Best of Vegas

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All Music Guide - John Bush
For not completely unconnected reasons, the resurrection of Frank Sinatra's career (after his early bobby-soxer peak and late-'40s fall) coincided with the rise of Las Vegas as the nation's number one entertainment destination. When Sinatra first appeared at the Desert Inn in 1951, his fortunes were at their lowest ebb; his career had fallen far from its mid-'40s peak, and even his personal life lay in a shambles, with a high-profile divorce from his wife and an even higher-profile fling with actress Ava Gardner. Las Vegas, meanwhile, was merely a desert outpost in the '50s, but it began its quick ascent to entertainment greatness just as Sinatra and other entertainers began ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
For not completely unconnected reasons, the resurrection of Frank Sinatra's career (after his early bobby-soxer peak and late-'40s fall) coincided with the rise of Las Vegas as the nation's number one entertainment destination. When Sinatra first appeared at the Desert Inn in 1951, his fortunes were at their lowest ebb; his career had fallen far from its mid-'40s peak, and even his personal life lay in a shambles, with a high-profile divorce from his wife and an even higher-profile fling with actress Ava Gardner. Las Vegas, meanwhile, was merely a desert outpost in the '50s, but it began its quick ascent to entertainment greatness just as Sinatra and other entertainers began ensconcing themselves in the friendly confines of venues such as the Sands, Caesars Palace, and the Golden Nugget. Best of Vegas is an effective overview of this facet of Sinatra's career, chronologically compiling four mini sets -- 1961 and 1966 at the Sands, 1982 at Caesars Palace, 1987 at the Golden Nugget -- to show how Sinatra's songcraft and stagecraft evolved over the years. The second set is especially inviting, including songs featuring the Count Basie Orchestra and conducted by Quincy Jones (all but one of which are also available on the 1966 LP Sinatra at the Sands). Listeners wanting the full treatment of Sinatra in Vegas should invest in the box set Sinatra: Vegas, but this 17-track set is a good basic overview.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2011
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072327139
  • Catalog Number: 32713
  • Sales rank: 91,047

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction/Announcement - Antonio Morelli & His Orchestra (0:26)
  2. 2 The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else - Antonio Morelli & His Orchestra (2:40)
  3. 3 Moonlight In Vermont - Antonio Morelli & His Orchestra (3:00)
  4. 4 The Lady Is a Tramp - Antonio Morelli & His Orchestra (3:37)
  5. 5 I've Got You Under My Skin - Count Basie & His Orchestra (3:30)
  6. 6 Street of Dreams - Count Basie & His Orchestra (2:13)
  7. 7 Fly Me To the Moon (In Other Words) - Count Basie & His Orchestra (2:49)
  8. 8 Monologue - Count Basie & His Orchestra (8:37)
  9. 9 Luck Be a Lady - Count Basie & His Orchestra (4:29)
  10. 10 I Can't Get Started (3:05)
  11. 11 Without a Song (3:41)
  12. 12 All or Nothing At All (3:18)
  13. 13 Witchcraft (2:42)
  14. 14 Pennies From Heaven (3:40)
  15. 15 Angel Eyes (5:22)
  16. 16 Theme From New York, New York (4:40)
  17. 17 Bows (0:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Sinatra Primary Artist
Count Basie Piano
Quincy Jones Conductor
Lou Levy Piano
Al Viola Guitar
Gene Cherico Bass
Jim Hughart Bass
Tony Mottola Guitar
Ron Anthony Guitar
Bill Miller Piano, Conductor
Vincent Falcone Piano
Irv Cottler Drums
Charles Turner Trumpet
Technical Credits
Cy Coleman Composer
Matt Dennis Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Kander Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Johnny Burke Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Bill Inglot Mastering
Isham Jones Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Victor Young Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Larry Walsh Engineer
Steve Vance Art Direction
Dave Schultz Mastering
Arthur Johnston Composer
Fred Ebb Composer
Carolyn Leigh Composer
Edward Eliscu Composer
Arthur Altman Composer
John Blackburn Composer
Earl Brent Composer
Karl Suessdorf Composer
Charles Pignone Producer, Liner Notes
Billy Rose Composer
Hal Gaba Executive Producer
Bart Howard Composer
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