Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas

October 29, 2002 | Format: MP3

$8.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 29, 2002
  • Release Date: October 29, 2002
  • Label: VERVE MASTER EDITION
  • Copyright: (C) 2002 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 51:30
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  • ASIN: B000W0AFXK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,972 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

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Ella singing Christmas songs is the absolute best!
S. Wooten
The songs have a distinctly jazzy feel to them and Ella's voice is strong, vibrant and full of energy as she swings through each song.
Matthew G. Sherwin
If you play Christmas music at all, you ought to have this CD.
J. Bynum

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Michael Spielman on November 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Ella is perfection. This pairing of Ella and Christmas is beyond wonderful! My parents had one of those old compilation Christmas albums from the 70's (you know, the kind you could get really cheap at hardware and tire stores around the holidays)and it had Ella's version of Sleigh Ride on it. That was my first introduction to Ella. I was hooked, and I've become a life-long fan.

When this CD originally came out in the early 90's, I bought it and fell in love with Ella all over again. Then, when it was remastered and beefed up with extra tracks a few years ago, I bought it again. And I still love every minute of it. (My personal favorite is the laid-back jazz version of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. It's much less depressing than the standard take that other singers have given us.)

A word about the "Alternate Takes" at the end of the CD: With the exception of Frosty, these are completely different recordings from the ones on the original album. The alternate versions of The Christmas Song and White Christmas were recorded at a different time with a different orchestra. The arrangements make a nice companion to the versions found on the original album, but they aren't simply "Alternate Takes" from the same recording session. Personally, I like hearing Ella sing the same song with completely different arrangements.

And then there's the alternate Frosty. Yes, it is annoying. But if you know a little about Ella, you know she had a great sense of humor and she loved kids. This wasn't the first time she sang in her "little girl" voice, and I'm sure it wasn't the last. Although it's not my favorite, taken in context I think it's a truly wonderful gem. And if a 6-year-old kid hears her singing Frosty and becomes a life-long fan, then it's definitely worth it to have this version included!
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By James Fenos on November 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I wanted this disc last year, but a tight economy and a deluge of fine releases of Christmas albums prevented me from puchasing it. Already owning the original cd release, I decided to wait to buy this release until this year. Good things are worth waiting for, this album is of no exception. The 24 bit remastering of the best masters from this album refreshen the whole listening experience. The result is a surgically clean sonic marvel. The clairity of the backgrounds, including the vocalists, and the crisp tone of Ella's bell-clear voice all make for a joyful rediscovery of a masterful holiday album.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Ella Fitzgerald puts her own stamp on classic Christmas songs on this CD. The songs have a distinctly jazzy feel to them and Ella's voice is strong, vibrant and full of energy as she swings through each song. When the CD ends you want more because every note from Ella is flawless. The musical arrangements are also nicely done.

The CD starts with a jazzy version of "Jingle Bells." "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" is performed by Ella in a happier style than the way this song is usually performed; and Ella's touching and poignant rendition of "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" is sure to move even the hardest of hearts. Awesome!

Other joyful songs on this CD include "Sleigh Ride;" "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!;" and "Frosty The Snowman." Ella is ably assisted by a choir on several tracks including "Frosty The Snowman;" "Christmas Island" and "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town."

The LP version of this CD ends with the timeless and melancholy "White Christmas." However, Ella performs this song in a manner that is so singularly beautiful that you just can't help but feel optimistic instead of blue. Bravo, Ella!

The CD version of this album offers much more. "The Secret Of Christmas" is a reflective ballad about celebrating friendships; Ella sings this one song with Russ Garcia and his band. "Christmas Island" is a swinging song about celebrating the holiday on a tropical island in the Caribbean or the Pacific. The backup choir again enhances this song and they back up Ella very smoothly.

There are even three alternate takes of songs on this CD that are released here for the first time. We get unused takes of "The Christmas Song;" "White Christmas" and "Frosty The Snowman." This is a great bonus.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eric A. Isaacson on December 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Ella Fitzgerald had one of the prettiest voices ever recorded, and she was a monumental creative genius of American jazz.

I have to concede that Ella did her best work on the jazz standards - and her best work surely outshines what she does on these Christmas standards. Still, this is a genuinely pleasant, upbeat, and jazzy presentation that lets Ella swing things a little.

To tell the truth, it's surprising what Ella can do with a song like "What are you Doing New Year's Eve?"

And Ella's cover of "Good Morning Blues" is remarkble too - like no other.

Definitely worth a spin or two every December.

Eric Alan Isaacson

P.S., If Christmas jazz jingles your bells, check out Santa Claus Blues for original jazz recordings going back to the 1920s, and I've found Jingle Bell Jazz hard to beat for accessible covers of the Christmas standards. Merry Christmas to all!
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