Album no. 4/1001
Guys. Louis Prima was the Orangutan in The Jungle Book. Get amongst it.
Admittedly, The Jungle Book came out 10 years after this album did, but ‘I Want To Be Like You’ is a pretty reasonable indication of the type of music Mr Prima created – swinging, jiving, big horns.
On The Wildest, Mr Prima sings with his then wife Keely Smith, and they’ve got some pretty great chemistry. She’s also got a smashing voice. Great combo. He also plays a pretty mean trumpet.
Have you listened to this album before?
CL: No, but I have heard ‘Just a Gigolo’. It was in a musical I was in. Yes. I was in a musical. This was a long time ago.
NK: I have never heard this but hang on a second please stop press YOU WERE IN A MUSICAL?
CL: A long long time ago. I was very theatrical back then. It was a hilarious show based in the 1920s – so obviously we chose songs from a different time period. Just so we’re clear – I didn’t sing it. I am not just a gigolo.
CL: Jeez, ‘Oh Marie’ is banging! But so is ‘Jump, Jive An’ Wail’! OH WAIT. ‘I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead You Rascal You’ actually has the lyrics:
All my meatballs you try to steal
That’s the winner.
NK: I like ‘Body and Soul’, where halfway through it kicks into a crazy jam, but I think the opening medley of ‘Just a Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody’ with the crazy horns is the pick for me. Also ‘The Lip’ is really fun.
When would be the best time to listen to this?
CL: Well, it’d certainly be mandatory for any sort of historical fancy dress party. But really, I’ll be chucking this on to kick off any sort of party. I feel this is the sort of music one could just bounce around one’s house to – in and out of rooms, for no particular reason.
NK: Three in the morning, not too drunk, no inclination to go to bed. On a street corner in New Orleans if possible.
Why has this album been included on the list?
CL: You mean aside from his pretty insane scatting? Our old mates at 1001 albums declare Mr Prima to be “joyous, rumbustious and irresistible”. Didn’t know rumbustious was a word, but I’m certainly going to include it in as much writing as I can.
NK: Fucking hell what about the horns on the opening track? I think I’m listening to a digitally remastered version, but still, goddamn! From like 2.10 to 3.00 (when he starts scatting) the horns are fire. It’s worth it just for that, mate. Those walking bass lines as well, get excited.
Will you be listening again?
CL: It was pretty great. Apparently this album was recorded live back in 1956 and you can definitely feel the energy. I tell you what, if you enjoy the music in Fallout, you’ll definitely get a kick out of this album.
NK: Believe it. I’m way on board with this. Get around it. It reminds me of the music in the first mafia game with the sweet clarinets. I liked this a lot.
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