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The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books Box set

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The great Ella Fitzgerald recorded, from 1956 to 1964, the songs of Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer in what is now known as the Song Book series. This 16-CD boxed set reproduces to the letter all eight of these classic albums and gathers them inside a clothbound box with a 48-page hardcover book. 245 tracks, with unreleased material.

This 16-CD set collects all of Ella Fitzgerald's Songbooks, a monumental tribute to the American popular song and its greatest composers, recorded for Verve between 1956 and 1964. There is likely no other singer possessed of the mix of talents that Fitzgerald brought to the project, a combination of sheer vocal technique, creativity in phrasing and rhythm, and fidelity to lyrics and intent. The sheer scale of the project contributes to its value, for Fitzgerald went far beyond the standard repertoire, rediscovering little-known gems by many of her subjects: Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Rodgers and Hart, Johnny Mercer, Irving Berlin, and Duke Ellington. The discs of Ellington material still stand out, illuminated by the presence of Duke and his band. They put Ellington, a master melodist as well as a great composer, in his rightful place in the pantheon of American songwriters. --Stuart Broomer

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. All Through The NightElla Fitzgerald 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Anything GoesElla Fitzgerald 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable To Lunch Today)Ella Fitzgerald 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Too Darn HotElla Fitzgerald 3:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. In The Still Of The NightElla Fitzgerald 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. I Get A Kick Out Of YouElla Fitzgerald 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Do I Love You?Ella Fitzgerald 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. (I'm) Always True To You In My FashionElla Fitzgerald 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love) (Master Take)Ella Fitzgerald 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Just One Of Those ThingsElla Fitzgerald 3:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Ev'ry Time We Say GoodbyeElla Fitzgerald 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. All Of YouElla Fitzgerald 1:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Begin The BeguineElla Fitzgerald 3:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Get Out Of TownElla Fitzgerald 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. I Am In LoveElla Fitzgerald 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. From This Moment OnElla Fitzgerald 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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  1. I Love ParisElla Fitzgerald 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. You Do Something To MeElla Fitzgerald 2:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Ridin' HighElla Fitzgerald 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Easy To LoveElla Fitzgerald 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. It's All Right With MeElla Fitzgerald 3:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Why Can't You Behave?Ella Fitzgerald 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. What Is This Thing Called Love?Ella Fitzgerald 2:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. You're The TopElla Fitzgerald 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Love For SaleElla Fitzgerald 5:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. It's DeLovelyElla Fitzgerald 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Night And DayElla Fitzgerald 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Ace In The HoleElla Fitzgerald 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. So In LoveElla Fitzgerald 3:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. I've Got You Under My SkinElla Fitzgerald 2:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. I Concentrate On YouElla Fitzgerald 3:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. Don't Fence Me InElla Fitzgerald 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. You're The TopElla Fitzgerald 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. I Concentrate On YouElla Fitzgerald 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)Ella Fitzgerald 8:51Album Only

Disc 3:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Have You Met Miss Jones?Ella Fitzgerald 3:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. You Took Advantage Of MeElla Fitzgerald 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. A Ship Without A SailElla Fitzgerald 4:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. To Keep My Love AliveElla Fitzgerald 3:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Dancing On The CeilingElla Fitzgerald 4:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. The Lady Is A TrampElla Fitzgerald 3:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. With A Song In My HeartElla Fitzgerald 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. ManhattanElla Fitzgerald 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Johnny One NoteElla Fitzgerald 2:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. I Wish I Were In Love AgainElla Fitzgerald 2:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Spring Is HereElla Fitzgerald 3:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. It Never Entered My MindElla Fitzgerald 4:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. This Can't Be LoveElla Fitzgerald 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Thou SwellElla Fitzgerald 2:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. My RomanceElla Fitzgerald 3:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. Where Or WhenElla Fitzgerald 2:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
17. Little Girl BlueElla Fitzgerald 3:53$1.29  Buy MP3 

