Platinum & Gold Collection

Platinum & Gold Collection

by Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong


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Louis Armstrong's later work in the '30s, '40s, and beyond has usually taken a critical backseat to his earlier material recorded with the Hot Fives and Hot Sevens in the '20s. It could be argued, however, that his later work, while no longer revolutionary, was more accessible to the general public who appreciated his vocals as much as his trumpet playing. Platinum and Gold Collection reaches back into the Bluebird vault to collect a sampling of Armstrong's music from two separate periods: the first, orchestra recordings dating back to 1933, represented by gems like "I've Got the World on a String," and the second, smaller group recordings from 1946-47, featuring favorites like "Pennies From Heaven." Most of the cuts equally balance Armstrong's singing and playing, and the two time periods blend well. If the latter material gets a slight nod it's because Satchmo gets to match musical wits with the likes of pianist Billy Strayhorn, alto Johnny Hodges, and trombonist Jack Teagarden. There's a fine take on Maceo Pinkard's "Sugar," kicking off with a lovely trumpet solo, and a winning version of "Ain't Misbehavin'" with Armstrong's trademark vocal treatment. Platinum and Gold Collection offers a good one-stop collection to check out two productive periods for Armstrong, and also a good place to trace the steps of an artist who kept making changes to keep his sound fresh.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2003
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828765421621
catalogNumber: 54216
Rank: 136912


  1. I've Got the World on a String
  2. Mahogany Hall Stomp
  3. Pennies from Heaven
  4. Mighty River
  5. I Want a Little Girl
  6. Snafu
  7. He's a Son of the South
  8. Ain't Misbehavin'
  9. The Blues Are Brewin'
  10. Sugar
  11. That's My Home
  12. Save It, Pretty Mama

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Armstrong   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals,Soloist
Bobby Hackett   Cornet,Obbligatto Vocals
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Budd Johnson   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Jack Teagarden   Trombone,Obbligatto Vocals
Dick Cary   Piano
Peanuts Hucko   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Barney Bigard   Clarinet,Obbligatto Vocals
Scoville Brown   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Don Byas   Tenor Saxophone
Vic Dickenson   Trombone
Keg Johnson   Tuba,Soloist
"Big" Mike McKendrick   Banjo,Guitar,Soloist
Billy Strayhorn   Piano
Elmer "Skippy" Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Esquire All-Americans   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Leonard Feather   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Teddy Wilson   Contributor
Don Redman   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Big Sid Catlett   Contributor
Joe Davis   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Billy Moll   Composer
Leon René   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Reuben Jackson   Liner Notes
Reginald Foresythe   Composer
Harry Brooks   Composer
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Mathieu Bitton   Art Direction
Ted Koehler   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Louis Alter   Composer
Paul Denniker   Composer
Murray Mencher   Composer
Sidney Mitchell   Composer
Otis Rene   Composer
Edna Alexander   Composer
Billy Baskette   Composer
Ben Ellison   Composer

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