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Revisiting Disney with Louis Armstrong

Updated: Mar 29, 2019

Disney songs the satchmo way.


It was a fucking hot Saturday afternoon and the monthly music collectors bazaar was happening at Publika, a haven for collectors, music enthusiasts and hoarders alike. An entire row of pop up shops with an array of vinyl albums on display luring visitors to stop and just catch a glimpse of whatever was on sale in the hopes of them actually buying something. My girlfriend, who was at that time getting tired of me stopping at every single shop simply said "Just go on browsing while I sit here cause im done babe". Great! more time to dig through dusty old records with only 50 bucks to spare.

Now if you've ever been to one of these markets, you'll eventually realise that most records cost a bomb, especially the ones you actually want to buy. Though, every now and then you'd come across something so eye-catching you just buy the damn thing out of impulse.

This happened to me.

As I was scavenging through a pile of moth-eaten records, I came across this.

Tucked away at a corner next to Cyndi Lauper's "True Colours" and a 7" Hall & Oates LP. No one else was there, no else had seen it. So what do you do? You buy the damn thing la. I took the record, went up to the nice abang running the shop and enquired about its price. "For you adik, abang bagi 35". I sacrificed my dinner and relationship (for about a day) and it was worth every dime.

This entire album features Louis Armstrong alongside his ensemble with his own renditions of Disney Classics from Bare Necessities, When You Wish Upon A Star, Zip A Dee Doo Dah & many more. While most of you are familiar with these tracks, Louis brings something else to the table that most Disney cover artistes do not. His signature satchmo style with all its raspiness in its glory. Though apparent in most of his songs, it doesn't come off as tacky unlike most people who cover Disney greats.

Though most of the tracks on the album do not hit the 3 minute mark, with the exception of When You Wish Upon A Star and Chim Chim Cher-ee, Louis keeps things short and sweet with enough charm leaving one with the need to hit the replay button on most of the tracks.

So if you're feeling nostalgic and you're looking for an album to help you cope with the emotional attachment you had with Disney, look no further.

A solid 4.5 out 5.

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