EllaGeek User Reviews:

Date Posted Titlesort icon Author Reviewing THIS song or album Teaser
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 04:52 Love For Sale mojo
Love For Sale (1960)

Okay, so Mojo has these elderly inlaws, both pushing 90. Both enjoy going on the occasional rant, especially if you encourage them by saying something provocative like, oh, say, "Hello". And one of their favorite rants is how Movies and Songs...

Friday, September 11, 2009 - 05:53 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...

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...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 05:59 My One and Only mojo
My One and Only (1959)

I've always thought of this song as a tap dance waiting to happen. I suppose this is true of a lot of musical theater songs, at least from the 1920s and 30s, and the Gershwins got many of their shows and songs turned into Hollywood musicals with...

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, September 14, 2009 - 05:57 Our Love Is Here to Stay mojo
Love Is Here to Stay (1960)

Yeah, I know, the PROPER name of this song is just "LOVE Is Here to Stay", but that's not how the lyrics go. Researching this song on Wikipedia tells us Ira wanted to change the name but never got around to it. It's also the last...

Friday, September 4, 2009 - 05:10 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,...

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 05:47 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...

Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 05:15 Summertime mojo
Summertime (1960)

Ahh, the languid life of Catfish Row, with Clara singing a lullabye to her baby.... It's such a beautiful, slow, bluesy minor-key song, and Ella makes the control of her voice so easy, it's a revelation to listen to her.

Prior to Ella I...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 - 07:12 That Certain Feeling mojo
That Certain Feeling (1959)

This is a pleasant enough song, although one that is almost completely forgettable. I mean, these are ALL Broadway show tunes from the Twenties, Thirties and Forties. We're not dealing with Major Social Issues, people, we're mostly dealing with...