We play mediocre-to-bad sounding pressings so that you don’t have to, a public service from your record loving friends at Better Records.
You can find this one in our Hall of Shame, along with more than 350 others that — in our opinion — qualify as some of the worst sounding records ever made. (On some records in the Hall of Shame the sound is passable but the music is bad. These are also records you can safely avoid.)
Note that most of the entries are audiophile remasterings of one kind or another. The reason for this is simple: we’ve gone through the all-too-often unpleasant experience of comparing them head to head with our best Hot Stamper pressings.
When you can hear them that way, up against an exceptionally good record, their flaws become that much more obvious and, frankly, that much more inexcusable.
Ella’s Albums on Verve
- Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook
- Metronome All-Stars 1956 with Count Basie
- Ella and Louis (with Louis Armstrong)
- Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers & Hart Songbook
- Ella and Louis Again (with Louis Armstrong)
- Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook (with Duke Ellington) – Grammy Award for Best Jazz Performance, Soloist
- Like Someone in Love
- Porgy and Bess (with Louis Armstrong)
- Ella at the Opera House (Live)
- Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday at Newport (Live) (Reissued with tracks featuring Carmen McRae in 2001)
- Ella Swings Lightly – Grammy Award for Best Jazz Performance, Soloist
- Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook – Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
- Ella in Rome: The Birthday Concert (Live) (Released in 1988)
- Ella Fitzgerald live at Mister Kelly’s (Live) (Released in 2007)
- Get Happy!
- Ella Fitzgerald Sings Sweet Songs for Swingers
- Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook – Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
- Ella in Berlin: Mack the Knife (Live) – Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
- Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas
- Hello, Love
- Ella Fitzgerald Sings Songs from “Let No Man Write My Epitaph” (Available on CD as The Intimate Ella)
- Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook
- Ella in Hollywood (Live)
- Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!
- Ella Returns to Berlin (Live) (Released in 1991)
- Twelve Nights In Hollywood (Live) (Released in 2009)
- Rhythm Is My Business
- Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson – Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
- Ella Swings Gently with Nelson
- Ella Sings Broadway
- Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook
- Ella and Basie! (with Count Basie)
- These Are the Blues
- Hello, Dolly!
- Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Johnny Mercer Songbook
- Ella at Juan-Les-Pins (Live)
- Ella in Japan: ‘S Wonderful (Live) (Released in 2011)