Sinatra: A Man And His Music
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For that latter reason alone, "A Man And His Music" may well be the finest Sinatra compilation on the market. Frank clearly enjoys telling the tale of his long and happy career, paying tribute to the many great arrangers, composers and musicians who got him where is as well as many times over thanking his fans who were always there with him. The setting is so relaxed and intimate that are times when you feel Frank is actually in the room with you, talking to you personally.
The song selection is far from concise, but offers a solid cross section of each period of Frank's career. As mentioned, the majority of the songs here are re-recordings of his Capitol and Columbia material (the excpetions being the Vegas bits and the songs originally done at Reprise). However, considering Frank's voice was still in fine shape at this point, most of the songs equal or better the originals. This can be said especially for the Dorsey / Columbia material and the pumped up versions of "Come Fly With Me", "(How Little It Matters) How Little We Know" and "Witchcraft".
The Vegas bit "The Summit", with Frank, Dean and Sammy clowning around is hilarious, while the performance the "Guys And Doll" number with Dino and Bing Crosby is a treat.
While it may not be the concise or complete Frank collection, "A Man And His Music" is an absolute must because of its historical value and the fact that you get to hear the Frank Sinatra story as told by the man who knows it best.
This 2CD set won't stand with essential Sinatra, but it's a retrospective on his unique personality and the music poured through it. His comments, heavy on hipster lingo, thank the right people: "my best friend in heaven, (arranger) Axel Stordahl," Tommy Dorsey ("He could blow for a week on one tank of air") the disc jockeys who "give me a spin in Beatleland," the musical "dreamers and doers," to which Frank asks, "Why don't I take you all out for a pizza lunch sometime?" And the USA itself, which "lets me sing for my supper and pays me for the food I eat," as an introduction to "The House I Live In."
Parts of the Sinatra mystique are revealed that you rarely (commercially) get: snippets from his Oscar-winning "From Here To Eternity," and from his "Rat Pack" concerts with Sammy & Dino. Sinatra was still near prime voice in 1965, so his remakes either outdo ("Witchcraft," most of the early Dorsey and Columbia material) or fall just under ("Wee Small Hours" here lacks the original's stark drama). And the early Reprise hits are here, too, including the (then) new "September of My Years." While that album treated advancing age wistfully with touches of regret, "A Man And His Music" cheerfully shares a scrapbook of musical memories and some of their inspirations. Recommended as part of, but not first among, a Sinatra collection.
This is the album that turned me on to Sinatra as a five year old back in 1965. My mother, who liked Frank as a bobby soxer back in the Forties, bought this album that year and so it was always playing on the stereo. I knew nothing about music as a 5 year old other than my Walt Disney albums and some group called The Beatles that my older brother has just discovered. Hearing Frank Sinatra croon his way through this album, his wonderful speaking voice introducing some of the songs left a very strong impression on me.
Songs like "Come Fly With Me, "Witchcraft," "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "Learnin' The Blues" blew me away as a small boy and Frank, to this day has remained my favorite male vocalist. Most people my age (48) today don't know much about Frank and so when I sit them down and make them listen to a Frank song, I will take "A MAN AND HIS MUSIC" out and play it for them. Sometimes I am lucky and a song will strike a chord with them and later they will tell me they have been turned onto Frank. Others I have lost completely.
To read Epstein's editorial review here on Amazon about how this album isn't good or important is absolutely ridiculous! I like the song selections (forgot about "The House I Live In") and if it weren't for Frank's narration, I WOULD KNOW NOTHING about the man and his music!! This cat's cool!! Played this album today as background music for my 87 year old father who had a good chuckle over Frank's intro's.
I got this album on vinyl, reel tape and, of course, CD. As I said before it it hadn't been for this album this forty-eight year old would never know about "ol Blue Eyes" like most of my peers today, who only know about Elton John and The Carpenters from the 70s.
Enough said. This album is damn good and worth every penny. (and please do tell "your mama!")
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What can I say, it's GREAT Sinatra! I'm a big fan. I lost my original of this, so I was so glad to get it thru Amazon!Published 9 months ago by shirley
Had the album years ago....watched the HBO SPECIAL...realized....I missed FRANK!!!Published 14 months ago by Patricia
3rd time that I have replaced this CD. A must for every Sinatra fan! The monologues are indications that he could have been a comedian. Jamie former WEA Rep NYCPublished 20 months ago by Jamie
This was the CD I was looking for. It arrived in a timely manner. It plays very well and I enjoy listening to it often.Published on April 15, 2014 by carol pereira
Will be a great Christmas present for my son, who also enjoys Frank Sinatra. I had this album in the original vinyl and loved it.Published on December 9, 2013 by Nina L Dale
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