I'm enjoying the Complete Capitol singles collection, and what can I say? It is excellent. It has some real gems here. Some are classic singles that were released on CD only as part of a compilation, like I've Got the World on a String. Some are singles that were released from a classic Sinatra studio album, like Nice and Easy. And some are singles that were repackaged with CD reissues, such as Lean Baby from Point of No Return. I'd say that, if you are like me and missing a few Capitol studio albums, buy it. The great singles are worth it.
Frank Sinatra was no stranger to Christmas music. He recorded quite a lot of it during his career. Don't get me wrong, I love his music -otherwise I wouldn't have started this blog. But his Christmas music isn't that fulfilling to me. It isn't as playful as Dean Martin's Christmas music. And most of it has background singers. To me, Frank's voice never really meshed with the choir. I always go back to a song like The Christmas Waltz or White Christmas and hope that they sound less sentimental and more intimate. Just Sinatra's voice and an orchestra. Minus strings.
If there were some way to remove the choir from those songs he recorded with Nelson Riddle and Gordon Jenkins, I would. It would be perfect.
Sometimes in the winter, when you barely see the sun, things feel so lonely. Times like that I really like the song Empty Table. How many other Sinatra songs were just Frank and one instrument? I can think of others, but not many songs were just Frank and a piano.
If the Sinatra lifestyle interests you, and I know it does, then look no further than blue-eyes.com. It has a few real Sinatra gems. Orange was Frank's favorite color, and the orange pocket silk is a great addition to your wardrobe. Also, check out that fedora. There are many styles of fedora, and Frank's distinctive look is available. Check it out and tell me what you think.
It is the way you wear your hat. It is the shirt that goes with the hat as well.
I told you that some of Frank's albums are sadly going out of print. I am fortunate to have a copy of Sinatra & Jobim. Should you the collector rush to buy Strangers in the Night before it is out of print as well?
Maybe not. Right now albums like Strangers in the Night is a barebones affair, poor cover art reproduction, no bonus tracks, basic remastering. It is ripe for a re-release. Perhaps that is what the Sinatra family intends?
This article suggests that some of the long out of print albums will once again see the light of day. I hope it is true. Still, should you buy Ring-a-ding-ding? It was given a solid remastering job and is a solid album. If it goes out of print, like Sinatra/Jobim did, will you regret not buying it? And will it return as a remaster soon, as classics like Watertown might?
It is hard to imagine that some great works of art by the Entertainer of the 20th Century are now out of print. Sad, but true. Some classics currently out of the catalog and getting pricey:
Moonlight Sinatra All Alone Great Songs from Great Britain A Man Alone My Kind of Broadway Some Nice Things I've Missed L.A. Is My Lady She Shot Me Down Sinatra and Company Watertown That's Life Franics Albert Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim
It is quite a shame that these gems are going out. It seems that fans need to pick up the classics while they still can, especially the Reprise albums which seem to fall out of print quickly. It is hard for me to believe that Sinatra/Jobim is no longer available, it is one of his finest albums.
Still, if you really want these albums they can be had. They will set you back more than the albums still in print, which tend to go for ten dollars on Amazon.com.
Here is a playlist I'm working on to try and capture the mood of any old evening:
Strangers in the night You and the night and the music Just one of those things Let's face the music and dance In the still of the night The last dance Quiet night of quiet stars In the wee small hours of the morning In the blue of the evening Drinking again
What is your favorite Sinatra song during Autumn? There are some good ones, like September Song and September of My Years, but my favorite is Autumn Leaves from Where Are You? While it isn't my favorite Sinatra album, there are some stunning classics on it.
Basically, I'm for anything that gets you through the night - be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniels.
To inaugurate this blog, a drink. This blog is for everyone who stays up late to enjoy the cool of the evening, to face the music and dance, and to breathe the thick air in the wee small hours of the morning. Seize the night, because you gotta live until you die.