The Wildest! is an album by Louis Prima, first released in 1956. It features singer Keely Smith with saxophonist Sam Butera and the Witnesses.Wikipedia
Jazz standards by monkey guy from jungle book
Just a rip roarin good time. I want whatever drugs Louis is having.
Any album containing a song played by Marvin Berry and the Starlighters for the Enchantment Under the Sea dance is good enough for me! In a word though, this album is "joyous", end-to-end. It lands like a band of musicians who really are have a great time playing together and a band leader that is both putting on the act for the crowd and having fun goofing for the band itself. Even songs with titles like "(I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You" lands like playful teasing between friends. I'll definitely be coming back to this album again and again. Worth every star. Interesting aside, this is the first album where I noticed the wikipedia page pointed to the book that appears to be the source material for this site's list. Spoiler alert.
I will not tell you how many songs in I was when I realized that Louis Prima voiced the orangutan king in The Jungle Book (facepalm). But this is my kind of cooking music! I particularly like the vocal quality of the female singer (Keely Smith I’m guessing?) and the harmony sections. Remarkable how many of these songs start with nearly the exact same walking bass line from the piano, just in different keys (listen to the first few seconds of #1, #3 and #6). There was an Italian grocery store down the street from our last apartment in Long Island and this is very much the type of music they played, so it was a nostalgic listen. Final thought - did “gigolo” mean something different in 1956?
I bet you this would've been super fun to see live. New Orleans truly has a fantastic music scene, and Mr. Prima must've been the absolute king. Love the sense of humor and the lively brass. Favorite tracks: "Buono Sera", "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead", "Jump Jive an' Wail"
Love it, makes me want to dance. The oldest one yet and the funniest one probably
Love hearing him tell his band to let it rip on their solos - SING UP. The call and response songs are great too, especially the Lip. Some of them are funny as well - Glad When You're Dead and the twist at the end of Banana Split is hilarious.
Great 50's party music. The band is red hot and the lyrics are quite amusing. Hard to be depressed while listening to this stuff!
Funny, energetic recording of Prima's legendary live show. It's loose and irreverent, uptempo and hilarious. Prima takes liberties with his own material and jazz standards to create a raucous big band experience that leans towards the coming RnB.
I bet Louis Prima and David Lee Roth would have been fast friends. After listening to this album, I have a sneaky suspicion that Diamond Dave patterned his entire lead singer persona on Prima. We should have known this when one of the first things Roth did after leaving Van Halen was to cover "Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody". You can totally picture Roth singing a lot of these lyrics scored to Eddie Van Halen's manic guitars and Michael Anthony providing the background vocals instead of Keely Smith. And I'm also guessing Diamond Dave's lifetime dream would be to voice an orangutan in a Disney movie. Similar to most things involving Roth, this thing is a freaking party. I love an album cover that tells you everything it's all about. Look no further to hear why Louis Prima was called The King Of Swing. What an absolute joy.
This was a surprisingly fun record. I did not expect to enjoy this album NEARLY as much as I did. It felt like the soundtrack to an old black & white film or a modern Pixar movie - in all the best ways. There's so much life and joy and energy here. It's just a blast. That said, it's definitely a particular vibe and I'm not usually in the mood for something likt that. But I'm making a note of this one to come back to when I AM in the mood because, when you want it, it comes in hot.
I'm a big fan of this particular brand of swing music, where it's got this energy and gibberish and craziness to the lyrics. It feels like a party to me, and it connects with me a lot more than straight Jazz.
I like this way more than I expected. It sounds like people having a great time. The harmony in the brass and vocals is really satisfying, and their voices are really cool individually.
What can I say other than it's snappy, energetic and makes you want to dance. Love Louis and his collaborations with Keely Smith and Sam Butera. No one plays high knows like The Lip. (yip yip yip yip)
This is the good thing about this. Never in a million years would I have listened to a Louis Prima album! Good fun.
Quite enjoyable from King Louis
Louis Prima uses his vocal command to weave a catchy record with an easy beat. It seems that this record begins to bridge the dinner club / big band era toward the next stage of being a jazz singer.
Super fun and energetic! Great mix of traditional songs, comedy songs, and instrumentals. Holds up really well -especially with so much comedic content - for being from the 50s. Just jazzy enough without being overbearing and a great example of (mostly) using scat and ad libs without being annoying or overtaking the song. Several great tracks but Banana Split is a delight!
