Rat Pack Collection Import, Box set
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50 recordings from the singing members of the legendary Rat Pack, both singularly & collectively. Contains 23 solo cuts by Frank Sinatra, 13 by Dean Martin & 10 by Sammy Davis Jr. For the remainder, one features Dino & Sammy, one is Dino with Ol' Blue Eyes, and two have Dino & Frank with Judy Garland. Hits featured include 'Everybody Loves Somebody', 'Little Ole Wine Drinker, Me', 'Night And Day', 'You Do Something To Me' and 'On The Sunny Side Of The Street'. Double slimline jewel case. 1998 Intermusic S.A. release. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Dean starts the show off with a few numbers, including classics like "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" and "Volare", before Frank comes out swingin' with "Goody Goody". One thing that amazed me was how good Frank soundsa at this gig. His voice is perfect - clear, precise on the money. Listen to the first lines of "Please Be Kind". Magnificent. Sammy's set is fun and entertaining, and he doesn't seem to mind the heckling by his buddies.
After Sammy's set comes a medley (duel would be more appropriate a term) with Frank and Dean, trading barbs between songs and having a blast. Sam and Dean have a hilarious time on "Sam's Song". You will laugh through this entirely un-PC rendition of this classic.
The cd includes 5 bonus recordings from Frank from a different date (made clear by the overall atmosphere of the crowd). These are some of the best Frank recordings you could ever hope to hear. The versions of "All The Way" and "Bewitched" are especially lovely.
The sound quality is good and overall I seriously suggest picking up this recording. It's worth it.
No punches are pulled as each Rat Pack member (Dean, Frank, and Sammy) emerges in turn and sings some wonderfully arranged dance band tunes (notably "Chicago", "Please Be Kind", and "Out of This World"). The orchestra is near flawless as they plow through ballads and up swing tunes that will force your foot to tap.
The sound quality and re-mastering (if any) is not the greatest on this album. But what this album lacks in studio-produced quality is made up with onstage live hijinks between those knuckleheads of Vegas.
As an added bonus, the last five tracks, featuring Frank, seem to be other tunes that were recorded at another time (some live, some studio).
All and all, a Rat Pack fan should not hesitate to own this collection, and others should seriously consider purchasing this charming and hummable live performance album.
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