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Our Love Is Here To Stay: Ella & Louis Sing Gershwin

Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis ArmstrongAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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listen  1. I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'Ella Fitzgerald 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. He Loves And She LovesElla Fitzgerald 2:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. A Woman Is A Sometime ThingLouis Armstrong 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. They Can't Take That Away From MeElla Fitzgerald 4:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Let's Call The Whole Thing OffElla Fitzgerald 4:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Strike Up The BandElla Fitzgerald 2:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Things Are Looking UpElla Fitzgerald 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. They All LaughedElla Fitzgerald 3:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. A Foggy DayElla Fitzgerald 4:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. How Long Has This Been Going On?Louis Armstrong 6:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. SummertimeLouis Armstrong 5:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Love Is Here To StayElla Fitzgerald 4:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New YorkLouis Armstrong 4:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. 'S WonderfulElla Fitzgerald 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. I Was Doing All RightLouis Armstrong 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Oh, Lady Be GoodElla Fitzgerald 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 27, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B0000047GL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,631 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When Ella and Louis recorded a series of albums together for Verve in 1956 and 1957, George Gershwin's songs were a constant theme, including a double LP of Porgy and Bess that delighted Ira Gershwin. This 1998 compilation pulls together material from those recordings to celebrate a union of jazz's greatest singers with a songwriter who had been an essential resource for jazz since the 1920s. The chemistry is consistently inspired, with Armstrong's gravelly voice, perfect rhythmic sense, and still-eloquent trumpet providing a fine complement to Fitzgerald's consummately smooth delivery and extraordinary range. Also included are Ella and Louis's own takes on Gershwin from contemporary sessions, including Fitzgerald's Jazz at the Philharmonic version of "Oh, Lady, Be Good!" (from At the Opera House) that includes Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, and Stan Getz among the tenor saxophonists. Collectors will want the CD reissues of the original albums to get a complete picture of the Fitzgerald and Armstrong partnership, or Fitzgerald's own extended encounter with Gershwin in the Songbook series; nevertheless, this is a delightful introduction to an inspired collaboration. --Stuart Broomer

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it does not get any better than this!! February 13, 1999
Format:Audio CD
for any of us who think we are born to late for good music..take heart!! this cd is a must for anyone who likes music..ella is at her best and louis is the perfect partner...the new, remastered songs sound like they are singing a private concert just for you!! Their rendition of "I got plenty of nothin" is a treat for any Gershwin fan. I can not recommend this cd highly enough. I was turned on to this cd while spending a semester in Koeln Germany. (If anyone is planing a trip..i highly recomend Gonski Music at Neumarkt...the best selection of jazz cd's and they let you listen to cd's before you buy them..even if you don't buy them!! A great way to spend a rainy afternoon!)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No One Sings Gershwin Better June 25, 2002
By Ren
Format:Audio CD
I was quite delighted to find this album because I am a big fan of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong's work together (Great interpretation of Porgy and Bess songs, and both Ella and Louis albums). I especially love when the two sing Gershwin songs, and this album is a great representative of all the classic Gershwin songs they do together. It holds a great mix of both orchestral jazz and combo jazz (with Oscar Peterson on piano). I love pretty much every song on this collection, but I think their performance of "Summertime" is scintillating. Other standouts include the cheerful "They All Laughed" and "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off", the dreamy "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and "He Loves and She Loves", and the irresistibly catchy "Woman Is a Sometime Thing". All fans of Ella and Louis should check this out; you won't be disappointed. Plus it gives you a taste of other classic albums from the two legendary jazz singers who were made to work with each other.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to this fantastic duet October 9, 2002
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Ella and Louis are undoubtfully one of the greatest duets of the popular music. Many others tried to emulate them, but we'll have to wait a very long time until another couple of great singers develop the perfect chemistry showed in this records.
This album it's a collection of 16 Gershwin's songs. The best tracks are with Ella and Louis singing together with small groups or big bands, but you can find great moments of each one singing alone (as Ella in "Oh Lady Be Good"). The collection also brings some samples of the opera "Porgy and Bess". You can face this album as a test: if you like it (and it's virtually impossible dislike the music of a great composer sang by the greatest musicians), you are ready to know the other masterpieces recorded by Ella & Louis, like "Ella & Louis", "Ella & Louis Again" and "Porgy and Bess".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Compendium June 1, 2006
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I can't help but wonder what would have happened if Ella and Louis were born in the `70s or `80s. Does anybody think that either of them would have stood a snowball's chance in Hell of being recognized for their immense talents? We live in a television age, a video-friendly age, an age that puts physical appearance before talent; that puts followers ahead of leaders. With her comparably plain looks, would anybody glance twice at Ella, or listen enough to realize her gift? Would Louis' ebullience be enough to propel him into the limelight, or would he be forced to succumb to producers and commercial sponsors? It's a sorry comment on today's music marketplace to consider that two of the most talented musicians of this century might not have even got their due if they were born too late, but we must be grateful that they came along when they did. We also must be willing to go back and listen as often as we can, so that we don't lose track of musicianship as grand and wonderful as theirs was.

Ella and Louis Sing Gershwin is a collection that is cobbled together from various other releases, including Porgy and Bess, Louis Armstrong meets Oscar Peterson, and of course, the duo's two sublime, rapturous duet albums and Ella's Gershwin songbook. Each of these albums is a work of art in and of itself, so any compilation of their fruits simply cannot be anything but brilliant. I will admit that I bought this because I believed it to contain unique material, so I was initially disappointed to discover that it recycled material from familiar sources, but when the music is this good, how can I complain? "They Can't Take That Away From Me" is the definitive version of the tune, as is "Love Is Here to Stay," and "S'Wonderful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this CD =) July 2, 2000
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I haven't had much exposure to jazz music, and I didn't actually discover this CD until I was sifting through the music collection while I was helping my friends house-sit. I put it in the CD player and many of us were instantly hooked. Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald are magnificent. There couldn't be a better jazz combination. This CD just makes me want more.
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