Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World (1968/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 31:36 minutes | 1,24 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | © The Verve Music Group
The album, highlighted with his expressive and emotive vocal styling, includes arguably one of the greatest songs ever written, “What A Wonderful World,” a recording that would be inducted into the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame and continues to transcend countless generations of music lovers.
Helmed by legendary producer Bob Thiele, this 1968 recording ushered Louis Armstrong into his later days as a pop vocalist. Here, the trumpet that drove Armstrong’s early Hot Fives and Sevens is more subdued as his familiar gravelly voice takes center stage. Showcasing the powerful title track as well as several cheery pop favorites, Armstrong’s prowess as an interpreter of song is unmistakable during these recordings, despite his rapidly failing health. Satchmo’s amiable presence carries this recording through a few slow moments and has endeared the album as a pop vocal classic.
01 – What A Wonderful World (Single Version)
02 – Cabaret (Single Version)
03 – The Home Fire (Album Version)
04 – Dream A Little Dream Of Me (Album Version)
05 – Give Me Your Kisses (Album Version)
06 – The Sunshine Of Love (Single Version)
07 – Hello Brother (Single Version)
08 – There Must Be A Way (Album Version)
09 – Fantastic, That’s You (Album Version)
10 – I Guess I’ll Get The Papers And Go Home (Album Version)
11 – Hellzapoppin’ (Single Version)
About the Mastering:
Mastering was completed by Kevin Reeves at Sterling Sound NYC, using the original 1/4″ analog masters from the ABC Records vault. The masters were played on a modified Studer A820 with Wolke Butterfly heads and converted to digital at 192khz/24bit resolution using the DCS 904 converter and Sterling’s proprietary mastering systems. As always, the most direct signal path was maintained throughout the mastering process.