Ella Fitzgerald

LIVE IN EAST BERLIN 1967

ELLA FITZGERALD - LIVE IN EAST BERLIN 1967 - DOUBLE VINYL
ELLA FITZGERALD - LIVE IN EAST BERLIN 1967 - DOUBLE VINYL
ELLA FITZGERALD - LIVE IN EAST BERLIN 1967 - DOUBLE VINYL
ELLA FITZGERALD - LIVE IN EAST BERLIN 1967 - DOUBLE VINYL

“Ella Fitzgerald – As in the good old days at the Savoy!”

It all began with a coincidence and complicity between Ronald Trisch, the head of the East German music agency, and Horst Lippmann, the West Berlin representative of major American artists. In January 1967, Ella Fitzgerald toured Europe with Duke Ellington and his orchestra. After a concert in West Berlin, January 25 was a day off. They jumped at the chance to organize a somewhat adventurous "detour" for Ella to East Berlin. At 11 p.m. on Wednesday evening, 3,000 people flocked to the Friedrichstadt Palace. This appearance in East Berlin would be the only one of her career. No big orchestra behind her, but the 3 exceptional musicians of the Jimmy Jones Trio to accompany her.

This was a perilous affair. Karlheinz Drechsel, one of the organizers, and father of Ulf Drechsel, our correspondent in Germany, describes in his Memoirs, an excessively nervous Ella when, after crossing Check Point Charlie, she finds herself backstage. Unusual anxieties haunt her thoughts: this concert is not like the others, she hasn't had enough time to rehearse, what will the audience think, what do they expect of her, will she be able to seduce them? No one can calm her down, and she fidgets with her eternal white handkerchief. These thoughts run through her mind as her manager, Norman Granz, enters the stage and introduces the musicians: Sam Woodyard on drums, Bob Cranshow on double bass, Jimmy Jones on piano, then settles for a simple "I think you all know Ella". She enters, murmurs a timid "danke schön" and, miraculously, the audience greets her with a thunderous cheer. In less than a breath, the strained smile that marked her lips is transformed into happy laughter. The "First Lady of Jazz" emerges from her torpor. She was about to deliver one of her most memorable concerts to the East Berlin public.

The Lost Recordings managed to obtain the original analog tapes of this unique performance, one in stereo and one in mono. Neither version was complete. The concert had to be reconstructed, and the version of each track that most perfectly revealed the magic of the moment had to be chosen prior to the restoration work.

For almost an hour and a half, she treated the audience to some twenty tracks from the other side of the wall, alternating timeless standards with the hits of the moment, from the Beatles to Nancy Sinatra...

It's now one o'clock in the morning. The concert should be over. But the ovation is immense. The audience doesn't want to let Ella go. She returns to give an encore of her childhood song "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" and a climax in the form of "Hello, Dolly! Late into the night, before climbing back into her car, heading for West Berlin, exhausted but drunk with happiness, she confessed to Karlheinz Drechsel: "It was like the good old days at the Savoy! ".

Record 1

  • On the Sunny Side of the Street*
  • Don't Be That Way
  • You've Changed
  • Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)
  • These Boots Are Made for Walking
  • Here's That Rainy Day
  • Summertime
  • It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
  • Só Danço Samba (Jazz Samba)

  • Record 2

  • Mack the Knife
  • Midnight Sun
  • Goin' Out of My Head*
  • Oh, Lady Be Good
  • Misty
  • 'S Wonderful*
  • St. Louis Blues
  • How High the Moon
  • A-Tisket, A-Tasket*
  • Hello, Dolly!*

    • Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals
    • Jimmy Jones, Piano
    • Bob Cranshaw Bass
    • Sam Woodyard, Drums

    Ref.: TLR-2304050V
    Recorded at Fredrichstadt-Palast, East Berlin, German Democratic Republic, on 25.1.1967
    STEREO ℗ 1967 DRA, *MONO ℗ 1967 Private Collection

    Remastered by ℗ & © 2023 THE LOST RECORDINGS
    Pressed by Simon Garcia, Marciac

    Remastered from the original analog tapes
    33 rpm Lacquer-cuts: Kevin Gray
    180g 2-vinyl album
    1st numbered edition, 3000 copies




    DOUBLE VINYL | $76

    “Ella Fitzgerald – As in the good old days at the Savoy!”

