Louis Armstrong

Here's Louis Armstrong

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Metro was MGM's mid-'60s budget imprint that reissued recordings from various labels under the MGM umbrella. Hello Louis! was released in 1965 in response to the success of Armstrong's 1964 album Hello, Dolly!, and given an intentionally similar title. The album collects recordings from a session Armstrong cut for Verve in the late '50s that originally appeared on the albums I've Got the World on a String and Louis Under the Stars. The songs are all standards like "Stormy Weather" and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," given the unmistakable Satchmo stamp even if the brassy big band charts aren't the most sympathetic arrangements he ever received. These recordings have since been reissued in a number of places, including Verve's I've Got the World on a String/Louis Under the Stars twofer and, in part, on Armstrong's installment in the Jazz 'Round Midnight anthology series.

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