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Louis & The Good Book: Vme [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Louis ArmstrongAudio CD
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listen  1. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen (Album Version) [feat. Sy Oliver Choir] 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Shadrack 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Go Down Moses (Album Version) [feat. Sy Oliver Choir] 3:41$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Rock My Soul (Album Version) [feat. Sy Oliver Choir] 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Ezekiel Saw De Wheel (Album Version) [feat. Sy Oliver Choir] 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. On My Way (Album Version) [feat. Sy Oliver Choir] 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Down By The Riverside (Album Version) [feat. Sy Oliver Choir] 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (Album Version) [feat. Sy Oliver Choir] 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child (Album Version) [feat. Sy Oliver Choir] 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Jonah And The Whale 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Didn't It Rain (Album Version) [feat. Sy Oliver Choir] 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. This Train (Album Version) [feat. Sy Oliver Choir] 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Sit Down, You're Rocking The Boat 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. That's What The Man Said 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Shadrack (Single Version) 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Going To Shout All Over God's Heaven 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Nobody Knows De Trouble I've Seen 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Jonah And The Whale (Single Version) 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Elder Eatmore's Sermon On Throwing Stones 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Elder Eatmore's Sermon On Generosity 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 19, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1949
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • ASIN: B00005CDME
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,032 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Louis made many divine recordings, but this 1958 LP was the only one specifically devoted to spiritual songs. At times joyous, solemn, whimsical and moving, this uplifting classic includes Swing Low, Sweet Chariot; Go Down, Moses; Didn't It Rain; Down by the Riverside , and more-plus eight bonus tracks including his celebrated Elder Eatmore mock sermons!

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Armstrong pop album... July 3, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I've always admired Louis's pop records from the late Fifties. Verve has done a great job reissuing some of the best of them: this album, "Louis and Angels", the great two-disc set "Louis under the stars/I've got the world on a string"... Yes, I know Louis's 20's-30's work is the most important music ever recorded, but my personal preference is for these lushly produced artifacts. I call them artifacts because the production techniques definitely tie them to a time and place in history. This is a great example of The Golden Age of Stereo... there is so much detail and ambience, you feel as if you are in the studio. Chairs squeak, Louis smacks his lips, pages turns. Listen alone in a dark room, and it's an awesome experience. I've been told by those in the know that these 24/96 remasters sound *almost* as good as the original LPs...
The music is great... an all-gospel programme, with Louis singing and (thank heavens) playing trumpet on all but one of the album tracks! Louis's interaction with the Sy Oliver Choir is something to behold... call and response, spoken interplay... again, it's so well-rendered in stereo, you get an amazing sense of the recording space, the spatial sense that Louis is standing in front of the choir, where the instruments are etc. The trumpet solos are just show-stopping. Sonically, they just jump out, and a good stereo will resolve the bell-like undertones of the instrument. Musically, I'll say this: I'm not one of those Jazz-heads that can listen to a mystery record and name, by ear every soloist. There are a few instrumentalists I can pick out, and Louis is definitely the foremost. I can recognize his brilliant, ringing, trumpet tone anywhere!
