Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook

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Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook
Studio album by Ella Fitzgerald
Released 1961
Recorded August 1, 1960 - January 14, 1961
Genre Vocal jazz
Length 43:00
Label Verve
Producer Norman Granz
Ella Fitzgerald chronology
Ella Fitzgerald Sings Songs from Let No Man Write My Epitaph
(1961)
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook
(1961)
Ella in Hollywood
(1961)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook is a 1961 (see 1961 in music) album by the American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, with a studio orchestra conducted and arranged by Billy May. This album marked the only time that Fitzgerald worked with May.

The Harold Arlen Songbook is the sixth album in Fitzgerald's series of recordings of songs written by the pantheon of Broadway composers who formed the body of work now considered the Great American Songbook.

The cover art is a drawing by Henri Matisse.

Track listing[edit]

For the 2LP set originally released on the Verve label in 1961: Verve MG V-4046-2

Side One:

  1. "Blues in the Night" (Johnny Mercer) – 7:14
  2. "Let's Fall in Love" (Ted Koehler) – 4:05
  3. "Stormy Weather" (Koehler) – 5:17
  4. "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" (Koehler) – 2:26
  5. "My Shining Hour" (Mercer) – 4:02
  6. "Hooray for Love" (Leo Robin) – 2:45

Side Two:

  1. "This Time the Dream's on Me" (Mercer) – 4:39
  2. "That Old Black Magic" (Mercer) – 4:13
  3. "I've Got the World on a String" (Koehler) – 4:54
  4. "Let's Take a Walk Around the Block" (Ira Gershwin, E.Y. Harburg) – 4:03
  5. "Ill Wind" (Koehler) – 3:55
  6. "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive" (Mercer) – 3:37

Side Three:

  1. "When the Sun Comes Out" (Koehler) – 5:10
  2. "Come Rain or Come Shine" (Mercer) – 3:24
  3. "As Long as I Live" (Koehler) – 3:48
  4. "Happiness is a Thing Called Joe" (Harburg) – 3:30
  5. "It's Only a Paper Moon" (Harburg, Billy Rose) – 3:37
  6. "The Man that Got Away" (Gershwin) – 5:21

Side Four:

  1. "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)" (Mercer) – 3:58
  2. "It Was Written in the Stars" (Robin) – 5:11
  3. "Get Happy" (Koehler) – 3:33
  4. "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues" (Koehler) – 5:12
  5. "Out of This World" (Mercer) – 2:46
  6. "Over the Rainbow" (Harburg) – 4:21

First 2CD re-issue in 1988 added two previously unreleased bonus tracks; Both were included on the 2001 re-issue. Disc One:

4. "Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead" (Harburg) – 3:19

Disc Two:

12. "Sing My Heart" (Koehler) – 2:49

Bonus tracks issued on the 2001 Verve 2CD Reissue, 589108.

27. "Let's Take a Walk Around the Block" (Alternative take) – 4:07

28. "Sing My Heart" (Alternative take) – 2:32


All songs composed by Harold Arlen, with lyricists indicated.

Personnel[edit]

Recorded in five sessions from August 1, 1960 – July 14 1961 in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Orchestra

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