The Best Is Yet to Come (album)

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The Best Is Yet to Come
Studio album by Ella Fitzgerald
Released 1982
Recorded February 4, 5, 1982
Genre Jazz
Length 40:11
Label Pablo
Producer Norman Granz
Ella Fitzgerald chronology
Ella Abraça Jobim
(1981)Ella Abraça Jobim1981
The Best is Yet to Come
Speak Love
(1983)Speak Love1983

The Best Is Yet to Come is a 1982 studio album by the American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, accompanied by a studio orchestra arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle.[1]

The last of Fitzgerald's six collaborations with Riddle, their work together on the Verve label more than fifteen years earlier is considered some of Fitzgerald's finest, both musically and critically.

Fitzgerald's performance on this album won her the 1984 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female, one of three Grammies she won for her work with Riddle.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars link
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[2]

In his biography of Riddle, September In the Rain, Peter J. Levinson wrote that the album "...simply wasn't the best. In fact it was a near disaster. The raggedy tone of Ella's voice couldn't be disguised".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Don't Be That Way" (Benny Goodman, Mitchell Parish, Edgar Sampson) – 4:03
  2. "God Bless the Child" (Arthur Herzog Jr., Billie Holiday) – 4:42
  3. "(I Wonder) Where Our Love Has Gone" (Buddy Johnson) – 3:48
  4. "You're Driving Me Crazy" (Walter Donaldson) – 3:27
  5. "Any Old Time" (Artie Shaw) – 4:19
  6. "Goodbye" (Gordon Jenkins) – 3:58
  7. "Autumn in New York" (Vernon Duke) – 3:24
  8. "The Best Is Yet to Come" (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh) – 5:19
  9. "Deep Purple" (Peter DeRose, Parish) – 4:04
  10. "Somewhere in the Night" (Mack Gordon, Josef Myrow) – 3:07



  1. ^ The Best Is Yet to Come at AllMusic
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 77. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  3. ^ Peter J. Levinson (1 January 2005). September in the Rain: The Life of Nelson Riddle. Taylor Trade Publications. p. 265. ISBN 978-1-58979-163-3.