Louis Armstrong's vast recorded legacy has been well represented during the LP and CD eras. As a musician whose ouvre is almost universally considered to be artistically important, many of the rereleases have been remastered at high levels of quality and documented with meticulously researched liner notes. However, as a primarily "singles" artist who recorded for numerous labels and had multiple, distinct periods of great popularity, the number and variety of available collections is huge and growing.

As such, any attempt to create and maintain a complete listing of past, present and future "albums" would be an almost impossible task that is best left to commercial distributors like Amazon.com. And the gradual obsolescence of the CD by internet distribution techniques will only make the issue more complex.

Therefore, this listing is limited to some notable collections and the handful of projects that Louis recorded in the 1950s and 1960s as thematically or chronologically unified LPs. Albums are listed in approximate chronological order. This is not to discount the quality or viability of other collections, although the buyer would be well warned to do some online investigation before expending any significant amount of money on an unfamiliar collection. The sonic and chronological coherence of different collections can vary widely and the buyer should beware.

Louis Armstrong and King Oliver

Milestone MCD-47017-2

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Louis Armstrong's first recordings. The first 18 tracks are with Armstrong playing second cornet in King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band in 1923. The remaining 7 tracks are 1924 recordings of the Red Onion Jazz Babies, a predecessor group to the Hot Five that Armstrong recorded with after moving to New York and joining Fletcher Henderson's band. The Red Onion Jazz Babies included Sidney Bechet and wife Lil Armstrong and backed Alberta Hunter (recording under the pseudonym Josephine Beatty). The sound quality is about as good as could be expected from acoustic recordings, which is to say, they require a bit of getting used to.

However, hearing these recordings is vital to understanding how groundbreaking the later Hot Five/Seven recordings were. While the Oliver band had a stiff, almost formal sound, the Hot Five/Seven had a much more earthy, swinging quality. The Oliver band performed primarily as an ensemble (usually with only short solo breaks) while the Hot Five/Seven recordings are largely vehicles for extended solos by Armstrong and his bandmates. The Hot Five/Seven were also helped by being recorded with new electronic techniques that offered much better fidelity and dynamic range than the tinny sound of these acoustic recordings.

Just Gone
Canal Street Blues
Mandy Lee Blues
I'm Going Away To Wear You Off My Mind
Chime Blues
Weather Bird Rag
Dipper Mouth Blues
Froggie Moore
Snake Rag
Mabel's Dream
Mabel's Dream
The Southern Stomps
The Southern Stomps
Riverside Blues
Alligator Hop
Zulu's Ball
Workingman Blues
Krooked Blues
Texas Moaner Blues
Of All The Wrongs You've Done To Me
Terrible Blues
Santa Claus Blues
Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning
Early Every Morn
Cake Walking Babies From Home

Bessie Smith - The Collection

Columbia CJ44441

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A single CD collection that includes four of the nine sides that Armstrong with the "Empress of the Blues".

St. Louis Blues
Reckless Blues
You've Been A Good Ole Wagon
I Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle (if I Can't Play The Lead)

Bessie Smith - Complete Recordings, Vol. 2 (1924-1925)

Sony Bessie Smith 2

Available from: legacyrecordings.com

A two-CD set that includes all nine sides that Armstrong recorded in three sessions with the "Empress of the Blues".

St. Louis Blues
Reckless Blues
Sobbin' Hearted Blues
Cold In Hand Blues
You've Been A Good Ole Wagon
Nashville Woman's Blues
Careless Love Blues
J.C. Holmes Blues
I Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle (if I Can't Play The Lead)

Louis Armstrong Complete Edition, Volume 4 (1924 - 1925)

Media 7 MJCD-4

Media 7 was a French company and the "Masters of Jazz" series (directed by Christian Bonnet) was a comprehensive collection of the work of a number of early jazz artists. Sound quality varies from track to track, although given the age and rarity of these recordings as well as the primitive recording techniques, many are surprisingly good.

Papa, Mama's All Alone Blues
Changeable Daddy Of Mine
Terrible Blues
Santa Claus Blues
Baby, I Can't Use You No More
Trouble Everywhere I Roam
Mandy, Make Up Your Mind
Mandy, Make Up Your Mind
Poor House Blues
Anybody Here Want To Try My Cabbage?
Thunderstorm Blues
If I Lose, Let Me Lose
Screamin' The Blues
Good Time Flat Blues
Mandy, Make Up Your Mind
I'm A Little Blackbird Looking For A Bluebird
Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning
Early Every Morn
Cake Walking Babies From Home
Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning
Broken Busted Blues
Cake Walking Babies From Home
Pickin' On Your Baby

Louis Armstrong Complete Edition, Volume 8 (1925 - Feb. 1926)

Media 7 MJCD-8

Media 7 was a French company and the "Masters of Jazz" series (directed by Christian Bonnet) was a comprehensive collection of the work of a number of early jazz artists. Sound quality varies from track to track, although given the age and rarity of these recordings as well as the primitive recording techniques, many are surprisingly good.

Low Land Blues
Kid Man Blues
Lazy Woman's Blues
Lonesome Lovesick Blues
Gambler's Dream
Sunshine Baby
Adam And Eve Had The Blues
Put It Where I Can Get It
Washwoman Blues
I've Stopped My Man
My Heart
Yes! I'm In The Barrel
Gut Bucket Blues
Come Back, Sweet Papa
Lonesome, All Alone And Blue
Trouble In Mind
A Georgia Man
You've Got To Go Home On Time
What Kind O' Man Is That?
Deep Water Blues
G'wan, I Told You
Listen To Ma
Lonesome Hours

Louis Armstrong Hot Fives and Sevens, Volume 1

JSP CD 312

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This is the first of four CDs (available as a box set) of the complete Hot Fives/Sevens remastered in England by the late, great engineer John R.T. Davies. Commonly regarded as the best sounding collection of the Hot Fives/Sevens. While there is more surface noise than the analogous collection from Sony/Columbia, they seem to have more "life" since Sony's Cedar noise reduction software also removes some of the music. Personally, I find the additional artifacts add to the nostalgic quality and make the recordings seem more real.

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
Who'sit
He Likes It Slow
King Of The Zulus
Big Fat Ma And Skinny Pa
Lonesome Blues
Sweet Little Papa
Jazz Lips
Skid-Dat-De-Dat
Big Butter And Egg Man
Sunset Cafe Stomp
You Made Me Love You
Irish Black Bottom

Louis Armstrong Hot Fives and Sevens, Volume 2

JSP CD 313

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Willie The Weeper
Wild Man Blues
Chicago Breakdown
Alligator Crawl
Potato Head Blues
Melancholy Blues
Weary Blues
Twelfth 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
The Last Time
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
Got No Blues
Once In A While
I'm Not Rough
Hotter Than That
Savoy Blues

Louis Armstrong Hot Fives and Sevens, Volume 3

JSP CD 314

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Fireworks
Skip The Gutter
A Monday Date
Don't Jive Me
West End Blues
Sugar Foot Strut
Two Deuces
Squeeze Me
Knee Drops
Symphonic Raps
Savoyager's Stomp
No (Papa, No)
Basin Street Blues
No One Else But You
Save It, Pretty Mama
Beau Koo Jack
Weather Bird
Muggles
Hear Me Talkin' To Ya
St. James' Infirmary
Tight Like This
Knockin' A Jug

Louis Armstrong Hot Fives and Sevens, Volume 4

JSP CD 315

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I Can't Give You Anything But Love
I Can't Give You Anything But Love (alt. Take)
Mahogany Hall Stomp
Ain't Misbehavin'
Black and Blue, (What Did I Do To Be So)
That Rhythm Man
Sweet Savannah Sue
Some Of These Days (vocal)
Some Of These Days
When You're Smiling (vocal)
When You're Smiling
After You're Gone
I Ain't Got Nobody (vocal)
Dallas Blues (vocal)
St. Louis Blues (vocal)
Rockin' Chair
Song Of The Islands
Bessie Couldn't Help It
Blue Turning Grey Over You
Dear Old Southland

Complete Hot Fives and Hot Sevens

CBS 82850

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The "official" collection from CBS/Sony, the heirs to Columbia Records, who purchased OKeh records on November 11, 1926. Also includes sides recorded during this period where Armstrong (and other Hot Five personnel) anonymously accompanied a number of different blues singers. Some regard the quality of this set as inferior to the JSP set.

