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

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.

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  • Joel House says:

    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!

  • Jim McGaw says:

    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?

  • Maruja Romero says:

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

  • David Forman says:

    Thank you for this thing of beauty

  • Robyn Massey says:

    “Rhapsody in Blue ” at 2:13.

  • Watteau says:

    Personel : Kid Ory ? Johnny Dodds ?Barney Bigard? Lil harding piano satchmo’s wife ?

  • Crystal says:

    I may sound pretty dumb, but I honestly do not know. I just became my school’s One Act Play director for competition. We have to have copyright permission for all of our songs. One of our songs needs to be 1920s jazz. I need to know if there is a way for me to legally download this music, and how I go about getting a letter of permission to use it in our play performances. I know some music is standard and does not require permission due to the age of the music but want to make sure I am covering all of my bases. I would hate for my students to be disqualified on a technicality like that. I appreciate your time and consideration.

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