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Louis Armstrong - Greatest Hits

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 16, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000003G2C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,939 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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Louis Armstrong re-recorded his hits for so many different labels over his 50-year career that any label could cobble a "greatest hits" from what they had available. RCA Victor's version, part of a jazz introduction series, states on the back cover that its material was recorded from "January 1933 - May 1970," eras wide-ranging and near cariacture as Al Hirschfeld's unflattering drawing on the CD cover.
You get electrifying versions of "Basin Street Blues," "St. Louis Blues," and a hits medley from his first decade recording, all scatting and swinging manically nearly 70 years later. Then to All-Star recordings (1947's swinging "Sugar," and "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Someday You'll Be Sorry," a sweet "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans") and, finally, four unusually compelling songs recorded just over a year before his death (busy, adult soul versions of "Everybody's Talkin'," "Mood Indigo" and "My One And Only Love.") No liner notes, photographs, or even a chronological order to the songs, just compiler Chick Crumpacker's tribute putting Armstrong "at the absolute center of American popular music."
The final song is a remake of what today is Armstrong's signature hit, "What A Wonderful World," preceded with a moving introduction. "People say to me, 'Pops, how can you call this a wonderful world? How about all those wars all over the place...and hunger, and pollution...you call that wonderful?" he starts in that beloved growl. "...but if we all learned to love each other, we could solve more problems, and then life would be a gasser!
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My cousin who is a fan of Amstrong music was very but very happy.
He loved the record.

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Great. Thanks.
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