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Live from Las Vegas
     

Live from Las Vegas

by Nancy Wilson
 
Nancy Wilson's unimpeachable combination of high sophistication and artistic substance was tailor-made for entertaining both the high-rollers and rubber-neckers assembled at the Sands Hotel & Casino's Copa Room for this August 1968 performance. She began with a delightful tweak of any star-gazers in the room, dedicating the opener to a "specific" (but unspecified)

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Nancy Wilson's unimpeachable combination of high sophistication and artistic substance was tailor-made for entertaining both the high-rollers and rubber-neckers assembled at the Sands Hotel & Casino's Copa Room for this August 1968 performance. She began with a delightful tweak of any star-gazers in the room, dedicating the opener to a "specific" (but unspecified) group in attendance at the show, then launching into a bustling version of "Hello, Young Lovers." Although Wilson had been sneaking contemporary pop songs on to her LPs for several years ("Sunny," "Ode to Billie Joe," "Goin' out of My Head"), she was undoubtedly mindful of the preferences of a nightclub audience, and avoided most of the crossover feel. She builds the first half of her set using traditional standards, most of them torch songs ("I Can't Get Started," "The Folks Who Live on the Hill," "The Man That Got Away") and a few obscure songs from the great-vocal-songbook repertoire. There are a few nods to her popular audience, however, including her brassy performance of "Face It Girl, It's Over" (a Top 40 hit for her that year) and an ambitious, theatrical three-part suite, "K.C. Medley," that salutes not the Missouri cradle of swing but a small boy. Overall, a subtle performance in the kind of city (and the kind of room) where subtlety is ignored, if it's even recognized. [Initially recorded by Capitol with an eye to a 1969 release, Live From Las Vegas was only first available in 2002 on Wilson's box set, The Essence of Nancy Wilson: Four Decades of Music. Three years later, it was issued separately as part of the Capitol series Las Vegas Centennial Collection.]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2005
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724387593824
catalogNumber:
75938

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Performance Credits

Nancy Wilson   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Jacques Brel   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Andy Badale   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Arthur Hamilton   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Martin Charnin   Composer
Frank Collura   Producer
Harry Woods   Composer
Guy Wood   Composer
Mel Mandel   Composer
Norman Sachs   Composer
Frank Stanton   Composer
Eric Blau   Composer
Spence   Composer
James Ritz   Liner Notes
Susan Lavoie   Art Direction
Oscar B. Goodman   Liner Notes

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