Disc 4:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Give It Back To The IndiansElla Fitzgerald 3:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Ten Cents A DanceElla Fitzgerald 4:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. There's A Small HotelElla Fitzgerald 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. I Didn't Know What Time It WasElla Fitzgerald 3:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Ev'rything I've GotElla Fitzgerald 3:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. I Could Write A BookElla Fitzgerald 3:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Blue RoomElla Fitzgerald 2:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. My Funny ValentineElla Fitzgerald 3:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. BewitchedElla Fitzgerald 7:05Album Only
10. Mountain GreeneryElla Fitzgerald 2:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Wait Till You See HerElla Fitzgerald 1:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Lover (Stereo Version)Ella Fitzgerald 3:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Isn't It Romantic?Ella Fitzgerald 3:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Here In My ArmsElla Fitzgerald 1:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. Blue MoonElla Fitzgerald 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. My Heart Stood StillElla Fitzgerald 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
17. I've Got Five DollarsElla Fitzgerald 2:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
18. Lover (Mono Version)Ella Fitzgerald 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 

Disc 5:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Rockin' In RhythmElla Fitzgerald 5:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Drop Me Off In HarlemElla Fitzgerald 3:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Day DreamElla Fitzgerald 4:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. CaravanElla Fitzgerald 3:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Take The "A" TrainElla Fitzgerald 6:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. I Ain't Got Nothin' But The BluesElla Fitzgerald 4:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. ClementineElla Fitzgerald 2:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. I Didn't Know About YouElla Fitzgerald 4:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. I'm Beginning To See The LightElla Fitzgerald 3:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Lost In MeditationElla Fitzgerald 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. PerdidoElla Fitzgerald 6:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Cotton TailElla Fitzgerald 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Do Nothing Till You Hear From MeElla Fitzgerald 7:41Album Only

Disc 6:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Just Sittin And A RockinDuke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. SolitudeElla Fitzgerald 2:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Rocks In My BedElla Fitzgerald 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Satin Doll (1956 Version)Ella Fitzgerald 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Sophisticated LadyElla Fitzgerald 5:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me)Ella Fitzgerald 4:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)Ella Fitzgerald 4:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. AzureElla Fitzgerald 2:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. I Let A Song Go Out Of My HeartElla Fitzgerald 4:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. In A Sentimental MoodElla Fitzgerald 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Don't Get Around Much AnymoreElla Fitzgerald 5:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Prelude To A KissElla Fitzgerald 5:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Mood IndigoElla Fitzgerald 3:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. In A Mellow ToneElla Fitzgerald & Oscar Peterson 5:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. Love You MadlyElla Fitzgerald & Oscar Peterson 4:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. Lush LifeElla Fitzgerald & Oscar Peterson 3:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
17. Squatty RooElla Fitzgerald & Oscar Peterson 3:39$1.29  Buy MP3 

Disc 7:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. I'm Just A Lucky So And SoElla Fitzgerald 4:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. All Too SoonElla Fitzgerald 4:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Everything But YouElla Fitzgerald 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)Ella Fitzgerald 6:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Bli-BlipElla Fitzgerald 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Chelsea BridgeElla Fitzgerald 3:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Portrait Of Ella FitzgeraldDuke Ellington And His Orchestra16:19Album Only
  8. The E And D Blues (E For Ella And D For Duke)Ella Fitzgerald 4:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. RehearsalElla Fitzgerald10:10Album Only
10. Chelsea BridgeElla Fitzgerald 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 8:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Let's Face The Music And DanceElla Fitzgerald 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. You're Laughing At MeElla Fitzgerald 3:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Let Yourself GoElla Fitzgerald 2:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. You Can Have HimElla Fitzgerald 3:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Russian LullabyElla Fitzgerald 1:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Puttin' On The RitzElla Fitzgerald 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Get Thee Behind Me SatanElla Fitzgerald 3:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Alexander's Ragtime BandElla Fitzgerald 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Top Hat, White Tie, And TailsElla Fitzgerald 2:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. How About Me?Ella Fitzgerald 3:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Cheek To Cheek [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]Ella Fitzgerald 3:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. I Used To Be Color BlindElla Fitzgerald 2:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. LazyElla Fitzgerald 2:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. How Deep Is The Ocean?Ella Fitzgerald 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. All By MyselfElla Fitzgerald 2:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. RememberElla Fitzgerald 3:26$1.29  Buy MP3 

