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The Wildest!

Louis Prima

1956

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The Wildest!

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3.53

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5

Jazz standards by monkey guy from jungle book

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Just a rip roarin good time. I want whatever drugs Louis is having.

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5

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.

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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?

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5

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"

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5

Love it, makes me want to dance. The oldest one yet and the funniest one probably

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5

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.

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5

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!

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5

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.

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5

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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This is the good thing about this. Never in a million years would I have listened to a Louis Prima album! Good fun.

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Quite enjoyable from King Louis

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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.

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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!

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4

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.

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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.

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This is wild alright! Also rich and engaging, I just ordered the vinyl.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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5

Seriously, what a joyful ride this was. Loved everything about it. Could hardly not dance to it.

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5

Loved it!

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5

what a fun, lighthearted album. I'll keep this one on deck

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5

Fun jamming. It is described as Vegas at 3AM and I feel it.

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5

So much better than expected.

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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!

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5

Oh Marie, a classic. Jump Jive and Wail, the remake by Brian Setzer isn’t too bad. Love the bonus tracks on Spotify.

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Holy crap all these hits are the same dude on the same album. Wow.

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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.

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Hay que estar loco para no poner un 5 a este álbum

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<3

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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!

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Wild, fun

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Just wow! Such nice energy. New Orleans jazz.

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Louis Prima is always 5 stars in my book, so this album was a soft toss.

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loved it!

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Heh awesome, jazzy croony you raskal

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5

Cute Jazz album. Feels like it is very in line with trends of the 50's

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5

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

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5

wild, Italian, ridiculous, a pleasure to cook to.

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5

TOPISSIMO

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5

Very cute and chill, I liked it a lot, definitely gonna continue listening to it.

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5

great!

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5

mad men-esque bar loungie tunes i like.

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Хорош) Приятный джаз Будто вечер. Большая лубянка. Бары уже закрываются. На улице тепло. И светит понедельником.

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5

Classics. So much fun.

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Joyful!

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5

Brutal.

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5

Fantastic, band had major talent, lots of humor, recognized songs. Several times, couldn't believe what I was hearing with the lyrics.

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5

so fun!

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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

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5

This album was a lot of fun. So much creative energy.

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Best of the bunch thus far. Incredible. Loved every second of it.

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Yup. Happy with this.

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5

Great jazz

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5

This one was awesome. The one about making pie and buona sera were good discoveries to be shared.

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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!

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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?

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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.

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Irresistible fun!

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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

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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

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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

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04/27/22

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this album is the one you put on when you're making some kind of Italian dinner

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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.

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Simple fun

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Kind of reminds me of christmas. I enjoyed it though

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7/10 F.t.: Just a gigolo

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Spotify. Fave Song - "(I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You" 4.25 fun listen.

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I dug this one

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quite good

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4

Classic oldies fifties plaatjes. Soms zeer typisch, soms zeer leuk.

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Primo dino 50's jazz. Jump, Jive, an Wail.

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Reminds me of Mad Men and Fallout.

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fun oldies!

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Louis-esque jazz

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4

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.

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4

Entertaining - good background music. 40s/50s lots of horns.

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Good classic

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unexpected bop

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Jazzy and fun.

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EXTREMELY fun to listen to!

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ridiculous and old timey and la mf prima fav track: jump, jive an' wail

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4

Fun, enjoyable

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4

Loved it. Great album. Would listen to again.

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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

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Brill, wanna be like you. Some classics.

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So GOOD

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Awesome

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Chulada papaw

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Good

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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.

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4

Very fun record! I'm really enjoying this blast from the past.

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Loved it. Sounds of the 50s

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Goofin and funnin

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There’s a reason they call him king louie

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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,

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Excelente descubrimiento

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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!

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Funny and fresh

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Pretty good, reminds of Mafia soundtrack

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Very cool. Works as background music and loud

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4

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

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4

Excellent to potter around the house to

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C’mon Lou!

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4

Excellent, a good discovery I can see myself listening to this again in the future.

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Really liked this

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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

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A lot of fun

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4

Fun album

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This was great. Some good jazz standards. Will listen to this again.

