Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Cheek To Cheek: The Complete Duet Recordings (4CD Box Set)

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Cheek To Cheek: The Complete Duet Recordings (4CD Box Set)
Price: 31.90€
Format: CD
Label: VERVE
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For the first time, all of Ella and Louis’s classic duets are in one place. This new, 4CD set gathers their timeless three Verve albums – newly remastered versions Ella and Louis, Ella and Louis Again and Porgy and Bess – combining them with their eight Decca singles (both sides of their four releases, recorded 1946 and 1950); live recordings from Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl, recorded as a warmup for the Ella and Louis album; plus several alternates and false starts from the Decca and Verve eras, illuminating their craft and good humour, which were scattered on various releases in the past two decades. Cheek To Cheek also includes unreleased material: The Memphis Blues, with Bing Crosby, from his radio show, and several takes of Armstrong’s solo showcase, Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess, and a rare instrumental mix for Red-Headed Woman. The 4-CD collection includes an extensive essay by Ricky Riccardi, the world’s leading authority on Louis Armstrong, plus detailed annotations and rare images from the archives.

Disc One

The Decca Singles
1.   You Won’t Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart)
2.   The Frim Fram Sauce
3.   Dream A Little Dream Of Me
4.   Can Anyone Explain? (No, No, No!)
5.   Necessary Evil
6.   Oops!
7.   Who Walks in When I Walk Out
8.   Would You Like to Take a Walk (Sump’n Good’ll Come From That)

Ella and Louis
9.   Can’t We Be Friends
10. Isn’t This A Lovely Day
11. Moonlight In Vermont
12. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
13. Under A Blanket Of Blue
14. Tenderly
15. A Foggy Day
16. Stars Fell On Alabama
17. Cheek to Cheek
18. The Nearness of You
19. April In Paris

Disc Two

Ella and Louis Again
1.   Don’t Be That Way
2.   Makin’ Whoopee
3.   They All Laughed
4.   Comes Love
5.   Autumn In New York
6.   Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love)
7.   Stompin’ At The Savoy
8.   I Won’t Dance
9.   Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You
10. Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off
11. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
12. I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
13. Willow Weep For Me
14. I’m Putting All My Eggs In One Basket
15. A Fine Romance
16. Ill Wind
17. Love Is Here To Stay

Disc Three

Ella and Louis Again (cont’d.)
1.   I Get A Kick Out Of You
2.   Learnin’ The Blues

Porgy And Bess
3.   Overture
4.   Summertime
5.   I Wants To Stay Here
6.   My Man’s Gone Now
7.   I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’
8.   The Buzzard Song
9.   Bess, You Is My Woman Now
10. It Ain’t Necessarily So
11. What You Want Wid Bess?
12. A Woman Is A Sometime Thing
13. Oh, Doctor Jesus
14. Medley: Here Come Da Honey Man/Crab Man/Oh, Dey’s So Fresh And Fine
15. There’s A Boat Dat’s Leavin’ Soon For New York
16. Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess?
17. Oh Lawd, I’m On My Way

Disc Four: Bonus Tracks

Ella and Louis Live
1.   The Memphis Blues (Live from The Chesterfield Show) with Bing Crosby *
2.   You Won’t Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart) (Live at the Hollywood Bowl)
3.   Undecided (Live at the Hollywood Bowl)

Decca Extras
4.   You Won’t Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart) false start and breakdown
5.   The Frim Fram Sauce false starts/takes 1 and 2 *
6.   The Frim Fram Sauce alternate take

Ella and Louis Again Extras
7.   Makin’ Whoopee take 1
8.   Makin’ Whoopee take 2
9.   I Get A Kick Out Of You take 2 (run-through) and take 3 (breakdown)
10. I Get A Kick Out Of You take 4
11. I Get A Kick Out Of You take 13
12. Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love) take 3
13. Willow Weep For Me take 4

Porgy And Bess Extras
14. I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’ (mono master)
15. A Woman Is A Sometime Thing (mono master)
16. Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess?  takes 5 and 6
17. Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess? take 7
18. Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess?  take 8 *
19. Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess?  take 9 *
20. Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess?  insert for take 9 *
21. Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess?  take 10 *
22. Red-Headed Woman instrumental *
* Previously unreleased

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