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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Bear Family's extensive Rocks series generally serves the purpose of concentrating a lot of a specific rocker's most energetic performances onto one CD, or isolating the most rock-oriented sides of an artist most known for a different style of music (such as Marty Robbins). The rationale behind the 30 sides picked for this Louis Prima volume isn't as clear. As Billy Vera even admits near the end of his fine liner notes, "I'm not trying to say that Louis, [his singer] Keely [Smith], and [his saxophonist] Sam [Butera] had any appeal for 50s teens. They did not, but what they were playing was, in every other sense, rock'n'roll, or at least its prototype." True, the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Bear Family's extensive Rocks series generally serves the purpose of concentrating a lot of a specific rocker's most energetic performances onto one CD, or isolating the most rock-oriented sides of an artist most known for a different style of music (such as Marty Robbins). The rationale behind the 30 sides picked for this Louis Prima volume isn't as clear. As Billy Vera even admits near the end of his fine liner notes, "I'm not trying to say that Louis, [his singer] Keely [Smith], and [his saxophonist] Sam [Butera] had any appeal for 50s teens. They did not, but what they were playing was, in every other sense, rock'n'roll, or at least its prototype." True, the material was all cut at the height of the early rock & roll explosion between 1956 and 1958, and drew from some of the same influences that early rock did (jump blues and swing jazz being the most prevalent). But it's not rock & roll, or even too rock-influenced, with a few exceptions, like the Smith-penned "Rock-A-Doodle-Doo." That doesn't mean it isn't plenty boisterous, though it's a lot more like hearing the hottest lounge band in town than real rockers, especially when Butera lets loose with his down'n'dirtiest sax riffs (as he does on "Hey Boy, Hey Girl"). Of course a great deal of the music recorded by Prima shared these characteristics, not just these 30 tracks, and this hardly showcases all of the things he did that rocked in spirit if not in form. If album titles and genre classifications aren't the kind of things that vex you, enjoy the nearly 82 minutes (yes, it does fit more than 81 minutes onto one disc) of Prima mixing swing jazz, sentimental Italian schmaltz, jump blues, and nightclub comedy into his idiosyncratic and immediately identifiable sound, including such highlights of his repertoire as "Jump, Jive an' Wail," "Oh, Marie," "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody," and "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You." It isn't necessarily a best-of or even the best of his more raucous material, but it's certainly the longest such compilation anywhere in those ballparks, with good annotation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2012
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127173188
  • Catalog Number: 2717318
  • Sales rank: 125,235

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Buona Sera (2:58)
  2. 2 Hey Boy, Hey Girl - Keely Smith (2:52)
  3. 3 Pennies from Heaven (2:20)
  4. 4 Jump, Jive, An' Wail (3:29)
  5. 5 When You're Smiling/The Sheik of Araby (3:59)
  6. 6 Oh Marie (2:26)
  7. 7 The Pump Song (1:49)
  8. 8 I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You (3:13)
  9. 9 Bim Bam - Sam Butera (2:04)
  10. 10 Beep! Beep! (2:12)
  11. 11 Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days (2:10)
  12. 12 Be Mine (Little Baby) (2:36)
  13. 13 Whistle Stop (2:16)
  14. 14 Oh, Marie (2:23)
  15. 15 Bourbon Street Blues (2:13)
  16. 16 When the Saints Go Marching in (4:16)
  17. 17 Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody (4:43)
  18. 18 Baby Won't You Please Come Home - Keely Smith (2:06)
  19. 19 Seven Out - Sam Butera (2:34)
  20. 20 Ten Little Women - Sam Butera (2:07)
  21. 21 Equator - Sam Butera (2:13)
  22. 22 Fever - Sam Butera (3:04)
  23. 23 Shy - Keely Smith (2:30)
  24. 24 Love Charm - Sam Butera (2:27)
  25. 25 Put Your Mind at Ease - The Witness (2:00)
  26. 26 Rock-A-Doodle-Doo - Keely Smith (2:16)
  27. 27 Much Too Young to Loose My Mind - Sam Butera (1:56)
  28. 28 Angelina/Zooma Zooma (4:17)
  29. 29 The White Cliffs of Dover (4:41)
  30. 30 Hey Boy, Hey Girl (Reprise) (1:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Louis Prima Primary Artist, Trumpet, Leader, Vocals
Pete Candoli Trumpet
Keely Smith Vocals
Sam Butera Leader, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Jack Marshall Guitar
Felix Slatkin Violin
Paul Nero Violin
Cy Bernard Cello
Roland Bundock Bass
Frank Carlson Drums
Joe Comfort Bass
Walter Edelstein Violin
Paul Ferrara Drums
Eddie Kusby Trombone
Harvey Lang Drums
Tony Liuzza Bass
Nelson Riddle Leader
George Roberts Trombone
Mischa Russell Violin
Wilbur Schwartz Saxophone
Dick Shanahan Drums
Paul Shure Violin
David Sterkin Viola
Alvin Stoller Drums
Paul Tanner Trombone
Gerald Vinci Violin
Alex Beller Violin
Eleanor Slatkin Cello
Victor Bay Violin
Robert J. Carter Piano
Stanley Harris Viola
Jerold Kasper Saxophone
Alex Murray Violin
Tom Pederson Trombone
William Pittman Guitar
Amado Rodriques Bass
Hammond Russum Saxophone
Clarence "Shorty" Sherlock Trumpet
Bill Miller Piano
Robert Bain Guitar
Milton W. Raskin Piano
Bob "Bobby" Roberts Guitar
James Priddy Trombone
James Blount Jr. Trombone
Willie McCumber Piano
Charles Gentry Saxophone
Robert D. "Bob" Morris Drums
Katherine Julye Harp
Lou Scineaux Trombone
Technical Credits
Louis Prima Composer
Sam Butera Composer
Terry Noland Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Peter DeRose Composer
Voyle Gilmore Producer
Roger Graham Composer
Walter Kent Composer
Bernie Lowe Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Billy Vera Liner Notes
Clarence Williams Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Kelly Owens Composer
Jimmy Breedlove Composer
Eddie Cooley Composer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Arthur Johnston Composer
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Stefan Kohne Reissue Producer
Prima Composer
Don Donaldson Composer
Jerry Joyce Composer
Doris Fisher Composer
Hal Mann Composer
Ray Stanley Composer
Sam Theard Composer
Nat Burton Composer
Paolo Citarella Composer
Buddy Fields Composer
Charles Warfield Composer
Jerry Winn Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Debbie Morris Composer
Eduardo di Capua Composer
Allen Roberts Composer
Oscar McLollie Composer
Rosemary McCoy Composer
Johnny Davenport Composer
Richard Whiting Composer
Este Photo Restoration
Sam Lerner Composer
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