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THE COLUMBIA YEARS: The Complete Recordings 12cd Box Set 1993
COLUMBIA/LEGACY 12 CD BoxSet with individual disc artwork & 144p book. On release the set boasted 28 previously unreleased tracks, with many alternate versions and represents the singer's complete recordings with the label.
COLUMBIA/LEGACY continues to release Sinatra material on a regular basis, with most new releases featuring alternate takes of material found on this set. For a complete titles listing - and tracklist links - go to:
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COLUMBIA RECORDS released 6 FRANK SINATRA albums of 4 packaged 10" 78rpm shellac recordings during the singer's tenure with the company. This time period saw the development and introduction of the 10" vinyl (Microgroove) LP, and the "albums" were released in both formats as the newer technology became more popular. Tracklists/illustrations/links for these albums/LPs are on Page 3 of this thread.
Additionally, we've archived discussion threads on some of these releases here. For links, scroll thru the tracklist below.
IF YOU WISH TO UPLOAD THE COLUMBIA BOXSET TO YOUR HARD DRIVE, iPOD OR OTHER DEVICE AS 'FRANK'S COLUMBIA JUKEBOX', YOU'LL FIND EASY INSTRUCTIONS AT:
note: tracks cross-referenced from original albums may be alternate takes.
Arrangements by Axel Stordahl, with Alec Wilder, Xavier Cugat, Mitch Miller, George Siravo, Page Cavanaugh, Alvy West, Sy Oliver, Dick James, Tony Mottola, Jeff Aleaxander, Mitchell Ayres, Phil Moore, Hugo Winterhalter, Maurice Stoloff, Percy Faith, Ray Coniff, Heinie Beau
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Disc 1: June 1943 - December 1944
0101. Close To You
0102. You'll Never Know
0103. Sunday, Monday Or Always
0104. If You Please
0105. People Will Say We're In Love
0106. Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'
0107. I Couldn't Sleep A Wink Last Night
0108. Lovely Way To Spend An Evening, A
0109. The Music Stopped
0110. If You Are But A Dream
0111. Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night In The Week)
