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Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
With Columbia and Capitol making serious bank in the early 1960s with repackagings of previously released Sinatra material, Sinatra--now at Reprise--decided to beat his former labels at their own game. With Nelson Riddle, ... more »
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With Columbia and Capitol making serious bank in the early 1960s with repackagings of previously released Sinatra material, Sinatra--now at Reprise--decided to beat his former labels at their own game. With Nelson Riddle, who arranged and conducted the Chairman's most memorable Capitol sessions, Sinatra rerecorded "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," "Oh, What It Seemed to Be," "All The Way," and nine other old favorites. Riddle's arrangements are, as always, top-notch, and Sinatra is in fine, engaging form. In the long run, however, those who already own the originals will find Sinatra's Sinatra to be a less-than-essential purchase. --Dan Epstein
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Fine Sinatra sampler that you'll never get enough of !!!
Matthew G. Sherwin | last seen screaming at Amazon customer service | 05/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sinatra's Sinatra has some of Frank Sinatra's greatest hits and the song selection is a very strong one. This is certainly not a "greatest hits" compilation; but then again it doesn't purport to be a "hits" collection. The sound quality is great and the artwork is also very nicely done.
"I've Got You Under My Skin" features a more mature Sinatra swinging brightly just like the star he always was! Frank never sings a superfluous note and this impresses me greatly. The musical arrangement by Nelson Riddle lacks nothing--it's all THAT good. "In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning," a number generally thought to be a song about Frank's breakup with Ava Gardner, shines like silver and gold when Sinatra gives this a very sensitive rendition and the music that accompanies him is beautiful. What a beautiful torch song! There's also "The Second Time Around;" "The Second Time Around" places Frank squarely front and center--and that's OK by me! Great!
"Witchcraft" was always one of my very favorite Frank Sinatra songs; and Frank certainly doesn't disappoint me here. His voice is strong and full of warmth; and I like this number very much. The arrangement by Nelson Riddle is very elegant, too. "Young At Heart" charms me with its beauty; and Frank sings this flawlessly. I could never tire of hearing Frank Sinatra performing "Young At Heart;" his delivery of this timeless ballad always moves me.
"All The Way" is easily a major highlight of this album; Frank Sinatra performs this with panache and I really enjoy "All The Way." The strings enhance the natural beauty of this melody and I predict that you'll enjoy this number very much if you haven't heard it sung by Sinatra already. Similarly, "Pocketful Of Miracles" has Frank singing his best yet again with a very cute children's chorus to bolster his performance.
"Call Me Irresponsible" is a Sammy Cahn tune that I could never cease enjoying--this is anything but elevator music! "Call Me Irresponsible" gets a slower than normal tempo but this still holds it own very well. The CD also ends nicely with Frank Sinatra singing "Put Your Dreams Away;" "Put Your Dreams Away" has great strings and woodwind instruments to bolster Frank's singing performance and this makes a stunning ending for this album.
Frank Sinatra fans will not want to skip this CD--it's wonderful. I also recommend this for people who are just discovering the artistry of Frank Sinatra. This is a fine starter CD.
Updated Classics at Reprise
Lawrence E. LaRocco | Berwyn, Illinois | 09/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a five-star album in every sense of the word. It is a fascinating and artistically daring re-recording of Frank's classic standards from the 50's and 60's. Released in 1963, it features breathtaking new renditions of timeless treasures including "I've Got You Under My Skin," "In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning," and "Put Your Dreams Away." Sinatra is still very much at the top of his game. His baritone is slightly deeper which gives an ever fuller emotional context to the lyrics of these gorgeous ballads, and Frank's diction, timing, and phrasing are absolutely flawless. I think it's wonderful to be able to compare these newer versions with the original ones as a measuring tool to trace Sinatra's artistic growth as an artist of the highest order. Remember that you are listening to the Entertainer of the Century and the greatest vocalist of all time. This is an essential purchase for all serious Sinatraphiles for its historical importance. This is a Sinatra treasure from the early Reprise years, and the stunning orchestrations by Nelson Riddle make you ache for more. Five stars and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!"
Sinatra And Riddle: A Proverbial Match Made In Heaven
Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* | CA USA | 02/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Sinatra's Sinatra" is an impressive recording where Frank Sinatra teams up with Nelson Riddle in a musical marriage of timeless beauty and perfection. Sinatra is the true essence of classy style of singing. His beguiling interpretations of a set of twelve standards on this CD have completely pleased my ears and won my heart. For music that is made so utterly charming with Riddle's trademark of excellence in arranging and orchestration, you will always want to listen to it every now and then with the passage of time. This CD is no exception, it is worthy of repeated listenings.
Sinatra had a genius for consistently interpreting songs in their most enchanting manner as evident in the way he sings my all-time favorites from this set starting off with the perfect opener to this pretty impressive collection, "I've Got You Under My Skin" to the poignantly affecting "In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning" down to the final track, "Put Your Dreams Away."
The Chairman of the Board is at his utmost confidence as he gives heartfelt readings of Sammy Cahn's meaningful lyrics set to the charming melodies of Jim Van Heusen -- "All The Way," "Call Me Irresponsible" (I simply loved the way he hums on the intro) and "The Second Time Around," three of my all-time favorites from a great pair of songwriters. Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's "Witchraft" is also one of my highlights done in a playful and lilting fashion. Its uptempo arrangement is such a delight to my ears.
"Young At Heart," co-written by Johnny Richards and Carolyn Leigh for the 1954 film of the same title is one of Sinatra masterpieces and one of the most beautiful songs he ever recorded. Just like what a dear friend of mine always say: "It's always nice to be young at heart! Forty is the new twenty." And of course, I totally agree!
"And if you should survive to a hundred and five
Look at all you'll derive out of being alive
And here is the best part, you have a head start
If you are among the very young at heart"
"Put Your Dreams Away," written by a trio of songwriters, Paul Mann, Stephen Weiss and Ruth Lowe, is just what the doctor ordered to finish up your beautiful and unforgettable musical journey with Frank Sinatra.
"Put your dreams away for another day
And I will take their place in your heart
Wishing on a star never got you far
And so it's time to make a new start"
With my heartfelt recommendation for your listening pleasure!"