Monday, February 28, 2011

Louis Armstrong: The Great Chicago Concert 1956

Originally out on a double LP, this is a definitive set of the Louis Armstrong All-Stars of 1956. The music and many of the solos will be familiar to longtime Armstrong fans, but whether it be "Struttin' with Some Barbecue," "Basin Street," or his then-new hit, "Mack the Knife," the spirit and enthusiasm of this music is irresistible. This is his best live set in the '50s. The CD reissue, a two-CD set, is slightly more complete than the two-fer LP in that it adds a version of Armstrong's theme song, "When It's Sleepy Time Down South," a closing "Saints" that allows Satch to introduce his band, and a straightforward rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner."

Disc 1:

01. Medley: Flee As A Bird To The Mountain / Oh, Didn’t He Ramble
02. Medley: Memphis Blues / Frankie And Johnny / Tiger Rag

03. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans

04. Basin Street Blues
05. Black And Blue

06. West End Blues
07. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
08. Struttin’ With Some Barbecue

09. When It’s Sleepy Time Sown South

10. Medley: Manhattan / When It’s Sleepy Time Down South

11. Indiana

12. The Gypsy
13. The Faithful Hussar

Disc 2:

01. Rockin’ Chair
02. Bucket’s Got A Hole In It

03. Perdido

04. Clarinet Marmalade

05. Mack The Knife

06. Medley: Tenderly / You’ll Never Walk Alone

07. Stompin’ At The Savoy 08. Margie
09. Big Mama’s Back In Town

10. That’s My Desire

11. Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So)

12. When The Saints Go Marching In

13. The Star Spangled Banner




  1. hey jaybee, good stuff you got here. just added your blog to our bloglist. just one request: is there a way to stop the music that comes on automatically from your mixpod for us visitors who's already got music going on from our playlists? thanks.


  2. @azzul: You can just click on the lower button of the "iPod" to stop/play the music.