Live at the Sahara: Las Vegas, 1964

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
After a successful singing career in the 1950s, Tony Bennett, like many of the jazz-based crooners of his era, had a bit of a commercial falloff with the advent of rock & roll in the early '60s. Bennett, for his part, moved even closer to jazz in his stage shows, and then had a resurgence in popularity when his signature song, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," became a big pop hit in 1962. It was Bennett at his best, working to the pop side of jazz, and as the '60s progressed, Bennett became firmly established as an iconic singer and entertainer. This set, which preserves his first-ever headlining appearance in Las Vegas in 1964, was recorded for a possible live ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
After a successful singing career in the 1950s, Tony Bennett, like many of the jazz-based crooners of his era, had a bit of a commercial falloff with the advent of rock & roll in the early '60s. Bennett, for his part, moved even closer to jazz in his stage shows, and then had a resurgence in popularity when his signature song, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," became a big pop hit in 1962. It was Bennett at his best, working to the pop side of jazz, and as the '60s progressed, Bennett became firmly established as an iconic singer and entertainer. This set, which preserves his first-ever headlining appearance in Las Vegas in 1964, was recorded for a possible live album, but then shelved by Columbia Records until it appeared on disc in 2011 as part of The Complete Collection, which featured all 63 of Bennett's albums, three DVDs, six volumes of Bennett's non-album singles, two discs of rarities, and this show from the Sahara. This is the concert's first stand-alone release, and it is the same as the disc included in the Columbia box. The concert itself was an important one for Bennett, and he opened it and closed it with overture and finale versions of one of his admittedly lesser songs, "The Moment of Truth." If the truth is in the singing, then Bennett obviously triumphs, but taken simply on its own, this set is no different in quality than the many other fine live albums Bennett has done throughout his career, and its importance is more historical and archival than artistically essential. But this is Tony Bennett, and at 30 songs, it's a generous, warm, and riveting show from an American icon at the very commercial peak of his career.
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Tony Bennett’s “moment of truth” - his first-ever headlin- ing performance in Las Vegas - is beautifully captured on Live At The Sahara: Las Vegas, 1964 , released this fall from Legacy Recordings. Pr eviously included as part of The Complete Collection box set released in 2011, this rare recording captures an important milestone in Bennett’s unquestionably legendary career.

When Bennett took the stage of the Congo Room at Las Vegas’ Sahara Hotel on April 8, 1964, he was already well on the path to pop stardom. “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” had won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1963; this milestone was followed up with the acclaimed album I Wanna Be Around... , which yielded two additional pop smash hits in “The Good Life” and the title track. And Bennett had wowed live audiences everywhere: in 1962 alone, he’d played Carnegie Hall, the first broadcast of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and a dazzling performance in Washington, D.C. with jazz pianist Dave Brubeck (recently discovered and released as Bennett & Brubeck: The White House Sessions, Live 1962 ).

There was nowhere to go but Vegas - the entertainment capital of the age, home to Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack - and Bennett’s first performance there, brilliantly captured on this disc, showcases the inimitable talents of the singer as well as an audio snapshot of the era in which it was recorded. Bennett’s unique set is punctuated by not only his most show-stopping hits (“San Francisco,” “I Wanna Be Around,” “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road”), but overlooked pop standards like “It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie” and Cole Porter’s “From This Moment On” from the musical Kiss Me, Kate . There’s even a brilliant, only-in-Vegas com- edy routine from Milton Berle, Danny Thomas and Mickey Rooney in the middle of the set!

Live At The Sahara: Las Vegas, 1964 is more than yet another brick that paved Bennett’s golden road to musical immortality: it’s an era-defining moment to be treasured for generations.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2013
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 888837844024
  • Catalog Number: 378440
  • Sales rank: 1,028

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tony Bennett Primary Artist
Ralph Sharon Piano
Hal Gaylord Bass
Billy Exiner Drums
Louise Basil Conductor
Technical Credits
Steve Allen Composer
Cy Coleman Composer
Al Jolson Composer
Fats Waller Composer
Gene Lees Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Jerry Ross Composer
Richard Adler Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Didier C. Deutsch Producer
Al Dubin Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Buddy Kaye Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Charles Strouse Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Josh Cheuse Art Direction
Harry Brooks Composer
Tex Satterwhite Composer
Sam Coslow Composer
Carolyn Leigh Composer
Fred Fisher Composer
Billy Mayhew Composer
George Cory Composer
Douglass Cross Composer
Robert Emmett Dolan Composer
Lewis Gensler Composer
Edmund Goulding Composer
Lee Adams Composer
Steve Berkowitz Producer
W. Frank Harling Composer
Sadie Vimmerstedt Composer
B.G. Desylva Composer
Robert Sullivan Liner Notes
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