Louis Armstrong

King Louis

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Simply put, this imported Proper box set -- containing four discs and a lovely booklet -- documents the recordings Louis Armstrong made with His Hot Fives and Sevens between 1923 and 1929, as well as his sides with King Oliver and some as a bandleader after the demise of those bands. It's true, Sony/BMG Legacy has issued a three-disc set of the Hot Fives and Sevens material, but the reach and scope of this set goes a bit farther, costs less, and has better sound.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:53 Amazon
2 03:03 Amazon
3 02:52 Amazon
4
02:51 Amazon
5
02:45 Amazon
6
03:05 Amazon
7
feat: Ma Rainey
03:23 Amazon
8 03:09 Amazon
9 03:00 Amazon
10 02:34 Amazon
11
03:03 Amazon
12
03:07 Amazon
13
03:32 Amazon
14
feat: Bessie Smith
03:13 Amazon
15
feat: Trixie Smith
03:02 Amazon
16
feat: Bessie Smith
03:08 Amazon
17 02:51 Amazon
18 02:50 Amazon
19 02:57 Amazon
20 02:52 Amazon
21
02:37 Amazon
22 02:57 Amazon
23
02:35 Amazon
24
feat: Johnny Dodds
03:05 Amazon
25
feat: Johnny Dodds
03:22 Amazon
26 03:26 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:26 Amazon
2 02:38 Amazon
3 02:43 Amazon
4 02:30 Amazon
5
02:34 Amazon
6
02:54 Amazon
7 03:16 Amazon
8 03:01 Amazon
9 03:15 Amazon
10 02:32 Amazon
11 03:02 Amazon
12
02:44 Amazon
13
02:53 Amazon
14
02:46 Amazon
15
02:41 Amazon
16
03:05 Amazon
17
03:00 Amazon
18
03:03 Amazon
19 02:45 Amazon
20 03:01 Amazon
21 03:04 Amazon
22
02:59 Amazon
23 02:45 Amazon
24 02:52 Amazon
25 02:39 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:20 Amazon
2 03:21 Amazon
3
02:57 Amazon
4 03:24 Amazon
5
03:26 Amazon
6
03:14 Amazon
7 03:11 Amazon
8
03:14 Amazon
9 03:23 Amazon
10
02:59 Amazon
11 03:18 Amazon
12 02:41 Amazon
13 02:51 Amazon
14 03:16 Amazon
15 03:12 Amazon
16
03:10 Amazon
17 03:16 Amazon
18
03:23 Amazon
19
03:16 Amazon
20
03:13 Amazon
21
03:02 Amazon
22
02:39 Amazon
23
03:09 Amazon
24 02:56 Amazon
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