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UPDATE: Hello, Louis! Massive 10-CD Armstrong Box Coming From Universal [NOW WITH FULL TRACK LISTING!]

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Call him Pops. Call him Satchmo. Call him Loo-ie. But under any name, Louis (Loo-is) Armstrong was an American original. Miles Davis said, “You can’t play anything on a horn that Louis hasn’t played.” Bing Crosby described him as “the beginning and end of music in America” and Leonard Bernstein stated that “every time this man puts his trumpet to his lips…he does it with his whole soul.” Recent, acclaimed biographies by Terry Teachout and Ricky Riccardi have shed light on this often-misunderstood musician.  Yet the best way to understand the soul of Louis Armstrong is simply to listen to his music, whether the revolutionary Hot Fives and Hot Sevens of the 1920s or even “Hello, Dolly!” and “What a Wonderful World” from the 1960s. In honor of what would have been Armstrong’s 110th birthday on August 4, Universal Music U.K. has scheduled a massive boxed celebration of Armstrong’s legacy for August 1.

Satchmo: Louis Armstrong, The Ambassador of Jazz contains 10 CDs, a 200-page hardcover book by Richard Havers and an assortment of sheet music reproductions, all housed in a replica of Armstrong’s travel trunk. UPDATED: Seven of the CDs will cover previously released Armstrong classics derived from his work at a cross-section of labels including OKeh, Columbia, Vocalion, Victor, Verve, Decca, Mercury and ABC-Paramount . An eighth disc will consist of previously unreleased and rare session material, a ninth will present his 1956 concert at California’s Hollywood Bowl, and a tenth will feature a 1965 interview with Armstrong conducted by Dan Morgenstern. Veteran musician and producer Russ Titelman, who has worked with everyone from Eric Clapton to Brian Wilson, is remastering all of the selections on the set. Titelman promised that the box will be an overview of the trumpeter’s long and distinguished career, describing it as “the definitive version of the Amstrong legacy.” As it is cross-licensing tracks from Armstrong’s many label affiliations over his nearly 50 years of recording, it will indeed be the most comprehensive collection of its kind, although still just the tip of the iceberg of the great man’s deep catalogue.  With any luck, the 7 discs of previously issued material will convince listeners to seek out the complete collections dedicated to particular periods and label associations.  Hit the jump for more, including a video preview of the set and the complete track listing with discographical annotation!

Keeping track of Armstrong’s lengthy discography is no small task. But Scott Johnson and Michael Minn’s online discography is a great place to start! Sony currently controls the seminal Hot Fives and Hot Sevens period (1925-1928) and the rest of his OKeh period through 1932, as well as his stints at RCA Victor (1932-1933 and 1946-1947) and Columbia (1954-1956). He recorded for Decca for roughly fifteen years between 1935 and 1949. In 1956 he began a tenure at Verve, where he had monumental collaborations with Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson. Following his Verve stint, he briefly returned to Decca and recorded for the original Audio Fidelity label as well as for MGM and Roulette. The 1960s saw Louis hit a commercial peak with 1964’s Hello, Dolly! on Kapp, but he also was heard on ABC-Paramount, Mercury, EMI, Bluebird, Avco Embassy and Buena Vista! Universal Music Group today controls the Decca, Verve, ABC-Paramount, Mercury and Kapp recordings, which likely contributed to Universal’s ability to make this career-spanning dream box set a reality. (Hip-o Select last year compiled the cream of the 1963-1969 period as Hello, Louis! The Hit Years, and various box sets over the years have made available much of his catalogue in a number of different configurations. (To add to the confusion, European public domain labels have been mining Armstrong’s catalogue.)

There will, of course, be quibbles with the tracks selected, and the box is particularly light on Armstrong’s final years, dedicating only ten tracks to the period post-1960.  (Yours truly would have argued for the inclusion of “We Have All the Time in the World,” and even “Ten Feet Off the Ground” from this late period.)

Here’s a video preview from Universal and the keepers of the flame at The Louis Amstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens, New York City, followed by the full track listing for Satchmo: Louis Armstrong, The Ambassador of Jazz, with pre-order link!