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It was good fun. It will be good to have on when I have friends or family for dinner.

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Great fun

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4

The old swing jazz thing can be a bit cheesy, but it's still really nice to listen to

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Joined this group to find some new music. Glad I found this.

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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.

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4

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

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8/10

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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. 

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4

Classic big band swing, cool endings to the tunes. Must've been very influential at the time. Blues meets rock and roll.

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Muziek om vrolijk van te worden. Maar naar het einde toe was het een beetje te veel van hetzelfde

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Aangenaam

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I loved listening to this. Fun and upbeat from start to finish.

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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

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4

Big band! Just a jiggalo! Took some work to get this to play but it's pretty good. Fun.

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Better than expected

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Começa bastante bem, mas fica um pouco repetitivo, mas é bastante bom. Nota: 7/10

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4

Solid album, plenty fun to listen to.

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50s best decade. Fight me

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I love these 50’s jazzy pop albums! So good!

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4

It was nice in the background but not my style and not something I would actively listen to

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Love me some Louis Prima. Brings me back to weddings as a kid.

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Good fun

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This is a fun listen

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Fun, a bit formulaic, but fun.

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Love the old school big band vibes

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listened to it before

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How could you not like it?

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Just a jigalo

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Some great classics: Giggalo/I ain't got nobody, The Lip,k Jump Jive and Wail, You Rascal You...

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Bello ma non il mio genere

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Timeless

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Fills a very real need.

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It's a lot of fun! 8

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8/10. Very energetic, lots of fun to listen to

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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

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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.

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4/5 you know what, this was a good one.

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Bela amostra do swing dos anos 50.

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"Gimme a C, a bouncy C."

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Made my Friday working session pretty enjoyable!

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Fun, but starts to feel a bit one note by the end

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Джаз, зашло, +трек в плейлист

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Just good old time sound

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old and good music

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Fun!

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Very fun! Soundtrack to New York in ~the past~

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Fun. Baby hated it.

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Great to hear where all those songs everyone knows came from. I had no idea.

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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.

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Definitely not my go-to genre but the entire album was upbeat and fun to listen to. Glad I did.

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Sounds very experimental, some are nice some are roo experimental for me

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Upbeat and fun. Quite liked this.

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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

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4

What a fun album! I will listen to this again. Especially loved the Banana Split song.

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4

I thoroughly enjoyed this album, but not sure whether I'd revisit a lot of these songs again.

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4

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

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Cool to hear the originals to some classic songs. FUN, is the work I would use to describe this album. Music=Joy.

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This was a lot of fun. I think I need more of this kind if music in my life. I can't give it a 5 but there's really not a bad song in here.

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Rimelig hyggeligt! :D

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So wild! The Wildest!

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Great swing record, but easily remembered for Prima's vocal chops and energy more than anything else. Are there good solos on here? Sure. But there's also Prima's crazy scatting and that's the guy on the cover, so who are you really here for?

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* Great tunes.swing music? Great remasters for songs recorded 56 years ago.

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Midway through it now, listening to "Body and Soul". While I haven't been loving or hating this album, I've gotta give this man his flowers for the trumpet work here. I used to play back in middle school and holy heck is he doing some wild stuff with that thang. Hahaha the banana split song is really fun, too. That one might be a keeper. I've actually been jamming to this way harder than previous albums on this list - my shoulders and feet keep grooving all on their own!

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Dope. Diverse and exciting track list.

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A biased 4, this music just brings me a big smile!

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This was very enjoyable and catchy. Favorites: Body and Soul; Jump, Jive an' Wail

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A pure delight of a record from a truly unique artist. This album is one of the best of its time and still is a joy to listen to today

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A fun swing album from start to finish. This is the first time I've listened to Louis and can definitely hear the influence on David Lee Roth. Favorite tracks: Just A Gigolo, Oh Marie, Buono Sera.

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Great energy on this album. And nice to discover that some of the songs were first recorded (or first gained traction) with Louis Prima (Jump, Jive, and Wail; Buona Sera). A fun, rocking blues/jazz/swing album. Great rendition of Just a Gigolo / I Ain't Got Nobody (far better than DLR and always a fun medley).

