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Oakland 1968 [no label, 1CD]
Live at the Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA; May 22, 1968. Very good soundboard.
‘cos it’s Reagan and damned
That’s why the Lady is a tramp
Before Frank Sinatra immortalised My Way as his song, there were many that vied for its place. You can hear a whole range of his greatest songs on this single CD that captures Sinatra in his prime at a fund-raising concert for presidential candidate Hubert Humphrey on May 22, 1968. Although not known to be political, Sinatra moved in political circles mixing with the Kennedys and, in the song, The Lady Is A Tramp, he throws in a reworked verse showing his disdain for actor Ronald Reagan, then governor of California. Sinatra was already doing it his way. You can hear an audible gasp of disbelief from the audience.
The Oakland concert was the first time a cabaret act was opening in a sports arena. Sinatra had the savoir faire to pull it off, singing comfortably and effortlessly, changing the words here and there, with the band and orchestra following his every whim. That voice was never better.
The recording is professionally made and for a limited time unofficially released as a bootleg CD. The original bootleg is hard to find and also includes Sinatra’s reworking of “High Hopes” for John Kennedy’s presidential campaign as a bonus. Rock stars who campaign for causes weren’t the only ones doing it. - Michael Cheah
Master Reel SBD > CD
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Track 01. Day In Day Out (4.4MB)
Track 02. I Get A Kick Out Of You (5.2MB)
Track 03. Moonlight In Vermont (6.1MB)
Track 04. The Lady Is A Tramp (5.6MB)
Track 05. I Have Dreamed (5.3MB)
Track 06. I’ve Got You Under My Skin (7.3MB)
Track 07. That’s Life (5.0MB)
Track 08. Ol’ Man River (6.6MB)
Track 09. All I Need Is The Girl (6.5MB)
Track 10. Willow Weep For Me (6.2MB)
Track 11. Goin’ Out Of My Head (6.5MB)
Track 12. Nancy (With The Laughing Face) (4.5MB)
Track 13. Fly Me To The Moon (3.3MB)
Track 14. It Was A Very Good Year (8.3MB)
Track 15. My Kind Of Town (cut off) (481k)
Track 16. “Thank you” (1.9MB)
Track 17. High Hopes For Kennedy [1960 Las Vegas benefit for John F. Kennedy] (2.9MB)
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