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Ella Fitzgerald — I've Got You Under My Skin
Album: Cole Porter Songbook Vol. 2
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Released: 1956
Length: 2:40
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I've got you under my skin.
I've got you deep in the heart of me.
So deep in my heart that you're really a part of me.
I've got you under my skin.
I'd tried so not to give in.
I said to myself: this affair never will go so well.
But why should I try to resist when, baby, I know so well
I've got you under my skin?

I'd sacrifice anything come what might
For the sake of havin' you near
In spite of a warnin' voice that comes in the night
And repeats, repeats in my ear:
Don't you know, little fool, you never can win?
Use your mentality, wake up to reality.
But each time that I do just the thought of you
Makes me stop before I begin
'Cause I've got you under my skin.

(Musical interlude)

I would sacrifice anything come what might
For the sake of havin' you near
In spite of the warning voice that comes in the night
And repeats - how it yells in my ear:
Don't you know, little fool, you never can win?
Why not use your mentality - step up, wake up to reality?
But each time I do just the thought of you
Makes me stop just before I begin
'Cause I've got you under my skin.
Yes, I've got you under my skin.
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GODLIKE!!  ICONIC!!  Thanx RP!   
 user4176 wrote:

To me, it just sounds so natural, pretense-less, balanced. No trying to sound like anything else but herself. I like that immensely.



I agree and would delete my earlier foolish comment from you message if I could...
 idiot_wind wrote:

greatest recorded voice

theres ella....and then everyone else



Again, the Duke would agree. once asked who he thought was the best female vocalist ever. He replied "you mean, besides Ella?" 
 user4176 wrote:

To me, it just sounds so natural, pretense-less, balanced. No trying to sound like anything else but herself. I like that immensely.


Duke Ellington would agree with you. 
 thewiseking wrote:

Ella's voice is always perfect and her vocal range is amazing but her phrasing on these Porter, Gershwin standards is lacking the necessary nuance. It is is if she doesn't get the lyrics or can not relate to them. 



I think I get what you're saying. Her voice is outstanding. But I want that pause after Stop. It's missing in this version. 
Tremonti has done this and others with Frank's old band.
Brilliant!
I'd love to hear her singing Plenty o' Nuttin with Louis Armstrong
https://youtu.be/-DR6cXAa-Ek
 idiot_wind wrote:

When she sings, there are no clunkers,  No dissonace,  No tension. No strain.  No off notes.

It's pure silk.

And its all her voice. It's not being manipulated  by recording engineers  



all true but on some songs she seems to not "get" the lyrics
When she sings, there are no clunkers,  No dissonace,  No tension. No strain.  No off notes.

It's pure silk.

And its all her voice. It's not being manipulated  by recording engineers  
greatest recorded voice

theres ella....and then everyone else
Love her voice, fantastic performer. For something fun, check out her version of The Cow Cow Boogie!
 HearsayDave wrote:
Ella: The best voice in American history.
 
Glad you found your personal favourite. Why not name it as such?
Ella: The best voice in American history.
Any selection from the Great American Songbook is a welcome addition! Thanks RP!
 idiot_wind wrote:
If its possible to make this claim, she has the greatest voice ever in recorded music.  She has the perfect voice. No flaws. And remember, the recording technology in her time, was not that sophisticated as to mix/clean up her raw vocals.

What you are hearing, is the real thing, Not some  digitized phenon.
 
It is not Memorex!!! Flawless!!
In any case - MORE JAZZ please...Thx
Every single thing about this song works. It's 63 years old, but it still sounds incredible.
Nice tune for RP
A rare 10 - by my standards
As pure, silky voice as ever heard. Her dentals are the standard by which all should be measured.
 DocStrangelove wrote:
contrary to the vast majority of the human race, I find EF to be mostly bloodless and boring

technically perfect, but served like cold roast beef.

 
My problem with Ella is certainly not technical. Ella's voice is perfect but she comes across here as though she is speaking a foreign language. Something is lost in translation. It's as though she doesn't get the lyrics. That is why I would much rather hear the far less technically proficient Fred Astaire sing/speak these Porter, Kern or Gershwin lyrics.
 DocStrangelove wrote:
contrary to the vast majority of the human race, I find EF to be mostly bloodless and boring

technically perfect, but served like cold roast beef.