Great mix of jazz, R&B, swing, and early rock and roll. This album is high energy until the very end. I have heard of Louis Prima before, but I'm glad to have become more familiar with his music. This album would have been very influential at this particular musical crossroads. Prima's embrace of the burgeoning rock and roll genre is a testament to his flexibility and openness.
4.2 - Alright, alright, alright, alright! A swinging, bopping blend of big brass jazz and rock-n-roll. Stylish, energetic and fun. Not a stale doo-wop record, this one really pops.
This is wild alright! Also rich and engaging, I just ordered the vinyl.
My favorite things about this sound, is that it is exemplified by very physical verbs. Swing. Jump. Jive. Wail. Very true to how this makes you feel.
Pure fun! This is such a joyful album. I love Louis's voice and the playful way he engages the other contributors. Everything about this evokes carefree, don't take life too seriously fun vibes. I like it a lot!
there’s only so much scatting one girl can take
I actually enjoyed this more then I expected - but a whole album of trumpet-y swing is a bit much for me
This is great party music. I'd heard David Lee Roth's cover of "Just a Jigalo", and I much prefer Louis Prima's version. But it's so cool to hear where that came from.
This isn't for me. It's harmless enough, though ridiculously repetitive, but that borders on the annoying. I would never choose to listen to this, but I wouldn't complain too much if it were on in the background in a shop or elevator.
It was unfair to take this photo while the man was yawning. Having said that, he has good top teeth. The bottom teeth are either missing or hidden.
Seriously, what a joyful ride this was. Loved everything about it. Could hardly not dance to it.
what a fun, lighthearted album. I'll keep this one on deck
Fun jamming. It is described as Vegas at 3AM and I feel it.
So much better than expected.
Was first introduced to Louis Prima and Keely Smith with the Big Night soundtrack. That was way too late in life! Enjoyed them ever since. Listening feels like I might be on the back porch of a two-flat in Melrose Park circa 1955. Buona Cera!
Oh Marie, a classic. Jump Jive and Wail, the remake by Brian Setzer isn’t too bad. Love the bonus tracks on Spotify.
Holy crap all these hits are the same dude on the same album. Wow.
Una chulada de disco. Louis Prima representa un montón de esa época de fines de los 40s y todos los 50s en que el swing está en su apogeo, todavía suena bien a precursor de rocanrol pero incluso esa importancia histórica es lo de menos. El album es una explosión de alegría, vida, humor y movimiento; de verdad que puede transportar a uno y hacer que te sientas incluso después de 60 años como si estuvieras pasando la noche en el casino, cenando y viendo un show espectacular, las canciones y esa combinación de algunas más jazz y otras más swing, un conjunto de puros clásicos que lo hicieron grande y en versiones perfectas para el estilo. Mi parte favorita quizá es esa toma y da que hace con su voz y el saxofonista en "Oh Marie," respondiendose notas hasta que atropella al saxofón y le dice "Come on now what's the matter with you?" Ese juego, soltura y simple alegría creo engloba lo que hace especial tanto a Prima, a este estilo de música y en particular a este disco. No tiene sentido ponerme a mencionar canciones, al menos la mitad son clásicos y todas son una joya, incluso las dos instrumentales. De viaje en el tiempo a Las Vegas a una época con más clase y moral más relajada a la vez. Maravilla de elección para la lista.
Hay que estar loco para no poner un 5 a este álbum
This was a great treasure discovery. It resembles in me a great classic that I didn't know yet. Definitely, an album to listen to before die!
Just wow! Such nice energy. New Orleans jazz.
Louis Prima is always 5 stars in my book, so this album was a soft toss.
Heh awesome, jazzy croony you raskal
Cute Jazz album. Feels like it is very in line with trends of the 50's
Fantastic album. Loved every song, even if they kind of blended together a bit. Just great energy and I got to add a song to abbey's playlist so that's a bonus
wild, Italian, ridiculous, a pleasure to cook to.
Very cute and chill, I liked it a lot, definitely gonna continue listening to it.
mad men-esque bar loungie tunes i like.
Хорош) Приятный джаз Будто вечер. Большая лубянка. Бары уже закрываются. На улице тепло. И светит понедельником.
Classics. So much fun.
