Complete RCA Victor Recordings

Complete RCA Victor Recordings

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by Louis Armstrong

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This four-CD set captures Armstrong's two stints with Victor Records -- December 1932-April 1933 and April 1946-October 1947. With his spectacular 1920's innovations behind him, the first half finds him in front of the sleek big band that served as a showcase for his startling trumpet virtuosity and extravagant abilities as a showman. There are pop and vaudeville


This four-CD set captures Armstrong's two stints with Victor Records -- December 1932-April 1933 and April 1946-October 1947. With his spectacular 1920's innovations behind him, the first half finds him in front of the sleek big band that served as a showcase for his startling trumpet virtuosity and extravagant abilities as a showman. There are pop and vaudeville oddities, versions of New Orleans classics, and nascent standards. The immortal Pops mugs, sings his heart out, and blazes through skyrocketing trumpet solos; you hear one of the world's greatest entertainers stepping to center stage. Included is "Blue Yodel No. 9," his single recording with Jimmie Rodgers -- the father of country music meets the father of jazz. The set's second half delineates the birth of the loose-limbed New Orleans-style small groups, called the All-Stars, that Armstrong would lead until his death. Again, the entertainment value is high, but the musical value is even higher -- the mature Armstrong displays a more burnished trumpet style, and he settles into the joys of the New Orleans-style of jazz he helped pioneer with relish. Particularly delightful are the duets with trombonist Jack Teagarden, a perfect foil; they're version of Hoagy Carmichael's "Rockin' Chair" is a classic.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Most of the music on this four-CD set from 1997 has been reissued many times, both on LP and CD, but this is the most "complete" set thus far. Louis Armstrong recorded for RCA during two separate times. During 1932-1933, he led an erratic (and under-rehearsed) big band on a series of numbers, but all of the selections have their moments of interest. Although not up to the level of his Hot Five and Seven recordings of five years earlier, these spirited tracks find Armstrong mostly in excellent form both instrumentally and vocally, and the reissue has four alternate takes never released before. Highlights include the two-part "Hits Medley," "That's My Home," "I've Got the World on a String," "There's a Cabin in the Pines," "Hustlin' and Bustlin' for Baby," a unique 1930 collaboration with country singer Jimmie Rodgers, and the two bizarre versions of "Laughin' Louis." The second half of the reissue features Armstrong during 1946-1947, including appearances with the Esquire poll winners (Louis takes a surprisingly modern solo on "Snafu"), the last titles by his big band, a few wonderful combo performances (including the classic "Jack-Armstrong Blues"), and the first songs by Armstrong's All-Stars (co-starring Jack Teagarden); this collection concludes with two unrelated 1956 orchestral tracks. Overall, this is wonderful music, although collectors who already have everything other than the alternates have a right to hesitate.

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Disc 1

  1. That's My Home
  2. Hobo, You Can't Ride This Train
  3. I Hate to Leave You Now
  4. You'll Wish You'd Never Been Born
  5. Medley of Armstrong Hits, Pt. 1: I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, ... [Me
  6. Medley of Armstrong Hits, Pt. 2: When You're Smiling/St. James ... [Med
  7. I've Got the World on a String
  8. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
  9. Hustlin' and Bustlin' for Baby
  10. Sittin' in the Dark
  11. High Society
  12. He's a Son of the South
  13. Some Sweet Day
  14. Basin Street Blues
  15. Honey, Do!
  16. Snowball
  17. Mahogany Hall Stomp
  18. Swing, You Cats

Disc 2

  1. Honey, Don't You Love Me Any More?
  2. Mississippi Basin
  3. Laughin' Louie
  4. Tomorrow Night
  5. Dusky Stevedore
  6. There's a Cabin in the Pines
  7. Mighty River
  8. Sweet Sue, Just You
  9. I Wonder Who
  10. St. Louis Blues
  11. Don't Play Me Cheap
  12. That's My Home
  13. Hobo, You Can't Ride This Train
  14. I Hate to Leave You Now
  15. You'll Wish You'd Never Been Born
  16. Medley of Armstrong Hits, Pt. 2: When You're Smiling/St. James Infirmar
  17. Mississippi Basin
  18. Laughin' Louie
  19. Tomorrow Night
  20. Standin' on the Corner

Disc 3

  1. Long, Long Journey
  2. Snafu
  3. Linger in My Arms a Little Longer, Baby
  4. Whatta Ya Gonna Do?
  5. No Variety Blues
  6. Joseph 'N' His Brudders
  7. Back O' Town Blues
  8. I Want a Little Girl
  9. Sugar
  10. Blues for Yesterday
  11. Blues in the South
  12. Endie
  13. The Blues Are Brewin'
  14. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?
  15. Where the Blues Were Born in New Orleans
  16. Mahogany Hall Stomp
  17. I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder
  18. I Believe
  19. Why Doubt My Love?

