Title - 'Sinatra Sings ...' (Columbia/Legacy)
Artist - Frank Sinatra
‘Sinatra Sings Cole Porter’ - Another winner from an ongoing series from Columbia/Legacy. Sinatra Sings Cole Porter has all the brilliant songs from Porter done in the Sinatra style. Listen to the swooning and screaming girls in the audience when Frank sings the tune "I Love You". You can now relive all those wonderful moments through the magic of digitally remastered original recording sessions. Stand outs are "I Concentrate On You’, as Sinatra's lyric interpretation grabs you and your heartstrings are being tugged; ’Why Can’t You Behave’, featuring the Phil Moore Four and Frank's laid back style with a hint of Johnny Mercer coming to the surface; and ’So In Love’ with it’s haunting arrangement by Axel Stordahl, the power of the vocalist is right on. But, all that said and the obvious highlight has to be ’Cherry Pies Ought To Be You’, featuring a singing duet with Rosie Clooney. Together they give out a super-duper performance that honestly sounds as if they enjoyed themselves the whole time!
‘Sinatra Sings Gershwin’ - Hold on to your hats folks, ‘cause you ain't heard nothin' yet! Sinatra Sings Gershwin features a collection to end all collections of "Ol' Blues Eyes" including previously unreleased performances from original radio/TV broadcast recordings. Not to mention unrecorded songs and/or alternative arrangements which leaves something for everyone. Wonderful stand outs on this album are the "Porgy and Bess Medley", from the CBS radio "The Vimms Vitamin Show", "'S Wonderful"and "A Foggy Day", from NBC Radio/AFRS's "Light Up Time” Orchestra, and ”I’ve Got A Crush On You", from ‘The Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Show’ performed I 1952. This really was Sinatra at his peak.
‘The Voice of Sinatra’ - He was labeled "The Voice", and during the '40s that meant Frank Sinatra was on the airwaves. On this rare and collectible collection of previously unreleased alternate takes and previously released alternate takes we finally get to hear the way we should have heard them originally. This is an expanded deluxe edition first time on CD and comes with some great historic notes and original cover art. Trust me, the liner notes are what collectors live for! Stand outs are ’You Go To My Head,’ ‘These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)’, ‘I Don’t Know Why (I Just Do),’ and ’(I Don’t Stand) A Ghost Of A Chance’ and ’That Old Feeling’ - which features the brilliant and classic arrangements of Axel Stordahl who gave class to all the Sinatra performances on this album.
Reviewed by H. Molina