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Pure Ella

Ella FitzgeraldAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Mack The KnifeElla Fitzgerald 4:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Blue Skies [feat. Harry "Sweets" Edison]Ella Fitzgerald 3:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. A-Tisket, A-TasketElla Fitzgerald 1:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. They Can't Take That Away From MeLouis Armstrong 4:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. MistyElla Fitzgerald 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. (You'll Have To Swing It) Mr. PaganiniElla Fitzgerald 4:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Tea For TwoElla Fitzgerald 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Love Is Here To StayElla Fitzgerald 3:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Night And DayElla Fitzgerald 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. My Funny ValentineElla Fitzgerald 3:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Boy From IpanemaElla Fitzgerald 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Too Marvelous For WordsElla Fitzgerald 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Take The "A" TrainElla Fitzgerald 6:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. SummertimeElla Fitzgerald 5:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. How High The MoonElla Fitzgerald 7:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. All The Things You AreElla Fitzgerald 3:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Over The RainbowElla Fitzgerald 4:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Oh, Lady Be GoodElla Fitzgerald 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 31, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0000069ON
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,510 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

An outstanding distillation of Ella's Verve years. This collection gives you the Queen of "Scat" at her best. Tracks include Mack The Knife; Blue Skies; A-Tisket, A-Tasket; They Can't Take That Away From Me; Misty; You'll Have To Swing It (Mr. Paganini); Tea For Two; Love Is Here To Stay; Night & Day; My Funny Valentine and more 18 tracks in all.

