Louis Armstrong – Plays W.C. Handy: Complete Edition [Import 2CD]


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Release Date: 2013

Label: Essential Jazz Classics


Track List

Disc: 1

  • 1 St. Louis Blues
  • 2 Yellow Dog Blues
  • 3 Loveless Love
  • 4 Aunt Hagar’s Blues
  • 5 Long Gone John (Fram Bowlin’ Green)
  • 6 The Memphis Blues
  • 7 Beale Street Blues
  • 8 Ole Miss Blues
  • 9 Chantez Les Bas
  • 10 Hesitating Blues
  • 11 Atlanta Blues (Make Me One Pallet on Your Floor)
  • 12 Bugle Call Rag/Ole Miss Blues
  • 13 St. Louis Blues

Disc: 2

  • 1 St. Louis Blues (Partially Alternate Take)
  • 2 Loveless Love (Partially Alternate Take)
  • 3 Loveless Love (Rehearsal)
  • 4 Aunt Hagar’s Blues (Partially Alternate Take)
  • 5 Long Gone John (From Bowlin’ Green) (Alternate Take)
  • 6 Long Gone John (From Bowlin’ Green) (Rehearsal)
  • 7 Beale Street Blues (Partially Alternate Take)
  • 8 Ole Miss Blues (Alternate Take)
  • 9 Hesitating Blues (Partially Alternate Take)
  • 10 Hesitating Blues (Rehearsal)
  • 11 Atlanta Blues (Make Me One Pallet on Your Floor) (Partially Alternate Take)
  • 12 Alligator Story
  • 13 George Avakian Interview with W.C. Handy
  • 14 Careless Love (Loveless Love) (With Bessie Smith)
  • 15 St. Louis Blues (With Bessie Smith)
  • 16 St. Louis Blues
  • 17 St. Louis Blues



EU-only two CD set. This release presents, for the first time ever on a single set, all of the music issued from the perennial Louis Armstrong LP celebrating the music of W. C. Handy: Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy. To the eleven tracks that constituted the original LP release, we have added all of the alternate, rehearsal, and partially alternate tracks ever issued, many of which have been long unavailable. Louis is backed here by one of the best formations of his All Stars, with such outstanding musicians as Trummy Young, Barney Bigard and Billy Kyle. As a further bonus, we have added Louis’ earliest readings of W. C. Handy tunes (backing Bessie Smith in 1925), as well as alternative studio recordings of ‘St. Louis Blues’ and ‘Ole Miss’, and his wonderful 1956 live recording of ‘St. Louis Blues’ with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein.

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