Historic Barcelona Concerts At the Windsor Palace 1955 ( 2 Cd Box Set)
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  • Volume 2 Volume 2
  • Louis & Velma Middleton Louis & Velma Middleton
  • Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong

Historic Barcelona Concerts At the Windsor Palace 1955 ( 2 Cd Box Set)

Fresh Sound Miscellaneous

Personnel:
Trummy Young (tb, voc), Edmond Hall (cl), Billy Kyle (p), Arvell Shaw (b), Barrett Deems (d)

Reference: FSRCD 3004_2

Bar code: 8427328630047

A never before released concert in celebration of the Louis armstrong Centenary.

Louis Armstrong was scheduled for four concerts in a two day period December 22 23, 1955 in Barcelona, Spain, but, due to travel difficulties, at the last minute it was changed to three concerts in a single day. The performances made a strong impression upon the audiences who had never had Satch in their country before. For decades there were rumors that tapes had been made of the concerts, but it was not until producer Jordi Pujol accidentally ran across a collector who had the tapes in 1997 that the music was permanently saved.

The resulting two CD set has 27 selections from the day plus two opening and closing versions of "When It's Sleepy Time Down South". The music is surprisingly well recorded and, although Armstrong and his All Stars trombonist Trummy Young, clarinetist Edmond Hall, pianist Billy Kyle, bassist Arvell Shaw, drummer Barrett Deems, and singer Velma Middleton run through their usual tunes of the period, they seem quite inspired by the cheering crowds. Another reason why this release is rated higher than normal is the superb packaging which contains an illustrated booklet full of photos and text in both English and Spanish, plus a duplicate of the concert program given out to the audience.


Tracklisting:

CD 1
01. When It's Sleepy Time Down South -Opening Theme 1:35
02. (Back Home Again in) Indiana 4:33
03. Basin Street Blues 7:11
04. Tin Roof Blues 4:49
05. My Bucket's Got A Hole In It 4:16
06. All The Things You Are 4:12
07. Dardanella 4:46
08. The Gipsy 4:22
09. On The Sunny Side Of The Street 3:53
10. How High The Moon 7:34
11. Undecided 3:34
12. Velma's Blues 3:23
13. Ko Ko Mo 2:55
14. Mop Mop 3:18
15. When It's Sleepy Time Down South 2:01

CD 2
01. When It's Sleepy Time Down South 1:59
02. When The Saints Go Marching in 4:18
03. Black And Blue 3:38
04. Ole Miss 4:48
05. All Of Me 3:27
06. St. Louis Blues 6:47
07. Struttin' With Some Barbecue 6:51
08. Some Day 4:38
09. Perdido 4:54
10. Sweet Georgia Brown 5:47
11. Margie 4:48
12. That's My Desire 4:24
13. C'est Si Bon 2:26
14. La Vie En Rose 3:57
15. Royal Garden Blues 4:54
16. When It's Sleepy Time Down South -Finale 1:49

Personnel:
Louis Armstrong & His All Stars: Louis Armstrong (tp, vcl), Trummy Young (tb, vcl), Edmond Hall (cl), Billy Kyle (p), Arvell Shaw (b), Barrett Deems (dr) and Velma Middleton (vcl).
Recorded live at the Windsor Palace cinema, Barcelona, on December 23, 1955

Released by agreement with the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation

Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
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Review:

"Louis Armstrong was scheduled for four concerts in a two-day period (December 22-23, 1955) in Barcelona, Spain, but, due to travel difficulties, at the last minute it was changed to three concerts in a single day. The performances made a strong impression upon the audiences who had never had Satch in their country before. For decades there were rumors that tapes had been made of the concerts, but it was not until producer Jordi Pujol accidentally ran across a collector who had the tapes in 1997 that the music was permanently saved. The resulting two-CD set has 27 selections from the day (plus two opening and closing versions of "When It's Sleepy Time Down South"). The music is surprisingly well recorded and, although Armstrong and his All-Stars (trombonist Trummy Young, clarinetist Edmond Hall, pianist Billy Kyle, bassist Arvell Shaw, drummer Barrett Deems, and singer Velma Middleton) run through their usual tunes of the period, they seem quite inspired by the cheering crowds. Another reason why this release is rated higher than normal is the superb packaging which contains an illustrated booklet full of photos (and text in both English and Spanish), plus a duplicate of the concert program given out to the audience."

Scott Yanow -All Music Guide

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$21.94  (tax incl.)

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