Monday, 9 June 2014
The Prima Generation '72 - Louis Prima
Although many tracks are just plain failures, Prima's last albums are worth listening to purely for the sheer fascination of hearing someone venturing where they were never meant to go. To understand what Prima was really all about, however, check out 1956's The Wildest, where he channels Louis Armstrong, puts him through an Italian American filter, and explodes with so much energy he nearly makes that new-fangled rock 'n' roll redundant. Primia, Smith and the Witnesses come across as a bunch of swing renegades. 'I ain't got nobody', they all sing together. They may be freaks, but they've got each other's backs. Also, check out any videos of him performing with Keely Smith on Youtube. They are bloody funny.