Gambler's Dream
Sunshine Baby
Adam And Eve Had The Blues
Put It Where I Can Get It
Washwoman Blues
I've Stopped My Man
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
Georgia Bo Bo
Drop That Sack
Drop That Sack
Don't Forget To Mess Around
I'm Gonna Gitcha
Droppin' Shucks
Who'sit
He Likes It Slow
King Of The Zulus
Big Fat Ma And Skinny Pa
Lonesome Blues
Sweet Little Papa
Jazz Lips
Skid-Dat-De-Dat
Big Butter And Egg Man
Sunset Cafe Stomp
You Made Me Love You
Irish Black Bottom
Weary Blues
New Orleans Stomp
Wild Man Blues
Wild Man Blues
Melancholy
Melancholy
Willie The Weeper
Wild Man Blues
Chicago Breakdown
Alligator Crawl
Potato Head Blues
Melancholy Blues
Weary Blues
Twelfth 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
The Last Time
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
Got No Blues
Once In A While
I'm Not Rough
Hotter Than That
Savoy Blues
You're A Real Sweetheart
Was It A Dream?
Last Night I Dreamed You Kissed Me
Fireworks
Skip The Gutter
A Monday Date
Don't Jive Me
West End Blues
Sugar Foot Strut
Two Deuces
Squeeze Me
Knee Drops
No (Papa, No)
Basin Street Blues
No One Else But You
Save It, Pretty Mama
Beau Koo Jack
Weather Bird
Muggles
Hear Me Talkin' To Ya
St. James' Infirmary
Tight Like This
Knockin' A Jug
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
I Can't Give You Anything But Love (alt. Take)
Mahogany Hall Stomp

The Hot Fives -- Vol. 1

Columbia CK44049

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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
Who'sit
King Of The Zulus
Big Fat Ma And Skinny Pa

The Hot Fives & Hot Sevens -- Vol. 2

Columbia CK44253

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Lonesome Blues
Sweet Little Papa
Jazz Lips
Skid-Dat-De-Dat
Big Butter And Egg Man
Sunset Cafe Stomp
You Made Me Love You
Irish Black Bottom
Willie The Weeper
Wild Man Blues
Alligator Crawl
Potato Head Blues
Melancholy Blues
Weary Blues
Twelfth Street Rag
Keyhole Blues

The Hot Fives & Hot Sevens -- Vol. 3

Columbia CK44422

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S.O.L. Blues
Gully Low Blues
That's When I'll Come Back To You
Put 'em Down Blues
Ory's Creole Trombone
The Last Time
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
Got No Blues
Once In A While
I'm Not Rough
Hotter Than That
Savoy Blues
Fireworks
Skip The Gutter
A Monday Date
Don't Jive Me

Louis Armstrong And Earl Hines -- Vol. 4

Columbia CK45142

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Chicago Breakdown
West End Blues
Sugar Foot Strut
Two Deuces
Squeeze Me
Knee Drops
Symphonic Raps
Savoyager's Stomp
No (Papa, No)
Basin Street Blues
No One Else But You
Save It, Pretty Mama
Beau Koo Jack
Weather Bird
Muggles
Hear Me Talkin' To Ya
St. James' Infirmary
Tight Like This

Louis In New York, Vol. 5

Columbia CK46148

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Knockin' A Jug
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Mahogany Hall Stomp
S'posin'
To Be In Love
Funny Feathers
How Do You Do It That Way?
Ain't Misbehavin'
Black and Blue, (What Did I Do To Be So)
That Rhythm Man
Sweet Savannah Sue
Ain't Misbehavin'
Some Of These Days (vocal)
Some Of These Days
When You're Smiling (vocal)
When You're Smiling
After You're Gone
After You're Gone (non-vocal)
After You're Gone (non-vocal)

St. Louis Blues, Vol. 6

Columbia CK46996

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I Ain't Got Nobody (vocal)
I Ain't Got Nobody (non-vocal)
Dallas Blues (vocal)
Dallas Blues (non-vocal)
St. Louis Blues (vocal)
St. Louis Blues (non-vocal)
St. Louis Blues (non-vocal)
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
Dinah
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

You're Driving Me Crazy Vol. 7

Columbia CK48828

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Memories Of You
You're Lucky To Me
Sweethearts On Parade
You're Drivin' Me Crazy
You're Drivin' Me Crazy
The Peanut Vendor
Just A Gigolo
Shine
Walkin' My Baby Back Home
I Surrender Dear
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Blue Again
Little Joe
You Rascal, You (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead)
Them There Eyes
When Your Lover Has Gone
Lazy River
Chinatown, My Chinatown

Stardust

CBS/Portrait 44093

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Orchestra recordings from 1930 - 1932 that conclude Armstrong's contract with OKeh.

Chinatown, My Chinatown
Stardust
Stardust
You Can Depend On Me
Georgia On My Mind
The Lonesome Road
I Got Rhythm
Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (outtake)
Kickin' The Gong Around
Home (When Shadows Fall)
All Of Me
Love, You Funny Thing
The New Tiger Rag
Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now
Lawd, You Made The Night Too Long

The Complete RCA Victor Recordings

RCA 09026-68682

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Comprehensive four-CD collection of Armstrong's recordings during his two periods under contract to Victor / RCA Victor: 1932/33 and 1946/47. Also includes Armstrong's single 1930 collaboration with the father of country music, Jimmie Rodgers, a pair of songs recorded by the 1946 Esquire (magazine) All-American Award Winners, and a pair of songs recorded in 1957 for an NBC-TV special.

