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Jackpot: Las Vegas Story
Various Artists
Jackpot: Las Vegas Story
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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Remember the sequence in Casino in which De Niro's character becomes the star of a nightly talk show/pro-Mob harangue in order to keep hanging around the joint after he gets in Dutch with Nevada state authorities? Not much...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Jackpot: Las Vegas Story
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino / Wea
Original Release Date: 11/19/1996
Release Date: 11/19/1996
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Swing Jazz, Easy Listening, Oldies, Vocal Pop, By Decade, 1950s, 1960s, Musicals, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 081227255725, 081227255749

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Remember the sequence in Casino in which De Niro's character becomes the star of a nightly talk show/pro-Mob harangue in order to keep hanging around the joint after he gets in Dutch with Nevada state authorities? Not much of that freewheeling spirit is captured on this gorgeously garish package. (It comes complete with a tiny pair of dice slipped inside the jewel box.) With main-room kings Sinatra and Presley absent from the proceedings here, the tic-ridden 1960 rendition of "The Lady Is a Tramp" offered by Buddy Greco is the kind of thing that too often passes for vocal sty-li-za-tion here. That insult to Frank--and Paul Anka's nonmythic rendition of "My Way"--aside, the Rat Pack does get props with the inclusion of the Dino and Sammy signatures "That's Amore" and "I've Gotta Be Me." In fact, the former's ur-Italian mischief keys into one of Jackpot!'s essential subtexts: the celebration of all things Mediterranean that was once a major part of the Vegas experience--Mel Tormé, Vic Damone, "Al Di La," even the bloodthirsty angst of Tom Jones's "Delilah," the best thing here and a murder ballad that Nick Cave shouldn't have missed. To think that this stuff was preferred by many parents as superior to rock & roll: "She saw the knife in my hand and she laughed no more," indeed. Too bad that so much of what surrounds Jones on this disc sounds foolish, even for those on a happy kitsch trip. --Rickey Wright

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