Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
No other American musician had the sustained impact on pop music that Louis Armstrong had, who not only charted hits for forty some years beginning in the '20s and running through the '60s, but also completely revolutionized the very way pop material is delivered, both as the absolute ground zero for jazz trumpet and as a singer whose horn man's phrasing changed the way the American Songbook is sung. Pops was a master of making art out of the moment, and he made his playing and singing appear as if his approach to whatever melody he was working had just then occurred to him, and in many cases, it had. This gives almost everything he recorded a joyous freshness, and he ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
No other American musician had the sustained impact on pop music that Louis Armstrong had, who not only charted hits for forty some years beginning in the '20s and running through the '60s, but also completely revolutionized the very way pop material is delivered, both as the absolute ground zero for jazz trumpet and as a singer whose horn man's phrasing changed the way the American Songbook is sung. Pops was a master of making art out of the moment, and he made his playing and singing appear as if his approach to whatever melody he was working had just then occurred to him, and in many cases, it had. This gives almost everything he recorded a joyous freshness, and he never, even in the latter stages of his career, gave way to playing or singing by the numbers. This three-disc set two discs of recordings and a third of archival video footage makes a wonderful introduction to the full sweep of Armstrong's timeless and essential contributions to pop music. The focus is mainly on his vocal work, and it includes key sides like his 1955 theme song "When It's Sleepy Time Down South," the stunning "What Did I Do to Be So Black and Blue?," also from 1955, 1946's poignant "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?," a priceless duet with trombonist Jack Teagarden on "Rockin' Chair" from 1947, a definitive take on "Blueberry Hill" recorded in 1949, seven years before Fats Domino's version, and his stirring and heart-breaking turn on George David Weiss' "What a Wonderful World" from 1967, which served for all purposes as Armstrong's career summation. Serious Armstrong fans will already have all of these tracks and will doubtless be more intrigued by the DVD, which features thirty years of Armstrong performances beginning in the '30s. As a set that clearly shows why Armstrong is "the beginning and end of music in America," as Bing Crosby put it, The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong is a concise delight.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2006
  • Label: Time Life Records
  • UPC: 610583191523
  • Catalog Number: 19270
  • Sales rank: 395,337

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What a Wonderful World (2:19)
  2. 2 Cabaret (2:47)
  3. 3 A Kiss to Build a Dream On (3:04)
  4. 4 Hello, Dolly! (2:27)
  5. 5 Makin' Whoopee (3:59)
  6. 6 Stormy Weather (4:17)
  7. 7 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues (4:00)
  8. 8 Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen (4:54)
  9. 9 Georgia on My Mind (3:26)
  10. 10 If I Could Be with You (One Hour Tonight) (3:20)
  11. 11 Bucket's Got a Hole in It (3:44)
  12. 12 Your Cheatin' Heart (2:45)
  13. 13 Blueberry Hill (2:54)
  14. 14 I Wonder (2:59)
  15. 15 (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal, You (3:00)
  16. 16 Lazy 'Sippi Steamer (3:15)
  17. 17 I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) (3:11)
  18. 18 I Can't Give You Anything But Love (2:53)
  19. 19 I'm in the Mood for Love (3:02)
  20. 20 When the Saints Go Marching In (2:40)
Disc 2
  1. 1 When It's Sleepy Time Down South (3:26)
  2. 2 Mack the Knife (3:25)
  3. 3 Summer Song (3:16)
  4. 4 (What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue? (4:39)
  5. 5 Ain't Misbehavin' (4:01)
  6. 6 Yellow Dog Blues (4:19)
  7. 7 Beale Street Blues (4:58)
  8. 8 I Want a Little Girl (3:01)
  9. 9 Joseph 'N' His Brudders (3:05)
  10. 10 Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? (3:01)
  11. 11 The Blues Are Brewin' (2:57)
  12. 12 Rockin' Chair (5:17)
  13. 13 Someday You'll Be Sorry (3:13)
  14. 14 Mississippi Basin (3:06)
  15. 15 I've Got the World on a String (3:17)
  16. 16 All of Me (2:57)
  17. 17 Stardust (3:27)
  18. 18 I Surrender, Dear (3:07)
  19. 19 When Your Lover Has Gone (3:07)
  20. 20 Lazy River (3:03)
Disc 3
  1. 1 C'est Si Bon
  2. 2 Someday You'll Be Sorry
  3. 3 Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
  4. 4 When the Saings Go Marching In
  5. 5 When It's Sleepy Time Down South
  6. 6 High Society Calypso
  7. 7 Basin Street Blues
  8. 8 Blueberry Hill
  9. 9 Mack the Knife
  10. 10 Now You Has Jazz
  11. 11 St. Louis Blues
  12. 12 Now You Has Jazz/Tiger Rag
  13. 13 (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal, You
  14. 14 Shine
  15. 15 I Cover the Waterfront
  16. 16 Dinah
  17. 17 Tiger Rag
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Louis Armstrong Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Cecil Gant Composer
Louis Armstrong Composer
Harry Barris Composer
H. Brooks Composer
Colin Escott Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Will Friedwald Liner Notes
S. Lewis Composer
Al J. Neiburg Composer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Mitchell Parish Composer
Ellis Reynolds Composer
T. Waller Composer
S. Williams Composer
H. Betti Composer
Mr. S. Oliver Arranger
Ted Koehler Composer
Gordon Clifford Composer
Murray Mencher Composer
Raymond Leveen Composer
Doc Daugherty Composer
A.J. Lewis Composer
Traditional Composer
Mike Jason Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
L. Chris Armstrong Composer
Olivia Kim Editorial Research
Uncle J. T. Young Composer
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