Frank Sinatra Sinatra at the Sands on Numbered Limited-Edition 180g 2LP Set from Mobile Fidelity
- Sinatra's 1966 Live Album With Count Basie and Quincy Jones as Good as Music, Performance, and Chemistry Get
- Half-Speed Mastered from the Original 2-Track Analog Master Tapes for Breathtaking Sound
- Audiophiles Will Be in the Copa Room With Sinatra Standing in Front of Them
Frank Sinatra. Count Basie. Quincy Jones. Las Vegas. Combinations and circumstances don’t get any better. And by every measure, Sinatra at the Sands is as good as music gets. Comprised of live material recorded at five nights in early 1966 at the famed Copa Room, Ol’ Blue Eyes’ 21-song album stands as one of his pinnacle achievements, the results a blend of superb chemistry, sparkling arrangements, infallible singing, and contagious energy. As part of its continuing series of essential Sinatra recordings, Mobile Fidelity is proud to offer the record in the most definitive-sounding edition available. Listeners will be transported to a table close to the stage, with the image of a tuxedo-clad Sinatra unfolding right in front of them.
By 1966, Sinatra had conquered the world. His tenure as a teen idol and maturing crooner behind him, he was confident, assured, focused, and quite simply, untouchable. Music’s top arrangers and composers came to him, knowing the magic that he’d bring to their labors of love. It’s for these reasons that Count Basie and his orchestra backs Sinatra here, and why Jones, in demand by everyone, chooses instead to lend his arrangement insights onstage at the Sands. Indeed, Sinatra at the Sands harkens back to the day’s when concerts were a true event, and the album is nothing short that promise. This is a happening you won’t want to miss.
Containing many of Sinatra’s most well-known and celebrated performances -- “I’ve Got a Crush on You,” “Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)” among them -- Sinatra at the Sands finds the entertainer in immaculate voice. He improvises lines with effortless and ease, casually adorns lyrics with hidden rhythms, stretches notes to instill meaning and emotion, and utilizes his impeccable knack for phrasing to turn a line and beget instrumental responses that complement each song’s mood. Meanwhile, Basie and Co. swing on uptempo numbers and lay back on melancholy tunes that still bring a tear to the eye.
Warner Bros. executive Stan Cornyn, writing about these very shows, observed that, doing more than sing, “Sinatra turns actor. The man whose broad’s left him with some other guy and all of the loot…And there is silence about, for this audience is watching a man become that last lucked-out guy at the bar, the last one, with no where to go but sympathy city.” And so it goes, Sinatra proving it’s the singer and the song, demonstrating a seemingly unlimited range as he transports you to saloons, romantic parks, lonely streets, and bustling cities. Everything—the pacing, structure, passion, interpretation—is perfect.
Mobile Fidelity has half-speed mastered this exquisite analog set from the original analog master tapes, originally recorded by engineer Lowell Frank. Clear, big, and sumptuous, Sinatra at the Sands now resonates with previously unheard details, transparency, imaging, projection, smoothness, and dimensionality. Capturing a human voice remains the most difficult recording task. Suffice it to say that this 2LP set will join the ranks of the very best recordings you own.
Frank Sinatra Sinatra at the Sands Track Listing:
1. "Come Fly with Me" (Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn) – 3:45
2. "I've Got a Crush on You" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:42
3. "I've Got You Under My Skin" (Cole Porter) – 3:43
4. "The Shadow of Your Smile" (Johnny Mandel, Paul Francis Webster) – 2:31
5. "Street of Dreams" (Victor Young, Samuel Lewis) – 2:16
6. "One for My Baby" (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 4:40
7. "Fly Me to the Moon" (Bart Howard) – 2:50
8. "One O'Clock Jump" (Instrumental) (Count Basie) – 0:53
9. "The Tea Break" (Sinatra Monologue) – 11:48
10. "You Make Me Feel So Young" (Josef Myrow, Mack Gordon) – 3:21
11. "All of Me" (Instrumental) (Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons) – 2:56
12. "The September of My Years" (Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn) – 2:57
13. "Get Me to the Church on Time" (Frederick Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner) – 2:22
14. "It Was a Very Good Year" (Ervin Drake) – 4:01
15. "Don't Worry 'Bout Me" (Rube Bloom, Ted Koehler) – 3:18
16. "Makin' Whoopee" (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn) – 4:24
17. "Where or When" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 2:46
18. "Angel Eyes" (Earl Brent, Matt Dennis) – 3:26
19. "My Kind of Town" (Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn) – 3:04
20. "A Few Last Words" (Sinatra Monologue) – 2:30
21. "My Kind of Town" (Reprise) – 1:00
Sinatra™ Headwear to Launch this Fall from Dorfman Pacific
STOCKTON, CA./NEW YORK, NY - Leading headwear company Dorfman Pacific announces the completion of an arrangement with Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE) under which Dorfman Pacific will market an exciting new collection of structured headwear. The Sinatra™ collection will launch with various fedora styles that are representational and inspired by Mr. Sinatra’s wardrobe. All will feature traditional haberdashery with details such as silk linings, grosgrain ribbon trim, classic hat pins, and each one will include touches of his favorite color orange on its interior as a tribute to him.