Disc 4

  1. It Takes Time
  2. You Don't Learn That in School
  3. Ain't Misbehavin'
  4. Rockin' Chair
  5. Back O' Town Blues
  6. Pennies from Heaven
  7. Save It, Pretty Mama
  8. St. James Infirmary
  9. Jack-Armstrong Blues
  10. Rockin' Chair
  11. Some Day You'll Be Sorry
  12. Fifty-Fifty Blues
  13. A Song Was Born
  14. Please Stop Playin' Those Blues, Boy
  15. Before Long
  16. Lovely Weather We're Having
  17. Rain, Rain
  18. Never Saw a Better Day

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Armstrong   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Trombone,Trumpet,Cornet,Drums,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Jimmie Rodgers   Guitar,Vocals
Casey   Guitar
Leonard Feather   Piano
Bobby Hackett   Clarinet,Cornet,Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Budd Johnson   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Louis Jordan   Alto Saxophone
Kid Ory   Trombone
Jack Teagarden   Clarinet,Trombone,Drums,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Lucky Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Wiggins   Piano
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Dick Cary   Piano
Cozy Cole   Drums
Johnny Guarnieri   Piano,Celeste
Bob Haggart   Bass,Drums
Neal Hefti   Trumpet
Peanuts Hucko   Clarinet,Drums,Tenor Saxophone
Chubby Jackson   Bass
Ronnie Lang   Reeds
Babe Russin   Reeds
Edgar Sampson   Violin,Alto Saxophone
Zutty Singleton   Drums
Chick Webb   Drums,Performing Ensemble
George Wettling   Drums
Hal Mooney   Conductor
Don Hill   Alto Saxophone
Si Zentner   Trombone
Sonny Greer   Drums
Lil Armstrong   Piano
Louis Bacon   Trumpet
Butch Ballard   Drums
Frank Beach   Trumpet
Barney Bigard   Clarinet
Scoville Brown   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Robert Butler   Trumpet
Don Byas   Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Caceres   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Red Callender   Bass
Dick Cary   Piano,Drums
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Pete Clark   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Alfred Cobbs   Trombone
Joe Comfort   Bass
Irving Cottler   Drums
Arthur Dennis   Alto Saxophone
Vic Dickenson   Trombone
Duke Ellington   Piano
Jack Dumont   Reeds
Joe Garland   Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Gentry   Reeds
Amos Gordon   Alto Saxophone
Thomas Grider   Trumpet
Hall   Bass
Minor Hall   Drums
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet
Hendrickson   Guitar
Louis Hunt   Trumpet
Keg Johnson   Trombone
Don Kirkpatrick   Piano
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Eddie Kusby   Trombone
Earl Mason   Piano
"Big" Mike McKendrick   Banjo,Dobro
Mezz Mezzrow   Bells
Velma Middleton   Vocals
Alton Moore   Trombone
Big Chief Russell Moore   Bass,Guitar,Trombone,Saxophone
Ed Mullens   Trumpet
Bill Oldham   Bass,Trombone,Tuba
George Oldham   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Yank Porter   Drums
Don Raffell   Reeds
Zilner Randolph   Trumpet
Allan Reuss   Guitar
George Roberts   Trombone
Bud Scott   Guitar
William Scott   Trumpet
Arvell Shaw   Bass
Billy Strayhorn   Piano
Edwin Swanston   Piano
John Trueheart   Guitar
Elmer Warner   Guitar
Elmer Whitlock   Trumpet
James Whitney   Bass,Guitar,Trombone,Saxophone
Elmer "Skippy" Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Beal   Piano
Harry Dial   Drums
Earnest Thompson   Baritone Saxophone
Charlie Green   Trombone
Elmer James   Bass,Tuba
Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Zeke Zarchy   Trumpet
John Sparrow   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Remo Palmieri   Guitar
James Harris   Drums
Allan Ruess   Guitar
Louis Armstrong & His Dixieland Seven   Track Performer
Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven   Track Performer
Charlie Gaines   Trumpet
Nat Allen   Bass,Guitar,Trombone,Saxophone
Louis Gray   Trumpet
Wesley Robinson   Piano
Waddey Williams   Bass,Guitar,Trombone,Saxophone
Fats Ford   Trumpet
Adam Martin   Trombone
Arthur Davey   Alto Saxophone
Billy Hicks   Trumpet
Ludwig Jordan   Trumpet
Albert Cobbs   Trombone
Benny Hill   Drums
Ellsworth Blake   Tenor Saxophone
Norman Powe   Trombone

Technical Credits

Leonard Feather   Producer
Hal Mooney   Arranger
Louis Armstrong   Composer,Contributor,Liner Notes
Steve Backer   Executive Producer
Will J. Harris   Composer
Orrin Keepnews   Reissue Producer
Dan Morgenstern   Liner Notes,Annotation
Clarence Williams   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars   Contributor
J.J. Stelmach   Art Direction
Marvin Fisher   Composer
Ralph Mathews   Composer
Roy Alfred   Composer
Janet DeMatteis   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer
Joe Primrose   Composer

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