Gold

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Annotator Bob Porter begins his liner notes to Hip-O Records' Louis Armstrong compilation Gold by citing a chart statistic: Leadoff track "What a Wonderful World" became a Top 40 hit in 1988, 20 years after it was recorded, due to its inclusion in the movie Good Morning, Vietnam. That is a clue to the approach that the collection takes -- this is a hits-oriented album concerned more with Louis Armstrong the pop star of the '50s and '60s than Louis Armstrong the jazz musician of the '20s and '30s. In part, that focus is nearly forced on Hip-O, the reissue imprint of major label Universal. Universal has in its archives the catalogs of several record companies for which ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Annotator Bob Porter begins his liner notes to Hip-O Records' Louis Armstrong compilation Gold by citing a chart statistic: Leadoff track "What a Wonderful World" became a Top 40 hit in 1988, 20 years after it was recorded, due to its inclusion in the movie Good Morning, Vietnam. That is a clue to the approach that the collection takes -- this is a hits-oriented album concerned more with Louis Armstrong the pop star of the '50s and '60s than Louis Armstrong the jazz musician of the '20s and '30s. In part, that focus is nearly forced on Hip-O, the reissue imprint of major label Universal. Universal has in its archives the catalogs of several record companies for which Armstrong recorded, primarily Decca, to which he was signed for most of the period from 1935 to 1954 (and for which he continued to record on a freelance basis through 1957). Also in the Universal vault are the holdings of ABC-Paramount, which include "What a Wonderful World," and Kapp, including Armstrong's number one 1964 hit "Hello, Dolly!" Hip-O has licensed some tracks from the other majors: a 1961 recording of "Solitude" originally released on Roulette comes from EMI, and seven tracks come from Sony BMG, including celebrated '20s tracks by Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five and Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven originally released on OKeh. But 32 of 40 tracks come from inside the company, and 21 of 40 date from the '50s and '60s. Armstrong's pop fans should be delighted. In addition to the hits "What a Wonderful World," "Hello, Dolly!," "Mack the Knife," and "A Kiss to Build a Dream On," the two-hour-and-15-minute two-disc set includes duets with Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Louis Jordan, and Billie Holiday. Much of Armstrong's core repertoire, the songs he played night after night throughout his career, is featured, although in many cases the tracks are re-recordings made in the '50s rather than the initial recordings made for other labels. That will be one objection for jazz purists, but then they are likely to be put off by the album as a whole. By proceeding in roughly reverse chronological order from the '60s to the '20s, the album, from a jazz fan's perspective, puts things in exactly the wrong ranking of importance, suggesting that the most important Armstrong is the veteran pop vocalist who takes the occasional trumpet solo, rather than the innovative young cornet improviser. But jazz fans will be warned off by an album called Gold to begin with, just as pop fans will be thoroughly satisfied (except that they will want more).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2006
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602517041806
  • Catalog Number: 000735702
  • Sales rank: 23,534

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What a Wonderful World (2:18)
  2. 2 Cabaret (2:46)
  3. 3 Dream a Little Dream of Me (3:16)
  4. 4 Mame (2:22)
  5. 5 Solitude - Duke Ellington (4:54)
  6. 6 Hello Dolly (2:26)
  7. 7 You Go to My Head (6:25)
  8. 8 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues (3:54)
  9. 9 A Fine Romance (3:51)
  10. 10 Georgia on My Mind (3:24)
  11. 11 When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles with You) (4:03)
