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  • Personnel includes: Louis Prima, Keely Smith (vocals); Sam Butera (vocals, tenor saxophone).
  • Includes liner notes by Scott Shea and track annotations by Bob Furmanek.
  • Digitally remastered by Bob Norberg (October 1990, Capitol Recording Studios).
  • Louis Prima was an innovator without equal. Jump blues/jazz icons Louis Jordan and Slim Gaillard shared Prima's penchant for combining R&B with swing and good humor, but Prima's cross-section of influences is as singular at it is striking. When Prima made his major impact in the pre-rock & roll '50s, it was a downright bizarre experience to see/hear an Italian-American combining blues, swing, pop, R&B and Italian songs in a wild, unfettered style that foreshadowed the arrival of Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis.
  • If you're a newcomer to Prima's work, you'd be hard pressed to find a better introduction than this 26-track compilation that includes his most popular material. With R&B saxman Sam Butera and singer/wife Keely Smith as his foils, Prima was an arresting, original voice in American music, and this collection makes the reasons plain.
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