Best of Vegas

Best of Vegas

by Frank Sinatra


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Best of Vegas

For not completely unconnected reasons, the resurrection of Frank Sinatra's career (after his early bobby-soxer peak and late-'40s fall) coincided with the rise of Las Vegas as the nation's number one entertainment destination. When Sinatra first appeared at the Desert Inn in 1951, his fortunes were at their lowest ebb; his career had fallen far from its mid-'40s peak, and even his personal life lay in a shambles, with a high-profile divorce from his wife and an even higher-profile fling with actress Ava Gardner. Las Vegas, meanwhile, was merely a desert outpost in the '50s, but it began its quick ascent to entertainment greatness just as Sinatra and other entertainers began ensconcing themselves in the friendly confines of venues such as the Sands, Caesars Palace, and the Golden Nugget. Best of Vegas is an effective overview of this facet of Sinatra's career, chronologically compiling four mini sets -- 1961 and 1966 at the Sands, 1982 at Caesars Palace, 1987 at the Golden Nugget -- to show how Sinatra's songcraft and stagecraft evolved over the years. The second set is especially inviting, including songs featuring the Count Basie Orchestra and conducted by Quincy Jones (all but one of which are also available on the 1966 LP Sinatra at the Sands). Listeners wanting the full treatment of Sinatra in Vegas should invest in the box set Sinatra: Vegas, but this 17-track set is a good basic overview.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/08/2011
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072327139
catalogNumber: 32713

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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

Technical Credits

Cy Coleman   Composer
Matt Dennis   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
John Kander   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Johnny Burke   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Larry Walsh   Engineer
Steve Vance   Art Direction
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Fred Ebb   Composer
Carolyn Leigh   Composer
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Arthur Altman   Composer
John Blackburn   Composer
Earl Brent   Composer
Karl Suessdorf   Composer
Charles Pignone   Producer,Liner Notes
Billy Rose   Composer
Hal Gaba   Executive Producer
Bart Howard   Composer

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