Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Ella And Louis Again

The popular 1957 sequel to the popular 1956 debut for Norman Granz's celebrity duo is reissued on 180g vinyl


This is another airing for the second collaboration between Fitzgerald and Armstrong under the auspices of Norman Granz that followed the 1956 first instalment, Ella And Louis. The changes for this sequel were minimal, with Louis Bellson replacing Buddy Rich on drums and the duets from the initial album being replaced in part by individual performances.

In his original Downbeat review, Leonard Feather suggested that this outing “would be more successful than their previous co-operative venture” and that sales records for them both would be broken. Both observations are probably true.

Sixty-five years down the line it is still difficult to resist the joys of Don’t Be That Way, I Won’t Dance, Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off, A Fine Romance and Love Is Here To Stay, which still get frequent exposure on both specialist and mainstream radio stations around the globe.

For this reprise the album is presented on 180g premium vinyl in a deluxe gatefold sleeve.

LP1: Don’t Be That Way; Makin’ Whoopee; They All Laughed; Comes Love: Autumn In New York; Let’s Do It; Stompin’ At The Savoy; I Won’t Dance; Gee, Baby, Ain’t I Good To You (44.14)
LP2: Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off; These Foolish Things; I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm; Willow Weep For Me; I’m Puttin’ All My Eggs In One Basket; A Fine Romance; Ill Wind; Love Is Here To Stay; I Get a Kick Out Of You; Learnin’ The Blues (46.02)

Fitzgerald (v); Armstrong (t, v); Oscar Peterson (p); Herb Ellis (g); Ray Brown (b); Louis Bellson (d). Hollywood, July-August 1957.
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