Louis Armstrong,1901年出身纽奥良贫民区，很小他父亲就拋弃家庭，不知所终，但困窘的生活并不影响少年阿姆斯壮对音乐的追求，他在社会最底层长大，还曾经进过少年感化院，所幸他在感化院学会了吹短号（cornet），开始接触音乐，没几年的时间，18岁的阿姆斯壮，已经是纽奥良知名的演奏者了，成为当时最红的娃娃欧瑞Kid Ory乐团的短号手，1922年，加入奥立佛国王Joe King Oliver乐团，在前辈奥立佛的指导调教之下，阿姆斯壮进步神速，逐渐建立起他作为一位伟大独奏者的地位。
到了1930年代之后，阿姆斯壮音乐生涯中演唱的比重渐增，「Hello Dolly」、「What a Wonderful World」等等经典名曲膾炙人口，让他成为世界知名的艺人，影响力超越了音乐范畴，笑口常开的形象，为他赢得一个「Satchmo书包嘴」的外号，他的声音吵哑，并不是什么天生金嗓子，但是他赋予歌唱与演奏同等的情感，完全摆脱了传统上演唱者附属的角色定位，使歌手成为音乐艺术家，受他影响的歌手包括法兰克辛那屈Frank Sinatra、艾拉费兹杰罗Ella Fitzgerald、平克劳斯贝Pink Crosby甚至猫王，简直不计其数。
每次,只要听到Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World就被他既沙哑又感性的歌声及优美的旋律所吸引虽然是一首四十年的老歌 但每一此听这首歌,都有著一种清新的感受,这次除了欣赏原曲之外,也一并推荐其他不同的版本!
Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World (1968) [Remastered 2012]
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Genre ~ Vocal, Jazz | Label ~ Verve Music Group
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.
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.
《多么美好的世界What A Wonderful World》一曲是在上世纪六十年代美国日益紧张的种族和政治问题背景下创作的，歌曲中以婴儿的新生来表达对新的生活的嚮往和对未来的憧憬。歌曲一开始并没有在美国引起多大反响，只不到1000张唱片。但是在英国取得巨大成功，一下子就取得周单曲第一的好成绩，也成为1968年英国销量单曲冠军。而路易士.岩士唐也成为年龄最大的单曲冠军，时年66 岁。"
歌曲在路易士.岩士唐死后，于1971年重新在美国发行并进入排行榜前十。1988年，Louis Armstrong 1968年的版本被电影 《早安，越南》中收录 并重新以单曲发行。1996年上映的电影《Twelve Monkeys》也将此曲作为片尾曲。“What a wonderful world" 经历半个世纪以来，被无数的 歌手翻唱，也被改编成乐器演奏曲。现在已成为欧美音乐的一首长久不衰的经典歌曲。最经典的演绎，虽然后来人演绎了无数的版本，但是大师的演绎最耐人寻味，就像一杯香浓的咖啡，慢慢品味，越觉得越淳厚。大师独特沙哑的嗓音让人听过以后印象非常深刻。
Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an innovative cornet and trumpet virtuoso, Armstrong was a foundational influence on jazz, shifting the music's focus from collective improvisation to solo performers. With his distinctive gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes. He was also greatly skilled at scat singing, or wordless vocalizing.
Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and deep, instantly recognizable voice almost as much as for his trumpet-playing, Armstrong's influence extended well beyond jazz, and by the end of his career in the '60s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general: critic Steve Leggett describes Armstrong as "perhaps the most important American musician of the 20th century."
"What a Wonderful World" is a song by Bob Thiele (using the pseudonym George Douglas) and George David Weiss. It was first recorded by Louis Armstrong and released as a single in 1968, and was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.
Intended as an antidote for the increasingly racially and politically charged climate in the U.S. of everyday life. The song also has a hopeful, optimistic tone with regard to the future, with reference to babies being born into the world and having much to look forward to. The song was not initially a hit in the United States, where it sold fewer than 1,000 copies, but was a major success in the UK, reaching number one on the UK singles chart. It was also the biggest-selling single of 1968 in the UK. The song made Louis Armstrong the oldest male to top the charts, at sixty-six years and ten months old.
The opening lyrics read: I see trees of green, red roses too. I see them bloom, for me and you. And I think to myself... what a wonderful world. I see skies of blue, and clouds of white. The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night And I think to myself, what a wonderful world...
The song gradually became something of a standard and reached a new level of popularity. It was re-released in America shortly after Armstrong's death in 1971 and became a top ten hit. In 1988, Louis Armstrong's 1968 recording was featured in the film Good Morning Vietnam and was rereleased as a single. The single charted at number one for the fortnight ending June 27, 1988 on the Australian charts. It is also a jazz standard ranked number 945 at Jazzstandards.com.
What a Wonderful World music CDs Recorded in New York and Las Vegas, Nevada in 1968. What a Wonderful World songs Includes liner notes by John F Szwed & Bob Thiele.
Digitally remastered by Glenn Meadows (Masterfonics, Nashville, Tennessee).
Recorded in New York, New York and Las Vegas, Nevada in 1968. Includes original release liner notes by John F. Szwed & additional liner notes by Bob Thiele.
Japanese only SHM-CD pressing. Universal. 2011.
Personnel includes: Louis Armstrong (vocals); Tyree Glenn (trombone); Joe Muranyi (clarinet); Marty Napoleon (piano); Buddy Catlett (bass); Danny Barcelona (drums).
其实 What a Wonderful World 问世时间很早了，
What a Wonderful World 可说是通俗音乐的经典之作，
I see trees of green, red roses too 我看见树的翠绿和玫瑰的红艳
I see them bloom for me and you 她们为你我而绽放
And I think to myself what a wonderful world. 我心中想著 多么美好的世界啊
I see skies of blue and clouds of white 我看到了蓝天与白云
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night 明亮、幸福的一天 夜晚向人们道晚安
And I think to myself what a wonderful world. 我心中想著 多么美好的世界啊
The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky 彩虹的颜色 在天空中多么美丽
Are also on the faces of people going by 那些过往的行人脸上也是
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do 我看到朋友互相握手 说著"最近好吗？
They're really saying I love you. " 他们是真心的爱著彼此
I hear babies cry, I watch them grow 我听著婴儿哭泣，看著他们长大
They'll learn much more than I'll never know 他们学习著许多 我从不知道的事物
And I think to myself what a wonderful world 我心中想著 多么美好的世界啊
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world. 我心中想著 多么美好的世界啊
Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana.
01. What a Wonderful World 2:16
02. Cabaret 2:44
03. The Home Fire 3:12
04. Dream a Little Dream of Me 3:14
05. Give Me Your Kisses (I'll Give You My Heart) 1:54
06. The Sunshine of Love 2:52
07. Hello Brother 3:28
08. There Must Be a Way 3:04
09. Fantastic, That's You 2:54
10. I Guess I'll Get the Papers 2:42
11. Hellzapoppin' 2:32