Sinatra - Vegas [CD/DVD]

Sinatra - Vegas [CD/DVD]

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Consisting entirely of previously unreleased live performances, this five-disc box set represents a major addition to the Sinatra discography. Like 2002's Sinatra in Hollywood, the collection focuses on one facet of Ol' Blue Eyes' career: his Vegas shows. Five concerts ranging in date from 1961 to '87 and held in different

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Consisting entirely of previously unreleased live performances, this five-disc box set represents a major addition to the Sinatra discography. Like 2002's Sinatra in Hollywood, the collection focuses on one facet of Ol' Blue Eyes' career: his Vegas shows. Five concerts ranging in date from 1961 to '87 and held in different Vegas venues fill four CDs and one DVD: at the Sands in '61 and '66; Caesar's Palace in '78 and '82; and the Golden Nugget in '87. The DVD preserves a complete concert (the '78 show) taped by CBS, of which only portions were ever broadcast. Housed in a handsome book-form box, the package also includes extensive documentation and even reproductions of Vegas memorabilia.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Frank Sinatra accomplished so much in his career that the fact that he virtually created the swinging style that became known as the sound of Las Vegas at its peak seems like a mere footnote to his legacy. Perhaps it is a footnote, but it's a fascinating footnote and one that still holds sway over the popular imagination, both in their perception of Sinatra and Vegas. To many, Sinatra was the brassy, high-rolling Rat Pack leader that he was in the Vegas of the '60s, and that sound and image are still what people hope to experience when they visit Las Vegas. Rhino's four-CD, one-DVD box set Sinatra: Vegas was designed with those listeners in mind. It presents five concerts -- all previously unreleased -- from Sinatra's various engagements in Vegas over the decades. The first two discs are devoted to '60s performances at The Sands, a casino owned in part by Sinatra. The first disc captures a 1961 show and despite some goofing off by Frank -- pronouncing "Imagination" with a hard "G," slipping in a "goddamn" in "Moonlight in Vermont" -- this is a pretty straight-ahead performance of standards and contemporary tunes, not nearly as swaggering as his reputation suggests. It is, however, a nicely nuanced performance, one that feels more suited for a concert hall than a casino. This is also partially true of the second disc, which is devoted to a 1966 concert with Count Basie and an orchestra conducted by Quincy Jones. This stint at The Sands has been previously documented on the excellent 1966 album Sinatra at the Sands, but this CD contains previously unreleased performances from these concerts, and right away it's clear why they weren't released: Sinatra immediately breaks into jokes on "I've Got a Crush on You," swearing when he misses a line, and playing with the lyrics ("my heart became active/when you became a Jew"). Not the stuff for a 1966 LP, but a treasure for those wanting to hear the ribald Sinatra at his '60s peak, which this is because not only is he joking around, but he's in excellent form as a singer, backed by Basie's brilliant band. This is the highlight of the set, unquestionably. The next two discs are taken from '80s performances. Disc three captures a show at the Circus Maximus in 1982, while disc four is from a concert at the Golden Nugget in 1987. These concerts are not only tamer than the second disc, but they're a little bit show-bizzy -- Sinatra is not as off-the-cuff in his asides, it sometimes feels like he's done this show hundreds of times, which of course he had. But he was still a pro and even if he was in the later years of his performing career, he was still in good voice in both 1982 and 1987, so they're not only enjoyable discs, but they're also likely better representations of what the average audience saw at a Sinatra show in Vegas during the '70s and '80s than the sets at The Sands. Finally, the whole package is topped off by a complete concert at Caesar's Palace from 1978. Sinatra's entire performance was taped as part of the production of a CBS show called Cinderella at the Palace, which featured segments of other Vegas performers, but Sinatra's show has never been shown in its entirety until now. This, more than the CDs, gives the total experience of a Vegas show from Sinatra, plus it also fills in part of the story that's not told on the CDs. With this DVD, Sinatra: Vegas winds up sampling from all the decades Sinatra played Vegas -- two shows from the '60s, video from the '70s, two discs from the '80s -- and it shows both the myth and the reality of Sinatra in Sin City. And even if at times the box can show how show-business the whole shebang is, it's hard to listen to any part of the set and not get caught up in the myth of Vegas and Frank that it celebrates.
New York Times - Stephen Holden
As much as the voice coarsens over the two decades surveyed, Sinatra never loses his ferocious commitment to interpreting lyrics.
Los Angeles Times
This five CD/DVD box includes some of the most remarkable singing in the entire Sinatra musical legacy.... By the time you've heard and seen it all, you will have experienced that rarest of musical entities -- pop music as great art.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2006
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0081227407520
catalogNumber:
74075

