LOUIS ARMSTRONG — The Complete Louis Armstrong Decca Sessions (1935-1946)

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Boxset / Compilation · 2009

Tracklist

Disc 1
1. I'm in the Mood for Love (3:10)
2. You Are My Lucky Star (2:59)
3. La Cucaracha (2:41)
4. Got a Bran' New Suit (2:48)
5. I've Got My Fingers Crossed (2:32)
6. Old Man Mose (2:31)
7. I'm Shooting High (2:55)
8. Was I to Blame for Falling in Love With You (3:07)
9. Red Sails in the Sunset (3:04)
10. On Treasure Island (3:06)
11. Thanks a Million (2:38)
12. Shoe Shine Boy (3:19)
13. Solitude (3:05)
14. I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music (3:19)
15. The Music Goes 'Round and Around (3:17)
16. Rhythm Saved the World (2:54)
17. Got a Bran' New Suit (alternate take A) (2:45)
18. I've Got My Fingers Crossed (alternate take A) (2:50)
19. Old Man Mose (alternate take A) (2:57)
20. Old Man Mose (alternate take D) (2:36)
21. Thanks a Million (alternate take B) (2:38)
22. Solitude (alternate take C) (3:07)
23. Solitude (alternate take B) (3:00)
24. I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music (alternate take C) (3:16)
25. Rhythm Saved the World (alternate take B) (3:05)

Total Time: 73:49

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1. I'm in the Mood for Love (3:10)
2. You Are My Lucky Star (2:59)
3. La Cucaracha (2:41)
4. Got a Bran' New Suit (2:48)
5. I've Got My Fingers Crossed (2:32)
6. Old Man Mose (alternate take A) (2:56)
7. I'm Shooting High (2:55)
8. Was I to Blame for Falling in Love With You (3:07)
9. Red Sails in the Sunset (3:04)
10. On Treasure Island (3:06)
11. Thanks a Million (2:38)
12. Shoe Shine Boy (3:19)
13. Solitude (3:05)
14. I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music (3:19)
15. The Music Goes 'Round and Around (3:17)
16. Rhythm Saved the World (2:54)
17. Got a Bran' New Suit (alternate take A) (2:45)
18. I've Got My Fingers Crossed (alternate take A) (2:50)
19. Old Man Mose (alternate take A) (2:57)
20. Old Man Mose (alternate take D) (2:36)
21. Thanks a Million (alternate take B) (2:38)
22. Solitude (alternate take C) (3:07)
23. Solitude (alternate take B) (3:00)
24. I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music (alternate take C) (3:16)
25. Rhythm Saved the World (alternate take B) (3:05)

Total Time: 74:14

Disc 2
1. I'm Puttin' All My Eggs in One Basket (2:56)
2. Yes–Yes! My–My! (She's Mine) (2:34)
3. Somebody Stole My Break (2:43)
4. I Come From a Musical Family (2:57)
5. If We Never Meet Again (3:05)
6. Lyin' to Myself (3:12)
7. Ev'ntide (2:53)
8. Swing That Music (2:52)
9. Thankful (2:57)
10. Red Nose (3:04)
11. Mahogany Hall Stomp (2:53)
12. The Skeleton in the Closet (3:09)
13. When Ruben Swings the Cuban (2:36)
14. Hurdy Gurdy Man (2:59)
15. Dipper Mouth (2:44)
16. Swing That Music (2:50)
17. "Pennies From Heaven" Medley: Let's Call a Heart a Heart / So Do I / The Skeleton in the Closet (4:24)
18. Pennies From Heaven (4:20)
19. To You, Sweetheart Aloha (2:59)
20. On a Cocoanut Island (3:09)
21. On a Little Bamboo Bridge (3:15)
22. Hawaiian Hospitality (3:07)
23. When Ruben Swings the Cuban (alternate take B) (2:34)
24. Hurdy Gurdy Man (alternate take B) (2:54)
25. "Pennies From Heaven" Medley: Let's Call a Heart a Heart / So Do I / The Skeleton in the Closet (alternate take B) (4:26)

