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The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings [Original recording remastered]

Frank Sinatra, Count BasieAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 6, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B005CAAX78
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,146 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pennies From Heaven
2. Please Be Kind
3. [Love Is] The Tender Trap
4. Looking At The World Thru Rose Colored Glasses
5. My Kind Of Girl
6. I Only Have Eyes For You
7. Nice Work If You Can Get It
8. Learnin' The Blues
9. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
10. I Won't Dance
11. Fly Me To The Moon [In Other Words]
12. I Wish You Love
13. I Believe In You
14. More [Theme from Mondo Cane]
15. I Can't Stop Loving You
16. Hello, Dolly!
17. I Wanna Be Around
18. The Best Is Yet To Come
19. The Good Life
20. Wives And Lovers

Editorial Reviews

Could you imagine a more swinging combination? This once-in-a-lifetime pairing actually happened twice in the studio, and this CD unites both Reprise LPs: Please Be Kind; Hello, Dolly!; The Good Life; I Wish You Love; Fly Me to the Moon; I Won't Dance; Wives and Lovers; I Wanna Be Around; Learnin' the Blues; The Best Is Yet to Come , and more!

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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinatra At His Best September 7, 2011
Format:Audio CD
With every Sinatra album in my collection, I can definitely say these two recording sessions represent the very best of Sinatra's voice. You'd have to listen to Sinatra At The Sands, with the Basie Orchestra and Quincy Jones arrangements to rival this collection. When the Sinatra/Ellington album came out, I had hope it would be a sentinal event. Unfortunately, the song selection was a huge dissapointment and was nowhere near a reflection of Sinatra's caliber of talent.

What makes this collection great is not only his voice, but the arrangements. I can't think of another album that accentuated his persona of that era. His voice was stronger, had a deeper range and was more commanding than the Capital years. He was well past those "only the lonely" years and was full of vigor in the early 60's. Frank was at the top of his game then, with the Rat Pack, the movies, Vegas and Reprise in full swing. I can't imagine any serious Sinatra fan not having this in their collection.
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57 of 67 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Music is Fantastic, But What is the Point? September 10, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Make no mistake, this is absolutely essential music. There was no one like Frank Sinatra, and no one like Count Basie, and the best tracks on this CD rank as some of the greatest music ever recorded.

Yet what was or is the point of this release? The two studio albums as of this writing are currently in print around the world, though you would probably save a few bucks with this disc. Concord and Frank Sinatra Enterprises offer no special extras for loyal Sinatra fans, and the audio quality is average.

So for longtime Sinatra fans, skip this one, as you're just wasting your money. But if you're new to Sinatra and Basie, by all means grab it, and you'll find what we've been talking about!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 97% perfection September 10, 2011
Format:Audio CD
This disc is nearly perfect, and a must-have, if you want digital quality of some Sinatra's best work. I have these albums on vinyl, but am glad for this opportunity. 19 of the songs are just like heaven. Track 15, "I Can't Stop Loving You," doesn't quite fit with the overall style, but it works better on here than it did on the shorter original album, It Might As Well Be Swing, and the orchestration is fine.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth getting... October 26, 2011
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Don't be mislead, this compilation is worth getting -- in my opinion even if you have the original two Reprise studio albums.

"Frank Sinatra - Count Basie: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings" is a remastered compilation of two of the most interesting Sinatra records in his vast catalog -- "Sinatra-Basie: An Historic Musical First" and "It Might as Well Be Swing" are artfully rendered into a single 20 track masterpiece that pays tribute to the too brief and truly historic union of Frank out in front of Count Basie and his amazing band.

Remastering these recordings was a bit worrisome to me because they were laid down so well in the original Reprise album releases. After spending several hours listening to and comparing this new release with the original albums, I need not have worried -- the folks at Concord, BluWave Audio and the sundry engineers involved in this effort absolutely nailed it!

A Masterful Remaster...

One of the principle areas I focus on when reviewing a digital remastered album is ... "can I discern a quality difference". In other words, can you actually hear and appreciate the end product of the remastering effort. I mean, what's the point of remastering if you can't hear a noticeable quality benefit. The team that took on Sinatra and Basie's best were truly masterful.


There is a subtle, noticeable and beneficial "rounding" of Frank's vocals. To be clear, the original recordings are in no way deficient -- in fact they are excellent -- but Frank's entries, exits and tonal quality on this edition experiences a definite depth of field enhancement. Again, it is subtle but Sinatra's amazing vocal stylings on these classic Basie Band recordings sound deep and round without ANY dissociative effects.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Sinatra released only 3 albums with Basie during his lifetime, and usually the most admired and best-remembered of the 3 is the last one, a live session from the Sands, which is not part of this "studio" collection. As for these two studio dates, the first one--"Sinatra-Basie"--is, imo, the more substantive (the cover is the same as that used for the present collection). It opens with a Neal Hefti arrangement of "Pennies from Heaven," taken at a jaunty clip that's practically at polar opposites to Bing Crosby's version from more than 2 decades' previous. Ole Blue does a sort of "vocalese" chorus the 2nd time around, fitting the words to a revised melody (a la Sarah Vaughan). It's a killer track, and Sinatra would reprise the arrangement for the rest of his career. There are also unexpected delights and surprises in the repertory along with more scintillating Hefti arrangements: "Please Be Kind" (the original has one stretch of distracting, overly-wet sound courtesy of some misguided engineer), "Looking at the World Through Rose-Colored Glasses," "I Won't Dance."

The 2nd studio session (originally, "It Might As well Be Swing") has some inferior fare (e.g. "Hello, Dolly!", "I Can't Stop Loving You" mixed with a few winners (e.g. "Fly Me to the Moon," "The Good Life"). The arrangements, all by Quincy Jones, are competent mainstream swing charts "enhanced" by a gratuitous full-sized string session--not especially memorable or uniquely Basie-ish--but they're all fail-safe charts tailor-made for the elevation that only an authentic jazz swingster like Sinatra can bring to them. Admittedly, Sinatra may be in slightly better voice on the 2nd session, exhibiting more confident yet daring phrasing on this sequel session. He certainly leaves no doubt about his credentials as a "jazz singer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed it very much. Two great entertainers working together.
Published 3 days ago by richard roberto
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this recording
WOW, the Count and old Blue Eyes, HOW COULD YOU GO WRONG!!
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Published 3 months ago by Alex Redding
4.0 out of 5 stars These two artists really swing!
What a great combination of artists, Sinatra and Basie. Its easy to hear their mutual enjoyment of each others music and company. They had a good time recording this music. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars It Doesn't Get AnyBetter Then This
Two of the greats combing their awesome talents together to make wonderful music. Basie & Sinatra fit together like a well oiled machine, they make it all look so easy, but for... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gwendolyn V. Schilling
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
Love Frank Sinatra. Love the Count Basie Orchestra. Have enjoyed countless hours listening to this CD. If only Frank & Basie were still alive.
Published 5 months ago by Curious
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinatra & Basie: Great!
No singer better than Sinatra and here with his favorite band as back-up. Great performances, great recordings. This music simply soars!
Published 6 months ago by Jack Alan Robbins
5.0 out of 5 stars Does Not Get Any Better
Frank & the Count? Come on! It just can't, and doesn't, get any better than this.
Of course, like many others, I've had these two now-joined recordings previously on vinyl,... Read more
Published 8 months ago by vincent bonventre
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sinatra
Different arrangements of some of Franks classics ,plus some not so well known Sinatra songs . A must for any fan of this amazing artist .
Published 8 months ago by Robert Cohen
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