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The Gershwin Songbook

Ella Fitzgerald

1959

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The Gershwin Songbook

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3.64

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5

I was unsure about how good three hours of music by one composer and for one voice could be. Add to that my appreciation for this era of music but general distrust of magical language about artistic periods. Well, I was utterly wrong. There's something special here, some kind of everyday magic. And now I have a standard for comparing vocals to bells.

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5

There's just something transcendental about Ella Fitzgerald and her voice. It's music that captures a place, a feeling, an entirely different time period. So beautiful.

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5

Ella’s voice is timeless, and this was just a warmly voiced album to have on during winter.

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5

Ella Fitzgerald is simply the best. I didn't listen to the full 3-hour version, but the Best Of album gave me the highlights. I'm going to imagine myself in a classic film with this playing in the background now.

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5

Well I’m a huge fan of Ella now. Solid album from top to bottom.

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5

Man, how do you begin to appraise this. It's 3 hours long, for starters. It also represents multiple huge bodies of work (i.e. Ella Fitzgerald's, but the Gershwin bros' too). I've got the 1990 Verve edition, which crams it onto 3 CDs... but even then, this is not a regular triple-album. It's a monolith. Maybe I'm an idiot, because I always vaguely thought this was an anthology collecting some previous Gershwin records by Fitzgerald. But in this case, the collection is the original. It was a 5 LP boxset release. The deluxe version originally cost $100, which is something like $900 in today's money. I'm now even more impressed, at the ambition of the project, and the fact that there was no compromise on quality at this scale. When you consider that Fitzgerald had multiple other albums released in 1959 and 1960, the whole thing is fucking insane. Unlike some of those other albums, I don't think the idea here was "here is Ella's rendition of some famous songs", but rather "here are the definitive versions of a modern canon". And it achieves that aim completely. Anyhow, the songs are gorgeous, and they suit Fitzgerald's voice amazingly. This is Ella at her best, showcasing the Gershwins in their best light. To me, the quality of the music is beyond reproach. On the other hand, there's no getting away from the fact that it's not an album in the contemporary sense, and it makes for a weird listening experience. It would be more enjoyable to just listen to the 15 best tracks, but that's not really the point, since this is deliberately a monolithic document. Do you listen to individual tracks, or sit through 3 hours straight? Or do you recreate the original 5 LPs, and do one at a time? It doesn't ultimately matter, because it's perfection however you play it. So, not really an album... but rated as an album? 5/5. And as a seminal document of American music, and an essential touchstone of twentieth-century culture? 5/5. It's kinda stupid to say a celebrated recording is underrated - but this is underrated... in that it's one of the most important set of recordings ever made, and the discussion it receives in most quarters isn't equal to its sheer skill, beauty, scale, ambition, and contribution to culture.

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Billie Holiday is a little too glissando for me, generally, but Ella… Ella… Ms. Fitzgerald always gets it right for me. Stunning. 5 stars every single day and twice on Sundays. Thank you ma’am. Soulful and warm, or playful and coquettish, Ella nails it. Not to mention a natural gift for rhythm and scat-singing (she basically invented it. That’s reductive perhaps, but it may as well be true)

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One of the greatest voices of the 20th century singing songs by one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century. There's really nothing to dislike here. Not a damn thing.

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This is some kind of protest vote, and for a few reasons. 1) By all means, slap a 5/5 on your review, but know this: I see you. I know it sounds high-brow and classical and you feel helpless in its presence. "Aw gee, I mean... shit... it's so prestigious." I get it. But I also see you. Grow a spine. 2) Where are the other compilations in this book? Why have I got to listen to Little Richard and James Brown and Buddy Holly studio albums, and pretend they're representative of the best those acts could produce, when I could be listening to far superior comps? I don't accept this as the exception. 3) It's over three hours. That's only allowable for 'Star Time'.

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Benjamin

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5

I’m biased, I love playing Gershwin on piano and having Ella Fitzgerald sing to all of these songs I already knew makes the music even better

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5

Ella’s voice is absolutely dessert for the ears, the arrangements are top notch, and you can’t hate on classics from the American Songbook. I had an internal struggle with my desire to rate this a 5. Usually I like albums that are one complete experience; something meant as a one-sitting treat. But this is like a full gallon of premium ice cream. Should I fault it for being larger than it’s pint-sized cousins simply because it won’t fit into one bowl? For this album, I don’t think so. “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” is still a trash song though and I stand by that lol.

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Coming straight after a 2 hour album that I could not finish (that country one) comes this 3 hour long gem. Sadly I could not find the time to listen to it in one sit so I had to do it across three days but damn this is listenable, how great and full of amazing moments this is. At many points I found myself thinking "damn I need this on vinyl". It's all about the production, it’s all about the treatment and respect for the performer, Ella is outstanding and the producers let her flourish. Remember that Tina Turner record that with the hideous production? Well, they could have use listening to this to learn how to extol the performer. No need to say I really loved this one.

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This music makes me feel like im about to tell the woman I love to get on a plane to help fight the nazis. The version in the book though is a 3 hour long boxset As much as I enjoyed this, 3 hours is way too much, so my rating is for whats linked to spotify rather than whats in the book

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Exactly the kind of album I would not have listened to for much of my life and is the benefit of this exercise. Big band / jazz singing was something I really didn't appreciate (like) growing up so this is a relatively new genre for me... ...but who hasn't heard of Ella Fitzgerald? I think the thing I appreciate most right way is how good this sounds - 1959?? Getting a full orchestra sounding this good and clear while blending with Ella's perfect voice had to be a crazy challenge. I'm usually more turned off than on by singing but her voice is truly perfect - there's a clarity and casual vibe to the way she sang that could probably never be taught - how do you learn to lay back on the beat like this and yet nail it so perfectly? It would be an insult to call her singing effortless but therein lies the genius talent I suppose, that she sounds like she could have been told "Ella! quick, sing this song" and she would have cut it on a first take then been on her way. And perhaps that casual-yet-perfect delivery is the reason that millions of people thought/think they could sing like her. (where's my mother-in-law...? ha) Now... the entire album is 3 hours long. Hello. Wayy too much. Then again, where am I gonna go - I'm listening on work time and this is actually perfect working music. I'm not focused on lyrics so it's more the entire sound that washes over me in a much more enjoyable way than I'd have thought... as a negative, on the rare occasion that I do end up hearing the lyrics they're a bit...goofy? I don't like it much at all - but it's the era, I get that, so I'll not knock Gershwin - just grading on Ella and the band here. Not really a genre I love but this is one of the most famous and celebrated singers in American history; for those like me it's a necessary education/addition to the list and has been an excellent listen. I feel like I'm giving this a bit of a legacy rating - even though I'm unlikely to listen to the album again, I enjoyed it more than I expected (again not grading the lyrics so much which for me are best-ignored) and to get by the mammoth running time of this I could see making a (much) shorter "best of" this best of for a personal compilation. 7/10 4 stars

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The songs on this album are great for lounge/ background music. It transports one to a place of stillness and calm. Its like a warm blanket on a cold day

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No words to describe this voice

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Butter.

