Ella Sings Broadway Original recording remastered
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This album appears on Compact Disc for the first time and is a welcome addition to the already mamoth collection of Ella CD's. The album allows Ella to interpret a fine collection of Broadway show tunes. Among the highlights here are a swinging "Hernando's Hideaway", sensitive readings of the lovely ballads "Warm All Over" and "No Other Love", a bright swinging version of "Almost Like Being In Love" and sprightly romp through "Show Me" taken at a breakneck tempo with the unparralled queen of swing never missing a beat.
The album is representative of Ella's Verve years and features the singer vocally at her peak. She is backed by a small, swinging orchestra that features brass though no arranger was credited on the original album jacket. For Ella-philes, the Compact Disc version of this album is essential. The album also provides the perfect opportunity for those interested in hearing the singer at her peak.
I appreciated that this album also includes some beautiful songs from Loesser's lesser known show "The Most Happy Fella." Ella brings warmth to "Warm All Over" with her rich, sonorous voice along with a simple piano accompaniment, showing divergence from her normal jazzy voice.
Ella's renditioin of Dites-Moi changes the song from a children's tune to a flirtatious love song. In general, the way she makes the songs her own and puts new twists on some old standards made this an amazing album. (The awesome arrangements and accompaniments also helped as well).
I will skip the platitudes in praising Ella's performance since that has been covered so well in other reviews.
My choice for the star of the collection is "Somebody Somewhere." It's one of those quirky tunes that is not likely to linger in one's memory for very long. However, when heard as the final number on this CD, it keeps going round and round in my head for quite a while.
There appears to be two alternate takes offered on the CD - most notably in the coda of "Steam Heat" and around and including the bridge of "Guy and Dolls." No big issue, just an observation.
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Through some Amazon glitch, every review posted here so far is for "Ella Sings Broadway," a completely different album. Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by Gerard Jones
Je l'avoue, j'ai une infinie tendresse pour Ella.
J'en ai une autre pour Frankie, mais c'est une autre histoire.
Ella est immense chanteuse (c'est rien de le dire... Read more
Ella Fitzgerald will always retain the title of The First Lady Of Song; and her numerous contributions to the arts enriched our lives for decades during the twentieth century. Read morePublished on June 29, 2007 by Matthew G. Sherwin
Songs out of context from Broadway musicals were not the best fit for Ella's talents, which is one reason this release was not a big seller in 1962 or since. Read morePublished on December 5, 2006 by William E. Adams
Although Ella Fizgerald was famed as singer of classy "Songbooks",I always suspected her real persona was far from Cole Porter world-weary cosmopolitan champaigne drinker... Read morePublished on September 28, 2001 by Sasha