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Complete Decca Studio Master Takes 1935-1939 Import

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This First Set in this Series Compiles for the Very First Time on CD the Unique and Complete Collection of the Recordings Made for the Decca Label (1935-1939), Arranged in Chronological Order. The Master was Accompanied Among Others by the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and Many More. Centennial Edition. Only Master Takes.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I'm In The Mood For Love
  2. You Are My Lucky Star
  3. Cucaracha
  4. Got A Bran' New Suit
  5. I've Got My Fingers Crossed
  6. Old Man Mose
  7. I'm Shooting High
  8. Falling In Love With You
  9. Red Sails In The Sunset
  10. On Treasure Island
  11. Thanks A Million
  12. Shoe Shine Boy
  13. Solitude
  14. I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music
  15. Music Goes Round And Round
  16. Rhythm Saved The World
  17. I'm Putting All My Eggs
  18. Yes- Yes! My- My!
  19. Somebody Stole My Break
  20. I Come From A Musical Family
  21. If We Never Meet Again
  22. Lyin' To Myself
  23. Ev'ntide
  24. Swing That Music
  25. Thankful
  26. Red Nose
  27. Mahogany Hall Stomps
  28. Skeleton In The Closet
  29. When Ruben Swings The Cuban
  30. Hurdy Gurdy Man
  31. Dipper Mouth Blues
  32. Swing That Music
  33. Pennies From Heaven Medley
  34. Pennies From Heaven
  35. To You, Sweetheart, Aloha
  36. On A Cocoanut Island
  37. On A Little Bamboo Bridge
  38. Hawaiian Hospitality
  39. Carry Me Back To Old Virginny
  40. My Darling Nelly Gray
  41. In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree
  42. Old Folks At Home
  43. Public Melody Number One
  44. Yours And Mine
  45. Red Cap
  46. She's The Daughtere Of A Planter From Havana
  47. Alexander's Ragtime Band
  48. Cuban Pete
  49. I've Got A Heart Full Of Rhythm
  50. Sun Showers
  51. Once In A While
  52. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
  53. Satchelmouth Swing
  54. Jubilee
  55. Struttin' With Some Barbecue
  56. Trumpet Player's Lament
  57. Double Dare You
  58. True Confesion
  59. Let That Be A Lesson To You
  60. Sweet As A Song
  61. So Little Time
  62. Mexican Swing
  63. Long As You Live
  64. When The Saints Go Marching In
  65. On The Sentimental Side
  66. It's Wonderful
  67. Something Tells Me
  68. Love Walked In
  69. Flat Foot Floogie
  70. Song Is Ended
  71. My Walking Stick
  72. Shadrack
  73. Going To Shout All Over God's Heaven
  74. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
  75. Jonah And The Whale
  76. Naturally
  77. I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams
  78. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  79. Ain't Misbehavin'
  80. Jeepers Creepers
  81. What Is This Thing Called Swing?
  82. Rockin' Chair
  83. Lazy Bones
  84. Hear Me Talkin' To Ya
  85. Save It, Pretty Mama
  86. West End Blues
  87. Savoy Blues
  88. Confessin'
  89. Our Monday Date
  90. If It's Good
  91. Me And Brother Bill
  92. Baby Won't You Please Come Home?
  93. Poor Old Joe
  94. Shanty Boat On The Mississippi
  95. Poor Old Joe
  96. You're A Lucky Guy
  97. You're Just A No Account
  98. Bye And Bye
  99. Elder Eatmore's Sermon On Throwing Stones
  100. Elder Eatmore's Sermon On Generosity

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 5, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Definitive
  • ASIN: B0000558L9
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JG on January 2, 2006
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It appears that with all these bargain boxes of Jazz cd's coming out the typical consumer sees price value and takes a chance..there are better sounding labels out there and my experience with Definitive Records,LoneHill Jazz,JSP and Proper Records have been positive and never felt beat by any of them.

