Louis Armstrong

The Fabulous Louis Armstrong

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Presented here is a nice cross-section of the recordings Satchmo made for RCA Victor over the years, running a time frame from the early 1930s to 1970s, the last of which, "What a Wonderful World," was recorded a year before his death. The earliest sides are with his orchestra, running through "St. Louis Blues," "Swing You Cats," and "Basin Street Blues," and sounding a bit constrained by the arrangements. But the compilation also features sides with his Dixieland Seven ("Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans") and his All-Stars -- including two tracks recorded live at Town Hall in New York in 1947 -- that swing with the usual Armstrong flair and charm. Perhaps it's not the most essential Louis Armstrong collection out there, but it's some damn fine listening along the way. A nice bargain in a single-disc set.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:44
2 3:01 Spotify
3 3:14
4 2:41 Spotify
5 3:13 Spotify
6 3:27
7 3:31 Spotify
8 3:21
9 2:56 Spotify
10 3:57 Spotify
11 2:59 Spotify
12 2:41 Spotify
13 3:13 Spotify
14 2:44 Spotify
15 3:06
16 3:03 Spotify
17 3:19 Spotify
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