28. Louis Armstrong: All-Time Greatest Hits

Louis Armstrong’s All-Time Greatest Hits was released in 1994, and is… it’s a greatest hits compilation.

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Greatest hits albums always leave things out, and seem to lack a bit of life. I often feel like lots of albums have their hits, but it’s the deep tracks that really hold up the record and give it structure. Those song are the studs to the hits’ dry wall.

That said, it’s hard to argue with great song after great song for an hour or so. Also, and maybe I’m wrong, but when Louis Armstrong was recording these songs, albums weren’t the format of the day; singles were. So, what we’ve got here is a great collection of great songs. They’re all here, “What a Wonderful World,” “Hello, Dolly,” “Mack the Knife,” “Gone Fishin'” and my favorite “Skokiaan.”

I listen to this one pretty often. What’s not to like? It’s the greatest songs by one of the greatest American musicians. One of my favorite things about it is the fact that “What a Wonderful World” is first. It’s a great song, but also one that’s great to get out of the way early so that all of the other ones aren’t just in anticipation of that. It’s a small detail, but one that I’ve always appreciated.

I love this CD.

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