Louis Armstrong: The Definitive Collection
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||What a Wonderful World (Single Version)||Louis Armstrong||2:16||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Cabaret (Single Version)||Louis Armstrong & His All Stars||2:44||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Dream a Little Dream of Me||Louis Armstrong & His All Stars||3:14||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Hello, Dolly!||Louis Armstrong||2:24||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Our Love Is Here to Stay||Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald||3:57||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues||Louis Armstrong||3:53||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Georgia On My Mind (Edit Version)||Louis Armstrong & Sy Oliver's Orchestra||3:22||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You) [1958 Single Version]||Louis Armstrong & Sy Oliver's Orchestra||4:01||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||On the Sunny Side of the Street||Louis Armstrong & Sy Oliver's Orchestra||5:49||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Mack the Knife (Single Version)||Louis Armstrong & His All Stars||3:22||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Basin Street Blues (Single Version, Pts. 1 & 2)||Louis Armstrong & His All Stars||5:49||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Someday (You'll Be Sorry) [Single Version]||Louis Armstrong & The Commanders||3:05||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||It Takes Two to Tango (Single Version)||Louis Armstrong & Sy Oliver's Orchestra||2:54||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Gone Fishin' (Single Version)||Louis Armstrong & Bing Crosby||2:30||$0.69||View in iTunes|
||A Kiss to Build a Dream On (Single Version)||Louis Armstrong||3:01||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day) [Single Version]||Louis Armstrong & Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra & Chorus||3:04||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Blueberry Hill (Single Version)||Louis Armstrong & Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra & Chorus||2:51||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? (Single Version)||Louis Armstrong And His Dixieland Seven & Louis Armstrong & His Dixieland Seven||2:59||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||I Want a Little Girl (Single Version)||Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven||3:00||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Ain't Misbehavin' (Single Version)||Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra||2:53||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Struttin' With Some Barbecue (Single Version)||Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra||2:55||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||When the Saints Go Marching In (Single Version)||Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra||2:39||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||When It's Sleepy Time Down South (Opening Theme) [Live At Crescendo Club, 1955]||Louis Armstrong & His All Stars||2:13||$0.69||View in iTunes|
The Definitive Collection devoted to Louis Armstrong takes a reverse chronological view of the pop giant's career, a format that functions surprisingly well considering its intended purpose. Beginning with his last major performance, 1967's "What a Wonderful World," the disc takes listeners on a 75-minute tour that pays closest attention to his pop and vocal landmarks of the '50s and '60s with his All-Stars group, but also reaches back to 1938 to pick up the best moments of his excellent big band. (That leaves, of course, his seminal Hot Five sides out in the cold, to be picked up elsewhere.) Also briefly surveyed are his multi-album collaboration with Ella Fitzgerald, his lush "Louis with strings" albums arranged by Russ Garcia, his hit duet with Bing Crosby on "Gone Fishin'," and the series of songs ("Blueberry Hill," "Mack the Knife") that lengthened his sheet to include not only Jazz Age hero and swing progenitor, but also postwar pop stalwart. Clearly, the career of Louis Armstrong the jazz artist can't be covered thoroughly with anything but a box set that selects material from his entire working life, but as an overview of Louis Armstrong the pop singer, The Definitive Collection is peerless. One caveat: Armstrong's best latter-day pop song, "We Have All the Time in the World" (from the 1969 James Bond vehicle On Her Majesty's Secret Service), is sadly missing in action.
What can be said? Louis is one of the most talented artists the United States has ever produced - and this album highlights that fact. He's got a great voice and amazing musicianship, as do all of the artists he works with on this album. iTunes should make it possible to buy the entire thing, if only because you'll hear ot only your favorite song, but others that will open your mind to the genre in general and Louis in particular. I was shocked to hear Bing on Gone Fishin', but only in the best of ways. Good listenin'...
I <3 It!
This is a great album! I just recently found a... one coudl say interest in jazzy type things. This album is great and I especially love Louis's voice! Everything about it is GREAT!!!!!
good but not great
I don't really like the songs but this guy acctually has talent!Alot of the singers these day have no talent whatsoever. This guy is really good
Born: August 4, 1901 in New Orleans, LA
Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s