0112. There's No You
0113. White Christmas
0114. I Dream Of You (More Than You Dream Of Me)
0115. I Begged Her
0116. What Makes The Sunset?
0117. I Fall In Love Too Easily
0118. Nancy (With The Laughing Face) [color=dark=blue] previously unreleased [/color]
0119. Cradle Song
0120. Ol' Man River
0121. Stormy Weather - with The Ken Lane Singers
0122. The Charm Of You
Disc 2: December 1944 - May 1945
0201. Embraceable You
0202. When Your Lover Has Gone
0203. Kiss Me Again
0204. She's Funny That Way (I Got A Woman Crazy For Me)
0205. My Melancholy Baby
0206. Where Or When
0207. All The Things You Are - with The Ken Lane Singers
0208. Mighty Lak' A Rose
0209. I Should Care
0210. Homesick - That's All
0211. Dream (When You're Feeling Blue)
0212. A Friend Of Yours - with The Ken Lane Singers
0213. Put Your Dreams Away (For Another Day)
0214. Over The Rainbow previously unreleased, alternate take
0215. You'll Never Walk Alone - with Ken Lane Singers
0216. If I Loved You
0217. Lily Belle
0218. Don't Forget Tonight Tomorrow
0219. I've Got A Home In That Rock
0220. Jesus Is A Rock In The Weary Land - with The Charioteers
0221. Stars In Your Eyes
0222. My Shawl
Disc 3: July 1945 - February 1946
ALBUM: THE VOICE OF FRANK SINATRA
LP/CD: THE VOICE
0301. Someone To Watch Over Me
0302. You Go To My Head
0303. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
0304. I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)
0305. The House I Live In (That's America To Me)
0306. Day By Day
0307. Nancy (With The Laughing Face)
0308. You Are Too Beautiful
0309. America The Beautiful
0310. Silent Night, Holy Night
0311. The Moon Was Yellow (And The Night Was Young)
0312. I Only Have Eyes For You - with The Ken Lane Singers
0313. The Old School Teacher previously unreleased
0314. Just An Old Stone House
0315. Full Moon And Empty Arms
0316. Oh, What It Seemed To Be
0317. I Have But One Heart (O Marenariello)
0318. (I Don't Stand) A Ghost Of A Chance
0319. Why Shouldn't I?
0320. Try A Little Tenderness
0322. All Through The Day
0323. One Love
0324. Two Hearts Are Better Than One
0325. How Cute Can You Be?
Disc 4: February - July 1946
4 X 78s ALBUM/LP: SONGS BY SINATRA VOLUME 1- go to Page 3 for tracklist/illustration
0401. From This Day Forward (from "From This Day Forward")
0402. Where Is My Bess? (from "Porgy And Bess")
0403. Begin The Beguine (from "Jubilee")
0404. Something Old, Something New
0405. They Say It's Wonderful (from "Annie Get Your Gun")
0406. That Old Black Magic (from "Star Spangled Rhythm")
0407. The Girl That I Marry (from "Annie Get Your Gun")
0408. I Fall In Love With You Ev'ry Day
0409. How Deep Is The Ocean (How Blue Is The Sky)
0410. Home On The Range previously unreleased
0411. The Song Is You (from "Music In The Air") previously unreleased
0412. Soliloquy (Parts 1 & 2) (from "Carousel")
0413. Somewhere In The Night (from "Three Little Girls In Blue")
0414. Could'ja? - with The Pied Pipers
0415. Five Minutes More (from "Piccadilly Hayride")
0416. The Things We Did Last Summer
0417. You'll Know When It Happens previously unreleased
0418. This Is The Night
0419. The Coffee Song (They've Got An Awful Lot Of Coffee In Brazil
0420. Among My Souvenirs (from "The Best Years Of Our Lives") - previously unreleased alternate take
0421. I Love You (from "Song Of Norway")
0422. September Song (from "Knickerbocker Holiday")
0423. Blue Skies (from "Blue Skies")
0424. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
Disc 5: August - November 1946
0501. Adeste Fideles (O, Come All Ye Faithful)
0502. Lost In The Stars (from "Lost In The Stars")
0503. Jingle Bells - with Ken Lane Singers
0504. Falling In Love With Love (from "The Boys From Syracuse")
0505. Hush-A-Bye Island (from "Smash-Up")
0506. So They Tell Me
