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Capitol Recordings

The Capitol Recordings

by Louis Prima
This excellent eight-disc Bear Family box celebrates Louis Prima's Capitol Recordings of the '50s and '60s. Since his wife and comedic foil Keely Smith and Sam Butera and the Witnesses (Prima's ace backing unit) both recorded as solo acts during this period, they're exhaustively represented by


This excellent eight-disc Bear Family box celebrates Louis Prima's Capitol Recordings of the '50s and '60s. Since his wife and comedic foil Keely Smith and Sam Butera and the Witnesses (Prima's ace backing unit) both recorded as solo acts during this period, they're exhaustively represented by this box as well. The first three discs cover all of Prima's studio sides and starts up the live recordings with the 1962 Harrah's Club in Tahoe sides, while disc four covers all of the seminal live tracks from 1957 and 1958. Discs five and six are the complete Keely Smith solo recordings, while the last two round up all the sides by Sam Butera and the Witnesses. The truly amazing thing about the 199 (!!!) tracks collected here is how little of it is unissued material. Even if Prima cut some duds now and then, it's pretty wild that Capitol used up damn near every last thing the man ever committed to magnetic tape, such was the high quality of rockin' mayhem he was laying down. And rock it does, all of it infested with much good humor along with Prima's and Butera's other contribution to big-beat mania, the invention of the Vegas shuffle, a loping beat that could be sped up to almost double tempo on any given number. This effect -- the solid core of Prima's rockin' groove -- is best heard on tracks like "When You're Smiling/The Sheik of Araby," and the later version from the Hey Boy! Hey Girl! movie soundtrack of "Oh Marie" (stupendous in the scattin' and honkin' exchange between Prima and Butera), "Basin Street Blues/When It's Sleepy Time Down South," and, of course, "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody," the track that David Lee Roth brought to the charts in the '80s. The duets with Keely Smith ("I've Got You Under My Skin," "That Old Black Magic") and Sam Butera (Richard Berry's "Next Time") are here to savor as well and it's all very fine, indeed. After four discs of Prima's wild-ass genius, the next two of Smith with big-band backings from Nelson Riddle and Billy May will seem sedate by comparison, but they're '50s-style Capitol tracks with their own charm. Great tunes and arrangements, plus the inclusion of her duets with Frank Sinatra makes a nice bonus highlight. The final two discs of Sam Butera come much closer to Prima's rockin' slant on things, with rocked-up jazz classics and R&B tunes galore keeping the party goin' all night long. Needless to say, if you're a Louis Prima fan bordering on fanatic, this is the one to have.

Product Details

Release Date:
Bear Family


Disc 1

  1. Buona Sera
  2. Oh Marie
  3. Just A Gigolo
  4. I Ain't Got Nobody
  5. Body And Soul
  6. Jump Jive And Wail
  7. Nothing's Too Good For My Baby
  8. I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You
  9. Basin Street Blues
  10. The When It's Sleepy Time Down South
  11. Night Train
  12. Lip
  13. Whistle Stop
  14. Five Months Two Weeks Two Days
  15. Banana Split For My Baby
  16. Be Mine (Little Baby)
  17. When You're Smiling
  18. Sheikh Of Araby
  19. Birth Of The Blues
  20. Blow Red Blow
  21. The When The Saints Go Marching In
  22. Sentimental Journey
  23. There'll Be No Next Time
  24. Closer To The Bone
  25. I've Got The World On A String
  26. Much Too Young To Lose My Mind
  27. Don't Let A Memory
  28. Pennies From Heaven
  29. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
  30. Autumn Leaves
  31. Pump Song
  32. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
  33. Natural Guy
  34. Beep Beep
  35. If You Were The Only Girl In The World
  36. Bourbon Street Blues
  37. Sing
  38. That Old Black Magic
  39. Judy
  40. Felicia No Capacia
  41. That's My Home
  42. Moonglow
  43. Gotta See Baby Tonight
  44. Fee Fie Foo
  45. Music Goes 'round And Around
  46. Fever
  47. Don't You Take Your Love From Me
  48. Hey Boy Hey Girl
  49. Lazy River
  50. Hey Boy Hey Girl
  51. Nothing's Too Good For My Baby
  52. Oh Marie
  53. I've Got You Under My Skin
  54. Don't Take You Love From Me
  55. You're Just In Love
  56. Harlem Nocturne
  57. Glow Worm
  58. Just One Of Those Things
  59. All Night Long
  60. Lover Come Back To Me
  61. Everybody Knows
  62. Ain't Misbehavin'
  63. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
  64. Three Handed Woman
  65. St Louis Blues
  66. Twist All Night
  67. John Ping Pong
  68. Ooh Look What You've Done To Me
  69. Big Daddy
  70. Sunday Lover
  71. Little Girl Blue
  72. Scuba Diver
  73. I Want You To Be My Baby
  74. Shadrack
  75. Next Time
  76. Lady Of Spain
  77. Hello Lover Goodbye Tears
  78. Undecided
  79. Come Rain Or Come Shine
  80. Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night
  81. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
  82. Exactly Like You
  83. Foggy Day
  84. How High The Moon
  85. Angelina
  86. Zooma Somma
  87. Don't Worry Bout Me
  88. In The Mood For Love
  89. Come Back To Sorrento
  90. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
  91. Robin Hood
  92. Oh Babe
  93. Them There Eyes
  94. Honeysuckle Rose
  95. Tiger Rag
  96. Just Because
  97. Embraceable You
  98. I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
  99. Should I

