8-CD Box (LP-Format) mit 40-seitigem Buch, 198 Einzeltitel. Spieldauer ca. 561 Minuten. - Louis Prima wurde zur Kultfigur. In den Dreißiger- und Vierzigerjahren hatte er als Jazztrompeter gearbeitet. Als er 1956 bei Capitol unterschrieb war er der Boss einer heißen Combo mit Sam Butera und der ultra-coolen Keely Smith. Die Musik des Louis Prima entstand aus seiner eigenen Ausgelassenheit. Sein Stil war weder richtiger R&B, Pop oder Jazz. Es war schlichtweg „The Wildest!“, so, wie es Louis versprochen hatte. Diese umfangreiche Box enthält alle Capitol-Aufnahmen von 1956 bis 1962 sowie Keely‘s Soloalben. Zu den Songs gehören „That Old Black Magic“, „Buona Sera“, „Just A Gigolo“, „Jump Jive & Wail“, „Oh Marie“, „I Ain't Got Nobody“, „Banana Split For My Baby“, „Felicia No Capicia“ .... und viele, viele mehr, einschließlich etlicher, nur schwer zu findender Livealben. (www.jpc.de)
8-CD box (LP-size) with 40-page book, 198 tracks. Playing time approx. 561 minutes. - Louis Prima has become a cult figure. He had been a jazz trumpeter in the '30s and '40s, and by the time he signed with Capitol in 1956 he led a hot combo with Sam Butera and ultra-cool Keely Smith. His music took its key from Louis's own exuberance. It wasn't quite R&B, pop, or jazz, but it was, as Louis himself promised, „The Wildest!” This set includes all his 1956-1962 Capitol recordings, as well asKeely's solo records. Songs include „That Old Black Magic”, „Buona Sera”, „Just A Gigolo”, „Jump Jive & Wail”, „Oh Marie”, „I Ain't Got Nobody”, „Banana Split For My Baby”, „Felicia No Capicia”....and many, many more, including those great hard-to-find live albums. (www.jpc.de)
This excellent eight-disc Bear Family boxcelebrates 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 198(!!!) 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 Capitolused 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 Sinatramakes 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.