Louis Armstrong & Chet Baker Color Vinyl Releases

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Beginning next Friday, April 8th, you can to stop into your local Barnes & Noble and pick up copies of our latest color vinyl releases: Louis Armstrong’s Basin Street Blues and Chet Baker’s Chet Is Back! 

Both releases are also available to pre-order online now from Barnes & Noble (here and here).

Louis Armstrong’s Basin Street Blues comes on translucent blue color vinyl, while Chet Is Back! will be on an opaque red color vinyl. Both editions were pressed on 180gram vinyl at Pallas in Germany, are limited to just 1,000 copies, and are available exclusively from Barnes & Noble.

Black vinyl editions (also 180gram) of both releases will be widely available later this year. Read below for more information about each release.

Louis Armstrong – Basin Street Blues

Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars are captured in rare form during this live recording from 1956, which is finally making its vinyl debut with this 180gram Pallas pressing. The album features a great collection of tunes which had become staples of Armstrong’s live shows, including his perennial opener, “Indiana”; the crowd favorite, “Tiger Rag”; the always joyful, “When The Saints Go Marching In”; and the great title-track, “Basin Street Blues”. Satch’s frontline band at the time boasted the very distinctive sounds of trombonist Trummy Young and clarinetist Ed Hall.

Chet Baker – Chet Is Back!

After a two year absence from the studio (most of that time spent in an Italian jail), Chet Baker’s return could not have been more triumphant. He quiets all notions that he is a “has been” with his fiery delivery as he swings with a great Italian band. His version of “Over the Rainbow” is one of the prettiest things you’ll ever hear. This is arguably Baker’s best recording of the 1960’s, and it sounds better than ever on this 180gram vinyl reissue, which was mastered from original analog tapes by Bernie Grundman.