THE SECOND TIME AROUND
ALAIN ROBERT | ST-HUBERT,QUÉBEC | 12/31/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you read ELLA's biography written by STUART NICHOLSON,you know that NELSON RIDDLE was the first choice of NORMAN GRANZ to arrange material for the songbooks.But in 1956,RIDDLE was a very busy man,working with SINATRA,PEGGY LEE and DEAN MARTIN on lps that are now considered classics.ELLA's first time at bat with NELSON was the mamooth GERSHWIN songbook of 1959.After that, they worked many times together.This 1972 album with several tracks recorded in 1978 is certainly of interest to any FITZGERALD fan,even if SO NEAR AND YET SO FAR,AFTER YOU and WITHOUT LOVE are not among PORTER's greatest songs.I CONCENTRATE ON YOU is in bossa-nova,and if you ever heard DOWN IN THE DEPTH in it's original rendition,you'll rave over this one.It may not surpass the 1956 recordings that kicked off the songbook series,but it's a nice compagnon."
"Oh La La La. . . C'est Magnifique"
Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* | CA USA | 08/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For any music lover who appreciates the incredible talents of Ella Fitzgerald, Cole Porter and Nelson Riddle, this recording will definitely put a smile on your face and will give you some of the most magnificent moments in your listening journey.
"Dream Dancing: Ella Fitzgerald & Cole Porter" is a loving tribute to the composer's 10th death anniversary. The entire album promises an enjoyable listening experience with Ella's superb interpretations of Nelson Riddle's elegant chart arrangements. The repertoire is not entirely the best and most-loved Cole Porter classics considering that more than half of the tracks are lesser-known songs, but with Riddle's beautiful orchestrations, this album becomes special and notable amongst Ella's impressive body of work.
Playing here with Nelson Riddle Orchestra are some of the finest studio musicians that include Riddle's son, Christopher Riddle on bass trombone, Ralph Basso on guitar, John Heard on bass and one of the greatest drummers the music world has ever known, Louie Bellson, among many others.
My choicest cuts include Porter's classic gems, "I Concentrate On You," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "I've Got A Kick Out of You," "Just One of Those Things," "At Long Last Love," "My Heart Belongs To Daddy" and "C'est Magnifique," one of his wittiest songs.
"When love comes in and takes you for a spin
Oh la la la, c'est magnifique
But when one day your loved one drifts away
Ooh la la la, it is so tragique
But when once more he whispers..."je t'adore"
Gerard Inglebert | Paris, France | 03/14/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The second chorus of "Dream dancing" moves me to tears.
Ella at her best."