Ella Fitzgerald

The Legendary, Vol. 5

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The final disc in a five-volume series from the obscure British label Acrobat, The Legendary, Vol. 5 concentrates on the series of early-'40s sides recorded by Ella Fitzgerald after she assumed control of Chick Webb's Orchestra upon the leader's premature death. Early in her solo career Ella was recording a mix of ballads and up-tempo material; while later in her career she would excel at both, the faster songs here are mostly novelties of small worth (forward to "Melinda the Mousie" for all the evidence you can handle), though she could swing in varying settings ("Stone Cold Dead in de Market," "Flying Home"). Highlights come with the wealth of ballad material, including "Taking a Chance on Love," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," and "The One I Love (Belongs to Somebody Else)." For the collectors who want all of her material, there's the excellent chronological series on Classics, while listeners new to Ella will far prefer a less exhausting collection.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:09
2 3:08
3 2:39
4 2:34
5 2:32
6 3:03
7 3:04
8 3:04
9 2:32
10 3:06
11 2:39
12 2:54
13 2:43
14 2:46
15 3:08
16 2:32
17 2:25
18
feat: Louis Jordan
2:44
19
feat: Louis Jordan
2:40
20 3:17
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