This seasonal collection of Yule tide classics sung by Frank Sinatra in his late-1950s incarnation, with impeccable string arrangements by Nelson Riddle, contains convincing performances of favorites like ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem,’ ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,’ and ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas.’ It’s a tribute to Sinatra’s versatility and professionalism that this oft-sung set comes off sounding simultaneously fresh, original, and heartwarming. Includes liner notes by Pete Welding.
Frank Sinatra – Watertown (1970/2014) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 33:37 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Pop, Easy Listening, Vocal Jazz Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | Source: HDTracks | @ Frank Sinatra Digital Reprise
Watertown is a later album by Frank Sinatra and tells a heartbreaking story in a series of soliloquies. It is the only album on which Sinatra sang over pre-recorded instrumental tracks. The songs were written by producer Bob Gaudio (of The Four Seasons) and Jake Holmes. Some of the songs from the album were later covered by artists such as Nina Simone (“For A While”) and Cake (“What’s Now Is Now”). (more…)
Frank Sinatra – A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra (1957/2014) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 32:07 minutes | 345 MB | Genre: Pop, Easy Listening, Vocal Jazz Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | Source: HDTracks | @ Capitol Records
Released in 1957 on Capitol, A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra is Frank’s first-ever, full-length Christmas album. It features the Ralph Brewster Singers along with an orchestra conducted by Gordon Jenkins and includes the holiday favorite “Mistletoe and Holly,” co-written by Sinatra himself. (more…)
Designed as a musical trip around the world, Come Fly With Me was Frank Sinatra’s first collaboration with arranger/conductor, Billy May. Recorded at Capitol Studios and released in 1958, Come Fly With Me spent five weeks at number one on the charts. It was also Grammy-nominated for Album of the Year. Come Fly With Me was recorded in true stereo but was mixed to mono for its release, a standard practice by Capitol records at the time. (more…)
Come Dance with Me! is an album by American vocalist Frank Sinatra, released in 1959. Come Dance with Me! was Sinatra’s most successful album, spending two and a half years on the Billboard charts. Stereo Review wrote in 1959 that “Sinatra swaggers his way with effortless verve through an appealing collection of bouncy standards, aptly described in the album notes as “vocals that dance”.” At the Grammy Awards of 1960, Come Dance with Me! won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, as well as Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, Male. Billy May won the Grammy Award for Best Arrangement. Come Dance With Me stayed on Billboard’s Pop album chart for 140 weeks, peaking at #2. (more…)
The final album in the trilogy of Frank Sinatra collaborations with conductor and arranger Billy May, this 1961 release follows Come Fly With Me and Come Dance With Me! and served as a showcase for Capitol’s new Full Dimensional Stereo. (more…)
Released in 1953, Songs for Young Lovers features classic songs such as “I Get a Kick Out of You”, “A Foggy Day”, and “My Funny Valentine”. All songs on the album were conducted by Nelson Riddle, and all except for “Like Someone in Love” were arranged by George Siravo. The album was one of 50 recordings chosen in 2002 by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. (more…)
For the first time ever, all of Frank Sinatra’s important recordings from three different record labels (Columbia, Capitol and Reprise) have been remastered and compiled in one collection, released in 2015 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Sinatra’s birth. This digital four-disc set contains 100 songs in chronological order plus a previously unreleased rehearsal version of The Surrey With The Fringe On Top, recorded in 1979.
“I’ve sung and recorded so many wonderful songs over the years, it would be impossible to name one in particular as my favourite. Many of them are special to me for one reason or another. It’s difficult to pick a favourite album. The ones that stick in my mind are Only The Lonely, Wee Small Hours and Come Fly With Me because I think the orchestrator’s work and my work came together so well.” –Frank Sinatra (more…)
Frank Sinatra – Songs For Swingin’ Lovers (1956) [MFSL 2014] PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 44:35 minutes | Scans included | 1,79 GB or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 462 MB Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2106
After the ballad-heavy In the Wee Small Hours, Frank Sinatra and Nelson Riddle returned to up-tempo, swing material with Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!, arguably the vocalist’s greatest swing set. Like Sinatra’s previous Capitol albums, Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! consists of reinterpreted pop standards, ranging from the ten-year-old “You Make Me Feel So Young” to the 20-year-old “Pennies From Heaven” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” Sinatra is supremely confident throughout the album, singing with authority and joy. That joy is replicated in Riddle’s arrangements, which manage to rethink these standards in fresh yet reverent ways. Working with a core rhythm section and a full string orchestra, Riddle writes scores that are surprisingly subtle. “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” with its breathtaking middle section, is a perfect example of how Sinatra works with the band. Both swing hard, stretching out the rhythms and melodies but never losing sight of the original song. Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! never loses momentum. The great songs keep coming and the performances are all stellar, resulting in one of Sinatra’s true classics. (more…)
Frank Sinatra – A Swingin’ Affair! (1957) [MFSL 2014] PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 45:23 minutes | Scans included | 1.82 GB or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 474 MB Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2107
In some ways, A Swingin’ Affair! is “Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!, Pt. 2,” following the same formula of Sinatra’s hit album of the previous year. Beneath the surface, there are enough variations on A Swingin’ Affair! to make it a distinctive, and equally enjoyable listen. The most noticeable difference between the two records is their basic approach. Where Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! swung hard but managed to stay rather light, A Swingin’ Affair! is a forceful, brassy album — it exudes a self-assured, confident aura. It is a hard, jazzy album. However, the attack is more brash. (more…)