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  • Audio CD (February 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GMYEG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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4. Squeeze Me
5. Keepin' Out of Mischief Now
6. All That Meat and No Potatoes
7. I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling
8. Ain't Misbehavin'
9. Ain't Misbehavin'
10. (What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue [Edited Alternate Version][#][*
11. I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby (And My Baby's Crazy 'Bout Me) [Edited Alterna]
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13. I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling [Edited Alternate Version][#][*][Version
14. Squeeze Me [*]
15. (What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue [*]
16. Ain't Misbehavin' [*]
17. Blue Turning Grey over You [*]
18. Keepin' Out of Mischief Now [*]
19. Sweet Savannah Sue [*]
20. That Rhythm Man [*]

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With 20 tracks in all, this is certainly a bargain buy and THE album to own.
sillygirl412
Louis Armstrong both sings and plays the music of "Fats" Waller so darn well you'll never tire of playing this one.
Matthew G. Sherwin
The quality of the disc and the sound of the music is great for when it was recorded.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By sillygirl412 on June 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you're looking for great music at a great price, you can stop looking, because you've found what you're looking for. Thomas "Fats" Waller and Louis "Satch" Armstrong are two of the world's most beloved music legends, each on his own merits and style. This CD is a wonderful blend between the two.
"Satch Plays Fats" was originally released in 1955 as a 9-track album dedicated to Fats Waller, who had died suddenly 12 years earlier. Armstrong had had the priviledge of working with the Jazz great, briefly, many years before.
In addition to the original 9 tracks, the CD contains added alternate versions of songs that never made it onto the 1955 release, as well as 7 recordings from earlier years. With 20 tracks in all, this is certainly a bargain buy and THE album to own.
The CD's digitally remastered sound cuts out all graininess fans have had to deal with in past years. The songs come through with every ounce of hearty vitality that they were intended to have. I was expecting less quality and was pleasantly surprised!
The last thing worthy of mention are the liner notes. Too often these days compilation cds and re-releases are almost completely devoid of informarion. The notes contained in this CD are AWESOME. There is info on both Satch and Fats and the histories of their respective careers, as well as album info for the original 1955 release. Simply great!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Sasha VINE VOICE on July 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Since I discovered beautiful,loving Armstrong's tribute to W.C.Handy,I was looking for this album but all the Books & net sources were warning against strange version of this album (on CD),with alternate takes instead of master ones.Now finally "Columbia" presented this wonderful album as it should be,with master takes + few alternative takes AND as a gift that even surpasses this album,a 7 Waller songs recorded by Louis Armstrong in years 1929-1932.Basically same group as the one on W.C.Handy tribute (even the same producer),even vocalist Velma Middleton is here,althought with all the wonderful singers in the world did Armstrong push her,I would never stop wondering.There are many similarities between Waller and Armstrong (both black musicians,virtuosos on their instruments,both capable of clowning,entertaining and deep tragedy in lyrics and music) but as Waller ended up dying from Pneumonia somewhere from one concert date to another,not even reaching 40,Armstrong lived longer and universally acclaimed & loved.(P.S. The old,rugged and muddy recordings of Fats Waller songs,recorded by Armstrong and his gang in years between 1929-1932 are for me so stunningly beautiful that to my ears they surpass everything recoded 1955.)
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Format: Audio CD
Many years ago, a very good friend of mine had a cassette player in his car and he would drive around town playing this album on cassette tape over and over again. I eventually heard it when I was riding in his car one day and I begged him for a copy. He gave me a cassette tape of the original album, with just the original nine tracks that the original LP had--and, of course, I played the tape until it was worn through! I feared that I would never get hear this beautiful music again. Imagine my joy when I discovered this CD for sale at Amazon! I couldn't get it here fast enough.

This CD version of the original record album exceeded my expectations by far. There are 11 (yes, ELEVEN) bonus tracks on the CD, of which four were never before released! You get edited alternate versions with people coaching and commenting to Louis after the take. Other tracks date as far back as 1929 so you truly get a perspective of how Louis admired Fats Waller all through his life. (The two worked together only briefly once or twice at the most.) Moreover, the quality of the sound is excellent even on my portable music player. Louis Armstrong both sings and plays the music of "Fats" Waller so darn well you'll never tire of playing this one. Louis, his trumpet and the music of "Fats" Waller? Ha! Play it LOUD AND OFTEN because this album's a winner!

For example, the CD starts off beautifully with the classic "Honeysuckle Rose." We also hear "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby." After spending the entire afternoon listening several times to all the tracks over and over again, it's still tough, if not impossible, to isolate any "favorite" song of mine on this CD. Two of the finalists, however, would have to be "Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now" and "All That Meat And No Potatoes.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "marleyscott" on September 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Like Eggs Benedick with Hollandaise sauce, like Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, like Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle....Louis Armstrong playing the music of Fats Waller is a sheer delight. Sure there are those who will suggest that Pops recorded his best work between 1925-1929 with the Hot Fives and Hot Sevens. Those are seminal recordings and stand apart from almost everthing else in the jazz cannon. However, Pops can be appreciated for all the great music he left behind and this is clearly no exception.
How delightful is it to hear Louis Armstrong and Velma Middleton having a ball on Honeysuckle Rose, Keepin' Out of Mischief Now, Black and Blue and Ain't Misbehavin'? My CD collection includes over 25 single disc recordings and 3 different box sets of Satchmo and I'd have to say this one is my all-time favorite. I've collected the orginal vinyl LP and the "Columbia Jazz Masters" issue on CD, but this is the one to get. Great digital remastered sound and several wonderful alternate takes make this indespensible listening.
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