Monday, August 24, 2009

We're A Home

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
Recorded December 18, 1967
Track Time 2:10
Written by Alfred Uhry and Robert Waldman
Recorded in New York, NY
Louis Armstrong, trumpet, vocal; Clark Terry, trumpte; Tyree Glenn, trombone; Joe Muranyi, clarinet; Marty Napoleon, piano; Wally Richardson, Everett Barksdale, guitar; Buddy Catlett, bass; Danny Barcelona, drums; Mitch Miller, conductor; Norman Leyden, arranger
Originally released on United Artists 50251
Currently available on CD: No
Available on Itunes? No

Last week, I shared an ultra-rare recording of Armstrong's, "No Time Is A Good Good-Bye Time," copied for me by the great trumpeter Dave Whitney (who, it turns out, received his copy from the great Armstrong collector Jack Bradley). I went into the whole backstory in that entry, so scroll down for the details. But I thought about it and figured, why only share one side of a rare 45? So here's the flip side, "We're A Home," which closed the second act of Here's Where I Belong, a Broadway show that lasted for exactly one performance. It's more of the same, if you listened to "No Time": kind of a lightweight tune, but a pretty peppy arrangement, an infectiously enthusiastic Pops and a surprisingly agile trumpet solo for late 1967 (though Pops does seem to lose a bit of steam at the very end). Dig it:

S'all for today...tomorrow, finally, the conclusion of my four-part look at Armstrong's history with "Ain't Misbehavin'." Til then!

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