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Ella is great, and I love the big band and crooner oldies, but this Gershwin covers album didn't do much for me. Tried 3x. Pretty boring record.

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0:00:30 (01) Wow this is Tom and Jerry-ish 0:01:30 (01) This is surprisingly listenable for me. Not a fan of jazz but I have a big hope that I'll enjoy this one. 0:07:23 (02) That was pretty good. Only 72 songs left... 0:10:40 (02) *yawns* 0:12:20 (02) Since the 4th disc is just a bunch of alternate takes, I will skip that. Only 57 tracks then, let's hope that we will reach track 57. 0:14:20 (03) Wow vocals! Love that voice, that type of singing always take me to the '50s despite the fact that I wasn't even born during those times. 0:22:53 (05) I wonder why this literal compilation album is chosen for the list. Not that it's bad, it's just H U G E. It has an expected fair share of "eh" tracks, like this one. 0:26:32 (06) Lmao the '50s have at least a couple of weird pop songs too. 0:30:51 (07) That voice does better in the ballads. The pop-ish songs are not my jam. 0:33:18 (08) Just kidding. This one is ballad is it's boring. 0:36:05 (09) I'm considering giving up rn. But let's hold on for a bit. 0:37:35 (09) My favorite Beatles album, "Revolver" is considered one of the best and most influential albums of all time. And it's only 35 minutes long. I mean, I'm just thinking that if this is a rock album, then today's listen is finished now. 0:41:45 (10) I mean hiphop albums are usually 70-ish minutes. And that's why they're usually challenging as a listen for me. Oh wait, I'm still listening to an album right now? Lmao I almost forgot. 0:44:21 (11) It's incredible to think that I'm barely 25% into the album as of now. 0:45:11 (11) Love this track and its instrumental break though. 0:52:15 (13) Wonderful track indeed. Woke me up at the moment. 0:57:47 (14) *yaaaaaawwwnnn* "The Wall" is another album that I love. It's 81 plus minutes long. At this time, Pink is probably going Nazi already. 1:00:00 (15) Achievement unlocked: BOOMER MUSIC OVERDOSE (Listen to non-stop '50s pop-jazz music for an hour) 1:04:06 (16) Should I take a break after disc 1 or is it cheating? 1:09:22 (18) Wow, ragtime aint it? Pretty neat way to end a disc. 1:13:36 (19) Yes, "who cares" indeed. Who cares if this is their "very best" or "most influential". Who cares if I didn't finish this album and rated it anyway? 1:26:28 (23) I figuuuuuured ouuuuuutt thaat lissteniiiing to someoneeeee singiiiiiiiing liiiike thiiiiiisssss maakess me sleeeeepppyy.... 1:37:14 (26) This one's pretty good. 1:42:25 (28) Is this really an album one should listen to before they die? I mean three hours of old music is a unique experience. But is it worth it? Does it provide a whole new way to experience music? Is it a good experience? 1:44:20 (29) The 21st Century Fox theme plays and I thought, maybe Is should put an end on this self imposed torture. So now I will raise the white flag and end this madness... 1:46:22 (29) [Game over]; Mission: Listen to it from cover to cover [Failed]; Mission: At least listen to the first three discs [Failed]; Mission: Appreciate the music despite the ridiculous length of this album [Failed]; Mission: At least appreciate Ella Fitzgerald's beautiful voice [Accomplished].

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Get's a bit fuckin tiresome this pretty quickly doesn't it?

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It's nice. I mean, it's great. It's Ella Fitzgerald. It's lovely. It's proficient, adept, and sets the mood. It's fantastic background music. Maybe that's the point, you take your mistress to a lounge, eat some steak, and grab her thigh while the music tries to be as unobtrusive as possible. Not sure what to rate it.

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Absolutely beautiful in every way. Immediately blended into the background. Floated around the room and harmonized with the hum of a small in-wall heater, struggling against the cold morning air. C

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There's technically nothing wrong with this album, but it didn't interest me at all. It's good background noise for movies and bars/restaurants, or even for classy house parties, but not enough to desire a listen by itself. I will give it props for making smooth music and Fitzgerald's vocals was pleasant.

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The first song was pretty good, but it got worse. It is definitely not bad, in fact the singing is very beautiful, but it's just not my cup of tea. Truthfully, it feels outdated.

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Another example of something I acknowledge is great and performed well, but is simply not my style. I can appreciate the talent here, though. Her voice is wonderful and the songs are pleasant.

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Im not sure if you have to be a fan of Ella Fitzgerald or George Gershwin, I’m guessing it’s the latter. I now know that I am not.

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l. 12/26-28 Masterpiece. Standout Tracks... A lot. Best of? Let's Call The Whole Thing Off, (I've Got) Beginner's Luck, Just Another Rhumba, By Strauss It goes on. Truly great.

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5

Just so so beautiful. Will be buying this vinyl ASAP!

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Crackerjack!

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Amazing

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Perfect from start to finish

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I don't event know if I listened to the right album, but I listened to 3h of Ella Fitzgerald. So good... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzNbt6Ufcv4

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Ella is always A+

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☆☆☆☆☆

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M'ha agradat descbrir-lo!

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Super! So comforting and easy to relax to.

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Long.

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I love her voice! It’s so calming. Completely enjoyed every song

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As expected, Ella was fantastic on this album! Classic songs from top to bottom that were all amazing! (Listened to the highlights version, not whole three hours)

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Beautiful.

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If you had to give one best example of 20th century American song writing, this would probably be it.

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Beautiful Record. Listened to it back to back five or six times.

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Come on. It's one of the most recognizable voices in history doing some of the most catchy, melodic, enjoyable music ever written. How can you realistically do better?

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ella good

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Such an important album to listen to. Now I need to go listen to sinatra

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5

this gives me femme fatale smoking a cigarette and sippin' on some bourbon vibes.

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5

was not expecting to be so intrigued by this. the lyrics function really well with the tones.

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OMG, Ella Fitzgerald singing Gershwin is an easy 5 stars. I hadn't heard this album before, but wasn't even finished with the first track before I realized this album was going to be great. Would listen again. Frequently.

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Ella's voice soothes me in the same way as Karen Carpenter's, and with superb joyful jazz standards "who could ask for anything more"! There is also a shorter "very best of the Gershwin songbook" available too.