Fantastic, band had major talent, lots of humor, recognized songs. Several times, couldn't believe what I was hearing with the lyrics.
10/10, Louis Prima is the fucking GOAT this album has so many bangers, still he’s made many other great songs that don’t even show up here like Pennies From Heaven, I Wan’na Be Like You, and What Will Santa Claus Say? overall just really great music I’d totally recommend
This album was a lot of fun. So much creative energy.
Best of the bunch thus far. Incredible. Loved every second of it.
Yup. Happy with this.
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This one was awesome. The one about making pie and buona sera were good discoveries to be shared.
Álbum do Rei dos Swingers. Jazz em estado puro. Trompetes sensacionais em canções gostosas de sentir. Li que Prima dublou o orangotango Rei Louie no filme "Mogli - O Menino Lobo". Aliás, uma das canções do filme é dele. Sensacional!
I love this, unabashedly. I can tell why my grandpa had his first heart attack! Hotcha! Seriously though, this album overflows with a joy and brio that more than compensates for its vintage. The opening medley was hip enough for David Lee Roth to cover, but it's not even the highlight. I love the spritzing of the ol' italiano in 'Oh, Marie'; I love the clever silliness of 'The Lip'; I love the spot of Grieg dropped in to 'Body and Soul'. It's rare that an album combines fun with chops so adroitly. Also, isn't Prima's huffy foghorn voice wonderful? Yes, through the lens of the present day he would be charged with cultural appropriation - ever since Mezz Mezzrow, white guys in jazz had tried to mesh by sounding like they'd swallowed Cab Calloway's 'Hepster Dictionary' wholesale. Still, this is wonderful - and didn't Prima do a fine job in the Jungle Book also?
Fucking love "Just a Gigolo". This whole album is amazing. A real crowd pleaser - pure entertainment. Damn. Good stuff. I listened to this thrice through and I mean I actually listened. Also - Shawn, that's Keely Smith on The Lip! From Thunder Road. Remember? Remember? Anyway. Five stars.
This album was an absolute delight, including some splendid jazzy arrangements, a kickin' band, and the lovely surprise of Keely Smith on vocals. The star of the show is still Louis Prima. His big personality, exuberance and sense of humor are what keep this album going and make it so much fun to listen to. I really love this. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Jump, Jive, an' Wail; (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You; Medley: Just a Gigolo / I Ain't Got Nobody (and Nobody Cares for Me); Medley: Basin Street Blues / When It's Sleepy Time Down South; (Nothing's Too Good) For My Baby; Oh Marie; Buona Sera; Night Train; Body and Soul; The Lip
Pisano! Really unique, gruff voice. And what a trumpet player. Could listen to this all day. Those harmonies are so good. Those album covers are a choice, eh? Favorite tracks: (I'll be glad when you're dead) You Rascal You, the Lip, Jump Jive n Wail
Loved it! Just a lot of fun. Final cut was the first song in memory that openly 'wished someone was dead' but done in such a way rhey wouldn't mind the journey
this album is the one you put on when you're making some kind of Italian dinner
This is absolutely wonderful! The entire album works together with the same drive and tempo with some alterations that still follow the same mood. You could just put this on and the entire thing would keep you up and moving.
Unexpectedly delightful! Super fun album in a genre I usually wouldn't touch.
Fun music from the 50s, some familiar songs
It’s great !
I love this album. I'm a swing dancer and have spent many hours listening to this and other works by Prima. Fantastic album and a brilliant mix of swing and jump blues.
this is just pure fun. cant help but love it
I honestly loved this album. Such a fun blend of Louis’s Italian heritage with his jazz/blues upbringing in NEW Orleans. The songs/lyrics are good, but the instrumentation and vocals and their mixing and mastering are phenomenal
fun album! little bit of raucous shouting and excitement throughout and overall a good time. Awesome piano playing on the second track, "Nothing's Too Good". Really tasteful and also technical. Love the instrumental "Body and Soul". Horn playing was fantastic! Yea this album was really incredible. 5/5 for me.
Every song that came on, I had a smile plastered across my face. What a contagious, fun energy. I love the fast, playful bee-bah-ba-doop way he scats. And he’s a phenomenal, spirited trumpeter too! “The Lip” is hilarious. I love these time signature changes. And that bit in the middle of “Basin Street Blues / When It’s Sleepy Time Down South” when he scats off time and sets up the change? So good! I tried to list the album highlights but realized I was just typing out the track list. Every song is a blast. But if I had to pick one, “Just a Gigolo / Ain’t Got Nobody” is my favorite. Just amazing.
