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Concert Sinatra Limited Edition

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Numbered Limited-Edition 180-gram LP Sourced from Original Master Tapes Paired With Nelson Riddle, Sinatra Achieves New Heights: Epic Arrangements, Gargantuan Orchestra Just how good is Frank Sinatra's The Concert Sinatra? Take it from an expert no less than the Chairman's own daughter, Nancy, who in 2003, weighed in on the set by unequivocally stating: ''THE finest collection of his career. With Dad's collection, it's always difficult to pick a favorite song but a favorite album is a slam-dunk. This is not only Dad's finest but one the finest ever in the history of recorded music.'' Miss Sinatra couldn't be more on the nose. Recorded onto 35mm film in 1963 at the Goldwyn Studios Soundstage, the record pairs the Voice with longtime collaborator Nelson Riddle and a gigantic orchestra. Consequently, the album's name refers not to a live performance but the music's epic grandness and the orchestra's huge size. Captured over four sessions in four days, the undertaking involved upwards of 60 musicians. Thematically, half of the album features Rodgers and Hammerstein compositions while the other half also pulls from popular Broadway shows. True to the theatrical adage of leaving the audience wanting more, The Concert Sinatra will have every listener wishing it lasted forever. Everything here is utterly magnificent. Using his unparalleled breath control techniques and in the best voice of his career, Sinatra matches Riddle's sweeping arrangements, turning in resplendent performances that are as powerful, majestic, and dynamic as Riddle's surging instrumental support. A number of pieces here - the delicate romanticism of ''Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered'' and tremendously poignant ''Soliloquy'' - are commonly cited by Sinatraphiles as among the greatest work Sinatra ever did. But nothing tops the definitive version of ''Ol' Man River,'' revered for the way Sinatra holds the notes, phrases the syllables, and brings the standard's goosebump-inducing emotion to

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  • Vinyl (May 31, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B004SGYI8M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,523 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence E. LaRocco on December 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
"The Concert Sinatra" is an under-appreciated artistic gem in the Sinatra canon that is an absolutely essential purchase for all serious Sinatraphiles. It is a spare, eight-song collection of Broadway showtunes, six of them by Richard Rogers. It illustrates as no other Sinatra album does what The Chairman was capable of when he stretched his artistic limits. Sinatra's brilliant interpretation of "Ol'Man River" is the definitive version of a song that forces Sinatra to display his amazing breath control and the full power and range of his rich, sensual baritone. I feel like Frank is speaking to me reassuringly when he puts his heart and soul into "You'll Never Walk Alone." Nelson Riddle must have been Sinatra's musical soul-mate because his arrangements and brilliant orchestrations perfectly complement Sinatra's voice. I only wish that there would have been more "artistic concept" albums like this one. It's an absolute treasure that simply further validates the genius of the greatest vocalist of all time.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Anthony G Pizza VINE VOICE on December 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This 1963 album has the style and scope of a command performance. The album photo recalls "Sinatra's Swingin' Session" of three years earlier, but the singer seems more focused, his phrasing more determined, as his versions of these songs may be definitive. In most cases, they are: "Soliloquy," which Frank performed on his 80th birthday live album, is essentially a three-act, one-man dramatic musical. Rodgers and Hammerstein's "I Have Dreamed," and "This Nearly Was Mine" fit perfectly with his classic 50s "blue" albums, also arranged by Nelson Riddle. And "Ol' Man River" is unique: a white singer singing a black work song written by white composers without one ounce of condescension or irony. This may not be Sinatra's greatest album (although it comes close), but it is certainly his most dramatic and empathetic, and highly recommended.
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62 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Mark Blackburn on January 12, 2005
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A friend asked today, "If you could keep only ONE of his albums, which one goes with you to the proverbial desert island?" The short answer is, "This one." But a big ocean of memories will surround that island.


Back when I was just six years old, I attended my best friend David Pearce's birthday party, and his mother -- a widow, who I can remember thinking was so beautiful -- took out a picture of little David's late father and told us boys how she'd married on the "Day of Infamy." (Much later I'd learn that was the term used by President FDR for December 7, 1941 when Pearl Harbor was hit, launching American involvement in WWII). Then Mrs. Pearce told us that "Frank Sinatra, you don't know him, was always our favorite singer." I remember feeling honored, at that moment----in some way that my six year old heart could never express in words---that she would share with us that photograph, and her memories of David's late father. And then, speaking to me alone (as the other boys at the party gravitated towards David's new toys) Mrs. Pearce told me in a soft voice: "Frank Sinatra is the greatest singer, Mark. Maybe someday you'll agree with me." Then she put on one of his records---something from the first Capitol album of 1953 (how I wish with all my heart that I could recall which song she selected---but I do remember listening, dutifully, and feeling very much like a big man who was seeing eye-to-eye with this beautiful woman who was treating me like an adult.
I grew up in a musically literate home, with loving (and very musical) parents who once saw a live performance by Frank Sinatra with Tommy Dorsey's band in July of 1940 (at Toronto's "Canadian National Exhibition"----a sort of glorified `state fair' in Canada's largest city).
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Steve Cox on January 23, 2012
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This is a really interesting album ... an unusual album even. Back in 1963 Frank eschewed the saloon titles, love songs and swing'n hits that made him a giant and grabbed four sound stages at the Goldwyn Studio in Hollywood to lay down this 8 track record -- cut from the heart of Broadway's finest composers/lyricists.

Four tracks from Rodgers and Hammerstein, a couple from Rodgers and his earlier partner Lorenz Hart ... one song from Hammerstein and Kern (one from a pair that I'd not heard of before -- Anderson and Weill).

Though the track list is somewhat less approachable than the swing'n pop numbers that made him so popular, the 1963 Reprise Records release of The Concert Sinatra was critically acclaimed for showing off Frank's vocal control, unique intonation, Nelson Riddle's masterful but unusually orchestral arrangements and amazing (for the time) recording technology.

After Concord did such a fabulous job with the re-master of the Sinatra-Basie studio recordings (VS review at, I've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of The Concert Sinatra/Remastered and Expanded. Passed though the same engineering team as the Sinatra-Basie LP, I was hopeful this effort would render a similarly impressive result. Well ...

It just goes to show...

...that digital remastering and audio engineering is an inexact science -- a black art. Apply the same magic audio juju to different recordings and you can get vastly differing results. This axiom is proven true with this remastered release.
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