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“The Very Best of the Gershwin Songbook” by Ella Fitzgerald (1959) The great Ella Fitzgerald sings 12 great songs written by the great songwriting duo (the great George Gershwin and the great Ira Gershwin), arranged by the great Nelson Riddle performed with the backing of his great orchestra released in the great year 1959 delivering great sound produced by the great Norman Granz for his great record label Verve. Do you get an idea of where this is headed? But, it must be noted, the album is a collection of the ‘top’ 12 tracks from the 59 songs included on the original five-LP “Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook”, and thus is sort of a “greatest hits” compilation. It stretches the standard selection criteria of the 1001 Albums project. Now, to the main point of assessing a product like this: Ella Fitzgerald’s voice has everything—resonance, control, range, diction, power, soul, dynamic scope, and metaphysical transcendence (well, perhaps that’s overdoing it a bit). Her delivery can be characterized as sultry, but still capable of expressing laughter through the words and tones. She hits every curveball that tag team relievers Gershwin, Gershwin, and Riddle throw at her. George Gershwin composes melodies with intervals that are challenging for any singer. And while Barbra Streisand and Ella Fitzgerald can both master these intervals in the studio (e.g., “Someone to Watch Over Me”) only Fitzgerald can do it live (not heard on this album, but well worth exploring). In sum, Ella Fitzgerald’s voice is simply amazing. Riddle’s quasi-humorous inclusion of strains of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” in the outro to “The Man I Love” probably elicited an eye-rolling giggle from Fitzgerald. But Riddle’s arrangements are, in fact, superb. He is likely, for instance, surpassed only by Glenn Miller in his effective use of solo bass trombone. Some of his humorous countermelodies are a referential stretch, but entertaining every time. Ira Gershwin mastered the art of stretching to reach a rhyme, and he rarely enters the realm of the profound. But he’s a dutiful slave to meter, if that’s a good thing. Listen to the first ten seconds of “Embraceable You” if that’s all the time you have (and if that’s truly all the time you have, I feel sorry). The only flaw I spotted in this album was that the song “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” should have been arranged in a key that is one whole step higher. Fitzgerald can’t quite descend to the tonic with confidence. But even for a quasi-“greatest hits” collection, this recording is still top notch. 5/5

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Great voice. Great music.

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If I could only listen to one artist for the rest of my life Ella Fitzgerald would be way up in the running. I discovered her music as a teenager & she’s seen me through the good & the bad for 40+ years. The combination of Fitzgerald’s voice & the music of Gershwin is what Sunday afternoons were made for. Just stunning.

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ella's probably has one of the greatest voices ever. her tone is impeccable.

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Amazing

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Really liked it! Lovely voice.

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Ella is the queen.

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Fantastic, soulful voice

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I mean. It’s Ella. Of course it’s brilliant.

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Elegantly composed music, sung by an exquisite singer

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Ella . Gershwin. Music doesn't get much more perfect than this. Ella's voice is otherworldly. My only complaint I would love to hear these songs arranged for a small combo. Note. My rating is for a vinyl copy I have if Volume 1, not the full 3 volume box set 5 stars

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Standouts - Love Is Here To Stay; But Not For Me Very mellow jazz Great singing

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Finding out that today's album was from the great Ella Fitzgerald, I started listening with high expectations. She met all of them, and took me through this story of someone longing for love. I listened to the "best of" edition of this album, not having time for all 55 tracks of the original album, but I will definitely have to give it a full listen soon.

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5

I don't really like to see compilations on this list, but anything by Ella Fitzgerald is always welcome. One of the most pleasant and crystal clear voices of all time. This 45 minutes of heavenly music makes me want to seek out the complete Gershwin songbook.

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5

Great album nothing more nothing less

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What’s to say? Mastery on top of mastery. Within its genre (if that’s the word) it couldn’t really get any better.

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No deja de ser un disco de covers pero si es Ella por Gershwin todo trasciende hasta convertirse en una obra maestra absoluta. Jazz orquestal preciosista y precioso que junto a ese swing vocal que le da la Fitzgerald convierten en oro cualquier tema de los grabados en estas sesiones. Lo escuchas hoy y sigue sonando nuevo, joven. Para dejarte llevar. Increíble.

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A lovely listening experience :) What a voice!

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I liked it. Even though it was 3+ hours long I did not felt the time. I enjoyed the album. Ella's voice is a blessing to hear.

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Oh Ella, my favourite jazz singer of all time. i would listen to her sing the phone book. But this is not the phone book, but a major volume of the great American songbook. A massive project to record a huge number of the Gershwin's greatest output, with beautiful orchestrations, that create a lush bed for Ella's incomparable voice. Truth be told, I prefer her 1950 Gershwin album; her voice is a little brighter and the orchestrations a little less cheesy. But this really is a major work of popular song of the 20th century.

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5

These weren't the Gershwin songs I'm most familiar with, but they're good and she's great.

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E.xellent

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Uma deliciosa viagem ouvir esse álbum! Melhor música: S'Wonderful Bônus: Someone to Watch over me e Love is here to stay

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The warmth, love and just beauty of Ella’s voice is amazing. This album warmed my soul through and through. Loved it!

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Ella's voice is enchanting, and the songs compliment her voice beautifully. This album felt like a comfy dream that I didn't want to wake up from. Will definitely be listening to this album again.

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"I never knew how good our songs were until I heard Ella Fitzgerald sing them". - Ira Gershwin This collection features my favorite era of American music and one of the tops of the genre - Ella Fitzgerald. While it's her name on the album, it's a veritable who's who of greats that made this collection possible. Aside of Ella being the highlight vocalizing the amazing words of the brothers Gershwin, this would not be possible at all without Nelson Riddle's orchestration. I've struggled to get through some of the selections on this list that are only one disc. The whopping six discs of music on this selection wasn't enough for me. I could've gone for more Ella Fitzgerald.

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Beautiful voice

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5

Ella Fitzgerald. Nelson Riddle. Gershwin tunes. A perfect way to spend the day! Among the best things I every listened to.

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Lucky I like a Gershwin tune (how about you?) because this was a lot of them. Ira's rhymes don't hurt either --- here's one of my favorites: "The only work that really brings enjoyment Is the kind that is for girl and boy meant" With Ella's smooth and silky voice and Nelson Riddle's lush arrangements, this was pure delight from start to finish.

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5

The 3+ hours was a lot of time to work into today for just one listen, but it sure was worth it.

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Oh wow. There aren't many folks I'd like to spend 3.25 hours with. But Ella Fitzgerald, Nelson Riddle, Ira Gershwin, and George Gershwin... This was a magic time, and I'd have gladly spent more time with them. I can't imagine a more perfect combination. This was a lovely day to spend with these masters. I'd do it all again.

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OH MY GOD! I've been waiting for an Ella album! Not too lie, I did not have her on my playlist until a bit more than 4 years ago, starting with Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, and would not have thought that'd be the start of my love for jazz! Love her so so much. And I got this album on a cold rainy working day which was a great reward!