  12. 12 On the Sunny Side of the Street (5:51)
  13. 13 Mack the Knife - Frankie Armstrong (3:24)
  14. 14 Rockin' Chair (4:15)
  15. 15 Basin Street Blues - Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars (5:51)
  16. 16 Someday (You'll Be Sorry) - Commanders (3:07)
  17. 17 It Takes Two to Tango (2:53)
  18. 18 A Kiss to Build a Dream On (3:01)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Gone Fishin' - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (2:31)
  2. 2 (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You (3:05)
  3. 3 La Vie en Rose (3:24)
  4. 4 My Sweet Hunk O' Trash - Sy Oliver's Orchestra (3:20)
  5. 5 Blueberry Hill - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (2:52)
  6. 6 (What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue (4:14)
  7. 7 Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? (3:00)
  8. 8 I Wonder (2:59)
  9. 9 When It's Sleepy Time Down South (3:12)
  10. 10 I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) (3:11)
  11. 11 Ain't Misbehavin' (2:54)
  12. 12 When the Saints Go Marching In (2:41)
  13. 13 Struttin' with Some Barbeque (2:59)
  14. 14 Swing That Music (2:49)
  15. 15 Old Man Mose (2:31)
  16. 16 I'm in the Mood for Love (3:01)
  17. 17 St. Louis Blues (3:02)
  18. 18 Lazy River (3:05)
  19. 19 West End Blues (3:18)
  20. 20 Potato Head Blues (2:55)
  21. 21 Wild Man Blues (3:06)
  22. 22 Heebie Jeebies (3:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Louis Armstrong Primary Artist, Trumpet, Cornet, Vocals
Bing Crosby Vocals
Bill Doggett Piano
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Paul Barbarin Drums
Louie Bellson Drums
Will Bradley Trombone
Johnny Dodds Clarinet, Tuba
Herb Ellis Guitar
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals
Urbie Green Trombone
Earl Hines Piano
Gordon Jenkins Conductor
Bill Jennings Guitar
Hank Jones Piano
Louis Jordan Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Yank Lawson Trumpet
Albert Nicholas Reeds
Kid Ory Trombone
Oscar Peterson Piano
Jerome Richardson Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Jack Teagarden Trombone
Lucky Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Red Nichols Trumpet
Luis Russell Piano
Dave Barbour Guitar
Billy Butterfield Trumpet
Dick Cary Piano
Herman Chittison Piano
Joe Darensbourg Clarinet
Barrett Deems Drums
Ziggy Elman Trumpet
Russell Garcia Conductor
Tyree Glenn Trombone
Marty Napoleon Piano
Bob Haggart Bass, Conductor
Edmond Hall Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Mort Herbert Bass
Al Klink Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Carl Kress Guitar
Bernie Leighton Piano
Lou McGarity Trombone
Johnny Mince Alto Saxophone
Sy Oliver Conductor
Babe Russin Saxophone
Zutty Singleton Drums
Joe Wilder Trumpet
Mel Henke Piano
Buddy Cole Piano
Norman Greene Trombone
Johnny St. Cyr Banjo
Dick Taylor Trombone
Trummy Young Trombone, Vocals
George Duvivier Bass
Gus Aiken Trumpet
Hayes Alvis Bass
Jimmy Archey Trombone
Lil Armstrong Piano
Bill Atkinson Trombone
Baby Dodds Drums
Louis Bacon Trumpet
Danny Barcelona Drums
Everett Barksdale Guitar
Joe Benjamin Bass
Barney Bigard Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Billie Holiday Vocals
Lee Blair Guitar
Sandy Block Bass
Johnny Blowers Drums
Lester Boone Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Ray Brown Bass
Mort Bullman Trombone
Red Callender Bass
Toots Camarata Conductor
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Buddy Catlett Bass
Henderson Chambers Trombone
Clark Terry Trumpet
Rupert Cole Clarinet, Reeds, Alto Saxophone
Sid Cooper Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Crawford Drums
Bob Cusmano Trumpet
Cutty Cutshall Trombone
George Dorsey Alto Saxophone
Art Drelinger Tenor Saxophone
Duke Ellington Piano
Nick Fatool Drums
Pops Foster Bass
Babe Fresk Tenor Saxophone
Carl Frye Reeds
Joe Garland Reeds, Tenor Saxophone
Squire Gersh Bass
Minor Hall Drums
Tubby Hall Drums
Jackie Hamilton Trumpet
Shelton Hemphill Trumpet
