The Essential Recordings 1925-1940

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
It's difficult, if not truly impossible, to finitely pick Louis Armstrong's essential recordings, since the man transformed jazz -- and all of pop music -- profoundly in his career, and he didn't do it with one track, or two tracks, or even a dozen tracks; he did it by the sheer accumulation of his playing and singing. That said, this generous four-disc 92-track set brings together the essential tracks from Armstrong's early career between 1925 and 1940, the years when he was undeniably at his peak. Included are classics like "Heebie Jeebies," "Potato Head Blues," "Basin Street Blues," "Weather Bird," "Ain't Misbehavin'," and the brilliant "(What Did I Do to Be So) Black ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
It's difficult, if not truly impossible, to finitely pick Louis Armstrong's essential recordings, since the man transformed jazz -- and all of pop music -- profoundly in his career, and he didn't do it with one track, or two tracks, or even a dozen tracks; he did it by the sheer accumulation of his playing and singing. That said, this generous four-disc 92-track set brings together the essential tracks from Armstrong's early career between 1925 and 1940, the years when he was undeniably at his peak. Included are classics like "Heebie Jeebies," "Potato Head Blues," "Basin Street Blues," "Weather Bird," "Ain't Misbehavin'," and the brilliant "(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue," making this a fine survey of jazz's single greatest figure. The 50-page booklet and track-by-track annotation are big pluses as well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2006
  • Label: Snapper Uk
  • UPC: 803415391325
  • Catalog Number: 9913

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Heart - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (2:34)
  2. 2 (Yes) I'm in the Barrel - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (2:46)
  3. 3 Gut Bucket Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (2:50)
  4. 4 Come Back, Sweet Papa - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (2:34)
  5. 5 Heebie Jeebies - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (2:59)
  6. 6 Cornet Chop Suey - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:07)
  7. 7 Oriental Strut - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:11)
  8. 8 Muskrat Ramble - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (2:36)
  9. 9 Don't Forget to Mess Around - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:15)
  10. 10 King of the Zulus - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:12)
  11. 11 Sweet Little Papa - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (2:50)
  12. 12 Jazz Lips - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:09)
  13. 13 Skid-Dat, De-Dat - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:12)
  14. 14 I Want a Big Butter and Egg Man - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:11)
  15. 15 You Made Me Love You - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (2:58)
  16. 16 Willie the Weeper - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:10)
  17. 17 Wild Man Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:16)
  18. 18 Alligator Crawl - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:04)
  19. 19 Potato Head Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (2:58)
  20. 20 Weary Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:02)
  21. 21 Keyhole Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:30)
  22. 22 S.O.L. Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (2:59)
  23. 23 Gully Low Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:22)
  24. 24 That's When I'll Come Back to You - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (2:54)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Last Time - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:26)
  2. 2 Struttin' with Some Barbecue (3:03)
  3. 3 Once in a While - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:14)
  4. 4 Hotter Than That - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:01)
  5. 5 Savoy Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:25)
  6. 6 Fireworks - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:06)
  7. 7 Skip the Gutter - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:06)
  8. 8 A Monday Date - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:12)
  9. 9 West End Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:13)
  10. 10 Sugar Foot Strut - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:21)
  11. 11 Two Deuces - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (2:55)
  12. 12 Squeeze Me - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:23)
  13. 13 Chicago Breakdown - Louis Armstrong & His Stompers (3:26)
  14. 14 Symphonic Raps - Carroll Dickerson's Savoyagers (3:13)
  15. 15 Knee Drops - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:24)
  16. 16 Basin Street Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:16)
  17. 17 No One Else But You - Louis Armstrong & His Savoy Ballroom Five (3:25)
  18. 18 Save It, Pretty Mama - Louis Armstrong & His Savoy Ballroom Five (3:22)
  19. 19 Weather Bird (2:44)
  20. 20 Muggles (2:51)
  21. 21 Heah Me Talkin' to You (3:24)
  22. 22 St. James Infirmary (3:20)
  23. 23 Tight Like This (3:17)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Knockin' a Jug (3:26)
  2. 2 I Can't Give You Anything But Love - Louis Armstrong & His Savoy Ballroom Five (3:34)
  3. 3 How Do You It That Way - Louis Armstrong & His Savoy Ballroom Five (3:21)
  4. 4 Ain't Misbehavin' (3:24)
  5. 5 (What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue (3:09)
  6. 6 That Rhythm Man (3:11)
  7. 7 I Ain't Got Nobody (2:46)
  8. 8 Dallas Blues (3:17)
  9. 9 St. Louis Blues (3:03)
  10. 10 Rockin' Chair (3:23)
  11. 11 Bessie Couldn't Help It (3:24)
