Sings the Cole Porter Song Book

Sings the Cole Porter Song Book

by Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald

CD(Bonus Tracks)

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The Great American Songbook is so flexible, and this material can be played in so many different ways, that it seems foolish to identify any single singer's interpretation of any given song as "definitive." Yet Ella Fitzgerald's eight songbook albums of 1956-1964 (along with Frank Sinatra's "concept albums" of the same period) are so commanding in their treatment of this material that it's hard not to declare them as the definitive treatments of Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George and Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, and Jerome Kern. Apart from defining the Songbook concept itself, the Fitzgerald and Sinatra albums also set the bar for standards of excellence that all singers performing this music have since aspired to. The orchestrations by 25-year-old Buddy Bregman aren't as well conceived as later Songbooks handled by Nelson Riddle -- in fact, Fitzgerald (1917-1996) sounds best when backed only by the rhythm section on "I Get a Kick out of You." But the point here isn't the charts but Fitzgerald herself. Whether she's being romantic on "So in Love" or coyly teasing on "Always True to You Darling in My Fashion," these are the most mellifluously musical pipes ever to go to work on Cole Porter.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/1997
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731453725720
catalogNumber: 537257


Disc 1

  1. All Through the Night
  2. Anything Goes
  3. Miss Otis Regrets
  4. Too Darn Hot
  5. In the Still of the Night
  6. I Get a Kick out of You
  7. Do I Love You?
  8. Always True to You in My Fashion
  9. Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)
  10. Just One of Those Things
  11. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
  12. All of You
  13. Begin the Beguine
  14. Get out of Town
  15. I Am in Love
  16. From This Moment On

Disc 2

  1. I Love Paris
  2. You Do Something to Me
  3. Ridin' High
  4. Easy to Love
  5. It's All Right with Me
  6. Why Can't You Behave?
  7. What Is This Thing Called Love?
  8. You're the Top
  9. Love for Sale
  10. It's de-Lovely
  11. Night and Day
  12. Ace in the Hole
  13. So in Love
  14. I've Got You Under My Skin
  15. I Concentrate on You
  16. Don't Fence Me In

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bob Cooper   Clarinet,Oboe,Tenor Saxophone
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Maynard Ferguson   Trumpet
Herb Geller   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Ted Nash   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Bud Shank   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone
Paul Smith   Piano,Celeste
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Buddy Bregman   Conductor
Corky Hale   Harp
Milt Bernhart   Trombone
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Chuck Gentry   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Edgar Lustgarten   Cello
Joe Mondragon   Bass
George Roberts   Bass Trombone,Trombone (Baritone)
Mischa Russell   Concert Master
Alvin Stoller   Percussion,Drums
Lloyd Ulyate   Trombone
Joe Howard   Trombone
Misha Russel   Concert Master
Buddy Bregman & Orchestra   Musician
Robert LaMarchina   Cello

Technical Credits

Artie Shaw   Arranger
Buddy Bregman   Arranger
Dwight Blocker Bowers   Producer
Norman Granz   Producer,Liner Notes
Don Freeman   Liner Notes
Michael Lang   Reissue Producer
Cole Porter   Composer
Margaret Robinson   Producer
Richard Seidel   Executive Producer
Neil Tesser   Liner Notes
Phil Stern   Cover Photo
Robert Kimball   Liner Notes
Patricia Lie   Art Direction
Fred Lounsberry   Liner Notes
Hat Nguyen   Art Direction
Robert Fletcher   Composer

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