Louis Armstrong, Satchmo: Louis Armstrong, The Ambassador of Jazz (Universal, 2011)

Disc 1

  1. Just Gone – King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band (4/5/23)
  2. Chime Blues – King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band (4/5/23)
  3. Dipper Mouth Blues – King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band (4/6/23 or 6/22-29/23)
  4. Tears – King Creole’s Creole Jazz Band (10/23)
  5. New Orleans Stomp (Clean Version) – King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band (10/16/23)
  6. Shanghai Shuffle – Ma Rainey Accompanied by Her Georgia Jazz Band (10/16/24)
  7. Copenhagen (Single Version) – Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra (10/30/24)
  8. Everybody Loves My Baby – Clarence Williams’ Blue Five or Josephine Beatty with The Red Onion Jazz Babies (both rec. 11/6/24)
  9. Cake Walking Babies (From Home) – The Red Onion Jazz Babies (12/22/24) or Eva Taylor with Clarence Williams’ Blue Five (1/8/25)
  10. St. Louis Blues – Bessie Smith (1/14/25)
  11. Sugar Foot Stomp – Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra (5/29/25)
  12. Santa Claus Blues – Eva Taylor with Clarence Williams’ Blue Five (10/8/25 or 10/16/25)
  13. Georgia Grind – Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five (2/26/26)
  14. Heebie Jeebies – Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five (2/26/26)
  15. Cornet Chop Suey – Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five (2/26/26)
  16. Muskrat Ramble (Single Version) – Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five (2/26/26)
  17. Stomp Off, Let’s Go – Erskine Tate’s Vendrome Orchestra (5/28/26)
  18. He Likes It Slow – Butterbeans and Susie (6/18/26)
  19. Chicago Breakdown – Louis Armstrong and His Stompers (5/9/27)
  20. Potato Head Blues – Louis Armstrong and His Hot Seven (5/10/27)
  21. New Orleans Stomp – Johnny Dodd’s Black Bottom Stompers (4/22/27)
  22. Hotter Than That – Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five (12/13/27)
  23. Savoy Blues – Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five (12/13/27)

Disc 2

  1. West End Blues – Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five (6/28/28)
  2. Skip the Gutter – Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five (6/27/28)
  3. Symphonic Raps – Carroll Dickerson’s Savoyagers (7/5/28)
  4. Weather Bird (12/5/28)
  5. Muggles – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (12/7/28)
  6. Tight Like This – Louis Armstrong and His Savoy Ballroom Five (12/12/28)
  7. Knockin’ A Jug – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (3/5/29)
  8. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love – Louis Armstrong and His Savoy Ballroom Five (3/5/29)
  9. Mahogany Hall Stomp – Louis Armstrong and His Savoy Ballroom Five (3/5/29)
  10. Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (7/19/29)
  11. Black and Blue – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (7/22/29)
  12. When You’re Smiling – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (9/11/29)
  13. After You’ve Gone – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (11/26/29)
  14. Rockin’ Chair – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (12/13/29)
  15. St. Louis Blues – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (12/13/29)
  16. Blue Turning Grey Over You (2/1/30)
  17. Tiger Rag – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (5/4/30)
  18. I’m a Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas – Louis Armstrong and His New Sebastian Cotton Club Orchestra (7/21/30)
  19. Blue Yodel No. 9 (1996 Remaster) – Jimmie Rodgers (7/16/30)
  20. Body and Soul – Louis Armstrong and His New Sebastian Cotton Club Orchestra (10/9/30)
  21. You’re Lucky To Me – Louis Armstrong and His New Sebastian Cotton Club Orchestra (10/16/30)
  22. Memories of You – Louis Armstrong and His New Sebastian Cotton Club Orchestra (10/16/30)
  23. Sweethearts on Parade – Louis Armstrong and His New Sebastian Cotton Club Orchestra (12/23/30)
  24. When Your Lover Has Gone – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (4/29/31)