 
To me, it just sounds so natural, pretense-less, balanced. No trying to sound like anything else but herself. I like that immensely.
A gift from the Gods...
If its possible to make this claim, she has the greatest voice ever in recorded music.  She has the perfect voice. No flaws. And remember, the recording technology in her time, was not that sophisticated as to mix/clean up her raw vocals.

What you are hearing, is the real thing, Not some  digitized phenon.
 LizK wrote:

                                    Velvet

 
Sure is!  And I've loved this song from pretty much anyone who ever recorded it!{#Daisy}

                                    Velvet
Her intentionally singing off key notes makes it hard to listen to.
Still...the greatest voice ever. 
Ella's voice is always perfect and her vocal range is amazing but her phrasing on these Porter, Gershwin standards is lacking the necessary nuance. It is is if she doesn't get the lyrics or can not relate to them. 
oh my goodness

This is better than Sinatra's version. Beautiful. And, by the way, it just got under my skin in the good way the song meant that. 
On of those days at Radio Paradise, eh....

One of the greatest songs ever written.

Love the versions by all of the Jersey boys, Frank from Hoboken and Frankie and the 4 Seasons 
It does not get any better.
Yay, PSD!!!!  It brought me here!
 fredriley wrote:
I've never understood why a sexual relationship should be called an 'affair', almost as if it's some kind of business partnership. Does anyone know where this usage came from? I suspect that it's a bourgeois term as it's not a word I've heard used much in working-class conversation.

 

Doesn't it come from "affaire de coeur"?  Which doesn't really answer your question, I guess.
What class - a definite 11 for a rating.  Made me turn my volume way up.
 Cynaera wrote:
I completely agree with your comment, unclehud, except that I'd say "for ANY standards."  This is such a great song for a sunny summer day, or a late night in a dark, smoky bar with a glass of brandy and a cigar.

 

Miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song... 
C L A S S without a doubt.
 GuiltyFeat wrote:
I love Ella. I love Cole Porter. I love this song. Nevertheless, I can't hear this and not wish I was listening to Sinatra instead. There are some songs that Ella sings better than anyone else ever. This isn't one of them.
 
Sinatra sings Porter better than anyone, but Ella owns Gershwin.
What a fabulous talent is Ella Fitzgerald!

A voice that caresses every word, and offers each one like an opening flower.

{#Meditate}
Yo...Ella! {#Good-vibes}
I've never understood why a sexual relationship should be called an 'affair', almost as if it's some kind of business partnership. Does anyone know where this usage came from? I suspect that it's a bourgeois term as it's not a word I've heard used much in working-class conversation.
 GuiltyFeat wrote:
I love Ella. I love Cole Porter. I love this song. Nevertheless, I can't hear this and not wish I was listening to Sinatra instead. There are some songs that Ella sings better than anyone else ever. This isn't one of them.
 
While I've heard Sinatra's version much more often, I prefer this one; I enjoy how her vocal range works around in this.
 lemmoth wrote:
One of the finest songs ever written.

A younger member was first introduced to it by Frankie Valli and his falsetto.  Would love to hear that version on RP.
 
I'd love to hear other versions of this one, too. Idea of the song reminds me of one of Lucinda Williams' most indelible lyrics:

Not a day goes by I don't think about you
You left your mark on me it's permanent a tattoo
Pierce the skin and the blood runs through
Oh my baby

From "Right in Time" 
 georgelai01 wrote:
I could listen to her on an old transistor radio and she'd still be superb
 
I could listen to her through a string pulled between two cups, through a wall with a glass, around the corner and next to the elevated train tracks, and it would still sound superb. 

10. 
One of the finest songs ever written.

A younger member was first introduced to it by Frankie Valli and his falsetto.  Would love to hear that version on RP.
The voice! Her voice gets me everytime. Simply beautiful.
I could listen to her on an old transistor radio and she'd still be superb
I adore RP.
Truly, the voice of an angel!
Utterly sublime...
 Rooney wrote:
Make no mistake.  Ella rules....As my MP3 player will attest...I'm still delighted with her voice, style and warmth.  Great stuff.  A 10 to the max.{#Crown}
 

I will not make that mistake. Miss Ella is the best vocalists in recorded human history!{#Notworthy}
What a fabulous, sly segue!

