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Twelve Nights in Hollywood [Box set, Original recording remastered]

Ella FitzgeraldAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (November 10, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • ASIN: B002IRBGYC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,960 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Introduction
2. Lover Come Back to Me
3. Too Close for Comfort
4. Little White Lies
5. On the Sunny Side of the Street
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Nice Work If You Can Get It
2. I Can't Get Started
3. Give Me the Simple Life
4. Caravan
5. One for My Baby
See all 36 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. The Lady's in Love with You
2. Love Is Here to Stay
3. Come Rain or Come Shine
4. Anything Goes
5. This Could Be the Start of Something Big
See all 38 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. All of Me [Mono Version][*]
2. Hard Hearted Hannah [Mono Version][*]
3. Broadway [Mono Version][*]
4. My Kind of Boy [Mono Version][*]
5. It Had to Be You [Mono Version][*]
See all 20 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

4CDs containing 73 completely unreleased live recordings from Ella in her relaxed, absolute prime. The set collects the best performances across her extended 10-night 1961 engagement at Los Angeles' Crescendo Club which originally resulted in the hit LP Ella In Hollywood and her two-night return engagement the following year, presenting an unforgettable experience that puts you right in the front seat at the club. The set contains extensive liner notes by former Verve producer and executive Richard Seidel, detailed annotations, rare photos, and specially commissioned album cover art by Hall of Fame illustrator Bart Forbes.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
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4.8 out of 5 stars
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98 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ella live in an intimate setting - What a find! November 27, 2009
Format:Audio CD
These cozy dates come from a Los Angeles club called the Crescendo in 1961 and 1962, two of Ella's peak years. Only one of the pristine tracks has ever been released. Why did Verve take nearly half a century to put out this treasure?

It's a case of more profitable material, a wealth of studio recordings, crowding out excellent performances that could have been hits. Alas, producer Norman Granz blundered by issuing only a single poorly-selected and poorly-mastered album that flopped commercially.

The tapes sank into the vaults and stayed there until jazz researcher Phil Schaap dug into the archives in 1988. He found more than a dozen hours of California recordings along with unheard live sets recorded in Rome and Chicago in 1958. At that point, Verve released a single CD, "Ella in Rome," which was a huge success, but then the label got busy with rereleases of her songbook series.

Finally, this year, Richard Seidel, the producer of this boxed set, listened to the tapes and decided to assemble four CDs containing 76 songs both swinging and sentimental. Ella is a joy throughout: creative and playful in her phrasing and scatting, by turns relaxed and spirited in her mood. She even succeeds at the blues, a form she was not particularly known for.

What are you waiting for? This is a glorious find and an essential acquisition for the Fitzgerald fan.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must for your Jazz Library December 15, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The one negative: The package. In addition to others' comments, I'll add that the package is "oversized", and will not fit into any standard CD rack or cabinet.

That said, this is Ella at her young, strong best. Vocals are lively and "clear as a bell", with strong, precise performances by her sidemen. Beautifully recorded and remastered, this is an intimate club date with the kind of dimension you just can't get in the studio (and quality you can't get on MP3).
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderful and vivid recording with the singer up-front, a supportive pianist and percussionists, fresh, light, and delightful. Crystal clear. What a treat -- who would've expected to hear more great Ella after all this time?
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST! It does not get any better that THIS! December 24, 2009
By Thumper
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have to say up front that I am a MAJOR fan of Ella. She's my number 2 favorite singer of all times. I can not get enough of her. Most of the time I use the internet, I am looking--praying--for any news on the next Ella Fitzgerald release. Not only was I over the moon when I head of Twelve Nights in Hollywood, I am beyond ecstatic now that I have finally gotten my hands on it (downloaded it)!! I am beyond LOVING it! The sound quality is excellent. The previous reviewers were so right, there is a real intimate quality to this box set. I feel as if I was right there in the club, seated in an excellent seat, enjoying the show, wonderful remastering job on the recordings.

And then there's Ella. She simply knocks 'em dead. She even slay me, all these decades after these recordings were made. Her voice is at its peek. She's groovin' and her band is groovin' right along with her. The song lineup will not surprise any of her loyal fans, but Ella is a real singer, so no matter how many times she sings Mack the Knife, (Give Me) The Simple Life, or Lorelie, the songs are always fresh and swinging. Naturally, she does mess up. Frankly, I was looking forward to the mistakes, for Ella's mistakes are when music, spirit join into one big swinging party. Listen to her stumbling through the lyrics of the song Candy, which was made popular by Big Maybelle, and that Ella magic is sprinkled all over that song the same way Ella does with Mack the Knife. Then there's the Ella chatter, that's what gives this box set its special charm. Wisely, the producer did not cut it, as with some of her other concert CDs. I LOVED IT!

All I can say is that if there was a way to rate this box seet more than 5 stars I would. I do know that I have played this set, all 4 CDs, and listen to it in one sitting! So, get it, sit down with a nice drink or glass of wine, sit back and enjoy. It don't get any better than this!
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ella at Her Best November 29, 2009
By R.L.
Format:Audio CD
Ella shows in this treasure trove why Sinatra always said she was the best. In her prime, live in a cozy nightclub setting, with a jazz combo backing. And an excellent recording. Who could ask for anything more.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ABSOLUTE JAZZ MUST-HAVE!!! but, terrible packaging January 29, 2010
By LCB
Format:Audio CD
i agree with many who've commented so far - this collection is simply without peer. AMAZING. BREATHTAKING. it's a side of ella that simply is not revealed in this way in any other available recording. she's absolutely at the TOP of her game - and for FOUR CDS' WORTH of material! oh, it's just so joy-inducing. :-) and the recording quality is so amazing! luscious and warm and cozy and full - listening to it, i really do feel like i'm sitting right next to ella. :-) get this collection right now! i visited the hip-o select site to find out more about this set, and there it's labeled as being "limited edition: 8000 copies". so who knows if they'll be around for long.

BUT - and this is a "but" that i agree with on many others - the packaging is a huge fail. i'm a designer myself, and something i always consider when designing something is the context. have the designers of this "book" ever seen a CD shelf? could they really not have made it four jewel-box CDs with perhaps an accompanying jewelbox-sized booklet? also, i, like others, find the way the CDs are held in the book to be very problematic. the CDs are hard to get out or put back in; impossible to take out without touching the optical side of the disc; and i'm worried that the CDs may get scratched while i pull them out/in. annoying, to say the least.

but, i still gave it 5 stars - because otherwise, it would've been worthy of 6! :-)
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Published on March 28, 2011 by Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars Twelve Nights in Hollywood
Great musicianship by Ella and her sidemen. Unusual Ella in an intimate, live setting. She is at the top of her game in all respects. What a great jazz release.
Published on July 19, 2010 by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 Nights in Hollywood Equals Heavenly listening
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This album just confirms her place as the all time queen of swing and jazz. An effortless performance of perfection; she floats and soars , seduces and charms - track after track. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twelve Nights in Hollywood
This is a wonderful album by the finest female singer ever. Many of the songs had never been released before. Fantastic!
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Download this set or buy the physical CDs
I would purchase the CDs as I did. Yes, the packaging is eccentric. The disks slide into the top of the "book." I can see where it would be easy to damage them if you weren't careful. I would copy them to the iPod, make copies of the disks for playing on a conventional system or in the... Read More
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