Capitol Collectors Series: Frank Sinatra Import
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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.
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
For Frank Sinatra Great compilation of his Capitol records work, remastered by Larry Walsh..This CD is out of print if you can find it you should snap it up!!
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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Nothing much to justify this Sinatra release. The addition of one track is insufficient to have re-released this compilation.Published on June 28, 2009 by Michael S. Brockman
some of Sinatra earler work, the list of songs are:
1 i'm walking behind you
2 I've got the world on a string
3 from here to eterniy
4 south of the border... Read more
If you're into watching paint dry as a hobby, this is the album for you. The only saving grace on this outing is the Nelson Riddle orchestra. Read morePublished on January 21, 2003 by W. Grandy
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