Louis Armstrong Satchmo: A Musical Autobiography (3-CD)
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- Number of Discs: 3
- Released: June 25, 2001
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: UMVD Labels
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 2.Dippermouth Blues
- 4.Canal Street Blues
- 6.High Society
- 8.All The Wrongs You've Done To Me
- 10.Everybody Loves My Baby
- 12.Mandy, Make Up Your Mind
- 14.See See Rider
- 16.Reckless Blues
- 18.Court House Blues
- 20.Trouble In Mind
- 22.New Orleans Function: Flee As A Bird / Oh, Didn't He Ramble
- 24.Gut Bucket Blues
- 26.Cornet Chop Suey
- 28.Heebie Jeebies
- 30.Georgia Grind
- 32.Muskrat Ramble - (live)
- 34.King Of The Zulus
- 36.Snag It
- 37.Frog-I-More Rag
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 2.Wild Man Blues
- 4.Potato Head Blues
- 6.Weary Blues
- 8.Gully Low Blues
- 10.Struttin' With Some Barbecue
- 12.Hotter Than That
- 14.Two Deuces
- 16.My Monday Date - (live, edited for LP)
- 18.Basin Street Blues
- 20.Knockin' A Jug
- 22.I Can't Give You Anything But Love
- 24.Mahogany Hall Stomp
- 26.Some Of These Days
- 28.When You're Smiling
- 30.Song Of The Islands
- 32.I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
- 34.Dear Old Southland
- 36.Exactly Like You
Tracks on Disc 3:
- 2.If I Could Be With You
- 4.Body And Soul
- 6.Memories Of You
- 8.You Rascal, You
- 10.When It's Sleepy Time Down South - (live)
- 12.I Surrender Dear
- 14.Them There Eyes
- 16.Up A Lazy River
- 18.Georgia On My Mind
- 20.That's My Home
- 22.Hobo, You Can't Ride This Train
- 24.On The Sunny Side Of The Street
- 26.My Monday Date - (live, unedited performance)
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
A spoken introduction by Louis Armstrong, accompanied by Billy Kyle on piano, precedes each track.
Personnel: Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet); Velma Middleton (vocals); Bob Haggart, Sy Oliver (arranger, conductor); George Dorsey, Hilton Jefferson (alto saxophone); Bud Freeman, Seldon Powell, Lucky Thompson (tenor saxophone); Dave McRae (baritone & bass saxophones, bass clarinet); Barney Bigard, Edmond Hall (clarinet); Yank Lawson (trumpet); Jack Teagarden, Trummy Young (trombone); Dick Cary, Earl Hines, Billy Kyle (piano); Everett Barksdale, George Barnes (guitar); Squire Gersh, Arvell Shaw (bass); Sid Catlett, Cozy Cole, Barrett Deems, Kenny John (drums).
Producer: Milt Gabler.
Reissue producer: Ben Young.
Recorded from 1947 to 1957 in Boston, Massachusetts, New York, New York, Hollywood and Pasadena, California. Originally released on Decca (155). Includes reissue liner notes by Joshua Berrett and an original LP profile by Louis Untermeyer.
Digitally remastered by Kevin Reeves (Universal Mastering Studios-East).
Personnel: Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet); Edmond Hall (vocals, clarinet); Trummy Young (vocals, trombone); Velma Middleton (vocals); Everett Barksdale, George Barnes (guitar); Barney Bigard (clarinet); Dave McRae (bass clarinet, baritone saxophone, bass saxophone); Hilton Jefferson, George Dorsey (alto saxophone); Lucky Thompson, Seldon Powell, Bud Freeman (tenor saxophone); Yank Lawson (trumpet); Jack Teagarden (trombone); Dick Cary, Billy Kyle , Earl Hines (piano); Cozy Cole, Kenny John , Big Sid Catlett, Barrett Deems (drums).
Liner Note Author: Louis Untermeyer.
Recording information: Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA (11/30/1947-01/28/1957); New York, NY (11/30/1947-01/28/1957); Symphony Hall, Boston, MA (11/30/1947-01/28/1957); The Crescendo, Hollywood, CA (11/30/1947-01/28/1957).
Photographer: Jack Bradley.
Arrangers: Sy Oliver; Bob Haggart.
Undoubtedly the father of jazz, Louis Armstrong continues to inspire musicians both young and old. On this unique three-disc 2001 Verve release, we are treated to a wonderful range of tunes from the Armstrong songbook. Original recordings are heard here as performed by various Armstrong-led ensembles from the 1950's. These cuts document Pops' return to his Dixieland roots "way down south" in the great city of New Orleans.
In addition to fine performances by Armstrong and his band (featuring the likes of Jack Teagarden, Barney Bigard, Sy Oliver, and Sid Catlett among others), we are treated to lengthy song introductions by Armstrong himself. Armstrong's informative and anecdotal introductions serve to educate listeners about the rich history and chronological importance of this American art form. Highlights on A MUSICAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY include the earthy Bessie Smith ballad "Reckless Blues" and Armstrong's own theme song, "When it's Sleepy Time Down South."
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