Disc 3

  1. Lazy River – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (11/3/31)
  2. Chinatown, My Chinatown – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (Single Version) (11/3/31)
  3. Stardust –  Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (11/4/31)
  4. You Can Depend on Me – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (11/5/31)
  5. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea- Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (1/25/32)
  6. All of Me – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (1/27/32)
  7. Lawd, You Made the Night Too Long – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (3/11/32)
  8. That’s My Home (1996 Remaster) – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (12/8/32)
  9. I’ve Got the World on a String – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (1/26/33)
  10. I’ve Gotta Right to Sing the Blues (1996 Remaster) – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (1/26/33)
  11. Basin Street Blues – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (1/27/33)
  12. Laughin’ Louie – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (1/24/33)
  13. I’m In the Mood For Love- Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (10/3/35)
  14. Old Man Mose – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (10/21/35 or 10/22/35)
  15. Thanks a Million – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (Single Version) (12/19/35)
  16. Shoe Shine Boy (Single Version)- Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (12/19/35)
  17. Ev’ntide (Single Version) – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (5/18/36)
  18. Swing That Music (Single Version) – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (5/18/36)
  19. The Skeleton in the Closet (Single Version) – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (8/7/36)
  20. On a Cocoanut Island (Original Single Version) – Louis Armstrong with the Polynesians (8/18/36)
  21. The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River) – Louis Armstrong and the Mills Brothers (6/29/37)
  22. Jubilee (Single Version) – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (1/12/38)
  23. Struttin’ with Some Barbeque (Single Version) – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (1/12/38)
  24. I Double Dare You (Single Version) – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (1/13/38)
  25. When The Saints Go Marching In (Single Version) – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (5/13/38)

Disc 4

  1. Nobody Knows De Trouble I’ve Seen – Louis Armstrong with the Decca Mixed Choir (6/14/38)
  2. Jeepers Creepers (Single Version) – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (1/18/39)
  3. I’m Confessin’ (That I Love You) (Single Version) (4/25/39)
  4. Wolverine Blues (Single Version) – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (3/14/40)
  5. Perdido Street Blues (Single Version) – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (5/27/40)
  6. I Cover the Waterfront – Louis Armstrong and His Hot Seven (3/10/41)
  7. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (11/16/41)
  8. I Never Knew (Single Version) – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (4/17/42)
  9. I Wonder (Single Version) – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (1/14/45)
  10. Snafu (Single Version)  – Esquire All-American 1946 Award Winners (1/10/46)
  11. You Won’t Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart) (Single Version) – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong with Bob Haggart’s Orchestra (1/18/46)
  12. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans – Louis Armstrong and His Dixieland Seven (10/17/46)
  13. Pennies From Heaven (2001 Remaster, Live)- Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars (5/17/47)
  14. Back O’Town Blues (Album Version, Live) – Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars (5/17/47)
  15. Rockin’ Chair – Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars (6/10/47)
  16. Jack-Armstrong Blues (1996 Remaster) – Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars (6/10/47)
  17. Muskrat Ramble – Parts 1 & 2 – Louis Armstrong and The All-Stars (Live, 1947 Symphony Hall) (11/30/47)
  18. That’s My Desire (Live, 1947 Symphony Hall) – Louis Armstrong and The All-Stars (11/30/47)
  19. That Lucky Old Sun (Single Version) – Louis Armstrong with Gordon Jenkins’ Orchestra (9/6/49)
  20. Blueberry Hill (Single Version) – Louis Armstrong with Gordon Jenkins’ Orchestra (9/6/49)
  21. You Can’t Lose a Broken Heart (Single Version) – Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday with Sy Oliver’s Orchestra (9/30/49)