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5

I get why she’s the best. Voice like honey. Such lovely movement through changes. She a real G.

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5

Beautiful album!

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5

Very smooth and relaxing

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5

I sang a surprising number of these songs in high school choir. Of course, Ella sings the heck out of them.

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5

Great Album, one of the best to enjoy in a good evening or a good night

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5

Damn that was the best 195 minute album I’ve ever heard 10/10

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Pure, unadulterated joy. One of the most important recordings of the twentieth century. The playful lyrics and tunes of the Gershwins, the impeccable artistry of Ella Fitzgerald and the classy arrangements of Nelson Riddle come together - this is sheer indulgence.

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'SWonderful

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That was even better than I expected. Nobody does the standards better than Ella. Not Frank, not Bing. Nobody. That voice is so warm, so smooth, so perfect. If you want to be picky, some of the lyrics don't fit my feminist leanings. But Someone To Watch Over Me is a song with astounding longing, just pouring from the singer's heart. The secret is in the delivery - straight. No warbles, no melisma, no screeching out high notes, just honouring the melody.

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Ella Fitzgerald infusing her magic into dozens of songs from the Great American Songbook? Yes, please. I don't want to write anything more about her lest I diminish her greatness even in the slightest way. Love you, Lady Ella.

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One of the best voices of all time, but this was a chore to get through. Some fantastic standards, and the session musicians are fantastic. 5/5 for Ella's voice, 4/5 for the studio musicians (real talent, but the music was "beneath" their talents), but this is an absolute never listen to again album just because of its length, so that's a 3/5. Averages out to a 4.

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Ella had a wonderful voice. The arrangements are sparse, probably to show her off. Nice snow day music. Favorite tracks: "Maybe", "Soon", "But Not for Me"

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Very good jazzy background music

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Great talent, but not super stimulating on the day

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All the songs I play on piano, with lyrics included! Some of these songs seem like they were made for her to sing

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So many classic tunes. Ella Fitzgerald was a cultural icon. I love it so. 4 stars

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Classic vibes with soothing vocals

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Long but worth it🙏

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Nice if you're in the mood.

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Didn't listen to all the songs but the songs I did here were really pretty. Lots of love.

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I love Ella! All were great songs, but some more so than others.

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This album flowed SO WELL it did not feel like 3 hours of music. Classic, amazing lyrics, so atmospheric and nice. Impossible to choose a favorite song with such a plethora of great tracks. I wonder if all the songbooks are this hype? Only not giving it a 5 as it IS very long, so I was not able to give multiple listens and really delve into it as much as I hoped.

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You can never go wrong with Ella. Maybe it was a too much to have a really memorable moment, but overall it was a great soothing listen.

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Really beautiful voice and great songs.

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Based on first hour because three dang hours: I was expecting a lot of fluff with a few iconic recordings but Ella Fitzgerald is a really great and charismatic singer and really makes it a fun listen all the way through. This Aussie gives it four smokos with your grandma out of five.

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its very long

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Perfect kitchen music

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4

Not my style really but would listen again

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It was very, very nice I felt like it was Christmas

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magical. old disney vibes

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her voice s’ one of the very bests and these songs make me so calm but happy very romantic <3

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Classic 30-40s Jazz. Love it

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But Not For Me - I’m getting lost in her voice and the instrumentation. simply beautiful to listen to tbh.

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I absolutely loved her voice, however the album is literally 3 hours long, I'd only use it for background music.

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A great collection of massive songs from that era, brought to life by this amazing vocalist.

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Wonderful

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Love Ella. Not a huge Gershwin fan. But her voice with the music was certainly lovely.

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Pros: Ella, Diverse Array, Great Instrumentalists Cons: Long, Mind-Numbing = Good tunes to listen to on individual or short burst basis

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Esta bien, tranquilo, buena música y una voz genial.

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Awesome album. I love a bit of Gershwin so to have Ella sing on top is lovely.

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Very beautiful

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Enjoyable, but very long. 3.5 / 5

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Relaxing!

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Good stuff

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Rich classics full of style and quality

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It just sounds so incredibly old. Still, the singing is good, the voice is great. Not something I'd listen to actively, but was a very pleasant background album for working.

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It's really good. I never thought I'd like a jazz album that much, I mean, I like jazz and soul, but I had never listened a album full of them and it's really nice

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There are some gems in here songwriting-wise, but the true marvel is the vocal work. Ella is undoubtedly one of the greats.

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good

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Ella Fitzgerald- Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George and Ira Gershwin Song Book (1958): Something about Ellas’ voice and the delicate instrumentation and fantastic production of this record really brings to life what I’d think the fifty’s sounded like.

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I listened to the whole (3+hrs) thing, farrout. Production is amazing and arrangements are great but the star of the show is definitely Ella Fitzgerald’s voice. There’s so much here to unpack but it’s a lovely big band suite. Fab tracks: Let’s call the whole thing off, love is here to stay and fascinating rhythm

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One of the best voices ever. Lovely tunes.

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Dinner party, quite morning stirring music. Fan of the slower movements as I’ve never enjoyed the energy of big band arrangements. Was glad to see that the first track was not an indicator for the rest of the album. Lovely, natural reverb on Ella’s voice, especially noticed it on Someone To Watch Over Me. Ok, now the reverb is all I can hear in this album, and I love it. This morning I've gone down a rabbit hole of looking at where this was recorded, Capitol Studio A. Need to listen more closely to the countless albums recorded there.

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Ella is een baas. Goede arrangementen en repertoire. Beetje low energy, maar super goed. Beste tracks: Nice work if you can get it, fascinating rhythm, embraceable you. 4/5

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: I got rhythm, The man I love, Love is here to stay

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What a voice! Not a fan of big band, but beautiful nonetheless.

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I think this is brilliant, i know many of the songs from differnet versions and artists but ella fitzgerald's phrasing and modulation is unique. I would never have thought that i would ever prefer an artist version over frank sinatra but you cant take that away from me seems to be more natural from ella. Awesome some

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Very good music. Not a style I would listen too much at all, but it is undoubtably great.

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Overall this album was solid. Ella's voice is great, she was really talented. I just feel like I was getting a little bit bored with the songs by the end of the album. It would be great background / study music though. 4/5 stars.

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Jazz del de antes.

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Awesome voice. Don't love song content.

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Super solid. Instrumentation and vocals. Lyrics are rock solid too.