  12. 12 Dear Old Southland (3:19)
  13. 13 My Sweet (3:23)
  14. 14 I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me (3:11)
  15. 15 Dinah (3:19)
  16. 16 I'm a Ding Dong Daddy (From Dumas) (3:09)
  17. 17 I'm in the Market for You (3:15)
  18. 18 I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) (3:23)
  19. 19 If I Could Be with You One Hour Tonight (3:37)
  20. 20 Body and Soul (3:19)
  21. 21 Memories of You (3:12)
  22. 22 You're Lucky to Me (3:25)
  23. 23 Sweethearts on Parade (3:14)
Disc 4
  1. 1 When It's Sleepy Time Down South (3:25)
  2. 2 Stardust (3:39)
  3. 3 I Got Rhythm (3:07)
  4. 4 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (3:02)
  5. 5 Lawd, You Made the Night Too Long (3:27)
  6. 6 That's My Home (3:11)
  7. 7 Hobo, You Can Ride This Train (3:03)
  8. 8 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues (3:03)
  9. 9 Hustlin' and Bustlin' for Baby (3:08)
  10. 10 Some Sweet Day (3:02)
  11. 11 Basin Street Blues (3:28)
  12. 12 Mahogany Hall Stomp (2:36)
  13. 13 I'm in the Mood for Love (3:07)
  14. 14 I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music (3:17)
  15. 15 Ev'ntide (2:52)
  16. 16 Swing That Music (2:50)
  17. 17 Dippermouth Blues - Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra (2:43)
  18. 18 Jeepers Creepers (2:40)
  19. 19 Perdido Street Blues (3:01)
  20. 20 2:19 Blues (2:51)
  21. 21 Down in Honky Tonk Town (3:04)
  22. 22 Coal Cart Blues (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Louis Armstrong Primary Artist, Trumpet, Cornet, Leader, Vocals
Lonnie Johnson Guitar
Victoria Spivey Vocals
Joe Louis Walker Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Hoagy Carmichael Vocals
Paul Barbarin Drums
Eddie Condon Banjo
Johnny Dodds Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Lionel Hampton Drums, Vibes
Earl Hines Piano, Vocals
Albert Nicholas Alto Saxophone
Kid Ory Trombone
Bill Perkins Banjo, Guitar
Jack Teagarden Trombone
Luis Russell Piano, Leader
Bobby Byrne Trombone
Ray McKinley Drums
Edgar Sampson Violin, Alto Saxophone
Zutty Singleton Drums
Joe Sullivan Piano
Chick Webb Drums, Bells
Don Redman Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Johnny St. Cyr Banjo, Guitar
Wellman Braud Bass
Bernard Addison Guitar
Gus Aiken Trumpet
Jimmy Archey Trombone
Boyd Atkins Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Baby Dodds Drums
Louis Bacon Trumpet
Joe Bailey Bass
Sidney Bechet Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone
Lee Blair Guitar
William Thornton Blue Clarinet
Lester Boone Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Pete Briggs Tuba
Ceele Burke Banjo
Happy Caldwell Tenor Saxophone
Toots Camarata Trumpet
Bert Curry Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Dorsey Clarinet, Leader, Alto Saxophone
Leon Elkins Trumpet, Leader
Pops Foster Banjo, Bass
William Franz Tenor Saxophone
Luther Graven Trombone
Tubby Hall Drums
Lil Hardin Piano, Vocals
Leon Herriford Alto Saxophone
Henry Hicks Trombone
J.C. Higginbotham Trombone
Teddy Hill Tenor Saxophone
Roscoe Hillman Guitar
Les Hite Leader, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Homer Hobson Trumpet
Charlie Holmes Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Louis Hunt Trumpet
Preston Jackson Trombone
Keg Johnson Trombone
Marvin Johnson Alto Saxophone
Claude Jones Trombone
John Lindsay Bass
Willie Lynch Drums, Leader
Bingie Madison Tenor Saxophone
Don Mattison Trombone
Castor McCord Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Bill Oldham Bass
George Oldham Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
George Orendorff Trumpet
Yank Porter Drums
Henry Prince Piano
Zilner Randolph Trumpet
Harold Scott Trumpet
Jack Stacey Alto Saxophone
Willie Stark Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Strong Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Jim Taft Bass
George Thow Trumpet
John Trueheart Guitar
Bobby Van Eps Piano
Greely Walton Tenor Saxophone
Crawford Wethington Alto Saxophone
Elmer Whitlock Trumpet
Dave Wilborn Banjo
Elmer "Skippy" Williams Tenor Saxophone
Bill Wilson Cornet
Arthur Herfurt Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Green Trombone
Elmer James Bass, Tuba
Carroll Dickerson Violin, Leader
Bobby Holmes Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Harry White Trombone
Joe Yukl Trombone
Ed Anderson Trumpet
Bud Johnson Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Alexander Piano
Mancy Carr Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Rip Basset Guitar
Carroll Dickerson's Savoyagers Track Performer
Albert Washington Jr. Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Billy Hicks Trumpet
Harvey Brooks Piano
John Thomas Trombone
Lawrence D. Brown Trombone
Kaiser Marshall Drums
Joseph A. "Fud" Livingston Tenor Saxophone
Theodore McCord Alto Saxophone
Reggie Jones Tuba
Clarence Babcock Vocals
Fred "Rodriguez" Robinson Trombone
Henry Jones Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Kid Ory Composer
Fats Waller Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Don Redman Arranger
Johnny St. Cyr Composer
Lil Armstrong Composer
H. Brooks Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Lil Hardin Composer
Tony Jackson Composer
S. Lewis Composer
Al J. Neiburg Composer
Leon René Composer
Ellis Reynolds Composer
L. Russell Composer
T. Waller Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
S. Williams Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
D. Andrew Franklin Composer
R. Gilbert Composer
J. Oliver Composer
Barry McRae Liner Notes
Ed Rose Composer
Carmen Lombardo Composer
Harry Brooks Composer
Billie Pierce Composer
Joseph McCarthy Composer
Frank Biggs Composer
Doc Daugherty Composer
Ben Ellison Composer
Charles Newman Composer
Joop Visser Producer
Joe Primrose Composer
L. Chris Armstrong Composer
Abe Olman Composer
Henry Myers Composer
Charles Schwab Composer
Uncle J. T. Young Composer
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