LIVE AT THE DESERT INN


LIVE AT THE DESERT INN (MCDO6227MD) was released by Motown on CD in 1986.
It contains a super live performance of Bobby from February 6th, 1971.


JAZZTIMES Review (Of the reissued Concord CD)
By Christopher Loudon, September 2005



If you've seen Beyond the Sea, Kevin Spacey's ambitiously flawed Darin biopic, you know that the chameleon-like crooner successfully resurrected his career in the early '70's by serving up the folk tines and soft-rock ballads he'd grown to love in slick Vegas packaging.

This 1971 concert is a fine example of that closing chapter in Darin's multifarious, if far too brief, showbiz legacy.

Gone are the signature pop hits (save, of course, the requisite "Mack the Knife"). Instead Darin proves equally compelling traversing the more intelligent likes of such contemporary material as Laura Nyro's gently politicized "Save the Country," James Taylor's "Fire and Rain," Dylan's "I'll Be Your Baby Tonite," Tim Hardin's "If I Were a Carpenter" (Darin's '66 comeback hit) and, sweetest of all, a soaring rendition, complete with a phalanx of backup singers, of his own, beloved "Simple Song of Freedom."

Two previously unreleased bonus tracks add top-drawer interpretations of Nat Adderley and Oscar Brown Jr.'s "Work Song" and a "Beyond the Sea" several degrees cooler than the 1960 original.

TRACKS

INTRO/MONOLOGUE

SAVE THE COUNTRY

MACK THE KNIFE

FIRE AND RAIN

HI-DE-HO

MONOLOGUE

BEATLES MEDLEY: Hey Jude, Eleanor Rigby, Blackbird, A Day in the Life

HIGHER AND HIGHER

I'LL BE YOUR BABY TONIGHT

MONOLOGUE

IF I WERE A CARPENTER

SIMPLE SONG OF FREEDOM

FINALE/INTRODUCTIONS

ENCORE: Chain of Fools, Respect, Splish Splash, Johnny B. Goode

LIVE AT THE DESERT INN can be purchased here.


Poster Ad for Desert Inn - Crystal Room
June 5, 1972.

(Thanks to Shiying for sharing this ad.)


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