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4/5 Wonderful voice

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sounds sweet, really tender stuff, but not very expressy

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I can appreciate her talent and flawless delivery. Solid 4.4

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I cannot say that I "feel" and "understand" jazz at this moment in my life. But Ella is a genius who brought me a little closer to this understanding. Most liked compositions: Just another rhumba, Sam and Delilah, But not for me, My One and Only, The Man I love, Clap Yo Hands, The Half of it, He loves and She loves

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I'm not super well versed in jazz, but I enjoyed this a lot! I don't know how often I'll revisit it, but I'm certainly very glad that I listened to it. Also, I was getting conflicting info on what to listen to, so I listened to "The Very Best of the Gershwin Songbook", just for the record.

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Gorgeous album, like whipped cream.

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Smooooooooth. And what a voice! Felt very calm listening to it :)

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oold slow but still nice

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Her voice is superb and I'm not able to do any criticism over it. It could be a crime. The album itself is cool, but a little bit repetitive. It's, at least for me, a real document that deserves appreciation and studies over it, for many reasons. However, for an "innocent" session of good music, I believe that we have many other good albums, including some Ella Fitzgerald works.

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Nice album. Showcases the voice of Ella

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Buttery smooth, cozy. I thought it was going to be repetitive big band, but surprisingly there was a lot of variety. Nice listen on a fall afternoon. Did fade into the background, but it’s nearly perfect.

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Really nice classic vocal jazz and super easy to listen to. Calming in a way. 7/10.

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Ella's voice is amazing and I love Gershwin's compositions so the combination is magical. The songs do start to meld a bit after hour 2, which is why the full album is bumped down from 5 to 4 stars.

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Jazzy chill background music

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I very likely wouldn’t have listened to this if not for this project, but it was wonderful.

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Great collection.... but no WOW

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Simple easy to listen

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Oh maaaan that was silky smooth. What a voice. I loved the choice of songs, and the direct & uncluttered way she phrases the melodies.

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bretty gud

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Una voce incredibile. Atmosfera sognante e rilassata. Grande tecnica e grandissimo amore per la musica. Riesce a far visualizzare un'epoca.

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Classic, good for working or just relax

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Soft calm, ballet music? She just sings and it doesn't bother.

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Classic

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Holy fuck I forgot how much of a voice Ella's GAT. And the music in the background, with all the knowledge of music I've got, is just a lot of fun to listen to. This album definitely feels like it belongs in the 1950s.

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Ella Fitzgerald's voice is completely unmatched. She has such a wide range that she freely travels. And yet nothing is overdone, her voice works right along side the music. The instrumental is wonderful as well, the violins help give a very whimsical sound. The songs are very relaxing and pleasant, its hard to be in a bad mood listening to this album. Each individual instrument (and Ella) would sound great even isolated from the rest of the song. When its all brought together it feels like everything just harmonizes. As much as I like this artist, its just not something I could listen to on my personal playlists. The style is just not something id listen to at any time in the real world and it can't fit with the other artists I listen to. Its not just unique, but its out of place outside of its era. 8/10 Incredible talent from everyone involved but its as much as I could give for an album I wont listen to in my own time.

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I love Ella. I love Gershwin. What more is there to say?

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Absolutely stunning voice, one of the best singers of all time, and she makes it sound effortless. Favorite Track: I Got Rhythm Relisten: Yes

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Ella is an absolute legend. Not every song hit, but her talent more than makes up for that.

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it is not easy to find the definitive version of this album

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- Fascinating Rythm - Let's Call The Whole Thing Off

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Classic. What a voice, magical!

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Chassis! Super Stimmung, Stimme, Arrangement! Top!

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Ella is always a classic!

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Ainoita laulajia, jotka vois varmaan laulaa vaikka niitä joululauluja ja kuuntelisin. Lumoava ääni. Tässä ehkä vähän "turhat" orkesterisovitukset. Oon tykänny vielä enemmän, kun Ella on jonkun pienen bändin tai vaan pianistin kanssa.

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classic music by a great singer

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Great combination of classic, jazz and pop music. Probably the most complex pop music ever made.

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Heard a few songs by her before and liked them, this made me like her even more

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Stellar and smooth. Ella has such an amazing voice and though the 5 discs on Apple Music was quite a bit to wade through, it was all enjoyable.

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Big band songs about love. Good.

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An album that in many ways embodies that time when Bort had spunk all over his face.

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Ella, how's your fella? Does he keep you in his cellar? Ella, how's your man? Is he still fisting his nan? Ella, how's your boy? Fucking children with their toys? A little bit of spit never harmed anyone you know. Would you like me to cook you a beef Wellington, Susan? Well, would you? Answer me!

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Didn't listen to the full 4+ hour version, just the best of version. Her voice is beautiful, this is a very warming/comforting album.

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You can't go wrong with Ella Fitzgerald. However, this actually isn't an album

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Nice

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Classic songs, great voice. The verses on these things are just terrible though! The verse on S'Wonderful made my entire body cringe.

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Wonderful album. Didn't have my favourites from Ella but I love jazz and love Ella. Relaxing, good to have on white you're working. Favourite songs: Oh, Lady Be Good, Embraceable You, 'S Wonderful

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Beautiful voice, relaxing

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Great singer, recognized some of the songs. I don't totally get the hype around Gershwin but that's okay!

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I could not stop listening to this even though some of the songs are kind of dated. Just love that voice.

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I like Ella Fitzgerald as much as the next man but three hours night be pushing it.

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Great stuff. Could see how it wouldn't be for everyone as it obviously leans in a jazz and showtimes sort of direction but I thought it was great

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Quite lovely vocal jazz. Songs are fun, if standards, I am really on a 3.5 but it is Friday.

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Not 100% sure I listened to the right album. Not to worry as that was a couple of hours of exquisite jazz sing by an angel.

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She's a legend... but I'd only ever listened to one or two songs by her. Incredible voice is undeniable. Not my genre of choice, however. Listened to 'The Very Best Of', not the huge version. They are all enjoyable songs to listen to. Her voice is spectacular and carried me through the songs easily with no complaints. Songs could be quite repetitive. Overall: wonderful voice, good songs. Not something I'd listen to again, though. Favs: I Got Rhythm, Embraceable You, Someone To Watch Over Me Initial rating: 4/5

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Ella Fitzgerald's American Sonbook album are something special, and the Gershwin one is the best of the bunch. Nelson Riddle's lush, yet melancholic orchestration paired with Ella's remarkable voice make for an unmissable album. 4/5

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Just lovely

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Fav songs: I got rhythm, nice work if you can get it, love is here to stay

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I don't particularly care for jazz vocals, but if you must listen to it, this is it.