Verve fleshes out the re-release with bonus tracks, which I consider a mixed blessing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Satch Classic-You Can't Go Wrong Here July 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is some more classic Satch. The album istelf is a relief from the tired reissues of Satch playing the same old songs over and over. Good concept album from 1958, which I agree is a neglected period in Satch history. The version of "Down By The Riverside" is quite joyful in particular. The bonus trax are an added blessing. I remember "Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat" and "That's What The Man Said" from my Dad's copy of Decca/Vocalion Records' "Here's Louis Armstrong" (will somebody PLEASE reissue this on CD!?) from my childhood. The former of these songs, a vivid tale of Satch's journey to hades after drinking and shooting dice, scared the HELL out of me as a child. The "Elder Eatmore" comedy sermons are 1938 versions of routines originated by Bert Williams, the father of Black comedy, in the 1910s (compare these to Williams' original versions). A nice addition to this would have been 1931's "The Lonesome Road," another comic sermon featuring Satch as "Reverend Satchelmouth Armstrong." But this minor complaint aside, this is great stuff for Satch fans, no matter what you personally beleive.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Music from heaven June 19, 2001
Format:Audio CD
"Louis And The Good Book" (1958) reads much sweeter, with his All-Stars there to back him up, Trummy Young, Billy Kyle, Barrett Deams and others. Again the Sy Oliver Choir makes their appearance known as well. These sessions have a much heavier feel with meaningful tunes such as "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen" and "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child", two subjects that Louis has dealt with his whole life. On the former, Louis' spoken introduction even makes an attempt to explain his choice to do this type of album. He tells of how there are times when you feel the need to look up. Funny, because as I listen I'm looking up at Louis right now and thanking him for yet another treasure. Another fine Verve release. Be sure and check on the companion reissue, "Louis And The Angels".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHY THE EXTRA TRACKS? February 20, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Wonderful 1958 concept lp with the SY OLIVER choir.LOUIS's humourous mockery,especially on NOBODY KNOWS THE TROUBLES I'VE SEEN(and i ain't gonna bug nobody either)and SWING LOW,SWEET CHARIOT(yeah,let me out of here man) are pleasant.Who but SATCHMO could have tackle a project like this and get away with it.?This is as good as it gets in terms of concept in the religious vain.The extra tracks unfortunately are there to make the cd go to the one hour mark.I always stop at track 12.If you go through it all,it's like eating your favorite meal being interrupted by an unpleasant stranger(let's say un témoin de JÉHOVAH).This cd ultimately,makes you feel like going to mass again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unalloyed Joy February 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This 1958 recording contains eighteen wonderful spirituals with the Sy Oliver choir and two mock "sermons." Louis Armstrong is obviously having a ball and enjoying every second he's singing and playing his trumpet. The choir is excellent and the whole recording just works; it's one to play over and over again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Godsend April 11, 2006
By cdozo
Format:Audio CD
"Louis and the Good Book" is an incredibly wonderful album. Mr. Armstrong's singing and trumpet work is just fantastic and the piano work on Shadrack is just amazing. In addition, there is a sense of playfulness, in both the words and the music, that is a delight to hear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't mess with Louis, he knows what he's doing. April 30, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I don't care for much of the new age Christian music being played on the radio now-adays (too much euphoric bubble-gum), and this CD is far from it. Classic Satchmo singing on topics found in the Good Book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
Great music, one the greatest of Jazz artists
Published 3 days ago by John White
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Was fun to listen!
Published 7 days ago by Lana
5.0 out of 5 stars This Masterpiece Hits A Solid Inspirational Note!
Louis Armstrong liked to say that he was raised as a Baptist, always wore The
Star Of David around his neck and was friends with The Pope, when in a change
of heart,... Read more
Published 12 months ago by RH
5.0 out of 5 stars Bliss!! Indescribable joy!!!
I had a LP of this album in 1964. It was precious to me. Unfortunately, time and weather twisted the vinyl LP and I had to throw it away.
Ecstacy!!! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Sainarong Rasananda
5.0 out of 5 stars Armstrong and religion
I highly recommend this Album as representative of Armstrong's religious devotions and background. The accompanying singers are excellent and his vocals as well as instrumentals... Read more
Published on September 20, 2012 by Edward J. Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Joyous and Playful
Louis Armstrong is clearly having fun with this music. While this is a well-performed and well-recorded collection of classic religious and biblically-inspired songs, Satchmo... Read more
Published on February 24, 2011 by X. Pert
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Music
CD was good quality merchanise. Wouldn't take a million dollars for it. If I could not replace it quickly. I love it
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Published on January 21, 2010 by Alice Norman
3.0 out of 5 stars Overrated
Overrated only songs 1-14 are good. The other ones sound like they were first takes. The preacher on here is sketchy he says "God helps those who help themselves. Read more
Published on November 1, 2009 by Aaron Cavanaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars The Spirutal Side Of Louis
Hello jazz fans,
This one is for you.I am a very big fan of Louis Armstrong and Universal CD'S and this is a must get. Read more
Published on September 10, 2007 by Mark Greenidge
5.0 out of 5 stars Louis Armstrong's masterpiece
Armstrong plays the role of Reverand Satchmo, and since he was a bapist he does sing these songs with conviction and honesty. This is Armstrong at his most essential. Read more
Published on January 14, 2005 by word-of-faith-we-preach
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