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Jump, Jive An' Wail: Essential

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A full 26 tracks from the man who will forever be The King of the Las Vegas Strip, Louis Prima! Keely Smith and Sam Butera are on hand for a lot of these; includes That Old Black Magic; Hey Boy! Hey Girl!; Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody; Felicia No Capecia; Buona Sera; Civilization (Bongo Bongo Bongo); I've Got You under My Skin; Sing, Sing, Sing; Angelina/Zooma Zooma (live); Oh Marie; The Lip; I've Got the World on a String; Big Daddy (with Gia Maione); Hello Dolly! , and more. Nobody swung like Louis!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 17, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000QFAGEO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,039 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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He was the leader of his own band when he was just 18 years old. He had a number of hit records during the 1930's and 1940's and would go on to become one of the most popular acts in the history of Las Vegas. He was a showman in every sense of the word. He hosted his own network radio program and was a much sought after guest on popular television variety shows including The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and The Dean Martin Show to name but a few. He also appeared in a any number of motion pictures and was an accomplished songwriter to boot. Yes, there's just no doubt about it. Louis Prima was the total package!

In the late 1950's Louis Prima was itching to get back into the recording studio and inked a new multi-year deal with Capitol records. Over the next several years at Capitol Louis Prima would make what are generally considered to be the finest recordings of his career. "Jump, Jive an' Wail: The Essential Louis Prima" is a long overdue compilation of his very best work at Capitol. One cannot help but be impressed by the pure joy and sheer energy of so many of these memorable tunes. Long-time Prima fans are sure to fondly recall his work in the late 1950's with his then wife Keely Smith. "The Essential Louis Prima" features four of these great numbers including their wonderful rendition of "I've Got You Under My Skin", "The Lip", "Hey Boy! Hey Girl!" from the motion picture of the same name and of course the duo's signature tune "That Old Black Magic" which was a Top 20 hit in 1959. Personally, I had never heard very many Louis Prima records before purchasing this disc. I must tell you that I was absolutely blown away by the work of saxophonist Sam Butera on tunes like "Up A Lazy River" and "St Louis Blues" to name but a couple.
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I had half expected to have some different songs than what was on this CD...Like "Louis Prima Collectors Series" better, especially his duets with Keely Smith. If you only were going to buy one, I would personally get the Collectors Series, not The Essential Louis Prima. I do not like the arrangements as well, either and have only listened to the CD two times since I got it.
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Exuberant entertainer, singer, actor, songwriter and trumpeter Louis Prima was known as King of the Swingers and his over-the-top personality must have been something to behold as a bandleader during the 40's and whilst appearing in Las Vegas during the following decade when he teamed with wife Keely Smith as a duo. This ultimate 50's Capitol collection retains Keely's straight vocal charm for their timeless re-styled renderings of THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC and I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN whilst OH MARIE, (UP A) LAZY RIVER and SING, SING, SING are album tracks sure to brighten the dullest day. However, perhaps Prima is mainly nowadays recalled for I WANNA BE LIKE YOU (THE MONKEY SONG) which he shared with Phil Harris in Disney's 1967 classic animated THE JUNGLE BOOK. Adding latter-day tracks HELLO DOLLY and CABARET to the mix was obviously intended as competition but even if they failed to equal Louis Armstrong's Hit Parade classics, Prima delivers them with full-thrust feel-good factor, while CIVILISATION (BONGO, BONGO, BONGO) is a welcome throwback to the late 40's.
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Louis Prima entertained millions of people with his nightclub engagements, concert tours and record albums; and he certainly wasn't a shy guy, either! This CD gives us a whopping 26 tracks of Louis doing what he did best.

"Angelina/Zooma Zooma" is a live medley track with Louis singing of Angelina, a woman he loves. The musical arrangement is infectiously catchy and the male backup chorus enhances the number, too. Listen for Louis Prima singing with Keely Smith on "That Old Black Magic;" the percussion and brass are great; Louis and Keely make magic in my book! Moreover, there's "I've Got You Under My Skin;" this duet with Louis and Keely shines like gold in their competent hands. I really like "I've Got You Under My Skin!"

"Pennies From Heaven" has a great arrangement that swings brightly; and "(Up A) Lazy River" swings gently--but it still sparkles as Louis delivers this with panache and all his heart and soul. "Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody" uses the piano well; and Louis sings this one to perfection. Love those backup vocalists, too! Listen also for a musical jam session that'll knock your socks off as the band totally lets loose on "Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody!"

"Just One Of Those Things" features Louis's vocals squarely in the spotlight and the piano starts the musical arrangement beautifully. Listen for Louis to scat a bit on "Just One Of Those Things," too. "Hello Dolly!" gets the royal treatment from Louis; he sings this wonderfully. Satchmo, watch out! SMILE "Cabaret" is another number that I love; and I predict that you will enjoy "Cabaret" very, very much.

The liner notes have a great essay by James Ritz and the photos are really nicely presented.
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It is a good mix of his work, but a lot is cast from the same formula. He played Las Vegas for a long time.
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