Total Time: 77:41

Disc 3
1. Carry Me Back to Old Virginny (2:59)
2. Darling Nelly Gray (2:44)
3. In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree (2:18)
4. The Old Folks at Home (2:24)
5. Public Melody Number One (3:10)
6. Yours and Mine (2:53)
7. Red Cap (3:10)
8. She's the Daughter of a Planter From Havana (3:18)
9. Alexander's Ragtime Band (2:35)
10. Cuban Pete (3:08)
11. I've Got a Heart Full of Rhythm (3:10)
12. Sun Showers (2:41)
13. Once in a While (3:11)
14. On the Sunny Side of the Street (2:58)
15. Satchel Mouth Swing (2:36)
16. Jubilee (2:36)
17. Struttin' With Some Barbecue (2:59)
18. The Trumpet Player's Lament (2:54)
19. Darling Nelly Gray (alternate take B) (2:47)
20. In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree (alternate take B) (2:17)
21. The Old Folks at Home (alternate take B?) (2:23)
22. Struttin' With Some Barbecue (alternate take B) (3:00)
23. The Trumpet Player's Lament (alternate take C) (2:54)

Total Time: 65:15

Disc 4
1. I Double Dare You (2:57)
2. True Confession (3:07)
3. Let That Be a Lesson to You (2:35)
4. Sweet as a Song (3:07)
5. So Little Time (So Much to Do) (2:42)
6. Mexican Swing (2:38)
7. As Long as You Live You'll Be Dead If You Die (2:15)
8. When the Saints Go Marching In (2:45)
9. On the Sentimental Side (2:26)
10. It's Wonderful (2:36)
11. Something Tells Me (2:32)
12. Love Walked In (2:31)
13. The Flat Foot Floogee (2:58)
14. The Song Is Ended (3:12)
15. My Walking Stick (2:42)
16. Shadrack (2:34)
17. Going to Shout All Over God's Heaven (2:48)
18. Nobody Knows De Trouble I've Seen (3:12)
19. Jonah and the Whale (2:48)
20. I Double Dare You (alternate take B) (3:00)
21. True Confession (alternate take B) (3:06)
22. Let That Be a Lesson to You (alternate take B) (2:36)
23. Going to Shout All Over God's Heaven (alternate take B) (2:54)

Total Time: 64:12

Disc 5
1. Naturally (2:47)
2. I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams (2:55)
3. I Can't Give You Anything but Love (with pre-groove chatter) (3:05)
4. Ain't Misbehavin' (2:58)
5. Elder Eatmore's Sermon on Throwing Stones (4:20)
6. Elder Eatmore's Sermon on Generosity (4:25)
7. Jeepers Creepers (2:40)
8. What Is This Thing Called Swing? (3:07)
9. Rockin' Chair (3:17)
10. Lazybones (3:16)
11. Hear Me Talkin' to Ya (3:06)
12. Save It Pretty Mama (2:59)
13. West End Blues (3:10)
14. Savoy Blues (3:12)
15. Confessin, That I Love You (3:15)
16. Our Monday Date (2:27)
17. If It's Good (Than I Want It) (2:36)
18. Me and Brother Bill (2:44)
19. Happy Birthday (2:02)
20. Baby Won't You Please Come Home (3:18)
21. Poor Old Joe (2:55)
22. Shanty Boat on the Mississippi (3:19)

Total Time: 68:01

Disc 6
1. Poor Old Joe (3:03)
2. You're a Lucky Guy (3:16)
3. You're Just a No Account (2:52)
4. Bye and Bye (2:32)
5. Hep Cats' Ball (3:17)
6. You've Got Me Voodoo'd (2:58)
7. Harlem Stomp (3:01)
8. Wolverine Blues (3:18)
9. Lazy 'Sippi Steamer (3:17)
10. W.P.A. (2:48)
11. Boog-It (2:37)
12. Cherry (2:48)
13. Marie (2:24)
14. Sweethearts on Parade (2:52)
15. You Run Your Mouth, I'll Run My Business (2:59)
16. Cut Off My Legs and Call Me Shorty (2:31)
17. Cain and Abel (with pre-groove warm-up) (3:11)
18. Perdido Street Blues (3:06)
19. 2:19 Blues (2:51)
20. Down in Honky Tonk Town (3:05)
21. Coal Cart Blues (2:56)
22. Ev'rything's Been Done Before (3:05)
23. I Cover the Waterfront (3:15)
24. In the Gloaming (2:57)
25. Long, Long Ago (2:52)
26. Down in Honky Tonk Town (alternate take B) (3:02)

