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Sings Irving Berlin [Import]

Ella FitzgeraldAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 10, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #634,944 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2009 two CD set including bonus tracks. Ella Fitzgerald's Songbook series of albums are rightly famed as being some of the greatest vocal Jazz ever and The Irving Berlin Songbook is one of the best. Featured in its entirety along with bonus tracks, this edition contains 38 glorious tracks. Jazz Manifesto.

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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Can You Miss With Ella And Berlin November 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This handsomely repackaged collection of 32 masterfully crafted songs by American composer Irving Belin stands as part of the greatest body of work produced by any 20th century popular singer. In compiling her monumental songbook collection Fitzgerald paid tribute to America's "big five", Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Richard Rogers, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin. She also recorded the works of Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer and Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, superb but arguably second tier composers.
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?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Defining American Music September 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Irving Berlin's music, performed as originally written, does not sound at all like it would "fit" Ella's style.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bluest of Skies August 6, 2004
By hbubi
Format:Audio CD
Ella is superlative. We know that. Berlin's tunes neither have the wry urban sophistication of Porter nor the jazzy complexity of Ellington, but they have a compelling simplicity and honesty. Ella's versions are the best out there. In fact, "Blue Skies" is in my mind one of the top five Ella songs, and that says a great deal indeed. There are many standouts here, including "Putting on the Ritz", which is a great party song. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Through Irving to Ella April 13, 2009
Format:Audio CD
What a strange marriage,this,and how wonderful it all worked out at the end - producer Norman Granz (should we call him "Granz the uncanny"?) had vision about introducing Ella over to non-jazz,mainstream audience and succeeded with series of now-classic "songbook" albums.Eight of these albums,recorded between 1956 to 1964 placed Fitzgerald at the top of her game and into pantheon of the best singers US had to offer - not only they did wonders for Fitzgerald herself who was singing novelties ("Chew chew chew your bubble gum") for "Decca" just a few years earlier,but they also standard of how tribute albums should be done,became beloved best-sellers for decades and brought new shine on old songs by composers who welcomed touch of her magic.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent June 20, 2008
By Chip
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite of hers, but still listenable. August 26, 2014
Format:Audio CD
This release didn't 'Send me over the moon' like the Gershwin 'Book. I'm not too sure exactly why that is, but in particular, I don't care for the low key, and slw pace on pretty much all of the songs. I prefer more of an upbeat Swing, and high keys. Not to be mistaken, this collection has really great songs, but I'm not completely fond of these arrangments. In my opinion, this 'Book is not the best it could've been, and for these reasons. The sound on every track is crystal clear, The band sounds great, but definitely needs more of a kick in speed! Irving Berlin is a great composer, so it's not the songs, per se', but again, the arrangements.

I think 'Top Hat, White Tie, & Tails' would sound better, faster! 'Let Yourself Go' is way too slow, as well, and should be kicked up in higher key. These are all really great songs, they just could be so much better! Maybe if Nelson Riddle was on board it'd be a better production!

In short, I wasn't too thrilled with this collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars jo jo from Baltimore
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 2 months ago by jo jo from baltimore
5.0 out of 5 stars WORTH A ZILLION STARS
five aren't nearly enough.......Damn, this is stellar. Ella Fitzgerald singing some of Irving Berlin's most wonderful songs. Read more
Published 8 months ago by F. Morris Rosman
5.0 out of 5 stars Ella on CD
Excellent item!! Loving it!! Nice condition too. I wore out my old cassette format of this album. The sound is terrific!!
Published 16 months ago by PRBUDSMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Ella sings Berlin with Paul Weston
Out of some 1500 tunes for which Berlin composed both words and music, only about 10% are frequent visitors to the concert or CD repertoire. Read more
Published on August 11, 2012 by Dr. H. A. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Music from Heaven
THIS probably my second favorite songbook after the Gershwin set. Most of the tracks are as close to musical perfection as you can get. Thanks, Amazon
Published on January 3, 2012 by Michael Palermo
5.0 out of 5 stars Berlin CDs
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 more
Published on February 18, 2011 by David Seligman
5.0 out of 5 stars One hit after another...................
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
Published on November 10, 2009 by D. LENGYEL
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recomended!!!!!
This album is definatly worth the money if you are a fan of Ella Fitzgerald or Irving Berlin! We've even decided to use this version of "Always" for our first dance at our wedding! Read more
Published on May 9, 2008 by Simon Says!
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