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Annotator Bob Porter begins his liner notes to Hip-O Records' Louis Armstrong compilation Gold by citing a chart statistic: Leadoff track "What a Wonderful World" became a Top 40 hit in 1988, 20 years after it was recorded, due to its inclusion in the movie Good Morning, Vietnam. That is a clue to the approach that the collection takes -- this is a hits-oriented album concerned more with Louis Armstrong the pop star of the '50s and '60s than Louis Armstrong the jazz musician of the '20s and '30s. In part, that focus is nearly forced on Hip-O, the reissue imprint of major label Universal. Universal has in its archives the catalogs of several record companies for which Armstrong recorded, primarily Decca, to which he was signed for most of the period from 1935 to 1954 (and for which he continued to record on a freelance basis through 1957). Also in the Universal vault are the holdings of ABC-Paramount, which include "What a Wonderful World," and Kapp, including Armstrong's number one 1964 hit "Hello, Dolly!" Hip-O has licensed some tracks from the other majors: a 1961 recording of "Solitude" originally released on Roulette comes from EMI, and seven tracks come from Sony BMG, including celebrated '20s tracks by Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five and Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven originally released on OKeh. But 32 of 40 tracks come from inside the company, and 21 of 40 date from the '50s and '60s. Armstrong's pop fans should be delighted. In addition to the hits "What a Wonderful World," "Hello, Dolly!," "Mack the Knife," and "A Kiss to Build a Dream On," the two-hour-and-15-minute two-disc set includes duets with Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Louis Jordan, and Billie Holiday. Much of Armstrong's core repertoire, the songs he played night after night throughout his career, is featured, although in many cases the tracks are re-recordings made in the '50s rather than the initial recordings made for other labels. That will be one objection for jazz purists, but then they are likely to be put off by the album as a whole. By proceeding in roughly reverse chronological order from the '60s to the '20s, the album, from a jazz fan's perspective, puts things in exactly the wrong ranking of importance, suggesting that the most important Armstrong is the veteran pop vocalist who takes the occasional trumpet solo, rather than the innovative young cornet improviser. But jazz fans will be warned off by an album called Gold to begin with, just as pop fans will be thoroughly satisfied (except that they will want more).

Product Details

Release Date: 09/19/2006
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0602517041806
catalogNumber: 000735702
Rank: 19713


Disc 1

  1. What a Wonderful World
  2. Cabaret
  3. Dream a Little Dream of Me
  4. Mame
  5. Solitude
  6. Hello Dolly
  7. You Go to My Head
  8. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
  9. A Fine Romance
  10. Georgia on My Mind
  11. When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles with You)
  12. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  13. Mack the Knife
  14. Rockin' Chair
  15. Basin Street Blues
  16. Someday (You'll Be Sorry)
  17. It Takes Two to Tango
  18. A Kiss to Build a Dream On

Disc 2

  1. Gone Fishin'
  2. (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You
  3. La Vie en Rose
  4. My Sweet Hunk O' Trash
  5. Blueberry Hill
  6. (What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue
  7. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?
  8. I Wonder
  9. When It's Sleepy Time Down South
  10. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
  11. Ain't Misbehavin'
  12. When the Saints Go Marching In
  13. Struttin' with Some Barbeque
  14. Swing That Music
  15. Old Man Mose
  16. I'm in the Mood for Love
  17. St. Louis Blues
  18. Lazy River
  19. West End Blues
  20. Potato Head Blues
  21. Wild Man Blues
  22. Heebie Jeebies