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Introduction/Announcement
  2. One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else
  3. Don't Cry Joe
  4. Imagination
  5. Moonlight in Vermont
  6. Without a Song
  7. In the Still of the Night
  8. Here's That Rainy Day
  9. Moon Was Yellow (And the Night Was Young)
  10. Monologue
  11. You Make Me Feel So Young
  12. Second Time Around
  13. River Stay 'Way From My Door
  14. Lady Is a Tramp
  15. Just One of Those Things
  16. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You
  17. Bows
  18. Young at Heart
  19. Witchcraft
  20. On the Road to Mandalay
  21. Bows
  22. Sinatra Speaks on Segregation in Nevada

Disc 2

  1. Introductions
  2. Come Fly with Me
  3. I've Got a Crush on You
  4. I've Got You Under My Skin
  5. September of My Years
  6. Street of Dreams
  7. Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)
  8. Monologue
  9. You Make Me Feel So Young
  10. Shadow of Your Smile
  11. Get Me to the Church on Time
  12. Luck Be a Lady
  13. It Was a Very Good Year
  14. Don't Worry 'Bout Me
  15. My Kind of Town
  16. Introductions
  17. My Kind of Town (Reprise)
  18. Sinatra Speaks on Working with Count Basie

Disc 3

  1. Get Me to the Church on Time
  2. I Get a Kick out of You
  3. I Can't Get Started
  4. Without a Song
  5. Hey Look, No Crying
  6. Lady Is a Tramp
  7. Monologue
  8. Night and Day
  9. All or Nothing at All
  10. One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else
  11. These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)
  12. Somethin' Stupid
  13. Theme from New York, New York
  14. Bows

Disc 4

  1. I've Got the World on a String
  2. At Long Last Love
  3. Witchcraft
  4. Medley: The Gal That Got Away/It Never Entered My Mind
  5. For Once in My Life
  6. My Heart Stood Still
  7. You Are the Sunshine of My Life
  8. Monologue
  9. Spring Is Here
  10. What Now My Love?
  11. I Get Along Without You Very Well
  12. Pennies from Heaven
  13. Angel Eyes
  14. Mack the Knife
  15. Bows

Disc 5

  1. Backstage (Before the Show)
  2. "Welcome to Caesars"
  3. All of Me
  4. Maybe This Time
  5. Lady Is a Tramp
  6. Didn't We?
  7. Someone to Watch Over Me
  8. Something
  9. Baubles, Bangles and Beads
  10. Medley: The Gal That Got Away/It Never Entered My Mind
  11. Monologue
  12. My Kind of Town
  13. Send in the Clowns
  14. Monologue
  15. Don't Worry 'Bout Me
  16. Introductions
  17. My Way
  18. America the Beautiful
  19. Backstage (After the Show)
  20. Bonus Material
  21. Freedom To Live

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frank Sinatra   Primary Artist
Count Basie   Piano
Quincy Jones   Conductor
Lou Levy   Piano
Viola   Guitar
Gene Cherico   Bass
Irving Cottler   Drums
Jim Hughart   Bass
Tony Mottola   Guitar
Ron Anthony   Guitar
Vincent Falcone   Piano
Charles Henry Turner   Trumpet
Bill Miller   Piano,Conductor
Charles Turner   Trumpet
Vincent Falcone   Piano

Technical Credits

Tom Dreesen   Author
Marc Blitzstein   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Paul Anka   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
George Harrison   Composer
Cy Coleman   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Arranger
Quincy Jones   Arranger,Author
Billy May   Arranger,Author
Neal Hefti   Arranger
Joe Marsala   Composer
Sy Oliver   Arranger
Viola   Author
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Gilbert Bécaud   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Nancy Sinatra   Author
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Josef Myrow   Composer
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
John Kander   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Billy Byers   Arranger
Johnny Burke   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Don Costa   Arranger
Ervin Drake   Composer
Frank Foster   Arranger
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Arranger,Composer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Cole Porter   Composer
Jimmy Richards   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Larry Stock   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Paul Webster   Composer
David Wild   Liner Notes
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Ron Anthony   Author
Hank Cattaneo   Author
Ron Miller   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Larry Walsh   Engineer
Samuel A. Ward   Composer
Charles Champlin   Liner Notes
Ed Thrasher   Artwork
Steve Vance   Art Direction
Reggie Collins   Discographical Annotation
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Susan Birkenhead   Composer
Fred Ebb   Composer
Rudyard Kipling   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Carolyn Leigh   Composer
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Mort Dixon   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Seymour Simons   Composer
Harry Link   Composer
George Forrest   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Gerald Marks   Composer
Edgar Leslie   Composer
Arthur Altman   Composer
John Blackburn   Composer
Earl Brent   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer
Eric Maschwitz   Composer
Orlando Murden   Composer
Jacques Revaux   Composer
Karl Suessdorf   Composer
Pierre Leroyer   Composer
Bill Miller   Author
Claude François   Composer
Oley Speaks   Composer
Gilles Thibault   Composer
Katherine Lee Bates   Composer
Charles Pignone   Producer,Liner Notes
Tina Sinatra   Author
Alan Lerner   Composer
John Roberts   Contributor
C. Carson Parks   Composer
Robert Finkelstein   Executive Producer
Angie Dickinson   Author
Nathan Golden "Sonny"   Author
Herman Rush   Liner Notes
Jimmy Edwards   Executive Producer
Bart Howard   Composer

