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Ultra-Lounge: Wild, Cool & Swingin' - Artist Series Vol 1
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Broadway & Vocalists
The back of this two-CD set may say "File under Lounge," but frankly, lounging will be the very last thing on your mind once you put Louis and Keely on. It's simply impossible to stand still while the duo, backed by Sam B... more »
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The back of this two-CD set may say "File under Lounge," but frankly, lounging will be the very last thing on your mind once you put Louis and Keely on. It's simply impossible to stand still while the duo, backed by Sam Butera and the Witnesses, gets going. When Keely sings "Hey boy, I can really cook," there's a tiny chance she's talking about something that takes place in the kitchen, but the galloping bass line behind her says that she really belongs to the dance floor. Whoo-hee! Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things" is taken at a frenetic pace--do these people ever pause to breathe? The bulk of this collection was recorded between 1957 and 1962, and it makes for an explosive document of a now-gone era when men in sharp suits hung out at the Copa, babes with pointy rocket-launcher breasts at their arms. The sheer effortlessness of it all is still supremely exciting. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
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Al V. (Al) from HOOVER, AL
Reviewed on 1/20/2007...
Some great cuts here. He's a scream...she's delicious. Together they're great.
Louis Prima .... The Best and Greatest
Aaron C | Florida | 06/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Who knew that the husband-wife duo of Louis Prima and Keely Smith would have such an impact on pop culture? It's very easy to overlook this pair, although frequently featured in motion pictures, commercials, and covers of other artists. Prima and Smith's music will live on forever....especially in this set. All tracks have been excellently digitally remastered....it's doubtful that the original tapes sounded this good. Altogether, this collection has the most popular (and easily overlooked) hits of the duo, plus a few obscure and less common tracks. From Angelina (one of my favorites) to Jump, Jive and Wail (much better than Brian Setzer's overplayed remake) to Closer to the Bone. All are hits, all are classics.....all you will enjoy."
Fun with the swing masters
Yakov Hadash | New York, NY | 11/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Louis Prima and Keely Smith with Sam Butera and the Witnesses constitute probably the single greatest influence on today's swing scene. I am not exaggerating. And this double-CD is a great place to start: Over two hours of remastered music, a great production design (neo-retro), and long liner notes. My only problem with the presentation is that the individual musician credits are left out. A must for all swing dancers and jazz musicians! ///// KOBY."