Disc 2

  1. The Pump Song
  2. The Boulevard of Broken Dreams
  3. Natural Guy
  4. Beep! Beep!
  5. If You Were the Only Girl
  6. Bourbon Street Blues
  7. Sing, Sing, Sing
  8. That Old Black Magic
  9. Judy
  10. Felicia No Capicia
  11. That's My Home
  12. Moonglow
  13. Gotta See Baby Tonight
  14. Fee Fie Foo
  15. The Music Goes 'Round and Around
  16. Fever
  17. Oh Marie
  18. Don't Take Your Love from Me
  19. Hey Boy, Hey Girl
  20. Lazy River
  21. Hey Boy, Hey Girl (Reprise)
  22. (Nothing's Too Good) For My Baby
  23. Oh Marie

Disc 3

  1. I've Got You Under My Skin
  2. Don't Take Your Love from Me
  3. You're Just in Love
  4. Harlem Nocturne
  5. The Glow Worm
  6. Just One of Those Things
  7. All Night Long
  8. Lover, Come Back to Me
  9. Everybody Knows
  10. Ain't Misbehavin'/'Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
  11. Three Handed Woman
  12. St. Louis Blues
  13. Twist All Night
  14. John Ping Pong
  15. Ooh, Look What You've Done to Me
  16. Big Daddy
  17. Sunday Lover
  18. Little Girl Blues
  19. Scuba Diver
  20. I Want You to Be My Baby
  21. Shadrack
  22. The Next Time
  23. Lady of Spain
  24. Hello Lover
  25. Undecided
  26. Come Rain or Come Shine/Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night
  27. Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night

Disc 4

  1. On the Sunny Side of the Street/Exactly Like You
  2. A Foggy Day
  3. How High the Moon
  4. Angelina/Zooma Zooma [Medley]
  5. Don't Worry 'Bout Me/I'm in the Mood for Love
  6. Come Back to Sorrento
  7. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
  8. Robin Hood/Oh Babe
  9. Judy
  10. Them There Eyes/Honeysuckle Rose
  11. Tiger Rag/Just Because
  12. Embraceable You/I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good
  13. Should I/I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me
  14. The White Cliffs of Dover
  15. Holiday for Strings
  16. Greenback Dollar Bill
  17. Love of My Life (O Sole Mio)
  18. Too Marvelous for Words
  19. Too Marvelous for Words

Disc 5

  1. I Wish You Love
  2. I Would Do Amost Anything for You
  3. Shy
  4. Rock-A-Doodle-Doo
  5. Young and in Love
  6. You'll Never Know
  7. Good Behavior
  8. You Better Go Now
  9. As You Desire Me
  10. Fools Rush In
  11. Imagination
  12. You Go to My Head
  13. Don't Take Your Love from Me
  14. When Your Lover Has Gone
  15. All the Things You Are
  16. When Day Is Done
  17. I Wish You Love
  18. Mr. Wonderful
  19. If We Never Meet Again
  20. I Understand
  21. The Whipporwill
  22. You Are My Love
  23. Sometimes
  24. Just as Much
  25. Indian Love Call
  26. The Nearness of You
  27. Someone to Watch over Me
  28. Someone to Watch over Me

