Release date: 02-11-2004 (originally released in 1958)
2004 German Speakers Corner limited 31-track 2- LP edition pressed on 180gram Virgin VINYL, originally released in 1958, produced by head of Verve Norman Granz.sealed and stickered picture sleeve.
01. Let’s Face The Music And Dance
02. You’re Laughing At Me
03. Let Yourself Go
04. You Can Have Him
05. Russian Lullaby
06. Puttin’ On The Ritz
07. Get Thee Behind Me Satan
08. Alexander’s Ragtime Band
09. Top Hat, White Tie And Tails
10. How About Me
11. Cheek To Cheek
12. I Used To Be Colour Blind
14. How Deep Is The Ocean
15. All By Myself
16. (You Forgot To) Remember
18. How’s Chances
19. Heat Wave
20. Isn’t This A Lovely Day
21. You Keep Coming Back Like A Song
22. Reaching For The Moon
23. Slumming On Park Avenue
24. The Song Is Ended
25. I’m Putting All My Eggs In One Basket
26. Now It Can Be Told
28. It’s A Lovely Day Today
29. Change Partners
30. No Strings (I’m Fancy Free)
31. I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
It was a long road for the composer Irving Berlin: beginning with “Alexanderâs Ragtime Band” in 1911, leading him on via “Cheek To Cheek”, right up to “Change Partners” in 1938 – it was one success after another. The once-heard, never-forgotten tunes found in the musicals “Follow The Fleet” and “Puttina On The Ritz” were simple little songs – taken from life itself. And Ellas interpretations are just as simple and straightforward, while the arranger Paul Weston held back his soloists too. With the Irving Berlin Songbook, an album has been created in which the small variations on well-known melodies (such as “Cheek To Cheek” and “How Deep Is The Ocean”) can be truly appreciated, and magical moments or lesser known songs discovered or hummed along to (“I Used To Be Color Blind” and “Lazy”). But this is also an album which mirrors the history of the Broadway musical in the 1920s and 30s, the majority of which were written by the Gershwins, Jerome Kern, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and a good many of them by Irving Berlin.
Nobody knew the tricks of the entertainment trade better than Ella: not only a brilliant scat singer, she was also the very best interpreter of the ballad. And should you need any proof of this, just listen to any song contained within this Songbook (my tip: “Reaction For The Moon” and “Always”). Ella s capability of giving a new interpretation to Irving Berlinâs songs doesn t end there, however. The “Song Is Ended” and “Heat Wave” are rare jewels of swing against which singers right up to the present day are measured.
Just why should you buy this particular Songbook? There are two simple reasons: to listen to Ellaâs voice and her immense variety is sheer pleasure, and Irving Berlinâs songs offer pure entertainment at the highest level.
Ella Fitzgerald (voc) & Paul Weston and his orchestra
as always…order from me, I beat the price!!
Peter s TIP: buy the 180gram pressing