Album Details

DCC Compact Classics
Jazz, Early R&B, Jump Blues, East Coast Blues, Traditional Pop, Regional Blues, Vocal Jazz, Early Jazz Vocals, Swing

Album Review

A veritable greatest-hits album, The Wildest! is the gem of Louis Prima's catalogue. None of his other efforts transcend its raunchy mix of demented gibberish, blaring sax, and explosive swing, which rocked as hard as anything released at the time. Almost all of Prima's signature songs are found here: "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody," "Oh Marie," "Jump, Jive, an' Wail," and "Buona Sera," to name a few. A plethora of greatest-hits packages (especially Capitol's Collectors Series) may offer wider song selection and greater value, but the reissue of Prima's masterpiece is a welcome event that's been a long time coming.
Jim Smith, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody
  2. (Nothing's Too Good) For My Baby
  3. The Lip
  4. Body and Soul
  5. Oh Marie
  6. Basin Street Blues/When It's Sleepy Time Down South
  7. Jump, Jive, An' Wail
  8. Buona Sera
  9. Night Train
  10. You Rascal You