Live and Swingin': The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection

Live and Swingin': The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection

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by The Rat Pack
     
 
Boys will be boys, particularly when you put them onstage in front of an adoring audience as ready for a good time as the performers surely are. The Rat Pack thrived in the Las Vegas spotlight, and this exuberant time capsule recording captures all the good-natured mirth and off-color fun that Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. could muster when

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Boys will be boys, particularly when you put them onstage in front of an adoring audience as ready for a good time as the performers surely are. The Rat Pack thrived in the Las Vegas spotlight, and this exuberant time capsule recording captures all the good-natured mirth and off-color fun that Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. could muster when performing together. The jokes and good-natured clowning around come fast and furious, but the excellence of the singing never seems to suffer, because these guys never played for a laugh at the expense of their inherent artistry. Sinatra and company -- Frankie is of course the top dog, although the others acquit themselves with high honors -- here display the solid professionalism that made them legends in their own time, and beyond.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
As a double-dose audiovisual document of the Rat Pack, this two-disc package -- one a CD, one a DVD -- more than lives up to its title. Disc one is an audio-only CD culled from performances given by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Sammy Davis, Jr. at a Chicago nightclub between November 26 and December 2, 1962, over half of which is previously unreleased. Disc two, never before issued, captures about an hour and a half of a mid-1965 St. Louis performance by the same fellas on DVD, with a young Johnny Carson MCing. How much you like this sort of thing depends almost as much on how much you like the celebrity sleaze-kitsch that the Rat Pack mythology was built upon as you do the trio's estimable vocal abilities. But both parts deliver all the all-around entertainment you'd expect, particularly the DVD portion. As for the CD of the 1962 shows, much of it's devoted to solo turns by Martin, Davis, and Sinatra, each of whom delivers some of the standards deemed highlights of his repertoire. Martin trots out medleys, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," and "Volare"; Sinatra ups the swing with "Goody Goody" and "Chicago"; Davis leads off with "What Kind of Fool Am I." The individual sets are preserved in good sound, but in a way they're just the preamble to the comic sketches between Sinatra and Martin, soon expanded to include Davis as well. These bits (particularly the impressions) don't come off nearly as well on record as they do on film, which gives the DVD a considerable edge for appreciating the Rat Pack experience in all its full-dimensional, oft-corny glory. The strengths and weaknesses of the shtick are amplified on this disc, with Martin playing up his lush persona to the point of distaste, though he does manage to include his then-recent number one hit, "Everybody Loves Somebody." Davis' set perhaps comes off best, and certainly as the most versatile, though his hepcat jazz-swing moves (sometimes backed by just a drummer, not the full orchestra) might strike some true jazzbos as slumming. The Chairman of the Board's set includes some of his audience's faves: "Fly Me to the Moon," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "You Make Me Feel So Young." And though only two "tracks" featuring the entire Rat Pack are listed on the sleeve, actually these are quite extended comic routines (in which yet more impressions are trotted out) that capture the essence of the Rat Pack better than anything else here, ending with an ensemble rendition of "Birth of the Blues."

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2003
Label:
Warner StraT. MKT.
UPC:
0081227392222
catalogNumber:
73922

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Fanfare & Introduction
  2. Medley: Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes/When You're Smiling/The ...
  3. I Left My Heart in San Francisco
  4. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself a Letter)
  5. Medley: Volare/On an Evening in Roma
  6. Goody Goody
  7. Chicago
  8. When Your Lover Has Gone
  9. Monologue
  10. Please Be Kind
  11. You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You
  12. What Kind of Fool Am I?
  13. Out of This World
  14. She's Funny That Way
  15. Hey There
  16. Comedy
  17. Medley 1: Brazil/You Are Too Beautiful/Cecilia (Does Your Mother ...)
  18. Medley 2: I Can't Give You Anything But Love/Too Marvelous for Words
  19. Impressions
  20. Birth of the Blues
  21. Danny Thomas Introduction
  22. Nancy (With the Laughing Face)
  23. Me and My Shadow
  24. Sam's Song
  25. Birth of the Blues (Reprise)

Disc 2

  1. Johnny Carson Monologue
  2. Send Me the Pillow You Dream On
  3. King of the Road
  4. Everybody Loves Somebody
  5. Medley: Volare/On an Evening in Roma
  6. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You
  7. My Shining Hour
  8. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)
  9. I've Got You Under My Skin
  10. You Came a Long Way from St. Louis
  11. You Are My Sunshine
  12. Bee-Bom
  13. One for My Baby
  14. Get Me to the Church on Time
  15. Fly Me to the Moon
  16. Luck Be a Lady
  17. I Only Have Eyes for You
  18. I've Got You Under My Skin
  19. Please Be Kind
  20. You Make Me Feel So Young
  21. My Kind of Town
  22. Happy Birthday
  23. Birth of the Blues

