Louis Prima & Keely Smith - Hey Boy Hey Girl/Swinging Pretty (Music CD)

Release Date: 22 June 2009
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This DRG two-fer brings together two worthy and neglected Louis Prima/Keely Smith Capitol albums from the late '50s. HEY BOY! HEY GIRL! is the soundtrack album from the lounge duo's 1959 film of the same name. Not as cheesy as it might sound at first, it features Louis and Keely (and Sam Butera & the Witnesses) at their Las Vegas peak. The title track is a brisk, lightly swinging duet from the pair while "Oh Marie" almost delicately reprises Prima's Sicilian heavoly scatting classic from the previous year's THE WILDEST! Saxophonist Butera gets his own hipster vocal on "Fever," and Keely sings at least two ballads, "You Are My Love" and "Autumn Leaves," to lend the proceedings a little class.
Smith's solo LP, 1959's SWINGIN' PRETTY, with big band arrangments by Nelson Riddle, also gets its first domestic CD release here. Strange to say, apart from his justly famous collaboration with Frank Sinatra, Riddle probably did his best work with Keely Smith, who was one of the best popular vocalists of her generation. She wasn't particularly deep, or as versatile as Peggy Lee could be, but her pitch-perfect exuberance has worn extremely well as swinging tunes, as "It's Magic" (also a hit for Doris Day) and "What Is This Thing Called Love" amply demonstrate. DRG has added six bonus tracks, including the classic duet "I've Got You Under My Skin" and Keely's superior hard-swinging version of "Don't Take Your Love From Me."
Release Date: 22 June 2009

1. Hey Boy Hey Girl
2. Banana Split For My Baby
3. You Are My Love
4. Fever
5. Oh Marie
6. Lazy River
7. Nitey-Nite
8. When the Saints Go Marching In
9. Autumn Leaves
10. Hey Boy Hey Girl (Reprise)
11. I've Got You Under My Skin
12. Lip
13. Nothing's Too Good For My Baby
14. Don't Let a Memory
15. It's Magic
16. It's Been a Long Long Time
17. Stormy Weather
18. Indian Love Call
19. Nearness of You
20. What is This Thing Called Love
21. Man I Love
22. You're Driving Me Crazy
23. Stardust
24. There Will Never Be Another You
25. Someone To Watch Over Me
26. What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry
27. Foggy Day (live)
28. Don't Take Your Love From Me

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Catalogue No: 8409