Frank Sinatra Set from Sony/Legacy, 1935-1955 Radio Performances, "A Voice on Air"*

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Ronald Sarbo, Aug 26, 2015.

  1. James_S888

    James_S888 Forum Resident

    Wow, now that's what I call a helpful answer.
    I think I will go for this set. Most of the HD Tracks stuff I have downloaded so far in general sounds great.

    While I've got your attention, "Forever Frank", the compilation from 1966. The mono, that is real mono, right? Not futzed fake stereo?
    Is there a verdict on the sound quality of that one?
    I found my mono copy to be pretty good.
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  2. MLutthans

    MLutthans That's my spaghetti, Chewbacca! Staff

    Stereo LP = fake stereo for the mono tracks.
    Mono LP = REVERB ADDED ("wet") tapes used. Bad sound.
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  3. colormesinatra

    colormesinatra Forum Resident

    Malverne, NY
    This is greatly appreciated! And thank you again for what is a truly outstanding set!
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  4. Richard--W

    Richard--W Forum Resident

    He should just buy the hard media copy and stop worrying.

    To Be Perfectly Frank ?
  5. Simon A

    Simon A Arrr!

    I can appreciate why anyone would think of getting this set as 192/24 files as I have toyed with that very idea myself. At the end of the day though, I chose to get the box set. Yes, the price was a factor but the most important thing to know is that the booklet is essential to the experience of enjoying these recordings and learning to appreciate their significance on a historical level. Not only are the essays really well written and informative, but the book itself is beautifully put together and with many superb photos. You cannot get that with the downloads.
  6. James_S888

    James_S888 Forum Resident

    My love of the sound of Sinatra is obviously outweighing the distaste for reverb :)
    On the Capitol singles box CD set, those are the right tapes, right?
  7. James_S888

    James_S888 Forum Resident

    A good point, I may get both
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  8. MLutthans

    MLutthans That's my spaghetti, Chewbacca! Staff

    For the most part, yes, but heavily processed. Pick your poison.
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  9. James_S888

    James_S888 Forum Resident

    I noticed that, noise reduction and EQ‘d up, right?
    I‘m picking the LPs for preference....
    Forever Frank
    This is Sinatra - vols 1&2
  10. roda12


    Berlin, Germany
    Just watched an episode of the Frank Sinatra Show from Jan.8,1952 with guest Ernie Ford. Sinatra is singing "Hey good looking" with him and Frank is playing the guitar on this one!!! And he does it quite well! You can tell that he was used to playing the guitar. So I think it's not too unlikely that it's him playing the guitar part on the "Exactly like you" recording with the Four Sharps.
  11. Bob F

    Bob F Senior Member

    Massachusetts USA
    Re: Did Frank Sinatra play the ukulele?

    Another quote from Nancy Sinatra’s book (page 22):
    His ukulele was shown in the centennial exhibit “Sinatra: An American Icon”, e.g. at the GRAMMY Museum in L.A.:

    Frank Sinatra's ukulele with photos of Frank and Nancy Sinatra | Photo by Daniel Djang
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  12. MLutthans

    MLutthans That's my spaghetti, Chewbacca! Staff

    Rehearsal pic?
    (Pardon the watermarks from the Ebay seller.)
  13. Richard--W

    Richard--W Forum Resident

    I don't know where else to mention this, but I just received FS - AFTER HOURS on Artistry 3001. I've been trying to get this out-of-print CD for about ten years. The amazon marketplace seller gouged me $79 plus shipping, cheap compared to the higher prices it goes for. It contains 33 tracks recorded at NBC for the 1953-1955 radio program "To Be Perfectly Frank." This completes the discs documenting the studio sessions for the program -- the other two are TO BE PERFECTLY FRANK on Sandy Hook and PERFECTLY FRANK on Bravura, all from 1991.
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  14. MLutthans

    MLutthans That's my spaghetti, Chewbacca! Staff

    Hmmm.....I see these are now quite plentiful on Ebay:
  15. Richard--W

    Richard--W Forum Resident

    Nice for those who wear T-shirts. I don't. I would rather have one of his suits. Sinatra was always the best-dressed man in the room. His suits were impeccable, for tailoring, for fabric, for style, for their suitability and the statement they made. Since we are close to the same size I'd like to pick out a few from that long hallway that became his closet. I'd start with this one:

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  16. Bob F

    Bob F Senior Member

    Massachusetts USA
    Frank was known to wear T-shirts. See the photo just a few posts above.
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  17. Richard--W

    Richard--W Forum Resident

    I'm sure you'll agree, Bob F., that while Sinatra may have worn a T-shirt from time to time he is better known for his impeccable suits.

    Besides, a Sinatra suit would be a girl magnet at the next Noir City Film Festival (in Frisco) where the audience comes wearing clothes of the 1940s and 1950s.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2018
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  18. Bob F

    Bob F Senior Member

    Massachusetts USA
    Just tugging your sleeve. ;) Sure, his sartorial sense was impeccable, even from a very early age.

  19. Richard--W

    Richard--W Forum Resident

    Good point. That would suit would be a little small for me, however...

  20. But that's just a hack Photoshop job: a picture of a black T-shirt, superimposed with a distorted picture of the album cover.
  21. Richard--W

    Richard--W Forum Resident

    Oh, it's not so bad. It's the CD packaging cover-art in degrees of black. I'm fine with it.
  22. DmitriKaramazov

    DmitriKaramazov Senior Member

    Congrats Richard!

    I just ordered Perfectly Frank because I really love this material. Frank, a piano, maybe a small band, a radio broadcast. Perfection!

    Did you ever have any good leads on Discogs or eBay?

    -- David
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  23. Richard--W

    Richard--W Forum Resident

    Wish I could offer you some good leads, David. I kept up the search on amazon marketplace and ebay for over a decade before I found the three CD's. Discogs was no help.

    FS -- AFTER HOURS is probably the best of the them. I've seen it offered for as much as $300 on ebay occasionally. Just keep looking every week until it turns up.

    There are 33 tracks on FS - AFTER HOURS, 31 tracks on PERFECTLY FRANK and 18 tracks on TO BE PERFECTLY FRANK. There is a little overlap.

    If the mods will permit, I will start a thread on the topic, post the cover art, and summarize what I know about To Be Perfectly Frank from various sources. Then everyone can chime in. If the mods say it's okay.

    For a sample of the NBC sessions that resulted in the songs Sinatra recorded for the radio program, listen to tracks 16-20, disc 4 on A VOICE ON AIR. They saved the best for last on this amazing set. I understand that Nancy is playing more songs from the sessions on her Sirius radio program, which is probably why they've haven't been released on CD. If you want to hear the songs, you gotta buy into Sirius and take a chance that she might play one or two.
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  24. teag

    teag Forum Resident

    I read your post and threw disc 4 on and listened to these tracks. The performance is really nice on these. Maybe the family will release more someday.
  25. Simon A

    Simon A Arrr!

    Not gonna happen with me!
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