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Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers & Hart Songbook, Vol. 1
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Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers & Hart Songbook, Vol. 1
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. 1
Members Wishing: 1
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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: 042282157928

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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

Another Great Anthology from the Great Lady
Donald Beale | 05/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A collection of fine songs, some pretty well known, some less so, and Ella provides some perfect renditions of them, her pure voice and style making them glow. This volume has her wonderful performance of "The Lady is a Tramp," among others, some sweet, some tender, some fun. I think Buddy Bregman's orchestrations here are a step above those he did for Ella's "Cole Porter Songbook," perhaps because they seem to suit these songs so well. And if you think this one's good, volume 2 is even better."
ELLA'S MOST BEAUTIFUL SONGBOOK
scotsladdie | 12/07/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ella Fitzgerald and Rodgers and Hart are a sensational combination! I've had the original L.P. album since I was sixteen and to hear it is to love it! "Bewitched" is particularly wonderful, but there isn't one clinker in the whole bunch - I HIGHLY recommend buying both volumes-you definitely won't regret owning these impeccable interpretations of wonderful love songs! Ella's interpretations of these timeless songs are perfection, and it's great fun to listen to the rarely heard verses which are clever and sophisticated; they DO add something to a song!"
This woman has an amazing voice
M. A Bolton | Woodland, CA United States | 06/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ms. Fitzgerald is an essential addition to anyone's crooner/jazz collection. This cd is perfect for a night of relaxing or cocktails with friends."