Most of Ella Fitzgerald's recordings from 1951 (all of which are on this CD) are obscure and have rarely been reissued. "The First Lady of the American Song" turned 34 that year and was in peak form, as she would be throughout the decade. The music ranges from novelties ("Two Little Men In A Flying Saucer," and a cover of "Come On-A My House,") to worthy versions of "Love You Madly," "Smooth Sailing," and "Baby Doll." The settings range from tunes with Sy Oliver's Orchestra and occasional background singers, to a date with Hank Jones, and four lesser-known but delightful duets with Louis Armstrong: "Necessary Evil," "Oops," "Would You Like To Take A Walk," and "Who Walks In When I Walk Out."
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow