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Frank Sinatra: Sinatra at The Sands (1966) 1998

Sinatra at The Sands

Track list:

01. Come Fly With Me
02. I’ve Got a Crush on You
03. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
04. The Shadow of Your Smile
05. Street of Dreams
06. One for My Baby [And One More for the Road]
07. Fly Me to the Moon [In Other Words]
08. One O’Clock Jump [instrumental]
09. The Tea Break [Monologue]
10. You Make Me Feel So Young
11. All of Me [instrumental]
12. The September of My Years
13. Luck Be a Lady
14. Get Me to the Church on Time
15. It Was a Very Good Year
16. Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me
17. Makin’ Whoopee [instrumental]
18. Where or When
19. Angel Eyes
20. My Kind of Town
21. A Few Last Words [Monologue]
22. My Kind of Town (Reprise)

Personnel:

Frank Sinatra – vocals;
Countbasie – piano;
Bill Miller – piano;
The Count Basie Orchestra:
Quincy Jones: arranger, conductor
trumpets: Harry “Sweets” Edison, Al Aarons, Sonny Cohn, Wallace Davenport, Phil Guilbeau;
trombones: Al Grey, Henderson Chambers, Grover Mitchell, Bill Hughes;
alto sax: Marshall Royal, Bobby Plater;
tenor sax: Eric Dixon, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis;
baritone sax: Charlie Fowlkes;
guitar – Freddie Green;
double bass – Norman Keenan;
drums – Sonny Payne

Recorded: live at the Copa Room of the Sands Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas; January and February, 1966
Released: July 1966
Label: Reprise
2FS 1019

#13 [Luck Be a Lady]: bonus track only available on the re-mastered 1998 CD and 2003 DVD-Audio releases.

Producer: Sonny Burke
Engineer: Lowell Frank

Liner Notes: Stan Cornyn

Cover photography: John Bryson
Art direction: Ed Thrasher

Re-issue Producer: Gregg Geller
Released: October 15, 1986
Label: Reprise
CDW 46947

46947 [re-issue 1998]

An alternate version of the same show with a slightly different track list was released in November 2006 as part of the box set Sinatra: Vegas.

*****

In many ways, Sinatra at the Sands is the definitive portrait of Frank Sinatra in the ’60s.

Recorded in April of 1966, At the Sands is the first commercially released live Frank Sinatra album, recorded at a relaxed Las Vegas club show.

For these dates at the Sands, Sinatra worked with Count Basie and his orchestra, which was conducted by Quincy Jones.

Like any of his concerts, the material was fairly predictable, with his standard show numbers punctuated by some nice surprises.

Throughout the show, Sinatra is in fine voice, turning in a particularly affecting version of “Angel Eyes.”

He is also in fine humor, constantly joking with the audience and the band, as well as delivering an entertaining, if rambling, monologue halfway through the album.

Some of the humor has dated poorly, appearing insensitive, but that sentiment cannot be applied to the music.

Basie and the orchestra are swinging and dynamic, inspiring a textured, dramatic, and thoroughly enjoyable performance from Sinatra.
~Stephen Thomas Erlewine[allmusic.com]

*****

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