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Sinatra - Vegas [CD/DVD] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whether displaying irreverence and chutzpah befitting the most powerful man in America, or sounding like the last lonely "loser" in the universe, Frank Sinatra was the most compelling singer of the 20th century. This set, drawn from live Las Vegas performances (1961-1987), captures like no other the extremes that were so essential to his art. The song selection is excellent (with none of the soft- rock and quasi-disco clinkers from his short-lived attempt to keep up with dubious 1970s trends), as is the general audio quality. The elegant packaging further elevates the project. An outstanding DVD of a 1978 show at Caesars Palace is a real surprise, astonishing proof of how well Sinatra regained his vocal powers following his brief 1971 "retirement". As with other Sinatra shows that have made it to CD or DVD, mention must be made of his occasional non-PC wisecracks. As one who was very much alive and well during the 1960s and 70s, a world where Polish and Jewish and Black jokes were part and parcel of the culture, Frank's asides - especially during the 60s! - were actually considered edgy displays of ethnic and religious tolerance. (And Sinatra's long record of standing up for minorities continues to speak for itself.) As a live document of Frank Sinatra performing in smaller, more intimate settings (as opposed to the more formal presentations he gave in concert halls), the sheer volume and scope of this previously unreleased material makes "Sinatra: Vegas" a must-have set, equalled only by the landmark 1966 "Sinatra at the Sands" with Count Basie and the Capitol/Blue Note "Australia 1959" set with Red Norvo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I own every collection of Sinatra and this has become my immediate favorite. I was never able to see Sinatra live, but have found the next best thing. This set is a perfect compliment to all your studio box sets.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mark Sudock - Host - Public Radio's "The Sinatra Songbook" Sinatra fans will love this collection. Four audio performances and a concert taped for television that capture Frank Sinatra at different stages of his career and, for each period, capture him in top form. Disc One, a 1961 performance in the Sands Hotel Copa Room, is particularly interesting as there is precious little live performance available from so long ago. Yes, there have been airchecks from this period. But Sinatra attains a unique intimacy in his club appearances. Listeners are very much “in the room.” Add the fact that this is a Sinatra in his mid to late forties and at the zenith of his considerable vocal ability. This 1961 concert's amazing! Frank's firing on all cylinders doing whatever he wants and having the pipes to go for it. Indeed, THIS is a performance that, for age-old fans and newcomers alike, answers the question, “What was all the fuss about?” THIS is the Sinatra that made Las Vegas. Disc Two, captures yet another 1966 collaboration with Count Basie and his Orchestra. In the sixties, Frank released the landmark LP, “SINATRA AT THE SANDS." It remains a magnificent example of two giants of American Popular Song, at the peak of their respective powers. An exciting concert, a tight, crackling band and an electrifying soloist in Sinatra. “SINATRA AT THE SANDS” remains one of the all-time great LIVE recordings. Disc Two of this collection provides us the luxury of attending yet another performance by this duo. It is no less satisfying than the performance we’ve known and loved for forty years. As with the original LP, a very young Quincy Jones arranges many of the titles heard in the engagement. Disc Three, Sinatra at Caesars Palace in 1982. This is a mature Sinatra by contrast to Disc One and Disc Two. He is comfortable with his musical catalog and the showroom, Caesars' Circus Maximus. Dino surprises Frank and the crowd with a quick walk-on and daughter, Nancy, contributes to a sweet moment, dueting with her father on their huge hit from the sixties, “Something Stupid.” Once again, the listener to this disc is drawn into the room. Disc Four, a 1987 performance at the Golden Nugget, was the first disc I listened to. Believing that Sinatra was, by this time, well past his prime and would deliver the least satisfying performance of the four audio discs in the set, I decided to get it out of the way first. I WAS WRONG! Frank's wonderful absolutely present, enthusiastic and exciting. Recognizing that it’s 1987 and not 1961, Sinatra, twenty-seven years later, remains better than most at their best. As well, the band is alive and tight. It's a very strong show! Disc Five, a 1978 Caesars performance, is a special treat. Finally, for those who always wondered what it was like to see Sinatra in a club, this splendid DVD provides the answer. Taped for a television special at the time, and with only a few tunes broadcast, the performance is finally here to