Sinatra at the Sands

Sinatra at the Sands is a live album by Frank Sinatra accompanied by Count Basie and his orchestra, and conducted and arranged by Quincy Jones, recorded live in the Copa Room of the former Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in 1966.

Sinatra at the Sands
Live album by
ReleasedJuly 1966
RecordedJanuary and February 1966
FS 1019
ProducerSonny Burke
Frank Sinatra chronology
Strangers In The Night
Sinatra at the Sands
That's Life
Count Basie chronology
Live at the Sands (Before Frank)
Sinatra at the Sands
Basie's Beatle Bag
Professional ratings
Review scores
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[3]

It was Sinatra's first live album to be commercially released, and contains many definitive readings of the songs that are most readily associated with Sinatra.

Sinatra and Basie had previously collaborated on 1962's Sinatra-Basie and 1964's It Might As Well Be Swing, with both albums released on Sinatra's Reprise label. The album was remixed and remastered and released in DVD-Audio in high-resolution stereo and multi-channel surround in 2003. An alternate version of the same show with a slightly different track list was released in November 2006 as part of the box set Sinatra: Vegas. The album is certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.[4]

In 2000 it was voted number 461 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums.[5]

Tea Break

"The Tea Break" section of the album contains comic relief by Sinatra, during which he makes jokes about the drunkenness of Dean Martin and evening parties at his home in Beverly Hills,[6] Sammy Davis, Jr.'s autobiography Yes I Can and the hotel hiring him for "four solid weeks" as a cleaner, and jokes about himself being "so skinny my eyes were single file. Between those two and my belly button my old man thought I was a clarinet". He denounces the news that he'd recently turned fifty years of age as a "dirty Communist lie" "direct from Hanoi" and that he was really 28 and would have been 22 if Joe E. Lewis hadn't "wrecked" him from drinking. He concludes the segment with a summation of his early life and work lifting crates and serving as a rivet catcher from a cock-eyed guy who "couldn't hit a bull in a fanny with a bag of rice", and describing Edward Bowes as a "pompous bum with a bulbous nose" who "used to drink Green River".[7]

Track listing

From the 1998 Warner Bros. Records reissue, 46947

  1. "Come Fly with Me" (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 3:45
  2. "I've Got a Crush on You" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:42
  3. "I've Got You Under My Skin" (Cole Porter) – 3:43
  4. "The Shadow of Your Smile" (Johnny Mandel, Paul Francis Webster) – 2:31
  5. "Street of Dreams" (Victor Young, Sam M. Lewis) – 2:16
  6. "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)" (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 4:40
  7. "Fly Me to the Moon" (Bart Howard) – 2:50
  8. "One O'Clock Jump" (Instrumental) (Count Basie) – 0:53
  9. "The Tea Break" (Sinatra Monologue) – 11:48
  10. "You Make Me Feel So Young" (Mack Gordon, Josef Myrow) – 3:21
  11. "All of Me" (Instrumental) (Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons) – 2:56
  12. "The September of My Years" (Cahn, Van Heusen) – 2:57
  13. "Luck Be a Lady" (Frank Loesser) – 4:40 (This bonus track was only available on the remastered 1998 CD and 2003 DVD-Audio releases. It was not part of any other edition, including the original LP as well as the current [2010] in-print CD)
  14. "Get Me to the Church on Time" (Frederick Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner) – 2:22
  15. "It Was a Very Good Year" (Ervin Drake) – 4:01
  16. "Don't Worry 'Bout Me" (Rube Bloom, Ted Koehler) – 3:18
  17. "Makin' Whoopee" (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn) – 4:24
  18. "Where or When" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 2:46
  19. "Angel Eyes" (Earl Brent, Matt Dennis) – 3:26
  20. "My Kind of Town" (Cahn, Van Heusen) – 3:04
  21. "A Few Last Words" (Sinatra Monologue) – 2:30
  22. "My Kind of Town" [reprise] – 1:00


The Count Basie Orchestra

See also

"Count Basie Live at the Sands (before Frank)" – Reprise Records CD, 1998. – Collection of Count Basie Orchestra instrumentals recorded during the taping of "Sinatra at the Sands".


  1. Allmusic review
  2. Andrew Male Mojo, January 2010, Issue 194.
  3. Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  4. "American certifications – Frank Sinatra – Sinatra at the Sands". Recording Industry Association of America.
  5. Colin Larkin (2000). All Time Top 1000 Albums (3rd ed.). Virgin Books. p. 166. ISBN 0-7535-0493-6.
  6. Giddins, Gary (22 October 1998). Visions of Jazz: The First Century. Oxford University Press. p. 221. ISBN 978-0-19-971520-6.
  7. Sinatra at the Sands (1966), Reprise Records
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