I've Got the World on a String / Under the Stars
 : I've Got the World on a String / Under the Stars

by: Louis Armstrong

Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0731455983128
Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
Item Dimensions: 5047530550
Label: Polygram Records
Languages: EnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Polygram Records
MPN: 731455983128
Number Of Discs: 2
Number Of Items: 2
Publication Date: October 26, 1999
Publisher: Polygram Records
Release Date: November 02, 1999
Studio: Polygram Records

Disc 1:
  1. When Your Lover Has Gone
  2. You're The Top
  3. You Turned The Tables On Me
  4. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  5. Little Girl Blue
  6. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
  7. We'll Be Together Again
  8. I've Got The World On A String
  9. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
  10. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
  11. You Turned The Tables On Me - Mono Master Take
  12. Little Girl Blue - Mono Master Take
  13. You Turned The Tables On Me - Alternate Take
  14. You Turned The Tables On Me - Alternate Take
  15. You Turned The Tables On Me - Incomplete Takes
  16. I've Got The World On A String - Alternate Take
  17. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues - Incomplete Takes
  18. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues - Alternate Take
Disc 2:
  1. Top Hat, White Tie, And Tails
  2. Have You Met Miss Jones?
  3. I Only Have Eyes For You
  4. Stormy Weather
  5. Home
  6. East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon)
  7. You're Blase
  8. Body And Soul
  9. East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon) - Mono Master Take
  10. Body And Soul - Mono Master Take
  11. Stormy Weather - Alternate Take
  12. Stormy Weather - Alternate Take
  13. Stormy Weather - Incomplete Take
  14. Stormy Weather - Incomplete Takes
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Editorial Review:
The work of Louis Armstrong was one of the formative influences on music of the twentieth century. Although Armstrong arguably cut his best sides in the '20s, he continued to be an important representative of jazz (earning him the name "Ambassador") right up until the '70s, when he died. During the late '50s and early '60s, he experienced a full-blown revival, partly due to a successful string of duets he cut with Ella Fitzgerald. It was also during this period that he originally cut these two LPs for Verve: I've Got the World on a String and Louis Under the Stars (released in 1957 and '58, respectively). Armstrong doesn't play a whole lot of trumpet here, because, at this point, he had been more or less enshrined as an institution and was getting by on personality and charisma alone. On these sides he was basically propped up before an orchestra--in this case one conducted by Russell Garcia--and left to do what he'd become best at: mainly, being Louis Armstrong. Which he does well, of course: his smoldering voice is still surprisingly supple, even at this stage in the game. This is especially true considering that all the tracks on this double CD were recorded on the same day, August 14, 1957. Typical of record company practices at the time, the session was fleshed out to make two albums. Here, it is restored in its original order and length, complete with alternate takes, liner notes, and original artwork. Just five days after Armstrong cut these sides, he performed his historic duet with Ella Fitzgerald on Porgy & Bess, which propelled him into perhaps the final great phase of his career. --Joe S. Harrington

Average Rating: none

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