In the case of Definitive Records and this 4 cd set, exhausting the master takes of Satchmo's Decca sides for the time period of 1935-1939 (as well as the the additional 2 cd set covering the 1940-1949 Decca period issued as a separate release but same style of packaging), the sound and overall presentation is crystal.

Informative liner and band notes are included.This label is really made for the Jazz aficionado and primarily the collector seeking hard to find quality releases...The label makes no bones and quite simply states that in it's honest approach .

There are 6 cd's if you also include the 1940-1949 collection available as a 2 cd set...Wonderfully, also high resolution 24 bit.

The music captures Armstrong at the tender age of 35-45 when he returned to the American studio after foreign travels and his great big band recordings of the early 1930's.History was still to be made.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Hillman on January 9, 2009
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This four-CD set is an absolute treat to listen to, again and again, discovering each time new reasons why Armstrong was in a class by himself.

Here he is at the peak of his awesome powers. It's 1935-1939 and he's home in America. He's got big ensembles backing him up (lots of well-known folks), and what must have been a neat-as-a-pin Decca recording studio. The sound is, as the other reviewer rightly noted, crystal. There isn't a weak side-man to be found.

What's more, the diversity of the selections is remarkable. Here, in one product, you can enjoy Satchmo on standards of the times ("Pennies From Heaven," "Jeepers Creepers"), the more instrumental ("Satchelmouth Swing,", the classic version of "When the Saints Go Marching In"), "new" songs that became staples right on through the later All-Stars days ("Save It, Pretty Mama," "Our Monday Date"), a taste of the tropics ("Treasure Island") a little hokum here and there, some traditional spiritual ("Shadrack," "Going To Shout All Over God's Heaven") and even the spoken (Elder Eatmore's Sermon on Generosity").

The recording freeze that came with the onset of WWII renders this collection all the more essential, as a true representation of Armstrong's powers in his mid-30's. The playing and singing are both extraordinary. In my opinion, the same can't be said post WWII. And the sophistication of the songs sets this apart from the pioneering Hot Five and Seven earlier days.

I believe the appeal of this set transcends just the jazz aficionados. There are things for everybody to enjoy. Picking out any of the four CDs, and listening to just three or four songs, is certain to bring an added bounce to your step, and smile on your face!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doug - Haydn Fan VINE VOICE on August 21, 2010
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These Cds contain the complete Louis Armstrong recordings issued for Decca between 1935-1939. The producers did a fabulous job on the sound, and with a couple of exceptions all the recordings are in chronological order.

Anyone familiar with the daredevil attacks of the earlier Armstrong recordings will find him cutting back on the ear-splitting notes, and focusing more on less dramatic, more subtle readings and music-making. If some of his love of excitment for excitement's sake, and raw rowdiness has been trimmed back, he now offers instead playing with a more settled maturity, and what playing - such a striking perfection - and what tone production! Armstrong was always a supremely knowing player, the epitome of confidence, but here he finds in addition a clarity of vision that carries over to the listener, embracing both Armstrong and the rest of us mere mortals in a mutual joy in music-making and life.

This set represents Louis playing with complete mastery of his material, and is beyond criticism.

When I purchased this box set of four Cds I never in my wildest dreams imagined it would go out of print! That the prices of used copies of this magisterial collection are so high is tragic. It's to be hoped a reissue will soon make this splendid album - as well as the following sets in this series - once again available so anyone can buy and enjoy this fabulous musician and his wonderful recordings.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J. Roberts on August 2, 2011
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There is absolutely no need to pay high prices for Armstrongs earlier Decca recordings. There are at least a half dozen versions out on CD. The Mosaic label version is the best, equalled by the Ambassador label version. The Fremeaux label version is also perfectly fine. There are others and there will continue to be more issues as long as music is sold. None of them, except the Mosaic label, are taken from the so-called "metal parts" (the masters). You'd be just fine buying the least expensive version you can find, as most of the import-collectors labels simply copy each other.

But do enjoy these recordings. They are wonderful
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