Blue Yodel No. 9 (standin' On The Corner)
That's My Home
That's My Home
Hobo, You Can't Ride This Train
Hobo, You Can't Ride This Train
I Hate To Leave You Now
I Hate To Leave You Now
You'll Wish You'd Never Been Born
You'll Wish You'd Never Been Born
Medley Of Armstrong Hits (part II): When You're Smiling, St. James Infirmary, Dinah
Medley Of Armstrong Hits (part II): When You're Smiling, St. James Infirmary, Dinah
Medley Of Armstrong Hits (part I): I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You, When It's Sleepy Time Down South, Nobody's Sweetheart
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!
Snowball
Mahogany Hall Stomp
Swing You Cats
Honey, Don't You Love Me Anymore
Mississippi Basin
Mississippi Basin
Laughin' Louie
Laughin' Louie
Tomorrow Night (after Tonight)
Tomorrow Night (after Tonight)
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
Long, Long Journey
Snafu
Linger In My Arms A Little Longer, Baby
Whatta Ya Gonna Do
No Variety Blues
Joseph 'N His Brudders
Back O' Town Blues
I Want A Little Girl
Sugar
Blues For Yesterday
Blues In The South
Endie
The Blues Are Brewin'
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
Where The Blues Were Born In New Orleans
Mahogany Hall Stomp
I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder
I Believe
Why Doubt My Love
It Takes Time
You Don't Learn That In School
Jack-armstrong Blues
Rockin' Chair
Someday You'll Be Sorry
Fifty-Fifty Blues
A Song Was Born
Please Stop Playing Those Blues, Boys
Before Long
Lovely Weather We're Having
Rain, Rain
I Never Saw A Better Day

Louis and Luis

ASV 5094

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Compilation of recordings Armstrong made between 1929 and 1941 with pianist and bandleader Luis Russell . Born August 6, 1902 on Careening Cay, an island in the archipelago of Bocas del Toro off the northwestern coast of Panama, Luis Carl Russell came to New Orleans in 1919. After studying piano with Steve Lewis and working with a band led by Albert Nicholas , Russell relocated to Chicago in 1924. In addition to regular work in bands led by King Oliver and Doc Cooke , Russell took the first steps towards assembling his own group and began making records as a leader in 1926. The following year Russell moved to New York, where he led an excellent big band featuring trumpeter Henry 'Red' Allen , trombonist J.C. Higginbotham , clarinetist Albert Nicholas, alto saxophonist Charlie Holmes and string bassist Pops Foster. Armstrong assumed nominal leadership of Russel's band from 1929-1930 and they reunited sporadically from 1935 - 1943. (All Music Guide) [date for Sleepy Time Down South?]

Dallas Blues (vocal)
St. Louis Blues (vocal)
Rockin' Chair
Bessie Couldn't Help It
Blue Turning Grey Over You
Thanks A Million
Swing That Music
Mahogany Hall Stomp
Public Melody Number One
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
When The Saints Go Marching In
West End Blues
Savoy Blues
I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
Our Monday Date
Baby Won't You Please Come Home?
You're A Lucky Guy
Bye And Bye
Wolverine Blues
Sweethearts On Parade
You Run Your Mouth, I'll Run My Business
Perdido Street Blues
2:19 Blues

Louis Armstrong Vol. 1 -- 1935

Ambassador CLA 1901

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I'm In The Mood For Love
You Are My Lucky Star
La Cucaracha
Got A Bran' New Suit
Got A Bran' New Suit
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Ain't Misbehavin'
I've Got My Fingers Crossed
Old Man Moze
I've Got My Fingers Crossed
Old Man Moze
Old Man Moze
I'm Shooting High
Falling In Love With You
Red Sails In The Sunset
On Treasure Island
Thanks A Million
Thanks A Million
Shoeshine Boy
Solitude
Solitude
Solitude
I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music
I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music

Chronological Armstrong and His Hot Five and Hot Seven 1926-1927

Classics 585

Sunset Cafe Stomp
You Made Me Love You
Irish Black Bottom
Willie The Weeper
Wild Man Blues
Chicago Breakdown
Alligator Crawl
Potato Head Blues
Melancholy Blues
Weary Blues
Twelfth 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
The Last Time
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
Got No Blues
Once In A While
I'm Not Rough
Hotter Than That
Savoy Blues

Chronological Armstrong 1930-1931

Classics 547

Dinah
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
The Peanut Vendor
Just A Gigolo
Shine
Walkin' My Baby Back Home
I Surrender Dear
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Blue Again
Little Joe
You Rascal, You (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead)
Them There Eyes
When Your Lover Has Gone

Chronological Armstrong 1936-1937

Classics 512

Yes! Yes! My! My! (She's Mine)
Somebody Stole My Break
I Come From A Musical Family
If We Never Meet Again
Lyin' To Myself
Ev'ntide
Swing That Music
Thankful
Red Nose
Mahogany Hall Stomp
Skeleton In The Closet
When Ruben Swings The Cuban
Hurdy Gurdy Man
Dipper Mouth Blues
Swing That Music
Pennies From Heaven Medley: Let's Call A Heart A Heart, So Do I, Skeleton In The Closet
Pennies From Heaven
To You, Sweetheart, Aloha
On A Cocoanut Island
On A Little Bamboo Bridge
Hawaiian Hospitality
Carry Me Back To Old Virginny
My Darling Nelly Gray

Louis Armstrong Vol. 2 -- 1936

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The Music Goes Round And Round
Rhythm Saved The World
Rhythm Saved The World
I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket
Yes! Yes! My! My! (She's Mine)
Somebody Stole My Break
I Come From A Musical Family
If We Never Meet Again
Lyin' To Myself
Ev'ntide
Swing That Music
Thankful
Red Nose
Mahogany Hall Stomp
Skeleton In The Closet
When Ruben Swings The Cuban
Hurdy Gurdy Man
Dipper Mouth Blues
Pennies From Heaven Medley: Let's Call A Heart A Heart, So Do I, Skeleton In The Closet
Pennies From Heaven
Dinah
Swing That Music

Louis Armstrong Vol. 3 -- 1936-37

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To You, Sweetheart, Aloha
On A Cocoanut Island
St. Louis Blues
The Skeleton In The Closet
On A Little Bamboo Bridge
Hawaiian Hospitality
Carry Me Back To Old Virginny
My Darling Nelly Gray
My Darling Nelly Gray
Dinah
In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree
In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree
The Old Folks At Home (swanee River)
Public Melody Number One
Yours And Mine
Red Cap
She's The Daughter Of A Planter From Havana
Alexander's Ragtime Band
Cuban Pete
I've Got A Heart Full Of Rhythm
Sun Showers
Once In A While
On The Sunny Side Of The Street

Louis Armstrong Vol. 4 -- 1938

Ambassador CLA 1904

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Satchelmouth Swing
Jubilee
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
Trumpet Player's Lament
I Double Dare You
True Confession
Let That Be A Lesson To You
Sweet As A Song
So Little Time (So Much To Do)
Mexican Swing
As Long As You Live (You'll Be Dead If You Die)
When The Saints Go Marching In
On The Sentimental Side
It's Wonderful
Something Tells Me
Love Walked In
The Flat Foot Floogie
The Song Is Ended
My Walking Stick
Shadrack
Going To Shout All Over God's Heaven
Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
Jonah And The Whale

Louis Armstrong Vol. 5 -- 1938-39

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Naturally
I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Ain't Misbehavin'
Twelfth Street Rag
Swing That Music
The Flat Foot Floogie
Elder Eatmore's Sermon On Throwing Stones
Elder Eatmore's Sermon On Generosity
Tiger Rag
Jeepers Creepers
I Got Rhythm
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
The Blues
Honeysuckle Rose
Shadrack
Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
Jeepers Creepers
What Is This Thing Called Swing?
Rockin' Chair
Lazy Bones

Louis Armstrong Vol. 6 -- 1939-40

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Hear Me Talkin' To Ya
Save It, Pretty Mama
West End Blues
Savoy Blues
I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
Our Monday Date
If It's Good (Then I Want It)
Me And Brother Bill
Happy Birthday To Bing
Baby Won't You Please Come Home?
Poor Old Joe
Shanty Boat On The Mississippi
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Old Man Mose
What Is This Thing Called Swing?
Ain't Misbehavin'
Poor Old Joe
You're A Lucky Guy
You're Just A No Account
Bye And Bye
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Harlem Stomp
Hep Cats' Ball
You've Got Me Voodoo'd

