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Francis a & Edward K [Original recording remastered]

Frank SinatraAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Only Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson can rival Frank Sinatra for biggest-selling solo artist of all time. His jazz-influenced singing remained internationally renowned whatever whims, fashions or innovations were introduced by new generations. In a solo career that included over 70 albums and hundreds of singles, from the late-30s until the mid-90s, Sinatra remained universally loved even as ... Read more in Amazon's Frank Sinatra Store

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  • Audio CD (May 11, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B00000IQ1H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,127 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Follow Me
2. Sunny
3. All I Need Is The Girl
4. Indian Summer
5. I Like The Sunrise
6. Yellow Days
7. Poor Butterfly
8. Come Back To Me

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dynamic Duo January 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
OK, so the critics found this not to be a wonderful recording effort. I frankly have always liked this album as much as any from Sinatra, and Ellington's band...my favorite band ever. The fact that I couldn't find it in CD format was upsetting to me...the original LP was showing its age. It is now available and it does swing! Poor Butterfly is one of my favorites, followed closely by All I Need Is The Girl. It is in my top 10 albums.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're so smart, why ain't you rich? April 27, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Am I missing something? This has been one of my favorite Sinatra discs since I picked up the LP on Frank's Reprise label back in the 1970s. Even then it was in the cutouts for 33 cents?! You tell me, how can a recording by arguably the greatest pop singer of the 20th century with the greatest big band of any century be so woefully overlooked?

Is the music just too good, too mature, too deep and heartfelt to be popular? This is right up there with 'Only the Lonely' and 'Songs for Swingin' Lovers' as Sinatra's best and it came SO MUCH later in what I have always regarded as a dry spell for him.

'Francis A & Edward K' IS dry, but in a good way. Heraclitus said, "A dry soul is wisest and best." After listening to the version of `Indian Summer' on this recording, I could not agree more! This one is straight, no chaser. Smooth and true.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Recording March 8, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best produced and engineered recordings of all time. Frank Sinatra never had a better produced album and as for Duke Ellington, this ranks with Money Jungle as his best in production, engineering, and music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Listenable and that is good enough for me February 22, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you have ever bought a recording simply because you wanted to hear it and not because you wanted to be a critic , then that's what most of us do because unlike critics , we don't get them for free .

That was my reason for buying the present album .

I had read a lot about it and I don't think that helped .

I've realised it's better to just experience something with a fresh pair of ears ( in this case ) .

The album is enjoyable and has some effective arrangements on it .

One thing that I noticed is that the double bass was very well recorded and that leads you through the album . The songs were not over-familiar and that helped me enjoy it , as I wasn't singing along and was able to concentrate on the whole presentation .

It is enjoyable music for its own sake - not every album can be a masterpiece , let's face it - we are getting less of those now than ever .

I enjoyed it in the end - it was a little ramshackle in parts , but that makes it more accessible in my opinion . The playing is good enough and Frank does sound interested , which means the album comes down to the level of most other singer's albums . The concern for Frank fans is that they may not like to hear him just 'getting by' .

Add this to your collection to hear Frank sing some different songs - really , you shouldn't miss out on that simply because some people feel this album isn't brilliant .

Give it a spin and do your ears a favour .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A collabration of two titans... May 19, 2008
By vmzfla
Format:Audio CD
It's an enigma for the ages how these two giants of entertainment, only managed to cross paths once for a 35 plus minute recording session during the 20th Century. What we get is a pure desert island disc. Oddly, Billy May arranges and conducts while the Duke tickles the ivory. May still manages to evoke that swaggering, cool, Ellington Big Band sound. Sinatra adapts himself perfectly to complement the Ellington sound. This meager production, remastered in 1999 of only eight well chosen songs shines in every way. For the most part the arrangements are slow, cool, and collective, featuring vivid detail in brass and highlighted soloists. Though this album is short by today's CD standards, all but the last selection are over four minutes. This allowing for more orchestra interjections than most typical Sinatra recordings. Afterall many of Ellington's Band members had been with him since 1950. They relish this occassion to share the stage with Frank, to show their stuff for this 1968 release. Only the last track "Come Back to Me" departs from the overall theme, exhibiting a little more Basie tendency. It is rare to get standards of musicianship in popular music like this. The session banter told of in the liner notes by Stan Cornyn adds to the intimacy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I've noticed this album has been the subject of content amongst many Sinatra fans. The main criticism is that this album doesn't feel like the event it should've been: the greatest American pop singer meeting with jazz music's most celebrated composer.

This is true to an extent. Frank does not achieve quite the same chemistry with Ellington and his crew as he did with Basie, and he didn't even bother to record any Ellington compositions (imagine Frank singing "Take The A Train," "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," "Do Nothin' Til You Hear From Me," "Mood Indigo," "'t Get Around Much Anymore," or "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good" with The Duke?). Because of this, Duke and his band seem more like Sinatra's personal backing band than musical co-artists.

That being said, the album is hardly a waste. In fact, the album has more than enough great material on it to justify a five star rating (although 4.5 might be more accurate).

The album's undisputed highlight would be the sublime reading of Sondheim's "All I Need Is The Girl." I cannot say enough good things about this song. Frank and Duke are in perfect synch here, the swagger of Duke's band as they blaze through Bill May's classy arrangement match Frank's finger snapping bravado perfectly. This one of Frank's finest recordings, an exciting musical masterpiece that only talent like Sinatra, Ellington and May could concoct.

Also of note is the lovely "Indian Summer." Frank's phrasing is impeccable, and the arrangement is lovely and quite haunting.

The album has some other classics worth mentioning: "Follow Me" breezes along gently, with Duke providing some excellent piano ticklings amidst Frank's relaxed and inviting vocal performance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two Greats!
Rare but glad it is finally in my collection.
Published 27 days ago by Marco
5.0 out of 5 stars Frank's True Jazz Album
This CD is in a class by itself. In the same way that "A Man Alone"and "Watertown" were departures from Frank's singing style, "Francis A. and Edward K. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Fulcrum29
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
Both artists have been favorites of ours for all our adult lives. wonderful recording
Published 5 months ago by William Pearsey
4.0 out of 5 stars All I Need Is The Girl
Oh yeah. Love might be too strong a description here, thus only four stars, but I definitely have a closet in my mind that regularly retrieves tunes from this album. Read more
Published 5 months ago by TH
4.0 out of 5 stars great
This is a unique performance with "bill Basie" at the keyboard
You need to listen to who is playing the keyboard
Published 11 months ago by R M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feelings
I bought almost all of Sinatra's recordings during the late 1950's, 60's and early 70's, but somehow I missed this one. Read more
Published 17 months ago by BigHemi
3.0 out of 5 stars It Simply Glides.
The arrangements are alright but definitely not on par with the Capitol albums. That being said, there are some sleeper hits on the album. ("Indian Summer" being one.)
Published 19 months ago by sinatrafan79
5.0 out of 5 stars Neat CD by Two of the Greatest
This is one of those CDs that you keep handy because the more you listen to it, the more you enjoy it. Read more
Published on June 14, 2012 by Lawrence D. Adams
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best or the worst
Sinatra with the Duke,what could be better? Unfortunately that is'nt the case for either of these legends. Read more
Published on December 14, 2011 by An Old Bopper
3.0 out of 5 stars More Info Please
Spoiler alert: Not a real review, just reviewing reviewers & Amazon product details. Neither Amazon nor any reviewers have yet given details on members of the Ellington orchestra... Read more
Published on July 18, 2011 by Sax Lover
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