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Louis Prima - His Greatest Hits
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Broadway & Vocalists
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(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the second Dot Record Louis and Keely recorded in 1960, and released to CD by Jasmine Records. It contains some of his New York hits from the days of "His New Orleans Gang" to some time with his Orchestra. It is also the first album in which music master Morgan Thomas joined the band. The music on it varies so much, it is hard to pin-point what type of sounds Prima was making, but there are some very jaunty versions of his own composition "Brooklyn Boogie" and the trumpet solo on "The Music Goes Round and Round" is outstanding. The only down side to the whole thing is: the horrible background vocalists!! Sam and the boys could have outdone them. Louis caringly sings about his love Keely on "My Cucuzza," a bouncy romp, but perhaps the best recording which shows the band in its entirety is "Josephina, Please no Lean On The Bell." What a blast!!"
A Golden Legend
Melvin L. Gaudreau | Rhode Island | 02/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Last nite I was fortunate to view a documentary on Louis on the American Movie Channel. This man can only be described as a energetic and 100% dedicated artist. Listening to his music serves to make you more aware of his desire to bring to his listeners and fans the very best in music. His success can only be measures by the love and admiration that both fans and musicians alike had for him. He was a true artist in every since of the word. His music makes you feel alive and wanna dance! I would strongly urge you to buy this CD..sit back..tape your toes..and enjoy! And, yes, if you have a mind to..get up and dance! Thank you Louis for all the gifts of talent and music you gave us!"
First rate for what it is, but not much swing.
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Louis Prima and Keely Smith are great singers, and they are great together, and this CD contains some real classic material. But if you are looking for "Jump, Jive, and Wail" or anything else in a "high energy swing" style, you will have to look elsewhere. I think of this as pop music. Pleasant, and very well done, but nothing that will knock your socks off."