The second of Ella Fitzgerald
's famed Songbook
series features her singing 34 of the best songs co-written by Richard Rodgers
and Lorenz Hart
. The arrangements by Buddy Bregman
for the string orchestra and big band only border on jazz but she manages to swing the medium-tempo numbers and give sensitivity to the ballads. With such songs as "You Took Advantage of Me," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "It Never Entered My Mind," "Where or When," "My Funny Valentine," and "Blue Moon," it is not too surprising that these recordings (originally released on a two-LP set) were so popular.