Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Let's Fly With Mary Poppins
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Soundtracks, Children's Music, Broadway & Vocalists
OK, this disc is not the most important Louis Prima album ever, it's not even one of the top five, but, considering the dearth of Prima material available on CD (Bear Family's pricey boxed archive and Capitol's compilation... more »
OK, this disc is not the most important Louis Prima album ever, it's not even one of the top five, but, considering the dearth of Prima material available on CD (Bear Family's pricey boxed archive and Capitol's compilation are notable exceptions), this reissue of Louis Prima's Let's Fly with Mary Poppins is a sight for sore ears. Originally released on Buena Vista Records in 1965, Let's Fly features Prima and wife Gia Maione performing Italian versions of "Supercalifragilistic..." and "Stay Awake," in addition to one of the better versions of "Chim Chim Cheree" ever done. As a side note, "Chim Chim Cheree" was apparently used as Prima's audition tape for his casting into The Jungle Book. Prima completists should grab this one; for everyone else, Capitol's Prima compilation is a much better primer. --Jason Verlinde
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(3 out of 5 stars)
"When I found this re-issue, I was ecstatic because of its rarity. However, in 1965 (the year the album was originally recorded) Louis was becoming a has-been, and though she tries, Gia Maione is no Keely Smith. The banter between the two seems forced, though "The Pefect Nanny" has some fun to it. The only recording that REALLY stands out are Prima's romps through "Chim Chim Cher-ee" and the English version of "Stay Awake" thanks to his excitement on the song, and the driving beat of drummer Jimmy Vincent and the horn section of the Witnesses made up of Sam Butera (Tenor Sax), Lou Sino (Trombone), and Morgan Thomas (trumpet/trombone/sax). If you're a Prima finatic, this CD is definitely for you. For those who dig the tunes with drive such as "Just A Gigolo" or "Jump, Jive, An' Wail," you're better off digging Capitol or Dot Records."
If you like Mary Poppins AND Louis Prima
The Rebel | Nueva Jersey | 12/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is necessary to love both disney movies and Louis Prima. He does a great job, but if you are not a Prima fan - don't get it. I am and I dig it and my kids do too."