Ella Fitzgerald - I've Got You Under My Skin
Susan Enan - Skin, Bone, and Silicone

And to think I was hitting the song page just to verbally drool over Ella's voice. Ahem. Drool. {#Propeller}
 GuiltyFeat wrote:
I love Ella. I love Cole Porter. I love this song. Nevertheless, I can't hear this and not wish I was listening to Sinatra instead. There are some songs that Ella sings better than anyone else ever. This isn't one of them.
 
Totally agree. I had to give this a 9 for that reason.

 unclehud wrote:
Ella singing Cole Porter!  It can't get much better for jazz standards.  (As stated in the comment below).

Bill, you knock me out when you wander from the 'alternative rock' sterotype.  Thanks a bunch!
  I completely agree with your comment, unclehud, except that I'd say "for ANY standards."  This is such a great song for a sunny summer day, or a late night in a dark, smoky bar with a glass of brandy and a cigar.

I'm totally a goner. Ella, Sarah, Lena, and a few others make me yearn for the standards with great vocals and jazz.
 
 maggie6969 wrote:
Love the classics.  Just wondering - does this appeal to 20s and 30s as much as to someone in my age range (over 60!)?  People could actually sing in those days!
 
Not over 60, pushing 50 but I learned to really appreciate the big band sounds from a college room mate who had a HUGH selection of 45's of that era's music.

"Use your mentality
Wake up to reality"

Pretty heavy stuff.

Perfect.


 rah wrote:
I would have absolutely no problem if Bill were to play this entire album right now.
 
Neither would I.  {#High-five}
Ella singing Cole Porter!  It can't get much better for jazz standards.  (As stated in the comment below).

Bill, you knock me out when you wander from the 'alternative rock' sterotype.  Thanks a bunch!
I would have absolutely no problem if Bill were to play this entire album right now.
I love Ella. I love Cole Porter. I love this song. Nevertheless, I can't hear this and not wish I was listening to Sinatra instead. There are some songs that Ella sings better than anyone else ever. This isn't one of them.
Yeeeees!
Make no mistake.  Ella rules....As my MP3 player will attest...I'm still delighted with her voice, style and warmth.  Great stuff.  A 10 to the max.{#Crown}
I am pretty sure this is the only place you can find this:

 
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 ginniet wrote:

The only bad thing is that the songs were too short in those days!  Today, they seem to go on and on and on  . . .

 

Yes, and there was a reason they were too short.  Up until FM radio came onto the scene,
AM radio wouldn't play anything longer than would fit into their 3 to 3l/2 minute slots, max.
You will notice that most of early R&R, (pre Beatles) also had very short versions of
songs.  Sometimes they would make a version for radio, and sometimes put the longer versions
on radio.  One that comes to mind is the Doors "Light My Fire."{#Bananasplit}
 maggie6969 wrote:
Love the classics.  Just wondering - does this appeal to 20s and 30s as much as to someone in my age range (over 60!)?  People could actually sing in those days!
 
I'm 33 and I've enjoyed the sounds of big band jazz and swing since my early 20s.  I don't think most of my peers really go for that sort of thing, but that's their loss.

 maggie6969 wrote:
Love the classics.  Just wondering - does this appeal to 20s and 30s as much as to someone in my age range (over 60!)?  People could actually sing in those days!
 
The only bad thing is that the songs were too short in those days!  Today, they seem to go on and on and on  . . .

 Cynaera wrote:
I just love hearing the classics - this was recorded the year I was born! (Double-YAY!)  Ella Fitzgerald is an icon.  {#Notworthy}  Well, and so is Cole Porter...

 

Yeah, she's one of my idols too.{#Bananajumprope}Wow.  This is classic Ella.  I have several of her songbooks.  She interprets
songs like nothing I've ever heard.  I'm a big fan of hers.  Thank you, thank
you Bill for this wonderful random song.
Love the classics.  Just wondering - does this appeal to 20s and 30s as much as to someone in my age range (over 60!)?  People could actually sing in those days!
Eclectic Radio Paradise.
I love this old Elephant Gerald stuff {#Music}
I just love hearing the classics - this was recorded the year I was born! (Double-YAY!)  Ella Fitzgerald is an icon.  {#Notworthy}  Well, and so is Cole Porter...