    It all began with a coincidence and complicity between Ronald Trisch, the head of the East German music agency, and Horst Lippmann, the West Berlin representative of major American artists. In January 1967, Ella Fitzgerald toured Europe with Duke Ellington and his orchestra. After a concert in West Berlin, January 25 was a day off. They jumped at the chance to organize a somewhat adventurous "detour" for Ella to East Berlin. At 11 p.m. on Wednesday evening, 3,000 people flocked to the Friedrichstadt Palace. This appearance in East Berlin would be the only one of her career. No big orchestra behind her, but the 3 exceptional musicians of the Jimmy Jones Trio to accompany her.

    This was a perilous affair. Karlheinz Drechsel, one of the organizers, and father of Ulf Drechsel, our correspondent in Germany, describes in his Memoirs, an excessively nervous Ella when, after crossing Check Point Charlie, she finds herself backstage. Unusual anxieties haunt her thoughts: this concert is not like the others, she hasn't had enough time to rehearse, what will the audience think, what do they expect of her, will she be able to seduce them? No one can calm her down, and she fidgets with her eternal white handkerchief. These thoughts run through her mind as her manager, Norman Granz, enters the stage and introduces the musicians: Sam Woodyard on drums, Bob Cranshow on double bass, Jimmy Jones on piano, then settles for a simple "I think you all know Ella". She enters, murmurs a timid "danke schön" and, miraculously, the audience greets her with a thunderous cheer. In less than a breath, the strained smile that marked her lips is transformed into happy laughter. The "First Lady of Jazz" emerges from her torpor. She was about to deliver one of her most memorable concerts to the East Berlin public.

    The Lost Recordings managed to obtain the original analog tapes of this unique performance, one in stereo and one in mono. Neither version was complete. The concert had to be reconstructed, and the version of each track that most perfectly revealed the magic of the moment had to be chosen prior to the restoration work.

    For almost an hour and a half, she treated the audience to some twenty tracks from the other side of the wall, alternating timeless standards with the hits of the moment, from the Beatles to Nancy Sinatra...

    It's now one o'clock in the morning. The concert should be over. But the ovation is immense. The audience doesn't want to let Ella go. She returns to give an encore of her childhood song "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" and a climax in the form of "Hello, Dolly! Late into the night, before climbing back into her car, heading for West Berlin, exhausted but drunk with happiness, she confessed to Karlheinz Drechsel: "It was like the good old days at the Savoy! ".

    Record 1

  • On the Sunny Side of the Street*
  • Don't Be That Way
  • You've Changed
  • Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)
  • These Boots Are Made for Walking
  • Here's That Rainy Day
  • Summertime
  • It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
  • Só Danço Samba (Jazz Samba)

  • Record 2

  • Mack the Knife
  • Midnight Sun
  • Goin' Out of My Head*
  • Oh, Lady Be Good
  • Misty
  • 'S Wonderful*
  • St. Louis Blues
  • How High the Moon
  • A-Tisket, A-Tasket*
  • Hello, Dolly!*

    • Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals
    • Jimmy Jones, Piano
    • Bob Cranshaw Bass
    • Sam Woodyard, Drums

    Ref.: TLR-2304050V
    Recorded at Fredrichstadt-Palast, East Berlin, German Democratic Republic, on 25.1.1967
    STEREO ℗ 1967 DRA, *MONO ℗ 1967 Private Collection

    Remastered by ℗ & © 2023 THE LOST RECORDINGS
    Pressed by Simon Garcia, Marciac

    Remastered from the original analog tapes
    33 rpm Lacquer-cuts: Kevin Gray
    180g 2-vinyl album
    1st numbered edition, 3000 copies