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A Swingin Affair 1957 Capitol
Sinatra's Swingin' Session!!! 1961 Capitol
Come Swing with Me! 1961Capitol Billy May
Swing Along With Me 1961 Reprise Billy May
Sinatra and Swingin' Brass 1962 Repise
As someone who has been collecting Sinatra albums for years, one thing I like about getting these complete albums is the fact that a number of these songs are not included on his gazillion "greatest hits" and "best of" collections that are floating around out there. You may find yourself enjoying a number of selections from these albums that aren't familiar to you for that very reason, just as I have.
Also, it is a chance to hear these songs in the order that the "Chairman of the Board" intended you to hear them. As has been said many times before, in the '50's and '60's, Sinatra was a big fan of the "concept" album, wherein all the selections on an album had a special connection and sequence.
If you are a serious Sinatra fan you probably already own these albums in some form or another. For those of you who are past the "introduction phase" and are looking to delve deeper into all things Sinatra, then I highly recommend this set at 20 bucks. You CANNOT go wrong.
But Sinatra and Riddle worked in 3 idioms: swing (and no one has swung harder than Sinatra); ballads (Sinatra slowed down the tempos and converted love songs intended for dancing into profound soliloquy); Broadway (he wasn't known in the '40s as "The Voice" for nothing--and in the 1960s he could still reach the highest balconies with spine-tingling performances of Rodgers and Hammerstein showstoppers).
Each of the 5 albums in this set represents "Sinatra the Swinger," and each is a winner. As a Sinatra-phile, I personally wouldn't settle for less than the original individual albums (on Capitol, before Frank formed his own label, Reprise Records). But a Sinatra fan can always supplement this set with other "swingers" (though I would recommend the ballad and Broadway albums with Riddle just as strongly). The most glaring omission in th present group of 5 albums is the one that has always scored highest with fans and critics: "Sinatra Sings for Swingin' Lovers.Read more ›
This package I would say is for the novice Sinatra fan.......because if you are a fan for some time you have all this music in their seperate albums and or in major box sets.
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very very good... probably the best colletion of his stuff .... i dont think anyone would not be happy with this setPublished 17 days ago by joseph szepesi
Sinatra is by far the best jazz voice ever. Definitely worth a listenPublished 22 days ago by Ralph I. Mir
Great CD's. They are for my father-in-law and he loves them.Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
These albums are great and Amazon did a great job to fix an issue I had, surpassed my expectations!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful reissues on CD of older FS albums, and at great prices.Published 2 months ago by Tom Izzo
I don't think these were remastered. They sound like good quality vinyl with no scratches. Good stuff at a good price.Published 5 months ago by Don S. Nixon