Live! At the Desert Inn

Live! At the Desert Inn

by Bobby Darin
     
 

In the early '70s, Bobby Darin had discontinued his infamous "Bob Darin" billing, but he was still interpolating the best of the late-'60s folk and singer/songwriter scene into his live act -- this despite playing to the mostly middle-aged, craps-playing audience assembled at the Desert Inn in Las Vegas for an early 1971 run. Darin had more than a decade's worth of… See more details below

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In the early '70s, Bobby Darin had discontinued his infamous "Bob Darin" billing, but he was still interpolating the best of the late-'60s folk and singer/songwriter scene into his live act -- this despite playing to the mostly middle-aged, craps-playing audience assembled at the Desert Inn in Las Vegas for an early 1971 run. Darin had more than a decade's worth of hits to reprise for the crowd, and he did so happily, from "Mack the Knife" to "If I Were a Carpenter" and even including "Splish Splash" (as part of a rock and soul encore). But beyond not wishing to begrudge a fandom that had been left behind by the era of progressive rock, Darin most certainly did his best to entertain and enlighten his regular concert attendees -- musically, socially, and even politically -- without worrying about the blowback from his largely conservative base. It also earned him enmity in progressive circles as a faker, although with his performance Darin makes it clear that he has nothing to apologize for. After all, he was, at heart, a showman pure and simple. He starts the concert with an urgent plaint from the pen of Laura Nyro ("Save the Country") and, after inserting "Mack the Knife" as a sop to his fans, returns to the singer/songwriter crowd with James Taylor's "Fire and Rain." A Beatles medley appears halfway through the set, as does Jackie Wilson's "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" and Dylan's "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight," all of them performed with too much reverence, but also a fine ear for what made those songs examples of great American pop. [Live! at the Desert Inn was projected to be Darin's first album release for Motown, and although it was pressed or planned twice (once under the present title, once as Finally), it was shelved until it finally appeared in 1987 (on Motown) and again in 2005 (on Concord), the latter with several bonus tracks.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2005
Label:
Neon Tonic
UPC:
0013431650928
catalogNumber:
6509
Rank:
47905

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby Darin   Primary Artist,Vocals
Tommy Amato   Drums
Quitman Dennis   Conductor,Bass Guitar
Jeannie Thomas Singers   Ensemble
Terry Kellman   Guitar
Billy Aiken   Piano
Carleton Hayes Orchestra   Ensemble

Technical Credits

Marc Blitzstein   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Carl Smith   Composer
Tim Hardin   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Bobby Darin   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Carole King   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Laura Nyro   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
James Taylor   Composer
Nat Adderley   Composer
Don Covay   Composer
Louise Goffin   Composer
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Oscar Brown   Composer
Charles Trénet   Composer
Quitman Dennis   Arranger
Chris Dunn   Producer
George Horn   Mastering
Gary Jackson   Composer
Mel Larson   Audio Production
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Jerry Marcellino   Producer,Audio Production
Russ Terrana   Remixing
Mel Larsen   Producer
Raynard Miner   Composer
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Ken Smith   Liner Notes
Jean Murray   Composer
Hal Gaba   Executive Producer
Carl William Smith   Composer

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