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After the Ball Original recording remastered

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 23, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1960
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0000ACANS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,527 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I have to take issue with those who find Frank D'Rone's voice bland or uninspiring. Twenty years ago I had the extreme good fortune to have an acquaintance tape one of his then out-of-print albums for me. I was and still am completely blown away by the purity of his sound, his phrasing, and his breath control. There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that he was the best male singer of his time (and hopefully still is, although I have not been lucky enough to hear him in-person for some time now). In my book, there is Frank D'Rone, then comes Mel Torme, and then comes everyone else. Buy this CD, sit down, and really listen to it -- don't use it as background music. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed. Instead, you will wonder, as did I the first time I heard him, why he never found the audience he truly deserved. If you are a true fan of vocal jazz, this is one item you absolutely must have in your collection.
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Having bought this album on a whim, I must confess that I found it quite the endearing pleasant surprise. While some listeners may gripe that Frank D'rone's voice is bland and simply uninspiring, I find it rather appealing! Frank Sinatra he is not, but Frank D'rone, blessed with a fluid vibrato and smooth breath control, does sound like a cross between Bobby Darin and Nat King Cole...which ain't half bad if you ask me! The song selections are superb, especially since many of the tracks are not the same standards recorded time and again. Billy May also deserves credit for his arrangments which enhance Frank's expert vocal performances. This album is a swiftly swinging, dreamy delight that deserves much more credit than I think it gets. If you are a fan of male vocalists from the 1950s and 60s, do yourself a favor and buy "After the Ball"! Maybe you'll be pleasantly surprised too!
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[excerpted from a full Vocalstandards.com review]

As I mentioned in my review of Frank's recent DOUBLE EXPOSURE album release ... this guy cooks at 80 and I need to tuck into some of the early D'Rone catalog and hear the sound that caught the ear of Nat Cole, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Sinatra, Ella and the many other classic era artists that waxed rhapsodic with praise for Frank D'Rone.

With that in mind, I snagged a copy of Frank's 1960 Mercury Records LP release -- After The Ball. Verve Reissued this twelve track LP on CD in 2003 and though I never listened to the original material, this remaster is extremely well mixed with the early edition of FD'R and the amazing Billy May Orchestra beautifully captured.

We're talking 52 years...

...between the release dates of AFTER THE BALL and DOUBLE EXPOSURE. Fifty-two years ... I mean, add a couple of years (OK, three) and that's pretty much my time on this earth (thus far anyway). When I listen to these two D'Rone albums -- again, released more than a half century apart -- I am amazed by the talent that is Frank D'Rone ... and dumbfounded that he did not achieve the mega stardom of his contemporaries.

Fine young Frank D'Rone...

...in 1960 possessed a powerful vocal style that many fans and critics likened to Bobby Darin. I can hear that in some of the After the Ball tracks -- especially on "Let Me Love You" and a bit on the title track AFTER THE BALL. I still feel his base vocal style is more reminiscent of Jack Jones or Vic Damone with some Mel Tormé edging, but the more I listen to FD'R the more I hear him as a distinct vocalist ... solid in his own right.

Every vocal performer's voice changes with age ... but very few of them actually get better.
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