What Louis Prima
accomplished musically in the company of Sam Butera
and the Witnesses
and vocalist Keely Smith
is in hard evidence on this excellent 26-track compilation. All the classics are aboard with excellent liner notes from Scott Shea and crisp transfers of the original masters ("Angelina-Zooma Zooma," "That Old Black Magic," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Buona Sera" -- which includes a great snippet of studio chatter kicking it off -- "Oh Marie," and the obligatory "Just a Gigolo-I Ain't Got Nobody"). Although this duplicates several tracks with Rhino's Zooma! Zooma!
compilation, with the addition of several singles and unissued tracks, this stands as the best single-disc collection available of Prima's
tenure with Capitol Records. The perfect place to start your Louis Prima