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Ultimate Collection

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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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