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Oh Lady Be Good: Best of Gershwin Songbook

Ella FitzgeraldAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Fascinating Rhythm 3:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. 'S Wonderful 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Someone To Watch Over Me 4:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. He Loves And She Loves 2:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Oh, Lady Be Good 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. How Long Has This Been Going On? 3:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen11. I've Got A Crush On You 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen16. They Can't Take That Away From Me 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. I Got Rhythm 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 30, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000004711
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,727 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Ella recorded five LPs' worth of Gershwin tunes for her songbook series, which was frankly a little much, so this single disc skims the cream. These songs are the ur-texts of American pre-war pop, straightforward love songs made to flow off a singer's tongue, and here they're in the hands of a master. Nelson Riddle's arrangements tend toward the soupy side--the bombastic string sections are distinctly nonjazz--but Ella, as always, sings with absolute taste and authority. She doesn't seem to be living inside the lyrics the way she does with, say, the Cole Porter songbook, but the simplicity of the Gershwins' melodies and sentiments let her get across some gently nuanced, technically exquisite singing. --Douglas Wolk

Product Description

Ira Gershwin was at these storied 1959 sessions! Here are 17 of the best from the five original LPs: Oh, Lady, Be Good!; But Not for Me; 'S Wonderful; I Got Rhythm , and more!