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Under the arrangement of the masterful Nelson Riddle, and sung by the OD (original diva) Ella Fitzgerald, 'The Gershwin Songbook' flourishes. There’s a little bit of everything here: the wistful tune of ‘But Not For Me,’ the playful innocence of ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It,’ the stylish blues of ‘Love Is Here To Stay,’ the big band boom and creative polyrhythmic meter of ‘Fascinating Rhythm,’ with Ms. Fitzgerald effortlessly maneuvering all the required syncopation (she can do this in her sleep, folks), and even introducing us to a little lingo from the 1950’s in the lyric ‘I’m always shaking just like a flivver!’ A flivver is a cheap car (or plane) in a bad condition, like the AMC Gremlin I used to drive in high school, which shook at any speed over 50 mph. Apparently, the Gershwins were inspired by the energy of Manhattan in their composition of ‘Fascinating Rhythm.’ Most of the songs, though, are about romantic love- dreaming about it, longing for it, the joy of discovering it, the sorrow of losing it. Love is ‘the best work of all, if you can get it.’ (‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’) ‘And you can get it if you try… and if you can get it, won’t you tell me how?!’ Ella Fitzgerald is known and revered for her ability to scat up a storm, but we are mostly treated on The Gershwin Songbook to her silky, smooth as buttermilk vocals, perfectly suited to the intimate mood of these songs. However, we also get mirthful Ella on ‘They All Laughed’ (at our love), ‘But, ho, ho, ho! Who’s got the last laugh now?!’ and even seductress Ella on ‘Lorelei,’ where she sings ‘I’m treacherous. I just can’t hold myself in check. I’m lecherous. I want to bite my initials on a sailor’s neck.’ No need to fear, though. Ella’s bite is more of a delicious nibble than a devouring nosh. Nelson Riddle’s orchestral arrangements throughout are simply exquisite. From the gorgeously plaintive rise of the final verse and conclusion of ‘The Man I Love’ to the bluesy horn work on ‘Love Is Here To Stay,’ or just something as simple, yet effective, as the playful fluttering of a flute on ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It,’ Riddle manages to capture whatever lyrical mood the Gershwin’s are putting down, and shows the expert restraint that compliments and enhances rather than interferes with the performance of the song. 'The Gershwin Songbook' is a wonderfully ambitious collaborative exercise. It was a joy to listen to, but also left me a bit sorrowful. For I was born in the summer of 1959, six months before its release, and these songs clearly reveal the cultural loss of innocence that has transpired in my lifetime. Not to get too maudlin, but I fear that we might never again hear lyrics like these: ‘Someday he’ll come along, the man I love. And he’ll be big and strong, the man I love… Maybe I shall meet him Sunday, maybe Monday, maybe not. Still, I’m sure to meet him one day. Maybe Tuesday will be my good news day. He’ll build a little home that’s meant for two from which I’ll never roam. Who would, would you? And so, all else above, I’m dreaming of the man I love.’

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Such a fantastic voice.... She really brought these beautiful songs to life

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Beautiful voice, easy listening album.

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She’s got a great voice, super chill album

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Was interesting to listen to music from that era but at the end of the day, it didn't do much for me, decent

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Not a big fan of jazz but I did enjoy some songs on the album. 3h 14m though is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too long...... what the hell. + I don't understand the last disc

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Not necessarily bad, but not so much my style, definitely not for 3 hours.

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You can't beat Ella's voice, and paired with Gershwin.....classic. But as an album to listen to, I prefer her soul or blues stuff. For me that's where her voice comes into its own.

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Very pleasant but not really my style. Has a relaxing by the fire kind of feel a lot of the time.

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Ella is amazing but not liking all of the Gershwin catalogue

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Lovely voice but the songs all start to sound the same

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At first it didn’t resonate with me but the latter half of the album resonated more with me. The songs themselves were kind of awful in the beginning and her crooning wasn’t enough to save them but then there was some synergy once it got a bit more upbeat.

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Not my type

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Beautiful voice but the tunes didn’t interest me.

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That was a much younger Ella than I had heard before

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Très relax, lounge-style

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I'm not a Gershwin fan nor this era of big band sound, but I must say that no one has a voice as silky smooth as Ella.

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Just One Of Those ThingsElla Fitzgerald 3:32 2 SummertimeLouis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald 4:58 3 Night And DayElla Fitzgerald 3:06 4 The Way You Look TonightElla Fitzgerald

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Was nice

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Good, relaxing music, quite calm!! Same sound like Mauritus Island!

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It's good to hear Ella in her prime. And how can you not like those Gershwin Bros. lyrics> Why did I have to succumb-bah To that rhumba? Can you imagine anything dumb-bah?

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This is great isn't it? Floats along effortlessly driven by one of the voices of any generation. Jazzier than I was expecting which is a good thing. Great morning listening. maybe gets a little samey in the second half, would prefer a few more etta jamesy upbeat songs. 3/5

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Thank you Ella this was beautiful

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Ella is an amazing singer and this is shown throughout (OK I didn't make it through all 73 songs but it's safe to assume this didn't change). Great music and orchestra. A strange thought is there were too many good things and fewer instruments would be less distraction from the main event. Of course I never think this when listening to Pavarotti so my POV is likely due to my being used to her having smaller bands. 

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Deze kon mij net iets minder bekoren

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Het doet me af en toe denken aan de klassieke Dinseyfilms. Niet slecht.

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Lovely, but too much at 44 minutes. Trim off ten minutes and it would have been a ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Fine. Hard to truly remember any individual songs, but a nice, relaxed vibe.

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This retro soul album was a delight to explore. I enjoyed listening to it but I would probably never play it again.

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Some are great, others, not so. As an album, too long for me!

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great singing, just some corny songs.

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Love it.

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Ella Fitzgerald has a great voice and I appreciate the jazzy swings on Gershwin Songbook. It's just a record I would not consider listening to again, as I do not think I will ever be in a mood to like it as much as I should. 3/5.

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Pre 60's Disney music, very soothing voice 7/10

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Easy listening…pleasant. First time listening to Ella for an extended period.

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Lovely compilation.

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Fond memories of dinner with my grandparents. I think every song on this has probably been done better but no one matches her consistency.

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It was a good album for what it is. I always love her voice and the way she carries the music she sings. Very lulling which might make it seem a little boring.

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música de radio de fallout

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Smooth …. great songs … great voice … they feel clever rather than moving

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Honestly just a beautiful voice songs of love and hope always down

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Lovely but not entirely my cup of tea. Gershwin and Ella are legends for a reason though!

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Ich weiß dass das ein ungerechter Vorwurf ist und es großartige Musik ist herausragend gesungen. Aber es ist einfach zu viel Bigband

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Schön, aber halt n komplettes kompendium…

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She is not my styl but she sings like a angel. The best: i got rhythm.