Louis Armstrong Vol. 7 -- 1940-41

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Harlem Stomp
Wolverine Blues
Lazy 'Sippi Steamer
Keep The Rhythm Going
W.P.A.
Boog-It
Cherry
Marie
Lazy River
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
Sweethearts On Parade
You Run Your Mouth, I'll Run My Business
Cut Off My Legs And Call Me Shorty
Cain And Abel
Perdido Street Blues
2:19 Blues
Down In Honky Tonk Town
Down In Honky Tonk Town
Coal Cart Blues
Ev'rything's Been Done Before
I Cover The Waterfront
In The Gloaming
Long, Long Ago

Louis Armstrong Vol. 8 -- 1941-42

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Hey Lawdy Mama
I'll Get Mine Bye And Bye
Now Do You Call That A Buddy?
Yes Suh!
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Leap Frog
I Used To Love You (but It's All Over Now)
I Used To Love You (but It's All Over Now)
You Rascal, You (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead)
Basin Street Blues
Exactly Like You
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Swing That Music
Song Of The Islands
Panama Rag
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Cash For Your Trash, (Get Some)
Among My Souvenirs
Among My Souvenirs
Coquette
I Never Knew
Swingin' On Nothing
I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Shine
Trumpet Break
Ain't It The Truth

The Complete Decca Studio Master Takes 1935-1939

Definitive 11171

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Once In A While
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Satchelmouth Swing
Jubilee
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
Trumpet Player's Lament
I Double Dare You
True Confession
Let That Be A Lesson To You
Sweet As A Song
So Little Time (So Much To Do)
Mexican Swing
As Long As You Live (You'll Be Dead If You Die)
When The Saints Go Marching In
On The Sentimental Side
It's Wonderful
Something Tells Me
Love Walked In
The Flat Foot Floogie
The Song Is Ended
My Walking Stick
Shadrack
Going To Shout All Over God's Heaven
Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
Jonah And The Whale
Naturally
I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Ain't Misbehavin'
Elder Eatmore's Sermon On Throwing Stones
Elder Eatmore's Sermon On Generosity
Jeepers Creepers
What Is This Thing Called Swing?
Rockin' Chair
Lazy Bones
Hear Me Talkin' To Ya
Save It, Pretty Mama
West End Blues
Savoy Blues
I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
Our Monday Date
If It's Good (Then I Want It)
Me And Brother Bill
Baby Won't You Please Come Home?
Poor Old Joe
Shanty Boat On The Mississippi
Poor Old Joe
You're A Lucky Guy
You're Just A No Account
Bye And Bye

The Complete Decca Studio Master Takes 1940-1949

MSI Music 359799

Available from: www.amazon.com

Hep Cats' Ball
You've Got Me Voodoo'd
Harlem Stomp
Wolverine Blues
Lazy 'Sippi Steamer
W.P.A.
Boog-It
Cherry
Marie
Sweethearts On Parade
You Run Your Mouth, I'll Run My Business
Cut Off My Legs And Call Me Shorty
Cain And Abel
Perdido Street Blues
2:19 Blues
Down In Honky Tonk Town
Coal Cart Blues
Ev'rything's Been Done Before
I Cover The Waterfront
In The Gloaming
Long, Long Ago
Hey Lawdy Mama
I'll Get Mine Bye And Bye
Now Do You Call That A Buddy?
Yes Suh!
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Leap Frog
I Used To Love You (but It's All Over Now)
You Rascal, You (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead)
Cash For Your Trash, (Get Some)
Among My Souvenirs
Coquette
I Never Knew
Jodie Man
I Wonder
You Won't Be Satisfied
The Frim Fram Sauce
Maybe It's Because
I'll Keep The Lovelight Burning
That Lucky Old Sun
Blueberry Hill
You Can't Loose A Broken Heart
My Sweet Hunk O' Trash

Rhythm Saved The World

Decca GRD-602

A collection of recordings for Decca in 1935 and 1936.

I'm In The Mood For Love
You Are My Lucky Star
La Cucaracha
Got A Bran' New Suit
I've Got My Fingers Crossed
Old Man Moze
Old Man Moze
I'm Shooting High
Falling In Love With You
Red Sails In The Sunset
On Treasure Island
Thanks A Million
Shoeshine Boy
Solitude
Solitude
I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music
The Music Goes Round And Round
Rhythm Saved The World
I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket
Yes! Yes! My! My! (She's Mine)

Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra, Vol. 2 (1936-1938): Heart Full of Rhythm

Decca GRD-620

A non-comprehensive collection of studio recordings from 1936-1938.

Somebody Stole My Break
I Come From A Musical Family
If We Never Meet Again
Lyin' To Myself
Ev'ntide
Swing That Music
Mahogany Hall Stomp
Skeleton In The Closet
Dipper Mouth Blues
Swing That Music
Public Melody Number One
Yours And Mine
Alexander's Ragtime Band
I've Got A Heart Full Of Rhythm
Sun Showers
Once In A While
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Satchelmouth Swing
Jubilee
Struttin' With Some Barbecue

Pocketful Of Dreams, Vol. 3

Decca GRD-649

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A set of recordings from 1938 with a the two "Bran' New Suit" tracks from 1935.

Got A Bran' New Suit
Got A Bran' New Suit
Trumpet Player's Lament
I Double Dare You
I Double Dare You
True Confession
True Confession
Let That Be A Lesson To You
Let That Be A Lesson To You
Sweet As A Song
So Little Time (So Much To Do)
Mexican Swing
As Long As You Live (You'll Be Dead If You Die)
When The Saints Go Marching In
On The Sentimental Side
It's Wonderful
Something Tells Me
Love Walked In
Naturally
I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Ain't Misbehavin'

V-Discs: Louis Armstrong

Collector's Choice 4510

Available from: www.amazon.com, www.cdconnection.com

Collection of the V-Disks recorded exclusively for the entertainment of U.S. Armed Forces during and immediately after World War II.

Jack-Armstrong Blues
Confessin' That I Love You
Ain't Misbehavin'
Reminiscin' With Louis
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
Basin Street Blues
Back O' Town Blues
Black and Blue, (What Did I Do To Be So)
Mop! Mop!
Blueberry Hill

Louis Armstrong: Jubilee Shows No. 21 & 22

Storyville 5011007

Available from: www.storyvillerecords.com

Live radio broadcast of "Jubilee" radio show made in 1943 specifically to entertain the U.S. military during World War II. Show featured Armstrong along with Henry "Red" Allen's sextet, Jack Benny, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson.

On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Leap Frog
Dear Old Southland
Blues in the Night
Ol' Man Mose

Louis Armstrong: Jubilee Shows No. 26 & 32

Storyville 5011008

Available from: www.storyvillerecords.com

Live radio broadcast of "Jubilee" radio show made in 1943 specifically to entertain the U.S. military during World War II. Show featured Armstrong and his big band along with the Red Callender Trio. Second show on the disk features the Count Basie band.

Pops: The 1940's Small Band Sides

RCA 6378-2-RB

Available from: www.amazon.com

A collection of live and studio recordings with the All-Stars for RCA Victor from 1946-1947.

