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||(When We Are Dancin') I Get Ideas (Single)||Louis Armstrong||3:24||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||A Kiss to Build a Dream On (Single)||Louis Armstrong||3:01||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Cold, Cold Heart||Louis Armstrong||3:10||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Because of You||Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra||3:13||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Vie en Rose (Single)||Louis Armstrong||3:23||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||C'est Si Bon||Louis Armstrong & Sy Oliver||3:03||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Maybe It's Because||Louis Armstrong & Sy Oliver||3:12||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I'll Keep the Lovelight Burning||Louis Armstrong & Sy Oliver||2:58||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I'll Walk Alone||Louis Armstrong||3:09||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Kiss of Fire (Single)||Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra||3:04||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Congratulations to Someone||Louis Armstrong & Sy Oliver||2:44||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Your Cheatin' Heart (Single)||Louis Armstrong||2:43||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Can't Afford to Miss This Dream||Louis Armstrong||2:41||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Someday You'll Be Sorry (Single)||Louis Armstrong & The Commanders||3:05||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||It Takes Two to Tango (Single)||Louis Armstrong & Sy Oliver's Orchestra||2:54||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Laughed at Love||Louis Armstrong & Sy Oliver||2:55||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||April in Portugal||Louis Armstrong||2:42||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Ramona||Louis Armstrong||2:44||$0.99||View In iTunes|
Satchmo Serenades was originally comprised of sessions recorded between 1949 and 1951; the Verve By Request CD reissue in 2000 expands the album by ten tracks, all recorded between 1952 and 1953. These sessions were in the same spirit as the original album, featuring many of the same players and arrangers (particularly Sy Oliver), so it's easy to see why these were added to the program, and the transition from the original album to the bonus tracks is seamless. This incarnation of Satchmo Serenades actually feel no different than the original album — just a bit longer. It remains a pleasant collection of ballads and mid-tempo romantic tunes, highlighted by the instrumental sections where Armstrong glides with the lush arrangements. When Satchmo serenades, his voice is a little too rough and sly to be truly seductive, but it's nevertheless charming, and while this album is hardly a significant work in his catalog, it's still enjoyable for the Armstrong fan looking for mid-period ballads.
This is an album that I have loved listening to many times. Armstrong seamlessly weaves through the arrangements with an unparalleled mastery of trumpet and voice (the two are practically interchangeable). However, the focus here is not technical. Armstrong is foremost conveying the beauty of the words and the songs and his love of music.
Beware: Not all tracks are complete
Tracks 4, 7, and 9 are incomplete. So far, iTunes has not addressed the problem or offered a refund. Would get a higher rating if all tracks were complete.
Born: August 4, 1901 in New Orleans, LA
Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s