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Sinatra & Company
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Out of print in the U.S.! Originally released in 1971, the first side of Sinatra & Company consists of unreleased recordings he made with Antonio Carlos Jobim in 1969. Side Two of the album is closer to standard Sinatra fa... more »
Out of print in the U.S.! Originally released in 1971, the first side of Sinatra & Company consists of unreleased recordings he made with Antonio Carlos Jobim in 1969. Side Two of the album is closer to standard Sinatra fare, containing seven great tracks slickly produced by Don Costa. While the Rock and Pop artists of the day dominated the charts, Francis Albert Sinatra was able to create unique albums that were above and beyond the standard fare released by his easy listening contemporaries. Sinatra stepped out and did what he wanted, never content to just stand in front of a microphone and knock out a set of uninspired drivel. Universal. 2009.
A Decideddly Mixed Bags With Some True Gems.
Anthony Nasti | Staten Island, New York United States | 01/25/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This 1971 album was released shortly before Frank Sinatra's infamous retirement in June of that year. Comprised of never before heard studio outtakes between 1969 and 1970, it is a very second rate effort by Sinatra standards. There's some truly great songs on here, and some truly insipid recordings that do not serve Frank's genius justice.
The first half of the album is the better half. In this section, Frank reunites with Antonio Carlos Jobim, whom he had previously collaborated with in 1967 on what is one of his best albums. This second get-together doesn't hold quite the warmth or chemistry the first album had, but is very solid overall. Frank's in fine voice, and Jobim is in top form as well. The songs are beautifully performed quite well, especially "Wave," which features on Frank's most intoxicating vocal performances with an equally atmospheric arrangement. "One Note Samba" is also worth noting.
The latter half of the album is undoubtedly much weaker. This half begins with the grandiose "I Will Drink The Wine." It's a listenable song, but it's the most pompous, self indulgent piece of music Frank ever recorded, a gross anthem of imperialism that makes Frank comes as somewhat of a jerk. It doesn't help that in contrast to the bombastic, horn drenched, Vegas style intensity of the arrangement, Frank sounds like he downed a bottle of Niquil. By the end of the second verse, he sounds so out of it that if this was the first Sinatra song a person had ever heard, they'd instantly question why he is considered Music's Finest Singer. He literally slurs the lyrics.
In fact, on most of these tracks, Frank sounds very worn and tired. He never really punches out the notes the way he normally does, and it's very disappointing to hear considering just a year he blazed through "My Way" as if he had lungs of steel. Still, there are some performances here that are worth mentioning. "Bein' Green," generally seen as Kermit The Frog's personal anthem, is given a beautiful rendition, with a sweeping Don Costa arrangement, and the wariness in Frank's voice actually fits the track quite well. Frank serves up a touching version of The Carpenters' "Close To You," and the closing Bille Holiday tribute, "Lady Day," is a singularly haunting performance that only Frank can provide. The two John Denver covers however, "My Sweet Lady" and "Leavin' On A Jet Plane," are sadly toothless and ineffectual.
Overall, a decent effort, but hardly worthwhile."
D. Bieler | UK, France, US, Barbados, Germany | 12/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Frank at his funkiest and hippest. Aqua de Beber is a dancefloor killer. Very trendy, very late 60s/2006 chill-out."
Stars are for the Jobim songs only
A C SHIELDS | melbourne , australia | 03/29/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"People would be sick of reading that this is half a good album , but it's true .
It's for the first half that you should buy it - why miss out on the lovely interpretations Frank gives , especially if you love his earlier album with Jobim . It is true his pitching is more unsure on this album when he sings the Jobim songs , but the arrangements are superb and help you to forget that aspect of it . The lyrics are also exceptional as one would expect , which always brings the best out of Frank .
Make a compliation with the first Jobim album and you've got a nice little collection !"