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Okeh, Columbia & RCA Victor Recordings 1925-1933
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The Okeh, Columbia & RCA Victor Recordings 1925-1933

by Louis Armstrong
Finding one's way through Louis Armstrong's discography can be more than a little daunting, though there have been admirable attempts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries by various labels to clean it up and present it authoritatively. Legacy's Okeh: Columbia & RCA Victor Recordings 1925-1933


Finding one's way through Louis Armstrong's discography can be more than a little daunting, though there have been admirable attempts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries by various labels to clean it up and present it authoritatively. Legacy's Okeh: Columbia & RCA Victor Recordings 1925-1933, is a very fine example of this kind of effort. While focusing strictly on Armstrong's sides as a leader during this period, it brings together not only his Okeh recordings with the Hot Five, and Hot Seven, but goes further in collecting his earliest sides with Victor in 1932. The set itself is compact and handsome; each of these ten discs is given its own miniature replica LP sleeve. The individual discs are filled out with complete discographical information in the booklet with liner notes are by Ricky Riccardi, author of What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years. The contents of discs one through seven completely replicate those of the first seven volumes of the Columbia Jazz Masterpieces series, which were released between 1988 and 1993 and are now out of print. Discs one through three are dedicated to the Hot Fives and Hot Sevens in chronological order from 1925 to 1928. Disc four contains his sides alongside pianist Earl "Fatha" Hines in several groups in 1927 and 1928 and his earliest New York sides with his own orchestra (including his hit version of Fats Waller's "Ain't Misbehavin'" from the Broadway show Hot Chocolates). Discs five and six highlight the historic period of 1929 and 1930 when Armstrong recorded with larger and smaller groups in both New York and Los Angeles. His return to recording in Chicago is documented on discs seven and eight, while the final two album in the set chronicle his move to Victor in late 1932 with Chick Webb's and his own orchestras. Disc 10 contains some alternate takes and leftovers from the original 78 sessions (all of which have been collected and released in various places before). The box closes oddly, yet delightfully, with an out of sequence Los Angeles recording from 1930. It's a version of Jimmie Rodgers' "Blue Yodel No. 9," with the composer accompanied by Armstrong on trumpet and Lil Armstrong on piano.

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Release Date:
Sony Legacy

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Disc 1

  1. My Heart
  2. Yes! I'm In the Barrel
  3. Gut Bucket Blues
  4. Come Back, Sweet Papa
  5. Georgia Grind
  6. Heebie Jeebies
  7. Cornet Chop Suey
  8. Oriental Strut
  9. You're Next
  10. Muskrat Ramble
  11. Don't Forget To Mess Around
  12. I'm Gonna Gitcha
  13. Droppin' Shucks
  14. Who'sit
  15. King of the Zulus
  16. Big Fat Ma and Skinny Pa

Disc 2

  1. Lonesome Blues
  2. Sweet Little Papa
  3. Jazz Lips
  4. Skid-Dat-De-Dat
  5. Big Butter and Egg Man
  6. Sunset Café Stomp
  7. You Made Me Love You
  8. Irish Black Bottom
  9. Willie the Weeper
  10. Wild Man Blues
  11. Alligator Crawl
  12. Potato Head Blues
  13. Melancholy
  14. Weary Blues
  15. Twelth Street Rag
  16. Keyhole Blues

Disc 3

  1. S.O.L. Blues
  2. Gully Low Blues
  3. That's When I'll Come Back To You
  4. Put 'Em Down Blues
  5. Ory's Creole Trombone
  6. The Last Time
  7. Struttin' With Some Barbecue
  8. Got No Blues
  9. Once In a While
  10. I'm Not Rough
  11. Hotter Than That
  12. Savoy Blues
  13. Fireworks
  14. Skip the Gutter
  15. A Monday Date
  16. Don't Jive Me

