Louis Armstrong Christmas and Hits Duos (2-CD Box Set)

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Format: CD  (2 Discs)
Item:  GEF 111332

CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: October 21, 2008
  • Label: Geffen Records

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Christmas in New Orleans - (featuring Benny Carter & His Orchestra)
  • 2.White Christmas - (featuring Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra)
  • 3.Silent Night - (featuring Dinah Washington)
  • 4.Christmas Song, The (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) - (featuring Mel Torm?)
  • 5.Christmas Night in Harlem - (featuring Benny Carter & His Orchestra)
  • 6.It's Christmas Time Again - (featuring Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires / Peggy Lee)
  • 7.Cool Yule - (featuring Commanders)
  • 8.Merry Christmas, Baby - (featuring Lionel Hampton / Sonny Parker)
  • 9.Zat You, Santa Claus? - (featuring Commanders)
  • 10.Santa Baby - (featuring Eartha Kitt)
  • 11.Jingle Bells - (featuring Duke Ellington & His Orchestra)
  • 12.Coming to Town - (featuring Lena Horne)
  • 13.May Everyday Be Christmas - (featuring Louis Jordan)
  • 14.Winter Wonderland - (featuring Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra)

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.What a Wonderful World
  • 2.Cabaret
  • 3.Dream a Little Dream of Me
  • 4.Hello, Dolly!
  • 5.Our Love Is Here to Stay - (featuring Ella Fitzgerald)
  • 6.I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
  • 7.Georgia on My Mind
  • 8.When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)
  • 9.On the Sunny Side of the Street
  • 10.Mack the Knife
  • 11.Basin Street Blues
  • 12.Someday (You'll Be Sorry)
  • 13.It Takes Two to Tango
  • 14.Gone Fishin' - (featuring Bing Crosby)
  • 15.A Kiss to Build a Dream On
  • 16.That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)
  • 17.Blueberry Hill
  • 18.Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?
  • 19.I Want a Little Girl
  • 20.Ain't Misbehavin'
  • 21.Struttin' With Some Barbeque
  • 22.When the Saints Go Marching In
  • 23.When It's Sleepy Time Down South - (live)

Product Description:

In one sense, this double-disc collection is merely a way to package two well-known albums in a sleeve and sell them again, an inventory clearing, if you will. On the other hand, it's a great opportunity to pick up two excellent collections by Louis Armstrong that you'd more than likely buy separately if you saw them at the right time. It might also be the perfect Christmas gift for the person you want to hip to Satchmo's particular blend of genius and magic. One set needs little explanation, which is The Definitive Collection. Containing 24 cuts, it has virtually every hit and well-known number that Armstrong recorded for Universal-affiliated labels such as Verve. It also includes a pair of fine duets with Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby on "Our Love Is Here to Stay" and "Gone Fishin'," respectively. Virtually everything else a novice would want is right here as well, including "What a Wonderful World" and the vocal remakes of the original New Orleans hits. The Christmas disc is a real treat because it feels like a complete hoot from start to finish. Satch is featured as a soloist (such as on the album opener, "Christmas in New Orleans" with the Benny Carter Orchestra), in duets with pals like Mel Torm? on his standard "The Christmas Song" andLena Horne on "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," fronting the Duke Ellington Orchestra on "Jingle Bells," and leading his own Commanders. Other nice treats include his duet with Peggy Lee on "It's Christmas Time Again" and burning down the house with Louis Jordan on "May Everyday Be Christmas." This is a great holiday offering and should be in everyone's collection. Together these sets are hard to beat. ~ Thom Jurek

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  • Sales Rank: 100,440
  • UPC: 044001113321
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