Disc 9:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. SuppertimeElla Fitzgerald 3:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. How's Chances?Ella Fitzgerald 2:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Heat WaveElla Fitzgerald 2:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Isn't This A Lovely Day (To Be Caught In The Rain)Ella Fitzgerald 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. You Keep Coming Back Like A SongElla Fitzgerald 3:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Reaching For The MoonElla Fitzgerald 2:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Slumming On Park AvenueElla Fitzgerald and Paul Weston & His Orchestra 2:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. The Song Is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On)Ella Fitzgerald 2:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. I'm Putting All My Eggs In One BasketElla Fitzgerald 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Now It Can Be ToldElla Fitzgerald 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. AlwaysElla Fitzgerald 3:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. It's A Lovely Day TodayElla Fitzgerald 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Change PartnersElla Fitzgerald 3:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. No Strings (I'm Fancy Free)Ella Fitzgerald 3:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. I've Got My Love To Keep Me WarmElla Fitzgerald 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. Blue Skies [feat. Harry "Sweets" Edison]Ella Fitzgerald 3:44$1.29  Buy MP3 

Disc 10:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Ambulatory SuiteNelson Riddle & His Orchestra 7:17Album Only
  2. The PreludesNelson Riddle & His Orchestra 6:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Sam And DelilahElla Fitzgerald 3:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. But Not For MeElla Fitzgerald 3:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. My One And OnlyElla Fitzgerald 2:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Let's Call The Whole Thing OffElla Fitzgerald 4:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. (I've Got) Beginner's LuckElla Fitzgerald 3:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Oh, Lady Be GoodElla Fitzgerald 4:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Nice Work If You Can Get ItElla Fitzgerald 3:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Things Are Looking UpElla Fitzgerald 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Just Another RhumbaElla Fitzgerald 5:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. How Long Has This Been Going On?Ella Fitzgerald 3:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. 'S WonderfulElla Fitzgerald 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. The Man I LoveElla Fitzgerald 3:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. That Certain FeelingElla Fitzgerald 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. By StraussElla Fitzgerald 2:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
17. Someone To Watch Over MeElla Fitzgerald 4:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
18. The Real American Folk SongElla Fitzgerald 3:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
19. Who Cares?Ella Fitzgerald 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 

Disc 11:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Looking For A BoyElla Fitzgerald 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. They All LaughedElla Fitzgerald 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. My Cousin In MilwaukeeElla Fitzgerald 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Somebody From SomewhereElla Fitzgerald 3:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. A Foggy DayElla Fitzgerald 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Clap Yo' HandsElla Fitzgerald 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. For You For Me For EvermoreElla Fitzgerald 3:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Stiff Upper LipElla Fitzgerald 2:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Boy WantedElla Fitzgerald 3:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Strike Up The BandElla Fitzgerald 2:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. SoonElla Fitzgerald 2:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. I've Got A Crush On YouElla Fitzgerald 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Bidin' My TimeElla Fitzgerald 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Aren't You Kind Of Glad We Did?Ella Fitzgerald 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. Of Thee I SingElla Fitzgerald 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. The Half Of It Dearie BluesElla Fitzgerald 3:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
17. I Was Doing All RightElla Fitzgerald 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
18. He Loves And She LovesElla Fitzgerald 2:46$1.29  Buy MP3 