Love this! I've long been a fan of Louis Prima and just adore the whimsicality of his music, the amazing playing and singing, and the overall vibe of this album! Oh, Marie is one of my favorite songs!
Well this is just tremendous fun! Loved it! Hurray for King Louis! 🦧 Fave track - "Banana Split For My Baby" is awesome, but the title has to go to "The Lip" Yip! Yip! Yip! Yip!
Wait a second - Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody isn't a David Lee Roth original. Seriously, a crazy blend of styles that epitomizes cool. This is the the quintessential Louie Prima. The scat singing is over the top, but works great in this setting. I love the call and response. This is a non-rock record that rocks. Simply great music.
So chill !
5/5. What a fun and musically talented album. Everybody in the band seems to be having fun and each song stands on its own. Louis Prima is such a good frontman.
Amazing album from a man who knew how to have fun with his music.
Fulford-Jones said, "Prima is joyous, rumbustious, and irresistible". Can't argue with that! Simply The Wildest!
Fantastic album, so vibrant and so energetic. The swing is so good, can't ask for much more here. 5/5
super fun album, lyrics are goofy, music is swingin
what a treasure
Glorious 50s Vocal jazz. Buena sera. Just a Gigolo.
Kind of reminds me of christmas. I enjoyed it though
7/10 F.t.: Just a gigolo
Spotify. Fave Song - "(I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You" 4.25 fun listen.
I dug this one
Classic oldies fifties plaatjes. Soms zeer typisch, soms zeer leuk.
Primo dino 50's jazz. Jump, Jive, an Wail.
Reminds me of Mad Men and Fallout.
Really fun! More of a background music album than a deep-dive, but a few very fun big band classics along with some lovely jazz tunes.
Entertaining - good background music. 40s/50s lots of horns.
Jazzy and fun.
EXTREMELY fun to listen to!
ridiculous and old timey and la mf prima fav track: jump, jive an' wail
Loved it. Great album. Would listen to again.
Este disco ya era bien rockanrolero y jump jive es un claro ejemplo Había escuchado varias canciones pero no sabía de quieren eran. Supongo que era la música diabólica de sus tiempos
Brill, wanna be like you. Some classics.
Es un cuatro que debería ser cinco pero no me animé. Y es que está buenísimo, perfecto y todo, pero ¿lo escucharía cualquier día para pasar el rato? No lo sé. 4.99 por eso. Lo siento.
Very fun record! I'm really enjoying this blast from the past.
Loved it. Sounds of the 50s
Goofin and funnin
There’s a reason they call him king louie
No sabía que es el jump blues. No sabía que esa canción se llamaba Jump, Jive An' Wail y al parecer no sabía nada de la vida. Songs: Jump, Jive An' Wail; (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You, The Lip, Oh Marie,
Who knew that every song having "(feat. so-and-so)" was not invented recently! Lively, catchy music from a bygone era. Overall a solid listening experience. Makes me want to do swing dancing!
Funny and fresh
Pretty good, reminds of Mafia soundtrack
Very cool. Works as background music and loud
Timeless. Not a bad track on it. Have added to my library. Take a point off for singing other peoples songs but other than that love his voice and the vibe of the thing. More of this. 4/5
Excellent to potter around the house to
Excellent, a good discovery I can see myself listening to this again in the future.
Really liked this
I felt like I traveled through time to a really fun club. I really enjoyed it. But I also don’t think I will listen to it over and over
A lot of fun
This was great. Some good jazz standards. Will listen to this again.
It was good fun. It will be good to have on when I have friends or family for dinner.
The old swing jazz thing can be a bit cheesy, but it's still really nice to listen to
Joined this group to find some new music. Glad I found this.
I'm so glad Louis made The List. They live on nowadays mostly being played over the house PA in Italian restaurant chains like Buca de Beppo, but damn they were a great band, and Louis a great bandleader. Reminds me of a little bit Satchmo, a little bit Count Basie. So many songs were covered later, right? "Just a Gigolo" by David Lee Roth (hit in the 80s). "Jump Jive and Wail" by Brian Setzer (late 90s/early-oughts). I always hated how in "It's a Wonderful Life", in the Good Side version of the Universe, Bedford Falls is all white bread and black people are hired help and Martini's is a quaint little Italian tavern playing lame music, while in the Dark Side version of the universe, Potterville, the streets are lined with bars blasting seriously great music, and Martini's is manifested as Nick's, where Louis Prima and his band would totally fill up the juke box.
