EllaGeek User Reviews:

Date Postedsort icon Title Author Reviewing THIS song or album Teaser
Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 05:05 Things Are Looking Up mojo
Things Are Looking Up (1959)

This is another guilty pleasure of a song. Very light and fluffy and happy. It's the sort of song you put on when you've just received some good news and you feel like celebrating, but in private so you don't look like such a doofus, so you put...

Monday, October 5, 2009 - 06:21 Fanfare and Announcement mojo
Fanfare and Announcement (1960)

Okay, this is getting tiresome. At least in THIS track we get an exciting variation of Ella's usual "Thank you" as she says "Thank you, Frank Sinatra fans!" That's because she has just FINISHED singing a REAL track, in this case "...

Friday, October 2, 2009 - 05:10 Always True to You in My Fashion mojo
Always True to You in My Fashion (1956)

This is yet another favorite song from Kiss Me Kate. When I was growing up it was always Ann Miller; now it's Ella.

Always True to You is one of those cunningly amusing "list" songs, with the added bonus...

Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 05:12 Nice Work if You Can Get It mojo
Nice Work if You Can Get It (1959)

This is another pleasant stroll of a song, so it kind of figures it debuted in a Fred Astaire movie. I've never heard it before this album, but back in the day it was pretty popular, with lots of people recording it. Ella's of course is smooth as...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 05:10 The Lady Is a Tramp mojo
The Lady Is a Tramp (1960)

Ya know, this is what I like best about this self-imposed task. Serendipitous juxtaposition, which we shall now call "SJ" for short. I get to go from "Lady Be Good" to "The Lady Is a Tramp". Which is it, you ask...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 05:29 Do I Love You? mojo
Do I Love You? (1956)

Meh. This is not my most favorite of songs. Mojo has spent pretty much her entire adult life wildly and impetuously in love with one person, so she is a closet romantic at heart, but she enjoys hiding such vulnerabilities by getting crabby and...

Monday, September 28, 2009 - 05:05 Lady Be Good mojo
Oh, Lady be Good! (1959)

This became one of Ella's standards--just not in the incarnation heard here.

THIS "Lady Be Good" is a slow, standard ballad, which Ella sings as magnificently as always. And it being a ballad, Nelson Riddle brings out the...

Friday, September 25, 2009 - 05:14 Applause and Fanfare Interlude mojo
Applause and Fanfare Interlude (1960)

WHY is this even a track? WHY? Is Amazon (or Mojo, for that reason) really that hard up for their 89 cents? Here, rather than waste your money on it, Mojo will spend valuable seconds of her life doing a dramatic written interpretation of what you...

Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 05:14 I Get a Kick Out of You mojo
I Get a Kick Out of You (1956)

Mojo is going to not focus so much on Ella this song--what can I say? She's at the top of her game, here! Superlative!--and instead use this song to point out how Cole Porter here is teaching all you wannabes an Important Lesson in Crafting Song...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 05:40 I've Got Beginner's Luck mojo
(I've Got) Beginner's Luck (1959)

Okay, more True Confessions. This is a frothy nothing of a song, yet it holds a tiny little place in my heart, and hence if I were to be brutally honest with you, I have to admit that I like it. Why is this, Mojo? Why do you so brutally diss "...