Disc 6

  1. The Man I Love
  2. It's Magic
  3. What Is This Thing Called Love?
  4. Stormy Weather
  5. There'll Never Be Another You
  6. It's Been a Long, Long Time
  7. You're Driving Me Crazy
  8. Stardust
  9. What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry
  10. Nitey Nite
  11. Hurt Me
  12. I Keep Forgetting
  13. High School Affair
  14. Nothing in Common
  15. How Are Ya' Fixed for Love?
  16. S'posin'
  17. The Song Is You
  18. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  19. I'll Get by (As Long as I Have You)
  20. I Never Knew I Could Love Anybody (Like I'm Loving You)
  21. I'll Never Smile Again
  22. Sweet and Lovely
  23. All the Way
  24. Lullaby of the Leaves
  25. East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)
  26. I Can't Get Started
  27. Cocktails for Two
  28. Cocktails for Two

Disc 7

  1. Bim Bam
  2. Twinkle in Your Eye
  3. Ten Little Women
  4. Equator
  5. Seven Out
  6. I Kiss Your Hand Madam
  7. Love Charm
  8. The Love Nest
  9. Put Your Mind at Ease
  10. It's Better Than Nothing at All
  11. Hold Out for Love
  12. Good Gracious Baby
  13. Handle With Care
  14. Dig That Crazy Chick
  15. Hey There
  16. I Love Paris
  17. On the Street Where You Live
  18. The Song from Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart?)
  19. Three Coins in the Fountain
  20. Too Young
  21. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody
  22. Love Is a Many Splendored Thing
  23. Around the World
  24. La Vie en Rose
  25. All the Way

Disc 8

  1. Bugs
  2. Tennessee Waltz
  3. French Poodle
  4. Chantilly Lace
  5. Up Jumped a Rabbit
  6. Just Say I Love Her (Dicitencello Vuie)
  7. Easy Rockin'
  8. Night Train
  9. Honey Love
  10. Street Scene
  11. Perdido
  12. Kansas City
  13. Love of My Life (O Sole Mio)
  14. Ol' Man River
  15. Smilin' Billy
  16. Skinny Minnie
  17. Better Twist Now Baby
  18. Twistin' the Blues
  19. The Continental Twist
  20. Tag That Twistin' Dolly
  21. Come and Do the Twist
  22. O Ma-Ma Twist
  23. I Feel Good All Over
  24. Later, Baby, Later
  25. Ol' Man River