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Reminds me of my Grandpa John and Grandma Helen along with Linda Ronstadt partnering with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. That's really just a sentimental way of saying the album made me want to start smoking cigarettes. If I'm being honest, there are other singers and interpreters from her era who have a greater impact on me. This isn't to discount Lady Ella's legendary status, and it could be a way of showing my Gen X colors, but I prefer Ronstadt's voice to Ella Fitzgerald's. And that lucky bastard Nelson Riddle worked with both of them. I didn't listen to the 3+ hour box set version of the album, but I don't think that would have affected my rating.

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My first day at this, and quite an intimidating entry. The music was perfectly fine, but surely this is not meant to be enjoyed as an album per se, but rather sampled occasionally?

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Don't know how I'm going to listen to 3 hours of this. Amazing voice. These songs are everywhere and these feel like superior versions. V.good It's very nice indeed.

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but not for me is a banger bambi spring scene type beat

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Oozes with class

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Buena voz. De cuando se apreciaba la voz de una buena cantante.

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A really lovely chilled start to the day. Can imagine this album would be perfect to listen to with a cup of coffee on the patio on a Summer's morning. :-)

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не ну чот не готов я был к ней, хотя вроде и слуху причтно, но чот не слушаю я таких вот ребят

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3/5

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Not sure if it’s the exact version as there were 3 on Apple Music. Love Ella and her phrasing, My One and Only is great.

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I understand why it’s on the list.

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Oh, what a beautiful jazz, perfect any day of the week.

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Good listening.

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Lovely stuff

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A beautiful voice and a bunch of standards. However it lacks the raucousness and excitement of Ella at her best, and sticks in a nice easy jazz mode most of the way through. By no means bad, but too polite for my tastes, sadly.

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Not bad, but pretty generic. I’ve said this before, but I feel like most albums from this time sounds the same.

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Objectively good. Won't listen again.

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Better than I was expecting. She had a lovely voice. 3*

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Very pleasant. She definitely has a fantastic voice. The instrumentation plays a suitable compliment without taking away the focus from her voice.

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mixed bag because I enjoy Ella Fitzgerald but do not care for show tunes

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Nice Big Band with great vocals.

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Listen, the music here is objectively very good. But this collection asks you to listen to waaaaaaaay too much of it.

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Deze muziek past goed bij de tijd van het jaar, vind ik.

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Jazz. Bueno aunque aburrido.

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Disney music. Very good and very well done but my brain can really only hear it as disney music

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Tykkään kyllä tästä bassoäänestä mut ei iske samalla tavalla ku muut jazz-standardien tulkinnat. 3/5

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Varsin nautinnollista. Vähän ehkä biisien aiheet toistaa itteään mutta se lienee Gershwinin syy.

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It’s nice, but too long

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I'm not sure if I have the right album, since there seem to be about 9 "Gershwin Songbooks"... Assuming I've got the right one, there's a bit of scat, blues, jazz, and classically great sounds and technically sound (no pun intended) music being played. And let's be honest, even if I had gotten the album incorrect, it would sound good nonetheless. Would be good for a rainy day when you want something level, even, smooth to nestle your head on a pillow to.

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I've only heard individual tracks from Ella Fitzgerald before. I enjoyed listening to the album, but I didn't come away with any new favorite tracks. Perhaps if I was more into musicals, I might like the album more. With so many tracks, I don't imagine listening to the album again.

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Best of only, I'm not spending 3 hours. I can appreciate it but it's not for me. 3

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Fine, I guess. Great singer, but I don’t really like Gershwin

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It's pretty good, but not my cup of tea.

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I'm not sure about this album, is this the George and Ira Gershwin? By the way, I don't like so much Gershwin, I think she has sung much better songs.

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actually rather liked it

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Technically lovely. Wouldnt listen again.

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Only listened to the greatest hits from the Gershwin Song book as per the Spotify link, Great voice and great songs can see me revisiting this.

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good singer

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Undoubtedly a good piece of work. It is very long and extensive. It is hard to listen to so many songs all at once. 3/5.

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Nice songs, but none that I saved.

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I enjoyed the more upbeat ones of this album, found some of the slow ones a little dull but perhaps you have to be in the mood for this. I listened to this first thing on my birthday having just had my train cancelled and having to get a bus instead. I appreciated what this is though and enjoyed the strings

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Ok so I started listening to the full 3 hour shebang rather than the best of that this site suggests. That's not a great start when you have a lot of catching up to do... I LOVE Ella and I listen to her music often. I mean what a babe what a voice, so much fun word play in these tunes. I love Nice work if you can get it lol it's such a funny song. Then on the other hand I hate Oh, Lady be Good. It's just too pathetic and out-dated and it pisses me off. Basically Ella Fitzgerald is a babe and a legend but this ain't my fave album.

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Overdose de sucre Prefs: Sam and Delilah, Let's Call the Whole Thing Off, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Just Another Rhumba, By Strauss, The Real American Folk Song (is a Rag), Who Cares?, They All Laughed, Strike Up The Band, Aren't You Kind of Glad We Did?, He Loves and She Loves, Slap That Bass, Fascinating Rhythm, I Got Rhythm Moins pref: ????

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Je suis venu à bout des 3h d'album à l'inverse de mon camarade d'écoute robplumière qui a lui lâchement fui le défi imposé par Robert. Une preuve de plus de son infériorité la plus totale, Robert saura j'en suis sûr me recompenser.

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Cet album d'une durée de plus de trois heures est apparemment synthétisé sur Spotify puisque la version de la plateforme ne fait qu'une quarantaine de minutes. J'ai donc appelé Daniel Ek sur son portable. Le Suédois a tenté de me calmer et m'a assuré que Robert avait de toute façon validé mon écoute. Voilà qui est réglé.

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Purely because lush strings and jazz vocals are not my thing, but I can appreciate how brilliantly it is done here.

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“The First Lady of Song”, vild vokal, 40’-50’er vibe, jazz

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I love her voice. I don't love the songs. They all sound very old timey/broadway type showtunes. Ella is much better than this album ever lets her be.

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Ella Fitzgerald has an amazing voice. I think I would have enjoyed another album of hers more as I didnt enjoy the Gerschwin songs.

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Amazing discography. This woman recorded sun up to sun down for a long time.

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Nice background music, but won’t be featuring in my regular rotation

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Cheesy

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Snooze fest

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Don’t mind a bit of Ella. Usually around Christmas time when I’m feeling nostalgic for a time I never actually knew (like some sort of festive Brexiteer). Don’t love Gershwin so much though so this only gets two stars from me.

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Bij dit album precies constant het gevoel dat ik naar een disneyfilm uit de jaren 40 aan het kijken ben. Jammer genoeg is er geen beeld en sorry maar twaalf keer na elkaar bambi bekijken is ook niet meer tof.

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-Very aged Jazz, Mellow -Horns and groovy mellow hihats -Old Timey Theatrical, Slow -Nothing memorable for me

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just not my type of music but obviously a great voice

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Easy listening, background music. Inoffensive

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Good listen, lens into another era.

