A rare Ella Fitzgerald live recording is being released for the first time

'The Lost Berlin Tapes' will be released this October

A rare Ella Fitzgerald live recording is getting its first ever release this October.

A recording of the concert, which took place at Berlin’s Sportpalast in 1962, were discovered unopened within the private collection of Verve Records founder and Fitzgerald’s manager, Norman Granz.

The concert was recorded two years after Fitzgerald’s iconic release, ‘Ella in Berlin: Mack the Knife’ and sees Ella performing alongside a trio comprising pianist Paul Smith, bassist Wilfred Middlebrooks and drummer Stan Levey.


The new live recording, titled ‘The Lost Berlin Tapes’, will be released on October 2 and will be available to buy on vinyl, CD and digital download.

You can hear one of the recordings from the new collection below.

The release comes at a time when several iconic live concerts are being shared for the first time.

Last week, the latest David Bowie rarity landed with new live album ‘Something In The Air’ – recorded at a 1999 gig in Paris – getting its first ever release. 

The reissue was the latest in a string of Bowie archival titles to be released of late, with his 1975 album ‘Young Americans’ set to receive a limited edition vinyl reissue in celebration of its 45th anniversary next month.


Back in May, the Prince estate also released a new live album, ‘Prince and the Revolution: Live’.

The show, which was recorded at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY on March 30, 1985, was the first live concert footage that Prince officially released as both a television broadcast and home video.

The performance featured members of Prince’s band The Revolution, including drummer Bobby Z, guitarist Wendy Melvoin, keyboardists Lisa Coleman, Matt Fink and others.