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Louis Armstrong: The Okeh, Columbia & RCA Victor Recordings 1925-1933 [Box]

Track List

>My Heart
>Yes! I'm in the Barrel
>Gut Bucket Blues
>Come Back, Sweet Papa
>Georgia Grind
>Heebie Jeebies
>Cornet Chop Suey
>Oriental Strut
>You're Next
>Muskrat Ramble
>Don't Forget to Mess Around
>I'm Gonna Gitcha
>Droppin' Shucks
>King of the Zulus
>Big Fat Ma and Skinny Pa
>Lonesome Blues
>Sweet Little Papa
>Jazz Lips
>Big Butter and Egg Man
>Sunset Café Stomp
>You Made Me Love You
>Irish Black Bottom
>Willie the Weeper
>Wild Man Blues
>Alligator Crawl
>Potato Head Blues
>Weary Blues
>Twelth Street Rag
>Keyhole Blues
>S.O.L. Blues
>Gully Low Blues
>That's When I'll Come Back to You
>Put 'Em Down Blues
>Ory's Creole Trombone
>Last Time, The
>Struttin' with Some Barbecue
>Got No Blues
>Once in a While
>I'm Not Rough
>Hotter Than That
>Savoy Blues
>Skip the Gutter
>Monday Date, A
>Don't Jive Me
>Chicago Breakdown
>Symphonic Raps
>Savoyagers Stomp
>West End Blues
>Sugar Foot Strut
>Two Deuces
>Squeeze Me
>Knee Drops
>No (Papa, No)
>Basin Street Blues
>No One Else But You
>Beau Koo Jack
>Save It, Pretty Mama
>Weather Bird
>Hear Me Talkin' to Ya
>St James Infirmary
>Tight Like This
>Knockin' a Jug
>I Can't Give You Anything But Love
>Mahogany Hall Stomp
>To Be in Love
>Funny Feathers
>How Do You Do It That Way?
>Ain't Misbehavin'
>(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue?
>That Rhythm Man
>Sweet Savannah Sue
>Ain't Misbehavin'
>Some of These Days [Vocal Take] - (take)
>Some of These Days [Non-Vocal Take] - (take)
>When You're Smiling [Vocal Take] - (take)
>When You're Smiling [Non-Vocal Take] - (take)
>After You've Gone [Vocal Take] - (take)
>After You've Gone [Non-Vocal Take B] - (take)
>After You've Gone [Non-Vocal Take C] - (take)
>I Ain't Got Nobody
>I Ain't Got Nobody [Non-Vocal Take] - (take)
>Dallas Blues
>Dallas Blues [Non-Vocal Take] - (take)
>St. Louis Blues
>St. Louis Blues [Non-Vocal Take] - (take)
>St. Louis Blues [Non-Vocal Take] - (take)
>Rockin' Chair
>Song of the Islands
>Bessie Couldn't Help It
>Blue, Turning Grey Over You
>Dear Old Southland
>My Sweet
>I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me
>Indian Cradle Song
>Exactly Like You
>Tiger Rag
>I'm a Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas
>I'm in the Market for You
>I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
>If I Could Be with You One Hour Tonight
>Body and Soul
>Memories of You
>You're Lucky to Me
>Sweethearts on Parade
>You're Drivin' Me Crazy
>You're Drivin' Me Crazy
>Peanut Vendor, The
>Just a Gigolo
>Walkin' My Baby Back Home
>I Surrender Dear
>When It's Sleepytime Down South
>Blue Again
>Little Joe
>You Rascal, You
>Them There Eyes
>When Your Lover Has Gone
>Lazy River
>Chinatown, My Chinatown
>Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
>Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
>Star Dust
>Star Dust
>You Can Depend on Me
>Georgia on My Mind
>Lonesome Road, The
>I Got Rhythm
>Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea
>Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea
>Kickin' the Gong Around
>All of Me
>Love, You Funny Thing
>New Tiger Rag, The
>Keepin' Out of Mischief Now
>Love, You Funny Thing
>That's My Home
>Hobo, You Can't Ride This Train
>I Hate to Leave You Now
>You'll Wish You'd Never Been Born
>Medley of Armstrong Hits, Pt. 1: You Rascal, You/When It's Sleepytime Down South/Nobody's Sweetheart
>Medley of Armstrong Hits, Pt. 2: When You're Smiling/St James Infirmary/Dinah
>I've Got the World on a String
>I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
>Hustlin' and Bustlin' for Baby
>Sittin' in the Dark
>High Society
>He's a Son of the South
>Some Sweet Day
>Basin Street Blues
>Honey, Do!
>Mahogany Hall Stomp
>Swing, You Cats
>Honey, Don't You Love Me Anymore?
>Mississippi Basin
>Laughin' Louie
>Tomorrow Night
>Dusky Stevedore
>There's a Cabin in the Pines
>Mighty River
>Sweet Sue, Just You
>I Wonder Who
>St Louis Blues
>Don't Play Me Cheap
>That's My Home
>Hobo, You Can't Ride This Train
>I Hate to Leave You Now
>You'll Wish You'd Never Been Born
>Medley of Armstrong Hits, Pt. 2: You Rascal You/St. James Infirmary/Dinah
>Mississippi Basin
>Laughin' Louie
>Tomorrow Night
>Blue Yodel #9

