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listen  8. When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You) (With Intro)Louis Armstrong 4:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. On The Sunny Side Of The StreetLouis Armstrong 5:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Mack The KnifeLouis Armstrong & The All-Stars 3:22Album Only
listen11. Basin Street Blues (Parts 1 & 2)Louis Armstrong & The All-Stars 5:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Someday (You'll Be Sorry)Louis Armstrong With The Commanders 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen16. That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)Gordon Jenkins Orchestra And Choir 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Blueberry HillGordon Jenkins Orchestra And Choir 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?Louis Armstrong & His Dixieland Seven 2:59Album Only
listen19. I Want A Little GirlLouis Armstrong & His Hot Seven 3:00Album Only
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listen21. Struttin' With Some BarbequeLouis Armstrong & His Orchestra 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 24, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • ASIN: B000CQQHFO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,813 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

This package features stunningly remastered sound (even the earliest cuts from 1938 are hiss free, full-bodied and remarkably clear), along with a classy 16-page booklet with rare photos and detailed session liner notes. It's not the final word on the prolific and multi-talented musician who some consider the most influential jazzman ever, but is an excellent overall portrait of Satchmo, covering numerous highlights in the career of this legendary American artist. Hip-O. 2006.

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I recommend this for Louis Armstrong fans and people who enjoy classic jazz vocals.
Matthew G. Sherwin
Grew up listening to this great musician and entertainer, as my parents played his music all the time.
Merrianne
Louis Armstrong was one of the best from his trumpet playing to his bullfrog voice.
Spinks Edwards

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan M. Mason on January 2, 2008
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I think this is an excellent album for someone who wants an easy-to-get-into introduction to jazz. It contains Louis' later hits, like Hello Dolly! which knocked the Beatles off the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 100 list in 1964 and made Louis the oldest man ever to have a number one hit single.

This album also contains some superb earlier work including a taste of Louis duetting with Ella Fitzgerald accompanied by Oscar Peterson, and some terrific numbers like I Want a Little Girl from 1946.

All in all it is an extremely enjoyable listen. If it inspires some people to take an interest in jazz, when they didn't before, then so much the better, and if it doesn't, well it is still enjoyable in its own right.

Considering that Louis was one of the seminal players who practically invented jazz in the 1920s, and a key figure in the history of twentieth century popular culture whom every one ought to know about, this album is a pretty fun place to start.

From here I would perhaps move on to listen to the Best of the Verve Years with the duets with Ella Fitzgerald, and then to some of the earlier stuff.

[Oh, yes, one more thing. You can hear in Hello Dolly! that he pronounced his own name Loo-iss and not Loo-ee!]
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 2, 2007
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The songs on LOUIS ARMSTRONG * THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION generally follow a regression from 1968 to 1938. The album's liner notes conversely provide details of Armstrong's most influential years: the mid-Twenties until his lip broke, while touring Europe in the early 1930s. The writer glows about Satchmo's influence on ALL subsequent musicians and vocalists, from Benny Goodman to the Rolling Stones! Truly a hyperbolic overview.

But the music is what matters most. Armstrong adapted to the realities of losing his superhuman playing abilities by developing a more expressive style, and by concentrating on vocalization. This album documents well that second phase of his performing career. Source material is drawn from all major labels: DECCA, COLUMBIA, VICTOR, ABC-PARAMOUNT, KAPP and VERVE. Transfer quality is excellent. This collection is particularly recommended for newcomers to the music of Louis Armstrong.

TOTAL RUNNING TIME -- 75:39
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Boy on December 25, 2009
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Louis Armstrong's recording career spanned five decades and 47 years. 1923 to 1970, Louis recorded albums and singles regularly. As of December 25, 2009, the only collection that has come close to summarizing all of his recordings is the 'Ken Burns JAZZ' collection, with 25 recordings. But that still doesn't do him justice.

So, in 2006, Hip-O Records (owned by the Universal Music Group, or UMG) decided to release the millionth-and-one Armstrong collection. The title was 'The Definitive Collection.' It looks like a nice set, judging by the packaging. There's Satchmo on the cover, with his signature trumpet. And to it's defense, the packaging is incredible. Good liner notes, good information about the tracks. Hip-O did outstanding in that regard.

But other than that, this is a pretty awful collection. A low point in the normally-outstanding 'The Definitive Collection' series.

First of all, while most of the music here is great, it is by no means a 'definitive collection.' To be truly definitive, you need his Hot Fives and Sevens from the 1925-1928 period, his recordings with Earl Hines from 1928-1930, his RCA victor period from 1933-1934 and again from 1945-1947. And while we're on the topic, why not include his early 1923 recordings with King Oliver? In order for it to be definitive, these recordings are absolutely necessary.

What that leaves are his Decca and Verve recordings. 'Struttin' With Some Barbecue' is here, albeit in it's 1938 remake of his recording ten years prior, but still in a smoking version nonetheless.

But all that's left now is the "easy listening" Louis. That means, 'What a Wonderful World,' 'Hello Dolly,' 'Blueberry Hill,' 'A Kiss to Build a Dream On,' etc.
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This single CD retrospective of artistry by the immortal Louis Armstrong is a keeper for his fans. The quality of the sound is good and I like the tracks on this disc. Sure, it's far from all of his best; but as a single CD retrospective this ain't too shabby!

The album starts off with the exquisite "What A Wonderful World;" this was recorded later in Louis's career and he still sounds a strong and marvelous as ever! The musical arrangement makes great use of the brass, strings and percussion. Awesome! "Cabaret" features Louis's vocals squarely in the spotlight--which is exactly where they should be--and Louis sings this with panache and all the positive energy anyone could ever muster! Moreover, listen also for "Dream A Little Dream Of Me;" Satchmo does this so wonderfully; I predict that you will enjoy this ballad very much.

Of course, "Hello, Dolly" was another huge hit for Louis Armstrong later on in his career; and just one listen will proves why. Love that arrangement! Louis Armstrong never sings a superfluous note and his gravelly voice just can't be beat. "On The Sunny Side Of The Street" is another tremendous hit; listen for that trumpet flourish at the very beginning of this number.

"Mack The Knife" is a good one from Louis Armstrong; and "Gone Fishin'" is a great duet between the great Bing Crosby and Louis himself. What a duet this is--I know you'll like it just as much as I do. In addition, there's also "Blueberry Hill" which sparkles like champagne when Louis performs this to perfection.

"Ain't Misbehavin'" is a whole lot of fun to hear; and the band that plays with Satchmo really plays beautifully.
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