Sinatra at the Sands on DVD Audio
Heres a blast from the past that, thanks in part to the great sound
made possible by DVD Audio, lets you close your eyes and imagine youre
back in the 1960s in the presence of the Chairman of the Board himself.
This is Sinatra at the Sands, a spectacular concert available in both "really
high resolution" stereo and high resolution surround on this DVD-A disc. About
the only thing wrong with it is Sinatras 12 minute monologue that takes
12 minutes of time for music from the discs length. Its an interesting
talk, and its great to hear Sinatra interacting with his audience, but
its just too long. Then again, if theyd edited it it wouldnt
be the same concert, so there you go. You can't win - except that in no way
can this album be considered a loser.
Were Sinatra fans, but had never experienced him live (and now that hes
dead we undoubtedly wont!). This disc undoubtedly comes as close as possible
to recreating that experience without visuals.
The Sands Hotel was apparently where Sinatra and his Rat Pack buddies hung
out and from Sinatras comments on this disc it sounds like he must
have had a piece of the action as well. We have no idea what the room in which
he performed was like, but from the way this priceless discs sounds it was large
enough to make it fiscally amenable yet intimate enough to make it sound almost
as if old Blue Eyes was performing just for you and a few close
friends. You can almost smell the cigarette smoke.
And what a concert! Sinatra is in fine form, and fine voice, and hes
backed up by Quincy Jones and Count Basie and his Orchestra a powerhouse
combination. The set incudes such Sinatra classics as "Come Fly with Me," "It
Was a Very Good Year," and Ive Got You Under My Skin. You
also get two Basie instrumentals and some nice banter. These are top drawer
musicians at the height of their powers, a group comfortable with each other
and, man, are they tight - musically.
Our favorite cuts, besides the abovementioned, include a great version of
"One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)" and Ive Got a Crush
on You but there isnt a stinker to be had on this essential
In fact, if youve never become familiar with Sinatra, we feel comfortable
recommending this album as a wonderful introduction to Frank Sinatra's music.
Okay, the sound may not be quite as good as on some of the studio albums (though
the studio versions of My Way weve heard are definitely the
exception to the rule that his work is recorded pristinely), but considering
that this concert is nearly forty years old and was recorded on what today would
be considered rudimentary equipment, its a spectacular audio achievement.
The audio quality, overall, is excellent. We preferred the 5.1 mix to the stereo
one, despite its being shrunk from 192 kHz/24 bit to 96 kHz/24 bit
(though if wed had a dog it may have been more disappointed), if only
for the reason that theyve mixed you into the audience and the room is
more full of the music and the live ambience. But either version sounds terrific.
There are no extras on the disc itself, other than the credits and a pretty
good photo gallery, but you get a decent booklet in the case and it contains
a couple of essays on the album and some notes on the remixing for the DVD-Audio
This is a must have disc.
1. Come Fly With Me
2. I've Got A Crush On You
3. I've Got You Under My Skin
4. The Shadow Of Your Smile
5. Street Of Dreams
6. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
7. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)
8. One O'clock Jump
9. The Tea Break Monologue
10. You Make Me Feel So Young
11. All Of Me
12. The September Of My Years
13. Luck Be a Lady
14. Get Me To The Church On Time
15. It Was A Very Good Year
16. Don't Worry 'bout Me
17. Makin' Whoopee
18. Where Or When
19. Angel Eyes
20. My Kind Of Town
21. A Few Last Words Monologue
22. My Kind of Town (Reprise)
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