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Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie
Ella and Basie!

  (Item #: fitzgellaandbasie_1901) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • With a shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a solid Double Plus (A++) side one, this Verve stereo pressing came in way ahead of the pack
  • Ella is especially rich, Tubey Magical and breathy - this is the way she should sound, and that makes this copy a true Demo Disc
  • It's very difficult to get the vocals AND the brass to sound right on the same copy, but these two sides pulled it off
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Surprisingly enough this 1963 LP was the first time (other than a couple songs) that Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie recorded together. The match-up was so logical that it would be repeated many times over the next 20 years."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Lightly

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_lightly_1901_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • With two insanely good sides each rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it, this original Bow Tie Verve Stereo pressing was one of the best we heard in our recent shootout
  • Lovely All Tube sound from 1958, with a huge, rich orchestra conducted by one of our favorite arrangers, Marty Paich
  • Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo - these were the days when Ella was on top of the world
  • "The bright, sunny optimism of Fitzgerald’s style comes through in several tracks, including 'If I Were a Bell' (which also includes several remarkable variations on the melody), and 'Teardrops From My Eyes' (which alternates between rock and jazz beats—not a big leap back then!)"
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Ella Fitzgerald
The Johnny Mercer Song Book

  (Item #: fitzgsings_mercer_1812x) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning Triple Plus (A+++) side two backed with a superb Double Plus (A++) side one for this Verve stereo original LP
  • The huge, rich orchestral sound captured so beautifully by Val Valentin is always one of the highlights of these songbooks
  • By the time this one came out in 1964 Ella had already recorded 18 LPs of songbooks - this was the last, going out on a high note
  • Some of the Mercer Classics here are Too Marvelous For Words, Day In-Day Out, Laura, Skylark, Midnight Sun, I Remember You
  • AMG raves "this is one of the best of Ella Fitzgerald's songbooks. Fitzgerald's assured and elegant voice is a perfect match for Mercer's urbane lyrics and Nelson Riddle's supple arrangements..."
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Ella Fitzgerald
These Are The Blues

  (Item #: fitzgthese_1902) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning early Stereo copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • Only the best vintage vinyl pressings like this one offer the kind of Tubey Magic that was on the tapes in 1963
  • "Ella Fitzgerald was never thought of as a blues singer but she does a surprisingly effective job on the ten blues songs here... an interesting set."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Rhythm Is My Business

  (Item #: fitzgrhyth_1902) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Ella's first album to come out after Clap Hands comes in with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • What took us by surprise was how rich and sweet this original Verve was - so many of Ella's early albums don't have the smooth, natural vocals of this pressing
  • We absolutely love the swinging R&B organ Bill Doggett brought to these big band sessions, all backing an exceptionally well recorded First Lady of Song
  • "Ella Fitzgerald is in the spotlight throughout, mostly singing swing-era songs along with a couple of newer pieces... [her] voice was in its prime, and the charts are excellent."
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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Porgy & Bess

  (Item #: fitzgporgy_1901) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it for all four sides of this Ella & Louis classic - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Spacious, full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with Ella and Louis front and center, this is the sound you want for their brilliant collaboration from 1958
  • Two vocal giants came together to perform Gershwin's timeless opera, revered by both music lovers and audiophiles to this day
  • 4 1/2 stars: "What's really great about the Ella and Louis version is Ella, who handles each aria with disarming delicacy, clarion intensity, or usually a blend of both."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Lightly

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_lightly_1808_1901) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $169.99 (You save $30.00 / 15%)


  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this original "Bow Tie" Verve Stereo pressing is going to be very hard to beat - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Lovely All Tube sound from 1958, with a huge, rich orchestra conducted by one of our favorite arrangers, Marty Paich
  • Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo - these were the days when Ella was on top of the world
  • "The bright, sunny optimism of Fitzgerald’s style comes through in several tracks, including 'If I Were a Bell' (which also includes several remarkable variations on the melody), and 'Teardrops From My Eyes' (which alternates between rock and jazz beats—not a big leap back then!)"
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Ella Fitzgerald
The Duke Ellington Songbook, Vol. 2

  (Item #: fitzgsings_the_duke_1902) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on all four sides!
  • Forget the originals - like so many of the early songbook pressings, they suffer from painfully hard and honky mastering EQ (and gritty sounding vinyl)
  • We know whereof we speak when it comes to early Ella records - we've played plenty of them and found that most just don't sound very good
  • "Duke's spectacular catalog dazzles, and his sprightly, lush textures are transfigured under Fitzgerald's warm-timbred voice and elegant, precise delivery... each tune as familiar as it is delightful to hear in this new context."
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Ella Fitzgerald
The Cole Porter Songbook