Disc 5

  1. New Orleans Function – Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars (4/26-27/50)
  2. That’s For Me (Parts 1 & 2) – Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars (4/26-27/50)
  3. Panama – Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars (4/26-27/50)
  4. C’est Si Bon (It’s So Good) – Louis Armstrong with Sy Oliver’s Orchestra (6/26/50)
  5. La Vie En Rose (Single Version) – Louis Armstrong with Sy Oliver’s Orchestra (6/26/50
  6. You Rascal You (I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead) (Single Version) – Louis Armstrong with Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five (8/23/50)
  7. Dream a Little Dream of Me (Single Version) – Louis Armstrong with Ella Fitzgerald and Sy Oliver’s Orchestra (8/25/50)
  8. You Can Depend On Me – Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars (Live, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 1951) (1/30/51)
  9. Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Parts 1 & 2) – Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars (Live, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 1951) (1/30/51)
  10. Gone Fishin’ (Live Radio Version) – likely with Bing Crosby from The Bing Crosby Chesterfield Show (4/19/51)
  11. A Kiss to Build a Dream On – Louis Armstrong with Sy Oliver’s Orchestra (7/24/51)
  12. (When We Are Dancin’) I Get Ideas (Single Version) – Louis Armstrong with Sy Oliver’s Orchestra (7/24/51)
  13. Because Of You – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (9/17/51)
  14. Indian Love Call – Louis Armstrong with Gordon Jenkins’ Orchestra (11/28/51)
  15. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South (Alternate Lyric Version) – Louis Armstrong with Gordon Jenkins’ Orchestra (11/28/51)
  16. It Takes Two to Tango (Single Version) – Louis Armstrong with Sy Oliver’s Orchestra (8/25/52)
  17. Your Cheatin’ Heart (Single Version) – Louis Armstrong with Sy Oliver’s Orchestra (2/23/53)
  18. Someday You’ll Be Sorry (Single Version) – Louis Armstrong with the Commanders (10/22/53)
  19. The Gypsy (Single Version) – Louis Armstrong with the Commanders (10/22/53)
  20. The Whiffenpoof Song – Louis Armstrong with the All-Stars (4/13/54)

Disc 6

  1. Beale Street Blues – Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars (7/12/54)
  2. Chantez Les Bas (Sing ‘Em Low)  (7/14/54)
  3. Back Home Again in Indiana (Live)  (1955 Crescendo Club) (1/21/55)
  4. Blue Turning Grey Over You (Edited Alternate Version) – Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars (4/27/55)
  5. Mack the Knife (Single Version) – Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars (9/28/55)
  6. The Faithful Hussar (Single Version) – Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars (12/19/55)
  7. Royal Garden Blues – Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars (1/24/56)
  8. My Bucket’s Got a Hole In It – Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars (Live, 1956)
  9. St. Louis Blues (Concerto Grosso) – Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars, with Leonard Bernstein, conductor (Live, Lewisohn Stadium, New York) (7/14/56)
  10. Stars Fell on Alabama – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong (8/16/56)
  11. They Can’t Take That Away From Me – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong (8/16/56)
  12. The Nearness of You – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong (8/16/56)
  13. On the Sunny Side of the Street (1983 Satchmo Album Version) (12/11/56)
  14. When You’re Smiling (Without Intro) (12/12/56)
  15. King of the Zulus (1983 Satchmo Album Version) (1/25/57)

Disc 7

  1. Stompin’ at the Savoy – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong (7/23/57)
  2. Love Is Here to Stay – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong (7/23/57)
  3. I Get a Kick Out of You – Louis Armstrong and Oscar Peterson (7/31/57)
  4. Stormy Weather – Louis Armstrong with Russell Garcia and Orchestra (8/14-16/57)
  5. Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen (Re-Record) – likely Louis Armstrong and Sy Oliver’s Orchestra (2/4/58)
  6. Summertime – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong (8/18-19/57)
  7. Bess Oh Where Is My Bess – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong (8/18-19/57 & 10/57)
  8. There’s No You – Louis Armstrong and the Oscar Peterson Trio Plus One (10/14/57)
  9. Let’s Fall in Love (Take 2) – Louis Armstrong and the Oscar Peterson Trio Plus One (10/14/57)
  10. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child – Louis Armstrong with Sy Oliver’s Orchestra (2/7/58)
  11. Summer Song – Louis Armstrong and His Band (9/13/61)
  12. Hello, Dolly! –Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars (12/3/63)
  13. A Lot of Livin’ to Do – Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars (12/3/63)
  14. I Still Get Jealous – Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars (4/18/64)
  15. Moon River – Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars (4/18/64)
  16. So Long Dearie – Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars (9/3/64)
  17. Mame (Single Version)- Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars (5/66)
  18. Cabaret (Single Version) – Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars (8/25/66 or 8/16/67)
  19. What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong’s Orchestra and Chorus (8/16/67)
  20. Blueberry Hill – 1970 Newport Jazz Festival
  21. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South – 1970 Newport Jazz Festival

