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