enjoy in it's entirety. The first three songs alone, "All of Me," "Maybe This Time," and "Lady is a Tramp" set the tone for the night. There is so much power and energy here. Imagine a mailbag snagged from the pole by an express train that never slows down and you've got it. Here, Sinatra is a well-seasoned professional in full command of his talent, the room and the night. This disc opens with FS backstage, maybe ten minutes before the downbeat and continues behind the scenes for perhaps five minutes after the final curtain. Collectors familiar with this concert, in bootleg circulation for ages, are critical of the fact that elements of Sinatra's monologue were trimmed for political correctness. Those programming this set made an appropriate editorial call one that is sensitive to personalities in question who are still among us. In truth,
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, someone was listening to Sinatra people's pleas! This set completes what has been out for years and shows the great Francis Albert sinatra at his best: Live and In Person! The Sands Concert (F2S-1019) was a drop in the bucket,[also was a different night as the 2nd disc in the set proves] but this one set eclipses that CD and allows us to experience Sinatra at all stages of his career. For years, the first disc has been available as a bootleg (recorded from the soundboard) but with this set, we hear 1961 as it truly was we also hear the Nugget and Ceaser's so we know that The Sands didn't have the exclusive on FS and his music.My advice to any Sinatra addict who wants more LIVE in his collection? Get it while it can be got. The DVD by the way really allows you to see FS in action as well.Now then, bring on Live Dino Martino! [Dean Martin!}
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sinatra is one of those few people who sounds great live. That's becuase his voice is just so incredible. These concerts are very entertaining. The sound quality is also very good. Sinatra at the Sands in 1966 is still my favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 out of 5. A very well done compilation. It has all of Sinatra`s best songs in a magnificent package. If you are fond of Sinatra you simply can`t miss it. If you are not, buy it for your Dad!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sinatra fans will love this collection. Four audio performances and a concert taped for television that capture Frank Sinatra at different stages of his career and, for each period, capture him in top form. Disc One, a 1961 performance in the Sands Hotel Copa Room, is particularly interesting as there is precious little live performance available from so long ago. Yes, there have been airchecks from this period. But Sinatra attains a unique intimacy in his club appearances. Listeners are very much "in the room." Add the fact that this is a Sinatra in his mid to late forties and at the zenith of his considerable vocal ability. This 1961 concert's amazing! Frank's firing on all cylinders doing whatever he wants and having the pipes to go for it. Indeed, THIS is a performance that, for age-old fans and newcomers alike, answers the question, "What was all the fuss about?" THIS is the Sinatra that made Las Vegas. Disc Two, captures yet another 1966 collaboration with Count Basie and his Orchestra. In the sixties, Frank released the landmark LP, "SINATRA AT THE SANDS." It remains a magnificent example of two giants of American Popular Song, at the peak of their respective powers. An exciting concert, a tight, crackling band and an electrifying soloist in Sinatra. "SINATRA AT THE SANDS" remains one of the all-time great LIVE recordings. Disc Two of this collection provides us the luxury of attending yet another performance by this duo. It is no less satisfying than the performance we've known and loved for forty years. As with the original LP, a very young Quincy Jones arranges many of the titles heard in the engagement. Disc Three, Sinatra at Caesars Palace in 1982. This is a mature Sinatra by contrast to Disc One and Disc Two. He is comfortable with his musical catalog and the showroom, Caesars' Circus Maximus. Dino surprises Frank and the crowd with a quick walk-on and daughter, Nancy, contributes to a sweet moment, dueting with her father on their huge hit from the sixties, "Something Stupid." Once again, the listener to this disc is drawn into the room. Disc Four, a 1987 performance at the Golden Nugget, was the first disc I listened to. Believing that Sinatra was, by this time, well past his prime and would deliver the least satisfying performance of the four audio discs in the set, I decided to get it out of the way first. I WAS WRONG! Frank's wonderful absolutely present, enthusiastic and exciting. Recognizing that it's 1987 and not 1961, Sinatra, twenty-seven years later, remains better than most at their best. As well, the band is alive and tight. It's a very strong show! Disc Five, a 1978 Caesars performance, is a special treat. Finally, for those who always wondered what