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    GREATEST HITS: THE EARLY YEARS (Columbia) 1966






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    FRANK SINATRA'S GREATEST HITS: THE EARLY YEARS (VOLUME ONE)
    Compilation Album
    LP: Columbia # CL 2474 (mono) / CS 9274 (stereo) (October 3, 1966)
    CD: Columbia # CK 9274 (1989?)
    11 Tracks

    SIDE A

    01 0806 11/05/47 I've Got A Crush On You
    02 0110 11/14/44 If You Are But A Dream** [alt. take]
    03 0307 08/22/45 Nancy (With The Laughing Face) [alt. take]
    04 0407 03/10/46 The Girl That I Marry
    05 0305 08/22/45 The House I Live In (That's America To Me)
    06 0211 03/06/45 Dream (w/Ken Lane Singers)

    SIDE B

    07 0111 11/14/44 Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night In The Week)
    08 0415 05/28/46 Five Minutes More* [edited]
    09 0419 07/24/46 The Coffee Song (They've Got An Awful Lot Of Coffee In Brazil)** [alt. take]
    10 0103 06/22/43 Sunday, Monday, Or Always** (w/Bobby Tucker Singers; no orchestra) [alt. take]
    11 0213 05/01/45 Put Your Dreams Away (For Another Day)

    Code digits: 1&2 = Disc, 3&4 = Track, in The Columbia Years 1943-1952: The Complete Recordings
    Recording dates as mm/dd/yy (month/day/year)

    * First LP issue
    **First issue of alternate take

    All arrangements by Axel Stordahl, except:

    George Siravo (01, 07)
    Alec Wilder (10)

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    FRANK SINATRA'S GREATEST HITS: THE EARLY YEARS (VOLUME TWO)
    Compilation Album
    LP: Columbia # CL 2572 (mono) / CS 9372 (stereo) (October 3, 1966)
    CD: Columbia # CK 9372 (1989?)
    11 Tracks

    SIDE A

    01 0801 10/31/47 Mean To Me [orig. take]
    02 0317 11/30/45 I Have But One Heart (O Marenariello)
    03 0311 08/27/45 The Moon Was Yellow (w/Ken Lane Singers)
    04 0315 11/30/45 Full Moon And Empty Arms [orig. take]
    05 0513 10/24/46 Time After Time
    06 1207 03/27/51 I'm A Fool To Want You* (w/Ray Charles Singers)

    SIDE B

    07 0306 08/22/45 Day By Day* [undubbed]
    08 0107 11/03/43 I Couldn't Sleep A Wink Last Night* (w/Bobby Tucker Singers; no orchestra)
    09 0120 12/03/44 Ol' Man River
    10 0105 06/22/43 People Will Say We're In Love* (w/Bobby Tucker Singers; no orchestra) [alt. take]
    11 0422 07/30/46 September Song

    Code digits: 1&2 = Disc, 3&4 = Track, in The Columbia Years 1943-1952: The Complete Recordings
    Recording dates as mm/dd/yy (month/day/year)

    * First LP issue

    All arrangements by Axel Stordahl, except:

    Alec Wilder (08, 10)

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    Thumbs up Photos

    Let Me point out that Columbia is back to its old tricks here: Giving a Capitol era photo (also used on REFLECTIONS) to fool fans about the career period of the material. And, the price of this album was high to get only 5 tunes not on other Columbia lps.

    At least they cleared up the abomination of Day By Day as heard on COME BACK TO SORRENTO but again I was forced into buying the "fake" stereo versions as none of the shops wanted to stock the Monaural copies.

    This take of Nancy is not my favourite of the two. (Alt: "I've got a terrible case"Orig: "Believe me, I've got a case")

    Its a pity that this version of Mean to Me could not be used on the BIG BLUE BOX.

    Thanks to Bob for again doing so much research and generating some more memories of 40 years ago when the world was young and I had more hair.
    NICK
    Old School Teacher

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    There's not much more to report here, Nick. Most of these tracks had been issued on earlier Columbia LPs, although there are a few first-time alternate takes (and the bongo-less "Day By Day").

    You will find some original/alternate/edited takes which differ from the versions in The Complete Recordings box, as indicated by the [purple] annotations in the track listings above.

    These LPs were sold individually and in a two-record foldout. Liner notes are minimal (i.e. almost nonexistent). Cover photo of Sinatra is by Bernie Friedman. Producer was Frank Driggs, whose next effort for Columbia (The Essential Frank Sinatra) would be more substantial.

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    "Nancy (With The Laughing Face)"

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick in Toronto View Post
    This take of Nancy is not my favourite of the two.
    There are actually TWO alternates of this Aug. 22, 1945 recording of "Nancy." The original hit take ("Believe me, I've got a case"), which is included on Disc 3 of The Complete Recordings box, first appeared on LP on Frankie in 1955.

