EllaGeek User Reviews:

Date Postedsort icon Title Author Reviewing THIS song or album Teaser
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 17:02 Boy! What Love Has Done to Me! mojo
Boy! What Love Has Done to Me!

Maybe it's my privileged, sunny, middle-class Leave It To Beaver upbringing talking, but I just LOVE this song. I think it's an absolute laugh riot. Probably because I was particularly picky with impossibly high...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 05:58 Ella Sings the Gershwin Songbook mojo
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook

This is another must-have if you are an Ella fan, a Nelson Riddle fan and/or a Gershwin fan. Nearly three hours of music--some standards, some obscurities. Ira Gershwin himself helped the project, and is famously quoted for saying that he had "...

Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 15:31 I LOVE This Album.... mojo
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook

This (well, "Volume 1", at least) was the very first CD I ever purchased. Back in the late '80s, I spent about a solid week's pay on a new-fangled portable CD player, and to celebrate my Favorite Brother and I went to the record store (as they...

Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 04:47 All Through the Night mojo
All Through the Night (1956)

This I will always remember as the first song on the first Ella CD I ever bought. It's a nice enough song. Not Cole Porter's best, but it just sort of glides along, smooth as ice. I do rather enjoy the metronomic line "To the monotone of the...

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 04:47 Setting Up The Stage: mojo
Setting Up The Stage: Tuning Up; Granz And Fitzgerald Talking

Ummm... you could buy this mp3 if you really really wanted to, but I wouldn't bother. I can't imagine why Amazon would offer this as a separate track except to flog another 89 cents out of you.

Oh, wait, I'm...

Friday, September 4, 2009 - 04:10 Sam and Delilah mojo
Sam and Delilah (1959)

Who could possibly NOT like a song that begins with the single declarative sentence: "Delilah was a floozy"? That single lyric ALONE should have you clicking on Mojo's Amazon link and filling her coffers with pennies. When you do what Mojo did,...

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 04:35 Anything Goes mojo
Anything Goes (1956)

I have said this many times in my life, and even though I now write it here so it will always be a small part of the pixillated electronic aether I am certain I will have to repeat myself ad infinitum. And that saying is, "Mojo likes Cole Porter...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 04:08 That Old Black Magic mojo
That Old Black Magic (1960)

I thought my first exposure to this song was Liza Minnelli singing it on the Muppet Show with Dr. Teeth. I seem to remember them dancing with Dr. Teeth's scarily-long striped arms and him shouting "Put out the fire!" when called upon. So I did a...

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 13:50 But Not For Me mojo
But Not For Me (1959)

This version of "But Not For Me" won Ella a Grammy for best female vocal performance in 1960, and if you have ears you can immediately hear why. Everything about this song is just achingly perfect--tempo, mood, pitch. Of course when you are...

Friday, September 11, 2009 - 04:53 Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable to Lunch Today) mojo
Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable to Lunch Today) (1956)

I'm always a little sad when I hear this version of this song, though not for the obvious reasons. It's a good, slow wronged-woman ballad saved from boredom by cleverly subversive lyrics. You don't really expect the line "When the mob came and...