Ella Fitzgerald - Sunshine Of Your Love (MPS AAA Series)
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Ella Fitzgerald singing Eric Clapton’s "Sunshine Of Your Love", or the Beatles’ "Hey Jude"? Something of a revelation for those who know Fitzgerald as purely a jazz singer. In October 1968, Ella Fitzgerald performed such a set of selected pop songs at the Venetian Room in The Fairmont San Francisco Hotel. Ella’s pristine clarity of earlier years, now tinged with a throaty worldliness, is a perfect foil to her choices from the world of rock and pop. It also adds new depth to such standards as "Give Me The Simple Life", "Old Devil Moon", and Burt Bachrach’s "A House Is Not A Home". This album was It was recorded 'live' by music producer and the founder of Verve Records, Norman Granz. The album is divided into a big band set and Ella with her long-time accompaniment, the Tommy Flanagan trio.
"This is an album for which I recorded Ella Fitzgerald live at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. I edited the usual night-club patter by the artist, audience conversation, and, particularly, applause as sharply as possible. I think in today’s context having an LP cluttered and consumed by extraneous matter is unworkable; people who buy records want the artist to get on with it and go from one number to the next as quickly as possible. Obviously, beginning and ending applause were unavoidable, but at least the action of Ella’s routine wasn’t appreciably retarded. The advantage of recording before a live audience for an artist like Ella is immense because of the emotional Iift she receives from an audience – so I suggest that in this album you have the best of both worlds: optimum result by the artist and as near studio conditions as possible." - Norman Granz
Heavyweight audiophile vinyl produced by MPS Records in 2021 for their 'Reforest The Legend MPS AAA Series'. Remastered from the original analog tapes by Christoph Stickel and Dirk Sommer. Pressed at Optimal Media in Germany.
MPS Records was a German jazz record company founded in 1968 by Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer. MPS stands for "Musik Produktion Schwarzwald".