Stream Satchmo With Louis Armstrong’s The Complete Decca Singles 1935-1946 Collection

August 4, 2017

To celebrate what would have been the late great Louis Armstrong’s 116th birthday today, Verve Records/UMe have released the digital collection, The Complete Decca Singles 1935-1946.

A prequel of sorts to The Complete Decca Singles 1949-1958 issued at the end of 2016, this new comprehensive collection not only spans many of Pop’s singles and B-sides during that fruitful decade with Decca, but brings with it many of Armstrong’s tracks to the digital format for the very first time.

This 136-track digital compilation arrives just in time for the annual music extravaganza Satchmo SummerFest that takes place in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter and honours the legacy of one of the most iconic singers and trumpet players in jazz history.

The ambitious collection entails six digital volumes with the tracks (A-side/B-side) in chronological order by original release date and will be available on all digital retailers and streaming services.

Since leaving Brunswick Records and helping to establish Decca’s American operation, producer and label head Jack Knapp laid out a clear course for Armstrong that started in the label’s New York studios on 3 October 1935. Beginning with Armstrong’s hit. ‘I’m in the Mood for Love’.

This set the tone for the next six year’s worth of Decca sessions and over a hundred 78 sides. Kapp encouraged him to try every type of genre to attract a mainstream audience and not just the “ever-growing Armstrong cult”. From pop songs to Tin Pan Alley, novelty hits, Broadway standards, abolitionist ballads like ‘Darling Nelly Gray’ and updates on big-band songs like ‘Dipper Mouth’, he did them all.

During this time, Armstrong was also paired with other Decca artists such as Jimmy Dorsey, Casa Loma Orchestra, and the Mills Brothers, but no matter the genre or collaborator, Satchmo stole the show and made every song completely his own. Like his trumpet, he used his voice as an instrument, injecting personality and flair into even the most straightforward pop songs.

While many of his hits are included in the collection including, ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’, ‘Public Melody Number One’, ‘Swing That Music’ and ‘Struttin’ With Some Barbecue’, it also includes some of his early duets with Ella Fitzgerald including ‘You Won't Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart)’ and ‘The Frim Fram Sauce’.

Louis Armstrong - The Complete Decca Singles 1935-1946 is available here. Explore our dedicated Louis Armstrong artist page and view the full tracklist below.

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Volume 1

  1. I'm In The Mood For Love
  2. Got A Bran' New Suit
  3. You Are My Lucky Star
  4. La Cucaracha
  5. Old Man Mose
  6. Was I To Blame For Falling In Love With You
  7. I'm Shooting High
  8. I've Got My Fingers Crossed
  9. On Treasure Island
  10. Red Sails In The Sunset
  11. Thanks A Million
  12. Solitude
  13. I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music
  14. Shoe Shine Boy
  15. The Music Goes 'Round And Around
  16. Rhythm Saved The World
  17. I'm Puttin' All My Eggs In One Basket
  18. Yes-Yes! My-My! (She's Mine)
  19. Somebody Stole My Break
  20. I Come From A Musical Family
  21. Mahogany Hall Stomp
  22. Lyin' To Myself
  23. Ev'ntide

 Volume 2

  1. Swing That Music
  2. Thankful
  3. If We Never Meet Again
  4. Dipper Mouth
  5. On A Cocoanut Island
  6. To You, Sweetheart Aloha
  7. The Skeleton In The Closet
  8. Hurdy Gurdy Man
  9. When Ruben Swings The Cuban
  10. Red Nose
  11. Pennies From Heaven Medley: Let's Call A Heart A Heart/So Do I/The Skeleton In The Closet
  12. Pennies From Heaven
  13. Hawaiian Hospitality
  14. On A Little Bamboo Bridge
  15. Darling Nelly Gray
  16. Carry Me Back To Old Virginny
  17. The Old Folks At Home
  18. In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree
  19. Public Melody Number One
  20. Red Cap
  21. Cuban Pete
  22. She's The Daughter Of A Planter From Havana
  23. Yours And Mine
  24. Sun Showers

Volume 3

  1. I've Got A Heart Full Of Rhythm
  2. Alexander's Ragtime Band
  3. Once In A While
  4. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
  5. True Confession
  6. Jubilee
  7. I Double Dare You
  8. Satchel Mouth Swing
  9. Sweet As A Song
  10. The Trumpet Player's Lament
  11. Let That Be A Lesson To You
  12. Struttin' With Some Barbecue
  13. So Little Time (So Much To Do)
  14. Mexican Swing
  15. On The Sentimental Side
  16. It's Wonderful
  17. Love Walked In
  18. Something Tells Me
  19. The Flat Foot Floogee
  20. My Walking Stick
  21. The Song Is Ended
  22. Shadrack
  23. Jonah And The Whale
  24. I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams
  25. Naturally

Volume 4

  1. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  2. Ain't Misbehavin'
  3. Going To Shout All Over God's Heaven
  4. Nobody Knows De Trouble I've Seen
  5. As Long As You Live You'll Be Dead If You Die
  6. When The Saints Go Marching In
  7. Elder Eatmore's Sermon On Throwing Stones
  8. Elder Eatmore's Sermon On Generosity
  9. Jeepers Creepers
  10. What Is This Thing Called Swing?
  11. Rockin' Chair
  12. Lazybones
  13. Hear Me Talkin' To Ya
  14. Save It Pretty Mama
  15. If It's Good (Than I Want It)
  16. West End Blues
  17. Savoy Blues
  18. Me And Brother Bill
  19. Confessin' That I Love You
  20. Our Monday Date
  21. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
  22. Shanty Boat On The Mississippi

Volume 5

  1. You're A Lucky Guy
  2. You're Just A No Account
  3. Bye And Bye
  4. Poor Old Joe
  5. You've Got Me Voodoo'd
  6. Harlem Stomp
  7. Wolverine Blues
  8. Swing That Music
  9. P.A.
  10. Marie
  11. Boog-It
  12. Cherry
  13. Hep Cats' Ball
  14. Lazy 'Sippi Steamer
  15. You Run Your Mouth, I'll Run My Business
  16. Cain And Abel
  17. Sweethearts On Parade
  18. Cut Off My Legs And Call Me Shorty
  19. Perdido Street Blues
  20. 2:19 Blues
  21. Coal Cart Blues
  22. Down In Honky Tonk Town

Volume 6

  1. Long, Long Ago
  2. I Cover The Waterfront
  3. New Do You Call That A Buddy [Now Do You Call That A Buddy]
  4. Hey Lawdy Mama
  5. Ev'rything's Been Done Before
  6. In The Gloaming
  7. I'll Get Mine Bye And Bye
  8. Yes Suh!
  9. I Used To Love You (But It's All Over Now)
  10. Leap Frog
  11. (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You
  12. When It's Sleepy Time Down South
  13. (Get Some) Cash For Your Trash
  14. I Never Knew
  15. Among My Souvenirs
  16. Coquette
  17. I Wonder
  18. Jodie Man
  19. You Won't Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart)
  20. The Frim Fram Sauce

 

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