Louis Armstrong

Satchmo: A Musical Autobiography

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Louis Armstrong's Satchmo: A Musical Autobiography was recorded as an oral memoir (with overdubbed background piano by Billy Kyle) combined with re-creations of many of his memorable recordings, as well as a few of the originals. Although such a project had the potential to become trite, the effort comes off very well indeed. This three-CD reissue has a few improvements as well. Almost every track that was previously edited to fit onto LPs has been restored to its original length. Louis Untermeyer's original liner notes have been augmented by excellent updated text by Joshua Berrett. And in spite of the warning about sound problems from using some deteriorated tapes and worn discs as source material, the audio experience is quite pleasing. While these re-creations aren't meant to take the place of Armstrong's historic recordings from earlier decades with King Oliver, Earl Hines, and other greats, they have stood the test of time rather well, except for the, at best, average vocals of Velma Middleton; Armstrong's furor with the suggestion that he omit the plump singer from his set during the 1957 Newport Festival is described in detail in Berrett's notes. While this collection isn't the initial purchase a neophyte jazz fan would pick up from Armstrong's immense catalog, his interesting narrative and the enjoyable renditions of tunes closely associated with him make this a very worthwhile purchase.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
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2 3:14 Amazon
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4 2:56 SpotifyAmazon
5
0:27 Amazon
6 3:52 SpotifyAmazon
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8 3:13 Amazon
9
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10 3:37 Amazon
11
0:23 Amazon
12 2:06 Amazon
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14 3:31 Amazon
15
0:37 Amazon
16 2:28 Amazon
17
0:23 Amazon
18 2:51 Amazon
19
0:32 Amazon
20 2:37 Amazon
21
0:24 Amazon
22 6:16 Amazon
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0:38 Amazon
24 3:11 Amazon
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0:30 Amazon
26 2:59 Amazon
27
0:23 Amazon
28 2:33 SpotifyAmazon
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0:22 Amazon
30 3:19 Amazon
31
0:46 Amazon
32 6:12 Amazon
33
0:40 Amazon
34 3:55 Amazon
35
0:36 Amazon
36 3:46 Amazon
37 2:24 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
0:44 Amazon
2 3:55 SpotifyAmazon
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0:25 Amazon
4 2:22 Amazon
5
0:25 Amazon
6 2:59 SpotifyAmazon
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1:00 Amazon
8 4:38 Amazon
9
0:35 Amazon
10 5:55 SpotifyAmazon
11
0:33 Amazon
12 3:12 Amazon
13
0:32 Amazon
14 3:18 Amazon
15
0:16 Amazon
16 3:32 SpotifyAmazon
17
0:26 Amazon
18 5:49 SpotifyAmazon
19
0:32 Amazon
20 3:41 Amazon
21
0:32
22 4:20 SpotifyAmazon
23
0:20 Amazon
24 3:56 Amazon
25
0:38 Amazon
26 3:02 Amazon
27
0:47 Amazon
28 4:00 SpotifyAmazon
29
0:29 Amazon
30 4:01 Amazon
31
0:24
32 3:26 Amazon
33
0:23 Amazon
34 3:54 SpotifyAmazon
35
0:27 Amazon
36 4:06 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
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0:16 Amazon
2 3:17 Amazon
3
0:20 Amazon
4 4:59 Amazon
5
0:29 Amazon
6 3:27 SpotifyAmazon
7
0:19 Amazon
8 3:16 Amazon
9
0:27 Amazon
10 3:18 Amazon
11
0:22 Amazon
12 4:38 Amazon
13
0:30 Amazon
14 2:58 Amazon
15
0:22 Amazon
16 3:49 SpotifyAmazon
17
0:14 Amazon
18 3:21 Amazon
19
0:32 Amazon
20 3:25 Amazon
21
0:24 Amazon
22 3:11 Amazon
23
0:24 Amazon
24 5:47 SpotifyAmazon
25
2:15 Amazon
26 6:28 SpotifyAmazon
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