Surprisingly good. Voice of King Louis from the jungle book too. Perfect length, would have begun to grate if it was much longer I think
Ahh memories of the Reservoir Lounge. We would go there after squash league every week for a couple of years. Bradley and the Bouncers was the house band on the night we played. I got to know Bradley quite well. They always played "Just a Gigolo" and he would let me, and any other inebriated squash guy who was up for it, "help" sing the ``I ain't got nobody" line. I kept bugging Bradley to let me sing the "Babadebabadebabaduloop" part but he strictly followed the first rule of letting a patron sing. That rule is to hold the mic near the patron but NEVER NEVER let go of the mic. Needless to say my short singing career never did include singing the gibberish part of the tune. Bradley was a wise man. Buona Sera is another classic Louis P tune.. I had a soundtrack to the movie "The Big Night" which was about some Italians from the old country who had a restaurant in New York. The soundtrack was classic Italiano and included a few Louis P tunes including Buona Sera and Oh Marie. I can't go less than 4 given the great memories of the Res as well as the glory days of squash. Thanks in advance to Mike for keeping his views on our relative squash abilities to himself.
Classic big band swing, cool endings to the tunes. Must've been very influential at the time. Blues meets rock and roll.
Muziek om vrolijk van te worden. Maar naar het einde toe was het een beetje te veel van hetzelfde
I loved listening to this. Fun and upbeat from start to finish.
I enjoy this a surprising amount, best album we've had on the list for a while.. Lighthearted fun, nice mix of jazzy backing and nonsense
Big band! Just a jiggalo! Took some work to get this to play but it's pretty good. Fun.
Better than expected
Começa bastante bem, mas fica um pouco repetitivo, mas é bastante bom. Nota: 7/10
Solid album, plenty fun to listen to.
50s best decade. Fight me
I love these 50’s jazzy pop albums! So good!
It was nice in the background but not my style and not something I would actively listen to
Love me some Louis Prima. Brings me back to weddings as a kid.
This is a fun listen
Fun, a bit formulaic, but fun.
Love the old school big band vibes
listened to it before
How could you not like it?
Just a jigalo
Some great classics: Giggalo/I ain't got nobody, The Lip,k Jump Jive and Wail, You Rascal You...
Bello ma non il mio genere
Fills a very real need.
It's a lot of fun! 8
8/10. Very energetic, lots of fun to listen to
good and goofy swing music, not extremely outstanding but it was nice to listen to and i really liked the harmonies on the first song. 8/10
The album sounded like primo 1950s in a good way. I was surprised by how many songs I recognized but had heard performed by others.
4/5 you know what, this was a good one.
Bela amostra do swing dos anos 50.
"Gimme a C, a bouncy C."
Made my Friday working session pretty enjoyable!
Fun, but starts to feel a bit one note by the end
Джаз, зашло, +трек в плейлист
Just good old time sound
old and good music
Very fun! Soundtrack to New York in ~the past~
Fun. Baby hated it.
Great to hear where all those songs everyone knows came from. I had no idea.
Definitely a lot of fun. His live shows must have been insane - imagine a New Years Eve party with him. Prime Prima. Note: David Lee Roth's "Just a Gigolo" is a note-for-note, word-for-word, scat-for-scat copy of Louis Prima's original on this album.
Definitely not my go-to genre but the entire album was upbeat and fun to listen to. Glad I did.
Sounds very experimental, some are nice some are roo experimental for me
Upbeat and fun. Quite liked this.
Opens strong with a jazzy melodic surprisingly touching song about the intangible nature of youth and identity. From there the rest of the album is great Frankie and Bennies music. A lot more to this than most albums like this. The good: Just a gigolo, The Lip
What a fun album! I will listen to this again. Especially loved the Banana Split song.
I thoroughly enjoyed this album, but not sure whether I'd revisit a lot of these songs again.
This is a really fun album. Love the classic jazzy pop sound of the sounds and the topics of the lyrics keep it an interesting listen. 7/10