Album #4 – The Wildest
This album was a party from start to finish. I couldn’t stop tapping my feet while listening to it in bed early on a Sunday morning. Prima sounds a lot like Dean Martin on this album only much, much cooler and more fun. Prima is best known for playing King Louie in Disney’s The Jungle Book. I grew up with that film and I was surprised to find out he was in that movie. This album is what it set out to be: a representation of Prima’s Vegas nightclub act complete with his wife and band. Nothing’s Too Good For My Baby captures the humourous interplay that Prima and his wife, Keely Smith, so brilliantly did on stage. The album also features two songs that went on to be big hits for other artists 30 and 40 years later: Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody Melody (David Lee Roth, 1985) and Jump, Jive N’ Wail (Brian Setzer Orchestra, late 1990’s). The original versions on this album are far better than the covers done later. This album also features two instrumentals: Night Train and Body And Soul, to showcase the musicianship of the backing band. Body and Soul is unique for two reasons: The solo is done on a trombone and the band interpolates a piece of Edvard Greig’s Peer Gynt Suite as a joke (which made me laugh!!). The album overall was fun, hilarious and represents the type of Vegas show I want to see. No over the top theatrics here. Just a great band and singers showing how funny they can be. Overall, I give this album 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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