Ella Fitzgerald – Ella: The Legendary Decca Recordings (1995) {4CD Box Set}

Ella Fitzgerald - Ella: The Legendary Decca Recordings (1995) {4CD Box Set}

Ella Fitzgerald – Ella: The Legendary Decca Recordings (1995) {4CD Box Set}
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Total Size: 732 MB (CDs) + 111 MB (Scans) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: GRP Records | EC | Cat#: GRP 46482 | Genre: Vocal Jazz

The four-CD retrospective The Legendary Decca Recordings represented both an attempt to present the essence of Ella Fitzgerald’s two-decade tenure at Decca Records and to defend that period against the conventional wisdom that not until she moved to Verve Records in the mid-’50s was her talent given full rein. Divided into four sections, the collection began with “The Very Best of Ella,” not exactly a greatest-hits set, though it started with her first big hit, “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” and included such chart successes as “Undecided,” “Cow-Cow Boogie,” and “Stone Cold Dead in the Market.” Also included were such classics of scat singing as “Oh, Lady Be Good” and “How High the Moon” and the signature song “You’ll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganinni).” Thus, with only one disc, producers Orrin Keepnews and Joel Dorn accomplished their goals of including Fitzgerald’s most memorable work for Decca and demonstrating that this work was as good as any she ever did. The second disc, “Ella & Friends,” featured duets with Louis Armstrong, the Ink Spots, Louis Jordan, and the Mills Brothers, among others. With the third disc, “Ella Sings Gershwin & Others,” the producers went on to show how her Decca recordings anticipated the ones on Verve. Of course, the popular Verve songbooks featured not only song standards but also name arrangers, and the fourth disc “Ella & the Arrangers” demonstrated that, again, Decca had gotten there first, pairing her with many gifted arrangers. Ella Fitzgerald recorded a great deal of material for Decca over the years, and some of it certainly justifies the criticisms made of the catalog in general. But The Legendary Decca Recordings presented it in the best possible light and included the most impressive sides from the period. ― Allmusic

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• Released Date: August 29, 1995

CD 1 – The Very Best Of Ella
01. A-Tisket, A-Tasket – 02:40
02. Undecided – 03:21
03. Stairway To The Stars – 03:18
04. Five O’Clock Whistle – 03:10
05. Cow-Cow Boogie – 02:55
06. Flying Home – 02:30
07. Stone Cold Dead In The Market – 02:41
08. You Won’t Be Satisfied Until You Break My Heart – 02:55
09. I’m Just A Lucky So And So – 02:57
10. I Didn’t Mean A Word I Said – 03:20
11. Oh, Lady Be Good – 03:09
12. How High The Moon – 03:16
13. My Happiness – 03:19
14. In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down – 02:39
15. Smooth Sailing – 03:07
16. Airmail Special – 03:04
17. You’ll Have To Swing It (Mr. Paganini), Parts 1 & 2 – 05:12
18. Blue Lou – 02:48
19. Lullaby Of Birdland – 02:52
20. Hard Hearted Hannah – 02:59

CD 2 – Ella & Friends
01. The Frim Fram Sauce – 03:14
02. Dream A Little Dream Of Me – 03:08
03. Can Anyone Explain? – 03:12
04. Would You Like To Take A Walk? – 03:18
05. Who Walks In When I Walk Out? – 02:20
06. Into XLDh Life Some Rain Must Fall – 03:10
07. I’m Making Believe – 03:13
08. I’m Beginning To See The Light – 02:45
09. I Still Feel The Same About You – 03:19
10. Petootie Pie – 02:38
11. Baby, It’s Cold Outside – 02:44
12. Don’t Cry, Cry Baby – 02:59
13. Ain’t Nobody’s Business But My Own – 03:15
14. I’ll Never Be Free – 03:12
15. It’s Only A Paper Moon – 02:37
16. (Gonna) Cry You Out Of My Heart – 02:48
17. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons – 03:11
18. It’s A Pity To Say Goodnight – 02:41
19. Fairy Tales – 02:54
20. I Gotta Have My Baby Back – 03:22

CD 3 – Ella Sings Gershwin & Others
01. Someone To Watch Over Me – 03:18
02. My One And Only – 03:17
03. But Not For Me – 03:15
04. Looking For A Boy – 03:10
05. I’ve Got A Crush On You – 03:16
06. How Long Has This Been Going On? – 03:18
07. Maybe – 03:27
08. Soon – 02:47
09. I’m Glad There Is You – 03:09
10. What Is There To Say? – 03:23
11. People Will Say We’re In Love – 03:12
12. Please Be Kind – 03:35
13. Until The Real Thing Comes Along – 02:58
14. Makin’ Whoopee – 03:06
15. Imagination – 02:37
16. Stardust – 04:02
17. My Heart Belongs To Daddy – 02:39
18. You Leave Me Breathless – 03:05
19. Baby, What Else Can I Do? – 03:49
20. Nice Work If You Can Get It – 02:38

CD 4 – Ella & The Arrangers
01. Basin Street Blues – 03:10
02. I’ve Got The World On A String – 03:20
03. Goody Goody – 02:26
04. Angel Eyes – 02:57
05. Happy Talk – 02:29
06. I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair – 02:58
07. Black Coffee – 03:07
08. I Wished On The Moon – 03:11
09. A Sunday Kind Of Love – 03:15
10. That’s My Desire – 03:02
11. Thanks For The Memory – 02:29
12. It Might As Well Be Spring – 02:42
13. You’ll Never Know – 03:10
14. I Can’t Get Started – 03:07
15. That Old Black Magic – 02:33
16. Old Devil Moon – 02:59
17. Lover, Come Back To Me – 02:02
18. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea – 02:19
19. (Love Is) The Tender Trap – 03:02
20. My One And Only Love – 03:17

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