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I've Got the World on a String / Under the Stars Extra tracks, Original recording remastered

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The work of Louis Armstrong was one of the formative influences on music of the twentieth century. Although Armstrong arguably cut his best sides in the '20s, he continued to be an important representative of jazz (earning him the name "Ambassador") right up until the '70s, when he died. During the late '50s and early '60s, he experienced a full-blown revival, partly due to a successful string of duets he cut with Ella Fitzgerald. It was also during this period that he originally cut these two LPs for Verve: I've Got the World on a String and Louis Under the Stars (released in 1957 and '58, respectively). Armstrong doesn't play a whole lot of trumpet here, because, at this point, he had been more or less enshrined as an institution and was getting by on personality and charisma alone. On these sides he was basically propped up before an orchestra--in this case one conducted by Russell Garcia--and left to do what he'd become best at: mainly, being Louis Armstrong. Which he does well, of course: his smoldering voice is still surprisingly supple, even at this stage in the game. This is especially true considering that all the tracks on this double CD were recorded on the same day, August 14, 1957. Typical of record company practices at the time, the session was fleshed out to make two albums. Here, it is restored in its original order and length, complete with alternate takes, liner notes, and original artwork. Just five days after Armstrong cut these sides, he performed his historic duet with Ella Fitzgerald on Porgy & Bess, which propelled him into perhaps the final great phase of his career. --Joe S. Harrington

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 2, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1999
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B00002DDQI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,606 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Pretorius on April 28, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you love Louis' music from the 50's,(after his comedy-blues of the 40's and before the insipid pop music of the 60's), then you have to get this cd. It has become a kind of rare and is not cheap, but sell your car if you have to. It is simply amazing.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Valerio on July 22, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This cd has gradually won me over....The sound quality is amazing to my ears (sounds kinda like the ella fitzgerald songbooks), and it's great when Louis picks up the trumpet, which he does quite often! Nice tune selection too.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
For those that are interested in Louis Armstrong, then this CD is just the one. With its enhanced quality of sound, you can enjoy the wonderful music of Louis Armstrong.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Louis Armstrong has inspired millions of Americans over the years. This compact disc provides remastered music giving better clarity and sound. If you are a Louis Armstron fan, I strongly suggest this compact disc for your listening pleasures.
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