1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

998. Louis Prima – The Wildest

Brief Background: Recorded in 1956 at the Sahara Casino in Las Vegas, the album was an attempt to recreate the late night/ early morning aspects of the live band. His wife Keely Smith is featured on almost every song as well.

What I liked:  I have to admit, this isn’t really my style. Too much swing. Nonetheless, it was still a fun.  listen. The instrumentals “Body and Soul” and “Night Train” were probably my favorites and “The Lip” was great fun. I really enjoyed the more straight up jazz as well, which really reminded me of Louis Armstrong.

What I Didn’t Like: Like I said, this isn’t really my style, so I never felt completely comfortable with it. To me the swing/lounge thing is different than the jazz thing and so I felt it bounced back and forth between the two, too much.

My Overall Thoughts: It was worth the listen, but I won’t be in a hurry to listen or explore similar sounds.

Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? This is a tough one, I feel as though it has more influence than I am aware of. In my opinion though, it could have been skipped.

Rating (Out of 5): 3

Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (4/4)


One comment on “998. Louis Prima – The Wildest

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