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MP3 Music, November 14, 2000
Audio CD, Import, Original recording remastered, November 14, 2000
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Of the "big five", Berlin is admittedly the most sentimental and perhaps least urbane. Where Richard Rogers could tell of ladies playing craps, (The Lady Is A Tramp) and Cole Porter could write of sniffing cocaine, (I Get A Kick Out Of You) and illicit love, (Love For Sale) Berlin was content to praise the joys of Easter Bonnets, White Christmas and Alexander's Ragtime Band. But let's not forget his more than capable hand at romance with the likes of Cheek To Cheek, Blue Skies and I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm.
As with all of Ella's songbooks, the arrangements, the selections and of course her superlative styling make this essential listening. I do have a preference for the Cole Porter and Rogers & Hart songbooks, but this collection still rates five stars. How could you miss with Ella and Berlin?
But it does.
In fact, Ella's interpretation of these classics just about defines uniquely American music. I was so taken with my "personal discovery" of these classics, and this collection finds and displays only the very, very best.
You'll love it, and wonder how you could claim to understand American music before you've given it a thorough hearing.
True,it has been said that Norman Granz became obsessed with "Songbook" idea and simply recorded everything by certain composer,without considering does Fitzgerald actually understand the words or not (there were some funny outtakes out of Gershwin sessions that showed this) and I must say that too often I find Fitzgerald singing "pretty" but floating in a cloud and probably not having a clue what's actually going on - she was focused on music and melody,lyrics were never her forte - in fact,all that wicked Cole Porter sparks went in one ear and out on the other where she was concerned.Read more ›
However, I replaced a vinyl with this set, so expect I'll be getting more familiar with the songs as I listen to it more.
Many of the `standards' are here: `Let's face the music and dance', `Cheek to cheek', `Change partners', `Reaching for the moon', and so on. The Tin Pan Alley tunes include his first hit, `Alexander's ragtime band', the `Russian lullaby', and the perennial favourite, `Always'.
Berlin had a somewhat difficult love life. His first wife, Dorothy Goetz, died shortly after their honeymoon in Cuba in 1912: the cathartic `When I lost you' that he composed at the time isn't included here. But `All by myself' from a 1921 revue is. He had a difficult time courting his second wife because she was the heiress of an electric distributing system magnate who didn't think a penniless composer was good enough for his daughter. These difficulties are reflected in several of Berlin's songs of the time. [Others appear on Sinatra's All Alone CD].
The wistful `Suppertime' is also featured here. It comes from the 1933 show (revue) As Thousands Cheer portraying scenes based on national newspaper headlines, a revue that also gave us `Easter parade' and `Heat wave'. `Suppertime' is a black American woman's lament for her lynched husband.
This double CD is an attractive package that will appeal to any Berlin or Ella Fitzgerald fans.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Once again, slow-moving arrangements, and lowered-keys. Many will beg to differ, but my feelings are unswayed. These are all really good compositions, as well as arrangements. Read morePublished 20 months ago by ULTRA
Another composer, another slice of Heaven! A one-of-a-a kind artist singing the songs the way there were supposed to, by the ultimate voice!Published 21 months ago by jo jo from baltimore
five aren't nearly enough.......Damn, this is stellar. Ella Fitzgerald singing some of Irving Berlin's most wonderful songs. Read morePublished on January 6, 2014 by F. Morris Rosman
Excellent item!! Loving it!! Nice condition too. I wore out my old cassette format of this album. The sound is terrific!!Published on May 23, 2013 by PRBUDSMAN
THIS c.d.is probably my second favorite songbook after the Gershwin set. Most of the tracks are as close to musical perfection as you can get. Thanks, AmazonPublished on January 3, 2012 by Michael Palermo
The CD although used was in very good shape and arrived as expected. For those of you who are Irving Berlin, you may be surprised at the depth of his song writing and perhaps... Read morePublished on February 18, 2011 by David Seligman
As she did with all of the other famous writers/composer she
has performed, no one does it like Ella, "First Lady of Song". Read more
I am neither an audiophile nor an expert on Irving Berlin and Ella Fitzgerald. I simply know what I like and I like this CD a whole lot! No disappointments here!!Published on June 20, 2008 by Chip