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Verve Records announces the release of a never-before-heard stellar live recording from the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald. The Lost Berlin Tapes were recorded – incredibly in both mono and stereo – at Berlin's Sportpalast on March 25, 1962 and 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.

That unique charm, energy and skill are palpable throughout this live recording. She opens with "Cheek To Cheek," followed by the rarer "He's My Kind of Boy."  After her behind-the-shoulder scat-heavy salute with "Jersey Bounce," Ella shifts to a heart-wrenching ballad of the Great American Songbook, "Angel Eyes." Ella also sings the Ray Charles hit "Hallelujah, I Love Him So," singing a reprise that shows Ella's improvisational skills. The full track listing is below.

The Lost Berlin Tapes will be released on Verve Records on October 2, 2020. This incredible performance will be released on CD/digital and LP.

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