Ella Fitzgerald Posthumous Live Albums

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  1. shanebrown

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    Over the last twenty or so years, there have been many newly-released live albums by Ella Fitzgerald - some from the labels associated with her, some from independent labels, and others through PD labels in Europe. In my own collection, of the posthumous releases (not including DVDs) I have the following:

    The Ella Fitzgerald Set (JATP recordings, Verve).
    The Complete Birdland Broadcasts (Essential Jazz Classics label - also includes Royal Roost recordings)
    Lausanne, 1953 (Swiss Radio Days)
    Ella at Zardi's (Verve)
    Live in Stockholm, 1957 (Lonehill)
    'Swonderful: Live in Amsterdam 1957 & 1960 (Dutch Jazz Archive Series)
    Live in Paris, 1957-1962 (fremeaux)
    Live at Mister Kelly's (Verve)
    Ella in Berlin (Essential Jazz Classics - includes Cannes Jazz Festival, 1959)
    Twelve Nights in Hollywood (Verve)
    Ella in Japan (Verve)
    Best of the BBC Vaults
    Ella in Budapest (Pablo)
    Live in Cologne, 1974 (Jazzline)
    Sophisticated Lady (Pablo)
    Hamburg Duets, 1976 (Gambit)
    North Sea Jazz Festival, 1979.

    Also, prior to 1996, there is also:

    The Lady Is a Tramp: Belgrade 1961 and 1971 (Jazz Door)
    Live at the Greek (Status)
    Ella in Budapest (Pablo)
    With Tommy Flanagan, 1969 (Laserlight)

    My own purchases of the "new" concerts certainly isn't complete, but I was wondering which of these kinds of releases by Ella (whether in the list above or not) are your own favourites or you think are worthy of particular note?
     
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    I just got Ella at Zardi's (Verve) - 2-lp for my Birthday , i was bummed whne this was put out on Record store day & then sold out so fast BUT , the plans were to release a regular standard Black vinyl version at a later date .
    What a stellar Set From Ella & her band , she shines through both sets ........ maybe not top Fidelity but it does sound good & the performance really is great ...


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    Is this a good pressing? Who remastered it?
     
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    Pressing although silent , both lps have a little bit of a warp that does not effect play & side #1 is but a hair off center again i didn't notice it messing with the play , i looked it up on Discogs & there was a comment about that side being cut a bit off center so they are probably all that way .
    My Biggest gripe is they stuff both lp's into one sleeve instead of making it a gatefold , Mastered at Capitol info from discogs ::


    • Matrix / Runout (SIDE A): B0027944-01-A IS MASTERED AT CAPITOL
    • Matrix / Runout (SIDE B): B0027944-01-B IS MASTERED AT CAPITOL
    • Matrix / Runout (SIDE C): B0027944-01-C IS MASTERED AT CAPITOL
    • Matrix / Runout (SIDE D): B0027944-01-D IS MASTERED AT CAPITOL
    the Lp insert says mastered By Seth Foster
     
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    Thanks for the info. I've had the CD since it came out and was pleasantly surprised at how good the sound was - certainly better than the Newport and Opera House recordings from the following year, from my point of view. And Ella is in nicely relaxed form here too - I think she comes across as a much better singer and artist here than on the rather square arrangements of the Cole Porter songbook, which I always think is praised more because of its concept than because of its execution.

    There are some nice live rarities on the Zardis album, too - her live repertoire over the course of her shows from the 1950s through to the early 1990s is absolutely massive. While all shows from one tour might be very similar, she seemed to change things up quite dramatically from one set of shows to the next. We see it most notably perhaps in the 3CD set of Paris shows from 1957-1962, but even looking at the Berlin shows of 1960 and 1961 - only two songs are repeated.
     
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    I totally agree , It's a pretty good recording & worthy of Release ........ It has the right feel all over it .... her catalog is just mindblowing , i'm slowly collecting a little at a time .
     
  7. shanebrown

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    It's a slightly strange catalogue in many respects, because it's always assumed that her work after Verve was somehow not on a level with what had come before. Her voice certainly altered as she got older, but the interesting thing about Pablo years is that her studio work now had much more of the freewheeling qualities of the famed live albums. For the most part, she wasn't saddled with the rather restrictive orchestral arrangements of much of the Verve years, and had much more chance to improvise. Pablo was, not just for Ella but for all musicians who moved to it, such a wonderful label allowing the musicians the ability to make great music without having the keep them particularly commercial. If you haven't yet explored the Pablo years, many of the albums are worth your time. And I would argue there's probably not a more enjoyable, uplifting jazz concert recording that the Jazz at the Santa Monica civic concert from 1972, available on a 3CD set. Ella is on the last disc. Basie is on the first. And the second takes us into JATP territory with Al Grey, Stan Getz, JJ Johnson, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Roy Eldridge, and others.
     
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    That's good to know as most of my collection is based around the Verve Label , the Only Pablo album i have is "Take love Easy" with Joe pass which is a beautiful Album .... and i'll put that Live Album on my list ;)
     
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    The second album with Joe Pass is probably the best of the ones they did together - it's imaginatively called "Fitzgerald and Pass...Again." The two from the 1980s really expose Ella's vocal deterioration, although they are pleasant enough.

    Lots of people rave about the Ronnie Scotts 1974 live album, but I can't say it's a favourite - I prefer the Montreux ones from 1975, 1977, and 1979 (and the full concert of the latter is available on DVD). Of the non-live albums, Ella & Oscar and Fine and Mellow are particularly good, if you can ignore the awful front covers!
     
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    I'll have to put that 2nd joe pass album on my list , thanks !
     
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  12. shanebrown

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    Thanks. I thought when I saw the title that it would just be the Shrine concert from 1957 we already have, but clearly not. Hopefully it will be compiled with something else to make a full disc. There are a few oddities that are only available in boxed sets and such (including some of Ella's songs from the Cote D'Azur boxed set), which would be nice to see collected together as well.
     
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    One that i forgot in the opening post is "The 1961 Amsterdam Concert" on Solar Records. Typical for the period, it should be said, but nice to have.
     
  14. chacha

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    I saw it yesterday at RSD. It’s really short, just a few songs per side.
     
  15. shanebrown

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    I realised a few weeks ago that there hasn't been a new serious biography or book about Ella's work since the 1990s - that really is very sad, I think. I know there has been a recent new edition of one of the 1990s biographies, but hardly the same.
     
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