Ella Fitzgerald Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! 180g 45rpm LP

Ella Fitzgerald

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180g 45rpm Double LP!
Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound!
Pressed at Quality Record Pressings!

Michael Fremer Rated 9/11 Music, 9/11 Sonics!

Fourteen numbers from the heyday of swing, composed sometime between 1930 and 1945 - played and sung time and time again in ballrooms, or on the radio to advertise biscuits or war bonds, were recorded by Ella in completely new and personal interpretations in 1961. No one should be put off by the rather unfortunate cover. Clap Hands... is absolutely top notch as regards musicality, perfect recording quality, superb accompaniment by a small ensemble, with room for improvisations; it offers a wonderful opportunity to discover something new in these evergreens, despite the occasionally banal lyrics. The songs of this recording conjure up bygone days, with listeners in the 21st century being offered a highly personal homage to one of the most successful periods in the 100-year history of jazz.

Originally released in 1962.

...a superior representation of the singer as a jazz interpreter. This set is one of her best.
-John Tynan, Down Beat, 1962
These double 45s cut at Sterling Sound use the original tapes, not copies of the original tapes and the clarity and transparency coupled with QRP's drop dead silent pressings are remarkable. The original pre-MGM buyout LP has a pleasingly nostalgic quality and the added warmth produces a bit more room sound, but in my opinion it can't compare to this reissue unless you like hear things through rose-tinted loudspeakers. Elegantly produced, arranged and recorded and easy to recommend...
-Michael Fremer, Analog Planet, Music 9/11, Sound 9/11!


  • 180g Vinyl
  • 45rpm
  • Double LP
  • Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound
  • Pressed at Quality Record Pressings


Ella Fitzgerald vocals
Herb Ellis guitar
Lou Levy piano
Wilfred Middlebrooks bass
Joe Mondragon bass
Gus Johnson drums
Stan Levey drums


  1. Night in Tunisia
  2. You're My Thrill
  3. My Reverie
  4. Stella My Starlight
  5. 'Round Midnite
  6. Jersey Bounce
  7. Signing Off
  8. Cry Me a River
  9. This Year's Kisses
  10. Good Morning Heartache
  11. (I Was) Born to Be Blue
  12. Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!
  13. Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
  14. Music Goes 'Round and 'Round

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