Sunday, February 25, 2007

Very Best Of The Song Books: Golden Anniversary Edition (2 CD)


In 1956, Ella Fitzgerald's career reached a new height with the release of Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book; the first of eight Song Books produced by Verve founder Norman Granz. Because of the Song Book series, on which she interpreted the finest songs by America's master songwriters, Ella Fitzgerald became known as The First Lady of Song. This two-disc set features the very best of the Ella Fitzgerald Song Books in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of their launch.

Disc 1
play Night And Day 1. Night And Day
play I Get A Kick Out Of You 2. I Get A Kick Out Of You
play Begin The Beguine 3. Begin The Beguine
play Love For Sale 4. Love For Sale
play My Funny Valentine 5. My Funny Valentine
play The Lady Is A Tramp 6. The Lady Is A Tramp
play Where Or When 7. Where Or When
play Take The 8. Take The "A" Train
play I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) 9. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
play It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) 10. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
play Cheek To Cheek 11. Cheek To Cheek
Disc 2
play Blue Skies 1. Blue Skies
play 'S Wonderful 2. 'S Wonderful
play Embraceable You 3. Embraceable You
play I Got Rhythm 4. I Got Rhythm
play The Man I Love 5. The Man I Love
play Blues In The Night 6. Blues In The Night
play Over The Rainbow 7. Over The Rainbow
play That Old Black Magic 8. That Old Black Magic
play All The Things You Are 9. All The Things You Are
play Skylark 10. Skylark
play Too Marvelous For Words 11. Too Marvelous For Words

Selected and Sequenced by Richard Seilel
Supervised by Bryan Koniarz
Mastered by Bob Irwin and Jayme Pieruzzi at Sundazed Studios, Coxsackie, New York
Art Directed by Hollis King
Designed by Isabelle Wong/isthetic
Illustrations by Jim Salvati
Art Production by Olivia Smith
Project Assistance: Sarah Huo

Saturday, February 10, 2007

EMI May Sell Recordings Online With No Anti-Copying Software

The EMI Group, the British music giant, has been considering a plan to offer a broad swath of its recordings for sale online without anti-copying software, executives involved in discussions with the company said.

EMI, which releases music by artists including Coldplay and the Beatles, has discussed various proposals to sell unprotected files through an array of digital retailers, including Apple, Microsoft, Real Networks and Yahoo, said the executives, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

EMI declined to comment.

It is far from clear that the company, which has tested the concept recently by selling a song from Norah Jones in unprotected form, will reach a deal.

But if it does, it would be the first of the four major music companies to distribute its catalog without software designed to limit copying. Because various online retailers use different forms of security software, known as digital-rights management, their services are not always compatible with all music-playing devices on the market.

The debate over the industry's handling of the issue heated up this week when Steven P. Jobs, chief executive of Apple, which leads the market with its iPod and iTunes service, suggested that the music companies offer their music without anti-copying software.

Mr. Jobs's stance drew catcalls from executives at several major labels — though some have experimented by selling a handful of songs in unprotected form, as EMI did with a single from Ms. Jones's new album.

Reports of the EMI plan surfaced in Europe this week when music executive speculated that EMI was close to a deal with several online music services that went beyond the relatively limited experiments with non-copy-protected music that it had conducted so far.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Future project on Mosaic

Mosaic Selects Mosaic Select: Johnny Mercer

In this Mosaic Select, we present 78 Capitol tracks from the label’s birth in 1942 to 1947, that showcase the more jazz tinged efforts of Johnny Mercer. Singing many of his own tunes, Mercer is backed by bands led by Paul Whiteman with Jack Teagarden, Wingy Manone, Eddie Miller, Billy Butterfield, Bobby Sherwood, Benny Goodman, the King Cole Trio and Paul Weston’s studio orchestra that boasted the cream of L.A.’s jazz musicians. A number of unissued sides are included plus two Capitol transcription sessions that were made for radio use only. As a special addition to this set we’ve asked Margaret Whiting to share her thoughts and memories of working with Mercer.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Twofer CD by Si Zentner

This is my new effort in transferring reel tapes to CD.
This twofer reel issued by Liberty, carries two great albums by the great Si Zentner, with major hits of the time, and evergreens.

If you want a CD copy just ask me (
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Love from Ella!

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