The Cleanest Recordings of 1920s Louis Armstrong Songs You’ll Ever Hear

in Music | April 12th, 2016

On Youtube, jazz enthusiast Jonathan Holmes declares: “I can guarantee this is the cleanest sounding Louis Armstrong record you’ll ever hear! With the original transfer supplied by Nick Dellow, here is the mother record which was shipped by Okeh to Germany for their Odeon pressings. The sound is wonderfully immediate, and crystal clear.” No crackle and pop. That’s how Holmes describes the pristine recording you can hear above of the Louis Armstrong classic, “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” Below, hear another “mother metal” recording of another Armstrong song, “Knee Drops.” Enjoy the early Satchmo in all of its wonderful clarity.

via Kottke

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  1. Paul Cleaves says . . .
    April 12, 2016 / 5:47 pm

    Simply incredible! I’m gob-smacked!

  2. bill duncan says . . .
    April 12, 2016 / 6:12 pm


  3. Joel House says . . .
    April 12, 2016 / 6:39 pm

    I just finished reading the Louis Armstrong biography “POPS” by Terry Teachout. These recordings sound even better knowing some the backstory that inspired them. Thanks for posting!

  4. Jim McGaw says . . .
    April 13, 2016 / 7:46 am

    Thought I had the best-sounding version of Armstrong’s “Ain’t Misbehavin'” but this blows it away. For the love of God, is this available on CD or mp3 download anywhere?

  5. Maruja Romero says . . .
    April 16, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    Que belleza. Simplemente fuera de serie. Unreal!!!

  6. David Forman says . . .
    December 24, 2016 / 2:29 pm

    Thank you for this thing of beauty

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