EllaGeek User Reviews:

Date Posted Title Authorsort icon Reviewing THIS song or album Teaser
Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 05:24 Misty mojo
Misty (1960)

Okay, True Confessions time. Mojo is not a particular fan of the song "Misty". It ranks right up there with the song "Feelings", as being the sort of song that people sing in talent shows. The same talent shows where a group of friends gets...

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 "...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 "...

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...

Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 05:34 The Man I Love mojo
The Man I Love (1960)

While this is not my all-time favorite song, you just GOTTA love how Ella sings it. Here in this live performance she plays with it a little bit, but not so radically that you don't know where she is in the course of the song. It's a fairly...

Friday, October 9, 2009 - 05:02 Just Another Rhumba mojo
Just Another Rhumba (1959)

If you Google the phrase "Just Another Rhumba" you know what you get? Mostly lyric sites for Ella's version, which seems to...