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I was surprised by a few things on this album: 1) How many of these songs I knew that other artists covered. 2) How many of them Prima put the accents on very different spots in the songs. It was a little jarring, but definitely intriguing. This was not a surprise, as I already liked Prima's work. I was surprised at how the album was considered so... eclectic in some ways. The mix is very appealing. Definitely something I will revisit.

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great songs great execution still swings after more than 60 years

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Good fun album!

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Infectious, light hearted, fun music with piano and brass, and Louis Prima’s mellow joy inspiring vocals. Tempted to give it 5 stars especially in context of 1956, but I think that might do a disservice to some of the deeper jazz that appeared in this era

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This is precisely the kind of discovery I most appreciate about this exercise: a hidden gem I would have most likely never sought out otherwise. The Wildest! is a freewheelin' mish-mash of early rock, 50s jazz, soul, and a whole lot more shot through with exuberance. It's sounds like the best party you've never been to. Favourite tracks: Just a Gigalo/I Ain't Got Nobody; Jump, Jive, An' Wail; Bouna Sera

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The Wildest! truly imparts Louis Prima's style onto a record, as the singer/trumpeter sounds like he's barely holding it together or about to burst out laughing with some of the lyrics he's squeezing into certain bars. I have a soft spot for this era, and Prima provides a nice combination of upbeat blues, jazz and early rock'n'roll. (Hats off to Louis and his band for adapting to the new rock style and not rejecting it). Fav Tracks: Just a Gigaloo/I Ain't Got Nobody, Oh Marie, Jump Jive an' Wail, (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You, Buena Sera

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This album is a great reminder on the impact that Louis Prima had on so many genres of music; storyteller, swing, jump blues, Orleans Jazz, pre-Rock and Roll. Most people would know his music by more recent versions by other artists, they likely would not recognize him as the voice of King Louie in the original Jungle Book and his great take on "I Wanna Be Like You". This is a compelling album and is easy to get hooked on, it puts a smile on your face and a jump in your step! Singer, songwriter, bandleader and trumpet player, he does it all. Hard to pick favorites but I will go with, "Just a Gigolo Medley", "Oh Marie", "Buena Sera", "Jump, Jive an Wail". 4 out of 5 stars

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Cool

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Louis Prima is amazing! But ...Listen, would you mind explaining to me how the fuck this list does not contain any Chuck Berry or Louis Armstrong? How is that possible? (7/10) FT: Just a Gigolo / I Ain't Got Nobody (and Nobody Cares for Me), (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You

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Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant! Proper loves this!

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Muy bueno

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Reminds me of my days of playing Fall Out 3 and 4. Nostalgia and the fact that it’s pretty catchy give it a solid 4.5 for me.

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Pretty good jazz

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-He definitely be groovin' and jivin' on the sax and/or trumpet. Overall just a bunch of fun tracks with lots of energy -"(I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You" is pretty savage

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Yep. It swings, hepcats. Really impressed by the production and how great the entire record sounds. Prima’s voice is one of a kind (just like Diamond Dave’s) and despite some of the weirder affectations he does with it I never grew annoyed or agitated by the performance (also, just like Diamond Dave’s). He clearly found a lane for himself and that voice and is just cruising with the top down, probably smoking like 90 cigarettes an hour. Thanks for the reminder, Craig. I just barely remember her in that movie but now I want to check out her solo stuff.

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I don't think I wanted to jump off that ride, but it was going so fast that in the end that matters not at all. Great to have a plain fun album again. Strong tunes, interesting vocal performance, great medley choices and a joke to top it off (until I get through the bonus tracks tomorrow).

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A very fun, swinging 50s album that I will surely come back to!

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'Just a Gigolo' è un classico, con un particolare stile che avrei ricondotto al periodo tra le guerre. (infatti è così) Bellissima anche "Oh marie"

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If you can't enjoy this album, there must be something wrong with you. A mix of jazz, swing, Jive and Blues. You can just hear these songs being played in a Tim Burton or John Hughes film when everyone is just enjoying life. And why shouldn't you once in a while? Best Tracks: Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody; Jump, Jive an' Wail; Buona Sera

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Fun! I don't really see myself being in the mood for this on many occasions, but I did enjoy it and it would be really perfect for an old-timey themed party.

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Good tunes. Sounds like they had the time of their lives making then.

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Really enjoyed this… upbeat and fun!

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C'est bien, c'Est comique et les standards de jazz sont bien exécuté. Je vais dire comme une autre critique sur ce site, c'est un bon album pour cuisiner et pour écoute ren background. Ca sonne bien. Franchement ahah 4.0

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Absolutely loved this album really enjoyed listening!! I have since gone back and re-listened to some of the songs and added them to playlists as well. I love this era/genre of music and I especially love the Jungle book soundtrack so it was fun to hear elements of that in these songs as well. I actually really love the 50s thing of combining two songs into one it's great!

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I could listen to this all day... and pretty much did.

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4.5. This is a fun album. Definitely didn't realize I knew this artist a little when it came up!

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This album is loads of fun...just like it's most famous tune....Just a Gigolo. 4 🌟

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made me laugh

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I love music like this and just a gigolo is great but this album got on the annoying side after a while with how high energy and busy some of the songs are. Not too annoying tho

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Lots of fun. Makes me want to dance

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Pretty good.

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One of those albums that's a bit too old timey for me to really judge but it's pretty catchy. I reckon it would have been my style of music if I was alive then lol

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i cant believe kanye got this dude for a track

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This was nifty and energetic, and also a bit goofy. Definitely an interesting listen.

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50’er vibe, flere kendte melodier, fremtrædent, jazz/blues/swing/r&b blanding

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Not my sort of music. It's OK but I just won't listen to this by choice. I'll give this a 3 as am rating 2.8/5. Rating is mainly for excellent recording, excellent singing and skilful playing.

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weird

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Very funny and happy music to rise the spirit

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background vocals are a little chaotic, and not sure I'm a fan of the random repetitive syllables

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Enjoyed this for the most part. What a refreshing change!

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This album is full of smiles and toe-tapping, it's all so very happy. I can happily listen to this stuff for hours. It runs along in the background like a friend who's just around to cheer you up and remind you to take a break for a smile every now and then. It's very nice.

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3.5

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Not bad album. Some good tracks though nothing mind blowing.

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It's swing alright. Some fun stuff on here. Not on my rotation, but appreciated.

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The start of the album was a little rough. Definitely not our taste in music. However, as it went on, I started to recognize a couple songs, and the enjoyment increased.

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Not something I'll listen to by choice, but it's classic and hard to rate poorly.

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Nice easy listening. Pretty fun tunes, and outside my normal wheelhouse. Won't return to it, but alright alright alright.

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Muy bonito y claro ejemplo de esa transición del jazz y rhythm and blues a lo que después sería el Rock and Roll. No sabía que Jump, Jive an' Wail era de él, pero sin duda es una canción que cuando Brian Setzer la popularizó me gustaba mucho.

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there’s only so much scatting one girl can take

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very influential with Zatarans and Olive Garden

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it was good, makes you think about the past

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jassy

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not much that stood out to me

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I'd heard pennies from heaven while watching Elf and will admit it was catchy as hell. Not a huge jump blues, swing fan, but it's actually pretty fun. Every song begins with the identical piano riff...songs all sound pretty similar but it's also such a distinct style that it's to be expected.

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OG ska, good vibes

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ihan jees, kivaa swing-henkistä settiä mutta vähän vanhahtava mun makuun

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Although jazz is a form that celebrates experimentation, given the time period of this album there's only so many sounds that it couldve produced. Listening in one sitting, a lot of the songs seem to blur together and no song is particularly distinguishable from another, making it a tad redundant at times. That being said, brass instruments and jazz singers always fill me with a certain degree of warmth...similar to being wine drunk.

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I actually enjoyed this more then I expected - but a whole album of trumpet-y swing is a bit much for me

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right away - "ohh i know this voice" and "ah, yeah i know this song". not my thing for the most part but i liked some songs.

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I'm sure if I was alive in his time, I would have thought this was the greatest thing ever. But I'm not, so I don't. It's great swing music, I bet, but it's not for me.

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Great big band sounds, some funny lyrics and well done mixture of english and italian influence

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Maybe for the 1950s but certainly not the wildest today. (Still good!)

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Fun album that must have been pretty daring and controversial in its day. Some real classics here. A great soundtrack to a mafia movie.

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no

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I hadn’t realized that Louis Prima played trumpet. It was a nice addition, as was Keely Smith’s singing and Sam Butera’s sax. Without them Prima’s voice, which is strained in comparison to his (black) counterparts from that era, like big Joe Turner or Wynonie Harris, would have been hard to handle for 57 minutes. But there are some great dance floor tunes and it’s a catchy mix of jazz and rock n’ roll.

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Decent enough in a stick it on in the background while I'm making dinner kind of way.

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Was a bit of fun!

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Makes you smile. Nonsense in the main but quite enjoyable....in small doses!

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enjoyed it - very of its time but what a laugh they're having. Not sure it'll go on again but i guess that's what this is all bout. 6/10

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Yep. Liked this one. Old school!

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Some voice

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Echte jazz die wel leuk is maar niet waar ik van houd

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Wauw, wat een energie. Lijkt heel erg op Louis Armstrong, maar dat mag de pret niet drukken. Herkende hier en daar wat deuntjes. Zal dit niet vaak aanzetten maar leuke kennismaking.

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original new orleans jazz. trumpets and scat. covered by David Lee Roth , Stray Cats and others.

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Wonder if my parents listened to Louis Prima... The chorus “I Got Nobody” very similar to David Lee Roth

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Totally different to most things on this list so far. Very much enjoyed it.

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Very much enjoyed this

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Erstaunlich erfrischend. Humorvoll, was ich von 60+ Jahre alter Musik noch nicht kannte. Lieblingssongs: 1. Just A Gigolo / I Aint Got Nobody - Medley 2. The Lip 3. Bananasplit For my Baby

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Het is niet slecht, maar ik zie ook niet direct waarom het in deze lijst zou moeten staan.

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The trumpets!

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Anscheinend eine Legende, von der ich noch nie etwas gehört hatte.

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Never really listen to music like this from this era but it's so feel-good, upbeat. Like v early rock n roll. 3/5

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Jolly, upbeat New Orleans jazz standards reminiscent of Louis Armstrong but not so gravelly

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Wild by the standards of the time. Pretty tame cool jazz with flashes of eccentricity

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such a fun, easy listen i love jazz although i can hear a bit of rock n roll and blues too. cant forget the lovely saxophone though!

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A real party album. Not really what I was looking for, but I can see the appeal.

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Disco divertente che però mi è difficile giudicare a fondo. Anche le svise della band sono funzionali e non eccessive.

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In Conclusione: Vabbè che devo dì, cioè a me sto swing/cabaret me piace un botto. Tralasciando classici come Just A Gigolo, comunque ho apprezzato molto anche gli altri che, anche ascoltando i testi mentre lavoravo, mi hanno sempre dato quella sensazione di mezzo laido e pieno di doppi sensi. I musicisti chiaramente so tutti bravissimi, la produzione pure per essere comunque la metà degli anni '50 è sorprendente. Non mi sento di dargli un voto troppo alto per la sua natura puramente d'intrattenimento però m'ha divertito molto.

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Not my norm Brought me a lot of enjoyment as I realized many of this album have been remade Brought me down listening rabbit hole to David Lee roth and Brian setzer and big daddy voo doo. Enjoyed the lip too

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I imagine this got the jazz clubs boppin

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Pretty good. Some real bangers on this one.

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Decent jazz album with lyrics that improve the instrumentals. Some songs are dated and don’t hit as well but overall it’s ok. 5.6/10

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Minchia, conosco più canzoni di Louis Prima di quanto immaginassi. Ancora una volta mi trovo in difficoltà per via del contesto storico tanto distante dal nostro. Tutto sommato l'ho trovato divertente anche se un po' ridondante, ma erano altri tempi, magari si cercava di intrattenere, far ballare invece di coinvolgere emotivamente. Mi affido alla Modified Tom Petty Scale, secondo la quale, se a lui ho dato 2 non posso darlo a chi mi abbia coinvolto un briciolo in più. Voto: 3

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LAS VEGAS GOOOOO WILDDDDDDD, just kidding

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Better than that Elvis album I heard

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This had some bops on it and was a really fun listen. Felt like I went back in time.

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Not bad, catchy and got a nice groove.

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Bom

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Fine as far as background music goes

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This made me happy.

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There’s a kitschy yet delicious Italian restaurant here. This album made me want to walk over there for a bite to eat. Would listen again.

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Good album with a few very catchy tunes even if some are a bit repetitive

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Letkeä rallattelu, joka toimi aamusta iltapäivään tunnelman kohottajana

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Hauska ajatella itsensä viihteelle jortsuamaan levyn biisejä 50-luvulla kun se oli julkastu. Hauskaa menoa

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Good start but beat stays the same thru out

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The Wildest! by Louis Prima (1956) Sicilian jazz? Who knew? African American and Italian American cultural influences come together in New Orleans, then off to New York, and now settling into Las Vegas, synthesizing smiles all the way. Recorded at The Sahara, where vocalist/trumpeter Louis Prima, along with his wife, vocalist Keely Smith, and the band Sam Butera and the Witnesses performed numbers from their stage show (sans audience) giving it ‘live’ feel, without the live distractions. They produce a big band sound with a small ensemble. This is music that is foot tappingly raucous, sprinkled with Sicilian lyrical jokes, scat improvisations, and melodic references to pop and light classical tunes—seriously funny. There’s a wonderfully peppy and adept jazz trombone solo by James Blount, Jr. on “Body and Soul”. Other solo work (tenor sax, piano, trumpet) is more than competent. ‘’(I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead) You Rascal You” Why? Because you eat all the ravioli and meatballs. This indignity justifies trumpet lip slides by Prima that rival Blount’s trombone work in a dueling horns WWF slingfest. Very, very nicely done. Save this one for a sad day after 5:00pm when someone has gravely disappointed you. Then play it loud. If you’re not giggling by the time you’re two shots in, seek professional help. 3/5

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After the first 5 seconds you know exactly what you're gonna get for the rest of the album, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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Van has covered Prima's 'bueno sera' in concert before and he is one of the names that he often reels off in his frequent nods towards his musical heritage. Its easy to see a prototype of Van's style here as Prima expertly uses his voice to drive the melody.

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I like music from the 50s but this is just...boring. Not bad. Just inoffensive. And Prima sings one way and one way only. You could change the background music and it'll be the same song.

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First album of the generator. Already familiar but a good start.

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goeie muziek maar doesn’t too much for me in terms of a lasting impression prolly just zoomer vibes

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Scat jazz type shit. Pretty good

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Íkonísk rödd, skemmtileg plata.

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This seemed pretty iconic of a certain genre/era but also a bit of a, I don't know, shtick? I don't think I'd just sit around listening to a whole album of this for pleasure.

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5/10

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L'album était sympa sans plus, mais je voulais juste souligner a quel point Louis Prima marchait sur Frank Sinatra. Il est d'ailleurs bien connu de tous que Frank Sinatra avait pour habitude de mandier devant la porte du studio du Livre de la jungle, espérant récupérer quelques toplines de Louis Prima. Cela n'aura pas suffit, car 60 ans plus tard, nous n'avons aucun mal à discerner le véritable patron des années 50 de sa pâle immitation adulée par Robert.

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Louis Prima nous promet d'être wild sans pour autant nous jouer la chanson dans laquelle il interprète l'orang-outan qui l'a rendu célèbre. Le contrat n'est pas rempli. Je ne ferai d'ailleurs pas le jeu de mots que vous attendez tous entre le nom de l'artiste et l'ordre des mammifères placentaires dont font partie les singes.

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My Dad's era and musical style. Can't remember him mentioning him though.

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That'll put some hep in your step!

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yeah im not gonna like this either am i

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Solid Swing

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They don't quite make albums that pop with live instrumentation like this one. Once I got over the weird lyrics I actually enjoyed this album. Probably not something I can see myself coming back to quickly though however.

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6/10

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музыка мафии 2 пойдет

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Det er okay. Men han synger godt!

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Lively, jazzy swing a pleasant listen

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Probably the least interesting type of jazz, but as swing goes this is pretty fucking good. Found myself listening to Just a Gigolo again the next morning like.

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Old School big band era music. Van Halen really did a faithful copy of Gigolo.

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This was a fun album, but a little repetitive after a while. It was fun learning he was King Louie from the Jungle Book. I'm sure it was a blast to see him live at the Sahara. Favorite tracks: Just a Gigolo; Jump, Jive, An' Wail (an absolute classic, written by Prima); Night Train.

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p27, 1956. 3 stars Light listening, "jumping jive", good fun. Have to be in the right mood for it though. You can see where Paolo Nutini stole from.

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Super enjoyable

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Jazzy. Easy listening!

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3/5 I’m torn. I enjoyed the sound, and some of the songs were really fun (laughed out loud at the split checks in “banana split for my baby”. That said, i was turned off by the aggressive racism in “the lip”, and felt like a lot of this didn’t age well.

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Has some well known songs and it was a quick listen. It was an alright album.

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Kind of cool mix of genres.

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Harmless fun

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It bangs but never varies. Mad respect for being the voice of King Louis though.

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"an innovative mixture of early rock and roll, jump blues and jazz as well as eccentric humor"

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Hauska levy! En tiedä iskikö avausraidan lisäksi muut kovinkaan paljon mutta ei tätä ilman hymyä voi kuunnella.

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Hauskaa. Ehkä vähän yksipuolista, mutta kyllä tän 30min kantoi.

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Loved all the sax.

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Massa o som, das antigas e pa, muito bom os instrumentos de sopro

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Enjoyed that and happily listened to it all day. Not sure I'd ever think to listen again mind...

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Finally nice jazz!

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Interesting album, a mix of jazz, jump blues and rock and roll, a little bit of scat with some shades of Louis Armstrong in there too. As much as I love jazz, I've never really been a fan of jazz vocalists, so this wasn't mind-blowing for me, but it was fun and would have had folk in the 50s up dancing.

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Maybe in the background at a family bbq . 50s slap stick and very cute .

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A bit old fashioned but was ok.

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Dobiva 3 sam jer IIIII AINT GOT NOOOBOOOOOODY i Just A Giggolo Margot Robbie pjeva dok kolje ☺️

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skibidibi skibidiba, nije toliko loše da mu šibnem dva.

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Pjesma just a gigolo je bila na mom rock vol. 100 albumu koji sam slušala uz Pussycat dolls PCD album kad sam imala devet godina.

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A lot of fun

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Good clean fun!

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Omg this guy did the Bare Necessities! Shame that wasn't on this album, but still really enjoyed it. Such upbeat and positive music - puts you in a good mood! Love the piano playing too.

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Fun and one-of-a-kind. I wish it didn't sound so much like a novelty act. "Gigolo" is great, as is "Buona Sera" but I don't dig what he does to "Basin Street Blues" (which sounds just like "Gigolo" btw) and "Sleepytime" (which is meant to be soporific, editors, and certainly not to be hollered). Hard not to admire just how all-in he is here, and sure the band is tight and boisterous, but does it all have to be so jokey and schticky? Again, this is fun, but at best these are a few songs to know, not a record you must hear before dying (especially relative to the many, many other worthier jazz options not pictured here). 3.1 / 3.

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A bit fun, and old vocal jazz energy. It gets a little too cheeky for its own good at times, but still pretty fun and cool to listen to. Enjoyable.

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fun

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Fun.

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I ain't got nobody es un temazo.

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We need more standup bass in modern pop music.

