Louis Prima

Angelina [Viper's Nest]

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Swing may have been dead by 1950 but one cannot tell that from this excellent LP, which has three radio broadcasts from the Louis Prima big band. Prima, an exciting performer, shows his versatility on a diverse program and takes quite a few hot trumpet solos, while his wife Keely Smith (just 22 at the time) is heard on some ballads. However it is the sound of Prima's excellent and hard-swinging orchestra that is the biggest revelation; it is a pity that the personnel is unknown. The repertoire ranges from swing (the driving "Boogie in the Bronx" is most notable) and a few Dixieland numbers to versions of Prima's hits (such as "Robin Hood" and "Angelina") and some standards. Taken from Prima's second of three periods (after he broke up his regular Dixieland band of the '30s and a few years before he hit it big in Las Vegas), this set is quite definitive of his music at the time.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: John Barry
0:49
2 2:33
3
feat: Keely Smith
2:09
4 2:36
5
3:00
6 2:27
7 1:12
8 2:52
9 2:22
10
feat: Keely Smith
2:57
11 2:44
12 3:05
13
3:12
14 2:51
15
feat: Keely Smith
3:05
16 2:55
17 4:23
18
feat: Keely Smith
2:46
19 2:48
20
1:47
21 0:22
22 2:27
23
feat: Keely Smith
3:51
24
3:12
25 2:50
26 0:26
27 1:35
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