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Armstrong   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Cornet,Vocals
Bing Crosby   Vocals
Bill Doggett   Piano
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Paul Barbarin   Drums
Louie Bellson   Drums
Will Bradley   Trombone
Johnny Dodds   Clarinet,Tuba
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals
Urbie Green   Trombone
Earl Hines   Piano
Gordon Jenkins   Conductor
Bill Jennings   Guitar
Hank Jones   Piano
Louis Jordan   Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Yank Lawson   Trumpet
Albert Nicholas   Reeds
Kid Ory   Trombone
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Jerome Richardson   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Lucky Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Red Nichols   Trumpet
Luis Russell   Piano
Dave Barbour   Guitar
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Dick Cary   Piano
Herman Chittison   Piano
Joe Darensbourg   Clarinet
Barrett Deems   Drums
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Russell Garcia   Conductor
Tyree Glenn   Trombone
Marty Napoleon   Piano
Bob Haggart   Bass,Conductor
Edmond Hall   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Mort Herbert   Bass
Klink   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Carl Kress   Guitar
Bernie Leighton   Piano
Lou McGarity   Trombone
Johnny Mince   Alto Saxophone
Sy Oliver   Conductor
Babe Russin   Saxophone
Zutty Singleton   Drums
Joe Wilder   Trumpet
Mel Henke   Piano
Buddy Cole   Piano
Norman Greene   Trombone
Johnny St. Cyr   Banjo
Dick Taylor   Trombone
Trummy Young   Trombone,Vocals
George Duvivier   Bass
Gus Aiken   Trumpet
Hayes Alvis   Bass
Jimmy Archey   Trombone
Lil Armstrong   Piano
Bill Atkinson   Trombone
Baby Dodds   Drums
Louis Bacon   Trumpet
Danny Barcelona   Drums
Everett Barksdale   Guitar
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Barney Bigard   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Billie Holiday   Vocals
Lee Blair   Guitar
Sandy Block   Bass
Johnny Blowers   Drums
Lester Boone   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Ray Brown   Bass
Mort Bullman   Trombone
Red Callender   Bass
Toots Camarata   Conductor
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Buddy Catlett   Bass
Henderson Chambers   Trombone
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Rupert Cole   Clarinet,Reeds,Alto Saxophone
Sid Cooper   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Crawford   Drums
Bob Cusmano   Trumpet
Cutty Cutshall   Trombone
George Dorsey   Alto Saxophone
Art Drelinger   Tenor Saxophone
Duke Ellington   Piano
Nick Fatool   Drums
Pops Foster   Bass
Babe Fresk   Tenor Saxophone
Carl Frye   Reeds
Joe Garland   Reeds,Tenor Saxophone
Squire Gersh   Bass
Minor Hall   Drums
Tubby Hall   Drums
Jackie Hamilton   Trumpet
Shelton Hemphill   Trumpet
J.C. Higginbotham   Trombone
Charlie Holmes   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Aaron Izenhall   Trumpet
Josh Jackson   Tenor Saxophone
Preston Jackson   Trombone
Dick Jacobs   Alto Saxophone
Hilton Jefferson   Alto Saxophone
Maceo Jefferson   Guitar
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Billy Kyle   Piano
Jack Lesberg   Bass
John Lindsay   String Bass
Lawrence Lucie   Guitar
Bingie Madison   Clarinet,Reeds,Tenor Saxophone
Carmen Mastren   Guitar
Dave McRae   Baritone Saxophone
Joe Muranyi   Clarinet
Bernie Privin   Trumpet
Zilner Randolph   Trumpet
Arthur Rollini   Tenor Saxophone
Art Ryerson   Guitar
Russell Savkas   Bass
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Bud Scott   Banjo,Guitar
Arvell Shaw   Bass
Norris "Bunny" Shawker   Drums
Bill Stegmeyer   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Phil Stephens   Bass
Jimmy Strong   Clarinet
Melvin Tax   Tenor Saxophone
Daniel Trimboli   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Greely Walton   Tenor Saxophone
George Washington   Trombone
Paul Webster   Trumpet
Milt Yaner   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Wilbur De Paris   Trombone
Paul Ricci   Baritone Saxophone
Sam Weiss   Drums
Charlie Beal   Piano
Phil Giardina   Trombone
Kenny John   Drums
Melvin "Red" Solomon   Trumpet
Willard Suyker   Guitar
Philburn   Trombone
Andrew Ferretti   Trumpet
Allen Hanlon   Guitar
Warren Hard   Percussion
Carl Poole   Trumpet
Jack Satterfield   Trombone
Phillip Shuken   Saxophone
Sid Stoneburn   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Leslie Thompson   Trumpet
Harry White   Trombone
Joe Morris   Drums
Larry Wright   Saxophone
John Scott Trotter   Conductor
Charlie Alexander   Piano
Mancy Carr   Banjo
Tony Gottuso   Banjo,Guitar
Ed Grady   Drums
Sam Markowitz   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone
Jules Rubin   Alto Saxophone
Bernard Flood   Trumpet
Haig Stephens   Bass
Gene Prince   Trumpet
Jack Chaney   Saxophone
Peter DuConge   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Frank Galbraith   Trumpet
Bill Holcombe   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Nat Jaffe   Piano
Pat Nizza   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Goodman   Conductor
Freddy Williams   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Alfred di Lernia   Banjo
Alfred Pratt   Tenor Saxophone
Wendell Mayhew   Trombone
Warren Baker   Saxophone
Charlie Holms   Reeds
John Thomas   Trombone
Paul "Scooby" Smith   Piano
Perry Botkin and His Orchestra   Guitar
Bobby Guy   Trumpet
Lionel Guimaraes   Trombone
Oliver Tines   Drums
Fred "Rodriguez" Robinson   Trombone
Henry Jones   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Kurt Weill   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Arranger
Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Luis Russell   Arranger
Russell Garcia   Arranger
Bob Haggart   Arranger
Irving Mills   Composer
Sy Oliver   Arranger
W.C. Handy   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Edith Piaf   Composer
Cecil Gant   Composer
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Jerry Herman   Composer
John Kander   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Fabian André   Composer
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Lil Armstrong   Composer
Sidney Arodin   Composer
Norman Granz   Producer
Toots Camarata   Arranger
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Mark Fisher   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Joe Goodwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Bob Porter   Liner Notes
Zilner Randolph   Arranger
Leon René   Composer
Ellis Reynolds   Composer
Vincent Rose   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Larry Stock   Composer
Bob Thiele   Composer,Producer
George David Weiss   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Stuart Gorrell   Composer
John Scott Trotter   Arranger
Jack Bradley   Cover Photo,Inlay Photography
Harry Brooks   Composer
Fred Ebb   Composer
Tommy Goodman   Arranger
Ted Koehler   Composer
Louis Alter   Composer
Clarence Muse   Composer
Otis Rene   Composer
Larry Shay   Composer
Raymond Leveen   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Dick Manning   Composer
Sam Theard   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Joe Glaser   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Horace Gerlach   Composer
Joe Oliver   Composer
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