1.296.I Could Write a Book
  • Buy for $1.297.Blue Room
  • Buy for $1.298.My Funny Valentine
  • 9.Bewitched
  • Buy for $1.2910.Mountain Greenery
  • Buy for $1.2911.Wait 'Till You See Her
  • Buy for $0.9912.Lover
  • Buy for $1.2913.Isn't It Romantic
  • Buy for $1.2914.Here in My Arms
  • Buy for $1.2915.Blue Moon
  • Buy for $1.2916.My Heart Stood Still
  • Buy for $1.2917.I've Got Five Dollars
  • Buy for $1.2918.Lover - (mono)

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • Buy for $1.291.Rockin' in Rhythm
  • Buy for $1.292.Drop Me Off in Harlem
  • Buy for $1.293.Day Dream
  • Buy for $1.294.Caravan
  • Buy for $1.295.Take the "A" Train
  • Buy for $1.296.I Ain't Got Nothing But the Blues
  • Buy for $1.297.Clementine
  • Buy for $1.298.I Didn't Know About You
  • Buy for $1.299.I'm Beginning to See the Light
  • Buy for $1.2910.Lost in Meditation
  • Buy for $1.2911.Perdido
  • Buy for $1.2912.Cotton Tail
  • 13.Do Nothin' till You Hear From Me

Tracks on Disc 6:

  • Buy for $0.991.Just a Sittin' and a Rockin'
  • Buy for $1.292.Solitude
  • Buy for $1.293.Rocks in My Bed
  • Buy for $1.294.Satin Doll
  • Buy for $1.295.Sophisticated Lady
  • Buy for $1.296.Just Squeeze Me
  • Buy for $1.297.It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
  • Buy for $1.298.Azure
  • Buy for $1.299.I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
  • Buy for $1.2910.In a Sentimental Mood
  • Buy for $1.2911.Don't Get Around Much Any More
  • Buy for $1.2912.Prelude to a Kiss
  • Buy for $1.2913.Mood Indigo
  • Buy for $1.2914.In a Mellow Tone
  • Buy for $1.2915.Love You Madly
  • Buy for $1.2916.Lush Life
  • Buy for $1.2917.Squatty Roo

Tracks on Disc 7:

  • Buy for $1.291.I'm Just a Lucky So and So
  • Buy for $1.292.All Too Soon
  • Buy for $1.293.Everything But You
  • Buy for $1.294.I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
  • Buy for $1.295.Bli-Blip
  • Buy for $1.296.Chelsea Bridge
  • 7.Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald: Royal Ancestry (First movement) / All Heart (Second movement) / Beyond Category (Third movement) / Total Jazz (Fourth movement)
  • Buy for $1.298.E and D Blues, The (E For Ella, D For Duke)
  • 9.Rehearsal
  • Buy for $0.9910.Chelsea Bridge - (alternate take)

Tracks on Disc 8:

  • Buy for $1.291.Let's Face the Music and Dance
  • Buy for $1.292.You're Laughing at Me
  • Buy for $1.293.Let Yourself Go
  • Buy for $1.294.You Can Have Him
  • Buy for $1.295.Russian Lullaby
  • Buy for $1.296.Puttin' on the Ritz
  • Buy for $1.297.Get Thee Behind Me Satan
  • Buy for $1.298.Alexander's Ragtime Band
  • Buy for $1.299.Top Hat, White Tie and Tails
  • Buy for $1.2910.How About Me?
  • Buy for $1.2911.Cheek to Cheek
  • Buy for $1.2912.I Used to Be Color Blind
  • Buy for $1.2913.Lazy
  • Buy for $1.2914.How Deep Is the Ocean
  • Buy for $1.2915.All by Myself
  • Buy for $1.2916.Remember

Tracks on Disc 9:

  • Buy for $1.291.Suppertime
  • Buy for $1.292.How's Chances
  • Buy for $1.293.Heat Wave
  • Buy for $1.294.Isn't This a Lovely Day (To Be Caught in the Rain)
  • Buy for $1.295.You Keep Coming Back Like a Song
  • Buy for $1.296.Reaching For the Moon
  • Buy for $1.297.Slumming on Park Avenue
  • Buy for $1.298.Song Is Ended, The (But the Melody Lingers On)
  • Buy for $1.299.I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket
  • Buy for $1.2910.Now It Can Be Told
  • Buy for $1.2911.Always
  • Buy for $1.2912.It's a Lovely Day Today
  • Buy for $1.2913.Change Partners
  • Buy for $1.2914.No Strings (I'm Fancy Free)
  • Buy for $1.2915.I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
  • Buy for $1.2916.Blue Skies

