In early October, RPM/Columbia/Legacy Recordings will, for the first time as a stand-alone CD, release Tony Bennett’s Live at the Sahara: Las Vegas, 1964. The concert album, originally recorded on April 8, 1964, was shelved for decades. It finally appeared on Tony Bennett — The Complete Collection, which was released in conjunction with the singer’s 85th birthday in 2011. Until now, the album has never been available on its own.
“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,” writes Bill Sullivan in new liner notes for the release. “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 delivered 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 Bennett’s signature “I Left My Heart In San Francisco.”
Live at the Sahara: Las Vegas, 1964 will be released on October 8. The album is available for pre-order now at iTunes.com/TonyBennett.