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Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers & Hart Songbook, Vol. 2
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Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers & Hart Songbook, Vol. 2
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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Only Frank Sinatra has put his indelible stamp on as many pages of the American Popular Songbook as Ella Fitzgerald. But while Sinatra specialized in mood-themed albums (his composer-based collections were compiled from ma...  more »

      
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All Artists: Ella Fitzgerald
Title: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers & Hart Songbook, Vol. 2
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Label: Polygram Records
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Swing Jazz, Traditional Jazz & Ragtime, Vocal Jazz, Oldies, Vocal Pop, Classic Vocalists, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 042282158024

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Only Frank Sinatra has put his indelible stamp on as many pages of the American Popular Songbook as Ella Fitzgerald. But while Sinatra specialized in mood-themed albums (his composer-based collections were compiled from material already released), Fitzgerald's ambitious songbooks devoted themselves to one great songwriter after another: Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, and so on. The two-volume Rodgers and Hart project ranks with the best, and if Buddy Bergman's arrangements are a bit sweeter than his Cole Porter settings, or Nelson Riddle's Gershwin treatments, they suit the material just fine. And what a wide range of material it is (with original verses intact!), intermingling novelty show tunes ("Give it Back to the Indians," "Johnny One Note"), sophisticated standards ("Manhattan," "Blue Moon," "The Lady is a Tramp"), and lush ballads ("Isn't it Romantic," "It Never Entered My Mind"). But for my money, the most exquisite thing Fitzgerald ever recorded is her seven-minute "Bewitched" (a.k.a. "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered") on Vol. 2, casting a spell of hushed reverie that makes time stand still. --Jim Emerson

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CD Reviews

Bewitching
Donald Beale | 05/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What a pleasure it's been to discover how this album improves with each listening. Great songs performed by a great voice. Several of these songs exist in better-known versions by other artists--but better-known doesn't necessarily mean better. Highlights include Ella's bittersweet rendering of "Ten Cents a Dance," the upbeat "Mountain Greenery," her slow, lyrical "Blue Moon." And her performance here of "Bewitched" is unsurpassed. That alone is worth the price of the CD."
Great CD of Ella's!
Charles T. Neighbors | Longmont, CO USA | 06/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The two that comes to mind on this CD is 'Isn't It Romantic' and 'Bewitched'. To me, these two songs were truly written for Ella Fitzgerald by Rodgers & Hart!!I've listen to other performers singing 'Isn't It Romantic' like Tony Bennett, and he can not even come close to the special romantic feeling that Ella has for this song. Something that came directly from her soul!Those two songs and the others are a good example why you should buy this album."
There is no praise high enough to describe this combination
Gerald Judd Cooper (gjcooper@mailci | U.K. | 10/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is music that will live foreve"