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Lady Be Good is BETTER Than Good! July 10, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
For those who want to hear Ella weave her magic in crisp, sparkling STEREO this is one of the VERY best of her many CDs. On this one she performs a unique, slow-tempo "Oh Lady Be Good" (that's right, SLOW and MELLOW as you've never heard it before and as only she could do it - and this alone is worth the price of admission). All the other top Gershwin goodies ("A Foggy Day", "But not For Me", "The Man I Love", etc.) are enhanced by Nelson Riddle's incomparable arrangements recorded in magnificent wrap-around sound that puts you right in front row center. So buckle up. This is a thrill-ride you'll want to experience again and again and again!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He loves, and she loves, and they all love this CD! July 10, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the top collections of Ella Fitzgerald. Her smooth voice brings such joy when you hear her sing "I Got Rhythym." The best song on this CD is probably "Someone To Watch Over Me," which is an absolutely lovely song. It almost makes you cry. I highly recommend that you buy this CD if you are interested in Ella Fitzgerald; this is some of her top work.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Her intonation, timing and sweet delivery are astonishing on this CD. Superb pop/swing arrangements by Nelson Riddle. Beautiful, romantic and entertaining. I don't care who you are, you will regard this as one of the greatest CDs you have ever heard. Not pure jazz like her other "must have" CD's, but this collection of superb Gershwin tunes is her most beautiful.
The liner notes included with this CD sum it up perfectly: "If, as is widely believed, Ella Fitzgerald is the best female jazz singer... her songbook albums constitute her best work... the Gershwin volume is the best of the songbook series and... this is the best of the Gershwin collection, then what you have here is the best of the best of the best of the best."
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best.... September 21, 2002
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Ella's voice is part of my childhood. She and George Gershwin played my lullabies. Not a bad introduction to music. Even now when I can't sleep I bring her back and let her sing in my head. Was there ever anything as lovely as Ella's voice? Everything falls away except the for the pure magic of her voice, the orchestra soaring...
This CD comes as close to the old "Ella Sings Gershwin" LP my parents had that I have found. Only "Clap a'Yo Hands" is missing. These are songs you love to listen to and love to sing. All my life I'll be grateful that Ella taught me how to sing! How can you not sing when you hear "Someone to Watch Over Me"? "The Man I Love"? How sweet is "I've Got a Crush on You"? I feel like I've just found buried treasure! I've got more Ella recordings that anything else in my collection, but like the CD itself says, "The Best of the Best of the Best of the Best." It's fabulous to have the all these amazing songs on one CD.
I just got myself a great present. You should get one too!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ella 'S wonderful... September 7, 2000
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Perfection. Ella Fitzgerald at the height of her immense powers. She was fortunate to have orchestrations by Nelson Riddle, who was also at the top of his game. Ella was the greatest interpreter of show tunes (only Frank Sinatra was her equal in this regard), and her voice is silk on this CD. " 'S Wonderful" is wonderful; "Facinating Rhythm" gives me shivers. "But Not For Me" is both heartbreaking and joyous, and her version of "They Can't Take That Away From Me" is the best ever -- except for the duet she did with of it with Louis Armstrong.
This is not for people who want an introduction to Ella's jazz singing -- you won't hear her scat on this recording. But it is a great introduction to her singing, and it's less intimidating than the entire three-disc set of all the Gershwin tunes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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It doesn't get any smoother than Ella Fitzgerald and Nelson Riddle on this must own CD. Pure magic from the lyrics and melody, to the orchestration and especially Ms. Ella's silken voice. A treat for music lovers of all ages. I encourage younger listeners to hear what real music sounds like. I'm 39, and I love Ella Fitzgerald. Buy this one for those raining evenings when you turn down the lights, light some candles, and dance with your sweetheart.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST SONGS ARE THERE March 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Only die hard fans of GERSHWIN should buy the massive songbook ELLA AND NELSON RIDDLE made in 1959 ,because the great songs are all included here.Back in those days ,GERSHWIN was still considered the best AMERICAN composer, probably because he was the only one who tried the classical experience and succeeded ,and also because of the fact that he died young.Nowadays we know that RICHARD RODGERS and JOHNNY MERCER are the deserving legends of AMERICAN popular music.Having said that let me say that this collection is perfect,it's really the best.Personal favorites of mine are SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME and BUT NOT FOR ME.Even the guy from TEXAS should enjoy that one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best April 10, 2000
By js001
Format:Audio CD
Ella is great and Gershwin is (are?) great. The whole is even greater than the parts, however, in this incredible recording. If you like Ella, you'll love this album. If you like Gershwin, you'll love this album. If you like both, you'll play it until the laser burns a hole in the CD!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the best.
This is Ella at her tuneful tops. With the best songs, her intoxicating voice was never better. Should be required listening for anyone who is interested in either great... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Commdoc
5.0 out of 5 stars Gershwin and Ella..magic!
The best of both...composer and artist at their best. Still a highlight of the time and wonderful to listen to now.
Published 14 months ago by Linda Faison
4.0 out of 5 stars Gershwin and Ella
If you like the one of the greats of the American Songbook, and you love the voice and style of Ella, what's not to like about this album. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Norm Raffish
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful
I have both Ella and Louis albums. Although I enjoy listening to the duo, nothing is like PURE Ella. Read more
Published 19 months ago by L. Bertsch
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lady is Great!
What can I say, it's Ella Fitzgerald. The recordings are high-quality. Recommend it for those that love the big band era music. You will not be disappointed.
Published 20 months ago by K. Bush
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
What more can you say about ELLA. The best voice, the best phrasing, the whole total package. This CD is one of her best. You cannot afford to not own it.
Published on September 4, 2012 by Patrick M. Luci
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Swing.
Beautifully sung and probably definitive performances but Ella is a little reserved and it just doesn't feel loose enough to really be called "jazz"
Published on June 7, 2010 by Bach
4.0 out of 5 stars So Smoov
Are there finer female voices in the galaxy than Ella and Patsy? I doubt it.
Published on October 28, 2009 by J. Kornfeld
5.0 out of 5 stars Turns every tune to pure gold!
No matter what Ella sings, she has the knack for turning any tune
to pure gold! Her vocal talents haven't been matched by anyone as
far as I know. Read more
Published on October 9, 2009 by D. LENGYEL
5.0 out of 5 stars Ella Deserves Six Stars for This One!
I believe that this is Ella's finest recording session. I know that that is saying a lot---especially when you consider how great she was on the "Duke Ellington Songbook. Read more
Published on August 23, 2007 by Bradford K. Talamon
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