Louis Prima : The Wildest!

Louis Prima : The Wildest!


Louis Prima (trumpet, vocals), Keely Smith (vocals), Sam Butera (tenor sax), James “Little Red” Blount (trombone), Willie McCumber (piano), Jack Marshall (guitar), Amado Rodrigues (bass), Bobby Morris (drums)

Capitol 755

Pure Pleasure Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody
A2 - (Nothing’s Too Good) For My Baby
A3 - The Lip
A4 - Body And Soul
A5 - Oh Marie
B1 - Basin Street Blues/ When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
B2 - Jump, Jive And Wail
B3 - Buona Sera
B4 - Night Train
B5 - You Rascal You

Recorded April 19 and April 20, 1956, at Capitol Studio in Los Angeles.

A tireless showman and an underrated musical talent, Louis Prima swung his way to icon status thanks to an irresistible, infectious sound whose appeal translated across generations. Normally a swing artist, Prima's distinctive sound also encompassed New Orleans-style jazz, boogie-woogie, jump blues, R&B, early rock and roll, and even the occasional Italian tarantella. Regardless of what form his music took, it swung hard and fast, with a rolling, up-tempo shuffle beat. His greatest period of popularity coincided with his marriage to singer Keely Smith, whose coolly sophisticated vocals and detached stage manner made a perfect counterpoint to Prima's boisterous presence.

"A veritable greatest-hits album, "The Wildest" is the gem of Louis Prima's catalogue. None of his other efforts transcend its raunchy mix of demented gibberish, blaring sax, and explosive swing, which rocked as hard as anything released at the time. Almost all of Prima's signature songs are found here: "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody," "Oh Marie," "Jump, Jive, an' Wail," and "Buona Sera," to name a few. A plethora of greatest-hits packages (especially Capitol's Collectors Series) may offer wider song selection and greater value, but the reissue of Prima's masterpiece is a welcome event that's been a long time coming." - AllMusic.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.