I Want A Little Girl
Sugar
Blues For Yesterday
Blues In The South
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
Where The Blues Were Born In New Orleans
Mahogany Hall Stomp
Back O'Town Blues
Rockin' Chair
Save It, Pretty Mama
Saint James Infirmary
Jack-Armstrong Blues
Rockin' Chair
Someday You'll Be Sorry
Fifty-Fifty Blues
A Song Was Born
Please Stop Playing Those Blues, Boys
Before Long
Lovely Weather We're Having

New Orleans: The Soundtrack

Giants of Jazz 1025

Available from: www.cdconnection.com, www.amazon.com

Soundtrack to the 1947 film featuring Armstrong and Billie Holiday. CD has been released on a number of labels.

West End Blues
Tiger Rag
Basin Street Blues
Buddy Bolden's Blues
Milenberg Joys
Where the Blues Were Born in New Orleans
Mahogany Hall Stomp
Farewell to Storyville
Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?
Raymond St. Blues
Flee as a Bird / When the Saints Go Marching In
Dippermouth Blues
Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble
Ballin' the Jack
King Porter Stomp
Mahogany Hall Stomp
Brahms' Lullaby
Blues Are Brewin'
Endie

Carnegie Hall Concert 1947

Ambassador CLA 1919

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The concert that turned the tide for Louis in his postwar career. The second half was his usual big-band line-up, but the first half boasted a slim 6-piece aggregation that harkened the demise of the Orchestra and the emergence of the All-Stars. Sound quality of the recording is fairly poor.

Flee As A Bird To The Mountain/ Didn't He Ramble
Dippermouth Blues
Mahogany Hall Stomp
Muskrat Ramble
St. Louis Blues
Rockin' Chair
Tiger Rag
Black and Blue, (What Did I Do To Be So)
I'm Confessin'
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
Lazy River
You Rascal, You (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead)
Save It Pretty Mama
Ain't Misbehavin'
When It's Sleepy TIme Down South/Stompin' At The Savoy
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Mop Mop
Back O'Town Blues
You Won't Be Satisfied
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
Roll 'Em

Complete New York Town Hall & Boston Symphony Hall Concerts

Definitive 11291

Available from: www.amazon.com

Recordings of concerts on May 17, 1947 New York Town Hall and November 30, 1947 at Boston Symphony Hall. CD is filled out with a New York's Winter Garden Theater radio broadcast with the Armstrong's All Stars coinciding with the Big Apple premiere of the film New Orleans, three highlights from a Carnegie Hall appearance organized by Leonard Feather for generate publicity for New Orleans movie, with guest star Billie Holiday, two V-Discs recorded with an atypical All Stars including the accordionist Roy Ross, and the delightful central musical number of the Howard Hawks' legendary film A Star Is Born featuring Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Mel Powell, Louie Bellson, the Golden Gate Quartet and others.

Rockin' Chair
Black and Blue, (What Did I Do To Be So)
Ain't Misbehavin'
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
Ain't Misbehavin'
High Society
Reminiscin' With Louis
Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
Basin Street Blues
Muskrat Ramble
Dear Old Southland
Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans
Someday You Will Be Sorry
Tiger Rag
A Song Was Born
Muskrat Ramble
Black and Blue, (What Did I Do To Be So)
Royal Garden Blues
Lover
Stars Fell on Alabama
Since I Fell for You
Tea for Two
Body and Soul
Steak Face
Mahogany Hall Stomp
On the Sunny Side of the Street
High Society
Baby, Won't You Please Come Home
C-Jam Blues
Boff Boff
I Cried for You
That's My Desire
How High the Moon

Live At Winter Garden, New York; Blue Note, Chicago

Storyville STCD 8242

Available from: www.storyvillerecords.com

Radio aircheck recordings from the late 1940s (6/19/47 and 12/11/48?)

Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
Basin Street Blues
Muskrat Ramble
Dear Old Southland
Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans
Someday You Will Be Sorry
Tiger Rag
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Muskrat Ramble
A Song Is Born
Basin Street Blues
Louis Blues
High Society
Royal Garden Blues
I've A Right To Sing The Blues

Fun With Bing And Louis

Jasmine JASCD 336

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Great collection of airchecks from Armstrong's numerous appearances on Crosby's radio show between 1949 and 1951. Includes music and dialogue.

Chronological Armstrong 1949-1950

Classics 1179

Maybe It's Because
I'll Keep The Lovelight Burning
That Lucky Old Sun
Blueberry Hill
You Can't Loose A Broken Heart
My Sweet Hunk O' Trash
Panama
New Orleans Function: Flee As A Bird To The Mountain / Oh, Didn't He Ramble
Twelfth Street Rag
That's For Me
Medley: Bugle Call Rag, Ole Miss
I Surrender Dear
Russian Lullaby
Baby, Won't You Please Come Home
Fine And Dandy
My Bucket's Got A Hole In It

The Sullivan Years

TVT 9427-2

Available from: www.amazon.com

Collection of audio tracks from Satchmo's numerous appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show.

The California Concerts

Decca GRD-4-613

Available from: www.amazon.com, www.cduniverse.com, www.vervemusicgroup.com

The All-Stars recorded at Pasadena Civic Auditorium, January 30, 1951 and at the Crescendo Club, Hollywood, CA on January 21, 1955.

When It's Sleepy Time Down South (opening theme)
Indiana (Back Home Again In)
Some Day
Back O' Town Blues
Way Down Yonder Down In New Orleans
Star Dust
The Hucklebuck
Honeysuckle Rose
How High The Moon
Just You, Just Me
Bugle Blues
My Monday Date
You Can Depend On Me
That's A Plenty
Body And Soul
Big Daddy Blues
Baby, It's Cold Outside
Muskrat Ramble
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Indiana (Back Home Again In)
The Gypsy
Some Day
Tin Roof Blues
My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
Rose Room
Perdido
Blues For Bass
Me And Brother Bill
When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)
Tain't What You Do (It's The Way That Cha Do It)
Lover, Come Back To Me
Don't Fence Me In
Basin Street Blues
When It's Sleepy Time Down South (closing theme)
Shadrack/When The Saints Go Marching In
C'est Si Bon
The Wiffenpoof Song
Rockin' Chair
Twelfth Street Rag
Muskrat Ramble
St. Louis Blues
The Man I Love
Back O' Town Blues
Old Man Mose (first take)
Jeepers Creepers
Margie
Big Mama's Back In Town
Big Butter And Egg Man
Stompin' At The Savoy
When It's Sleepy Time Down South (opening theme)
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
Lazy River, (Up a)
Old Man Mose (second take)
My Bucket's Got A Hole In It (second take)
S Wonderful
Big Mama's Back In Town (second take)
Since I Fell For You
Mop Mop
When It's Sleepy Time Down South (finale)

Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars

LaserLight 15 773

Ostensibly airchecks from two San Francisco nightclub appearances: 12/31/54 at the Down Beat and 1/16/1954 at Club Hangover. However, the All-Music Guide information does not match the CD track listing.

Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy

Columbia CK 64925

Available from: www.amazon.com

See remarks on July 12, 1954 recording session for the complex history of the CD release.

