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Ultimate Collection Box set

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(2008/UNIVERSAL) 59 tracks, feat. the years 1924-68. Set comes with

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Copenhagen
Shanghai Shuffle
Stomp Off, Let's Go
Drop That Sack
Melancholy
I'm Goin'Huntin'
I'm In The Mood For Love
On Treasure Island
Thanks A Million
Ev'ntide
Dippermouth Blues
Swing That Music
Pennies From Heaven
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Once In A While
In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree
Jubilee
When The Saints Go Marching In
Shadrack
Ain't Misbehavin'
Jeepers Creepers
Rockin'Chair
West End Blues
Savoy Blues
Hear Me Talkin'To Ya
I'm Confessin
You're A Lucky Guy
Wolverine Blues
Sweetheart On Parade
Perdido Street Blues
2:19 Blues
Coal Cart Blues
Groovin'
Royal Garden Blues
Mahogany Hall Stomp
Blueberry Hill
You Can't Lose A Broken Heart
My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
Panama
Flee As A Bird/Oh Didn't He Ramble
You Rascal, You
My Monday Date
A Kiss To Build A Dream On
It's All In The Game
Someday You'll Be Sorry
Basin Street Blues
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Weary Blues
Wild Man Blues
Dippermouth Blues
Dear Old Southland
Stompin'At The Savoy
I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
Sweet Lorraine
Hello, Dolly
What A Wonderful World
Cabaret
Dream A Little Dream Of Me

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This three-CD collection provides a remarkable overview of Louis Armstrong's career, beginning with 1924 recordings with Fletcher Henderson's orchestra and carrying all the way through the decades to include the pop hits from the 1960s, like "Hello, Dolly" and "What a Wonderful World." Along the way, there's plenty to document Armstrong's position as the first great soloist of jazz, its first great singer, and a popular entertainer whose charm was as unique as his musical talent.

The 1920s are represented by his stellar performances as a "sideman" to regular associates, like his wife, Lil Hardin Armstrong, and clarinetist Johnny Dodds. The 1930s find him leading his own bands, big and small, and recording with Jimmy Dorsey and Bing Crosby ("Pennies from Heaven"), and the Mills Brothers. The '40s and '50s are the years of the All-Stars, with Armstrong's trumpet joyously exploding in the company of such fellow giants as trombonist Jack Teagarden and pianist Earl Hines.

He was also creating richly nostalgic recordings like "Blueberry Hill," and singing duets with the finest jazz singers of the period, women whose own art had been shaped in different ways by Armstrong's--Billie Holiday on "You Can't Lose a Broken Heart" and Ella Fitzgerald on "Stompin' at the Savoy." Armstrong's humor shows up on a mock recreation of a New Orleans jazz funeral and a version of "You Rascal, You" with Louis Jordan, and his brilliant trumpet is everywhere in evidence. Just as important as what's here is what's left out. Many of Armstrong's greatest recordings---those with King Oliver, all the Hot Fives and Hot Sevens of the late 1920s, the 1947 Town Hall concert, the '50s tributes to W.C. Handy and Fats Waller, and the late encounter with Duke Ellington--aren't touched. What's left is a fascinating and satisfying portrait of Armstrong that doesn't necessarily lead to a great deal of duplication in an expanding collection of his work. --Stuart Broomer

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 25, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B00004UFNU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,773 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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to July, 1968 performing in Las Vegas with the Allstars, no other Louis Armstrong compilation provides the listner with a more in depth and satisfying collection of Satchmo's colossal talent. These 59 selections, performing with jazz illuminaries such as Fletcher Henderson, Jimmy Dorsey, the Mills Brothers, Gordon Jenkins, Sy Oliver, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, not to mention his own Louis Armstrong Orchestra and Allstars have been painstakenly restored and presented in chronologial sequence. Both jazz aficionado and novice will delight at the marvelous selection of Satchmo classics such as Jeepers Creepers, Ain't Misbehavin', When the Saints Go Marchin' In, Basin Street Blues, When It's Sleepy Time Down South, What a Wonderful World, Cararet and so many many more. To say this is absolute essential listening is like saying the New York Yankees are a pretty good ball club.
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This is by far my favourite collection of Louis Armstrong's music in one set. There are a lot of Louis Armstrong collections, which makes it difficult to navigate which ones are worth listening to. Look no further—the value of this collection is that unlike more slapdash efforts, where a load of songs have been put together without much consideration, this has been lovingly curated by the jazz fans at Verve. The real value here is twofold: the quality of the remastered and restored recordings themselves, and the fact that they are arranged chronologically. The collection takes you from Satchmo's early music in the speakeasies, juke joints, and the post-ragtime era to his classic collaborations with other jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, then all way up to his pop hits of the 1960s. Highly recommended for the general jazz fan, Armstrong fan, and aficionados of early 20th century American music.
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I bought this box collection for a gift and it is one of the best collections of Louis Armstrongs music that has ever been put together. I recommend it to all of his fans.
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Bought this compilation here in Spain, as a sort of temporary fix while I'm away from the States. This CD includes virtually nothing from my favorite works, but it's turned out to be a good thing. Strings or no, his version of "It's All in the Game" is beautifully sung. And, proving once again that nobody sang it like Louis, the version here of "Sweet Lorraine" made me appreciate a standard that I had always ignored. Oh, how he sings, "...I'm so happy / when it's rainin' I don't miss the sun..."!! In particular, I was ignorant of his work in the late thirties and early forties, and what they have here has converted me. I don't normally find myself buying compilations, and especially with artists I'm already familiar with, but this is one I will continue listening to until I can get all the performances on other CDs. If you buy this, may you enjoy it much!
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The "When the Saints go Marching In" was used at Dad's memorial service at his request. This is a gift for my sister.
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