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Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook, Vol. 1


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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve / Polygram
  • ASIN: B0000046UG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,072 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. All Through The Night
2. Anything Goes
3. Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable To Lunch Today)
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 Good-bye
12. All Of You
13. Begin The Beguine
14. Get Out Of Town
15. I Am In Love
16. From This Moment On

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Ella's first Cole Porter volume includes All Through the Night; Anything Goes; I Get a Kick Out of You; In the Still of the Night; All of You; Begin the Beguine , and 10 more!

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There have probably never been a singer and a songwriter as perfect for each other as Ella and Cole, and this delicious, inexhaustibly delightful album is the pinnacle of Fitzgerald's career, not to mention one of the most likeable records ever made. Porter's songs were wry, sly and as sexy as he could get away with; over Buddy Bregman arrangements that have the good sense to stay out of the way, Ella delivers them with absolute grace and wit, savoring the words' erudite jokes but integrating them into her playful, technically astonishing swing. The Cole Porter Songbook--augmented with three illuminating alternate takes in this rerelease--works as jazz, as Broadway, and as an example of what a great vocalist can do with the right lyric. --Douglas Wolk

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I highly recommend this collection of songs.
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If you're a Cole Porter fan and an Ella Fitzgerald fan, you get the best of both worlds here.
Damian P. Gadal
The CD is faithfully reproduced with good sonics and balance.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "scotsladdie" on December 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Ella's superb interpretations of Porter's songs are truly something which no lover of popular music can resist; from "Begin the Beguine" to "Love for Sale"(v.II) these songs are timelessly sophisticated and no one can sing them as beautifully as Ella! A must!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "pspa" on June 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
With the exception of Miss Otis Regrets which is too slow for my taste, these songs are all sung impeccably. The combination of Porter's incredibly witty and daring lyrics, great arrangements, and Ella's crystal clear voice and brilliant phrasing make for a great record. She may not be emotional like Billie Holiday but in my book between the purity of the voice and her timing and phrasing noone does it like Ella (for example, in Always True to You in My Fashion Ella just KNOWS that the key verse is the one beginning "There's an oilman known as Tex" so she gives it a different emphasis. The sound quality is phenomenal too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donald Beale on March 31, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Ella's first album in the celebrated Songbook series done for Verve is still one of my favorites. Who could resist Ella's pure voice coupled with Cole Porter's wonderful melodies? The warmth and sweetness of Ella's voice comes through in "All Through the Night," "Do I Love You?," and her incomparable rendition of "Miss Otis Regrets." Other songs swing, such as "Anything Goes" and "Too Darn Hot." I've heard criticisms that the orchestra fails to match the top-notch arrangements of some of the later Songbooks accompanied by other bandleaders, but Buddy Bregman is no hack. The real stars here are Ella and Cole Porter. I never hear one of these songs performed without comparing it to Ella's version. This album is timeless and beautful.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Holy mackerel, no one's reviewed this yet?! If you get one Ella Fitzgerald record, this is it. She personified warmth, nowhere better than on this record. Oh, and by the way, I'd never realized how thoroughly Cole Porter has penetrated American culture until I listened to this record a couple dozen times. To this day, Cole Porter is part of the background music of American life, and that's because of this record.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Homorody on November 7, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This has to be my favorite Ella Fitzgerald CD of them all. There are frankly no weak songs on this entire CD. The CD is strongest at the beginning front-loading all the best songs there with the strongest efforts (contrary to another reviewers taste) Miss Otis Regrets, and the best versions of All Thru the Night and Anything Goes that I have ever heard. It is almost as if Cole Porter wrote these songs for Ella herself. Even some of the weaker efforts, if thats what they can be called at the end of the CD are worthwhile. There are times when you buy a CD and you end up saying, wow i could have just bought three or four songs of this for cheaper. Here, you will get your moneys worth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Damian P. Gadal VINE VOICE on February 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you're a Cole Porter fan and an Ella Fitzgerald fan, you get the best of both worlds here. Her interpretations of Mr. Porter's songs make this a listening delight and so darn hot!
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