Aunt Hagar's Blues
Ole Miss Blues
Ole Miss Blues
Beale Street Blues
Alligator Story
Hesitating Blues
Hesitating Blues (rehearsal)
Loveless Love
Loveless Love (partial alternate take)
Loveless Love (rehearsal)
Long Gone (from The Bowling Green)
Long Gone (from The Bowling Green) (partial alternate take)
Long Gone (from The Bowling Green) (rehearsal)
St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Blues (partial alternate take)
The Memphis Blues (or Mister Crump)
Atlanta Blues (make Me One Pallet On Your Floor)
Atlanta Blues (make Me One Pallet On Your Floor) (partial alternate take)
Chantez Les Bas (sing 'em Low)
Chantez Les Bas (sing 'em Low) (alternate unspliced take)
Yellow Dog Blues

Satch Plays Fats

Sony 64927
Columbia CL 708 (LP)
Columbia CL 40378
Columbia CK 64927

Available from: www.cdconnection.com, music.barnesandnoble.com, www.amazon.com

1955 tribute album to the great pianist and songwriter Thomas "Fats" Waller. CD re-issue includes alternate takes and seven earlier recordings of Waller tunes.

Squeeze Me
Ain't Misbehavin'
Black and Blue, (What Did I Do To Be So)
That Rhythm Man
Sweet Savannah Sue
Blue Turning Grey Over You
Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now
I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling
I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling (no overdub)
I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling (edited alternate take)
Black and Blue, (What Did I Do To Be So)
Black and Blue, (What Did I Do To Be So) (edited alternate take)
Honeysuckle Rose
Honeysuckle Rose (partial alternate take)
I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby And My Baby's Crazy 'Bout Me
I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby And My Baby's Crazy 'Bout Me (partial alternate take)
I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby And My Baby's Crazy 'Bout Me (edited alternate take)
Blue Turning Grey Over You
Blue Turning Grey Over You (alternate take)
Blue Turning Grey Over You (edited alternate take)
All That Meat And No Potatoes
Ain't Misbehavin'
Ain't Misbehavin' (alternate take)
Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now
Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now (partial alternate take)
Squeeze Me
Squeeze Me (no overdub)

Ambassador Satch

Columbia CL 840

A mix of live recordings and studio recordings from 1956 with added applause to make them sound live.

West End Blues
The Faithful Hussar
Tiger Rag
All Of Me
Twelfth Street Rag
Royal Garden Blues
Muskrat Ramble

Ambassador Satch

Sony 64926
Columbia CK 64926

Available from: www.amazon.com

CD rerelease of the Ambassador Satch LP

West End Blues
The Faithful Hussar
Tiger Rag
Clarinet Marmalade
Someday You'll Be Sorry
All Of Me
Twelfth Street Rag
Royal Garden Blues
Muskrat Ramble
When The Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along
Dardanella
Undecided
Tin Roof Blues

Satchmo the Great

Columbia CK 53580

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Drawn from the 1956 film devoted to Armstrong's life and music, the CD includes recordings from his world travels of 1955-56, as well as excerpts from an interview with narrator Edward R. Murrow. Notable cut is the 12-minute concerto grosso on "St. Louis Blues" with Leonard Bernstein conducting an 88-piece orchestra. An earlier CD release does not include the interview segments.

When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Indiana, (Back Home Again In)
Flee As A Bird To The Mountain
Oh, Didn't He Ramble
Mack The Knife
Mahogany Hall Stomp
Sly Mongoose
Black And Blue, (What Did I Do To Be So)
Royal Garden Blues
Bucket's Got A Hole In It
St. Louis Blues (concerto grosso)

The Great Chicago Concert

Columbia CK 65119

Live performance at the Medina Temple in Chicago on June 1, 1956

Medley: Flee As A Bird To The Mountain/Oh, Didn't He Ramble
Medley: Memphis Blues/Frankie And Johnny/Tiger Rag
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
Basin Street Blues
Black And Blue
West End Blues
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Medley: Manhattan/When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Indiana
The Gypsy
The Faithful Hussar
Rockin' Chair
Bucket's Got A Hole In It
Perdido
Clarinet Marmalade
Mack The Knife
Medley: Tenderly/You'll Never Walk Alone
Stompin' At The Savoy
Margie
Big Mama's Back In Town
That's My Desire
Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So)
When The Saints Go Marching In
The Star Spangled Banner

Live At the University of North Carolina

Avid 870

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Two-CD set of a live performance at the University of North Carolina. Also includes recordings from the the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival, the 1945 Esquire Jazz Concert (featuring a predecessor group to the All-Stars) and an excerpt from Armstrongs appearance in the 1937 film Artists and Models

Public Melody Number One
Back O' Town Blues
Arkansas Blues
Confessin'
Dear Old Southland
Stompin’ At The Savoy
Undecided
Big Mama’s Back In Town
Ko Ko Mo / Mop Mop
When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Indiana (Back Home Again In)
A Kiss To Build A Dream On
The Bucket's Got A Hole In It
Bluberry Hill
Tin Roof Blues
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
S Wonderful
All The Things You Are
The Man I Love
Margie
Big Mama's Back In Town
Baby, It's Cold Outside
Stompin' At The Savoy
New Orleans Function: Flee As A Bird / Didn't He Ramble
C'Est Si Bon
Lazy River
Medley: Shadrack / When The Saints Go Marchin' In
High Society
Pennies From Heaven
The Dummy Song

Ella & Louis

Verve MGV 4003
Verve 825 373-2
Polygram 54330

Available from: music.barnesandnoble.com

The first duet album from 1956 backed by a small group including Oscar Peterson, bassist Ray Brown (Ella's husband) and Buddy Rich!

They Can't Take That Away From Me
Isn't It A Lovely Day
Tenderly
Stars Fell On Alabama
Cheek To Cheek
Under A Blanket Of Blue
Moonlight In Vermont
A Foggy Day
April In Paris
The Nearness Of You
Can't We Be Friends

I've Got the World On A String

Verve MGVS-6101 (LP)

Album recorded simultaneously with Louis Under The Stars in August, 1957.

When Your Lover Has Gone
We'll Be Together Again
I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
You're The Top
You Turned The Tables On Me
I've Got The World On A String
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
Little Girl Blue

Louis Under The Stars

Verve MGVS-6044 (LP)

Album recorded simultaneously with I've Got The World On A String in August, 1957.

Stormy Weather
Top Hat, White Tie And Tails
Have You Met Miss Jones?
Body And Soul
Home
I Only Have Eyes For You
East Of The Sun
You're Blase

Louis Under The Stars / I've Got the World On A String

Verve 314 559 831-2
Polygram 559831

Available from: music.barnesandnoble.com

CD contains two albums recorded simultaneously in August, 1957. Includes alternate takes and false starts.

When Your Lover Has Gone
We'll Be Together Again
Stormy Weather
Stormy Weather (takes 1-5)
I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues (takes 1-4)
Top Hat, White Tie And Tails
You're The Top
You Turned The Tables On Me
You Turned The Tables On Me (takes 1-4)
You Turned The Tables On Me (mono Master)
I've Got The World On A String
I've Got The World On A String (takes 1-3)
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
Little Girl Blue
Little Girl Blue (mono Master)
Have You Met Miss Jones?
Body And Soul
Body And Soul (mono Master)
Home
I Only Have Eyes For You
East Of The Sun
East Of The Sun (mono Master)
You're Blase

Ella & Louis Again

Verve MGV 4018
Verve 825 374-2
UMVD 065390

Available from: music.barnesandnoble.com

Love Is Here To Stay
Learnin' The Blues
Autumn In New York
Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
They All Laughed
Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You
Stompin' At The Savoy
I Won't Dance
A Fine Romance
Don't Be That Way
I'm Puttin' All My Eggs In One Basket
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

Porgy & Bess

Verve MGV 4011
Verve 827 475-2

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An expansive orchestral collaboration between Louis and Ella performing music from the great American opera in August, 1957.