0507. There's No Business Like Show Business (from "Annie Get Your Gun") previously unreleased
0508. (Once Upon A) Moonlight Night
0509. Strange Music (from "Song Of Norway") previously unreleased
0510. Poinciana (Song Of The Tree) previously unreleased
0511. The Music Stopped (from "Higher And Higher") previously unreleased
0512. Why Shouldn't It Happen To Us
0513. Time After Time (from "It Happened In Brooklyn")
0514. It's The Same Old Dream (from "It Happened In Brooklyn")
0515. I'm Sorry I Made You Cry (from "Rose Of Washington Square")
0516. None But The Lonely Heart previously unreleased
0517. The Brooklyn Bridge (from "It Happened In Brooklyn")
0518. I Believe (from "It Happened In Brooklyn")
0519. I Got A Gal I Love (In North And South Dakota) (from "Ladies Man")
0520. The Dum-Dot Song (I Put A Penny In The Gum Slot) - with The Pied Pipers
0521. All Of Me (from "Careless Lady") previously unreleased
0522. It's All Up To You - with Dinah Shore previously unreleased
0523. My Romance - with Dinah Shore (from "Jumbo") previously unreleased
Disc 6: December 1946 - August 1947
0601. Always previously unreleased
0602. I Want To Thank Your Folks
0603. That's How Much I Love You
0604. You Can Take My Word For It Baby - with The Page Cavanaugh Trio
0605. Sweet Lorraine - with The Metronome All-Stars
0606. Always previously unreleased alternate take
0607. I Concentrate On You (from "Broadway Melody Of 1940")
0608. My Love For You previously unreleased
0609. Mam'selle (from "The Razor's Edge")
0610. Ain'tcha Ever Comin' Back - with The Pied Pipers
0611. Stella By Starlight (from "The Uninvited")
0612. There But For You Go I (from "Brigadoon")
0613. Almost Like Being In Love (from "Brigadoon")
0614. Tea For Two - with Dinah Shore (from "No, No Nanette")
0615. My Romance - with Dinah Shore (from "Jumbo")
0616. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (from "Meet Me In St. Louis")
0617. Christmas Dreaming (A Little Early This Year)
0618. The Stars Will Remember (So Will I) (from "Smart Girls Don't Talk")
0619. It All Came True previously unreleased
0620. That Old Feeling
0621. If I Had You
0622. The Nearness Of You
0623. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) (from "The Sky's The Limit")
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Disc 7: August - October 1947
0701. But Beautiful (from "Road To Rio")
0702. A Fellow Needs A Girl (from "Allegro") previously unreleased alternate take
0703. So Far (from "Allegro") previously unreleased alternate take
0704. It All Came True - with Alvy West & The Little Band
0705. Can't You Just See Yourself? (from "High Button Shoes")
0706. You're My Girl (from "High Button Shoes")
0707. All Of Me (from "Meet Danny Wilson")
0708. I'll Make Up For Ev'rything
0709. Strange Music (from "Song Of Norway") previously unreleased alternate take
0710. Laura (from "Laura") previously unreleased
0711. Night And Day (from "Gay Divorcee") unreleased
0712. My Cousin Louella
0713. We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye
0715. Just For Now (from "Whiplash")
0716. None But The Lonely Heart
0717. The Night We Called It A Day previously unreleased
0718. The Song Is You (from "Music In The Air")
0719. What'll I Do?
0720. Poinciana (Song Of The Tree)
0721. Senorita, (I Offer You The Moon) (from "The Kissing Bandit")
0722. The Music Stopped (from "Higher And Higher")
Disc 8: October 1947 - December 1947
4 X 78's ALBUM: CHRISTMAS SONGS BY SINATRA
10" LP/CD: CHRISTMAS SONGS BY SINATRA
4 X 78's ALBUM/10" LP FRANKLY SENTIMENTAL
0801. Mean To Me (from "Ain't Misbehavin'") previously unreleased, alternate take
0802. Spring Is Here (from "I Married An Angel") previously unreleased, alternate take
0803. Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread) previously unreleased alternate take
