This album was originally released on LP in 1960 as Ella Fitzgerald Sings Songs From \'Let No Man Write My Epitaph\'.
This is a most unusual Ella Fitzgerald recording, reissued on CD by Verve. Recorded around the time when she performed some of these songs for the film Let No Man Write My Epitaph, the masterful singer is heard in duets with pianist Paul Smith interpreting 13 songs (even \"I Cried for You,\" \"I Can\'t Give You Anything but Love\" and \"Who\'s Sorry Now\") at slow expressive tempoes. Listeners who feel that Ella Fitzgerald was mostly a scat singer who had trouble giving the proper emotional intensity to lyrics will be surprised by this sensitive and often-haunting set.
Ella Fitzgerald - Vocals
Paul Smith - Piano
Recorded April 14-19, 1960 at United Western Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles.
1.Black Coffee (Sonny Burke, Paul Francis Webster) –3:27
2.Angel Eyes (Earl Brent, Matt Dennis) –3:27
3.I Cried for You (Gus Arnheim, Arthur Freed, Abe Lyman) –3:26
4.I Can\'t Give You Anything but Love (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh) –3:28
5.Then You\'ve Never Been Blue (Ted Fio Rito, Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young) –3:10
6.I Hadn\'t Anyone till You (Ray Noble) –2:49
7.My Melancholy Baby (Ernie Burnett, George Norton) –2:57
8.Misty (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner) –2:51
9.September Song (Maxwell Anderson, Kurt Weill) –3:40
10.One for My Baby (and One More for the Road) (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) –4:17
11.Who\'s Sorry Now? (Burt Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Ted Snyder) –3:26
12.I\'m Getting Sentimental Over You (George Bassman, Ned Washington) –2:36
13.Reach for Tomorrow (McHugh, Washington) –2:24