- Released: September 15, 1998
- Label: Vanguard Records
Uncut - 11/02, p.1375 stars out of 5
- "...Some of the greatest jazz records ever made..."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.When It's Sleepy Time Down South
- 2.(Back Home Again In) Indiana
- 3.Tiger Rag
- 4.When I Grow Too Old to Dream
- 6.Hello, Dolly!
- 7.On the Alamo
- 9.Kiss to Build a Dream On
- 10.Lover, Come Back to Me
- 11.Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
- 12.Improvisation / Blueberry Hill
- 13.Muskrat Ramble
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Cocktails for Two
- 2.Stompin' at the Savoy
- 3.It's Easy to Remember [Improvisations]
- 4.Teach Me Tonight [Improvisations]
- 5.That's My Desire
- 6.St. James Infirmary
- 7.Mack the Knife
- 8.Medley: Tenderly / You'll Never Walk Alone / Mop Mop (Boff Boff) [Medley]
- 9.I Left My Heart in San Francisco
- 10.My Man
- 11.Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home
- 12.When the Saints Go Marching In / Finale
Personnel: Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet); Jewell Brown (vocals); Tyree Glenn (trombone); Eddie Shuree, Joseph Muranyl (clarinet); Billy Kyle, Marty Napoleon (piano); Buddy Catlett (bass); Danny Barcelona (drums).
Recorded live at Palais des Sports, Paris, France in 1965. Includes liner notes by Adele Herbst.
Although this collection's title is a bit misleading, THE BEST OF LOUIS ARMSTRONG is nevertheless a wonderful set of music. The album was recorded at a 1965 Paris concert and features a later version of Louis Armstrong's All-Stars. Granted, Satchmo and the band do play many of their best-known songs, but these are not the greatest recorded versions of them nor does this album represent the best live All-Stars recording. Nevertheless, any live Louis Armstrong album is sure to entertain. This album delivers on that, and the interaction among Armstrong, the musicians, and the audience is especially spirited.
Disc one highlights include "Perdido," which features some wild piano work from the always-wonderful Billy Kyle and "Hello Dolly," a track on which Armstrong's rich vocals shine. Disc two opens with "Cocktails for Two" played as a bass solo by Buddy Catlett, who has a wonderfully woody tone and a breezy feel. Armstrong never ceases to amaze with his boundless energy and humor, incredibly sensitive vocal stylings, and bold trumpet playing (even here, at age 65). This disc is highly recommended to anyone wanting to hear why Armstrong was one of the most loved entertainers of the 20th century.