Disc 4

  1. Chicago Breakdown
  2. Symphonic Raps
  3. Savoyagers Stomp
  4. West End Blues
  5. Sugar Foot Strut
  6. Two Deuces
  7. Squeeze Me
  8. Knee Drops
  9. No (Papa, No)
  10. Basin Street Blues
  11. No One Else But You
  12. Beau Koo Jack
  13. Save It, Pretty Mama
  14. Weather Bird
  15. Muggles
  16. Hear Me Talkin' To Ya
  17. St James Infirmary
  18. Tight Like This

Disc 5

  1. Knockin' a Jug
  2. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  3. Mahogany Hall Stomp
  4. S'posin'
  5. To Be In Love
  6. Funny Feathers
  7. How Do You Do It That Way?
  8. Ain't Misbehavin'
  9. (What Did I Do To Be So) Black and Blue?
  10. That Rhythm Man
  11. Sweet Savannah Sue
  12. Ain't Misbehavin'
  13. Some of These Days
  14. Some of These Days
  15. When You're Smiling
  16. When You're Smiling
  17. After You've Gone
  18. After You've Gone
  19. After You've Gone

Disc 6

  1. I Ain't Got Nobody
  2. I Ain't Got Nobody
  3. Dallas Blues
  4. Dallas Blues
  5. St. Louis Blues
  6. St. Louis Blues
  7. St. Louis Blues
  8. Rockin' Chair
  9. Song of the Islands
  10. Bessie Couldn't Help It
  11. Blue, Turning Grey Over You
  12. Dear Old Southland
  13. My Sweet
  14. I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me
  15. Indian Cradle Song
  16. Exactly Like You
  17. Dinah
  18. Tiger Rag
  19. I'm a Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas
  20. I'm in the Market for You
  21. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
  22. If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight
  23. Body and Soul

Disc 7

  1. Memories of You
  2. You're Lucky to Me
  3. Sweethearts on Parade
  4. You're Drivin' Me Crazy
  5. You're Drivin' Me Crazy
  6. The Peanut Vendor
  7. Just a Gigolo
  8. Shine
  9. Walkin' My Baby Back Home
  10. I Surrender Dear
  11. When It's Sleepytime Down South
  12. Blue Again
  13. Little Joe
  14. You Rascal, You
  15. Them There Eyes
  16. When Your Lover Has Gone
  17. Lazy River
  18. Chinatown, My Chinatown

Disc 8

  1. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
  2. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
  3. Star Dust
  4. Star Dust
  5. You Can Depend on Me
  6. Georgia on My Mind
  7. The Lonesome Road
  8. I Got Rhythm
  9. Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea
  10. Between the Devil & The Deep Blue Sea
  11. Kickin' the Gong Around
  12. Home
  13. All of Me
  14. Love, You Funny Thing
  15. The New Tiger Rag
  16. Keepin' Out of Mischief Now
  17. Love, You Funny Thing

Disc 9

  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: You Rascal, You/When It's Sleepytime D
  6. Medley of Armstrong Hits, Pt. 2: When You're Smiling/St James Infirmary
  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 10

  1. Honey, Don't You Love Me Anymore?
  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: You Rascal You/St. James Infirmary/Din
  17. Mississippi Basin
  18. Laughin' Louie
  19. Tomorrow Night
  20. Blue Yodel #9

