The Capitol Recordings

The Capitol Recordings

by Louis Prima

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The Capitol Recordings

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: 09/27/1994
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127157768
catalogNumber: 15776
Rank: 202337


Disc 1

  1. Buona Sera
  2. Oh, Marie
  3. Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody
  4. Body and Soul
  5. Jump, Jive, An' Wail
  6. (Nothin's Too Good) For My Baby
  7. I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You
  8. Basin Street Blues
  9. When It's Sleepy Time Down South
  10. Night Train
  11. The Lip
  12. Whistle Stop
  13. Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days
  14. Banana Split for My Baby
  15. Be Mine (Little Baby)
  16. When You're Smiling/The Sheik of Araby
  17. The Birth of the Blues
  18. Blow, Red Blow
  19. When the Saints Go Marching In
  20. Sentimental Journey
  21. There'll Be No Next Time
  22. The Closer to the Bone
  23. I've Got the World on a String
  24. Much Too Young to Lose My Mind
  25. Don't Let a Memory
  26. Pennies from Heaven
  27. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
  28. Autumn Leaves

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. Felica No Capicia
  11. That's My Home
  12. Moonglow
  13. Gotta See Baby Tonight
  14. Fee Fie Foo
  15. The Music Goes 'Round and 'Round
  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 (Alternate Take)

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. 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'
  11. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
  12. Three Handed Woman
  13. St. Louis Blues
  14. Twist All Night
  15. John Ping Pong
  16. Ooh, Look What You've Done to Me
  17. Big Daddy
  18. Sunday Lover
  19. Little Girl Blues
  20. Scuba Diver
  21. I Want You to Be My Baby
  22. Shadrack
  23. The Next Time
  24. Lady of Spain
  25. Hello Lover, Goodbye Tears
  26. Undecided
  27. Come Rain or Come Shine
  28. Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night

Disc 4

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

Disc 5

  1. I Wish You Love
  2. I Would Do Most 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 Whipporwhill
  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

Disc 6

  1. The Man I Love
  2. It's Magic
  3. What Is This Thing Called Love?
  4. Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time)
  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
  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

Disc 7

  1. Bim Bam
  2. Twinkle in Your Eye
  3. Ten Little Women
  4. Equator
  5. Seven Out
  6. I Kiss Your Hand Madame
  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. Song from Moulin Rouge
  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
  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

Louis Prima   Arranger
Voyle Gilmore   Producer
Billy Vera   Liner Notes,Biographical Information
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Sylke Holtrop   Artwork
Gerd Weiler   Artwork

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