Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong - Ella & Louis Again


Verve (Acoustic Sounds Series)



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AVER 74701
UPC: 602435971988
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2

180 Gram LP  
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Acoustic Sounds Series reissues from Verve/Universal Music Enterprises!

Monthly releases highlighting the world's most historic and best jazz records!

Mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound from the original analog tapes

180-gram LPs pressed at Quality Record Pressings!

Stoughton Printing gatefold old-style tip-on jackets

Series supervised by Chad Kassem CEO of Acoustic Sounds

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"This new reissue of Ella And Louis Again is a much-needed solution for audiophile-leaning jazz fans the world over. If you’ve ever gone looking for original pressings of this record, you know that it is hard to find in any condition. ... The two 'Ella And Louis Again' LPs in the set I’m reviewing here are thick, dark, quiet, and, most importantly (for me, at least), well-centered. Ryan K. Smith’s disc mastering is once again excellent, delivering a clean and punchy vinyl playback experience while sounding true to the release’s era." Music = 10/11; Sound = 9/11 - Mark Smotroff, AnalogPlanet.com. To read Smotroff's full review, click here.

Producer Norman Granz had a stroke of genius when he signed the jazz greats Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong to his Verve label. The duo that critics have called "A match made in heaven," take to the microphone here for a repeat on Ella And Louis Again, the sequel to 1956's acclaimed Ella and Louis. Ella's voice — radiant, warm, sweet as honey, and Louis' gritty, gravelly, croon formed a sound rife with commercial success.

The sequel album was backed by the Oscar Peterson trio, with Louie Bellson replacing Buddy Rich on the drums. The 10-track album had seven tracks with solo singing and three duet tracks. Ella and Louis Again stood out from their first album and subsequent album Porgy and Bess. It focused more on the artist's voices rather than Louis' trumpet solos on Ella and Louis and didn't have a big band like the one featured in Porgy and Bess. This focus truly brought the voices of the two icons center stage, where they were able to perform in perfect black and white contrast. The Oscar Peterson trio did not go unnoticed, however. They were mentioned as a "solid rhythm section" by Alex Henderson at AllMusic.

Ella and Louis Again will rein down in history as being an important piece to what could be considered the most iconic jazz trilogy of all time.

Originally released in 1957.

Louis Armstrong, trumpet, vocals
Ella Fitzgerald, vocals
Louie Bellson, drums
Ray Brown, bass
Herb Ellis, guitar
Oscar Peterson, piano



Ratings from Mark Smotroff @ AnalogPlanet.com

Side A
1. Don't Be That Way
2. Makin' Whoopee
3. They All Laughed
4. Comes Love
5. Autumn In New York

Side B
1. Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)
2. Stompin' At The Savoy
3. I Won't Dance
4. Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You?

Side C
1. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
2. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
3. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
4. Willow Weep For Me
5. I'm Puttin' All My Eggs In One Basket

Side D
1. A Fine Romance
2. Ill Wind
3. Love Is Here To Stay
4. I Get A Kick Out Of You
5. Learnin' The Blues

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 5 person(s) rated this product.

Great sound (Mono) in a more relaxed atmosphere.

posted on 11/27/2023
5 Stars
Ella and Louie Again, again. This meeting is more of a late night (but not too late) session finding our heroes dueting and soloing - vocally that is, on more songbook classics. The approach on this record is less formal than on the first meeting and there is a 'let's have fun' attitude.to this session. Current price of this 2-LP set (29.98) makes this highly recommended to believers. Recommended in any event.

As good as expected

posted on 10/25/2023
5 Stars
Reviewer: sp
I have come to rely on Acoustic Series pressings for quality recordings at affordable price, and when this one came on sale jumped on it. Very quiet pressing, and sounds like it was just recorded yesterday. Ella and Louis' vocals sound live and lush!

Analog Paradise

posted on 01/30/2023
5 Stars
Reviewer: BLKOT
We all know when you have Ella and Louis together the charts are going to be killer! That's automatic. Now add an audio engineer who knows how to let the recording "breathe", plus a quality pressing and top grade album cover what's not to love about this piece. Keep'em coming Chad! Thx.

Go for the second helping.

posted on 01/17/2023
5 Stars
Another gem. I have all the acoustic sounds series releases. Ella's and Louis again is right up there with the best of them. I also have the Ella's Swinging Christmas. It is labeled Sterophonic while the earlier two releases must be mono recordings. I do wish it could be confirmed that the reissues are in true mono. When playing on my Grado Prestige MONO cart it sounds much better than on my STEREO turntable.

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