Disc 12:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Love Is Sweeping The CountryElla Fitzgerald 3:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Treat Me RoughElla Fitzgerald 2:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Our Love Is Here To StayElla Fitzgerald 3:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Slap That BassElla Fitzgerald 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Isn't It A PityElla Fitzgerald 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Shall We Dance?Ella Fitzgerald 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Love Walked InElla Fitzgerald 3:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. You've Got What Gets MeElla Fitzgerald 2:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. They Can't Take That Away From MeElla Fitzgerald 3:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Embraceable YouElla Fitzgerald 4:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. I Can't Be Bothered NowElla Fitzgerald 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Boy What Love Has Done To MeElla Fitzgerald 3:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Fascinating RhythmElla Fitzgerald 3:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Funny FaceElla Fitzgerald 3:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. LoreleiElla Fitzgerald 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. Oh So NiceElla Fitzgerald 3:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
17. Let's Kiss And Make UpElla Fitzgerald 3:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
18. I Got RhythmElla Fitzgerald 3:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
19. Somebody Loves MeElla Fitzgerald 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
20. Cheerful Little EarfulElla Fitzgerald 2:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
21. Oh, Lady, Be Good!Ella Fitzgerald 4:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
22. But Not For MeElla Fitzgerald and Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 13:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Blues In The Night (My Mama Done Tol' Me)Ella Fitzgerald 7:11Album Only
  2. Let's Fall In LoveElla Fitzgerald 4:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All The Time)Ella Fitzgerald 5:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue SeaElla Fitzgerald 2:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. My Shining HourElla Fitzgerald 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Hooray For LoveElla Fitzgerald 2:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. This Time The Dream's On MeElla Fitzgerald 4:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. That Old Black MagicElla Fitzgerald 4:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. I've Got The World On A StringElla Fitzgerald 4:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Let's Take A Walk Around The BlockElla Fitzgerald 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Ill Wind (You're Blowin' Me No Good)Ella Fitzgerald 3:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The PositiveElla Fitzgerald 3:38$1.29  Buy MP3 

Disc 14:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. When The Sun Comes OutElla Fitzgerald 5:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Come Rain Or Come ShineElla Fitzgerald 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. As Long As I LiveElla Fitzgerald 3:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Happiness Is A Thing Called JoeElla Fitzgerald 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. It's Only A Paper MoonElla Fitzgerald 3:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. The Man That Got AwayElla Fitzgerald 5:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)Ella Fitzgerald 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. It Was Written In The StarsElla Fitzgerald 5:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Get HappyElla Fitzgerald 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. I Gotta Right To Sing The BluesElla Fitzgerald 5:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Out Of This WorldElla Fitzgerald 2:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Over The RainbowElla Fitzgerald 4:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Ding-Dong! The Witch Is DeadElla Fitzgerald 3:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Sing My HeartElla Fitzgerald 2:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. Let's Take A Walk Around The BlockElla Fitzgerald 4:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. Sing My HeartElla Fitzgerald 5:38$1.29  Buy MP3 

Disc 15:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Let's BeginElla Fitzgerald 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. A Fine RomanceElla Fitzgerald 3:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. All The Things You AreElla Fitzgerald 3:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. I'll Be Hard To HandleElla Fitzgerald 3:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. You Couldn't Be CuterElla Fitzgerald 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. She Didn't Say YesElla Fitzgerald 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. I'm Old FashionedElla Fitzgerald 3:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Remind MeElla Fitzgerald 3:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. The Way You Look TonightElla Fitzgerald 4:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. YesterdaysElla Fitzgerald 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Can't Help Lovin' Dat ManElla Fitzgerald 3:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Why Was I Born?Ella Fitzgerald 3:44$1.29  Buy MP3 

Disc 16:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Too Marvelous For WordsElla Fitzgerald 2:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Early AutumnElla Fitzgerald 3:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Day In Day OutElla Fitzgerald 2:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. LauraElla Fitzgerald 3:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. This Time The Dream's On MeElla Fitzgerald 2:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. SkylarkElla Fitzgerald 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Single-OElla Fitzgerald 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Something's Gotta GiveElla Fitzgerald 2:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Trav'lin LightElla Fitzgerald 3:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Midnight Sun (1964 Version)Ella Fitzgerald 4:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Dream (When You're Feeling Blue)Ella Fitzgerald 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. I Remember YouElla Fitzgerald 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. When A Woman Loves A ManElla Fitzgerald 3:51$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 2, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: November 2, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 16
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Verve Records
  • ASIN: B0000046RN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,159 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Stoltzfus on February 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I was able to hear Ella at Ravinia here in Chicago a year or two before her death and at the time was more familiar with her name than with the breadth of her musical talent. The evening was one of those experiences that is etched permanently in my mind, and I feel truly privileged to have heard Ella in person.