Disc 8

  1. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
  2. Indiana
  3. The Gypsy
  4. Ole Miss Blues
  5. My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It
  6. Perdido
  7. You Made Me Love You
  8. Mack the Knife
  9. Stompin’ at the Savoy
  10. You Can Depend On Me
  11. Mop Mop
  12. You Won’t Be Satisfied
  13. Undecided
  14. When the Saints Go Marching In

Disc 9

  1. Dan Morgenstern Interview with Louis Armstrong, 1965

Disc 10

  1. Yeh (Take 5)
  2. Mm-Mm (Take 10)
  3. Indiana (Studio Warm-Up)
  4. Makin’ Whoopee (Breakdown)
  5. Makin’ Whoopee (Take 1)
  6. I Get a Kick Out of You (Take 1)
  7. I Get a Kick Out of You (Run-Through)
  8. I Get a Kick Out of You (Takes 3 & 4)
  9. I Get a Kick Out of You (Takes 9-12)
  10. I Get a Kick Out of You (Take 13)
  11. Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love) (Breakdowns)
  12. Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love) (Take 3)
  13. Willow Weep For Me (Take 1)
  14. Willow Weep For Me (Take 4)
  15. Oh Bess Where Is My Bess  (Takes 5 & 6)
  16. Oh Bess Where Is My Bess (Take 7)
  17. Redheaded Woman
  18. Let’s Fall in Love
  19. Basin Street Blues (Take 1)
  20. So Long, Dearie (Rehearsal Take)
  21. So Long, Dearie (Take 1)
  22. Pretty Little Missy (Take 1)
  23. Pretty Little Missy (Take 4)

