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Christmas Through the Years

Louis ArmstrongAudio Cassette
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)


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  • Audio Cassette (August 1, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Delta
  • ASIN: B000001WBU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #789,535 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars CD NOT AS DESCRIBED!!! January 5, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I received this CD in December of 2003. Five songs listed in the song samples were NOT on this CD: 1. Cool Yule, 2. White Christmas, 5. Winter Wonderland, 6. Christmas Night in Harlem, 9. Joseph 'N His Brudders. Very disappointing. Three songs that were on the CD, but not listed in the song samples were: Hello Dolly, Blue Moon, A Kiss to Build a Dream On. None of which are Christmas songs!? This CD contains 10 Songs, not 12!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as advertised December 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This did not come with the songs listed. Hello Dolly and other songs were added and some songs removed. Is the same as the disc that comes with Christmas in New Orleans.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satchmo creates another, less known, classic!!! November 5, 2003
Format:Audio CD
While there are several Christmas CD's featuring Satchmo that may have more variety and better sound there is one reason that this is a classic and I am unaware if it is available on anything else.............Satchmo reads, "twas the night before Christmas." His voice and enthusiasm allows the recitation to be considered a classic along the lines of Rudolph and Scrooge, he was not only born to be perhaps the most well loved jazz artist of all time but to contribute his voice to enhance this Christmas classic. Gather your family around the tree on Christmas Eve, bundle up and enjoy!!!!!!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A highly original Christmas album November 11, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is really a great CD, and probably one of very few actually palatable jazz Christmas albums. The key to Louis Armstrong's success where many others have failed dismally (besides the fact that he is a genius and probably the key musical influence of the 20th century) is he didn't try to adapt traditional Christmas standards to jazz, instead performing original jazz Christmas compositions. "Cool Yule" is definitely the standout track on this album. Not to be missed is a recording of Louis Armstrong reading "The Night Before Christmas" to kids during what sounds like a live radio broadcast. His New Orleans growl is wonderfully unlike any reading of the poem that I've heard! A final highlight is live recording of "What a Wonderful World", capturing a vitality I've often found lacking on the original recording.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor Audio Quality February 14, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Great songs but if you've got high end audio equipment, you won't be pleased with the quality of this recording.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hello Dolly is not a Christmas song January 29, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Laser Light's usual crappy quality. Bad selection of songs, horrible sound quality and no liner notes. Stay away from this and anything with the Laser Light label.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You can't argue with the price. March 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Louis Armstrong was definitely a one-and-only. This CD shows off his skills as both a musician and an entertainer, provided you get the right CD. If the first track on your CD is not "Cool Yule", then you got ripped off! Return it and go get the right one because you'll also be missing "White Christmas", "Winter Wonderland", and "Christmas Night In Harlem". For some reason, even the "right one" throws in some non-Christmas songs to fill up the CD... I guess that is what you get for a budget price.

"Gone Fishin'" isn't even a Winter time song, but it features Bing Crosby who just sounds Christmas-y.

"Joseph 'N' his Brudders" is based on the Bible, so close enough.

"What A Wonderful World", well, everybody loves that song, don't they?

Along with "Cool Yule", some of the other stand-out Christmas tracks include "'Zat You Santa Claus?" and Satchmo's unique reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas". It's hard to describe his duet (with Velma Middleton) on "Baby It's Cold Outside". He either couldn't remember his part of the lyrics, or just felt like making up some new ones. Either way, it's pretty funny.

While it's not perfect, it's arguable the best Christmas CD you'll get for this price. Just make sure you get the right one!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very pleased... February 8, 2000
By LJ
Format:Audio CD
Not knowing Louis A.'s music, I purchased this cd for my son whose world stops when he hears "A Kiss to Build a Dream On". From a computer game, mind you which my husband has played way too much. My son screams, growls, and crawls as fast as he can toward the cd player, pulls himself up and proceeds to sway or bounce with a smile on his face a mile wide! He's 15months old! P.S. I am also a new found fan! : )
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection
It you like the great Satchmo, you're enjoy this collection. OK, "Hello Dolly" isn't exactly a Christmas number, but "Zat You, Santa Claus," "The Night Before... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rodwally
5.0 out of 5 stars CHRISTMAS THROUGH THE YEARS was a fun addition to the Christmas...
Two years ago my four year old granddaughter and I were listening to the radio during the Christmas season and Louis Armstrong was on singing CHRISTMAS TIME IN NEW ORLEANS and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nancy L. Reuter
5.0 out of 5 stars great christmas album
this cd has lots of great tunes. I see that others complained that songs listed are not on the album...??? Read more
Published 7 months ago by H. Winslow
1.0 out of 5 stars Big Disappointment
Only a couple Christmas songs. Which are good but the rest you can tell the company threw in as fillers that have nothing to do with Christmas.
Published 19 months ago by Praire Aspen
5.0 out of 5 stars The Night Before Christmas
This product was exactly as hoped for! I intend to make Louis Armstong's reading of "The Night Before Christmas" a holiday tradition in our family!!
Published on January 28, 2009 by Richard L. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Not as described, but brilliant
I see some pans in the reviews, but I think this is kind of a 'treasure'.
A little misrepresented, as my version had only 4 Christmas-themed songs on it (including Louis'... Read more
Published on December 25, 2008 by Timothy J. Golly
5.0 out of 5 stars Sachmo at Christmas time
This CD includes some non-xmas music, but all selections are great. No one can recite 'Twas the night before xmas' like Louis did!
Published on December 11, 2007 by Daniel K. Brinker
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Night Before Christmas"
Satchmo's recitation of "The Night Before Christmas" establishes this CD as a certifiable gem! Absolutely superb. Indeed.
Published on November 17, 2007 by V.I. Lenin
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun For the Holidays!
Louis Armstrong can put a smile to anyone's face, and this CD is no exception. What happened to that New Orleans jazz style? Read more
Published on November 10, 2006 by Samantha Glasser
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