Live and Swingin': The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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.
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."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2003
  • Label: Warner StraT. MKT.
  • UPC: 081227392222
  • Catalog Number: 73922

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fanfare & Introduction (0:43)
  2. 2 Medley: Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes/When You're Smiling/The ... (3:52)
  3. 3 I Left My Heart in San Francisco (3:18)
  4. 4 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself a Letter) (1:46)
  5. 5 Medley: Volare/On an Evening in Roma (2:30)
  6. 6 Goody Goody (1:34)
  7. 7 Chicago (2:08)
  8. 8 When Your Lover Has Gone (2:35)
  9. 9 Monologue (1:16)
  10. 10 Please Be Kind (2:45)
  11. 11 You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You (3:13)
  12. 12 What Kind of Fool Am I? (3:01)
  13. 13 Out of This World (3:36)
  14. 14 She's Funny That Way (1:56)
  15. 15 Hey There (1:46)
  16. 16 Comedy (4:09)
  17. 17 Medley 1: Brazil/You Are Too Beautiful/Cecilia (Does Your Mother ...) (5:09)
  18. 18 Medley 2: I Can't Give You Anything But Love/Too Marvelous for Words (8:35)
  19. 19 Impressions (2:15)
  20. 20 Birth of the Blues (2:22)
  21. 21 Danny Thomas Introduction (1:03)
  22. 22 Nancy (With the Laughing Face) (2:29)
  23. 23 Me and My Shadow (2:30)
  24. 24 Sam's Song (2:43)
  25. 25 Birth of the Blues (Reprise) (1:30)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Johnny Carson Monologue
  2. 2 Send Me the Pillow You Dream On
  3. 3 King of the Road
  4. 4 Everybody Loves Somebody
  5. 5 Medley: Volare/On an Evening in Roma
  6. 6 You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You
  7. 7 My Shining Hour
  8. 8 Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)
  9. 9 I've Got You Under My Skin
  10. 10 You Came a Long Way from St. Louis
  11. 11 You Are My Sunshine
  12. 12 Bee-Bom
  13. 13 One for My Baby
  14. 14 Get Me to the Church on Time
  15. 15 Fly Me to the Moon
  16. 16 Luck Be a Lady
  17. 17 I Only Have Eyes for You
  18. 18 I've Got You Under My Skin
  19. 19 Please Be Kind
  20. 20 You Make Me Feel So Young
  21. 21 My Kind of Town
  22. 22 Happy Birthday
  23. 23 Birth of the Blues
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Rat Pack Primary Artist
Dean Martin Track Performer
Frank Sinatra Track Performer
Sammy Davis Jr. Track Performer
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Hank Locklin Composer
Al 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
Al 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
Jen Wyler Mastering
Joe Young Composer
Sam Coslow Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Irving Gordon Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels) 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
Al Quattrocchi Art Direction
Billy Rose Composer
Robert Finkelstein Producer
Diana Reid Haig Engineer, Digital Editing
Robin Hurley Executive Producer
Umberto Bertini Composer
Jimmy Edwards Executive Producer
Bart Howard Composer
Les Vandyke Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This really is the ULTIMATE Rat Pack Collection

    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!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Rat Pack - At Their Finest!

    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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