Live from Las Vegas

Live from Las Vegas

by Louis Prima & Keely Smith
     
 
Of all the recordings in Capitol's Live from Las Vegas series, this set by Louis Prima and Keely Smith with Sam Butera & the Witnesses is a standout. For Prima fans, it's a treasure trove since only six of the disc's 19 tracks have been previously issued in any form. Recorded in 1958 during the act's long-running

Overview

Of all the recordings in Capitol's Live from Las Vegas series, this set by Louis Prima and Keely Smith with Sam Butera & the Witnesses is a standout. For Prima fans, it's a treasure trove since only six of the disc's 19 tracks have been previously issued in any form. Recorded in 1958 during the act's long-running stint at the Sahara's Casbah Theater and featuring superb editing that retains much of the stage banter and the pair's often humorous antics, it offers listeners the spontaneity and feel of a single live set in the moment. The sound is simply stellar; warm, full, and immediate, its presence gives one the impression of being in the room. As evidenced here, Prima and Smith often worked out new material in front of their nightly audiences. Mistakes are left in, making this all the more prescient. The track list ranges from the familiar, like "Buona Sera" (Prima), "Robin Hood" (Prima), "Autumn Leaves" (Smith), and "Greenback Dollar Bill" (Butera), to a debut recording of "Nothing Can Replace My Man" (Smith) and killer renditions of "White Cliffs of Dover" (Prima), "Too Marvelous for Words" (Prima), and "Don't Take Your Love from Me" (Smith). These collaborative performances are one of a kind. They underscore that while the studio recordings were of high merit artistically, it is as a live act that the pair established their legendary reputation. In fact, what is presented here lends a lot of weight to the claim that Prima and Smith virtually invented the Vegas lounge act. Live from Las Vegas is a hip and unceasing swingfest from top to bottom, with great humor, inspired singing and musicianship, and hipster vibes. For those who checked out Prima during the lounge revival, this is one for your next bash. For those who have been longtime disciples, this is the Holy Grail.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2005
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724387593725
catalogNumber:
75937

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Prima & Keely Smith   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Louis Prima   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Jacques Prévert   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Frank Collura   Producer
Joseph Kosma   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Henry Nemo   Composer
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Doris Tauber   Composer
William Tracey   Composer
Sammy Lerner   Composer
Reynold Richards   Composer
Dan Shapiro   Composer
Nat Burton   Composer
Traditional   Composer
James Ritz   Liner Notes
Bob Miketta   Composer
Marti Stanley   Composer
Susan Lavoie   Art Direction
Oscar B. Goodman   Liner Notes

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