0804. When You Awake previously unreleased alternate take
0805. It Never Entered My Mind (from "Higher And Higher") previously unreleased alternate take
0806. I've Got A Crush On You (from "Strike Up The Band")
0807. Body And Soul (from "Three's A Crowd")
0808. I'm Glad There Is You
0809. I Went Down To Virginia
0810. If I Only Had A Match
0811. If I Steal A Kiss (from "The Kissing Bandit")
0812. Autumn In New York
0813. Everybody Loves Somebody
0814. A Little Learnin' Is A Dangerous Thing, Part 1,
0815. Little Learnin' Is A Dangerous Thing, Part 2 - with Pearl Bailey
0816. Ever Homeward (from "The Miracle Of The Bells")
0817. But None Like You
0818. Catana (from "Captain From Castile") previously unreleased
0819. Why Was I Born? (from "Sweet Adeline")
0820. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
0821. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
0822. White Christmas (from "Holiday Inn")
0823. For Every Man There's A Woman (from "Casbah") - with The Ken Lane Singers
Disc 9: December 1947 - April 1949
0901. Help Youself To My Heart previously unreleased
0902. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
0903. If I Forget You
0904. Where Is The One?
0905. When Is Sometime? (from "A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court")
0906. It Only Happens When I Dance With You (from "Easter Parade")
0907. A Fella With An Umbrella (from "Easter Parade")
0908. Nature Boy - with The Jeff Alexander Choir
0910. Once In Love With Amy (from "Where's Charley?") - previously unreleased
0911. Once In Love With Amy (from "Where's Charley?")
0912. Why Can't You Behave? (from "Kiss Me, Kate")
0913. Bop! Goes My Heart - with The Phil Moore Four
0914. Comme Ci Comme Ca
0915. No Orchids For My Lady (from "Bolton's Revue")
0916. While The Angelus Was Ringing (Les Trois Cloches)
0917. If You Stub Your Toe On The Moon (from "A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court")
0918. Kisses And Tears (from "Double Dynamite") previously unreleased
0919. Some Enchanted Evening (from "South Pacific")
0920. Bali Ha'i (from "South Pacific")
0921. The Right Girl For Me (from "Take Me Out To The Ballgame")
0922. Night After Night
0923. Huckle-Buck, The - with The Ken Lane Quintet
0924. It Happens Every Spring (from "It Happens Every Spring")
Disc 10: May 1949 - March 1950
1001. Let's Take An Old-Fashioned Walk (from "Miss Liberty") - with Doris Day &The Ken Lane Singers
1002. I Love You, (Just One Way To Say) (from "Miss Liberty")
1003. It All Depends On You (from "Big Boy")
1004. Bye Bye Baby (from "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes")
1005. Don't Cry Joe (Let Her Go, Let Her Go, Let Her Go) - with The Pastels
1006. Every Man Should Marry previously unreleased
1007. If I Ever Love Again - with The Double Daters
1008. We're Just A Kiss Apart (from "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes")
1009. Every Man Should Marry
1010. The Wedding Of Lili Marlene
1011. That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)
1012. Mad About You (from "Deadly Is The Female")
1013. (On The Island Of) Stromboli
1014. The Old Master Painter
1015. Why Remind Me
1017. Sunshine Cake (from "Riding High") - (with Paula Kelly)
1018. (We've Got A) Sure Thing (from "Riding High") - with The Modernaires
1019. God's Country - featuring Ziggy Elman
1021. Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy - with the Jeff Alexander Choir