Summertime
Bess, You Is My Woman Now
I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'
It Ain't Necessarily So
There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York
A Woman Is A Sometime Thing
Oh Lawd, I'm On My Way
Bess, Oh Where's My Bess?
Medley: Here Come De Honey Man, Crab Man, Oh, Dey's So Fresh And Fine (strawberry Woman)

Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson

Verve MGV 8322
Verve 825713-2

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An intergenerational pairing of jazz giants. The CD reissue contains four tracks that were recorded earlier in the year at the Ella/Louis sessions.

Makin' Whoopie
I Get A Kick Out Of You
Let's Do It (let's Fall In Love)
Willow Weep For Me
Blues In The Night
That Old Feeling
Let's Fall In Love
I'll Never Be The Same
How Long Has This Been Going On
I Was Doing All Right
What's New
Moon Song
Just One Of Those Things
There's No You
You Go To My Head
Sweet Lorraine

Louis And The Angels

Decca LP 8488
MCA MCLD 19379

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The thematically unified album became fashionable in the mid-50s (Sinatra's being prime examples). The "Louis And The Angels" album was yet another LP pushed through in a few short sessions, this with the odd theme of songs with "angels" in the title or lyric. A surprisingly good collection, though even Louis has to admit the inclusion of "The Prisoner's Song" was a big stretch to make the cut. Rereleased both as a single CD and paired with Louis and the Good Book.

When Did You Leave Heaven?
Fools Rush In
A Sinner Kissed An Angel
I Married An Angel
You're A Heavenly Thing
Angel Child
Good Night, Angel
Angel
Angela Mia
The Prisoner's Song
I'll String Along With You
And The Angels Sing

Louis And The Good Book

Decca LP 8741
MCA MCLD 19379

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A 1958 album of inspirational numbers by the All-Stars augmented with a white-bread choir. The CD is filled out with spiritually-themed singles from earlier in his career. An acquired taste. Rereleased both as a single CD and paired with Louis and the Angels.

Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
Down By The Riverside
Jonah And The Whale
This Train
Shadrack
Didn't It Rain
On My Way (got On My Travelin' Shoes)
Rock My Soul (in The Bosom Of Abraham)
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Go Down Moses
Ezekiel Saw De Wheel
Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child

The Five Pennies (Soundtrack)

MSI 388058

Available from: www.cdconnection.com, www.cduniverse.com

After You've Gone
Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home
Lullaby In Ragtime
The Five Pennies Saints
Goodnight, Sleep Tight Medley
Just The Blues

Louis Armstrong And The Dukes Of Dixieland

Audio Fidelity AFSD 6241
Leisure 91052-2

See notes for August 8, 1959 recording session

Back O' Town Blues
Sweethearts On Parade
Dippermouth Blues
Riverside Blues
Bill Bailey
Someday You'll Be Sorry
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll
Cornet Chop Suey
My Bucket's Got A Hole In It

Louis Armstrong And The Dukes Of Dixieland (alternate takes)

Chiaroscuro CR 2006

Alternate takes from the Louis Armstrong and the Dukes of Dixieland sessions.

Back O' Town Blues (alternate)
Sweethearts On Parade (alternate)
Dippermouth Blues (alternate)
Riverside Blues (alternate)
Bill Bailey (alternate)
Someday You'll Be Sorry (alternate)
I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll (alternate)
Cornet Chop Suey (alternate)
My Bucket's Got A Hole In It (alternate)
Muskrat Ramble
Bye And Bye
Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen

Satchmo Plays King Oliver

Audio Fidelity AFSD 1930

Collection of tunes written or performed by Armstrong's mentor and former employer, King Oliver. Recorded in New York City, September 30 and October 1 & 2, 1959 for the long-defunct Audio Fidelity label.

St. James Infirmary
Big Butter And Egg Man
I Ain't Got Nobody
Panama Rag
Doctor Jazz
Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight
Frankie And Johnny
I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll
Drop That Sack
Jelly Roll Blues
Old Kentucky Home
Chimes Blues
Snake Rag
New Orleans Stomp

Doctor Jazz

Blue Moon 3067

Available from: www.freshsoundrecords.com, www.cdconnection.com, www.amazon.com

CD reissue of the Satchmo Plays King Oliver album, probably renamed because King Oliver has been, sadly, forgotten while Armstrong's echo has continued long after his passing.

St. James Infirmary
Big Butter And Egg Man
I Ain't Got Nobody
Panama Rag
Doctor Jazz
Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight
Frankie And Johnny
I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll
Drop That Sack
Jelly Roll Blues
Old Kentucky Home
Chimes Blues
Snake Rag
New Orleans Stomp

Satchmo Plays King Oliver - Alternate Takes

Chiaroscuro CR2002 (LP)

LP of alternate takes from the Satchmo Plays King Oliver sessions in 1959.

St. James Infirmary (alternate)
Big Butter And Egg Man (alternate)
I Ain't Got Nobody (alternate)
Panama Rag (alternate)
Doctor Jazz (alternate)
Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight (alternate)
Drop That Sack (alternate)
Jelly Roll Blues (alternate)
Old Kentucky Home (alternate)
Chimes Blues (alternate)

Satchmo Plays King Oliver (Alternate Takes)

Chiaroscuro CR2002 (LP)

Vinyl album of alternate takes from the Satchmo Plays King Oliver sessions.

St. James Infirmary (alternate)
Big Butter And Egg Man (alternate)
I Ain't Got Nobody (alternate)
Panama Rag (alternate)
Doctor Jazz (alternate)
Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight (alternate)
Drop That Sack (alternate)
Jelly Roll Blues (alternate)
Old Kentucky Home (alternate)
Chimes Blues (alternate)

Louie and the Dukes

Audio Fidelity AFSD 1924 (LP)

The second and final pairing of Armstrong in 1960 with the stiff but well-meaning Dukes of Dixieland.

Bourbon Street Parade
South
Washington And Lee Swing
Avalon
New Orleans
That's A Plenty
Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Dixie
Sheik Of Araby
Wolverine Blues
Sweet Georgia Brown
Limehouse Blues

Louie and the Dukes

Chiaroscuro CR 2003 (LP)

Vinyl album of outtakes from the Louie and the Dukes sessions.

Bourbon Street Parade (alternate)
South (alternate)
Avalon (alternate)
New Orleans (alternate)
That's A Plenty (alternate)
Just A Closer Walk With Thee (alternate)
Dixie (alternate)
Sheik Of Araby (alternate)
Wolverine Blues (alternate)
Sweet Georgia Brown (alternate)
Limehouse Blues (alternate)

Bing and Satch

MGM E3882P (LP)
Curb 471768-2 (partial CD)
EMI Legends of the 20th Century

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Crosby and Armstrong, two frequent collaborators and seasoned veterans of 20th century show business in the studio for a hastily assembled collection in 1960. Most of these tracks are included on an EMI "Bing Crosby: Legends of the 20th Century" CD that includes duets with Rosemary Clooney and Crosby solo work from this period.

