The Complete Louis Armstrong Decca Sessions 1935-1946 Mosaic #243 [Limited Collectors Edition, Original Recording Remastered, Box Set] Original recording remastered, Box set, Limited Collector's Edition
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The year was 1935. Louis Armstrong had recently exhausted his immediate performing opportunities in front of European jazz audiences, having done the circuit and slayed 'em all. Refreshed and invigorated, Louis made the biggest change of all - he started making the most popular music of his life; the records that would turn him into an international sensation. This is the first-ever major retrospective of this period. For the most part, the recordings represent Louis leading the big band. Never had Louis sounded more secure, more hip, or more like a star. His example was an important beacon that popular standards were a legitimate repertoire for significant jazz stylists. Jump into this treasury and land in a nice, warm bath of Louis' joy. Armstrong entered this phase after a significant layoff. Healthy and hearty, his performances as trumpeter and vocalist are first rate. The big band performances feature Louis' inimitable approach to many melodies that were soon to become well-known; small-group sessions with Bunny Berigan as a sideman; a 1936 date with Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra; the rare 12" medley of hits from "Pennies From Heaven" with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Bing Crosby and Frances Langford; the "Elder Eatmore" sermon session; a reunion with Sidney Bechet and Zutty Singleton; and a slew of great sidemen like Sid Catlett, Dexter Gordon, J.C. Higginbotham, Red Allen and many more. For this release, we went back to the original sources - Decca's metal parts and lacquer discs - and lovingly restored and remastered everything to Mosaic's exacting standards. Our seven-CD set delivers 166 tracks, including rare alternate sides. The collection includes our exclusive booklet with a number of rarely-seen session photographs; an essay by noted jazz historian Dan Morgenstern; a complete, corrected discography of the sessions clearing up a number of published errors; and all seven CDs, beautifully packaged in our distinctive Mosaic box.
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The liner notes were detailed and informative and the packaging is also quite nice. Go on, get it!