Louie Bluie [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The soundtrack to the Louie Bluie film has Louis Armstrong in informal settings with various musicians, including Ted Bogan, Ikey Robinson, Yank Rachell, and Tom Armstrong. The selection of material gives a good indication of the breadth of the songster's repertoire, with ragtime, songs in German and Polish, blues, and a bawdy version of "Darktown Strutter's Ball" with much explicit profanity. If you're a casual blues fan and want a representative disc of the songster genre, you could do a lot worse than this, especially as the clear fidelity is far superior to what's possible from remastered 78s. And if you need some of those remastered 78s, the disc isn't a total ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The soundtrack to the Louie Bluie film has Louis Armstrong in informal settings with various musicians, including Ted Bogan, Ikey Robinson, Yank Rachell, and Tom Armstrong. The selection of material gives a good indication of the breadth of the songster's repertoire, with ragtime, songs in German and Polish, blues, and a bawdy version of "Darktown Strutter's Ball" with much explicit profanity. If you're a casual blues fan and want a representative disc of the songster genre, you could do a lot worse than this, especially as the clear fidelity is far superior to what's possible from remastered 78s. And if you need some of those remastered 78s, the disc isn't a total loss either, as it has the 1934 single he issued under the name "Louie Bluie," "Ted's Stomp/State Street Rag," which has some expert, speedy violin on "Ted's Stomp" and mandolin on "State Street Rag" by Armstrong. The CD reissue adds four songs from 1929-1938 not on the original Arhoolie LP: "Vine Street Drag" by the Tennessee Chocolate Drops, two sides by Sleepy John Estes with Yank Rachell including the famous "Milk Cow Blues", and a 1938 single by Yank Rachell. This version includes bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/18/1998
  • Label: Arhoolie Records
  • UPC: 096297047026
  • Catalog Number: 470
  • Sales rank: 154,472

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Howard Armstrong Primary Artist, Guitar, Mandolin, Violin, Vocals
Ted Bogan Guitar, Vocals
Banjo Ikey Robinson Banjo, Vocals
Tom Armstrong Bass
Willie Sievers Piano
Technical Credits
Kokomo Arnold Composer
Sleepy John Estes Composer
Robert Crumb Artwork
Yank Rachell Composer
Terry Zwigoff Producer
Morgan K. Dodge Tray Card Design
Public Domain Composer
Mockridge Composer
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