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Capitol Collectors Series: Frank Sinatra [Import]

Capitol Collectors Series, Frank SinatraAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 26, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002UV3
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,076 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'm Walking Behind You
2. I've Got The World On A String
3. From Here To Eternity
4. South Of The Border
5. Young At Heart
6. Don't Worry 'Bout Me
7. Three Coins In The Fountain
8. Melody Of Love
9. Learnin' The Blues
10. Same Old Saturday Night
11. Love And Marriage
12. (Love IS) The Tender Trap
13. (How Little It Matters) How Little We Know
14. Hey Jealous Lover
15. Can I Steal A Little Love
16. All The Way
17. Chicago
18. Witchcraft
19. High Hopes
20. Nice 'N' Easy

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Frank Sinatra ~ Capitol Collectors Series: Fran

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another example of the Chairman's brilliance February 20, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
While no individual CD can come even remotely close to covering Sinatra's career, or even his stint with a specific label for that matter, if you are looking for one solid CD by Frank Sinatra, this would be a good one. Though most of the arrangements here are by Nelson Riddle, the best arrangement on this album is by the amazing Billy May with his orchestration of "South of the Border." Also, there are some amazing slow ballads in here including "From Here to Eternity," "Don't worry 'Bout Me," and "Melody of Love" which was orchestrated by Ray Anthony. Throw in other Sinatra standards such as "Chicago" and "High Hopes" and you have an excellent collection, although, once again, far from a complete one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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The Capitol Collectors Series is one of the finest such compilations available, covering most of the major artists to have recorded with that label, founded by Johnny Mercer, over the years.

But I have to agree with some of the other reviewers who feel that producer Ron Furmanek could have used just a bit more imagination when putting this one together. Unlike, say, The Four Preps, Kay Starr, and Ray Anthony, each with substantially less hits for the label, Sinatra registered close to 40 hit singles during his years there from 1953 to 1961.

The problem is, for the most part, the ones included here, great as they are, have been part and parcel of countless other Sinatra albums, with the possible exceptions of tracks 1, 8, 15, and 19.

Real collectors would have given their eye teeth to have seen the following Capitol hits, which are extremely hard to find outside of expensive box sets: Flowers Mean Forgiveness - # 21 in early 1956; Your Sensational - # 52 in summer 1956; You're Cheatin' Yourself (If You're Cheatin' On Me) - # 25 in summer 1957; Mr. Success - # 41 in late 1958; Ol' MacDonald - # 25 in late 1960 - all with Nelson Riddle.

The sound reproduction is, as is the case with all in the series, excellent, and in addition to two pages of liner notes written by Denise Cox, you get a full discography of the contents.

For the young set wishing to experience Sinatra at his commercial 1950s best, this is the perfect one to start with. For old collectors like me we can only wish that a bit more thought and research had gone into the effort back in 1989.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I gave my set of Capitol's vinyl's of Nelson Riddles and Sinatra's most revered work to my daughter with the over 200 of others I had acquired through 40+ years. I feel as though I would have done better had I burned a set from those, but she lives in Tennessee and I am in Cali and neither of us have that technology.

I loved this man. My mother was a "bobby soxer" so it was a given that he would be a familiar sound in our home among some of the family's more traditional blue grass and country music we played and sang.

As a young adult on my own, I spent dear money on the vinyls by a lay-a-way plan and they were magnificent sounding! Our old phonographs gave almost jukebox sound quality and he crooned equally blissful on both presentations.

I was so disappointed in the quality in this CD. The seller was no issue at all.

I love the songs so it will go into my car, I usually burn copies for the car because some wonderful CDs that are not even available on Amazon that I can now afford, were lifted as my car was in for service. Now I number them keeping the number code in line with a clue so I can know who is who for playing.

So I will enjoy singing with the music as long as it lasts.. and seek then another CD of his to satisfy my longed for sound he caused my mother in her teens then years later, me, to "swoon over'.

Karen Kohr Blinn
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Correction September 27, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
>>Though most of the arrangements here are by Nelson Riddle, the best arrangement on this album is by the amazing Billy May with his orchestration of "South of the Border."<<
Actually Riddle wrote this one, too. At his first recording session with Sinatra (April 30, 1953), he "ghosted" for Billy May and a fine job he made of it. (May was touring with his orchestra and unavailable at the time.) For years the arrangement was credited to Billy May, but trust me... it's Nels. (And if you don't trust me, check the Sessionography included in THE COMPLETE CAPITOL SINGLES COLLECTION.)
An enjoyable CD, though quite different from the 20 songs I would have chosen as the best Capitol-era singles. (Most popular does not necessarily mean artistically superior.) Sinatra hated "Jealous Lover," yet it ends up on every collection. Tony Bennett once cited "Don't Worry 'Bout Me" as his favorite Sinatra song -- a more mature version can be heard on SINATRA AT THE SANDS. "World on a String," "Learning the Blues," and "Witchcraft" are among the best of any era, and "Can I Steal a Little Love" is jolly good fun -- not at all bland!
Three and 1/2 stars, I'd say -- more original song selection would net a higher rating. But you can't go far wrong with anything Sinatra did at Capitol Records.
P.S. I too love the poet laureate of lounge singers. But when did Sinatra ever send the band home? With a very few notable exceptions, he always had a big band swingin' behind him. The saloon singer emerged in 1955 with WEE SMALL HOURS, and he's been salving broken hearts ever since.
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