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
It's difficult to choose between this collection of Ella Fitzgerald's work and the collection Ken Burns issued along with Jazz. While there's some overlap between the two, the Burns' CD covers a wider sweep of her career - from her mid-thirties version of A-Tisket A-Tasket (the version here was recorded live in 1961) to the late sixties. Everything on here was recorded sometime between the late fifties and early sixties - prime Ella Fitzgerald, but it's a shame to miss out on the early stuff.
Still, if I really HAD to limit myself to only one Ella Fitzgerald CD, it would have to be this one. Burns doesn't include her duets with Louis Armstrong on "They Can't Take That Away From Me," and "Summertime," and there isn't any music ever made that is more breathtaking than Fitzgerald and Armstrong together. Their honey and sandpaper voices play off each other in a way that defies description. And I'd nominate their version of "Summertime" as the best single recording ever made. I can't hear it too many times. If you don't own a copy of it, there's a big hole in your record collection - no, make that a big hole in your LIFE -that you must repair immediately.
Also, while the Burns' CD shows off Ella's gorgeous voice and glorious scatting (Ella's scatting is a cure for anything that ails you), I think he shortchanges her ballad work. "Misty" and "My Funny Valentine" ought to be on any intro to Ella Fitzgerald.
The thing to remember about any introduction to Ella Fitzgerald, though, is that it's just an appetizer - something to hold you until you save up enough money for the complete works. Until you do, this is a really fine collection.
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Perfection July 25, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I discovered Ella in a very round about way. From a TV commercial. I can't even remember which one it was now, but one of her recordings was featured. I was instantly amazed by her voice and HAD to find out who the singer was. As soon as I did I ran out to get a collection of her work. Luckily for me I came across this CD. The woman is incredible! Pure perfection! I'm amazed every time I listen to this collection, which is quite often. A smile spreads across my face that just won't go away until the last note fades away. Even then, songs like Mister Paganini, A Tisket, A Tasket, Mack the Knife, How High The Moon, and Take the "A" Train stay locked my mind for eternity. What a God send she is. I'm so glad to have found this sanctuary that is Ella Fitzgerald.
If you're not familiar with her work, pick this up immediately. Are there more complete collections than this one? Sure. But this is a great introduction to her amazing, prolific career and even includes collaborations with Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. How could you go wrong with a line up like that? Don't miss out on this collection!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Fella Loves Ella February 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Ella is an extraordinary and refreshing exception to most Jazz vocalists. Many Jazz singers have a very bad technique, producing their sound from their throats in an unhealthy manner. Ella, however, has the technique and stamina of a classical singer. This why her career peaked in her 40's and was able to sing until very late in her life.
Her singing is pure joy. She never strains or manipulates her vocal chords to produce that gorgeous, rich voice that just melts your heart out. The ease and beauty with which she sings, frankly, makes me question her humanity.
If you want the best of Ella Fitzgerald, THIS CD is it. It is the premiere comprehensive single-CD sampling of her career. The recording features some of her best collaborations with arrangers (Nelson Riddle, Billy May, etc.) and performers (Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie.)
The musical selections are excellent. The Verve label has chosen a balance of 9 high-energy swing numbers and 9 romantic ballads.
Some remarkable swingers are MACK THE KNIFE, a live recording in Berlin (1960) where she blanks out on a verse and has to improvise. I'm smiling thinking about it. Another is HOW HIGH THE MOON, in which she scats incredibly for about 6 minutes. Throughout the rendition she adds (and revises) brief tidbits of random American standard songs, like SMOKE GETS IN YOU EYES: "They ask me how I knew my true love was true/ I have course replied, 'Something here inside...SWEAT gets in my eyes!" Ella enjoys entertaining while she sings, and her infectious interpretations pull the listener in; especially on the 5 live recordings on this CD, where one finds himself laughing along with the audience at times.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Taste Of Ella May 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Ella's recording library is immense and one CD cannot begin to paint a picture of this lady's talent. But this album will give you a very good taste of Ella. The album begins with "Mack The Knife", not one of my favorite songs. But Ella gives a great performance, enhanced greatly, by forgetting the words and ad-libbing. She sings that she can't remember the words to the second verse and just starts making up something and it results in a very good time for the listener. A great way to start off this album, it's fun and enjoyable. That was, indeed, pure Ella.
"Blue Skies", "They Can't Take That Away From Me", "The Boy From Ipanema", and "Over the Rainbow" will take your breath away. Ella's smooth, singing always melts me. And if it's scat you want, "You'll Have To Swing It (Mr. Paganini)", "Take The A-Train", and the classic "Lady Be Good" will leave you wanting more.
This is a great collection and I prefer the collections that mix up the variety of her recordings rather than showcase only one style.
It's a must if you want a taste of pure Ella.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this album
Published 1 month ago by TERI GILLESPIE
5.0 out of 5 stars The Biggest ELLA fan of all
There is nothing but the best when I listen to anything recorded by Ella! I have had the pleasure of listening to her singing for more then 60+ years...... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stephanie R. Schoenfeld
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
She never fails to amaze and delight! Her rendition of Mack the Knife, done only as Ella could, is classic.
Published 5 months ago by mno
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Ella...
Ella is a legend, she is so amazing.. Her music is magically.. This CD is perfect for the Jazz lover.. A must buy..
Published 6 months ago by Colleen Contrefas
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab Album
Just love the lady and her music so happy to have this in my collection. Just love to sing along just as well nobody hears me!
Published 15 months ago by JAK
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Ella
I can't say enough about this CD, I just love it. It has every song that I am familiar with and she does such an amazing job on each of them. Pure enjoyment from Pure Ella
Published 16 months ago by Bevi Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it.
It came pretty quickly. The case was a little rough looking but the CD and everything else was in perfect working order. I am satisfied.
Published 20 months ago by fatmammy
5.0 out of 5 stars MMMM
Oh I really like this CD. It has quite a few songs on it. Some I have never heard, but enjoy. Bought it for the song "At Last".
Published 20 months ago by V. Peebles
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my best female jazz artists of all time
Love her distinctive style and lively music. I have grown up listening to Ella as my dad is a great fan of her music too...

Published 21 months ago by Farhad Edibam
5.0 out of 5 stars Shows All Facets of Ella's Talents -- Great Overview CD
"Pure Ella" CD aims to cover just about every facet of Ella's staggering strengths as a singer/entertainer/performer. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Nandu
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