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Sinatra VEGAS Live


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  • DVD Audio
  • Please Note: This is a DVD-Audio disc which is playable on most DVD players as well as all DVD-Audio players. Click here for additional information regarding compatibility.
  • Format: Live
  • ASIN: B000W0D66S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,848 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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DVD of Frank Sinatra's performance in VEGAS, recorede at Caesars Palace in May, 1978

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Buy the box set, and you will understand.
R. Firestone
Spanning from 1961 to 1987, each cd as well as the dvd have excellent set lists as well as pitch perfect sound quality.
Anthony Nasti
We highly recommend it to everyone who loves good music.
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292 of 294 people found the following review helpful By svf on November 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The new Sinatra: Vegas box set is the most essential Frank Sinatra release to emerge since the outstanding Sinatra in Hollywood collection of rare and unreleased soundtrack material that came out over four years ago... almost. More on that caveat later.

After enduring scores of unnecessary and pointless posthumous Frank Sinatra "best of" compilations, reissues, repackagings and "limited editions," Sinatra: Vegas finally gives both the casual fan and the die-hard collector something we actually want: four CDs and even a DVD of previously unreleased (officially, anyway) live material spanning the years 1961 to 1987, all recorded in -- you guessed it -- Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada.

Marketing concerns were surely behind this concept as much as artistic ones -- an equally compelling collection of unreleased live Sinatra recordings from international venues could easily be assembled also -- but Sinatra: Vegas sounds way cooler than Sinatra: Argentina.

For starters, the thing looks and feels great, packaged in a sturdy black longbox with shiny silver lettering. The discs are housed in classy yet functional digipacks, and the booklet is chock full o' photos and remembrances, if a little skimpy on details (yes, some of us want to know the exact dates of the recordings, not just the month and year.) You even get a couple reproductions of vintage promotional posters to hang in your locker... or something.

The first CD is comprised of material recorded at the dearly departed Sands Hotel and Casino in November 1961. Performances from this same engagement appeared on the Saloon Singer bootleg years ago, but in vastly inferior sound quality.
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By El Comandante on November 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Beautifully packaged, this is a fascinating and often musically important set of previously unreleased material. The 1961 recordings from the Sands may be the most vocally satisfying of the 4 audio CDs, but a 1982 Caesars Palace performance is an especially welcome document from the renaissance Sinatra enjoyed in the company of conductor-pianist Vincent Falcone. Highly-anticipated outtakes from the Sinatra-Basie Sands engagement of early 1966 range from good to excellent, even if none of them really equal their "master take" counterparts on the original "Sinatra at the Sands" LP/CD. (Proving that Sinatra and producer Sonny Burke made the correct choices the first time around, 40 years ago.)

The DVD (from a 1978 appearance at Caesars Palace) is a revelation. Sinatra is in astonishing vocal form, completely free from the rasp sometimes heard in his "post-retirement" work. The song selection is excellent and gives ample cause for regret that Sinatra and/or Reprise didn't see any commercial point in recording "American Songbook" standards during the late 70s.

It's fairly well-known that Sinatra's production crew often made tapes of the singer's various live performances during the 1980s and 90s. Hopefully the current release will sell in sufficient quantities to merit a followup set with the same elegant production values - possibly called "Sinatra: New York" - featuring the best moments from Sinatra's debut at Carnegie Hall (recorded but unreleased by Reprise c. 1974) plus his 1982 Carnegie appearance, along with the Radio City Music Hall benefit from early '86 that also boasted a stunning, hot performance by Benny Goodman.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By artanis65 on April 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This set contains four CD's and 1 DVD; from 1961, 1965, 1982, 1987, and 1978. The two early concerts reveal Sinatra in all of his brilliance; the later ones are hardly worth a listen, with the exception of a few songs here and there.

Sinatra is at his peak in the 1961 and 1966 shows. The real revelation for me in the 1961 performance is the wild galloping version of "On the Road to Mandalay" which is just sensational. The gong at the end really swings. The 1966 concert at the Sands consists of alternative takes of the previously released "Sinatra at the Sands" album. It's interesting to compare and contrast the familiar versions of songs with the versions here. In most cases, they're almost as good and could have easily fit on the originally released album.

While most of the songs are one-offs, for Sinatra fans, it's also interesting to compare the duplicates to see how he gradually began to sing with much more of a kick. "You Make Me Feel So Young" is a perfect example. The arrangement in the 1961 version closely resembles Nelson Riddle's arrangement on "Songs for Swingin' Lovers," though Sinatra swings the original arrangement just a little harder. By 1966, Quincy Jones has rearranged the song to match the drive of the Basie band, and it goes from being a very good performance to a genuinely great one.

I don't think Sinatra ever really got his voice back after he took an early retirement in 1971, and by the late seventies, his voice could no longer do what he needed it to do. It is true that his interpretive skills were as good as ever, but in a live setting you hear him constantly trying to sing around the deficiencies in his voice, and it's distracting.
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