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Big disappointment, arrangements reminiscent of '50s movies
on November 19, 1999
I wish I'd not listened to all the positive reviews here. I keep making this mistake. So here's another opinion.
What a Wonderful World is lovely.
The rest, except for Skokian, is not the Louis Armstrong I wanted to hear. The background voices and the arrangements remind me of some Hollywood Epic, or one of those movies where the stars prance down a broad staircase, or of a western from the 50s. Blek!
And we've got Bing Crosby (instead of Ella Fitzgerald).
I did not pay attention to the fact that this is one of those greatest hits recordings. Never good as the music is invariably geared for the lowest common denominator of the mass market. I was swayed from this policy by all those 4 stars in the other reviews.
If you want Louis Armstrong unencumbered with that 50s sound, look for an older recording. We'll try again...