Catalogue: JASCD 330
Price Code: A
Release Date: 01/05/1994
Bar Code: 5013727 03302 7
Louis PRIMA & Keely SMITH
Return Of The Wildest
This re-issue from the near end of the
Prima/Smith combination is definitely a good one. Originally released in 1961 by
Dot records, this album has all the original features that made the
Prima/Smith/Butera crew a hit, though Dot Records still liked to throw in a
violinist here or there.
The album starts out hot with a dynamic recording of
"South of the Border," which trumpeter Morgan Thomas shines on, as well does
bassist Rolly Dilorio. The tune swings along, leading into a vocal version (done
by Prima) of Butera's on-stage hit "Come Back to Sorrento." As the title
suggests, the wildest is back, and it's not your typical arrangement. Sam Butera
rocks this album with his honking tenor sax on a version of "For You," which
swings thanks to the team of Lou Sino/Morgan Thomas and drummer Bobby Morris. He
really lets loose on "The Grasshopper (let him hop)" which really gets your feet
tapping. He is also featured in a beautiful instrumental version of "I Have but
one Heart ." His phrasing is incredible here... it seems as if all the members
were pumped up for this album... just listen to Prima tear it up on both vocals
and trumpet in "After You've Gone," or Keely's sultry vocals as she sings "(I
Love You) For Sentimental Reasons."
Louis tongues his way through a delectable
recording of Ray Bauduc's "South Rampart Street Parade," and the whole band has
a blast with Louis Armstrong's "Old Man Mose," given the true Prima treatment .
They make you feel as if you were in the studio with them as they recorded it.
The most amazing part of this CD is the fantastic ending, on which Prima,
Butera, and his Witnesses shine in bringing on a chilling version of "Chinatown,
My Chinatown." If you're looking for a wild romp with Prima and his boys, the
title of this CD says it all.
Also Available by Louis Prima JASCD325, JASCD326, JASCD327, JASCD331, JASCD334, JASCD339, JASCD370.
Also Available By Keely Smith
£8.99 / $14.83 / €10.10