Total Time: 77:05

Disc 7
1. Hey Lawdy Mama (3:00)
2. I'll Get Mine Bye and Bye (3:04)
3. New Do You Call That a Buddy (3:21)
4. Yes Suh! (2:21)
5. When It's Sleepy Time Down South (3:12)
6. Leap Frog (2:59)
7. I Used to Love You (But It's All Over Now) (3:00)
8. (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You (2:59)
9. (Get Some) Cash for Your Trash (3:03)
10. Among My Souvenirs (2:47)
11. Coquette (2:36)
12. I Never Knew (2:46)
13. Groovin' (2:50)
14. Baby Don't You Cry (2:55)
15. Whatcha Say (3:07)
16. Jodie Man (3:17)
17. I Wonder (2:59)
18. You Won't Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart) (2:54)
19. The Frim Fram Sauce (3:12)
20. I Used to Love You (But It's All Over Now) (alternate take A) (2:50)
21. Among My Souvenirs (alternate take B) (2:29)
22. Coquette (alternate take B) (2:38)
23. You Won't Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart) (breakdown) (1:42)
24. The Frim Fram Sauce (alternate take B?) (3:21)

Total Time: 69:33

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“This man never disdained what was served up but always found a way to enhance it” ,taken from the Mosaic set notes compiled by Dan Morgenstern: and these Decca recordings contain precisely that with the soaring trumpet and gravel voice taking on any composition or style from New Orleans, Standards, Gospel, Polynesian, Spoken word or narrations, with any other popular or novelty song suggested, and Louis and the band took it all away with absolutely superb musicianship. Tommy Dorsey, Bing Crosby, Mills Brothers, Decca Mixed Chorus, Glen Gray and His Casa Loma Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald and even an appearance from a young Dexter Gordon albeit only in a support role but they are all included within the seven discs. Often one hears concerning his Decca output that it was not up to the same quality of the early Hot Five and Seven‘s or in the later forties onwards to the sixties with his All Star Band material that were all primarily recorded with Columbia Records and then we also have his later Verve recordings that are included in that list with his Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson collaborations being the high point but during the period of 1935 to 1946 with Decca nobody really has been taking notice or listening except for the good folks at Mosaic and they certainly have rectified the problem with putting out the entire catalogue with alt takes included but still had the extremely good sense to keep away from false starts, studio banter etc by just keeping to all the wonderful music that Louis recorded during this time.

Where does one start when digging out a massive gold vein as you may miss some gorgeous big nuggets and there are plenty here to find with quite a lot of the material being recorded here for the first time that would become his show regulars and perhaps his finisher would be the most memorable of “When The Saints Come Marching In” or was it at the beginning with “When It’s Sleepy Time Down South”, “Pennies From Heaven”, “Jeepers Creepers and ”Rockin’ Chair” are also included. Not to mention there is a few 2nd takes of his earlier material comprising “West End Blues”, “Mahogany Hall Stomp”,” Savoy Blues” and “Struttin’ With Some Barbecue”. Then there is so many of my favourite old Trad Jazzers with, “Ain’t Misbehavin”, “Save It Pretty Mama”, “On The Sunny Side Of The Street”, “Dipper Mouth”, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” and they keep coming but my top will always be “(I’ll Be Glad When Your Dead) You Rascal You” (7th disc). Duke Ellington’s “Solitude”, Billie Holiday’s “I Cover The Waterfront” ( Louis recorded it first) are covered with one of the most interesting being his first duet with Ella Fitzgerald (“You Won’t Be Satisfied” and “The Frim Fram Sauce”) albeit more from an historical viewpoint but still quite enjoyable. The Polynesian themed sessions are a delight simply for the variety with the tropical feel of “On A Coconut Island” often bringing a smile. “La Cucaracha” is covered so we better light one up for Louis with the songs meaning as we all know he didn’t mind a bit of kif. The two most different tracks would be Elder Eatmore’s Sermon’s with Louis of course handing out some quite humorous sermons with quite a Southern viewpoint from that period in time with both being narrations. ( Disc 6). Yet, still there are still so many more songs that would be later redone by him in the later part of his career still included and we even have “Happy Birthday” with Louis giving a dedication to the recipient Bing Crosby before the number.

Louis Armstrong’s trumpet soars over the sets contents, his vocals fill it with so many memories from a time that has long gone but his music with always live on,as he is The King of Jazz or any other music that he chose to play. I doubt if ever another greater musician/entertainer is, or ever will be out there. Fantastic Box Set absolutely essential to any Louis Armstrong devotee with myself included or even if you have never heard him before, grab one as there is only 5,000 of these little gold nuggets for sale. Highly recommended and absolutely essential music.

By the way, my first song that I remember hearing as a child was “Hello Dolly” and although in later life I have found out it was not one that Louis thought that highly of, I still love to hear it. I am still learning about this gentleman as there is so much more to find out and I only have 20 years left, if I’m lucky.

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