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Songs of Sinatra

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With his breakthrough performances in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride II, Steve Tyrell reinvented and repopularized classic pop standards for a modern audience. With the encouragement of music legend Quincy Jones and the Sinatra family, plans were hatched for an album of Frank's material. For the first time the Sinatra family has shared some of the very charts and music Frank used with another artist. The greatest musicians in the world playing some of the greatest songs of all time, this is an album audiences will want to hear again and again and again. Hollywood. 2005.

As its title indicate, this CD sees popular vocalist Steve Tyrell pay tribute to the Sinatra songbook, and pretty much every track is a famous nugget closely identified with the Chairman of the Board. That Tyrell is no Sinatra is a given, but the combination of his slightly hammy delivery and old-school arrangements makes this perfect bourbon and leather-armchair music--familiar and comfortable. Three of the songs ("Fly Me to the Moon," "The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else" and "Something Stupid") reproduce the original orchestrations--and really, how can you go wrong with those?--while the others boast cushy new ones by Bob Mann, Alan Broadbent or Count Basie arranger Sammy Nestico. In his press notes, Tyrell remarks that "Nice and Easy" features "the most modern of all the arrangements on the album," but fear not: It sounds exactly like the others, and modernity here only means extra-velvety strings and super-relaxed horns. Echoing the pairing of Frank and Nancy Sinatra on the original, Tyrell sings "Something Stupid" with his daughter Lauryn, though she seems to be pushed behind in the mix and is barely audible. But hey, Frank didn't like sharing the spotlight either! --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 8, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,520 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* VINE VOICE on November 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"The Songs of Sinatra are like members of my family. Growing up in our Italian family, my Mom and Dad idolized and constantly played the recordings of Frank Sinatra. Since I was a little boy, they have played an important role in my life and always fill my heart with warmth and affection." ~ Steve Tyrell ~

I could relate to Steve Tyrell and like him, I grew up hearing Frank Sinatra's music from my late father's collection and learned to appreciate his music at an early age. This is one of the best Frank Sinatra tributes ever recorded. I'm so ecstatic about the sweet renaissance of standards that has been taking place in the music scene now. It's so nice to hear fresh interpretations of these evergreens with new flair, style and arrangements. My appreciation to Steve Tyrell for being one of the key figures in bringing back these standards made popular by the legendary Entertainer of the Century, Frank Sinatra. What a way to pay tribute to the most-loved singer of all-time.

I was with a group of friends at a dinner/concert of Steve Tyrell at the Catalina Jazz Club two weekends ago and totally enjoyed his performances. One of my friends who hadn't heard of Steve Tyrell became an 'instant fan' saying - "I fell in love with his voice and his style of singing" and she thanked me for introducing Mr. Tyrell's music to her. After the awesome concert, we all were happy-campers knowing that we had "samples" of some of the songs included in 'yet-to-be-released' album at that time.
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Songs Of Sinatra is yet another wonderful album by Steve Tyrell; and he proves his mettle well on every track here. Steve's ability to take a song and deliver it so sensitively really impresses me and this is true blue exquisite music. The quality of the sound is excellent and the artwork is very nicely done. These are songs, of course, that Sinatra used to love to sing; and the CD is indeed a touching tribute to The Chairman Of The Board.

"I Get A Kick Out Of You" is a Cole Porter tune that Steve Tyrell sings to perfection--and how's about that piano arrangement? Steve sings a rarely heard opening verse and when he goes into the main lyrics of the song this takes off like a jet! Steve's excellent diction really helps him perform so very well; and the music fits in perfectly with his vocals. "Fly Me To The Moon" gets the royal treatment from Tyrell and the musicians as they work together to make "Fly Me To The Moon" a major highlight of this album. Steve swings brightly to make this number work and you can tell with just one listen! It's a very pretty melody and it's upbeat as well--wonderful! "Witchcraft" is another Sinatra staple that Steve sings so very well; "Witchcraft" sounds like silk when Steve Tyrell sings it. Now Sinatra surely would have been proud of THIS!

"In The Wee Small Hours" is a song Sinatra often sang, reportedly after his upsetting breakup with Ava Gardner. Steve does great justice to this classic torch song by giving it every bit as good a performance as Sinatra ever could have. The strings are very beautiful and this enhances the number even more.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Pop vocalist of the millennium is Steve Tyrell, the crooner with sensitivity in his delivery and his latest Hollywood Records release "Songs of Sinatra" [enhanced], arriving near the eve of our Holiday Season with some vintage Irving Berlin, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Cy Coleman, Gus Kahn, Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart standards...featuring an unforgettable signature style that takes you back to the '40s, '50s and '60s...listening to every tune on this album brings back memories of Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin and of course Chairman of the Board Mr.Frank Sinatra as they were crooning favorite standards of the day...Tyrell has the style and ability of Frank Sinatra...the uncanny ability to nail each track with his relaxing style and making it his own.

Sit back and let's take a listen to the selections on this guaranteed winner..."I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU" and "I CONCENTRATE ON YOU" (featuring Hillary Kole), wonderful arrangement by Bob Mann and Alan Broadbent, as Steve sings mixed with orchestrated strings ..."FLY ME TO THE MOON", great arrangement by Quincy Jones on this classic tune, swingin' big band is here and alive..."WITCHCRAFT", very big song for Frank, but Steve's interpretation is right on....."IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS", this arrangements hits home with Alan Broadbent's touching arrangement..."THE ONE I LOVE BELONGS TO SOMEBODY ELSE", featuring a dynamic duet between Steven and Frank Jr., I predict this will be the most requested song from this album on the airwaves..."I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN", classic Cole Porter with a jazzy arrangement by Bob Mann and Alan Broadbent, more than a toe-tapper, as Steve pours out his heart with a vengence...
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