Ella Fitzgerald sings the Harold Arlen Songbook

Ella Fitzgerald sings the Harold Arlen Songbook


Ella Fitzgerald with Billy May and his Orchestra

Verve 4046-2

Speakers Corner Records : 2 LPs 180 gram

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A1 - Blues In The Night
A2 - Let's Fall In Love
A3 - Stormy Weather
A4 - Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
A5 - My Shining Hour
A6 - Hooray For Love
B1 - This Time The Dream's On Me
B2 - That Old Black Magic
B3 - I've Got The World On A String
B4 - Let's Take A Walk Around The Block
B5 - Ill Wind (You're Blowin' Me No Good)
B6 - AC-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive
C1 - When The Sun Comes Out
C2 - Come Rain Or Come Shine
C3 - As Long As I Live
C4 - Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe
C5 - It's Only A Paper Moon
C6 - The Man That Got Away
D1 - One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
D2 - It Was Written In The Stars
D3 - Get Happy
D4 - I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
D5 - Out Of This World
D6 - Over The Rainbow

Recorded on August 1, 1960 and January 14, 1961 at Capitol Studio in Los Angeles.

The Harold Arlen Song Book is the sixth album in Fitzgerald's series of recordings of songs written by the pantheon of Broadway composers who formed the body of work now considered The Great American Songbook.

Ella Fitzgerald's idea to sing the songbooks of major writers proved smart, savvy, and artful. By the time she began to record Sings the Harold Arlen Song Book in 1960, she had sung the songbooks of Duke Ellington, Rodgers & Hart, and Irving Berlin. This relaxed and tastefully arranged set showcases Fitzgerald in her prime, confidently engaging 28 of Arlen's best songs. Familiar pieces like "One for My Baby" and "That Old Black Magic" make appearances, along with all-time classics like "Stormy Weather" and "Over the Rainbow." On this latter tune, she adds the front verses, an appealing addition that few will be familiar with. Billy May's orchestra lays down a quiet mix of horns and strings that perfectly supports Fitzgerald on songs like "When the Sun Comes Out" and "Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe." Four bonus tracks, including two alternative cuts, spice up the package. A particular oddity, "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead," converts surprisingly well into big-band jazz. Sings the Harold Arlen Song Book is an exquisite album, a classic in vocal jazz, and one of Fitzgerald's best recordings.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under http://www.pure-analogue.com