    This alternate take ("I've got a terrible case") first showed up on the 1958 double-LP, The Frank Sinatra Story In Music.

    And for the completists among us, a previously-unreleased alternate take was issued on the Columbia/Legacy double-CD, Portrait Of Sinatra: Columbia Classics in 1997. (Also on the 2003 CD, The Essential Frank Sinatra: The Columbia Years.)

    Additionally, there was a July 8, 1944 V-Disc version of "Nancy" (in The V-Discs box set), and an earlier (unreleased) Columbia studio version from Dec. 3, 1944 (on Disc 1 of The Complete Recordings box.)

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    Versions of Nancy

    There are quite a few versions of Nancy. After Leaving Columbia it was never recorded so far as we know for Capitol. Then the Bill Miller - only backing is on Sinatra Live in Paris. By 1965 Nelson Riddle had written a glorious new arrangement for Sinatra's Sinatra. That orchestral bridge running across the Stereo of my big speakers never fails to bring up the hairs on the back of my neck! And finally the never completed ladies album version again finds a beautiful Nelson Riddle arrangement. ( On the 4 disc Sinatra Reprise black Book)

    I wonder which one is Lady Nancy's fave.
    NICK
    Old School Teacher

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    Wink Confusing...

    Sorry for being absent here for such a long time.

    Bob, many thanks for your detailed insight on these Columbia samplers. As I am currently also collecting alternate takes from the Columbia years, I thought, I'd better mention, that there has also been a Dutch CD compilation on the Columbia label, which was issued under the title "Greatest Hits: The Early Years", but has nothing to do with the above-mentioned LP samplers (containing alternate takes). I'm mentioning this, as I wanted to purchase Vol. 1 of the "Greatest Hits" samplers, and received the Dutch sampler, which has 10 tracks in contrast to the US compilation.

    Best regards,

    Stefan
    Stefan Huber

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    Unrelated Issue

    Stefan, the CD you mention is currently widely available on the Dutch CBS "Pop Shop" label with a 1988 compilation date. It has been issued on many other international CBS/Columbia labels on both LP and CD. The album was issued originally as an US LP on Columbia's budget Harmony label circa 1970. There were several such compilations on the Harmony label beginning in the late 1960's.

    You are correct that this is a totally unrelated collection, although all of its ten tracks appeared on the two albums which are the intended subject of this thread. It really does not deserve it's own thread in Frank's Recordings. However, to avoid confusion with the same-titled major Columbia album, I am including a description below.

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    GREATEST HITS - THE EARLY YEARS
    Budget Compilation Album
    LP: Harmony (US) # HS-30318 / KH-30318 (1970?) [plus others]
    CD: CBS (Holland) # 462561-2 (1988?) [plus others]
    10 Tracks

    SIDE A

    01 0110 11/14/44 If You Are But A Dream [alt. take]
    02 0307 08/22/45 Nancy (With The Laughing Face) [alt. take]
    03 0407 03/10/46 The Girl That I Marry
    04 0305 08/22/45 The House I Live In (That's America To Me)
    05 0111 11/14/44 Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night In The Week)

    SIDE B

    06 0415 05/28/46 Five Minutes More [edited]
    07 0317 11/30/45 I Have But One Heart (O Marenariello)
    08 0513 10/24/46 Time After Time
    09 0120 12/03/44 Ol' Man River
    10 0105 06/22/43 People Will Say We're In Love (w/Bobby Tucker Singers; no orch.) [alt. take]

    [Cover image from current Dutch CD issue.]


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    Hello Bob,

    many thanks for posting the cover image. I had placed it in my scanner, when I saw, that you were faster than me.
    The compilation really isn't worth mentioning, as it also has awful stereo reverb. Check out this CD, if you want to know how it sounds, if you are in the middle of a football stadium and one of the speakers is a Sinatra fan.
    Stefan Huber

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    Quote Originally Posted by shicorp View Post
    The compilation really isn't worth mentioning, as it also has awful stereo reverb.
    I hope everyone reading these threads understands that the inclusion of Columbia vinyl and pre-1993 CD issues is provided for historical purposes and is not necessarily a recommendation.

    For those interested in best sound quality, only the Columbia Legacy compact discs (beginning with the landmark box set, The Complete Recordings) should be considered today. The older products are mainly of interest to completists, for the presence of some alternate takes which have not appeared in remastered form. Indeed, the absence of Legacy versions of those alt. takes is probably a good indication that the original masters have deteriorated to the point that acceptable sonic quality is impossible to recreate digitally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    These LPs were sold individually and in a two-record foldout.
    Cross-reference to the 2-LP version: In the Beginning: 1943 to 1951 (Columbia 1972)

    Bob in Boston

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    Got two new copies (CDs) for only 1.01$ from an amazon marketseller. Nice deal! Now I can listen to the alternate versions.
    "How long I been on ...?"

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