Louis Armstrong, a.k.a. Satchmo, is an American icon. Satchmo At Symphony Hall, recorded in 1947 and first issued on Decca in 1951, captured one of his greatest performances, for which a legendary edition of his All Stars band joined him, with Jack Teagarden, Barney Bigard, Dick Cary, Arvell Shaw, Big Sid Catlett and singer Velma Middleton. Verve Music and Hip-O Select now present a newly expanded, 2-CD version of the album, celebrating the 65th anniversary of the original recording.
Satchmo At Symphony Hall / 65th Anniversary: The Complete Performances is truly complete, from tuning up to closing theme of both sets performed that night. The limited edition release:
* Encompasses two hours of material
* Includes 30 minutes never before released!
* Is one of the very few surviving, complete two-set Armstrong shows
* Features Armstrong classics "On The Sunny Side Of The Street," "Black And Blue," "Mahogany Hall Stomp" and more
* Has been painstakingly restored from surviving acetates, vaulted reels and the donated holdings of the late Gosta Hagglof, a renowned Armstrong collector and friend, who willed his vast collection to the Louis Armstrong House Museum
* Includes a beautiful hard-back package with:
- The album s original liner notes by Ernie Anderson, the promoter and publicist who recorded the event
- A new and detailed essay by Ricky Riccardi, archivist for the Museum and author of What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong s Later Years
- Several rare photographs
- Faithful reproductions of the album s original cover and its many EP and international permutations.
Satchmo At Symphony Hall / 65th Anniversary: The Complete Performances is one of the finest documents of Louis Armstrong s genius an unbeatable mix of great music and entertaining showmanship and is now in complete form for the first time.