We gave it an A+
Jazz mogul Norman Granz’s masterstroke of pre-rock- artist packaging-The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books series of LP sets pairing Fitzgerald with the music of great American tunesmiths-finally gets the CD-age product packaging it deserves. Here are all eight entries in the series (Cole Porter, Howard Arlen, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, etc.), remastered with the delicacy precious gems require. Plus, enough outtakes and alternate versions to sweeten, not spoil, the mix.