Sugar
Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
Let's Sing Like A Dixieland Band
Me And Brother Bill
Muskrat Ramble
Dardanella
Bye Bye Blues
The Preacher
Rocky Mountain Moon
Little Ol' Tune
At The Jazz Band Ball

What A Wonderful World -- The Elisabethville Concert

Milan 35686-2

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Abbreviated (one-CD) version of November, 1960 concert during Armstrong's trip to Africa sponsored by the U.S. State Department. Yet another CD named to capitalize on Armstrong's posthumous hit.

When It's Sleepy Time Down South
My Bucket's Got a Hole In It
Tiger Rag
Now You Has Jazz
High Society Calypso
Ole Miss
Perdido
St. Louis Blues
Ko Ko Mo
When The Saints Go Marching In
Mop Mop

The Katanga Concert

Milan 35908

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Complete (?) recording of a November, 1960 concert during Armstrong's trip to Africa sponsored by the U.S. State Department.

Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington - The Complete Roulette Sessions

Blue Note 24546
Blue Note 24547
Roulette RE108
Roulette CDP 7938442
Roulette 7243 5 24546 2 4

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The great Duke Ellington sat in on piano with the All-Stars for a couple of days in 1961 to record this collection of popular Ellington compositions. The "Complete Sessions" CD includes the additional takes.

It Don't Mean A Thing (if It Ain't Got That Swing)
Solitude
In A Mellotone
In A Mellotone (warm-up, Take 1)
I'm Beginning To See The Light
I'm Beginning To See The Light (take 1, 4-7)
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me (take 1-3)
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Don't Get Around Much Anymore (take 2-5)
Duke's Place
Duke's Place (take 5)
I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
Just Squeeze Me
The Beautiful American
Drop Me Off At Harlem
Drop Me Off At Harlem (take 2)
Mood Indigo
I'm Just A Lucky So And So
I'm Just A Lucky So And So (take 1-2)
Azalea
Azalea (take 8-10)
Black And Tan Fantasy
Black And Tan Fantasy (take 3-6)
The Mooche
Cotton Tail

The Real Ambassadors

Columbia OL 5850 (LP)
Columbia CK 57663 (CD)

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A sprawling concept album from 1961 written by Dave Brubeck.

They Say I Look Like God
Everybody's Comin'
Intro For Cultural Exchange
Medley: Swing Bells, Blow Satchmo, Finale
The Real Ambassadors
I Didn't Know Until You Told Me
You Swing Baby (the Duke)
One Moment Worth Years
Summer Song
Cultural Exchange
Remember Who You Are
King For A Day
Nomad
Lonesome
Good Reviews

Hello, Dolly!

Kapp KL1364
MCA MCAD-538
MCA 112433

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A 1964 album (Kapp KL1364) built around the hit single (Kapp 573). A hastily assembled (one session!) but pleasant collection of contemporary show tunes and some older standards. Basically an All-Stars album with some additional backing musicians kept fairly unobtrusive in the mix. The first CD reissue added no additional tracks. Produced by Michael Kapp.

Hello, Dolly!
A Lot Of Livin' To Do
Jeepers Creepers
Hey, Look Me Over
I Still Get Jealous
Someday
A Kiss To Build A Dream On
Blueberry Hill
Be My Life's Companion
It's Been A Long Long Time
You Are Woman, I Am Man
Moon River

The Essential Louis Armstrong Recorded Live At The Palais Des Sports, Paris, 1965

Vanguard VSD-91/92

Live All-Stars performance.

When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Indiana (Back Home Again In)
Tiger Rag
When I Grow Too Old To Dream
Perdido
Hello Dolly
On The Alamo
Cabaret
A Kiss To Build A Dream On
Lover Come Back To Me
Can't Help Lovin' That Man
Mop Mop / Blueberry Hill
Muskrat Ramble
Volare
Cocktails For Two
Stompin' At The Savoy
Improvisations On It's Easy To Remember
Improvisations On Teach Me Tonight
That's My Desire
Ole Miss
Mack The Knife
Medley: Tenderly / You'll Never Walk Alone / Mop Mop (Boff Boff)
I Left My Heart in San Francisco
My Man
Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home
When The Saints Go Marchin' In / Finale.

What A Wonderful World

GRP 656
ABC-Paramount ABC 350
Decca GRD-656
Verve 656

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A CD apparently pieced together from an album produced by Bob Thiele in 1968 and some singles from 1967. "What a Wonderful World" was a sizable hit in Britain in 1967 but did nothing in America until its inclusion in the movie Good Morning, Vietnam two decades later.

The Sunshine of Love
What A Wonderful World
Hellzapoppin'
Cabaret
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
I Guess I'll Get The Papers And Go Home
There Must Be A Way
Give Me Your Kisses
Hello Brother
The Home Fire
Fantastic, That's You

Disney Songs The Satchmo Way

Buena Vista 4044
Walt Disney 60920-7 (CD)

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A cute collection from 1968 of songs from Disney movies. Again, Pops is called upon to put a shine on otherwise lackluster material.

Bout Time
The Bare Necessities
Ten Feet Off The Ground
The Ballad Of Davy Crockett
When You Wish Upon A Star
Bibbidy-bobbidy-boo
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah
Chim Chim Cher-ee
Heigh-ho (the Dwarfs' Marching Song)
Whistle While You Work

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Soundtrack)

Capitol 41419

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Armstrong sang the title theme from this 1969 Bond picture: "We Have All The Time In The World".

We Have All The Time In The World

The Best Of James Bond

Capitol 40554

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Armstrong sang the title theme from the 1969 Bond picture On Her Majesty's Secret Service: "We Have All The Time In The World".

We Have All The Time In The World

Louis Armstrong And His Friends (aka What A Wonderful World)

Flying Dutchman AMS 12009
GNP Crescendo GNPD 1002 (CD?)
Bluebird 8310-2-RB

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Armstrong's penultimate album project from 1970. A sprawling, marginally successful attempt to put Pops in a somewhat more contemporary setting. The album naming is confusing because it has been re-released by RCA as What A Wonderful World, which is apparently meant to capitalize on the posthumous popularity of the hit song that was part of an earlier album from 1968. The Wonderful World track is not the well-known version from 1968, but a more up-tempo version from 1970. "We Shall Overcome" is backed by a large all-star chorus that includes Miles Davis (that must have been something to hear!) and Tony Bennett, among others.

Mood Indigo
What A Wonderful World
My One And Only Love
His Father Wore Long Hair
Everybody's Talkin'
The Creator Has A Master Plan
Give Peace A Chance
We Shall Overcome
Boy From New Orleans
This Black Cat Has Nine Lives

Louis Armstrong and the Nashville Cats(?)

Avco Embassy AVE 33022

Louis' final studio recordings covering country hits. An odd concept, not available on CD - which is probably for the best.

Crystal Chandeliers
The Easy Part's Over Now
Wolverton Mountain
Get Together
You Can Have Her
Why Did Mrs. Murphy Leave Town
Crazy Arms
Running Bear
Almost Persuaded
Miller's Cave
Black Cloud
Ramblin' Rose

Christmas Through The Years

Laser Light 12774

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A collection of Christmas or (in an abstract sense) Christmas-themed songs spanning almost a half century (1925-1970). Includes Armstrong's final recording, the children's story, The Night Before Christmas, taped at his home just a few months before his passing in 1971. The "Wonderful World" track is the 1970 up-tempo recording, not the more popular 1968 recording.

Santa Claus Blues
Gone Fishin'
A Kiss To Build A Dream On
Zat You, Santa Claus?
Christmas In New Orleans
Hello, Dolly!
What A Wonderful World
The Night Before Christmas