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Collectors Series: Louis Prima

Capitol Collectors Series, Louis Prima & His New Orleans Gang, Louis PrimaAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody (Medley) (1991 Digital Remaster)Louis Prima 4:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Oh, Marie (Digitally Remastered 90)Louis Prima 2:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Buona Sera (1991 Digital Remaster)Louis Prima 3:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Jump, Jive, An' Wail (1991 Digital Remaster)Louis Prima 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Basin Street Blues/When It's Sleepy Time Down South (Medley) (Digitally Remastered 90)Louis Prima 4:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Lip (Digitally Remastered 91)Louis Prima 2:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Whistle Stop (Digitally Remastered 91)Louis Prima 2:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days (Digitally Remastered 91)Louis Prima 2:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Banana Split For My Baby (1991 Digital Remaster)Louis Prima And Keely Smith With Sam Butera And The Witnesses 2:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. There'll Be No Next Time (Digitally Remastered 90)Louis Prima 3:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. When You're Smiling/The Sheik Of Araby (1991 - Remaster)Louis Prima And Keely Smith With Sam Butera And The Witnesses 3:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Baby, Won't You Please Come Home (Digitally Remastered 90)Louis Prima 2:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. I've Got The World On A String (1991- Remaster)Louis Prima And Keely Smith With Sam Butera And The Witnesses 2:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Pennies From Heaven (1991 - Remaster)Louis Prima 2:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Angelina/Zooma Zooma (Medley)(Live) (Live) (Digitally Remastered 91)Louis Prima 4:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Beep! Beep! (1991 - Remaster)Louis Prima 2:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Embraceable You/I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good (Medley)(Live) (Live) (Digitally Remastered 90)Louis Prima 2:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing) (1991 - Remaster)Louis Prima With Sam Butera & The Witnesses 4:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. That Old Black Magic (Live) (1991 Digital Remaster)Louis Prima And Keely Smith With Sam Butera And The Witnesses 2:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. The Music Goes 'Round And Around (Digitally Remastered 91)Louis Prima 2:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Hey, Boy! Hey, Girl! (Digitally Remastered 91)Keely Smith/Louis Prima 2:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. (Up A) Lazy River (Digitally Remastered 91)Louis Prima 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. I've Got You Under My Skin (1991 Digital Remaster)Louis Prima & Keely Smith 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. You're Just In Love (Digitally Remastered 91)Louis Prima 2:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen25. Twist All Night (1991 - Remaster)Louis Prima With Sam Butera & The Witnesses 2:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen26. St. Louis BluesLouis Prima 2:55$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 30, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CAPITOL
  • ASIN: B000002UWF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,980 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Capitol Collectors Series by Louis Prima

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Band leader and lounge kingpin Louis Prima will be best be known for the classic, "Just a Gigolo," immortalized by David Lee Roth for a whole new generation of swingers. But Prima's output went much further: in his day he recorded for Capitol, acted in a movie or two, even owned a golf course. Prima's genius is infectious: lounge, swing, and Dixieland all fuse together into medleys that are fun, dance-worthy, and upbeat. Prima's duets with Keely Smith are the obvious highlights here: "That Ol' Black Magic," "Hey Boy! Hey Girl!," and "I've Got You Under My Skin" are essential Prima tracks. Sure, the cheese factor occasionally runs high, but it is a fun trip. --Jason Verlinde

