Christmas and Hits Duos

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
In one sense, this double-disc collection is merely a way to package two well-known albums in a sleeve and sell them again, an inventory clearing, if you will. On the other hand, it's a great opportunity to pick up two excellent collections by Louis Armstrong that you'd more than likely buy separately if you saw them at the right time. It might also be the perfect Christmas gift for the person you want to hip to Satchmo's particular blend of genius and magic. One set needs little explanation, which is The Definitive Collection. Containing 24 cuts, it has virtually every hit and well-known number that Armstrong recorded for Universal-affiliated labels such as Verve. It also ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
In one sense, this double-disc collection is merely a way to package two well-known albums in a sleeve and sell them again, an inventory clearing, if you will. On the other hand, it's a great opportunity to pick up two excellent collections by Louis Armstrong that you'd more than likely buy separately if you saw them at the right time. It might also be the perfect Christmas gift for the person you want to hip to Satchmo's particular blend of genius and magic. One set needs little explanation, which is The Definitive Collection. Containing 24 cuts, it has virtually every hit and well-known number that Armstrong recorded for Universal-affiliated labels such as Verve. It also includes a pair of fine duets with Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby on "Our Love Is Here to Stay" and "Gone Fishin'," respectively. Virtually everything else a novice would want is right here as well, including "What a Wonderful World" and the vocal remakes of the original New Orleans hits. The Christmas disc is a real treat because it feels like a complete hoot from start to finish. Satch is featured as a soloist (such as on the album opener, "Christmas in New Orleans" with the Benny Carter Orchestra), in duets with pals like Mel Tormé on his standard "The Christmas Song" andLena Horne on "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," fronting the Duke Ellington Orchestra on "Jingle Bells," and leading his own Commanders. Other nice treats include his duet with Peggy Lee on "It's Christmas Time Again" and burning down the house with Louis Jordan on "May Everyday Be Christmas." This is a great holiday offering and should be in everyone's collection. Together these sets are hard to beat.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2008
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 044001113321
  • Catalog Number: 111332
  • Sales rank: 244,551

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Christmas in New Orleans - Benny Carter's Orchestra
  2. 2 White Christmas - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra
  3. 3 Silent Night - Dinah Washington
  4. 4 The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
  5. 5 Christmas Night in Harlem - Benny Carter's Orchestra
  6. 6 It's Christmas Time Again - Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires
  7. 7 Cool Yule
  8. 8 Merry Christmas, Baby - Lionel Hampton
  9. 9 'Zat You, Santa Claus?
  10. 10 Santa Baby - Henri René & His Orchestra
  11. 11 Jingle Bells
  12. 12 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Lena Horne
  13. 13 May Everyday Be Christmas - Louis Jordan & His Orchestra
  14. 14 Winter Wonderland - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra
Disc 2
  1. 1 What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra & Chorus (2:18)
  2. 2 Cabaret - Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars (2:46)
  3. 3 Dream a Little Dream of Me - Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars (3:16)
  4. 4 Hello, Dolly! - Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars (2:25)
  5. 5 Our Love Is Here to Stay (3:59)
  6. 6 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues - The Russell Garcia Orchestra (3:55)
  7. 7 Georgia on My Mind (3:24)
  8. 8 When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles with You) (4:03)
  9. 9 On the Sunny Side of the Street (5:51)
  10. 10 Mack the Knife - Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars (3:24)
  11. 11 Basin Street Blues - Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars (5:51)
  12. 12 Someday (You'll Be Sorry) (3:07)
  13. 13 It Takes Two to Tango (2:55)
  14. 14 Gone Fishin' - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (2:31)
  15. 15 A Kiss to Build a Dream On (3:03)
  16. 16 That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day) - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (3:06)
  17. 17 Blueberry Hill - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (2:54)
  18. 18 Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? (3:01)
  19. 19 I Want a Little Girl (3:02)
  20. 20 Ain't Misbehavin' - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (2:56)
  21. 21 Struttin' with Some Barbecue - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (2:58)