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Armstrong   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Cornet,Leader,Vocals,Soloist,Spoken Word
Lonnie Johnson   Guitar
Victoria Spivey   Vocals
Hoagy Carmichael   Vocals
Henry "Red" Allen   Trumpet
Paul Barbarin   Drums,Vibes
Eddie Condon   Banjo
Johnny Dodds   Clarinet
Lionel Hampton   Drums,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part,Vibes
Earl Hines   Piano,Vocals
Budd Johnson   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Louis Jordan   Alto Saxophone
Eddie Lang   Guitar
Albert Nicholas   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Kid Ory   Trombone
Bill Perkins   Banjo,Guitar
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Joe Venuti   Violin
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Luis Russell   Piano,Leader
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Edgar Sampson   Violin,Alto Saxophone
Zutty Singleton   Drums
Joe Sullivan   Piano
Joe Turner   Piano
Chick Webb   Drums
Don Redman   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Johnny St. Cyr   Banjo,Guitar
Bernard Addison   Guitar
Gene Anderson   Piano,Celeste
Lil Armstrong   Piano,Vocals
Boyd Atkins   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Baby Dodds   Drums
Louis Bacon   Trumpet
Joe Bailey   Bass,Tuba
William Thornton Blue   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Lester Boone   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Pete Briggs   Tuba
Scoville Brown   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Ceele Burke   Piano,Hawaiian Guitar
Happy Caldwell   Tenor Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Pete Clark   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Bert Curry   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet
Tommy Dorsey   Trombone,Trumpet
Honore Dutrey   Trombone
Leon Elkins   Trumpet,Leader
Pops Foster   Bass
William Franz   Tenor Saxophone
Luther Graven   Trombone
Tubby Hall   Drums
Lil Hardin   Vocals
Eddie Hayes   Tuba
Leon Herriford   Alto Saxophone
Henry Hicks   Trombone
J.C. Higginbotham   Trombone
Teddy Hill   Tenor Saxophone
Hite   Leader,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Charlie Holmes   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Louis Hunt   Trumpet
Lavert Hutchinson   Tuba
Preston Jackson   Trombone
George James   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Keg Johnson   Trombone
Marvin Johnson   Alto Saxophone
Otis Johnson   Trumpet
Stan King   Drums
Don Kirkpatrick   Piano
John Lindsay   Bass,Vocals
Willie Lynch   Drums
Castor McCord   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Mezz Mezzrow   Bells
Bill Oldham   Bass,Tuba
George Oldham   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
George Orendorff   Trumpet
Yank Porter   Drums
Henry Prince   Piano
Zilner Randolph   Trumpet,Vocals
Arthur Schutt   Piano
Harold Scott   Trumpet
Willie Stark   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Strong   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Buck Washington   Piano
Crawford Wethington   Alto Saxophone
Elmer Whitlock   Trumpet
Dave Wilborn   Banjo
Elmer "Skippy" Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Beal   Piano
Harry Dial   Drums
Justin Ring   Piano
Charlie Green   Trombone
Elmer James   Bass,Tuba
Carroll Dickerson   Violin,Leader
Harry Hoffman   Violin
Bobby Holmes   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Will Johnson   Guitar
Fred Robinson   Trombone
May Alix   Vocals
Ed Anderson   Trumpet
Seger Ellis   Vocals
Charlie Alexander   Piano,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Charlie Jones   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Mancy Carr   Banjo
Joe Walker   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Henry Clark   Trombone
Charlie Gaines   Trumpet
Albert Washington   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Wesley Robinson   Piano
Arthur Davey   Alto Saxophone
Billy Hicks   Trumpet
Harvey Brooks   Piano
Benny Hill   Drums
John Thomas   Trombone
Ellsworth Blake   Tenor Saxophone
Kaiser Marshall   Drums
Theodore McCord   Tenor Saxophone
Reggie Jones   Tuba
Clarence Babcock   Vocals,Compere
Mike McKendrick   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
John Truehart   Guitar
Rip Bassett   Guitar
George Jones   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Bill Brown   Cornet

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Luis Russell   Arranger
W.C. Handy   Composer
Don Redman   Arranger
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard M. Jones   Producer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer
Zilner Randolph   Arranger
Bob Stephens   Producer
Jule Styne   Composer
Tommy Rockwell   Producer
Bob Altshuler   Contribution
John R.T. Davies   Contribution
Edward O'Dowd   Art Direction
Mike Panico   Archival Assistant
Harry Coster   Contribution
Ted Koehler   Composer
Tom Tierney   Archival Assistant
Michael Brooks   Producer,Contribution
Ricky Riccardi   Liner Notes
Elizabeth McShea   Archival Assistant
A.J. Piron   Composer
Che Williams   Archival Assistant
Carl Russell   Arranger

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