Best of Louis Prima & His Orchestra

Best of Louis Prima & His Orchestra

by Louis Prima & His Orchestra
     
 

Given how wildly prolific Louis Prima was during a recording career that spanned five decades, calling any single-disc collection of his material "The Best" is a gusty move, and Fuel's 2010 Best of Louis Prima & His Orchestra is not the sort of comprehensive, cross-licensed collection that might justify suchSee more details below

Overview

Given how wildly prolific Louis Prima was during a recording career that spanned five decades, calling any single-disc collection of his material "The Best" is a gusty move, and Fuel's 2010 Best of Louis Prima & His Orchestra is not the sort of comprehensive, cross-licensed collection that might justify such a title. This set features the 11 V-Disc sides that Prima and his band cut for distribution to the Armed Forces during World War II, along with three numbers Prima recorded for his own Robin Hood label in the early '50s and another 11 songs from radio broadcasts which aired between 1945 and 1950. The music on this disc doesn't bear much resemblance to the punchy small-band work Prima cut for Capitol in the '50s (and played for years in Las Vegas) that remains his most popular work. But as a sampling of Prima's big-band material, this set is good fun. Prima was always an irrepressible showman, and his full-bodied vocal work (leaning heavily on Italian dialect shtick) is in solid form here, as is his often underrated trumpet work, and the arrangements on these recordings are invariably tight and lively, even when the band is playing more subdued numbers like "I Was Here When You Left Me" and "A Sunday Kind of Love" (both featuring vocalist Lily Ann Carol; Prima's better-known singer and spouse Keely Smith appears here on three selections), while "The Blizzard" and "By a Waterfall" show Prima and his band in excellent and inventive form. And though Prima would revisit "Just a Gigolo (I Ain't Got Nobody)," "Angelina," "Felicia No Capecia," and "Zooma Zooma Bacalla" a number of times over the course of his career, the versions here prove he always did them right. Louis Prima was a man who was determined to entertain whenever he walked onto a stage or into a recording studio, and if this is far from his best music, it's good to great listening that swings like a batter bringing in a grand slam.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/09/2010
Label:
Fuel 2000
UPC:
0030206181425
catalogNumber:
061814
Rank:
9270

Tracks

  1. The White Cliffs of Dover  -  Louis Prima & His Orchestra
  2. Robin Hood  -  Louis Prima & His Orchestra
  3. Just a Gigolo (I Ain't Got Nobody)  -  Louis Prima & His Orchestra
  4. Hitsum-Kitsum-Bumpity-Itsum  -  Louis Prima & His Orchestra
  5. This Heart of Mine  -  Louis Prima & His Orchestra
  6. Angelina  -  Louis Prima & His Orchestra
  7. Ya Gotta See Baby Tonight  -  Louis Prima & His Orchestra
  8. I'll Walk Alone  -  Louis Prima & His Orchestra
  9. Felicia No Capecia  -  Louis Prima & His Orchestra
  10. Please No Squeeza Da Banana  -  Louis Prima & His Orchestra
  11. I Was Here When You Left Me  -  Louis Prima & His Orchestra
  12. The Blizzard  -  Louis Prima & His Orchestra
  13. Dance With a Dolly (With a Hole In Her Stocking)  -  Louis Prima & His Orchestra
  14. A Sunday Kind of Love  -  Louis Prima & His Orchestra
  15. By a Waterfall  -  Louis Prima & His Orchestra
  16. I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine  -  Louis Prima & His Orchestra
  17. Brooklyn Bridge  -  Louis Prima & His Orchestra
  18. Oh, Babe!  -  Louis Prima & His Orchestra
  19. Enjoy Yourself  -  Louis Prima & His Orchestra
  20. That's My Desire  -  Louis Prima & His Orchestra
  21. Chinatown, My Chinatown  -  Louis Prima & His Orchestra
  22. Alone  -  Louis Prima & His Orchestra
  23. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!  -  Louis Prima & His Orchestra
  24. Zooma Zooma Bacalla  -  Louis Prima & His Orchestra
  25. Buona Sera  -  Louis Prima & His Orchestra

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Prima & His Orchestra   Primary Artist
Louis Prima   Indexed Contributor,Trumpet,Vocals
Sy Oliver   Background Vocals
Leon Prima   Trumpet
Keely Smith   Vocals
Charlie Kennedy   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Gene Allen   Baritone Saxophone
Morty Lewis   Alto Saxophone
John McCormick   Trumpet
Andy Russo   Trombone
Lily Ann Carol   Vocals
Sid Brown   Reeds
Thompson   Reeds
Mike Dokla   Reeds
Iggy Greco   Trumpet
Joe Maranzino   Trombone
Frank Nicolais   Trumpet
Jimmy Vincent   Drums
Harvey Nevins   Reeds

Technical Credits

Athan Maroulis   Liner Notes,Art Direction,Annotation
Eunah Lee   Graphic Design
Jesse Fishman   Mastering
Peggy Logan   Copy Editing
Rose   Composer
Skylar   Composer
Loveday   Composer

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