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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 7, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B00004RD5E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,040 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The first full-length collaboration between Ella and Louis turned out just as sublime as one would imagine. Recorded in 1956, this historic LP finds them serenading each other with Cheek to Cheek; Isn't This a Lovely Day?; Can't We Be Friends?; Moonlight in Vermont; Tenderly , and more.

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What we have here is the mating of honey and molasses. Or is it the sound of melted butter over gravel? Never mind--sweeter, more joyous music has never been recorded (although the follow-up, Ella and Louis Again, may be even better). You can't listen to these two without smiling. It's such an inevitable pairing that you wonder what titanic forces of nature could have kept Ella and Satchmo apart until they made this record together in 1957, accompanied by the Oscar Peterson trio and Buddy Rich on drums. The songs are standards--extraordinary standards, of course, like "Moonlight in Vermont" and "A Foggy Day"--but nirvana is reached on "Cheek to Cheek." Heaven. --Jim Emerson

Customer Reviews

This might sound like the most pretentious statement of the week, I must admit.
Albert Kim
She holds the lyrics with her voice as if she were caressing them with her hands -- every note is perfect, her voice cooing or soaring as emotion leads it.
Larry L. Looney
Ella is the best jazz singer ever and Cole Porter was certainly one of the best composers of his time.
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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful By MOVIE MAVEN on October 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If I had to choose only one recording that would accompany me to a desert island, it would be this two disc set. I first heard it when I was a teenager and am still loyally playing it many years later. I have been through two sets on vinyl, three cassette versions and I now own one CD set for my house and one CD set for my car. Do I sound obsessed? Guilty! This is simply superb music making on every level. Ella was in her prime and her voice has, perhaps, sounded this sweet on other recordings but certainly never any sweeter. If she, as usual, gives some of the lyrics short shrift, this is undoubtedly made up for by the way she sounds: pure and sassy and loaded with charm and sophistication. The arrangements are clever and/or romantic and lush and lift Ella to an even higher level. Porter was, of course, one of the 3 or 4 finest lyricists/composers that the American theatre has ever known and all of his songs in this album sound as if they were written for Ella and not for the Broadway stage. If you can only buy one CD set this year or can only afford to give one gift this coming holiday season, believe me this is the set to buy.
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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By VINCENT P TARSITANO on June 18, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I have thousands of cds in my collection, but, if I were ever forced to chuck them all, except for one, this collection is very probably the one I would hang on to. These readings constitute some of the purest pop in all of American music.

Unlike the drama of a Streisand or a Celine Dion or the vocal gymnastics of a Whitney or Mariah, here especially, "The First Lady of Song" shows her greatness by not ever pushing. As a fellow vocalist, I must say that I have been strongly influenced by Ella's pure, straight-ahead singing.

And the tunes...Cole Porter wrote truly elegant, "tasty" songs with clever lyrics. I learned many of these great tunes and a good bit of technique by listening to this album. A treasure that's included is the often-bypassed "Do I Love You," which is one of the most elegant love songs ever written. Buddy Bregman's arrangements are brilliant--everything from simple piano accompaniment ["Miss Otis Regrets," where Ella's understated delivery actually heightens the drama of this unusual song] to small combo ["Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)," where the slow, "love-making pace" actually creates a sexiness and extra sense of fun)] to full string and horns [the best arrangement ever of "Begin The Beguine," truly a WONDER!!].

All of Ella's songbooks are masterpieces, but this one is the "TOP," the Coliseum... A delicious treat from beguine-ing to end. [I need to stop!] So many of Mr. Porter's great tunes are included.

Viva Ella, The First Lady of Song! Viva Cole Porter, master tunesmith.

ESSENTIAL FOR ANY COLLECTOR.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Williams on December 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The late great Ella Fitzgerald had probably the best jazz voice ever put down on tape.
This collection of Cole Porter songs was the first of the "Song Book" collection issued by Verve and was so successful that they followed it up with an Gershwin and Rodgers and Hart collections, though in my opinion the Porter song book is the best.
The recordings were laid down in 1956, the year after Porter's final Broadway musical, Silk Stockings, opened. Ella recorded them with the Buddy Bregman orchestra at Capitol Studios, L.A.
The one flaw (if it is a flaw) with this set is that almost all the songs are so commonly recorded that you find yourself comparing them to other artists. Unsurprisingly Ella's voice compares well, some of the orchestrations are, however, not quite up to later standards as those by such masters as Nelson Riddle. Don't mistake me, Buddy Bergman did a fine job for 1956 but at times the orchestration seems dated and at others tries a little too hard to keep up with Ella.
The style of the tracks varies greatly, according to the mood of the song. Ella picks up the beat and syncopation in such masterpieces as "You're The Top" and slows and sexifies the voice in "I Love Paris" and "Love For Sale." Overall the collection has a mellow, jazzy feel that varies between romantic and downright sexy.
If you are looking for a good collection to load into the CD player for a romantic dinner, a quiet night watching the lights on Sydney Harbour with a brandy in one hand or just appreciate the varied styles and depth of talent of Miss Ella Fitzgerald then it is hard to go past this two CD set.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Albert Kim on August 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
You could not have more of a contrast between two voices between Ella and Louis. Ella's: like a glass of warm milk, silky and smooth. Louis': like a bear hug, rough and tumble. Who would think this combination would work? Both artists had such huge successes singing on their own and have such distinct styles, that you would think that their voices would conflict with each other in an egomaniacal disaster.
And yet there is a convergence without compromise. Their voices play off of each other, complementing each other's features, and yet nothing is lost in each's distinctness. They both bring everything they have to the table, and magically somehow, the table is big enough to fit everything.
And then there is Louis' trumpet, with such tone that you'd think there was a third voice on this album. Such raw emotion, it almost speaks to the listener.
This might sound like the most pretentious statement of the week, I must admit. Yet listen to the interplay of voices in "Cheek to Cheek", the trumpet solo in "Moonlight in Vermont", the tranquility of "The Nearness of You", the subtle swing of "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and you will see that what I said doesn't even come close to encapsulating what this record is.
I don't feel this way about too many albums, jazz or not. I don't go out and make statements like this frequently; I am almost ashamed at how culture-snobbish it sounds. But it's sincere. Listen to this album, and you'll see what I mean.
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