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and an amendment: ella and cole

January 16, 2009

it actually relates to this post: more specifically to ms knef’s recordings of cole porter songs (which i still think might be the best recording of his songs… well, maybe – there is always neneh cherry’s fantastic interpretation – as are all interpretations on the sampler red, hot and blue – more here. and then i just heard an interpretation which sparked my interest – but needs some further research).

so i was thinking of posting ella fitzgerald‘s recordings of cole porter songs, recorded for verve records. but i guess i was too lazy for ripping two vinyls. yes, silly me. i mean it is ella fitzgerald. the great ella… but then it is actually an easy to get record – be it as a re-issue, be it here. and yes, it is indeed a very good record.

and then, the other day, i was assisting recordfinder mastah w, i came across – well, i came across a lot of interesting records, and some will certainly find the way onto this blog – another ella & cole record. tah dah!

as some background it’s best i just cite the liner notes:

In 1972, on the anniversary of Cole Porter’s death, I decided to observe this event by recording Ella Fitzgerald in a new album of his material – much of which had been dormant for years. True, in the late 1950’s, I had recorded her in what, I submit; was the definitive interpretation of Porter; as he himself indicated to me when he first heard it. This album differs from the earlier one in that Nelson Riddle does the arrangements. The tunes were those Ella felt she would like to re-record as well as some material that had inadvertently been overlooked in the earlier Verve recordings. This album, originally called “Ella loves Cole” was in release for a short time – and the withdrawn.

I have decided to release the album again adding two other tunes which were not recorded before, one of which is the title song “dream Dancing”.

NORMAN GRANZ, June 1978

so, that should wetten your appetite. as usual lovingly ripped from vinyl:

ella fitzgerald & cole porter – dream dancing

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