Annotation

Notes

This huge (and expensive) 16 discs boxset covers the totality of Fitzgerald's Song Books serie that she made for Verve during the late 50s and early 60s.
It features major works drawn from the Great American Song Book, including from Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, George & Ira Gershwin, and Johnny Mercer.
Given its size, nature (and price), this set is not for everyone, and newcomers would certainly be better digging one of the smallest sampler that Verve made out of this (one of the The Best of the Song Books for example).
As well, jazz hardcore fans could find themselves disappointed if they don't already know the material, and actually expect scat and swing (this is orchestral, mostly, and not of the lightest ones...).
But any completist, any serious Ella's fans, or anybody interested in this major cultural event should really consider saving money to buy this superb set.
This specific disc covers the first part of the Cole Porter songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the second part of the Cole Porter Songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the first part of the Rodgers & Hart Songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the second part of the Rodgers & Hart Songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the first part of the Duke Ellington songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the second part of the Duke Ellington songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the third part of the Duke Ellington Songbook

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the first part of the Irving Berlin Songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the second part of the Irving Berlin Songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the first part of the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the second part of the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the third and last part of the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the first part of the Harold Arlen songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the second part of the Harold Arlen songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the Jerome Kern songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the Johnny Mercer songbook.

Annotation last modified on 2012-03-26 15:01 UTC.

Tracklist

CD 1: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book
CD 2: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book
CD 3: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers and Hart Song Book
CD 4: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers and Hart Song Book
CD 5: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book
CD 6: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book
CD 7: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book
CD 8: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Song Book
CD 9: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Song Book
CD 10: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Song Book
CD 11: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Song Book
CD 12: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Song Book
CD 13: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Song Book
CD 14: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Song Book
CD 15: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Jerome Kern Song Book
# Title Rating Length
1 Let's Begin
3:00
2 A Fine Romance
2 3:40
3 All the Things You Are
3:20
4 I'll Be Hard to Handle
3:52
5 You Couldn't Be Cuter
3:17
6 She Didn't Say Yes
3:24
7 I'm Old Fashioned
3:31
8 Remind Me
3:53
9 The Way You Look Tonight
4:30
10 Yesterdays
2:52
11 Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
3:56
12 Why Was I Born?
3:45
CD 16: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Johnny Mercer Song Book

Credits

CD 15: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Jerome Kern Song Book

additional lyricist:
Dorothy Fields (US Tin Pan Alley librettist and lyricist) (track 4)
arranger:
Nelson Riddle (tracks 1–12)
composer:
Jerome Kern (track 10)
Jerome Kern (1927) (track 11)
Jerome Kern (1929) (track 12)
Jerome Kern (1931) (track 6)
Jerome Kern (1932) (track 4)
Jerome Kern (1933) (track 1)
Jerome Kern (1936) (tracks 2, 2, 9)
Jerome Kern (1938) (track 5)
Jerome Kern (1939) (tracks 3, 3)
Jerome Kern (1940) (track 8)
Jerome Kern (1942) (track 7)
conductor:
Nelson Riddle (1963) (tracks 1–12)
engineer:
Val Valentin (tracks 1–12)
lead vocals:
Ella Fitzgerald (1963) (tracks 1–12)
lyricist:
Dorothy Fields (US Tin Pan Alley librettist and lyricist) (track 1)
Otto Harbach (track 10)
Oscar Hammerstein II (1927) (track 11)
Oscar Hammerstein II (1929) (track 12)
Otto Harbach (1931) (track 6)
Bernard Dougall (1932) (track 4)
Otto Harbach (1933) (track 1)
Dorothy Fields (US Tin Pan Alley librettist and lyricist) (1936) (tracks 2, 2, 9)
Dorothy Fields (US Tin Pan Alley librettist and lyricist) (1938) (track 5)
Oscar Hammerstein II (1939) (tracks 3, 3)
Dorothy Fields (US Tin Pan Alley librettist and lyricist) (1940) (track 8)
Johnny Mercer (1942) (track 7)
performer:
Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra (1963) (tracks 1–12)
producer:
Norman Granz (tracks 1–12)
publisher:
Chappell & Co. (tracks 2, 2)
PolyGram Music Publishing Ltd. (tracks 3, 3, 9–10)
Polygram Int. Publishing (tracks 3, 3)
T.B. Harms (US sheet music publisher 1875 sold to Warner Brothers 1929 sold to Welk Music 1970) (track 7)
T.B. Harms Co. (tracks 3, 3)
Universal Music Publishing Ltd. (UK subsidiary of Universal Music Publishing Group) (tracks 10–11)
Universal PolyGram International Publishing, Inc. (existed only since ca. 1998) (track 10)
cover recording of:
A Fine Romance (1963) (track 2)
All the Things You Are (from Very Warm for May) (1963) (track 3)
Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man (1963) (track 11)
I'm Old Fashioned (1963) (track 7)
I’ll Be Hard to Handle (1963) (track 4)
Let’s Begin (1963) (track 1)
Remind Me (1963) (track 8)
She Didn’t Say Yes (1963) (track 6)
The Way You Look Tonight (1963) (track 9)
Why Was I Born? (1963) (track 12)
Yesterdays (1963) (track 10)
You Couldn't Be Cuter (1963) (track 5)
is the basis for:
later translated versions:
Det som var (track 10)
L'oiseau s'envole (track 11)
part of:
Roberta (tracks 1, 4, 10)
Show Boat (1951 film) (track 11)
Show Boat: Act I (track 11)
recording of:
A Fine Romance (track 2)
All the Things You Are (from Very Warm for May) (1963-01-07 –) (track 3)
referred to in medleys:
Swing Time Medley (tracks 2, 2, 9)

Release

ASIN: US: B0000046RN [info]

Release Group

Wikidata: Q7727132 [info]
Wikipedia: en: The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books [info]