Louis Armstrong : The Great Chicago Concert

Louis Armstrong : The Great Chicago Concert


Louis Armstrong (trumpet, vocals), Edmond Hall (clarinet and vocal), Trummy Young (trombone and vocal), Billy Kyle (piano), Dale Jones (bass), Barrett Deems (drums), Velma Middleton (vocals)

recorded in 1956

Columbia 65119

Pure Pleasure Records : 3 LPs 180 gram, box with booklet

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Medley : Flee As A Bird To The Mountain - Oh, Didn't He Ramble
A2 - Medley : Memphis Blues - Frankie And Johnny - Tiger Rag
A3 - Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
A4 - Basin Street Blues
B1 - lack And Blue
B2 - West End Blues
B3 - On The Sunny Side Of The Street
B4 - Struttin' With Some Barbecue
B5 - When It's Sleepy Time Down South
C1 :-Medley : Manhattan - When It's Sleepy Time Down South
C2 - Indiana
C3 - The Gypsy
C4 - The Faithful Hussar
D1 - Rockin' Chair
D2 - Bucket's Got A Hole In It
D3 - Perdido
D4 - Clarinet Marmalade
E1 - Mack The Knife
E2 - Medley : Tenderly - You'll Never Walk Alone
E3 - Stompin' At The Savoy
E4 - Margie
F1 - Big Mama's Back In Town
F2 - That's My Desire
F3 - Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So)
F4 - When The Saints Go Marching In
F5 - The Star Spangled Banner

Recorded live in Chicago at Medina Temple, Chicago, on June 1, 1956

There has never been (nor will there ever be again) a musician so beloved all over the world as Louis Armstrong. Artistically, he was not only the single most influential fount and inspiration for every pop-music instrumentalist and singer of his time and thereafter, but he was quite easily the greatest entertainer ever to step on the stage, musical or theatrical. And where Louis was concerned, there was no separation; he was as theatrical as he was musical.

This album documents just one of his countless concert appearances. It is unique and typical at the same time, for the evening began with a review of “50 years of Jazz” (which also paralleled Armstrong’s life, for he and jazz were both born at the turn of the century – Louis in 1901, as a baptismal certificate discovered after his death has established, not 1900, as he had always believed), followed by a standard-issue Armstrong All Stars program.

Although his choice of selections would change slightly from one night to another, and then more so from one year to the next, certain elements remained constant. No matter how often a composition was repeated (he opened every show “Sleepy time Down South”, almost invariably followed by “Indiana”), Louis Armstrong gave his all every performance – no matter how many or few in the audience, and no matter if the decades of nearly non-stop touring had left him exhausted on a particular night.

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.