it was like to see Sinatra in a club, this splendid DVD provides the answer. Taped for a television special at the time, and with only a few tunes broadcast, the performance is finally here to enjoy in it's entirety. The first three songs alone, "All of Me," "Maybe This Time," and "Lady is a Tramp" set the tone for the night. There is so much power and energy here. Imagine a mailbag snagged from the pole by an express train that never slows down and you've got it. Here, Sinatra is a well-seasoned professional in full command of his talent, the room and the night. This disc opens with FS backstage, maybe ten minutes before the downbeat and continues behind the scenes for perhaps five minutes after the final curtain. Collectors familiar with this concert, in bootleg circulation for ages, are critical of the fact that elements of Sinatra's monologue were trimmed for political correctness. Those programming this set made an appropriate editorial call one that is sensitive to personalities in question who are still among us. In truth, the minimal deletion at hand in no way compromises the spirit of this engagement. The discs are all technically super
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sinatra fans will love this collection. Four audio performances and a concert taped for television that capture Frank Sinatra at different stages of his career and, for each period, capture him in top form. Disc One, a 1961 performance in the Sands Hotel Copa Room, is particularly interesting as there is precious little live performance available from so long ago. Yes, there have been airchecks from this period. But Sinatra attains a unique intimacy in his club appearances. Listeners are very much “in the room.” Add the fact that this is a Sinatra in his mid to late forties and at the zenith of his considerable vocal ability. This 1961 concert's amazing! Frank's firing on all cylinders doing whatever he wants and having the pipes to go for it. Indeed, THIS is a performance that, for age-old fans and newcomers alike, answers the question, “What was all the fuss about?” THIS is the Sinatra that made Las Vegas. Disc Two, captures yet another 1966 collaboration with Count Basie and his Orchestra. In the sixties, Frank released the landmark LP, “SINATRA AT THE SANDS." It remains a magnificent example of two giants of American Popular Song, at the peak of their respective powers. An exciting concert, a tight, crackling band and an electrifying soloist in Sinatra. “SINATRA AT THE SANDS” remains one of the all-time great LIVE recordings. Disc Two of this collection provides us the luxury of attending yet another performance by this duo. It is no less satisfying than the performance we’ve known and loved for forty years. As with the original LP, a very young Quincy Jones arranges many of the titles heard in the engagement. Disc Three, Sinatra at Caesars Palace in 1982. This is a mature Sinatra by contrast to Disc One and Disc Two. He is comfortable with his musical catalog and the showroom, Caesars' Circus Maximus. Dino surprises Frank and the crowd with a quick walk-on and daughter, Nancy, contributes to a sweet moment, dueting with her father on their huge hit from the sixties, “Something Stupid.” Once again, the listener to this disc is drawn into the room. Disc Four, a 1987 performance at the Golden Nugget, was the first disc I listened to. Believing that Sinatra was, by this time, well past his prime and would deliver the least satisfying performance of the four audio discs in the set, I decided to get it out of the way first. I WAS WRONG! Frank's wonderful absolutely present, enthusiastic and exciting. Recognizing that it’s 1987 and not 1961, Sinatra, twenty-seven years later, remains better than most at their best. As well, the band is alive and tight. It's a very strong show! Disc Five, a 1978 Caesars performance, is a special treat. Finally, for those who always wondered what it was like to see Sinatra in a club, this splendid DVD provides the answer. Taped for a television special at the time, and with only a few tunes broadcast, the performance is finally here to enjoy in it's entirety. The first three songs alone, "All of Me," "Maybe This Time," and "Lady is a Tramp" set the tone for the night. There is so much power and energy here. Imagine a mailbag snagged from the pole by an express train that never slows down and you've got it. Here, Sinatra is a well-seasoned professional in full command of his talent, the room and the night. This disc opens with FS backstage, maybe ten minutes before the downbeat and continues behind the scenes for perhaps five minutes after the final curtain. Collectors familiar with this concert, in bootleg circulation for ages, are critical of the fact that elements of Sinatra's monologue were trimmed for political correctness. Those programming this set made an appropriate editorial call one that is sensitive to personalities in question who are still among us. In truth, the minimal deletion at hand in no way compromises the spirit of this en