Louis Prima – The Wildest (1957)

The Wildest! is an album by Louis Prima, first released in 1956. It features singer Keely Smith with saxophonist Sam Butera and the Witnesses. It is considered an innovative mixture of early rock and roll, jump blues and jazz as well as eccentric humor. On April 19, 1956 the band gathered at the casino lounge to record tracks for the album. Capitol Records attempted to retain Prima’s “in person” performance and spirit to capture what he referred to as “three o’clock in the morning at the Sahara” with the group. One of the songs recorded, “Jump, Jive, an’ Wail” would become a hit through Brian Setzer’s cover version in 1998

Track Listing:

1. “Medley: Just a Gigolo / I Ain’t Got Nobody (and Nobody Cares for Me)”
2. “(Nothing’s Too Good) For My Baby”
3. “The Lip”
4. “Body and Soul”
5. “Oh Marie”

Side 2

6. “Medley: Basin Street Blues / When It’s Sleepy Time Down South”
7. “Jump, Jive, an’ Wail”
8. “Buona Sera”
9. “Night Train”
10. “(I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead) You Rascal You”

Review: Prima was WAY before his time. He tried to sing songs that were a parody on other songs at the time. Sort of like Weird Al does now days. Although he was actually really successful and make one of the most played songs of all time. It’s been used in hundreds of movies. “I Ain’t Got Nobody” is an actual American classic

Schill Score: 6.0/10

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