Talent. This is what it sounds like.
10 + !
I'm in love again!!!
no comment  -   10.
winter wrote:
I like having this follow Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay" - washes the taste of it right out, like a raspberry sorbet.
Ella Fitzgerald == raspberry sorbet That's one perfect analogy.
yeah I agree...anything to get Lay Lady Lay out of my head.
I like having this follow Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay" - washes the taste of it right out, like a raspberry sorbet.
I have about 10 Ella CDs, and clearly I don't have enough. I need to go get this one, too. I never tire of listening to her sweet voice. She is so wonderful.
Someone gave this a 1 ??!!! I know some might not like this (..trying not to make any comments refering to the level of intellect and taste..) But, really! Have you looked at the meaning of 1 ?
Incomparible.
Ella singing Cole Porter! What a sound. Sublime.
This is okay, but it just doesn't give me the chills like Frank's version does.
I believe there are many distinguished, artful, and talented singers doing it right, with inspiration, and doing it now. Still, Ella stands apart. lester wrote:
When singers sang.
Note to self: Dig up the Ella CD's soon
How nice to hear a REAL voice after that awful Dylan groaning attempt at smooth singing Queen Ella
Owning ALL of her songbooks would be de-lovely. Those gowns, those skats, those glasses, THAT SUPREME VOICE.
A song about chiggers?
Ella on a breezy, summer afternoon on the deck... just makes me grateful that I have ears to hear with.
beelzebubba wrote:
Huh. I thought it was Les Claypool....
Yea, it's him or Ray.
When singers sang.
Ella!!!!
Johray63 wrote:
The late, great Ray Brown, maybe?
Huh. I thought it was Les Claypool....
Sounds like perfect fine christmas time music
GawgaBoy wrote:
Who is on bass?
The late, great Ray Brown, maybe?
54-40 wrote:
"Ladies and gentlemen, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra presents, Ella Fitzgerald!"
Who is on bass?
8)
The one, the only, the incomparable, the superlative! I grew up on a combination of 80's rock, with Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel thrown in, and then some jazz came into my life, but it took until I hit my thirties for me to fall for Ella. Now, my little boys listen to Ella when Daddy just can't take anymore "I'm a Little Teapot" or "The Ants Go Marching," and they love it.
What an incredible voice. In the 1950's my mom spent her summers in NYC and she used to be able to walk in on Ella's recording sessions and listen. IMAGINE!
I love this version, KD Lang does a great version,.. very silky. Frank does a good job but too I think the two ladies add something Frank couldn't quite get.
"Ladies and gentlemen, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra presents, Ella Fitzgerald!"
llazare wrote:
...this song belongs to Frank. If this was Frank's version, I'd give it a 12.
Ditto.
She is an inconceivably amazing singer.
A wonderful diversion. Reminds me of a simpler, less complicated time.
I rated it an 8 because it's the Ella version. Don't get me wrong, I love Ella, but this song belongs to Frank. If this was Frank's version, I'd give it a 12. But regardless, the song is great. Excellent choice for this set Bill.
a tasty classic
Great. Thank you RP for the diversity!
Mmmmm
What an incredible song, thank you Mom for exposing me to this music during my childhood.
ella is goddess!! and right after bob dylan's lay lady lay and before white stripes we're going to be friends. simply brilliant!!!
A classic tune sung by a VERY classy lady. Outstanding. Thank you RP! -t
I was raised to love music by the sound of my father singing Gershwin in the shower and everywhere else. I love this song. It's among the heart-rending and compelling tunes ever. Ella has a brilliant voice, but her Gershwin is milquetoast, a function perhaps of the unfortunate need for a black female vocalist to sound "respectable" to sell in the broad market her era.
One of the greatest singers of the last 100 years! Love Ella!
One of my favorite artists. Thanks RP.
I've got youuuu... buried in my back yard....
More of the divine Ella !!!
\\:D/ Bless Ella. What a voice! :propeller.gif: