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Twelve Nights in Hollywood
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Ella Fitzgerald's Twelve Nights In Hollywood is an unprecedented release - a 4-CD box set of 73 completely unreleased live recordings from Ella in her relaxed, absolute prime. For Twelve Nights In Hollywood Verve Select du... more »
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Ella Fitzgerald's Twelve Nights In Hollywood is an unprecedented release - a 4-CD box set of 73 completely unreleased live recordings from Ella in her relaxed, absolute prime. For Twelve Nights In Hollywood Verve Select dug into the vault to collect the best of her performances across her extended 10-night 1961 engagement at Los Angeles' Crescendo Club - which originally resulted in the hit LP Ella In Hollywood - and her two-night return engagement the following year, presenting an unforgettable experience that puts you right in the front seat at the club, without repeating any performances from the original album. It includes several tracks never before heard by Ella live, tracks she had just recorded or had yet to record in the studio, and old chestnuts she revisited in a fresh way. Standouts among many across the four discs include "But Not For Me," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "Perdido," "How High the Moon" and "When Your Lover Has Gone." Twelve Nights In Hollywood is housed in exquisite packaging - same 7 3/8" square dimensions as the Oscar Peterson set, complete with extensive liner notes, detailed annotations, rare photos, and specially commissioned album cover art by Hall of Fame illustrator Bart Forbes. There have been several Ella live albums, but this is indeed unlike any other.
Ella live in an intimate setting - What a find!
T. Davis | Seattle, WA | 11/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These cozy dates come from a Los Angeles club called the Crescendo in 1961 and 1962, two of Ella's peak years. Only one of the pristine tracks has ever been released. Why did Verve take nearly half a century to put out this treasure?
It's a case of more profitable material, a wealth of studio recordings, crowding out excellent performances that could have been a hit originally. Alas, producer Norman Granz gave them short shrift: a single poorly-selected and poorly-mastered album that flopped commercially.
The tapes sank into the vaults, not to be unearthed until jazz researcher Phil Schaap dug into the archives in 1988. He found 14 hours of California recordings made over 12 days, along with unheard live sets recorded in Rome and Chicago in 1958. At that point, Verve released a single CD, "Ella in Rome," which was a huge success, but then the label got busy with rereleases of her songbook series.
Finally, this year, Richard Seidel, the producer of this boxed set, listened to the tapes and decided to assemble four CDs containing 76 songs both swinging and sentimental. Ella is a joy throughout: creative and playful in her phrasing and scatting, by turns relaxed and spirited in her mood. She even succeeds at the blues, a form she was not particularly known for.
What are you waiting for? This is a glorious find and an essential acquisition for the Fitzgerald fan."
Package designed to damage the discs
Robert Wade Cottingham | Dallas, TX | 12/02/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This had to go right back. Brand new item, with one of the worst designs for holding CD's ever conceived.
All four discs arrived with either glue or scratches on them.
I've noticed a few complaining comments here and there when someone reviews the packaging not the music. But overall, I've noticed that our Amazon reviews are a perfectly good forum for sharing experiences with horrible packaging.
We know the music is great. Wow, horrible package on this one, designed to damage the discs. Thick cardboard pages, the type of cardboard that has little paper particles and dust particles that will rub the disc every time someone removes or replaces a disc. Also designed where the front and back of the cardboard sleeve are glued together, and where the disc slides right down into the glue.
If it had been only the glue, I could have wiped it off with alcohol and placed the discs in jewel cases.
But there was an obvious scratch on one disc, so ... not a keeper.
I'll probably download these tracks. Due to the package design, I'm not going to try a physical replacement on this particular set. It's difficult to enjoy physical CD's when the package design does not include any provision for storing or protecting the discs safely.
Twelve Nights in Hollywood-- just in time for Twelve Days of
Singin' Sphinx | Berkeley CA USA | 11/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a wonderful and vivid recording with the singer up-front, a supportive pianist and percussionists, fresh, light, and delightful. Crystal clear. What a treat -- who would've expected to hear more great Ella after all this time?"