Louis Armstrong plays W.C. Handy

Louis Armstrong plays W.C. Handy


Louis Armstrong (trumpet, vocals), Velma Middleton (vocals), Trummy Young (trombone), Barney Bigard (clarinet), Billy Kyle (piano), Arvell Shaw (bass), Barrett Deems (drums), Velma Middleton (vocals)

recorded in 1954

Capitol 591

Pure Pleasure Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - St Louis Blues
A2 - Yellow Dog Blues
A3 - Loveless Love
A4 - Aunt Hagar’s Blues
B1 - Long Gone (From Bowling Green)
B2 - Memphis Blues
B3 - Beale Street Blues
B4 - Ole Miss
C1 - Chantez-les Bas (Sing ‘Em Low)
C2 - Hesitating Blues
C3 - Atlanta Blues (Make Me One Pallet On Your Floor)
C4 - George Avakian’s Interview With W.C. Handy
D1 - Loveless Love (rehearsal sequence)
D2 - Hesitating Blues (rehearsal sequence)
D3 - Alligator Story
D4 - Long Gone (From Bowling Green) (rehearsal sequence)

"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

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Pure Pleasure LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas.