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  • Louis Prima With Keely Smith - Breaking It Up! - CD - joeyjrp.com
  • Louis Prima With Keely Smith - Breaking It Up! - CD - joeyjrp.com
  • Louis Prima With Keely Smith - Breaking It Up! - CD - joeyjrp.com

Louis Prima With Keely Smith - Breaking It Up! - CD - joeyjrp.com

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The bulk of Louis Prima's finest, Vegas-era output for Capitol has yet to be reissued on CD, but this record--a true oddity in his discography--has somehow found its way onto the digital format. Catapulted to Columbia Records on the success of his self-released single of "Oh Babe"--eventually covered by Wynonie Harris, Kay Starr, and Lionel Hampton, among others--Prima recorded a handful of novelty sides under the production helm of Mitch Miller in the early '50s. This 1958 LP collects these tunes and showcases Prima's poppier, pre-swing sensibility. Heavy on the kitsch and light on the R&B and jazz, this is Prima at his most polished (thanks, no doubt, to Miller at the controls). It's hard not to enjoy "The Bigger the Figure" (Prima's ode to the overweight that's a play on The Barber of Seville) or the frolicking "Barnacle Bill the Sailor," comedic tunes with lightning-fast punch lines and plenty of semi-innocent sexual innuendoes. It's a must for Prima and Keely Smith fans--just don't expect the "Jump, Jive, an' Wail" of his later efforts. --Jason Verlinde

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Song List

  1. Eleanor
  2. Shake Hands with Santa Claus
  3. Oooh-Dahdily-Dah
  4. Basta
  5. The Bigger The Figure - Louis Prima & His Orchestra with Keely Smith
  6. Boney Bones
  7. One Mint Julep
  8. Chili Sauce
  9. Oh, Marie
  10. Luigi
  11. Paul Revere
  12. It's Good As New (I Painted It Blue)
  13. Barnacle Bill The Sailor
  14. Shepherd Boy
  15. Chop Suey, Chow Mein - Louis Prima & Keely Smith
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