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30th November 2017

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English Premiere of 'the lost recordings II' at The Sheldonian Theatre

Hear a lacquer worth £6,300 that only survives one play.  The ultimate analogue experience.

  • Music reproduction like never before

  • Live music performances never heard before

  • Exclusive free event at the Grade 1 listed Sheldonian Theatre at Oxford University

  • With pre and post drinks at the event

Just like tasting a great wine or living the pure experience of a live concert, listening to a lacquer is a fleeting chance that can only be lived once.

A truly unique opportunity exclusively for music lovers who want the best reproduction of artists at home.

Advance Booking required.

Today there is increasing promotion of audiophile vinyl albums and expensive limited edition remastered box sets with unreleased songs as extras.   This event is different and not like anything that has happened before.  

It is unique – don’t miss it.

Ella Fitzgerald

Live at the legendary Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.  10 February 1961.

Previously unreleased recording of Ella Fitzgerald. 

VINYL Double Album.  Limited to 900 hand-numbered copies pressed from the original lacquer.  With Download card for 16bit AIFF and MP3 files.  £110.

LACQUER Four sides.  Limited to 30 hand-numbered copies in a hand-bound leather portfolio.  £6,300.

After a memorable performance in Berlin a year earlier, Fitzgerald was once again singing to a packed concert hall. Norman Granz, serious and to the point, introduced the musicians. Lou Levy had long been accompanying Ella. The quartet took the stage with the singer herself. In her fresh, almost girlish voice and that hint of characteristic impertinence, she launched into “Too Close For Comfort”, followed by “On A Slow Boat To China”. By now Ella had the audience firmly in the palm of her hand.

Welcoming each spectator like a privileged guest and each song she sang, a gracefully proffered glass of champagne.

The performance was quite the opposite of what took place in a recording studio. Fitzgerald settled in as if she were in her living room, welcoming each spectator like a privileged guest and each song she sang, a gracefully proffered glass of champagne. The pieces had to be kept short because she had to see that all the members of the public were served.
Ranging from the melancholy of “Heart And Soul” to her teasing in the midst of “Lorelei”, when she announced that she was about to strip, overall she was witty, dynamic and rousing. There would never be a dull moment with Ella. As Bing Crosby so aptly said, “Man, woman, or child, Ella is the greatest of them all.”


01 Introduction
02 Won't You Please Let Me In
03 Too Close For Comfort
04 On a Slow Boat to China
05 How Long Has This Been Going On
06 Heart and Soul
07 You're Driving Me Crazy
08 That Old Black Magic
09 Lover Come Back to Me
10 My Funny Valentine
11 I've Got a Crush on You
12 Lorelei
13 Mr Paganini
14 Mack the Knife
15 Saint Louis Blues

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