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Interestingly, two long-lost songs from the 1955 live television musical version of "Our Town," where Sinatra played the Stage Manager with Paul Newman, are a part of the album.
"I went with a friend to see Frank Sinatra in Las Vegas, in the last year that he was performing. He wasn't necessarily on top form, but the way he could connect with an audience and the way he communicated through the lyrics was something I hadn't ever really seen before."
— Ron Howard - Movie Director, Producer, and Actor
Frank Sinatra Albums
What a Better way to Say “I Love You” Than With a Frank Sinatra Song.
You will agree with me when I say Frank Sinatra is synonymous with love songs. A true fan holds his or her favorite Sinatra love song to heart.
Though some of his love songs are about love lost, they instill the value of making sure you hang on to the one you love.
“Look to Your Heart” is the third collection album of Frank Sinatra singles and B-sides with long-time collaborator Nelson Riddle. The Frank Sinatra album is an example of those favorite torch songs sung by Sinatra.
A combination of vocal jazz and classic pop, the album was released through Capitol in 1959. However, it was recorded between 1953 and 1955 when Sinatra’s film and television career hit one of its highest points. He won an Academy Award for From Here to Eternity in 1955.
Interestingly a couple of long-lost songs from the 1955 live television musical version of Our Town, where Sinatra played the Stage Manager with Paul Newman, are included in the album. “I Could Have Told You,” a favorite torch song, eventually became a standard. “Same Old Saturday Night’ reflects his new-found swing and wackiness with “I’m Gonna Live Till I Die,” suggesting his inclination towards living a rather pleasure-seeking, hell-bent lifestyle complete with beatnik bongos.
"From Here to Eternity"
"The big lesson in life, baby, is never be scared of anyone or anything."
— Frank Sinatra
I have to admit the “My Favorite Valentine” song by Sinatra is very appropriate for today. A perfect way to say “I love you”—a gift for any Sinatra fan.
Best of Frank Sinatra Songs
After listening to the album a couple of times, I noticed the diverse arrangement of songs. None fit together, but each song is a sensual pleasure in itself. One can't help but appreciate Sinatra's versatility as a singer with such songs as the uplifting and rhythmic "Same Old Saturday Night" to the whimsical and delicate "Fairy Tale." The fact that the collection reached the Top Ten, the album became available as a reissued compact disc, aside from The Capitol Years disc box set. All of the tracks exist in the box set The Complete Capitol Singles Collection.
With that said, I have to admit the "My Favorite Valentine" song by Sinatra is appropriate for today. A perfect way to say "I love you" -- a gift for any Sinatra fan.
"Frank Sinatra - My Way"
"Strangers in the Night" was released through Reprise Records in 1966 by Frank Sinatra, continuing his celebration of his come back to the #1 spot at the pop album charts starting in the middle of the 1960s.
It is the last album he will produce with long-serving arranger and conductor Nelson Riddle.
Jonathan Schwartz of WNEW wrote this about Nelsen Riddle (I edited his quote for clarity):
"Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, and Nelson Riddle stand, in my judgment, at the spine of American popular music. Nelson's voice, like the others, changed our thinking, pushed us forward, addressed us with startling originality. The scope of his talent dwarfs all other arrangers. His obvious pleasure in delegating authority-to the oboe, flute, bass trombone, muted trumpet, organ, bassoon, vibraphone-while still remaining in full control of his administration. He is overseeing without overstating the strings. His own private melodies that whisper respectfully under the Gershwin or Kern or Rodgers on the table. He sings out and out with the passion that informs every bar of every arrangement. All these things are actively combined in the immense body of work that stands as one of the great achievements in American arts. To find that Nelson, personally, is a droll, tender, reclusive, and richly intelligent fellow, adds a special kind of luster to my fondness for him, devotion to him. The book you are holding is about music. There is no more qualified an author available…Anywhere."
