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Louis Armstrong, Live In France | The Vinyl Anachronist

Many years ago, an audiophile buddy of mine said that the difference between an audiophile and a music lover is that the audiophile won’t truly appreciate mono recordings, especially those that are considered historically important because they represent a lost moment in time. The tide has changed somewhat, especially since many audiophiles have been prompted to appreciate monaural recordings reissues–Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, I’m looking in your direction–when the tonality is preserved. Louis Armstrong Live In France, another essential from Dot Time Records, poses a dilemma for audiophiles–will you buy something like this? Is it of value to you? It should be. Louis Armstong Live in France captures an important moment for the titular trumpet player and bandleader. Taken from performances at the 1948 Opera de Nice Festival, this LP shows another side to Armstrong, the intense and unrelenting side. According to trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton, who was there, he was “quaking at the ferocity with which he directed the band. If Sid Catlett’s drums started to intrude too heavily upon a solo, Louis would turn to him and hiss like a snake.” In other words, Louis Armstrong Live in France is all about the music, the heated performances and [...]

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