J.C. Higginbotham Trombone
Charlie Holmes Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Aaron Izenhall Trumpet
Josh Jackson Tenor Saxophone
Preston Jackson Trombone
Dick Jacobs Alto Saxophone
Hilton Jefferson Alto Saxophone
Maceo Jefferson Guitar
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Billy Kyle Piano
Jack Lesberg Bass
John Lindsay String Bass
Lawrence Lucie Guitar
Bingie Madison Clarinet, Reeds, Tenor Saxophone
Carmen Mastren Guitar
Dave McRae Baritone Saxophone
Joe Muranyi Clarinet
Bernie Privin Trumpet
Zilner Randolph Trumpet
Arthur Rollini Tenor Saxophone
Art Ryerson Guitar
Russell Savkas Bass
Hymie Schertzer Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Bud Scott Banjo, Guitar
Arvell Shaw Bass
Norris "Bunny" Shawker Drums
Bill Stegmeyer Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Phil Stephens Bass
Jimmy Strong Clarinet
Melvin Tax Tenor Saxophone
Daniel Trimboli Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Greely Walton Tenor Saxophone
George Washington Trombone
Paul Webster Trumpet
Milt Yaner Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Wilbur De Paris Trombone
Paul Ricci Baritone Saxophone
Sam Weiss Drums
Charlie Beal Piano
Phil Giardina Trombone
Kenny John Drums
Melvin "Red" Solomon Trumpet
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, Alto Saxophone
Leslie Thompson Trumpet
Harry White Trombone
Joe Morris Drums
Larry Wright Saxophone
John Scott Trotter Conductor
Charlie Alexander Piano
Mancy Carr Banjo
Tony Gottuso Banjo, Guitar
Ed Grady Drums
Sam Markowitz Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone
Jules Rubin Alto Saxophone
Bernard Flood Trumpet
Haig Stephens Bass
Gene Prince Trumpet
Jack Chaney Saxophone
Peter DuConge Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Frank Galbraith Trumpet
Bill Holcombe Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Nat Jaffe Piano
Pat Nizza Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Goodman Conductor
Freddy Williams Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Alfred di Lernia Banjo
Alfred Pratt Tenor Saxophone
Wendell Mayhew Trombone
Warren Baker Saxophone
Charlie Holms Reeds
John Thomas Trombone
Paul "Scooby" Smith Piano
Perry Botkin and His Orchestra Guitar
Bobby Guy Trumpet
Lionel Guimaraes Trombone
Oliver Tines Drums
Fred "Rodriguez" Robinson Trombone
Henry Jones Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Kurt Weill Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Gordon Jenkins Arranger
Jelly Roll Morton Composer
Fats Waller Composer
Luis Russell Arranger
Russell Garcia Arranger
Bob Haggart Arranger
Irving Mills Composer
Sy Oliver Arranger
W.C. Handy Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Edith Piaf Composer
Cecil Gant Composer
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Jerry Herman Composer
Kander Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Fabian André Composer
Louis Armstrong Composer
Lil Armstrong Composer
Sidney Arodin Composer
Norman Granz Producer
Toots Camarata Arranger
J. Fred Coots Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Mark Fisher Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Joe Goodwin Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Bert Kalmar Composer
Al J. Neiburg Composer
Bob Porter Liner Notes
Zilner Randolph Arranger
Leon René Composer
Ellis Reynolds Composer
Vincent Rose Composer
Harry Ruby Composer
Larry Stock Composer
Bob Thiele Composer, Producer
George David Weiss Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Stuart Gorrell Composer
John Scott Trotter Arranger
Jack Bradley Cover Photo, Inlay Photography
Harry Brooks Composer
Fred Ebb Composer
Tommy Goodman Arranger
Ted Koehler Composer
Louis Alter Composer
Clarence Muse Composer
Otis Rene Composer
Larry Shay Composer
Raymond Leveen Composer
Mack David Composer
Dick Manning Composer
Sam Theard Composer
Traditional Composer
Joe Glaser Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Horace Gerlach Composer
Joe Oliver Composer
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