Louis Armstrong

King Louis

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King Louis Review

by Thom Jurek

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 Louis Armstrong 02:53 Amazon
2 Louis Armstrong 03:03 Amazon
3 Louis Armstrong feat: King Oliver's Jazz Band 02:52 Amazon
4
Louis Armstrong feat: King Oliver's Jazz Band 02:51 Amazon
5
Louis Armstrong feat: King Oliver's Jazz Band 02:45 Amazon
6
Louis Armstrong feat: Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra 03:05 Amazon
7
Louis Armstrong feat: Ma Rainey 03:23 Amazon
8 Louis Armstrong feat: Clarence Williams' Blue Five 03:09 Amazon
9 Louis Armstrong feat: Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra 03:00 Amazon
10 Louis Armstrong feat: Clarence Williams' Blue Five 02:34 Amazon
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Louis Armstrong feat: Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra 03:03 Amazon
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Louis Armstrong feat: Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra 03:07 Amazon
13
Louis Armstrong feat: Clarence Williams' Blue Five / Eva Taylor 03:32 Amazon
14 Louis Armstrong feat: Bessie Smith 03:13 Amazon
15 Louis Armstrong feat: Trixie Smith 03:02 Amazon
16
Louis Armstrong feat: Bessie Smith 03:08 Amazon
17 Louis Armstrong feat: Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra 02:51 Amazon
18 Louis Armstrong feat: Erskine Tate's Vendome Orchestra 02:50 Amazon
19 Louis Armstrong feat: Erskine Tate's Vendome Orchestra 02:57 Amazon
20 Louis Armstrong feat: Lil's Hot Shots 02:52 Amazon
21
Louis Armstrong feat: Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard Wizards 02:37 Amazon
22 Louis Armstrong feat: Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard Wizards 02:57 Amazon
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Louis Armstrong feat: Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard Wizards 02:35 Amazon
24
Louis Armstrong feat: Johnny Dodds 03:05 Amazon
25
Louis Armstrong feat: Johnny Dodds 03:22 Amazon
26 Louis Armstrong 03:26 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

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

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Louis Armstrong 03:20 Amazon
2 Louis Armstrong 03:21 Amazon
3
Louis Armstrong 02:57 Amazon
4 Louis Armstrong 03:24 Amazon
5
Louis Armstrong 03:26 Amazon
6
Louis Armstrong feat: Carroll Dickerson's Savoyagers 03:14 Amazon
7 Louis Armstrong feat: Carroll Dickerson's Savoyagers 03:11 Amazon
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Louis Armstrong 03:14 Amazon
9 Louis Armstrong 03:23 Amazon
10
Louis Armstrong 02:59 Amazon
11 Louis Armstrong 03:18 Amazon
12 Louis Armstrong 02:41 Amazon
13 Louis Armstrong 02:51 Amazon
14 Louis Armstrong feat: Louis Armstrong & His Savoy Ballroom Five 03:16 Amazon
15 Louis Armstrong 03:12 Amazon
16
Louis Armstrong 03:10 Amazon
17 Louis Armstrong 03:16 Amazon
18
Louis Armstrong feat: Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars 03:23 Amazon
19
Louis Armstrong feat: Louis Armstrong & His Savoy Ballroom Five 03:16 Amazon
20
Louis Armstrong 03:13 Amazon
21
Louis Armstrong 03:02 Amazon
22
Louis Armstrong 02:39 Amazon
23
Louis Armstrong 03:09 Amazon
24 Louis Armstrong 02:56 Amazon
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