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Louis Armstrong - Plays W.C. Handy (mono)


Pure Pleasure Records (Columbia)



Product No.:
APPR 591
EAN: 5060149620250
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2

180 Gram LP  

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"Based upon the diversity of music, quality of product and their extraordinary rate of progress, Pure Pleasure Records is our re-issue record company of the year."
- hi-fi+

"The excellence of Louis' band is so high and so consistent that every man deserves commendation for his part in making this remarkably fine record. Trummy Young particularly should be singled out for his driving solos and for the way his 'boots' Louis in the final ensembles. The way I fell about this record can be summed up in this way. When I die, I want people to say, 'That's the guy that if it hadn't been for him and Louis Armstrong and W.C. Handy, there wouldn't have been that great record, Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy.'" – excerpt from the sleeve notes by George Avakian

"Pure Pleasure has remastered one of my desert island discs – my favorite Armstrong recording and one that shows him at his best musically and sonically…How does this new release stack up against the original maroon label Columbia vinyl? Almost from the moment that the stylus first touched down, I heard subtle and not so subtle details that I had never noticed before, and I have listened to this recording in various incarnations hundreds of times. Add to that fact that the harmonic texture is captured spot on, and this new re-issue is an instant candidate for my Record of the Year…don't miss it!" Recording = 10/10; Music = 10/10 – Dennis D. Davis, Hi-Fi+, Issue 45

St Louis Blues
Yellow Dog Blues
Loveless Love
Aunt Hagar’s Blues
Long Gone (From Bowling Green)
Memphis Blues
Beale Street Blues
Ole Miss Blues
Chantez Les Bas (Sing ‘Em Low)
Hesitating Blues
Atlanta Blues (Make Me One Pallet On Your Floor)
George Avakian’s Interview With W.C. Handy
Loveless Love (rehearsal sequence)
Hesitating Blues (rehearsal sequence)
Alligator Story
Long Gone (From Bowling Green) (rehearsal sequence)

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 3 person(s) rated this product.

Don't need to buy a ticket!

posted on 03/14/2020
5 Stars
Reviewer: Chris
If you want to hear "Satchmo" at his absolute best, this is it! The listener is in the front row. The clarity is astonishing!


posted on 08/17/2007
5 Stars
Reviewer: Sean
A true desert island gem.

So this is why he was so famous!

posted on 10/23/2006
5 Stars
Reviewer: Pat
The best Armstrong I've heard. At least as desirable, delectable as Ella & Louis. The track with commentary from W. C. Handy, himself, is a wonderful bonus.

Best version of St. Louis Blues I've heard.

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