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The Very Best Of Louis Armstrong x Double CD Box set

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Product details

  • Audio CD (17 July 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Universal - Verve
  • ASIN: B00004TWRX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,709 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Hello Dolly
  2. What A Wonderful World
  3. Jeepers Creepers
  4. King of the Zulus (with Timmy Young)
  5. We Have All The Time In The World
  6. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off (with Ella Fitzgerald)
  7. Alexander's Ragtime Band
  8. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
  9. You Can't Lose A Broken Heart (with Billie Holiday)
  10. East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)
  11. Stormy Weather
  12. C'est Si Bon (live)
  13. Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)
  14. La Vie En Rose
  15. We'll Be Together Again
  16. Makin' Whoopee
  17. Summertime (with Ella Fitzgerald)
  18. Top Hat, White Tie and Tails
  19. Basin Street Blues
  20. I'm In the Mood for Love

Disc: 2

  1. When The Saints Go Marchin' In
  2. Mack The Knife
  3. Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You (with Ella Fitzgerald)
  4. Don't Fence Me In (Live, with Velma Middleton)
  5. Stars Fell On Alabama (with Ella Fitzgerald)
  6. She's The Daughter Of a Planter from Havana
  7. You Rascal You (with Louis Jordan)
  8. Just One of Those Things
  9. Baby, It's Cold Outside (with Velma Middleton)
  10. Tenderly (with Ella Fitzgerald)
  11. When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)
  12. Pretty Little Missy
  13. Lazy River
  14. Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess
  15. Blueberry Hill
  16. Dream a little Dream
  17. Gone Fishin' (with Bing Crosby)
  18. They Can't Take That Away From Me (with Ella Fitzgerald)
  19. Ain't Misbehavin'
  20. Ain't Misbehavin' - Louis Armstrong, Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra, Bob Cusumano, Johnny McGee, Al Philburn, Sid Stoneburn, Nat Jaffe, Dave Barbour, Haig Stephens, Sam Weiss

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I was only 12 when Louis died and only came to know his music much later. I'd always liked what I'd heard - but buying this album about a year ago was a revelation. I've never heard such a perfect synthesis of jazz/pop/folk. Beautiful songs (both classics and the more obscure), perfectly arranged, with such wonderful collaborators (ie Ella Fitzegerald)- topped by Louis' passionate voice and extradordinary trumpet. Awesome. The music spans the 1920s to the 1960s but my favourite is the 1939 Jepeers Creepers (fascinating to think it was a hit on the outbreak of WW2)- closely followed by Basin St Blues, Tophat and Tails, I'm in the Mood for Love - and on and on. This is a great compilation with a wealth of material - and well mixed with the early and later stuff nicely balanced. Inevitably, I'd like to replace one or two songs on the album with a couple left out... but a tiny fault. This record defines the parameters of almost all contemporary music.
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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 Sept. 2003
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This British compilation contains some of Louis' finest music from the 1920's up to 1970. While the standard of re-mastering is high, there is a limit to how much can be done with very old recordings, even with the best technology available in the year 2000. Nevertheless, the engineers have done a superb job.

Louis (nicknamed Satchmo) is best remembered in Britain for What a wonderful world, which topped the UK charts in the sixties, and We have all the love in the world, which came close to providing Louis with a second chart-topper in the nineties following its use in a TV commercial.

The album includes several duets, with partners including Billie Holiday, Bing Crosby, Louis Jordan, two live tracks with Velma Middleton (Don't fence me in and Baby it's cold outside) and six tracks with Ella Fitzgerald. The Louis and Ella duets include Summertime, Tenderly and Stars fell on Alabama.

Most people remember Blueberry hill as a Fats Domino rock'n'roll song but it was originally an American hit for Glenn Miller. Dream a little dream is a song that was written in the thirties but is most commonly associated with the Mamas and Papas, who revived it with great success in the sixties. Among the other classic songs here are Hello Dolly, Jeepers creepers, Alexander's ragtime band, Stormy weather, Making whoopee, When the saints go marching in, Mack the knife and Ain't misbehaving, just to name a few.

It is, of course, impossible to include more than a sample of his great recordings on this set so it is quite possible that some of your favorites are missing, but this collection of the great man's music is about as good as you will find on two CD's.
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A brilliant piece of music, not music but art louis armstrong has probably got one of the most brilliant voices in jazz if not the world.I think his work is senstional and inspiring he is most definetly one of the alltime great favourites of jazz, I certainly know that he has influenced me to look harder into jazz and see what it was really created for relaxing and realising what a wonderful world we live in . Louis Armstrong expresses what most people are ashamed to say. His voice is more powerful than a ton of bricks and it bowls you over just to listen to it.Not only has he got a great voice he has the most astounding ability to play music. I think we should honour and gratify someone of this stature and brilliant nature not only does he win us over with his music but also the warming smiles that you see on his pictures and it shows you he doesn't want it for the money but for the gratification of making music. Someone like this should be loved cherished and most of all respected for all eternity. Thankyou for taking the time to read my review and i would like to point out that i am only a boy of thirteen and that i have a very great matter of respect for Mr Armstrong and find it most gratifying to listen to his music. Thankyou once again
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So often "the very best of" albums can be disappointing. That was not the case with this marvellous Satchmo compilation. I have no other albums by this marvellous man and wanted something definitive with everything I'd ever heard of by him in one place. This double CD gave me exactly what I wanted.

You only have to look at the track listings to start to smile or feel nostalgic. There are so many truely great songs; classic Satchmo tracks and less well known but equally loved tunes. There are great duets, many of which have a really fresh immediate feel with bits of conversation and banter between the artists as they sing.

Some of the recordings have the hiss and crackle of old LPs. I personally think this adds to the charm of music from a bygone era.

My father sings along, my children know the words, it is timeless and knows no boundaries. I love this CD and heartily recommend it.
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It's not often that Verve get it wrong, but this time, they have. Yes. it's a double CD, but it's not very good for all that because it's not really reflective in a consistently good way about this incredible player's sheer virtuosity. There's way too much filler material here for me and far too much that you'll hear everywhere else on any other Louis Armstrong album. With Verve's reputation and past quality I really hoped for something a lot, lot better. This is decidedly average, at best. Don't bother with it.
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