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Monday, February 11, 2008

Show #85: Sinatra Essentials

As we celebrate almost three years of The Frank Truth, we start a conversation about albums essential to any Sinatra fan's collection.

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Recommended Compilation CDs
Five Albums From The Swingin' Capitol Era
Five From The Reprise Years
Recommended Books
Other Albums Mentioned/Recommended
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Blogger Noebie said...

there's a thread on the sinatra family forums about this

click here

9:51 AM  
Blogger Noebie said...

interesting to see nancy's picks

the voice
wee small hours
the concert sinatra
come fly with me
september of my years

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just listened to the episode, one of the best episodes of the Frank Truth so far.

I personally prefer Sinatra's up tempo collaborations with Riddle over the "saloon style" recordings such as For The Lonely.

7:32 PM  
Blogger NYNICK said...


I glad to hear that all is well and everyone is healthy in your family.

My first Sinatra LP was Come Dance With Me, then came, Only The Lonely, In the Wee Small Hours, When No One Cares, Songs For Swingin' Lovers, and so on. I have managed to collect all the Concept Albums on LP and CD.

I'm having trouble getting my hands on an masterpiece calles All Alone. Reprise stopped reproducing this particular album. Do you know where I can get my hands on a copy of this recording. It was sadly overlooked and I think it is one of his best works ever produced.

I have it on a reel to reel 4track tape but can't play it.

Keep in touch buddy and glad to see you back on the air. Please call or email me. There are other matters I would like to discuss with you when you get time.

Your friend always,
Who Dat Music Productions

10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Frank Sinatra...My friends think I am old fashioned and spend too much time with my Dad, since they are all into Beyonce and Rihanna, etc...which is cool but have you ever heard the lyrics of Love And Marriage ? It simply makes me melt, it is like no other love song! Lovers at First Sight

2:08 AM  
Blogger Whitworth Cartoons said...


Just wanted to say I really enjoyed the Sinatra Essentials episode and I thought I'd offer a couple of opinions.

I agree with most of what you say with a couple of exceptions! 1. For me Only the Lonely is the very peak of Sinatra's career and outstrips even the Wee Small Hours album. As for the up tempo albums, I have always thought that A Swingin' Affair gives Songs for Swingin' Lovers a run for its money. If anything, it contains better songs and its Cole Porter tunes are matchless.

2. I would advise extreme caution when recommending Ol' Blue Eyes is Back. I love Sinatra - but have got to say this album is a real dog. With the exception of the song you mentioned (ballpark) there's nothing on there that should be let within a hundred miles of someone wanting to get into the music of Sinatra. And the less said about the horror that is Noah, the better.

If it's the latter stuff someone's interested in, I'd say go for She Shot Me Down. Long Night sends shivers down my spine every time I hear it.

Anyway, keep up the good work and thanks for my weekly podcast Sinatra fix.

PS - Would also give Sinatra & Strings a go if you're new to the Voice. It's awe inspiring.

James Whitworth

12:42 PM  

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