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Ella Fitzgerald - The Berlin Lost Tapes makes 88.7WNCW: Top 100 Albums of 2020

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The Verve Records release of a never-before-heard stellar live recording from the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald - The Lost Berlin Tapes was recorded – incredibly in both mono and stereo – at Berlin's Sportpalast on March 25, 1962. This recording finds Ella at the top of her game with a trio led by pianist Paul Smith, Wilfred Middlebrooks on bass, and Stan Levey on drums. 

There was just something about Berlin that brought out the best in Ella. In February of 1960, she gave a concert at the Deutschlandhalle, which became one of her best-known and best-selling records, Mack The Knife: Ella in Berlin. The album won her 2 Grammys, it went on to be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. 

Two years after that historic concert, Ella returned to the city at the height of her career, in the midst of her most extensive European tour to date. Flanked by her stalwart rhythm section including pianist Paul Smith, bassist Wilfred Middlebrooks and drummer Stan Levey, Ella delivers an energized, top-of-her-game set a month before her 45th birthday. 

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