Live! At the Desert Inn

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Live! At the Desert Inn

Release date: 03/22/2005

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Track Listings

1. Listen Intro Monologue
2. Listen Save The Country
3. Listen Mack The Knife
4. Listen Fire And Rain
5. Listen Hi-De-Ho (That Old Sweet Roll)
6. Listen Monologue
7. Listen Beatles Medley: Hey Jude/Eleanor Rigby/Blackbird/A Day In The Life
8. Listen (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher
9. Listen I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
10. Listen Monologue
11. Listen If I Were A Carpenter
12. Listen Simple Song Of Freedom
13. Listen Finale Band Introduction
14. Listen Encore:Chain Of Fools/Respect/Splish Splash/Johnny B. Goode
15. Listen Work Song
16. Listen Beyond The Sea

About the Album

In the early '70s, Bobby Darin had discontinued his infamous "Bob Darin" billing, but he was still interpolating the best of the late-'60s folk and singer/songwriter scene into his live act -- this despite playing to the mostly middle-aged, craps-playing audience assembled at the Desert Inn in Las Vegas for an early 1971 run. Darin had more than a decade's worth of hits to reprise for the crowd, and he did so happily, from "Mack the Knife" to "If I Were a Carpenter" and even including "Splish Splash" (as part of a rock and soul encore). But beyond not wishing to begrudge a fandom that had been left behind by the era of progressive rock, Darin most certainly did his best to entertain and enlighten his regular concert attendees -- musically, socially, and even politically -- without worrying about the blowback from his largely conservative base. It also earned him enmity in progressive circles as a faker, although with his performance Darin makes it clear that he has nothing to apologize for. After all, he was, at heart, a showman pure and simple. He starts the concert with an urgent plaint from the pen of Laura Nyro ("Save the Country") and, after inserting "Mack the Knife" as a sop to his fans, returns to the singer/songwriter crowd with James Taylor's "Fire and Rain." A Beatles medley appears halfway through the set, as does Jackie Wilson's "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" and Dylan's "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight," all of them performed with too much reverence, but also a fine ear for what made those songs examples of great American pop. [Live! at the Desert Inn was projected to be Darin's first album release for Motown, and although it was pressed or planned twice (once under the present title, once as Finally), it was shelved until it finally appeared in 1987 (on Motown) and again in 2005 (on Concord), the latter with several bonus tracks.] ~ John Bush, Rovi
Artist: Bobby Darin
Studio Label: CD
Edited: No
Format: CD
Enhanced: No
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date:
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.44
Walmart No.: 000831461
UPC: 0001343165092

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