1022. Kisses And Tears (from "Double Dynamite") - with Jane Russell &The Modernaires
1023. When The Sun Goes Down - with The Modernaires
1024. American Beauty Rose - featuring Will Bradley
Disc 11: April - December 1950
4 x 78s ALBUM/ 10" LP SING AND DANCE WITH FRANK SINATRA
CD: SWING AND DANCE WITH FRANK SINATRA
1101. Peach Tree Street - with Rosemary Clooney
1102. Should I (Reveal)
1103. You Do Something to Me
1105. When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)
1106. It's Only a Paper Moon
1107. My Blue Heaven
1109. Goodnight Irene - with The Mitch Miller Singers
1110. Dear Little Boy of Mine - with The Mitch Miller Singers
1111. Life Is So Peculiar -with Helen Carroll & The Swantones
1112. Accidents Will Happen
1113. One Finger Melody
1114. Remember Me in Your Dreams - with The Whipoorwills
1115. If Only She'd Looked My Way
1116. London by Night
1117. Meet Me at the Copa previously unreleased
1118. Come Back to Sorrento (Torna a Surriento)
1119. April in Paris
1120. I Guess I'll Have to Dream the Rest
1121. Nevertheless (I'm in Love with You) - Billy Butterfield tpt solo
1122. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! w/ vocal quartet
1123. Take My Love
1124. I Am Loved
1125. You Don't Remind Me
1126. Love Means Love - with Rosemary Clooney
1127. Cherry Pies Ought to Be You - with Rosemary Clooney
Disc 12: January 1951 - September 1952
2 XLP/CD HELLO YOUNG LOVERS
1202. You're Still the One - Stan Freeman, piano
1203. There's Something Missing
1204. Hello, Young Lovers
1205. We Kiss in a Shadow
1206. I Whistle a Happy Tune
1207. I'm a Fool to Want You
1208. Love Me
1209. Mama Will Bark - with Dagmar, imitations by Donald Bain
1210. It's a Long Way (From Your House to My House)
1211. Castle Rock with Harry James & His Orchestra
1212. Farewell, Farewell to Love - with Harry James & His Orchestra
1213. Deep Night - with Harry James & His Orchestra
1214. A Good Man Is Hard to Find previously unreleased
1215. I Could Write a Book - with The Jeff Alexander Choir
1216. I Hear a Rhapsody -with The Jeff Alexander Choir
1217. Walking in the Sunshine
1218. My Girl
1219. Feet of Clay
1220. Don't Ever Be Afraid to Go Home
1221. Luna Rossa (Blushing Moon) - with The Norman Luboff Choir
1222. Birth of the Blues
1223. Azure-Te (Paris Blues)
1224. Tennessee Newsboy (The Newsboy Blues)
1225. Bim Bam Baby
1226. Why Try to Change Me Now?
Here are some more discussion threads:
THE FIRST (FRANK SINATRA) RECORDING
[COLUMBIA] THE VOICE/ FS SINGS COLE PORTER / FS SINGS GERSHWIN
THE V-DISCS COMPLETE (1943-1945) 1994 Stordahl
SINATRA SINGS RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN
COME BACK TO SORRENTO (1959)
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There Are No Words
I've been involved in enough range wars here to be wary of controversy; but let me go on record: this is the finest work in the Sinatra canon. Okay, the Capitol years may represent the full flowering of the magnificence that was Sinatra, and the Dorsey and James recordings speak to the promise that was never to be broken. But here we have the still ginger peachy sweety with the youthful exhuberance of Clarence Doolittle and Danny Miller, but with the beginnings of the full throated baritone emerging as we go from volume one to volume twelve.
The music is classic Sinatra,destined to be repeated often, and each time with a different nuance. To me, this is the essece of a great pop tune. It can be bluesey, it can swing, it can be jazzed or romanticised; and nobody was more versatile than Frank.
Just listening, (I'm on Volume 6 - ALWAYS) makes my heart fill with a touch of that youthful lightness of spirit. God!
How I love this boxed set! And God! How I love this voice!
The romantic in me is still swooning; but the practical me is overwhelmed by the wonderful packaging. Most sets are cumberson and difficult to handle; but this one is perfect. Most of the time the box is standing vertically, but when in use I just lay it flat and pull out a CD - no trouble and so far never a broken nail.
This is truly heaven - Sinatra just a few mini-moments before he peaked!
The Big Blue Box
I couldn't agree with you more BobbySoxer...this set is perhaps the best box set that any American company has produced. I play discs from this set much more than I do from the Sinatra Reprise suitcase.
This best represents the Great American Songbook at its best, and a singer at his best. (Even the "worst" isn't all that terribly bad...)The purity of his voice can be compared to the purity of a mountain spring.
A lot of love and dedication went into this set. Mr. Granata and the others should consider this one of the proudest moments of their careers.
Worth every penny.
I have this box set plus the 4-cd set I got before the 12 cd set. I think Nancy wrote in the 4 cd set booklet that the Columbia years were her favorite. I prefer the swing, however. None-the-less, the Columbia years took Sinatra from high to low, and his collaboration with the infamous Mitch Miller may have been a blessing in disguise, considering his move to a then reluctant Capitol and developing a relationship with Nelson Riddle.
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Sleep warm all!!!!!
you nailed it. The Columbia 12 CD box is beautifully done. It could not be better. The same is true of the RCA box.
If the people who programmed and designed the Reprise 20 CD box had done 1% as good a job as the RCA and Columbia people, the poorly programmed discs in their unattractive jewel cases might get played more often and the ugly, cheap, falling apart box would not have to be hidden from view. Did the people who put this mess together secretly hate Frank Sinatra? The accompanying book, however, is good.
Somehow, I just KNEW you'd rise to the occasion when it came to FS' wonderful Columbia recordings!
(Edwin: I'm sort of partial to the no-nonsense packaging & programming on the ever-controversial 20 CD Reprise set, while I could live without most of the waffling in that silly book. But the pix are good... Vive la difference...maybe one day someone here will actually have no strong feelings whatsoever about the set, but I'm not holding my breath!)
