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|Collectors Series: Louis Prima
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Capitol Collectors Series by Louis Prima
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Band leader and lounge kingpin Louis Prima will be best be known for the classic, "Just a Gigolo," immortalized by David Lee Roth for a whole new generation of swingers. But Prima's output went much further: in his day he recorded for Capitol, acted in a movie or two, even owned a golf course. Prima's genius is infectious: lounge, swing, and Dixieland all fuse together into medleys that are fun, dance-worthy, and upbeat. Prima's duets with Keely Smith are the obvious highlights here: "That Ol' Black Magic," "Hey Boy! Hey Girl!," and "I've Got You Under My Skin" are essential Prima tracks. Sure, the cheese factor occasionally runs high, but it is a fun trip. --Jason Verlinde
- Louis Prima Collectors Series CD
|The Greatest Jazz Concert in the World
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Actually, the title should be "Greatest Jazz Concerts" because this 3-CD set features two legendary nights from Norman Granz's Jazz at the Philharmonic series! Includes Memories of You Clark Terry, Benny Carter & Zoot Sims; Moonglow; Sweet Georgia Brown Coleman Hawkins & Oscar Peterson Trio; C Jam Blues Johnny Hodges, Benny Carter & Coleman Hawkins; Stormy Monday T-Bone Walker, Clark Terry & Johnny Hodges; Satin Doll; Prelude to a Kiss Duke Ellington Orchestra; Someday My Prince Will Come Oscar Peterson Trio; Don't Be That Way; It's Only a Paper Moon; Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea Ella Fitzgerald & Jimmy Jones Trio, and more, 38 in all.
|Wild, Cool & Swingin': Ultra Lounge Vol. 5
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Ultra Lounge ~ Vol. 5-Wild Cool & Swingin'
|Best of Louis Jordan
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Brand: JORDAN VINEYARD & WINERY
MCA has newly repackaged their classic 20-cut Louis Jordan compilation to include the same jumpin' jives at a lower price! Choo Choo, Ch'Boogie; Saturday Night Fish Fry; What's the Use of Getting Sober?; Caldonia; Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens; Run, Joe; Barnyard Boogie , and more.
With 20 originals from Louis Jordan's '40s and early '50s heyday at Decca Records, Best Of is the definitive collection of the blues-jazz bandleader-singer's work. Most of the cuts are up-tempo jumpers with lyrics that tell sly tales of the black experience in midcentury: the house-partiers in "Saturday Night Fish Fry" end up in the slam, while the institution of marriage occasions a warning in "Beware." Jordan also dabbled in Latin and Brazilian rhythms on "Run Joe" and "Early in the Morning," and even added a major ballad, "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'," to the standard repertoire. A major influence on Ray Charles, James Brown, and Chuck Berry, Jordan is a must-hear. --Rickey Wright
|Northern Exposure: Music From The Television Series (1990-95 Television Series)
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Brand: NORTHERN EXPOSURE
Includes Theme from Northern Exposure David Schwartz; Jolie Louise Daniel Landis; At Last Etta James; Hip Hug-Her Booker T. & the MGs; Embhaceni Miriam Makeba, and more.
|The Gospel Of Blues
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|Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
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Brand: Jordan, Louis
Jazzman... Movie Star... Songwriter...Hit Maker...Oh, and he 'Invented' Rock 'n' Roll.Nobody has a better claim to the title of 'Father of Rock 'n' Roll' than Louis Jordan. Long before Fats Domino and Little Richard, way before Haley and Presley - Louis Jordan was rockin' 'em in the aisles with hit after rockin' hit.Just listen to any track on this compilation - then check its date. You'll be staggered by its freshness, partly due to the genius of Jordan himself - and partly to the quality of the remastering. You'll marvel, too, at the familiarity of many of the phrases, licks and runs. Effects that many of Jordan's imitators happily took credit for.In fact, before you've got halfway through this stunning body of work, you'll have reached a simple conclusion:if there is a 'King', it's King Louis.
Think five discs and 131 songs is too much Louis Jordan? Not a chance. Not for a man who so consistently and so definitively achieved the elusive and delicate combination of musicianship and accessibility. Not for a man who paved new and vital musical roads without ever losing his sense of style or his appetite for fun. Covering Jordan's historic (not to mention commercially successful) Decca tenure (1938 to 1950), this amazing collection finds the alto sax player, songwriter, and singer building blues and swing into a hot mix that came to be known as R&B, producing hit after hit with topnotch bands behind him, streamlining the big-band concept without diminishing the music's force. Much has been made of his role in the development of R&B--and as a result, rock & roll--and his importance as a musical pioneer can't be underestimated. But all ideas about "historical importance" fade away as these vibrant, insistent, irresistible tracks roll by. --Marc Greilsamer
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Brand: Setzer, Brian Orchestra
This live, double disc collection is the first and only compilation package on the market. It spans Setzer's entire 25 year career, from the Stray Cats to the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and includes the hits "Rock This Town", "Stray Cat Strut", "Rumble In Brighton", "I Won't Stand In Your Way", and Grammy Award winning songs such as "Jump Jive An' Wail", "Sleepwalk", and "Caravan".
|Essential Blues Piano
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|Ultra-Lounge: Wild Cool & Swingin' - Artist Series, Vol. 1: Louis Prima & Keely Smith
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Brand: Prima, Louis & Keely Smith
2 CDs of the classic sides he laid down with Keely Smith and Sam Butera! Includes That Old Black Magic; I've Got You Under My Skin; Hey Boy, Hey Girl!; The Music Goes 'Round and 'Round; Oh Marie; Up a Lazy River; Fee Fie Foo; Jump, Jive an' Wail; Angelina/Zooma Zooma; Buona Sera; Basin Street Blues/When It's Sleepy Time Down South; Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody , and more. 44 tracks!
The back of this two-CD set may say "File under Lounge," but frankly, lounging will be the very last thing on your mind once you put Louis and Keely on. It's simply impossible to stand still while the duo, backed by Sam Butera and the Witnesses, gets going. When Keely sings "Hey boy, I can really cook," there's a tiny chance she's talking about something that takes place in the kitchen, but the galloping bass line behind her says that she really belongs to the dance floor. Whoo-hee! Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things" is taken at a frenetic pace--do these people ever pause to breathe? The bulk of this collection was recorded between 1957 and 1962, and it makes for an explosive document of a now-gone era when men in sharp suits hung out at the Copa, babes with pointy rocket-launcher breasts at their arms. The sheer effortlessness of it all is still supremely exciting. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
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