Disc 1, Disc 1, Track 1 from Gennett 5133, 1923
Disc 1, Track 2 from Gennett 5135, 1923
Disc 1, Track 3 from Gennett 5132 or OKeh master 8402-A, 1923
Disc 1, Track 4 from OKeh 40000, 1923
Disc 1, Track 5 from Columbia 14003-D, 1923
Disc 1, Track 6 from Pathe 036157, 1924
Disc 1, Track 7 from Vocalion 14926, 1924
Disc 1, Track 8 from OKeh 8181 or Gennett 5594, 1924
Disc 1, Track 9 from Gennett 5627, 1924 or OKeh 40321, 1925
Disc 1, Track 10 from Columbia 14064-D, 1925
Disc 1, Track 11 from Columbia 395-D, 1925
Disc 1, Track 12 from OKeh 8245 or OKeh 8254, 1925
Disc 1, Track 13 from OKeh 8318, 1926
Disc 1, Tracks 14 & 16 from OKeh 8300, 1926
Disc 1, Track 15 from OKeh 8320, 1926
Disc 1, Track 17 from Vocalion 1027, 1926
Disc 1, Track 18 from OKeh 8355, 1926
Disc 1, Track 19 from Columbia 36376, 1927
Disc 1, Track 20 from OKeh 8503, 1927
Disc 1, Track 21 from Vocalion 15632, 1927
Disc 1, Tracks 22-23 from OKeh 8535, 1927
Disc 2, Track 1 from OKeh 8597, 1928
Disc 2, Track 2 from OKeh 8631, 1928
Disc 2, Track 3 from Arg. Odeon 193329, 1928
Disc 2, Track 4 from OKeh 41454, 1928
Disc 2, Tracks 5 & 7 from OKeh 8703, 1929
Disc 2, Track 6 from Okeh 8649, 1928
Disc 2, Track 8 from OKeh 8669, 1929
Disc 2, Track 9 from OKeh 8680, 1929
Disc 2, Tracks 10-11 from OKeh 8714, 1929
Disc 2, Track 12 from OKeh 41298 or 8729, 1929
Disc 2, Track 13 likely from OKeh 41350, 1929
Disc 2, Track 14 from OKeh 8756, 1929
Disc 2, Track 15 likely from OKeh 41350, 1929
Disc 2, Track 16 from OKeh 41375, 1930
Disc 2, Track 17 from OKeh 8800, 1930
Disc 2, Track 18 from OKeh 41442, 1930
Disc 2, Track 19 from Victor 23580,1930
Disc 2, Track 20 from OKeh 41468, 1930
Disc 2, Tracks 21-22 from OKeh 41463, 1930
Disc 2, Track 23 from Columbia 2688-D
Disc 2, Track 24 from OKeh 41498, 1931
Disc 3, Track 1 from OKeh 41541, 1931
Disc 3, Track 2 from OKeh 41534, 1931
Disc 3, Track 3 from OKeh 41530, 1931
Disc 3, Track 4 from OKeh 41538, 1931
Disc 3, Track 5 from OKeh 41550, 1932
Disc 3, Track 6 from OKeh 41552, 1932
Disc 3, Track 7 from Okeh 41560, 1932
Disc 3, Track 8 from Victor 24200/Bluebird B-10236, 1932
Disc 3, Track 9 from Victor 24245, 1933
Disc 3, Track 10 from Victor 24233, 1933
Disc 3, Track 11 from Victor 24351, 1933
Disc 3, Track 12 from Victor 24363 or Bluebird 9759-2, 1933
Disc 3, Track 13 from Decca F-5785, 1935
Disc 3, Track 14 from Decca G-5895 or Decca 622, 1935
Disc 3, Track 15 from Decca 666, 1935
Disc 3, Track 16 from Decca 672, 1935
Disc 3, Track 17 from Decca 835, 1936
Disc 3, Track 18 from Decca 866, 1936
Disc 3, Track 19 from Decca 949, 1936
Disc 3, Track 20 from Decca 914, 1936
Disc 3, Track 21 from Decca 1360, 1937
Disc 3, Track 22 from Decca 1635, 1938
Disc 3, Track 23 from Decca 1661, 1938
Disc 3, Track 24 from Decca 1636, 1938
Disc 3, Track 25 from Decca 2230, 1938
Disc 4, Track 1 from Decca 2085, 1938
Disc 4, Track 2 from Decca 2267, 1939
Disc 4, Track 3 from Decca 2615, 1939
Disc 4, Track 4 from Decca 3105, 1940
Disc 4, Track 5 from Decca 18090, 1940
Disc 4, Track 6 from Decca 3700, 1941
Disc 4, Track 7 from Decca 4140, 1941
Disc 4, Track 8 from Decca 4229, 1942
Disc 4, Track 9 from Decca 18652, 1945
Disc 4, Track 10 from Victor 40-4001, 1946
Disc 4, Track 11 from Decca 23496, 1946
Disc 4, Track 12 from Victor 20-2087, 1946
Disc 4, Track 13 recorded live at Town Hall, New York City, 5/17/47 from Victor 40-4005, 1947
Disc 4, Track 14 recorded live at Town Hall, New York City, 5/17/47, from Victor 40-4006, 1947
Disc 4, Tracks 15-16 from Victor 20-2348, 1947
Disc 4, Tracks 17-18 recorded live at Symphony Hall, Boston, released 1951
Disc 4, Tracks 19-20 from Decca 24752, 1949
Disc 4, Track 21 from Decca 24785, 1949
Disc 5, Track 1 from Decca 27059, 1950
Disc 5, Track 2 from Decca 9-27187/8. 1950
Disc 5, Track 3 from Decca 9-27191/2, 1950
Disc 5, Tracks 4-5 from Decca 27113, 1950
Disc 5, Track 6 from Decca 27212, 1950
Disc 5, Track 7 from Decca 27209, 1950
Disc 5, Tracks 8-9 recorded 1/30/51, Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California, released on The California Concerts, GRP 613, 1992
Disc 5, Track 10 likely from Decca 27633, 1951
Disc 5, Tracks 11-12 from Decca 27720, 1951
Disc 5, Track 13 from Decca 27816, 1951
Disc 5, Track 14 from Decca 28076, 1951
Disc 5, Track 15 original version from Decca 27899, 1951
Disc 5, Track 16 from Decca 23894, 1952
Disc 5, Track 17 from Decca 28628, 1953
Disc 5, Track 18 from Decca 29280, 1953
Disc 5, Track 19 from Decca 28995, 1953
Disc 5, Track 20 from Decca 29153, 1954
Disc 6, Tracks 1-2 from Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy (Columbia CL 591, 1954)
Disc 6, Track 3 recorded at The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles, California, released on The California Concerts, GRP 613, 1992
Disc 6, Track 4 from Satch Plays Fats (Columbia CL 708, 1955)
Disc 6, Track 5 from Columbia 40587, 1955
Disc 6, Tracks 6-7 from Ambassador Satch (Columbia CL 840, 1956)
Disc 6, Tracks 8-9 from Satchmo the Great (Columbia CL 1077, 1956)
Disc 6, Track 10-12 from Ella and Louis (Verve V-4003, 1956)
Disc 6, Tracks 13-15 originally from Satchmo: A Musical Autobiography (Decca LP 4331, 1957)
Disc 7, Tracks 1-2 from Ella and Louis Again (Verve MGV-4006-2, 1957)
Disc 7, Tracks 3 & 8 from Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson (Verve, MGV-8322, 1957)
Disc 7, Track 4 from Louis Under the Stars (Verve MGV-4012, 1957)
Disc 7, Tracks 5 & 10 from Louis and the Good Book (Decca DL 8741, 1958)
Disc 7, Tracks 6-7 from Porgy and Bess (Verve V6-4068, 1957)
Disc 7, Track 9 from Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson (Verve CD 539060-2, 1997)
Disc 7, Track 11 from The Real Ambassadors (Columbia 5850, 1962)
Disc 7, Tracks 12-13 from Kapp 573, 1963
Disc 7, Tracks 14-15 from Hello, Dolly!, Kapp KL-1364 (mono)/KS-3364 (stereo), 1964
Disc 7, Track 16 from Mercury 72338, 1964
Disc 7, Track 17 from Mercury 72574, 1966
Disc 7, Track 18 from Columbia 4-48319, 1966 or ABC-Paramount 10982, 1967
Disc 7, Track 19 from ABC-Paramount 10982, 1967
Disc 7, Tracks 20-21 live from The Newport Jazz Festival, 1970
Disc 8, all tracks recorded at the Hollywood Bowl, 1956
Disc 9, previously commercially unavailable
Disc 10, all tracks previously unreleased