  (Item #: fitzgsings_porter_1901_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it for all four sides, this glorious 1956 mono recording is superb from first note to last
  • Full-bodied, musical, and smooth, with surprisingly spacious orchestral staging - this is just the right sound for this album and especially this kind of music
  • "The combination of Ella and Porter is irresistible and whether up-tempo or down-tempo, Ella’s three-octave range voice soars effortlessly as she makes each song come to life. It was all helped by the cream of L.A. session men and Buddy Bregman’s arrangement that oozes sophistication way beyond his twenty-four years. It is a perfect record." - Richard Havers
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Ella Fitzgerald
The Johnny Mercer Song Book

  (Item #: fitzgsings_mercer_1802_1812) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this superb Verve stereo original LP
  • The huge, rich orchestral sound captured so beautifully by Val Valentin is always one of the highlights of these songbooks
  • By the time this one came out in 1964 Ella had already recorded 18 LPs of songbooks - this was the last, going out on a high note
  • Some of the Mercer Classics here are Too Marvelous For Words, Day In-Day Out, Laura, Skylark, Midnight Sun, I Remember You
  • AMG raves "this is one of the best of Ella Fitzgerald's songbooks. Fitzgerald's assured and elegant voice is a perfect match for Mercer's urbane lyrics and Nelson Riddle's supple arrangements..."
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Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie
Ella and Basie!

  (Item #: fitzgella_and_basie_1804_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound throughout, this was one of the better copies from our most recent shootout
  • It's very difficult to get the vocals AND the brass to sound right on the same LP, but these sides pull that trick off nicely
  • This early Verve stereo pressing plays exceptionally quietly for a vintage Ella disc - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on both sides!
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Surprisingly enough this 1963 LP was the first time (other than a couple songs) that Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie recorded together. The match-up was so logical that it would be repeated many times over the next 20 years."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!

  (Item #: fitzgclaph_1902) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This original pressing is superb from first note to last, earning Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER for sound
  • Clean, clear, open and spacious with lovely breathy vocals and plenty of Tubey Magic - this is just the right sound for this music
  • The vocal naturalness and immediacy here will put Ella practically in the room with you - it lets her performance come to life
  • Our single Favorite Female Vocal album here at Better Records, one that gets better with each passing year
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson

  (Item #: fitzgellaswingb_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent early stereo copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - quiet vinyl too
  • Exceptionally lovely All Tube sound from 1961, with a huge, rich orchestra conducted by the legendary Nelson Riddle
  • Fitzgerald's performance on this album won her the Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, her 7th Grammy
  • "The singer has rarely sounded better than during this period. Fitzgerald sticks mostly to familiar standards and is particularly memorable on 'Don't Be That Way,' 'What Am I Here For,' 'I'm Gonna Go Fishin',' and 'I Won't Dance.'"
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Ella Fitzgerald
Whisper Not

  (Item #: fitzgwhisp_1801_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both sides of this stereo 2-pack have outstanding sound, with a Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a solid Double Plus (A++) side two - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Big, balanced, lively and musical, these two sides had some of the best sound we heard in our most recent shootout
  • Superb engineering from the man behind so many great sounding Verve records, Val Valentin
  • "These fine-tuned arrangements also provide the perfect launching pad for Fitzgerald to place her own stamp on material associated with other singers."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Sings The Gershwin Song Book Vol. 1

  (Item #: fitzgsings_gershwin_1_1802_1901) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This superb stereo 2-pack offers excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and fairly quiet vinyl considering the age of these records
  • Ella sounds rich, Tubey Magical and breathy on this 1959 release - this is the glorious sound of ALL TUBE ANALOG
  • It's very difficult to get the vocals AND the brass right together, but these pressings prove it can be done
  • Nelson Riddle's arrangements are especially interesting and artful throughout - we love the guy!
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Ella Fitzgerald
These Are The Blues

  (Item #: fitzgthese_1902_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • A superb early Stereo copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • Only the best vintage vinyl pressings like this one offer the kind of Tubey Magic that was on the tapes in 1963
  • "Ella Fitzgerald was never thought of as a blues singer but she does a surprisingly effective job on the ten blues songs here... an interesting set."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!

  (Item #: fitzgclaph_1803_1902) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • This early stereo pressing is excellent from first note to last, earning Hot Stamper grades for its lovely sound
  • Both sides are rich, smooth and dynamic with lovely, breathy vocals and plenty of Tubey Magic
  • Our single favorite female vocal album here at Better Records, Ella's small group masterpiece
  • "After the lush orchestrations of her classic series of composer songbooks, which found her collaborating with the best arrangers, the intimate scale and easy interplay of a crack band provide a wonderful platform for the spirited performances here."
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