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rat Pack   Primary Artist
Dean Martin   Track Performer
Frank Sinatra   Track Performer
Sammy Davis   Track Performer

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Hank Locklin   Composer
Jolson   Composer
Russ Morgan   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Roger Miller   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Domenico Modugno   Composer
Josef Myrow   Composer
Jerry Ross   Composer
Richard Adler   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Paul Atkinson   Executive Producer,Tape Research
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Lew Brown   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Mark Fisher   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Joe Goodwin   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Ken Lane   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Elliot Mazer   Producer,Engineer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Charles Mitchell   Composer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Herman Ruby   Composer
Bob Russell   Composer
Phil Silvers   Composer
Larry Stock   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Bill Zehme   Liner Notes
Jack Elliott   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
Ary Barroso   Composer
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Steve Woolard   Discographical Annotation
Lou Quadling   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Irving Gordon   Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels)   Composer
Harry Revel   Composer
Dave Dreyer   Composer
Fred Fisher   Composer
Larry Shay   Composer
Einar A. Swan   Composer
Irving Taylor   Composer
James Cavanaugh   Composer
George Cory   Composer
Douglass Cross   Composer
Charles Pignone   Producer
Jimmy Davis   Composer
Jeff Smith   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer
Franco Migliacci   Composer
Quattrocchi   Art Direction
Billy Rose   Composer
Robert Finkelstein   Producer
Diana Reid Haig   Engineer
Robin Hurley   Executive Producer
Umberto Bertini   Composer
Jimmy Edwards   Executive Producer
Bart Howard   Composer
Vandyke   Composer

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Live and Swingin': The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was on the Sinatra Family Forum, and I heard about this release, and as soon as it came out in stores, I bought it and was not disappointed. It contains two great performance's of Frank Sinatra's legendary 'Summit'. The Audio CD was, in my own humble opinion, somewhat of a let down. It is not an entire performance from the Villa Venice Concerts, but a 'mock'-show put together from the best of all of the 14 show put on in Chicago in 1962. Not to say that it is not entertaining, it is, but much of the comedy is taken out so that it can run in the given time of 68 minutes. If you want a much better CD of the Villa Venice concerts, go with 'The Summit In Concert' 24kt Gold CD, it has much more of the now legendary comedy. The DVD, however, is worth the price of the set by itself. It is the video version of the only video taped performance of the Summit. It was a Dismas House Charity benefit recorded at the Kiel Opera House in St. Louis Missouri on June 20, 1965. Johnny Carson also stars as host. The Track list for the DVD is as follows: DEAN MARTIN 1.Johnny Carson Monologue 2.Send Me The Pillow You Dream On 3.King Of The Road 4.Everybody Loves Somebody 5.Medley:Volare/On An Evening In Roma 6.You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You SAMMY DAVIS JR. 7.My Shining Hour 8.Who Can I Turn To(When Nobody Needs Me) 9.I've Got You Under My Skin 10. You Came A Long Way From St. Louis 11.You Are My Sunshine 12.Bee-Bom 13.One For My Baby (Impressions) FRANK SINATRA 14.Get Me To The Church On Time 15.Fly Me To The Moon 16.Luck Be A Lady 17.I Only Have Eyes For You 18.I've Got You Under My Skin 19.Please Be Kind 20.You Make Me Feel So Young 21.My Kind Of Town (St. Louis Is) THE RAT PACK 22.Happy Birthday 23.Impressions/Birth Of The Blues The show is really incredible. The Count Basie Band backs up The Rat Pack and also put out a really swingin perfomance. If you are someone who really enjoys The Rat Pack, or if you just enjoy being entertained by three of the biggest stars of all time, this is THE set for you!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
No matter what recording of The Rat Pack you listen to, be ready to laugh, and this one tops the list. Adding to the already growing collection of Rat Pack archive discs such as the 1963 Sands Concert, this disc features more then twenty tracks of Frank, Sammy, and Dean singing and goofing around at the Villa Venice Supper Club in Chicago in 1962, at last presented in its full format, having gone through several copies on the black market. These tracks have been previoisly unreleased and have never been heard before, and they are simply the best! The DVD features Frank Dean and Sammy singing with special guest host Johnny Carson at the St. Louis Opera House for a Dismas House fund raiser, and if you think hearing them was funny, wait until you see this. Just seeing Dean keel over during 'Birth of The Blues' is enough to make you buy this disc. Get it here at BN.COM!
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