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Swingy

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Old school, but not old school cool

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Not for me

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Like the production. Sounds great for 1956. Some tracks a bit samey. Wouldn't listen again though.

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Normally I like jazz but...not so much this one.

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Toooooooo old for me

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Fun.

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This is actually for Darklands - The Jesus And Mary Chain, but I didn't really like either tbh.

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Some classic songs from older movies. It's ok.

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considera una mezcla innovadora de rock and roll temprano, jump blues y jazz, así como humor excéntrico.

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Started promisingly but ultimately disappointing

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Fun little album but probably wouldnt listen again

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Ik werd zenuwachtig van Louis!

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Feels like a generic big band album. Not terrible, not outstanding. The Banana Split song is kinda weird...

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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.

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This Swing music isn't my thing and it's pretty outdated at this point. But I can appreciate that back in its heyday, this was probably a spectacular album.

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I was excited to see a 50s album, then a *little* less excited when I noticed it was jazz, but sure ok, I don't mind some jazz. Then the first song is the original(?) version of what I find to be one of David Lee Roth's most annoying songs/covers. Not Mr. Prima's fault, but a poor start. But then the next couple seem very gimmicky with too much call and response or cheesy dialog. Another half star nominee, I would love to give it a 2.5; let's see which direction that falls in the morning when it's time to assign stars...

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Not bad music, just not really my thing

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Wasn't expecting a straight up swing record on the list. Would have begged this as earlier. Several songs I knew, reminding me of my high school days in jazz band.

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Bored by this kind of music

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I know a song! Not really my cup of tea but fine

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Felt like watching the first half hour of Goodfellas. Interesting I suppose, but not my cup of tea.

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Fun but probably wouldn't listen again

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Just a Gigolo Buona sera Sympattchique

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5/10

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Wydaje mi sie, ze gdzies juz slyszalem niektore traki z tej plyty, luzny i z humorkiem jump blues, zwany rowniez swingiem, grany przez niezbyt liczna grupe muzykow, wiec nie jest to typowy dla tamtych czasow big bandowy material, czesto spiewany na dwa glosy, ale jednak glownym aktorem jest pan Prima, ktory pomimo, ze spiewa po angielsku, to czuc od niego wloskie influencje, na plejke gigolakowy traczek

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mwah

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Who knew King Louis sounded so good

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Too old but gold 4/10 fallout vibes comes

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I am sure that back 60+ years ago this album was cutting edge and wonderful. Is just not my style. Was fun that I recognized some of the songs, though there were covers from other artists.

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Couple of good songs but generally not my genre of music

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A mig camí entre el swing i el crooner clàssic, no m'ha encisat especialment, però com a banda sonora de segona part dels 50 funciona i l'optimisme de Prima acaba resultant contagiós

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Aikansa Tom Jones! Tyyliltään tää oli tällästä pappajazzin swingiosastoo ja sit ihme vegas cabareeta sieltä viihteellisimmästä nurkasta. Mut noh siis kyl mä tykkäsin kuunnella tän läpi. Tää oli kevyt ja ihan piristävä. Ei tää ehkä kauheen suuri taidenautinto oo, enkä jaksa ihan heti uudelleen kuunnella. 2/5

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I do not care for vocal jazz or swing, so this is simply not to my taste at all (the only things I really liked were the instrumental tracks). I'm sure it's fine if you do like this sort of thing.

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Mouais. Ca a pas l'air extrêmement complexe, . 2

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good

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Not for me, dated

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While I very much respect what this music represented when it was released, it's not necessarily something that I would be able to listen to on an on-going basis.

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Great for 1956 but not feeling it

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Not awful, probably influential, but about as out-of-date as it's possible for a piece of recorded music to sound. Really old and pretty lame. Rating: 2/5 Playlist track: Buona Sera Date listened: 11/05/22

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Chances are slim to none with this one...

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Nee, dit is niet mijn ding.

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Not my choice for listening to

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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.

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Don't like

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just sounds far too quaint for my ears in 2022. lost attention very quickly

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Great stuff, but this one I've heard dozens of time

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Not a fan

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Big band jazz.

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8/10

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