Tony Bennett's Live At The Sahara: Las Vegas, 1964, an era-defining concert recording, is finally having a stand-alone release for the first time on Tuesday, October 8, 2013.
Tony Bennett's fabled Tony Bennett Live At The Sahara: Las Vegas, 1964 set was originally recorded on April 8, 1964, by Tony's longtime recording engineer Frank Laico, for a Columbia Records concert album. Shelved for decades, Bennett's epochal '64 Vegas concert recording first materialized as part of the monumental Tony Bennett - The Complete Collection released in celebration of the artist's 85th birthday in 2011 and has never been available on its own.
Finally available as a stand-alone, Tony Bennett's Tony Bennett Live At The Sahara: Las Vegas, 1964 puts the listener ringside for an extraordinary concert at the Sahara's legendary Congo Room in Vegas during the swinging 1960s, where a master performer is laying down an epic set for both the room and the ages. "Tony was in a dark suit and black bow tie, standing before a shimmering gold curtain with backing by his forever pianist and arranger, Ralph Sharon; Ralph's bassist Hal Gaylord; Ralph's drummer Billy Exiner; and the Louis Basil orchestra," wrote Bill Sullivan in new liner notes for Tony Bennett Live At The Sahara: Las Vegas, 1964. "If you were anywhere else in Las Vegas that night, you were missing it."
The Sahara marquee promised "The Moment of Truth" and Bennett bookended his concert with performances of a song by that name, but it's the show itself that delivers electrifying non-stop entertainment across the album's 24 tracks, which include the classics "Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)," "One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)," "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Lullaby Of Broadway," "From This Moment On," "This Could Be The Start Of Something Big" and, an emotional interpretation of Tony's signature "I Left My Heart In San Francisco."
Tony Bennett - Live at the Sahara - Las Vegas 1964
1. Overture: The Moment of Truth
2. This Could Be The Start of Something Big
3. It's a Sin to Tell a Lie
4. Ain't Misbehavin'
5. Parody: Rags to Riches
6. Keep Smiling At Trouble (Trouble's A Bubble)
7. Time After Time
8. Sing You Sinners
9. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
10. The Rules of the Road
11. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) (reprise)
13. From This Moment On
15. I'm Way Ahead of the Game
16. Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)
18. Once Upon a Time
19. Lullaby of Broadway
20. Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)
21. I Left My Heart In San Francisco
22. I Wanna Be Around
23. I Left My Heart In San Francisco (reprise)
24. Finale: The Moment Of Truth (reprise)