  22. 22 When the Saints Go Marching In - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (2:41)
  23. 23 When It's Sleepy Time Down South - Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars (2:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Louis Armstrong Primary Artist, Vocals
Bing Crosby Vocals
Henry "Red" Allen Trumpet
Paul Barbarin Drums
Louie Bellson Drums
Herb Ellis Guitar
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals
Urbie Green Trombone
Gordon Jenkins Conductor
Yank Lawson Trumpet
Albert Nicholas Reeds
Kid Ory Trombone
Oscar Peterson Piano
Jerome Richardson Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Lucky Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Red Nichols Trumpet
Luis Russell Piano
Dave Barbour Guitar
Billy Butterfield Trumpet
Joe Darensbourg Clarinet
Barrett Deems Drums
Ziggy Elman Trumpet
Russell Garcia Conductor
Tyree Glenn Trombone
Marty Napoleon Piano
Edmond Hall Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Al Klink Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Carl Kress Guitar
Bernie Leighton Piano
Lou McGarity Trombone
Sy Oliver Conductor
Babe Russin Saxophone
Zutty Singleton Drums
Grady Tate Drums
Joe Wilder Trumpet
Dick Taylor Trombone
Trummy Young Trombone
Bill Atkinson Trombone
Louis Bacon Trumpet
Danny Barcelona Drums
Everett Barksdale Guitar
Joe Benjamin Bass
Barney Bigard Clarinet
Lee Blair Guitar
Sandy Block Bass
Will Bradley Jr. Trombone
Ray Brown Bass
Red Callender Bass
Toots Camarata Conductor
Buddy Catlett Bass
Clark Terry Trumpet
Rupert Cole Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bob Cusmano Trumpet
Cutty Cutshall Trombone
Vic Dickenson Trombone
George Dorsey Alto Saxophone
Art Drelinger Tenor Saxophone
Nick Fatool Drums
Pops Foster Bass
Babe Fresk Tenor Saxophone
Tony Gattuso Banjo, Guitar
Squire Gersh Bass
Minor Hall Drums
J.C. Higginbotham Trombone
Dick Jacobs Alto Saxophone
Hilton Jefferson Alto Saxophone
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Billy Kyle Piano
Jack Lesberg Bass
Bingie Madison Clarinet, Reeds, Tenor Saxophone
Carmen Mastren Guitar
Dave McRae Baritone Saxophone
Joe Muranyi Clarinet
Allan Reuss Guitar
Art Ryerson Guitar
Russell Savkas Bass
Hymie Schertzer Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Bud Scott Guitar
Arvell Shaw Bass
Norris "Bunny" Shawker Drums
Phil Stephens Bass
Melvin Tax Tenor Saxophone
Daniel Trimboli Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
George Washington Trombone
Milt Yaner Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Wilbur De Paris Trombone
Charlie Beal Piano
Phil Giardina Trombone
Kenny John Drums
Willard Suyker Guitar
Al Philburn Trombone
Andrew Ferretti Trumpet
Allen Hanlon Guitar
Warren Hard Percussion
Carl Poole Trumpet
Jack Satterfield Trombone
Phillip Shuken Saxophone
Sid Stoneburn Clarinet
Sonny Parker Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Larry Wright Saxophone
John Scott Trotter Conductor
Ed Grady Drums
Sam Markowitz Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone
Haig Stephens Bass
Jack Chaney Saxophone
Bill Holcombe Baritone Saxophone
Nat Jaffe Piano
Tommy Goodman Conductor
Freddy Williams Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Wendell Mayhew Trombone
Warren Baker Saxophone
Charlie Holms Reeds
Paul "Scooby" Smith Piano
Perry Botkin and His Orchestra Guitar
Bobby Guy Trumpet
Hank Jones Great Jazz Trio Piano
Technical Credits
Steve Allen Composer
Marc Blitzstein Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Mercer Ellington Arranger
Gordon Jenkins Arranger
Mel Tormé Composer
Fats Waller Composer
Luis Russell Arranger
Russell Garcia Arranger
Sy Oliver Arranger
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Jerry Herman Composer
Kander Composer
Franz Gruber Composer
Fabian André Composer
Louis Armstrong Composer
Lil Armstrong Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
Norman Granz Producer
Toots Camarata Arranger
J. Fred Coots Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Will Friedwald Liner Notes
Ira Gershwin Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Joe Goodwin Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Bert Kalmar Composer
Andy McKaie Producer
Billy Moll Composer
Vincent Rose Composer
Harry Ruby Composer
Wilbur Schwandt Composer
Richard M. Sherman Composer
Harry Beasley Smith Composer
Larry Stock Composer
Bob Thiele Composer, Producer
George David Weiss Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Stuart Gorrell Composer
Jack Elliott Composer
Philip Springer Composer
John Scott Trotter Arranger
Harry Brooks Composer
Jean-Pierre Leloir Cover Photo, Inlay Photography
Bruce Resnikoff Executive Producer
Fred Ebb Composer
Tommy Goodman Arranger
Ted Koehler Composer
Joseph Mohr Composer
Louis Alter Composer
Lou Baxter Composer
Murray Mencher Composer
Clarence Muse Composer
Larry Shay Composer
Dick Manning Composer
Tony Springer Composer
Joe Van Winkle Composer
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Traditional Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Jack Fox Composer
Mark Fisher Composer
James Pierpont Composer
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