The Reprise suitcase at first looks good, and for a Sinatra completist is what the doctor ordered (minus some unreleased songs attempted and so on...). But yes, the way the cds were created by just in essence filling up 20 cds by order of song recorded date (Trilogy-The Future being an exception) is difficult to bear in some cases, particularly the sound quality on some takes. The Capitol years are, simply put, a mess for completists because you have to either choose between the sound-superior European EMI "Sinatra-The Capitol Years" black box cd set and the what-I-heard-inferior "Concepts" set, supplemented in both cases by the nice 4 cd singles collection.
The Columbia set is definitive, period. The RCA set is definitive, period. With the exception of the V-Discs to complement the Columbia years basically you have a well-structured flow, also in order of recording date, but easier on the ear and nice cd presentation with pictures of the original Sinatra album covers. Will Friedwald, like for the Tommy Dorsey set, goes through each session and describes the mood or situation present, often through first hand accounts. Although I like Stan Cornyn's wit and enjoy very much his liner notes, Will is badly needed in the otherwise good Reprise set accompanying book.
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Sleep warm all!!!!!
As with the Columbia 12 CD box (which is really outstanding, I can only echo the earlier sentiments, as far as music quality is concerned), the present new "Essential Sinatra" release has some errors regarding what is marked as "alternate take" and/or "previously unreleased". Should I post the info here, or will you be doing separate threads for the new Columbia albums (which I would prefer to avoid confusion)? Please advise, Rick.
i love this set. it has many favourites frank never did again. and many he would do until the 90s!
i have loved "blue skies" and "begin the beguine" ever since i first heard them 10 years ago; i also knew "where's my bess" from the V discs. now here they are very good sounding and powerful as ever.
i recommend listening to "bali ha'i" from south pacific, really exotic.
i was so surprised to hear him do "soliloquy"! it's not as shaped as it definitely is on Concert Sinatra, but it has the same high spirits, and even the lost verse ('when i have a daughter, i stand around in barrooms').
also listen to FS making classics out of "autumn in new york" and "guess i'll hang my tears out to dry".
he would return to them 10 years later, but he already drew them on board here.
oh, and there's "laura", "night and day" etc etc
SINATRA : NEW YORK ... Sinatra At Carnegie Hall 1980
duets with pearl bailey
here is an unusual 'frank' experience:
"A little learnin' is a dangerous thing", a two-segment song in a conversational form. frank and pearl bailey wander through this "jazz" ballad, and it is a joy listening to them. it's somehow similiar to the "necessity" duet with ella fitzgerald (hollywood box).
i love this one, it consists of two separate lengthy songs (maybe side one and two of a single ... gotta check the book, maybe it is mentioned). they tell each other how they grew up and learned. first segment is pearl's story, with frank commenting on what she sings. next segment is frank and pearl doing the same in reverse.
i never heard a story like this, it's like a miniature play, very good.
SINATRA : NEW YORK ... Sinatra At Carnegie Hall 1980
Thanks for sharing your views Steffen, must be great to discover the box for the first time as you do now... lucky you, I'd love to do that journey again, too
As with the Pearl Bailey duet you mention, one of the most fascinating aspects of this box is the many "hidden gems" in contains, songs that were/are largely unknown/unheard by Sinatra otherwise. There are many many chestnuts in this set. That's what makes it so fantastic IMO.
Steffen, If you check through the booklet, you'll see "A Little Learnin'..." was not only arranged and conducted by Sy Oliver, it was also written by him...and yes, it was two sides of a single. I have a 45 rpm version.
thanks for the info rick, an unusual idea for a single in my opinion. yes bernhard, i think i am about to fall across many other hidden gems
i planned to listen to the CDs in order, but then, i just listened cross ways. so i can't really tell which CD i already listened to; it will take time before i know these discs like i know the reprise discs.
SINATRA : NEW YORK ... Sinatra At Carnegie Hall 1980