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Voice in Time 1939-1952 Box set, Original recording remastered

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Documenting the initial rise to fame of perhaps the 20th century's greatest male pop vocalist, this four-CD box set features 80 of Frank Sinatra's early big-band and solo recordings. Included are many of his 1939 and 1940 releases for the bandleaders Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, as well as hits such as "I'll Never Smile Again" and the wartime favorite "I'll Be Seeing You". Previously unreleased outtakes of "From the Bottom of My Heart" and "All the Things You Are" are also featured, as well as a variety of rare radio recordings fromthroughout the '40s. This is Sinatra at his early best, brimming with youthful confidence and romance on such classic sides as "Hello Young Lovers", "Embraceable You", and "April in Paris".

Disc: 1
1. All Or Nothing At All
2. From the Bottom Of My Heart
3. If I Didn't Care
4. Moon Love
5. East Of the Sun (And West Of the Moon)
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Disc: 2
1. No Love, No Nothin'
2. Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night In the Week)
3. Oh! What It Seemed To Be
4. You'll Never Know
5. I've Got a Crush On You
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Disc: 3
1. All Of Me
2. Sweet Lorraine
3. Body And Soul
4. All the Things You Are
5. Embraceable You
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Disc: 4
1. The Birth Of the Blues
2. April In Paris
3. American Beauty Rose
4. Lover
5. The Continental
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000UYT9SK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,675 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful By D.M.B. on November 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
...then I don't know what will. So let me be the first to declare - "A Voice in Time" should win on several accounts.

First, the packaging...it's exquisite. Among the very, very best I've ever seen - and never have I seen it in this price range. A+++. The dark and silver pin striping is very classy and beautiful...wonderfully understated and it sets a tone of elegance and class. Inside the two books are beautiful - one housing the four disks the other the reading material...perfect. Functional. Again...very, very classy, and very, very well made. No dated, plastic jewel cases or digipaks that fall apart - no, none of that, it's just delicious. Both are extremely hefty, and well-made, and knock-out, flat-out gorgeous. The silver and black motif is luxuriously carried through to these two pieces...very befitting of the old B&W feel of the music - very stylish and hints of the old deco design styles of the 1920s/30s/40s, but not "ultra-retro-y"...not at all. Just class. The printing and production of these books is well beyond the price range, filled with beautifully done photographs, high quality paper and prints...and wonderful materials to look at and read and enjoy. Amazing...and absolutely Grammy worthy.

Second, the music....or I should say "program." I have to tell you, I have some early Sinatra and I love it, but I really wasn't interested in a four CD retrospective. Maybe a "Complete...yada, whatever" (after all aren't we all collectors now?) So I didn't think a set like this would be of any great interest to me or to "collectors." Sure...there's something to be said for owning EVERYTHING - alternates and all - but forget about everything. There's still something to be said for a story...a set designed to be a wonderful consistent listen.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Owen on October 28, 2007
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A Voice in Time, represents Sinatra at his vocal best. The song selections are great. Also there are many rare radio airchecks, which make the collection worth while. Sinatra's early work is often overshadowed by his Capitol and Reprise recordings.The Sound quality on "A Voice in Time", is far Superior to the mega Complete Columbia Recordings from 1993. It's amazing how much the technology, has advanced in just 14 years. In my opinion this set is worth every penny. Enjoy Sinatra at the very begining of his career.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By FAS1 on October 30, 2007
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This is the early Sinatra without the seasoned voice. Enjoy the tenderness and innocence of this incredible baritone voice at the beginning of his career. Included in this collection are many previously unreleased radio airchecks and some previously unreleased alternate takes. Beautifully packaged, with a 116-page book that includes a forward written by Nancy Sinatra, Jr., and some very interesting rare photos of Frank. If you're a serious Sinatra fan, by all means, buy this beautiful set. It will give you a greater appreciation for Sinatra's early career before the marvelous Capitol and Reprise years. Sinatra was, is, and always will be "The Chairman Of The Board!!"
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 7, 2008
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Much of Sinatra's fan base these days consists of the boomers who are drawn to his late "Chairman of the Board" period, quite unaware of the sheer artistry and consummate musicianship of the man who preceded the swaggering persona of the "Rat Pack." But Sinatra was a classy hat trick, a spectacular three-act Shakespearean drama, each act composed of three scenes: First, there's the Columbia, Capitol, and Reprise Sinatras; next, there's the swinger, the torch singer, and the surprisingly "legit" descendent of Caruso who projected Hammerstein ("Ole Man River," "I Have Dreamed") into orbit; finally, there's the matinee idol who introduced "bobby soxer" and "swoon" into the American vernacular, followed by the reactionary who rescued the Great American Songbook, followed by the commanding Chairman with blue eyes capable of reaching higher than Michael Jordan into the uppermost rows of the same Chicago Stadium where both stars played.

The present set nicely represents the smooth-voiced, "legato" Sinatra, who could remind you of Caruso and who was renowned as a singer ("The Voice") who "never seemed to take a breath." Moreover, it's the period when a collector can't go wrong bypassing the original albums in favor of a "collection," since the 78-rpm format ruled out anything resembling the "concept albums" of the Capitol period and later.

At the same time, some of Sinatra's most personally ambitious material is missing from this collection--virtually "operatic" performances such as "If You Are But a Dream" and "Where Is My Bess" from the Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Harmon on February 27, 2008
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I'd like to urge the hesitant buyer to spring for this set. I put the purchase off, feeling skeptical that a meaningful improvement in sound quality would have been achieved since the 12 disc Complete Columbia Recordings set.

When I at last purchased the new set, I compared the sound to previous releases, and it's my opinion that this is the finest sound qulaity we've had yet, with Frank's Columbia material.

To be brief, I'd describe the new remastering as more "listenable" under concentrated circumstances. Previous masterings now sound harsh and unnatural. Now that I have this package, I am delighted to have spent the money on it, and I'm anxious for more Columbia material to be re-issued. It's a pleasure to buy upgraded Sinatra, why did I ever hesitate?

The hardcover book has some exciting layouts as far as graphics are concerned, but it doesn't take long to read. I'd have appriciated more in-depth commentary on the sound sources and recordings. It's all lovely to look at, though.

The song selection is pleasing, but of course no two Sinatraphiles would have made identical choices. As always, the lively Mitch Miller tracks are still given the nose-up treatment as being of interest only to nitwits. Someday, perhaps the genius of these tracks will be recognised. "Mama Will Bark" is certainly not abomination it's said to be- and in any case should have been included on the set simply because it's so notorious- it's both discussed in the liner notes and there's a photograph of a theatre appearance featuring Sinatra & Dagmar. "Bim Bam Baby", another Sinatra staple, is not included. One can only hope that another complete Columbia set is in the future, with the glorious new sound quality standard.
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