Ella Fitzgerald

Ella: The Legendary Decca Recordings

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The four-CD retrospective The Legendary Decca Recordings represented both an attempt to present the essence of Ella Fitzgerald's two-decade tenure at Decca Records and to defend that period against the conventional wisdom that not until she moved to Verve Records in the mid-'50s was her talent given full rein. Divided into four sections, the collection began with "The Very Best of Ella," not exactly a greatest-hits set, though it started with her first big hit, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," and included such chart successes as "Undecided," "Cow-Cow Boogie," and "Stone Cold Dead in the Market." Also included were such classics of scat singing as "Oh, Lady Be Good" and "How High the Moon" and the signature song "You'll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganinni)." Thus, with only one disc, producers Orrin Keepnews and Joel Dorn accomplished their goals of including Fitzgerald's most memorable work for Decca and demonstrating that this work was as good as any she ever did. The second disc, "Ella & Friends," featured duets with Louis Armstrong, the Ink Spots, Louis Jordan, and the Mills Brothers, among others. With the third disc, "Ella Sings Gershwin & Others," the producers went on to show how her Decca recordings anticipated the ones on Verve. Of course, the popular Verve songbooks featured not only song standards but also name arrangers, and the fourth disc "Ella & the Arrangers" demonstrated that, again, Decca had gotten there first, pairing her with many gifted arrangers. Ella Fitzgerald recorded a great deal of material for Decca over the years, and some of it certainly justifies the criticisms made of the catalog in general. But The Legendary Decca Recordings presented it in the best possible light and included the most impressive sides from the period.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:36 SpotifyAmazon
2 3:17 SpotifyAmazon
3 3:15 SpotifyAmazon
4 3:08 SpotifyAmazon
5 2:52 SpotifyAmazon
6
feat: Vic Schoen
2:27 SpotifyAmazon
7
feat: Louis Jordan
2:38
8 2:52 Spotify
9 2:54 Spotify
10 3:16 SpotifyAmazon
11
feat: Bob Haggart
3:06 SpotifyAmazon
12 3:13 SpotifyAmazon
13 3:16 SpotifyAmazon
14
feat: Sy Oliver
2:37 SpotifyAmazon
15 3:04 SpotifyAmazon
16 3:00 SpotifyAmazon
17
feat: Sy Oliver
5:09 SpotifyAmazon
18
feat: Sy Oliver
2:45 SpotifyAmazon
19
feat: Sy Oliver
2:49 SpotifyAmazon
20 2:58 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:11 Spotify
2 3:04 Spotify
3 3:09 Spotify
4 3:15 Spotify
5 2:16 Spotify
6 3:07 Spotify
7 3:09 Spotify
8 2:42 Spotify
9 3:15 Spotify
10
feat: Louis Jordan
2:35 Spotify
11
feat: Louis Jordan
2:40 Spotify
12
feat: Louis Jordan
2:56 Spotify
13
feat: Louis Jordan
3:12 Spotify
14
feat: Louis Jordan
3:09 Spotify
15 2:34 Spotify
16 2:44 Spotify
17 3:07
18 2:37 SpotifyAmazon
19 2:51 Spotify
20 3:21 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:13 SpotifyAmazon
2 3:13 SpotifyAmazon
3 3:12 Spotify
4 3:06 Spotify
5 3:13 SpotifyAmazon
6 3:14 SpotifyAmazon
7 3:24 Spotify
8 2:44 Spotify
9 3:06 SpotifyAmazon
10 3:19 SpotifyAmazon
11 3:08 SpotifyAmazon
12 3:32 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:54 SpotifyAmazon
14 3:03 SpotifyAmazon
15 2:34 SpotifyAmazon
16 3:58 SpotifyAmazon
17 2:36 SpotifyAmazon
18 3:02 SpotifyAmazon
19 3:46 SpotifyAmazon
20 2:37 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: Sy Oliver
3:06 Spotify
2
feat: Sy Oliver
3:17 Spotify
3
feat: Sy Oliver
2:23 Spotify
4
feat: Sy Oliver
2:53 SpotifyAmazon
5 2:26 SpotifyAmazon
6 2:54 SpotifyAmazon
7 3:03 Spotify
8 3:08 SpotifyAmazon
9
feat: Bob Haggart
3:12 SpotifyAmazon
10
feat: Bob Haggart
2:59 SpotifyAmazon
11 2:26 SpotifyAmazon
12 2:39 SpotifyAmazon
13 3:07 SpotifyAmazon
14 3:04 SpotifyAmazon
15
feat: Benny Carter
2:30 SpotifyAmazon
16
feat: Benny Carter
2:56 SpotifyAmazon
17
feat: Benny Carter
1:59 SpotifyAmazon
18
feat: Benny Carter
2:16 SpotifyAmazon
19 2:59
20 3:16 SpotifyAmazon
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