Ella Fitzgerald - Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!


Analogue Productions (Verve)



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CVRJ 4053 SA
UPC: 753088405365
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45 RPM Vinyl Record
180 Gram Vinyl Record

Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original master tapes to vinyl and PCM. The DSD was sourced from the PCM. George listened to all of the different A/D converters he had before he chose which to use, and he felt the George Massenburg GML 20 bit A/D produced the best and most synergistic sound for the project.

Fourteen numbers from the heyday of swing, composed sometime between 1930 and 1945 - played and sung time and time again in ballrooms, or on the radio to advertise biscuits or war bonds, were recorded by Ella in completely new and personal interpretations in 1961. No one should be put off by the rather unfortunate cover. Clap Hands... is absolutely top notch as regards musicality, perfect recording quality, superb accompaniment by a small ensemble, with room for improvisations; it offers a wonderful opportunity to discover something new in these evergreens, despite the occasionally banal lyrics. The songs of this recording conjure up bygone days, with listeners in the 21st century being offered a highly personal homage to one of the most successful periods in the 100-year history of jazz. This Hybrid SACD plays in both CD and SACD players, as well as all SACD-compatible DVD players.

Originally released in 1962.

Ella Fitzgerald, vocals
Herb Ellis, guitar
Gus Johnson, drums
Stan Levey, drums
Lou Levy, piano
Wilfred Middlebrooks, bass
Joe Mondragon, bass

1. Night In Tunisia
2. You're My Thrill
3. My Reverie
4. Stella My Starlight
5. 'Round Midnite
6. Jersey Bounce
7. Signing Off
8. Cry Me A River
9. This Year's Kisses
10. Good Morning Heartache
11. (I Was) Born To Be Blue
12. Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!
13. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
14. Music Goes 'Round And 'Round

Customer Reviews (4.00 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.


posted on 04/13/2013
3 Stars
I own the latest vinyl release as well as the current sacd. This is one of the best female jazz albums of all time, but neither release is worth the money. Also have an original r2r tape from the 60's which is better than either release, but not outstanding. Every jazz or Ella fan should have this album, but don't waste your money on an "audiophile" version.

Essential Ella

posted on 03/04/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Ralph Mazzeo
Until the folks at AP decide to tackle the Ella Fitzgerald Songbooks, Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie is a wonderful alternative. As usual, AP has done a superlative SACD transfer. I have owned this disc as a regular RBCD, A Japanese RBCD Import and AP's SACD's effortless reproduction of a timeless classic has them ALL beat by a significant margin.

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