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Prima   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals,Bandleader
Frank Sinatra   Vocals
Buddy Collette   Saxophone
Billy May   Conductor,Bandleader
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Keely Smith   Vocals
Sam Butera   Saxophone,Vocals,Bandleader
Justin Gordon   Saxophone
Jack Marshall   Guitar
Van Alexander   Bandleader
Bob Bain   Guitar
Felix Slatkin   Violin
Si Zentner   Trombone
Paul Nero   Violin
Victor Arno   Violin
Israel Baker   Violin
Cy Bernard   Cello
Harry Bluestone   Violin
Verlye Mills   Harp
Roland Bundock   Bass
Larry Bunker   Percussion,Drums
Frank Carlson   Drums
John Cave   Horn
Gene Cipriano   Saxophone
Joe Comfort   Bass
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Irving Cottler   Drums
James A. Decker   Horn
Alvin Dinkin   Viola
Walter Edelstein   Violin
Paul Ferrara   Drums
Frank Flynn   Percussion,Drums
David Frisina   Viola
Chuck Gentry   Saxophone
Benny Gill   Violin
Victor Gottlief   Cello
Chico Guerrero   Bongos,Conga
Roy Harte   Drums
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Saxophone
Francis Howard   Trombone
Jules Jacob   Saxophone
Kathyrine Julye   Harp
Armand Karpoff   Cello
Jules Kinsler   Saxophone
Harry Klee   Flute
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Eddie Kusby   Trombone
Harvey Lang   Drums
Marvin Limonick   Violin
Tony Liuzza   Bass
Dan Lube   Violin
Edgar Lustgarten   Cello
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Willie McCumber   Piano
Murray McEachern   Trombone
John Nagy   Piano
Nelson Riddle   Bandleader
Erno Neufeld   Violin
Ralph Pena   Bass
Richard Perissi   Horn
Jimmy Priddy   Trombone
Uan Rasey   Trumpet
Milt Raskin   Piano
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Bill Richmond   Drums
George Roberts   Trombone
Paul Robyn   Viola
Meyer Rubin   Bass
Mischa Russell   Violin
Wilbur Schwartz   Saxophone
George Seaberg   Trumpet
Allan Seltzer   Guitar
Dick Shanahan   Drums
Ray Sherman   Piano
Kenny Shroyer   Trombone
Paul Shure   Violin
Lou Sineaux   Trombone
Lou Singer   Drums
Marshall Sosson   Violin
David Sterkin   Violin,Viola
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Paul Tanner   Trombone
Morgan Thomas   Trumpet,Saxophone
Juan Tizol   Trombone
Gerald Vinci   Violin
Vincent DeRosa   Horn
Alex Beller   Violin
Alton Hendrickson   Guitar
William Hinshaw   Horn
Joseph Saxon   Cello
Eleanor Slatkin   Cello
Victor Bay   Violin
Belnick   Violin
Naomi Benditsky   Cello
Haakon Berg   Flute
James Blount   Trombone
Ennio Bologinini   Cello
Robert J. Carter   Piano
Roland DiLorio   Bass
Joseph Ditullio   Cello
Lee Elliott   Flute,Saxophone
Fred Falensby   Saxophone
John Vincent Faraci   Drums
Robert Gibbons   Guitar
Stanley Harris   Viola
Jerold Kasper   Saxophone
Murray Kellner   Violin
Irving Lipschultz   Cello
Gia Maione   Vocals
Robert Morris   Drums
Alex Murray   Violin
Theo M. Nash   Saxophone
Pullman Pederson   Trombone
Tom Pederson   Trombone
William Pittman   Guitar
Kurt Reher   Cello
Amado Rodriques   Bass
Sylvia Ruderman   Flute
Hammond Russum   Saxophone
Eudice Shapiro   Violin
Clarence Sherok   Trumpet
Lue Freddie Simon   Saxophone
Phil Sobel   Saxophone
Archie Wade   Flute
Alex Gershunoff   Flute
Little Joe Cook   Saxophone
Simon Zenther   Trombone
Bill Miller   Piano
Paul T. Smith   Piano
Maxine Johnson   Viola
Arthur Frantz   Horn
Vincent Terri   Guitar

Technical Credits

Rudolf Friml   Composer
Louis Prima   Arranger,Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Ethel Waters   Composer
Charlie Shavers   Composer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Richard Berry   Composer
Don Covay   Composer
Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Teddy Jack Eddy   Composer
Mark Fisher   Composer
Voyle Gilmore   Producer
Joe Goodwin   Composer
Roger Graham   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Will Hudson   Composer
Milt Kabak   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Michael Riley   Composer
David Rose   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Harry Beasley Smith   Composer
Ted Snyder   Composer
Larry Stock   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Billy Vera   Liner Notes,Biographical Information
Spencer Williams   Composer
Eddie Farley   Composer
Bob Shelton   Composer
Joe Shelton   Composer
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Sylke Holtrop   Artwork
Gerd Weiler   Artwork
Joe Young   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Joe Josea   Composer
Bernice Petkere   Composer
Doris Fisher   Composer
Sammy Gallop   Composer
Walter Hirsch   Composer
Sydney Robin   Composer
Larry Shay   Composer
Doris Tauber   Composer
William Tracey   Composer
Francis Wheeler   Composer
Sammy Lerner   Composer
Paul Lincke   Composer
Robert MacGimsey   Composer
Lilla C Robinson   Composer
Sam Theard   Composer
Leonello Casucci   Composer
Paolo Citarella   Composer
Harry Da Costa   Composer
Eduardo DeCapua   Composer
Sidney Easton   Composer
Buddy Fields   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Bickley S. Reichmer   Composer
Robert Graham   Composer
Red Hodgson   Composer
Allan Roberts   Composer
Julius Brammer   Composer
Bob Miketta   Composer
Freddy James   Composer
Marti Stanley   Composer
Neal Stanley   Composer
Horace Gerlach   Composer
Ernesto de Curtis   Composer
Nat D. Ayer   Composer

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