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The joy of life! October 26, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This disk rocks, and is packed with great, upbeat music. It brims with humor and spirit. Even though it runs for well over an hour, I feel let down when it's over.
Unlike many of the people who have posted here before me, I have no particular interest in the swing revival, and I did not come across Louis Prima via Brian Setzer. Brian Setzer is, however, as good a link to Louis Prima as any. Prima was a mysterious figure who played heavily in the otherwise fictional 50's period Italian food film "Big Night" (1996). Intrigued, I bought this disk after seeing "Big Night" in the theatre.
True, the song "Beep Beep" is dated and corny, but it differs from the rest of the disk only in its space-age subject matter and "otherworldly" slide-guitar sound effects. It was topical during the late-50's space race. Everything else holds up perfectly well over 40-plus years.
Prima's band is tight, yet spontaneous and not sterile. He has a great onstage comic rapport with cohort Sam Butera, and also with his then-wife and straight-woman Keely Smith.
Example on "Won't You Please Come Home" --
Keely: (singing) "Won't you come get your baby..."
Louis: (stage whisper aside to audience) "Call from 'The Point'."
This disk is a must for any non-classical music lover with a pulse. This is in my top 5 CD's, out of perhaps 300 I own, and is certainly a "desert island disk." Deservedly, almost everyone on this page has given it 5 stars. It doesn't get any better than this, kids.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ALBUM YOU WILL TREASURE FOREVER! February 22, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Long before Brian Setzer did "Jump Jive N' Wail," and David Lee Roth did "Just A Gigolo," there was Louis Prima. He is one of the most underated and unappreciated American musicians of the 20th century! Just listen to Setzer's and Roth's (but don't waste your money buying their CD's) versions of those songs, and then listen to Prima's. Not only did Roth and Setzer literally rip off Prima (because they did little to embellish on what Prima had already done), but Prima was making this music 40 years before them! However, this is a testament to Prima's immense talent because his music is as hip today as it was 40 years ago when he was one of the greatest shows in Vegas. Prima was also a gifted songwriter and trumpet player. His voice is unique and no one else has a style like him. The music on this CD covers Prima in his prime and the sound qaulity is excellent. There is a remarkable timelessness to this album because the recordings sound so spontaneous. This album will kick any party into high-gear and will always put a smile on your face. If you really want the real Mcoy when it comes to swing, then Prima's music can't be beat. Prima was a pioneer in swing/jazz who's time has come. He deserves more than just Gap commercials and soundtracks to movies. His place in American music needs to be redefined as one of the greats whose genius was just as immense as Sir Duke's and Dizzy's. Get this album and you'll see what I'm talking about and then tell your friends where the real Swing comes from.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swinging with Louis Prima May 3, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The songs contained on this CD are a sort of Greatest Hits The Capital Years. Louis Prima & The Witnesses, which included Sam Butera, a giant in his own right, was one of the "swingest" bands of the 50's. Although the music contained is from a different time period it has qualities that are timeless. Louis Prima, who was of Italian desent, produced many fine albums during his illustious caareer and this CD contains most of his classics for which he is remembered. With the exception of one or two songs("Beep, Beep", "Twist All Night")) all of these tunes are has cool as it ever was. Besides being uptempo these "cats" could play with a sense of humor. "Next Time" is one of those songs that cuts across all generations as it tells a tale of not getting another chance,"you'll go to jail right now". The call and responce that Sam Butera and Prima demonstrate is hilarious, you know that they were having a good time. You will be too after listening to them. The good times were being shared by all as Prima and then wife Keely Smith get into some bantering themselves on a couple of tracks. I recall my father playing this music always when I was a kid and I find it still enjoyable now. Funny thing is my kids also enjoy it and they are more inclined to alt music, specifically underground punk,ska and rap. This proves the timeless quality of the music. More than likely you've heard some of the offerings("Just a Gigolo""Jump, Jive and Wail") via movies or other artists but these guys are the originals.One of the interesting aspects of this CD is it captures some of the spontanaity and fun this group was having. They were on the fast track, doing the Las Vegas show circuit, having a blast. Read more ›
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Madcap music October 1, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Louis Prima and his rollicking crew of wife, Keely Smith, Saxaphonist Sam Butera and the Witnesses were the number one act in Vegas in the late 1950s. This is high energy, humorous music in a style of...well...Dixieland jazz with an Italian accent?
Some of the songs start out slow and tender, but they don't stay that way. Prima's gravel voice and trumpet and Butera's saxophone quickly convert all tunes into hard-driving swing. Cherokee-Irish Keely Smith has a sweet simple voice and her duets with Louis on songs like "That Ol' Black Magic" are outstanding.
This is music that's gotta make you a little happier than you are. Missing on this CD, however, is one of Louis's best numbers: the show-stopper from Disney's animated movie, "The Jungle Book." And Keely's solo "The Sunny Side of the Street"-- in my humble opinion, the best ever rendition of this song -- isn't here either. Too bad, but nothing is ever perfect.
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