Wildest (Bonus Tracks) CD (2002)

Artist: Louis Prima

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Label Capitol Records
SKU 60565752
UPC 724353869625
UPC 14 00724353869625
Format CD
Release Date 8/13/2002
Author Louis Prima
Associated Artist/Work Armstrong, Louis
Associated Artist/Work Price, Alan
Associated Artist/Work Smith, Keely
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Technical Info
Producer Voyle Gilmore
CatalogID 5386962
Lable Name Blue Note (Label)
Released 08/12/2002
Original Release 1957
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 41m : 55s
Mono/Stereo Mono
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724353869625
Musical Guests
Keely Smith
Sam Butera
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Louis Prima (vocals); Sam Butera (tenor saxophone); James Blount (trombone); Keely Smith (background vocals); The Witnesses.
Recorded in April 1956. Originally released on Capitol Records (T-755).
Digitally remastered by Steve Hoffman.
Personnel: Louis Prima (vocals, trumpet); Keely Smith (vocals); Jack Marshall (guitar); Sam Butera (tenor saxophone); James B;ount, Jr. (trombone); Willie McCUmber (piano); Amato Rodrigues (bass); Bobby Morris (drums).
Recorded at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, California in April & September 1956. Originally released on Capitol (755). Includes liner notes by Michael Cuscuna.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
The album cover of Louis Prima's THE WILDEST! perfectly captures the unabashed and ever-present enthusiasm of the famed Italian-American vocalist/trumpeter--head tilted back, mouth agape, and sporting a smile a mile wide. This 1957 record contains many of Prima's best-known songs, including the boisterous "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody" (covered by David Lee Roth in the '80s) and the swinging (and self-penned) "Jump, Jive, An' Wail" (revived in the '90s by the Brian Setzer Orchestra), along with the jazzy "Basin Street Blues/When It's Sleepy Time Down South," a nod to his hero and greatest influence, Louis Armstrong.
In addition to an ensemble led by saxophonist Sam Butera, Prima is joined here by his wife, the cool-as-a-cucumber singer Keely Smith, who provided the ideal counterbalance to his rowdy persona. Although THE WILDEST! is notable for its occasionally bawdy humor, it also boasts an innovative combination of early rock & roll, jump blues, and jazz. While many Prima compilations feature a wider range of material, this is the performer at his undiluted best, making it essential for his true fans.
Artist Overview
New Orleans-born singer/trumpeter Louis Prima started recording in the 1930s with his New Orleans Gang. Around this time, he also composed the classic swing tune "Sing, Sing, Sing," which became a smash for Benny Goodman. In the '40s, Prima started working with singer Keely Smith, who he eventually married. With a raucous stage show mixing swing, R&B, some Italian flavor, and a hefty dose of humor, they were hugely successful all the way into the early '60s. Prima later earned accolades as the voice of King Louie in the hit Disney film THE JUNGLE BOOK. He passed away in 1978, but Smith went on performing and recording into the 21st century.
Professional Reviews
Record Collector (magazine) (p.106) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "This 1957 release is a veritable hits package....It's Prima at his prime."
Disc 1
1 Just A Gigolo / I Ain't Got Nobody
2 For My Baby, (Nothing's Too Good)
3 Lip, The
4 Body And Soul
5 Oh Marie
6 Basin Street Blues / When It's Sleepy Time Down South
7 Jump, Jive, An' Wail
8 Buona Sera
9 Night Train
10 You Rascal You, (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead)
11 Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days - (bonus track)
12 Banana Split For My Baby - (bonus track)
13 Whistle Stop - (bonus track)
14 Be Mine (Little Baby) - (bonus track)

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