Tracks on Disc 10:

  • 1.Ambulatory Suite
  • Buy for $1.292.The Preludes
  • Buy for $1.293.Sam and Delilah
  • Buy for $1.294.But Not For Me
  • Buy for $1.295.My One and Only
  • Buy for $1.296.Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
  • Buy for $1.297.Beginner's Luck, (I've Got)
  • Buy for $1.298.Oh, Lady Be Good
  • Buy for $1.299.Nice Work If You Can Get It
  • Buy for $1.2910.Things Are Looking Up
  • Buy for $1.2911.Just Another Rhumba
  • Buy for $1.2912.How Long Has This Been Going On?
  • Buy for $1.2913.'S Wonderful
  • Buy for $1.2914.The Man I Love
  • Buy for $1.2915.That Certain Feeling
  • Buy for $1.2916.By Strauss
  • Buy for $1.2917.Someone to Watch Over Me
  • Buy for $1.2918.The Real American Folk Song
  • Buy for $1.2919.Who Cares?

Tracks on Disc 11:

  • Buy for $1.291.Looking For a Boy
  • Buy for $1.292.They All Laughed
  • Buy for $1.293.My Cousin in Milwaukee
  • Buy for $1.294.Somebody From Somewhere
  • Buy for $1.295.A Foggy Day
  • Buy for $1.296.Clap Yo Hands
  • Buy for $1.297.For You, For Me, For Evermore
  • Buy for $1.298.Stiff Upper Lip
  • Buy for $1.299.Boy Wanted
  • Buy for $1.2910.Strike up the Band
  • Buy for $1.2911.Soon
  • Buy for $1.2912.I've Got a Crush on You
  • Buy for $1.2913.Bidin' My Time
  • Buy for $1.2914.Aren't You Kind of Glad We Did?
  • Buy for $1.2915.Of Thee I Sing (Baby)
  • Buy for $1.2916.The Half of It Dearie Blues
  • Buy for $1.2917.I Was Doing All Right
  • Buy for $1.2918.He Loves and She Loves

Tracks on Disc 12:

  • Buy for $1.291.Love Is Sweeping the Country
  • Buy for $1.292.Treat Me Rough
  • Buy for $1.293.Our Love Is Here to Stay
  • Buy for $1.294.Slap That Bass
  • Buy for $1.295.Isn't It a Pity?
  • Buy for $1.296.Shall We Dance
  • Buy for $1.297.Love Walked In
  • Buy for $1.298.You've Got What Gets Me
  • Buy for $1.299.They Can't Take That Away From Me
  • Buy for $1.2910.Embraceable You
  • Buy for $1.2911.I Can't Be Bothered Now
  • Buy for $1.2912.Boy! What Love Has Done to Me
  • Buy for $1.2913.Fascinating Rhythm
  • Buy for $1.2914.Funny Face
  • Buy for $1.2915.Lorelei
  • Buy for $1.2916.Oh, So Nice
  • Buy for $1.2917.Let's Kiss and Make Up
  • Buy for $1.2918.I Got Rhythm
  • Buy for $1.2919.Somebody Loves Me
  • Buy for $1.2920.Cheerful Little Earful
  • Buy for $1.2921.Oh, Lady Be Good - (alternate take)
  • 22.But Not For Me

Tracks on Disc 13:

  • 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

Tracks on Disc 14:

  • 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.The Man That Got Away
  • 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)

Tracks on Disc 15:

  • 1.Let's Begin
  • 2.A Fine Romance
  • 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.The Way You Look Tonight
  • 10.Yesterdays
  • 11.Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
  • 12.Why Was I Born

Tracks on 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

Product Description:

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.
Remind Me
Way You Look Tonight, The
Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
Why Was I Born?
Too Marvelous For Words
Early Autumn
Day In-Day Out
This Time The Dream's On Me
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

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