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Twelve Nights in Hollywood Box set, Original recording remastered

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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.

Track Listings

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
  6. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
  7. Baby, Won't You Please Come Home
  8. I Found a New Baby
  9. On a Slow Boat to China
  10. My Heart Belongs to Daddy
  11. Perdido
  12. I've Got a Crush on You
  13. But Not for Me
  14. You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me
  15. Across the Alley from the Alamo
  16. I'm Glad There Is You
  17. 'Round Midnight
  18. Take the 'A' Train
  19. Mr. Paganini [Mono Version]

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
  6. Lorelei
  7. A-Tisket, A-Tasket
  8. Witchcraft
  9. Gone with the Wind
  10. Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe
  11. It's De-Lovely
  12. The Lady Is a Tramp
  13. That Old Black Magic
  14. Lullaby of Birdland
  15. Ella Introduces the Band
  16. Imagination
  17. Blue Moon
  18. Joe Williams' Blues
  19. Nice Work If You Can Get It
  20. I Can't Get Started
  21. Give Me the Simple Life
  22. Caravan
  23. One for My Baby
  24. Lorelei
  25. A-Tisket, A-Tasket
  26. Witchcraft
  27. Gone with the Wind
  28. Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe
  29. It's De-Lovely
  30. The Lady Is a Tramp
  31. That Old Black Magic
  32. Lullaby of Birdland
  33. Ella Introduces the Band
  34. Imagination
  35. Blue Moon
  36. Joe Williams' Blues

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
  6. Candy
  7. Little Girl Blue
  8. You're Driving Me Crazy
  9. It's All Right with Me
  10. Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don't Tease Me)
  11. 'S Wonderful
  12. How High the Moon
  13. Deep Purple
  14. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
  15. Mack the Knife
  16. Exactly Like You
  17. Rock It for Me [Mono Version]
  18. Stompin' at the Savoy [Mono Version]
  19. The Lady's in Love with You
  20. Love Is Here to Stay
  21. Come Rain or Come Shine
  22. Anything Goes
  23. This Could Be the Start of Something Big
  24. Candy
  25. Little Girl Blue
  26. You're Driving Me Crazy
  27. It's All Right with Me
  28. Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don't Tease Me)
  29. 'S Wonderful
  30. How High the Moon
  31. Deep Purple
  32. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
  33. Mack the Knife
  34. Exactly Like You
  35. Rock It for Me [Mono Version]
  36. Stompin' at the Savoy [Mono Version]
  37. Love for Sale [Mono Version]
  38. St. Louis Blues [Mono Version]

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][*]
  6. C'est Magnifique [Mono Version][*]
  7. How Long Has This Been Going On? [Mono Version][*]
  8. When Your Lover Has Gone [Mono Version][*]
  9. Taking a Chance on Love [Mono Version][*]
  10. Good Morning Heartache [Mono Version][*]
  11. Clap Hands! Here Comes Charlie! [Mono Version][*]
  12. Hallelujah I Love Him So [Mono Version][*]
  13. Angel Eyes [Mono Version][*]
  14. Ol' Man Mose [Mono Version][*]
  15. Teach Me Tonight [Mono Version][*]
  16. Medley: Too Darn Hot/Ella's Twist [Mono Version][*][Medley]
  17. Too Darn Hot [Mono Version][*]
  18. Bewitched [Mono Version][*]
  19. Bill Bailey [Mono Version][*]
  20. Bill Bailey Reprise [Mono Version][*]


Product Details

  • 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 (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,180 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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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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In the sixties and seventies it was possible to go to a small supper club and for an investment of twenty bucks get a decent dinner, a seat right next to the stage, and entertainment from the likes of Getz and Oscar Peterson, Ahmad and Coltrane, Sarah and Ella. By 1980 the party was over, and I'm not quite sure why the economics had suddenly changed so dramatically from the previous two decades. But the music--and entertainment--has never been the same. All the more reason to take advantage of this opportunity to return to a time that was.

One of the most-played albums in my collection is "Sarah Vaughan at Mr. Kelly's," which now is likely to get some competition from this new Ella set. Even though Ella is slightly more relaxed and informal than the live recordings done in epic-scale venues--the Opera House, the Rome and Berlin (Mack the Knife) concerts, the Hollywood Bowl and Los Angeles Civic Auditorium recordings--the energy level might be described as "without governors." She's swinging harder than ever yet, as usual, is able to bring it down instantly for those mellow, intimate ballads. As for some of the carping about this collection, it's hard to be sympathetic with the complainers after hearing the quality of the music. The audio is good enough to put me in the actual audience's space, right down in front, where Ella's voice, the distinct notes of the walking bass, the zing of the cymbals and chic of the hi-hat are equally clear. True, it's not quite the equal of a "more perfect" studio recording, which would probably tone down the rhythm section and throw away the moments when the mic momentarily distorts or picks up a few unwanted sibilants.
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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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