Behind the Scenes Videos - "Mack the Knife" and "Blue Turning Grey Over You"
We're getting closer by the minute to the April 10 release of The Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia & RCA Victor Studio Recordings 1946-66 by the good folks of Mosaic Records. Earlier this month, I posted three videos of me discussing the minutia of set, explaining some of the crazy amounts of splicing and editing and discographcial detective work that went into putting the set together.
I did it just to get these stories down for the record because putting together this set was a dream come true--and one gigantic headache. Somehow, there's been a positive enough response to my blathering that I decided to keep going.
This blog will my feature my latest two soliloquies, each one weighing in at just under a half hour (so plan accordingly). The first one actually bridges the two Mosaic sets worked on, the first one being Columbia and RCA Victor Live Recordings of Louis Armstrong and the All Stars 1947-1958. That set included Louis's complete 1956 Newport Jazz Festival set, released in full for the first time. If you're of a certain vintage, you might own this Columbia LP produced by George Avakian:
That's all for now but I've already gotten some requests to do "Long Gone" next, plus I'd like to do a short one on "Tain't What You Do" and I've promised a written, not spoken, blog about the differences between the 1954, 1955, 1986, 1997, 2000, and 2021 reissues of Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy and Satch Plays Fats as I'm sure there's some folks out there like me who will have all of these (not to mention the Spanish bootleg "Complete" editions of each album which the Mosaic will render far from complete).
Get those pre-orders in, we're almost there!