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  • Audio CD (April 16, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000003G2C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,186 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sugar
2. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
3. St. Louis Blues
4. Basin Street Blues
5. Everybody's Talkin'
6. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
7. Medley Of Armstrongs Hits: I'll Be Glad When You're Dead/Rascal You /When It's Sleepy Time Down...
8. Ain't Misbehavin'
9. Rockin' Chair
10. Mood Indigo
11. My One And Only Love
12. Someday You'll Be Sorry
13. What A Wonderful World

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While the product was unavailable, I was most impressed with the prompt and personal emails from Colleen, which is deserving of 5 stars.
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Louis Armstrong - Greatest Hits put out by RCA Victor gives us a solid assortment of numbers by the immortal Louis Armstrong.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 30, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Louis Armstrong - Greatest Hits put out by RCA Victor gives us a solid assortment of numbers by the immortal Louis Armstrong. The sound quality is really rather good; and the artwork is excellent.

The track set opens with "Sugar" performed by Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven band. The quality of the sound surprises me considering the age of the recording. Louis sings this to perfection and beyond; and his buddies play so well. I think "Sugar" makes a great starting track for this album. "St. Louis Blues" does have a bit of surface noise; but it doesn't interfere with the sound of the music. Louis wails out great and this number really jams! The trumpet playing Louis adds to "St. Louis Blues" really impresses me--but, then again, was there ever a time when Louis Armstrong disappointed anyone?

"I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues" features some more great singing by the great Louis Armstrong; and the melody is beautiful. The brass enhances the number so well; and this number holds its own effortlessly. "I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues" is definitely a highlight of this CD. Listen also for "Ain't Misbehavin';" this W.C. Handy number sparkles like gold when Louis and his buddies perform this flawlessly. Together Louis and his band bat "Ain't Misbehavin'" straight out of the ballpark! It's an awesome number that I always liked because it's so playful.

"Mood Indigo" is a more recent recording that features Louis squarely in the spotlight--and this comes off without a hitch! There's a beautiful arrangement for the flute that rounds out the musical arrangement very nicely. I love how Louis sings those lyrics for "Mood Indigo."

"My One And Only Love" again places Louis in the spotlight; and the lush musical arrangement works wonders for this ballad.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aldo Prieto Garcia on September 28, 2005
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I bought this cd because I was looking for the best version of "West End Blues", and this one is definitely the best for me. I had the same one in a CD called "1 heure avec Louis Armstrong", which I lost and I wanted to have again. But I guess that CD is out of print because I have searched it over and over and never found it again. I simply adore this version of "West End Blues", it's really worth the price of the CD. It was recorded at a concert in Milan in 1955. The liner notes says it's an "exceptional performance", and you bet it is. Though it's not flawlessly recorded (lot's of applause at the beginning and at the end, like some other guy said in these reviews), you can appreciate a slower, better and more mature version than the one you can find on the majority of the other Satchmo's collections (I guess that one is from the 30's). His trumpet at its max, the trombone at its best, and the piano solo is simply taken out of heaven. This song reminds me of my childhood, my mom playing it over and over again in our old tape stereo. I can assure this song made me love jazz the way I do.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David L Hutchins VINE VOICE on August 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
There are several Armstrong Greatest Hits albums and even an "All Time Greatest Hits", which I also own. Apparently some of the reviewers are confused because they are mentioning songs that aren't on this album. This one has 13 songs, which of course doesn't begin to cover all of Satchmo's hits, but compared to All Time Greatest Hits, which has 18 songs, I enjoyed this one much more. Never was a big fan of Armstrong; his unique voice takes some getting used to. In spite of that, I found this album very entertaining and do feel that it represents enough of his best hits to really get a feel for what he was all about. Anyone who appreciates good music should enjoy this album very much. I believe it was Armstrong when asked about differents kinds of music said: There are only two kinds: good and bad. Louis Armstrong definately performed the good kind of music. I particular enjoyed "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans". In the thousands of tracks of music that I own, it's the only vocal I have of that song and it's a good one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judy K. Polhemus VINE VOICE on December 5, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Bing Crosby once said of his friend Louis Armstrong, "He is the beginning and the end of music in America...." True or not, Satchmo certainly takes the listener down a nostalgic road of early jazz, blues, bebop, show tunes, rockabilly, and no telling what else on this "Greatest Hits" CD.

Accompanying Louis are his best buddy--his trumpet, and his good friend, Bing Crosby. (I enjoyed Trumpet, but could have done without Bing. This is, after all, Louis's greatest hits.) Their two voices do blend rather well, hitting similar low notes, especially in "The Preacher," the last tune on the CD.

An American icon, Armstrong was born July 4, 1900, and died July 6, 1971. His popular song, "What a Wonderful World," hit charts again as the lead song for the movie "Good Morning, Viet Nam," not long before his death. He was like a colossus, straddling the two worlds of America's involvement in war beginning with the wars to end wars and the war to divide. His birthday and death day are so symbolic, but his music always served as a means of trumpeting the important things of life: happiness in love--"Hello Dolly," young love--"Blueberry Hill (Louis sings a haunting ballad, unlike Fats Domino, who added just a tinge of lust in his version laced with the halting dance rhythm of the stroll).

Two side-notes here. "What a Wonderful World" was the anthem of the highly praised magnet school where I worked for four years. The founding principal, a native of Spain, loved Louis Armstrong and urged the first student body to adopt "World" as its very uplifting theme song. They did! Second note: As a child I could imitate Louis Armstrong's raspy voice and entertained many visitors with my version of "What a Wonderful World." Just thought I would add that bit of lagnaippe.
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