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ELLA FITZGERALD - Things Ain't What They Used To Be (And You Better Believe It)
(Jazz, LP Vinyl)
Label: Reprise RS 6432
Features Jazz Dance Brazilian track "Mas Que Nada" (Listen)
Vinyl: VG++ Only the lightest of wear.
Cover: Has original shrink MINT ( see pic )
Mas Que Nada
A Man And A Woman
Days Of Wine And Roses
I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Don't Dream Of Anybody But Me
Things Ain't What They Used To Be
Willow Weep For Me
Just when we're falling in love
Ella Fitzgerald was a versatile singer who could venture into any area of music that she pleased and master it even though the jazz establishment wanted to keep her boxed into only singing old jazz standards...Ella refused to be stifled by these limititations and this great double lp collection is the result...Ella went into the studio in the late sixties with famed record producer Richard Perry and the results are nothing short of extraordinary with one of the most adventuresome and satisfying collections of her brilliant career. This groundbreaking album Ella followed brilliantly with the updated classic Ella styled "Things Ain't What They Used To Be..." which has a great mix of the current material at that time and some standards all done with wonderful big band arrangements by master arranger and conductor Gerald Wilson. Ella is stunning on classics such as "Black Coffee", "Tuxedo Junction", "I Heard It Throught The Grapevine" and stretches all of the songs in this great album to the max with awesome scat routines and loose and exciting vocals making this one of the finest collections in her legendary career. The epitome of greatness and sophisication is Ella's sublime vocal on "Don't Dream Of Anyone But Me" reminding us what a once in a lifetime treasure Ella was and what a loss it is not to be able to go and see her in concert or pick up a new release such as these priceless treasures at a record shop...I miss that...and Thank You Ella for all the wonderful years of sharing your brillance and being the finest!