Frank Sinatra: Ultimate Sinatra

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Francis Albert was born 100 years ago this December — yes, Frank is as old as the First World War — so we can expect much in the way of Frankobilia in the coming months. The first question must be why you should be interested in a man who’s been dead for some time and had his best hits 50 years ago.
As far as we can ascertain, Frank did not have the greatest voice — it wasn’t powerful, he didn’t have a big range — but what he did have was an unrivalled ability to caress lyrics. He spoke clearly so people could understand the words, and he gave the lyrics the respect, using his voice as an instrument. His phrasing is different to anyone else’s.
This album covers his years with Columbia, Capitol and Reprise and there are 25 tracks. These include early ones such as I’ll Never Smile, in which Sinatra’s voice is noticeably different to that in his later career. Obviously there are also the big hits such as Fly Me To The Moon, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, My Kind Of Town, and It Was A Very Good Year.
Listening to this you have to try and forget who he was and pretend he’s some new up-and-coming singer you’ve just discovered, in which case you would be raving about his phrasing and gently melodic voice to all your friends.
Available now in more formats than you can shake a stick at: 25-track CD and digital, 24-track 180-gram heavyweight 2LP vinyl, deluxe 101-track 4CD and digital editions etc etc.

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Weekly newspaper editor in Cheshire, England. I blog my editorials and the CDs I write about. I play drums, drink coffee, play music, meditate. I hate filling in forms.

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