My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Recorded in 1956 at the Sahara Casino in Las Vegas, the album was an attempt to recreate the late night/ early morning aspects of the live band. His wife Keely Smith is featured on almost every song as well.
What I liked: I have to admit, this isn’t really my style. Too much swing. Nonetheless, it was still a fun. listen. The instrumentals “Body and Soul” and “Night Train” were probably my favorites and “The Lip” was great fun. I really enjoyed the more straight up jazz as well, which really reminded me of Louis Armstrong.
What I Didn’t Like: Like I said, this isn’t really my style, so I never felt completely comfortable with it. To me the swing/lounge thing is different than the jazz thing and so I felt it bounced back and forth between the two, too much.
My Overall Thoughts: It was worth the listen, but I won’t be in a hurry to listen or explore similar sounds.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? This is a tough one, I feel as though it has more influence than I am aware of. In my opinion though, it could have been skipped.
Rating (Out of 5): 3
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (4/4)