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Ricky Riccardi.

Recording information: Camden, NJ (03/25/1929-05/04/1930); Chicago, IL (03/25/1929-05/04/1930); Los Angeles, CA (03/25/1929-05/04/1930); New York, NY (03/25/1929-05/04/1930); Camden, NJ (07/21/1930-03/09/1931); Chicago, IL (07/21/1930-03/09/1931); Los Angeles, CA (07/21/1930-03/09/1931); New York, NY (07/21/1930-03/09/1931); Camden, NJ (11/12/1925-04/26/1933); Chicago, IL (11/12/1925-04/26/1933); Los Angeles, CA (11/12/1925-04/26/1933); New York, NY (11/12/1925-04/26/1933); Camden, NJ (12/08/1932-12/21/1932); Chicago, IL (12/08/1932-12/21/1932); Los Angeles, CA (12/08/1932-12/21/1932); New York, NY (12/08/1932-12/21/1932).

Photographer: Frank Driggs.

Finding one's way through Louis Armstrong's discography can be more than a little daunting, though there have been admirable attempts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries by various labels to clean it up and present it authoritatively. Legacy's Okeh: Columbia & RCA Victor Recordings 1925-1933, is a very fine example of this kind of effort. While focusing strictly on Armstrong's sides as a leader during this period, it brings together not only his Okeh recordings with the Hot Five, and Hot Seven, but goes further in collecting his earliest sides with Victor in 1932. The set itself is compact and handsome; each of these ten discs is given its own miniature replica LP sleeve. The individual discs are filled out with complete discographical information in the booklet with liner notes are by Ricky Riccardi, author of What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years. The contents of discs one through seven completely replicate those of the first seven volumes of the Columbia Jazz Masterpieces series, which were released between 1988 and 1993 and are now out of print. Discs one through three are dedicated to the Hot Fives and Hot Sevens in chronological order from 1925 to 1928. Disc four contains his sides alongside pianist Earl "Fatha" Hines in several groups in 1927 and 1928 and his earliest New York sides with his own orchestra (including his hit version of Fats Waller's "Ain't Misbehavin'" from the Broadway show Hot Chocolates). Discs five and six highlight the historic period of 1929 and 1930 when Armstrong recorded with larger and smaller groups in both New York and Los Angeles. His return to recording in Chicago is documented on discs seven and eight, while the final two album in the set chronicle his move to Victor in late 1932 with Chick Webb's and his own orchestras. Disc 10 contains some alternate takes and leftovers from the original 78 sessions (all of which have been collected and released in various places before). The box closes oddly, yet delightfully, with an out of sequence Los Angeles recording from 1930. It's a version of Jimmie Rodgers' "Blue Yodel No. 9," with the composer accompanied by Armstrong on trumpet and Lil Armstrong on piano. ~ Thom Jurek


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