Live! At the Desert Inn

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All Music Guide - John Bush
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 ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
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: 3/22/2005
  • Label: Neon Tonic
  • UPC: 013431650928
  • Catalog Number: 6509
  • Sales rank: 90,535

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby Darin Primary Artist, Vocals
Tommy Amato Drums
Quitman Dennis Conductor, Bass Guitar
The 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
Burt Bacharach Composer
Don Covay Composer
Louise Goffin Composer
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Oscar Brown Jr. Composer
Charles Trénet Composer
Hal David 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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