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compilation smh

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too long bro

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Nice pads and vocal, but i do not like this type of music. It's cool listen something different but I don't play it again

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Vandaag een "greatest hits" album. Heel goede jazz zangeres. Doet me denken aan films uit de jaren '60 of zo. Helaas is de muziek veel te langdradig en slaapverwekkend. Ik kan hier op een vrijdagochtend echt niet naar luisteren. **

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honestly i was falling asleep while listening to this. it was just really calming but boring. i understand she is very influential but just not my style!

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11/19/2021 Today's Album: "The Gershwin Songbook" by Ella Fitzgerald - This album must have been revolutionary at the time, given the bright brass band instrumentation in the background and that it was released before even the 1960s. However, this album ends up sounding really dated to me. There really isn't anything in here that you wouldn't find in some broadway musical and the more I listen, the more it sounds like this album inspired so much of musical music today. It literally sounds like the most boring musical I've ever heard because of that reason and although that is by no fault of the album, the fact that this sound has been polished and perfected to the point it has on Broadway, it makes it very hard to listen to this and not have my ears glaze over. The best moments on this album are the parts that sound most like that Ray Charles album we heard earlier. This album has merit, but it absolutely is not my thing. Score: 4/10 sounds nice but not my thing Highlights: But Not For Me, 'S Wonderful

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Jazz club

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Was unclear what to actual listen to, as the title, wikipedia and cover are all different.

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First lady! Queen of Jazz jne. Onhan tää musa tosi väkevää ja sympaattista. Yhdistyy mun päässä aika paljon Nat King Colen tuotantoon ja varmaan siitä syystä kuulostaa niin armottavan jouluisalta. En pidä joulusta joten hetkitellen nostaa karvat pystyyn. Mut siis itse musa on suht jees tunnelmallista Ellan jazzii. Musasta siis antaisin varmaan 3/5... Kiinnostavampaa kun musiikillinen sisältö on oikeastaan se että miksi typistetty kokoelma vuodelta 2007 on listattu tähän listaan??? Täähän on siis levy joka on julkaistu 1958 alunperin viitenä vinyylilevyjä jotka muodostaa yhdessä "Ella sings Greshwin songbookin". Kyseinen EsG songbook taas on osa taas kahdeksanosaista "The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books" -sarjaa jota tehtiin putkeen joku vähän alle kymmenen vuotta. Miks tää on olennaista on se että tää kyseinen julkaisusarja yleensä listataan täkeiden jazz-julkaisujen listalle. Tää tuntuu musta tosi oudolta pintaraapaisulta. Toki ei tällästä 1001 projektia varten kerään voi laittaa kuuntelee julkasuu joka kestää 15 tuntia. Mitenhän tän arvostelis... 2/5

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Beautiful voice. Not my style. Couldn’t keep me interested on a busy Monday. Maybe I’ll revisit later.

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Prohibitively long. Damn, I really spent all day listening to this. It's certainly not bad, but it's just jazzy/pop standards that Fitzgerald is singing. She's got a fantastic voice, warm and familiar, but three hours of standards isn't necessary to convey that. Granted this is 1959, still in the early days of albums, and there was clearly an accomplishment in play here with the "song book" thing. But it doesn't really work as an album. I respect what was done here, and apparently she did this for a bunch of songwriters' books, but there really ought to be a condensed album for a list like this. The music is honestly really great, and my low rating is a reflection of this outmoded format, which felt like a chore. I bet if I did the "best of" for this, I'd rate it at least a 4. Favorite tracks: Treat Me Rough, Let's Call the Whole Thing Off, Bidin' My Time (no kidding), I've Got a Crush on You. Album art: The one on this site says "the very best of" the Gershwin book, I think that makes more sense. I listened to the whole book. It has a better, abstract art-style cover, but yeah. Long album folks. 2.5/5

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Talented artist….. my parents enjoyed her songs

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Nice voice. Boring songs.

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There are some good songs here but my oh my this was the longest album ever. This was seriously more of a triple album. I was pretty interested in the beginning so it is good. Just something I won’t revisit. 4.6/10

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I enjoyed it for what it is. Probably not something I would ever choose to listen on my own. Was a little disappointed that there was little to no scatting or even upbeat jazz song (which I guess should be expected for Gershwin). 2.5/5

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One of those that I thought I'd like, asi think you're supposed to, but I didn't

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I can tell its great but not for me

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Tym razem ciezkie sie wylosowalo, najdluzszy pick jakiego widziala lista, bo bite 196 minut muzyki na 73 kawalkach, nazwa samego albumu zdradza jego zawartosc Gershwiny byli popularnym duetem kompozytorsko lirycznym klasycznego jazzu, wiec tworczosc Iry i Geogrga Gershwinow spiewa pani Ella Fitzgerald, ktora najbardziej kojarze z kolabow Armstrongowych, ale jakos nigdy nie bylem zafascynowany sama pania Ella zeby zglebiac dyskografie, bo wokalny jazz, zwlaszcza w tak klasycznym wydaniu jak z owego songbooka nie nalezy do moich ulubionych odmian jazzu, no ale dzieki pickowi troche sie go nasluchalem, ale swojej opini nie zmienilem, uslyszalem to czego sie spodziewalem, klasycznych benczmarkow zagranych przez potezna konduktorska orkiestre, ktora stanowi tlo dla czarujacego wokalu pani Fitzgerald, jesli ktos jest fanem to z pewnoscia utonie w takim orgormie materialu, jesli kogos boli, badz nudzi wokalny jazz zlotej ery, to bedzie spal lub plakal, ale jak dla mnie takie brzmienie kojarzy sie praktycznie wylacznie z kinem, wiec dziwne uczucie ma czlowiek gdy slyszy cos takiego przez trzy godziny, bo przed oczyma same przewijaja sie czarno biale obrazy zakochanych i umierajacych dobrych gangsterow, Songbook Gershwiny zaliczony, a wokal pani Fitzgerald wypalony w pamieci

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I appreciate the album but I just didn't find it interesting. And I can't stand 'Let's Call the Whole Thing Off'

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Classic songs, not sure I love this treatment of them. But Ella is a treasure so I'm more inclined to listen to her other stuff

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These "black singer doing other people's songs" albums from the 50s and 60s were alright at first but they're just wearing thin now. Plus, I'm getting musical vibes from this, and musicals are the lowest form of entertainment. 2/5.

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great chill music but not for me

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1.5

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not for me

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Nice. But not really my thing..

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Compilation albums should not be included in the list I think ..but I guess it is a bit of a grey area (thinking of for example "Singles Going Steady" or "Substance"). I can see that this is quality music but it all just sounds very boring to me.

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nope

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no jazz

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bad, made me angry, lame.

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Good

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