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Sinatra/Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings Original recording remastered

4.6 out of 5 stars 138 customer reviews

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Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim was one of the most bewitching LPs of the '60s. Classics by Jobim, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter get the bossa-nova treatment as Sinatra sings and Jobim strums; here's that LP plus tracks that haven't been available in almost 20 years: The Girl from Ipanema; Change Partners; Quiet Night of Quiet Stars; I Concentrate on You; How Insensitive; Bonita; Triste , and more!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 4, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B003CR9BYE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,641 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This title has long been wanted by fans, yet sadly, this Concord release does not quite live up to that expectation. My initial thoughts when listening in the car on the way home from the store where I bought the disc was that the disc sounded great and that the mastering sounded pretty good.

Later on, at home, with more time and better hardware to critically examine the disc, it became clear that the new disc wasn't all it could be. Yes, the songs are all there in all their glory; yes, the reverb was toned down from prior releases; but something was not quite right.

Digging out the old LPs and CDs of this material, I found the situation getting clearer. One thing that immediately jumped out at me was the narrowing of the stereo on many of the tracks. To me, the old late '60s style of stereo separation was something to be enjoyed. Just like on the old Beatles records, certain placements of sounds in the hard right or hard left are simply part of the experience of these tracks. To now change that to something less removes something from that experience.

A good example is on the track "Drinking Water (Agua de Beber)". On that track, on both the old LP and CD of SINATRA AND COMPANY, we can hear Antonio Carlos Jobim's vocals in the hard left channel. Here on the new disc, that vocal is now nearly centered, vaguely toward the right of the stereo image. The other instrumentation on these tracks is also compromised, moving from a hard left or right positioning to nearer the center, basically removing the exciting nature of the old stereo.

I can understand *why* this is done - it's a function of the "headphone" generation.
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Ask any serious Sinatra fan to "name your `Top 5' albums by your favorite singer" and "SINATRA/JOBIM" is almost certain to make their list. (In fact, it's `Number 6' on mine, and I own 70 Sinatra CDs!)

This newly re-mastered CONCORD edition comprises TWO albums, plus some bonus tracks some of us had not heard before (at least not till recently -- on SiriuslySinatra satellite radio). The `previously unreleased' rarities include "SONG OF THE SABIA" and "BONITA."

Though it didn't merit a mention in the "Amazon Product Description," close to half these wonderful songs were orchestrated/conducted by Brazil's Eumir Deodato, shortly before his own, instrumental, `solo' career really took off, (selling millions of albums in the early 70s as the acknowledged precursor of today's "soft jazz").

[Like the other gifted arranger featured here, Polish-born Claus Ogerman, Eumir Deodato is alive & well (living in Rio) and still happily arranging for other artists. And for the record, Deodato will still tell you that his arrangement for Sinatra's `definitive' performance of "WAVE" (still my favorite track here) remains one of the `peak experiences' of his life.]

A lyricist who wrote four of the songs here, Canadian-born Gene Lees died two weeks ago (April 22) at his home in California, (leaving behind an unfinished biography of his good friend Artie Shaw). Lees was `present at the creation' that magic night in 1967: He was there at Sinatra's invitation in the recording studio, holding his breath in silence, his heart brimming with joy, as Sinatra delivered "the definitive reading" of "QUIET NIGHTS OF QUIET STARS." (Lees also co-wrote `Track 2' here, "DINDI," as well as "SOMEONE TO LIGHT UP MY LIFE" and (my personal favorite of his up-tempo songs) "THIS HAPPY MADNESS.
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I love the music on this CD, and have in the many editions I've purchased over the years. My beef is with 1.) The sonics on this new (and poor sounding) remix, and 2.) the five (yes five) chosen-for-artisitic-reasons edits that were in the original mixes that were ignored when the remix was put together, meaning now we get to hear "warts" that could easily have been worked around, just as they were on the previous mix. (The painfully obvious one: the wrong bass note at 2:24 in Corcovado.)

If you listen on a boom box or iPod, the new CD will prove to be a perfectly fine source. If you listen critically, stick with the previous CD issues. The convenience of a single disc here is a nice feature, but the sound? Not so much.
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Several reviewers have stated that edits made to correct flaws in the original vocal and instrumental performances were ignored in the preparation of this disc. As soon as I put the disc in my car CD player I, too, knew that something was amiss. But I got that feeling almost immediately on the very first track ("The Girl From Ipanema") long before the "clam" on the word "day" that everyone is talking about. I immediately realized that the entire vocal for this classic song was an alternate to the one used on the original LP (and the first CD versions). Listen to the phrasing of the very first verse and you'll see what I mean. On the original, Sinatra uses short pauses to emphasize "tan", "young" and "lovely" and a brief pause between "the girl from Ipanema goes walking and" and "when she passes each one she passes..." This way of phrasing gave the song its laidback, understated, relaxing bossa-nova feel. The vocal we get on this release is Frank rushing through the entire first verse (one VERY long sentence) as if he's in a race with himself and daring himself not to take a breath. Ironically, the legato phrasing for which Sinatra is justifiably famous and admired is not the best way to put this song over and I will guarantee that Frank knew it, made adjustments and got it right on the next take. Why this alternate vocal was used is anyone's guess but I've got a feeling that alternate vocals, or portions thereof, were used on other songs on this disc as well. Many of them just don't sound like the original LP.

There are also several crackling sounds present in the early moments of "Dindi" that mar that classic performance as well. These cases, plus the ones cited by other reviewers, render this disc virtually unlistenable to those of us who regard these performances among the most memorable and pleasurable in Sinatra's vast catalogue. Truly a crying shame.
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