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Portrait of Sinatra: Columbia Classics
Frank Sinatra
Portrait of Sinatra: Columbia Classics
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
 
  •  Track Listings (18) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (18) - Disc #2

A best-of pared down from so many other Columbia boxes and cardboard tombstones, this 36-track, double-disc collection showcases a boy whose voice and heart had yet to break, revealing the man within. Sinatra would re-re...  more »

      
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All Artists: Frank Sinatra
Title: Portrait of Sinatra: Columbia Classics
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 6/25/1997
Re-Release Date: 7/1/1997
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Swing Jazz, Traditional Jazz & Ragtime, Vocal Jazz, Oldies, Vocal Pop, Classic Vocalists, Musicals, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPCs: 074646524428, 074646524442, 5099748749727

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A best-of pared down from so many other Columbia boxes and cardboard tombstones, this 36-track, double-disc collection showcases a boy whose voice and heart had yet to break, revealing the man within. Sinatra would re-record most of these tracks for Capitol and Reprise, and the later performances were at once weary and wise. here, Francis Albert is still copping Crosby moves and singing over the screaming teenaged girls, his voice as reed-thin as his body. The Columbia recordings--including "All or Nothing at All," "Night and Day," "Body and Soul," "Someone to Watch Over Me," and myriad other standards he'd make his own until his death--are cool, but not nearly as warm as his later records. Buy it to find out what he wasn't, then marvel at what he would become. --Robert Wilonsky

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Best Intro to Early Sinatra
Mr. Contrarian | Seattle, WA United States | 11/03/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you are a true lover of Sinatra's music you owe it to yourself to give this set a listen. These songs established his reputation as "The Voice" and shot him to stardom, yet many listeners ignore this period his career. The two discs here, which total about two and a half hours, contain an outstanding selection of Sinatra's songs from the 1940s. It is true that Sinatra's singing changed in the 1950s (mostly for the better). Nevertheless, the songs here are classic and virtually define pop music of the 40s. Sinatra's singing is flawless, and, way before The Beatles, these songs caused young women to scream and swoon. If you really take a liking to this period of Sinatra's career, you might move on to the four disc set A VOICE IN TIME, or perhaps even the enormous 12 disc box THE COLUMBIA YEARS 1942-52. This set, however, is the place to start if you do not yet know the early Sinatra."
The Early Years
Joe Anthony (a.k.a. JAG 1) | Massachusetts, USA | 04/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"These are some Frank Sinatra songs from the early years. His voice is very different from later on when he was singing "New York, New York" and "My Way", but he is very good: rich in color and texure; wonderful phrasing; Sinatra here is soothing, yet also quite touching in the subtle emotions he brings to the surface. No wonder the girls were swooning over him! Th early Sinatra will satisfy any fan. Miles Davis wrote in his autobiography that he was influenced by the early Sinatra recordings and attempted to bring that kind of warmth and sorrow to his trumpeting.

The price is right too. This set also comes with informative liner notes.
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