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The Cole Porter Songbook, Vol. 1

4.8 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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Ella's first Cole Porter volume includes All Through the Night; Anything Goes; I Get a Kick Out of You; In the Still of the Night; All of You; Begin the Beguine , and 10 more!

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There have probably never been a singer and a songwriter as perfect for each other as Ella and Cole, and this delicious, inexhaustibly delightful album is the pinnacle of Fitzgerald's career, not to mention one of the most likeable records ever made. Porter's songs were wry, sly and as sexy as he could get away with; over Buddy Bregman arrangements that have the good sense to stay out of the way, Ella delivers them with absolute grace and wit, savoring the words' erudite jokes but integrating them into her playful, technically astonishing swing. The Cole Porter Songbook--augmented with three illuminating alternate takes in this rerelease--works as jazz, as Broadway, and as an example of what a great vocalist can do with the right lyric. --Douglas Wolk

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. All Through The Night
  2. Anything Goes
  3. Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable To Lunch Today)
  4. Too Darn Hot
  5. In The Still Of The Night
  6. I Get A Kick Out Of You
  7. Do I Love You
  8. Always True To You In My Fashion
  9. Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)
  10. Just One Of Those Things
  11. Ev'ry Time We Say Good-bye
  12. All Of You
  13. Begin The Beguine
  14. Get Out Of Town
  15. I Am In Love
  16. From This Moment On


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 22, 1984)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve / Polygram
  • ASIN: B0000046UG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,270 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ella's superb interpretations of Porter's songs are truly something which no lover of popular music can resist; from "Begin the Beguine" to "Love for Sale"(v.II) these songs are timelessly sophisticated and no one can sing them as beautifully as Ella! A must!
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By A Customer on June 5, 2000
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With the exception of Miss Otis Regrets which is too slow for my taste, these songs are all sung impeccably. The combination of Porter's incredibly witty and daring lyrics, great arrangements, and Ella's crystal clear voice and brilliant phrasing make for a great record. She may not be emotional like Billie Holiday but in my book between the purity of the voice and her timing and phrasing noone does it like Ella (for example, in Always True to You in My Fashion Ella just KNOWS that the key verse is the one beginning "There's an oilman known as Tex" so she gives it a different emphasis. The sound quality is phenomenal too.
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Ella's first album in the celebrated Songbook series done for Verve is still one of my favorites. Who could resist Ella's pure voice coupled with Cole Porter's wonderful melodies? The warmth and sweetness of Ella's voice comes through in "All Through the Night," "Do I Love You?," and her incomparable rendition of "Miss Otis Regrets." Other songs swing, such as "Anything Goes" and "Too Darn Hot." I've heard criticisms that the orchestra fails to match the top-notch arrangements of some of the later Songbooks accompanied by other bandleaders, but Buddy Bregman is no hack. The real stars here are Ella and Cole Porter. I never hear one of these songs performed without comparing it to Ella's version. This album is timeless and beautful.
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There not much I can say about this lady, that doesn't speak for itself if you bother to listen not only with your ears, but with your heart as well. And if you happen to be in love, your heart will surrender to this singing angle of the soul and heart, and you have to surrender absolutely and completely.
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By A Customer on September 26, 1999
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Holy mackerel, no one's reviewed this yet?! If you get one Ella Fitzgerald record, this is it. She personified warmth, nowhere better than on this record. Oh, and by the way, I'd never realized how thoroughly Cole Porter has penetrated American culture until I listened to this record a couple dozen times. To this day, Cole Porter is part of the background music of American life, and that's because of this record.
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Well, what can mortal me say about this combination of talents. Ella singing some of the greatest tunes of our time. To me, Cole Porter is almost without peer and no one but Ella can sing these classics better.
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I had the old vinyl and loved it. The CD is faithfully reproduced with good sonics and balance. Highly recommended. (But I would have preferred the original vinyl cover. What a ghastly picture of Ella.)
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This has to be my favorite Ella Fitzgerald CD of them all. There are frankly no weak songs on this entire CD. The CD is strongest at the beginning front-loading all the best songs there with the strongest efforts (contrary to another reviewers taste) Miss Otis Regrets, and the best versions of All Thru the Night and Anything Goes that I have ever heard. It is almost as if Cole Porter wrote these songs for Ella herself. Even some of the weaker efforts, if thats what they can be called at the end of the CD are worthwhile. There are times when you buy a CD and you end up saying, wow i could have just bought three or four songs of this for cheaper. Here, you will get your moneys worth.
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