Louis Prima – Jump, Jive & Wail: The Very Best Of 1952-1959


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Release Date: 2021

Label: Jasmine


Track List

  1. The Bigger The Figure
  2. One Mint Julep
  3. Luigi
  4. Man Dig That Crazy Chick
  5. 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days
  6. Banana Split For My Baby
  7. Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody
  8. Oh Marie
  9. Jump, Jive An’ Wail
  10. Whistle Stop
  11. Be Mine (Little Baby)
  12. The Pump Song
  13. Pennies From Heaven
  14. Closest To The Bone
  15. Buona Sera
  16. Beep! Beep!
  17. Angelina/Zooma Zooma
  18. Robin Hood/Oh Babe
  19. Them There Eyes/Honeysuckle Rose
  20. Tiger Rag/Just Because
  21. Too Marvelous For Words
  22. Lazy River
  23. Sing, Sing, Sing
  24. Felicia No Capicia
  25. Bourbon Street Blues



Bandleader, singer and trumpeter Louis Prima, who’d enjoyed huge successes in the 1930s and ’40s, mounted a major comeback in the 1950s, after teaming up with Keely Smith and Sam Butera & The Witnesses. This collection, which is one of a closely-linked trilogy, presents the very best of Prima’s solo recordings for Columbia, Jubilee and Capitol between 1952-59, with the emphasis very much on his 1956-59 Capitol output. It features pre-Capitol collectors’ items like “The Bigger The Figure”, “Luigi” and “Man, Dig That Crazy Chick”, although twenty-one of the twenty-five side are from his Capitol output. These include singles like “Buona Sera” (a UK hit), “5 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days” and “Banana Split For My Baby”, alongside tracks from the hit albums ‘The Wildest’, ‘The Call Of The Wildest’, ‘The Wildest Show At Tahoe’. ‘Las Vegas Prima Style’, ‘Hey Boy! Hey Girl!’ and ‘Strictly Prima’. The people who buy this one, will soon realise that they HAVE to buy the other two releases in this series!

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