It was after that that I looked longingly at this set of hers for a couple of years before I had the nerve to bite the bullet and buy it, despite its high asking price. Looking back at the literal "days" of listening pleasure I've received from this set, as well as the visual feast that is included, with the individual CD jackets featuring the original cover artwork, I have to say it has been one of the wisest "impulse" purchases I've ever made. (Wise is not an adjective usually applied to an impulse purchase, but in this case it is an accurate description. The only other impulse purchase I've made that conjures up a similar emotional response from me is the Bose Wave System, which makes Ella sound just fine, by the way(!)...)

I felt passionate enough about this set to actually take the time and scan in the individual CD covers so they would appear within iTunes in my Mac when I played the tracks on my computer. Given that the scanned images were still available, I've uploaded them onto Amazon's website on this page for your perusal, enjoyment, right-clicking to save for your own use in iTunes, whatever. Oh, and did I say, enjoy this set!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By James Tg Fuentes on February 2, 2002
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worth every cent!
the true blue fan can't sometimes help but think that the sheer enormousness of this collection seem to make up for the quality of material ella recorded for decca (with "pure ella with ellis larkins" an exception). the albums on this set arguably defined her career and might as well be the tribute to her visionary producer and manager, norman granz. with bonus tracks, miniaturized versions of the books found on the vinyl versions of some of the cd's (check out the gershwin songbook!) and the elegantly packaged box the 16 discs comes in, you can't get any more de luxe than this!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By jerry Sullivan on January 19, 2002
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After close to 20 years of languishing at Decca, recording songs good and dreadful, Ella Fitzgerald was finally able to record under the direction of her manager, Norman Granz. In order to provide a clean artistic break from her Decca material, he decided to institute a great american composer series, something Ella Fitzgerald was not too keen on. The series which resulted, the songbooks in this beautiful set, have become such a part of our collective memory, it's hard to believe they almost didn't happen. The sound on this set is consistently excellent, even when compared to my mint original vinyl; and there are extras, never before included.......these include false starts, patter between Ella and the engineers, all of which helps one realize she was a real person, and actually did make a few mistakes from time to time. As this began in 1956, some of the material in in mono only, as not all the labels were convinced of the worthiness of the then new stereo sound. Not to worry, the production is so consistently good, you probably will not notice which are mono and which are stereo. If I have one quibble with the set, it's the size.........The CDs are jacketed in miniature LP-style covers, complete with original liner notes, now so small as to be virtually unreadable. A pity, because a wealth of information about the music is in these notes. But, of course, the music is the main thing, by the greatest of all popular singers in history, Ella Fitzgerald. If you are in any way remotely interested in great singing and great songs, buy this set, it's a bargain at any price. In all honesty, this set deserves 80 stars, 5 for each of the 16 discs herein. It's a gem
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Thomas D. Ryan on June 1, 2006
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If a better example of pre-rock-and-roll 20th Century popular music exists, I'd like to know about it. But, don't knock yourself out trying to find it, because you'll never convince me that anything comes anywhere near the scope of this collection. Simply put, Norman Granz, the producer/conceiver of these sessions and the owner of Verve Records, realized a concept that is so grandiose, so all-encompassing, so full of overwhelming talent, that it is without peer, both conceptually and in actuality. As hard is it may be for a contemporary (millennial) soul to comprehend, `pop' music once incorporated the musings of Duke Ellington, the Gershwins, Cole Porter and each of the other brilliant, incomparable talents featured in this collection. Anybody who is even marginally interested in the history of music, both `popular' and `artistic', simply cannot claim competence without immersing themselves in this most remarkable of all thematic collections.

Thematic collections? This is an understatement of almost profound proportions, for which Norman Granz deserves his due. After all, it was his love of good music that led him to the point where he could credibly conceive of something so grand. At the time of its creation, Ella Fitzgerald was one of the most respected and well-received vocalists of all time. Her talents were beyond reproach, with a straightforward, pitch-perfect style that made her one of the most un-interpretable vocalists of all time; how do you imitate perfection? The only fault that was even remotely justifiable regarding Ella's vocalese was her lack of overt stylization (except when scatting, of course). At her best, Ella sang a song as if the song was the point, somehow transcending her interpreting abilities.
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