“Strangers in the Night” knocked the Beatles off the charts. The rendition made it to #1 on the pop singles charts, and “Summer Wind” gradually developed into a timeless classic, achieving a more permanent commercial success compared to its forerunner.
"Frank Sinatra Greatest Hits"
"Strangers in the Night" blends popular Sinatra favorites like "Downtown" and "Call Me."
Then show tunes like "On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)" and with standards, too, like "My Baby Just Cares for Me" and "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World."
"Strangers in the Night" knocked the Beatles off the charts. The rendition made it to #1 on the pop singles charts, and "Summer Wind" gradually evolved into a timeless classic, achieving a more permanent commercial success than its forerunner. The song was heard on television commercials and played while the credits rolled for the movie The Pope of Greenwich Village.
The album received two Grammys for Sinatra, including Best Male Vocal and Best Record of the Year. The album became certified platinum with 1 million copies sold in the U.S. alone.
Riddle used horns, strings, and an organ, making a swinging rhythm while Sinatra sings in a relaxed mood, feeling confident, and jazzy delivering a sensational gust of breathtaking vocals. The album appealed to Sinatra's faithful fans, attracting pop radio.
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Frank Sinatra - "Come Fly With Me"
Sonny Burke produced the 1966 album and released it through Reprise Records with Frank Sinatra, working once again with Nelson Riddle as the arranger and conductor.
Burke was mostly known for being the musical director of Reprise Records and producing many Frank Sinatra albums. He graduated from Duke University in 1937. While at Duke University, Burke formed a big jazz band called Duke Ambassadors. He led the group until he graduated.
Burke became a bandleader for big bands in New York in the 1930s and 1940s. During the 1940s and 1950s, he worked as an arranger for bands like Charlie Spivak and Jimmy Dorsey.
Burke teamed up with Peggy Lee and wrote the songs to Disney's Lady and the Tramp. He even wrote songs with John Elliot for Disney's Toot, Whistle, Plunk, and Boom, which won the 1953 Oscar for Best Short Animated Feature.
Reaching for the Moon
"Moonlight Sinatra" thought as a minor recording, yet many fans enjoyed listening to the Sinatra and Riddle collaboration. Half of his recorded songs connect with Bing Crosby, whom Sinatra idolized, thus turning the album into a casual tribute.
Frank Sinatra Album
The Album’s Title Refers to “Moonlight Sonata” by Ludwig Van Beethoven.
In Moonlight Sinatra, each song's prevailing theme is the Moon, a perfect album to make love with Frank Sinatra. The album’s title refers to “Moonlight Sonata” by Ludwig van Beethoven. Riddle drives the music with lush, effervescent arrangements, creating a romantic tone and tasteful theme with every song having the word “moon” in its title.
Although the concept is not strong enough to call the recordings a concept album, the title is apt, and Riddle creates a succession of charts that offer a warm and pleasant evening, including a variety of moods and tones. He forms soft Latin ballads playing rhythms while Sinatra gently sings a perfect blend of stretching each lyric with light touches.
Moonlight Sinatra is considered a minor recording, yet many fans delight in the Sinatra and Riddle collaboration. Half of the recorded songs are associated with Bing Crosby, whom Sinatra idolized, thus turning the album into a casual tribute.
Sinatra and Riddle chose some unfamiliar songs like “Reaching for the Moon” by Irving Berlin accompanied by a string bass. Burke included “The Moon Got in My Eyes,” “Oh, You Crazy Moon,” and the endless “Moonlight Becomes You.” A unique rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “Moon Love” uses Sinatra’s soft touch, yet the instrumentals are strong with refreshing strings. Moonlight Sinatra is worth owning for any Sinatra fan and is accessible through Complete Reprise Studio Recordings.
Making love as you and your partner listening to Sinatra croon in the background inflames your passion. These Frank Sinatra albums placed on your playlist, with the lights turn down, relax with someone, and you will see what I mean.
© 2016 Kenna McHugh