Many tracks have been designated by Universal as “Album Version” even when only one version of a song exists.  We have eliminated that designation accordingly.

All tracks are credited to Louis Armstrong unless otherwise indicated.

All discographical information is supplied to the best of our knowledge.  Additions and/or corrections are welcome!

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Written by Joe Marchese

July 13, 2011 at 10:26

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  1. Wow, pretty awesome….is this going to be import only?

    Rob

    June 30, 2011 at 15:34

    • Agree with Rob – Wow!

      Excited to see the track listing; not so excited to see the price! LOL

      Tom

      June 30, 2011 at 15:57

  2. I am wondering how this will compare with the two boxsets on Mosaic (covering Decca). Will there be any tracks on Mosaic sets not on this set and vice-versa?

    Then there were the exclusive collector’s series from Europe covering the Decca period, such as the Ambassador label? Do they have better sound than this (as often is the case)?

    Being a serious boxset collector (e.g. Bear Family), somehow I do not think of 10 CDs as being massive. It takes at least 16-20 CDs before the word massive enters my mind! Ten CDs suggests that there will be many “edits” or missing tracks.

    Please keep us posted with updates!

    Kevin

    July 12, 2011 at 09:28

  3. After viewing the video, it appears this will be a selected retrospective and not a definitive chronology of the Decca period. So the Mosaic sets (or other chronologies, such as the Fremeaux label) will still be important.

    Kevin

    July 12, 2011 at 09:35

    • Indeed, you hit the nail on the head. Though seven discs is not-inconsiderable, the tracks selected are just a representation of each era of Armstrong’s recording career, and not complete to any one period. That said, this looks like it could be a nice set to sit alongside the complete collections from Decca, Victor, Kapp/Mercury/ABC. etc.

      Joe Marchese

      July 13, 2011 at 10:29

  4. looking forward with great anticipation to this exciting new set. can you advise if it will be available in australia and the cost. many thanks john fryer

    john fryer

    July 16, 2011 at 01:56

  5. If you do a google shopping search, you will find a wide price range, from $100 to $250.

    Kevin

    July 27, 2011 at 09:26

  6. Look at blowitoutahere.com.

    $100.

    Kevin

    July 29, 2011 at 16:10


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