Live at The Sahara: Las Vegas, 1964
The mid-‘60s saw Tony Bennett enjoying a renewed burst of popularity thanks to a series of strong LPs and a certain hit single about The City by the Bay. Live at the Sahara: Las Vegas 1964 captures the master song stylist onstage during this productive time. This performance—originally released as part of Bennett’s Complete Collection box set in 2011—finds Tony drawing on a series of albums released in 1963 and 1964, as well as delivering spirited readings of songs as different as Billy Mayhew’s “It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie,” Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” and Al Jolson’s “Keep Smiling at Trouble (Trouble’s a Bubble).” Standards like “I Wanna Be Around” and (of course) “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” are complemented by lesser-known selections like “I’m Way Ahead of the Game” (from the obscure musical Foxy). Bennett has fun riffing on his heritage in “Rags to Riches,” gets seductive on a heart-melting version of “Mam’selle,” and swings the roof off the Congo Room with a scintillating “Lullaby of Broadway.” The Ralph Sharon Trio provides sterling support, backed by the crisp brass of The Louis Basil Orchestra.