Ella Fitzgerald – Sings Irving Berlin Songs 1958 Remastered 2000 New-2CDs $42.99

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Ella Fitzgerald – Sings Irving Berlin Songs

It is difficult to know where to begin when approaching an artist as wonderful as Ella Fitzgerald, especially when covering a revered recording like Sings the Irving Berlin Song Book from the late ’50s. This set includes two CDs with 32 songs chosen from Berlin’s collection of nearly 800 songs. These selections are perfectly suited for Fitzgerald’s voice and her romantic sensibility; they are happy, occasionally sad, and full of swinging rhythm. A few of these songs — “Cheek to Cheek,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” and “Blue Skies” — will be most familiar; others, “Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails,” “Russian Lullaby,” and “All By Myself” are as memorable but perhaps less known. Choices like “Isn’t This a Lovely Day?” feature everything a listener would want in a song: intelligent lyrics, memorable melodies, and a strong emotional center. To say that Fitzgerald is in good voice for these recordings would be an understatement; her presentation here is simply regal. It should be pointed out that these two- and three-minute tunes are tightly arranged, and don’t allow the freedom of extended scat singing as on Ella in Berlin. The arrangements are also lovely, featuring the tasteful support of Paul Weston & His Orchestra, which never overpowers Fitzgerald. Such songs as “Cheek to Cheek” and “How Deep Is the Ocean?” — the standards that once dominated singers’ repertoires — seem absent from today’s musical scene. That may be unfortunate, but they continue to live healthy lives in recordings like this one. For fans who have enjoyed other songbook recordings, this reissue is a must-have; for those unfamiliar with Fitzgerald’s songbook work, this is an excellent place to start.

Track Listing – Disc 1
1
Let’s Face the Music and Dance
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
02:57
2
You’re Laughing at Me
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
03:18
3
Let Yourself Go
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
02:20
4
You Can Have Him
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
03:47
5
Russian Lullaby
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
01:55
6
Puttin’ on the Ritz
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
02:18
7
Get Thee Behind Me, Satan
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
03:49
8
Alexander’s Ragtime Band
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
02:43
9
Top Hat, White Tie and Tails
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
02:36
10
How About Me?
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
03:17Spotify
11
Cheek to Cheek
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
03:48
12
I Used to Be Color Blind
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
02:34
13
Lazy
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
02:40
14
How Deep Is the Ocean?
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
03:11
15
All by Myself
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
02:29
16
Remember
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
03:26
Track Listing – Disc 2
1
Suppertime
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
03:19
2
How’s Chances?
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
02:48
3
Heat Wave
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
02:25
4
Isn’t This a Lovely Day?
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
03:29
5
You Keep Coming Back Like a Song
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
03:35
6
Reaching for the Moon
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
02:18
7
Slumming on Park Avenue
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
02:24
8
The Song Is Ended
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
02:30
9
I’m Puttin’ All My Eggs in One Basket
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
03:01
10
Now It Can Be Told
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
03:12
11
Always
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
03:09
12
It’s a Lovely Day Today
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
02:28
13
Change Partners
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
03:18
14
No Strings (I’m Fancy Free)
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
03:03
15
I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
03:00
16
Blue Skies
Irving Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald
feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
03:43
Video: Ella Fitzgerald – It’s A Lovely Day Today

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Weight 6 oz
Dimensions 7 × 7 × 1 in