SINATRA AT THE SANDS - FRANK SINATRA
TRACK LISTING: Come Fly With Me, I've Got a Crush On You, I've Got You Under My Skin, The Shadow of Your Smile, Street of Dreams, One For My Baby (and One More For the Road), Fly Me To the Moon, One O'clock Jump, The Tea Break, You Make Me Feel So Young, All of Me, The September of My Years, Luck Be A Lady, Get Me To the Church On Time, It Was A Very Good Year, Don't Worry 'Bout Me, Makin' Whoopee, Where or When, Angel Eyes, My Kind of Town, A Few Last Words, My Kind of Town (Reprise)
IMPRESSIONS: I can't hear a live Sinatra album without thinking of my friend Paul. Paul's family was a Sinatra household and on more than one occasion, I can remember a road trip during which a Sinatra concert was played on the car stereo -- particularly this one New Year's Eve in the late 1980s. However, I don't think it was this one. So this album doesn't really have anything to do with this story, does it? Other than I always think of my friend Paul whenever I hear a live Sinatra album and this one is Ol' Blue Eyes' first live album. It's usually considered to be a quintessential snapshot of this era of Frankie and who am I to argue? Produced by the very young Quincy Jones and backed by the sublime Count Basie and his orchestra, Sinatra here is celebrating (?!) his recent 50th birthday and is full of mischief; particularly in his decision to do what amounts to almost 12 minutes of standup comedy in the middle of his concert! While some of the jokes are a little wheezy, Frankie is rather funny with his delivery and brio. But then it's the music which is the most important part of a live concert album and here we have some of the pinnacle of 60's era ring-a-ding-ding Sinatra on display. Of particular note is the inclusion of more than a few of the slow, melancholy Sinatra songs I love so much and I appreciate their inclusion in his set quite a lot, actually. Without them, the whole thing would seem rather flippant but the sad ballads really anchor the performance and give it a surprising depth amongst the clinks of cocktail glasses in the Sands casino.
MY FAVOURITE TRACKS: Come Fly With Me, I've Got a Crush On You, I've Got You Under My Skin, One For My Baby (and One More For the Road), Fly Me To the Moon, The Tea Break, You Make Me Feel So Young, The September of My Years, It Was A Very Good Year, Don't Worry 'Bout Me, Where or When, Angel Eyes
GUEST ARTISTS: Count Basie (piano), Quincy Jones (producer/arranger)
FACT SHEET: SINATRA AT THE SANDS is Frank Sinatra's first live album. It was recorded live in the Copa Room of the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The album was certified gold. "Luck Be A Lady" did not appear on the original LP but was only included as a bonus track on the 1998 cd reissue; subsequent cd releases do not feature the track either.