“the sands is proud to present a wonderful new show, a man and his music. the music of count basie and his great band. and the man is frank sinatra.”
this familiar opening is the start of one of my favorite albums of all time, Sinatra at the Sands. I really like the Frank, Dean, Ella, Etta, era of music, but for me, this one is the best. Not only is it full of familiar songs done live, Sinatra has some ad lib dialog with the audience in addition to his two monologues. He introduces the amazing Count Basie orchestra and a certain audience member, Quincy Jones, as well. This album is set up to be one continuous show, where the audience applause starts at the end of one track and goes right into the next, making it as close to the live experience as we can get. I don’t think Sinatra is on a formal stage, because of the way he interacts with the audience, it definitely has more of a lounge-type of feel, which also makes this album unique.
After the quick introduction, Sinatra and the Count Basie orchestra go right into a classic, “Come Fly with Me”, which is not only upbeat, but also kind of hints for the audience to “come fly” with Sinatra. The beginning half of the album has the slower, swoon-ier, serenades like “I’ve Got a Crush on You”, “Street of Dreams”, and “One for my Baby” – which Sinatra describes as a “drunk song”.
“his broad flew the coop with another guy and all the bread”.
This set list picks up with “You Make me Feel So Young” and “Luck be a Lady”, but then oscillates between the calming, familiar haze of the slower “It was a Very Good Year” and the faster “Get me to the Church on Time”, ending with “My Kind of Town”. His banter with the audience and final reprise is a great example of Sinatra’s charm and sense of humor. Have a listen, you just might rediscover an old favorite.
“one more? that’s what I’ll be saying to the bartender”