Seldom, if ever, has a man been more closely linked to hats and style than Frank Sinatra—“The Chairman of the Board”— to the fedora. Always perfectly dressed for the occasion, always the epitome of elegance, Ol’ Blue Eyes was rarely without a perfectly selected hat. Now, with the Dorfman Pacific relationship, the classic style of Sinatra will be available. Dorfman Pacific will debut the collection at MAGIC in August this year, and will showcase the line in its major showrooms across the country. It will reach consumers in better department stores and specialty retailers for the Fall/Winter 2010 season.
“Frank Sinatra was every bit as much of a perfectionist in his dress as he was on stage and screen,” said Dorfman Pacific‘s President and CEO, Douglas Highsmith. “He was and remains today almost as famous for his superlative tailoring and style as for his artistry—and hats were absolutely central to his look. This is an exciting moment for us. Frank Sinatra remains one of the most recognizable legends of film and music in America or anywhere else. With our world-leading skills in handcrafted, quality headwear, Dorfman Pacific will flawlessly design a collection that depicts Mr. Sinatra's look and is right for today’s buyer. We are looking forward to launching a truly authentic tribute to his legacy.”
In addition to the Frank Sinatra brand, in the last year Dorfman Pacific has added Stetson®, Tommy Bahama®, Woolrich®, Panama Jack®, Blue Chair Bay™ by Kenny Chesney, Cappelli Straworld™, Discovery Expedition™, John Deere and Mossy Oak® to its line up. These top names have taken their place alongside the company’s core brands including Scala™, Scala Pro™, Callanan, Christys’ London, Headers, Tropical Trends and DPC™, Stacy Adams®, and Indiana Jones. Its Milano division features Larry Mahan and Justin Authentic Headgear.
Dorfman Pacific, founded in 1921 is based at its 287,000 square foot facility in Stockton, California. It is the largest full-line in-stock headwear company in the world and has customers worldwide for its men’s, women’s and children’s headwear, bags and accessories. The company attends at all major trade shows. It recently opened a new, expanded showroom in Atlanta, and has other regional showrooms in Dallas, Boston, Honolulu and New York, where it also has a satellite office.
Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE) is a joint venture between the Sinatra family and Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG). FSE owns Sinatra’s recordings from the Reprise era as well as a treasure trove of films, television specials and unreleased footage, photos and audio recordings, which collectively represent one of the foremost bodies of artistic work of the modern era. FSE also owns and manages Sinatra’s name and likeness rights and represents the artist’s rights to the Columbia and Capitol catalogues. FSE pursues innovative new product and venture opportunities with respect to the legendary entertainer’s name and likeness, as well as Sinatra's audio and visual recordings.
Shelley Lipton, Lipton Publicity for Dorfman Pacific: 212-750-6654/Liptonpublicity@aol.com
Lellie Capwell, Sacks & Co. for Frank Sinatra Enterprises: 818-384-1180/Lellie@sacksco.com
After an arduous ten year battle, the heirs of Bing Crosby finally got their day in court. On June 30th, a jury in Santa Monica, California awarded them in excess of 2 million dollars in their lawsuit against Universal Music Group. It’s a significant victory for the Crosby family, as well as for all recording artists whose royalties have been underpaid by record labels.
Crosby’s daughter Mary commented, “Recording artists have a long history of being taken advantage of by their labels, and despite the incredible contribution my father made to the world of music, he was no exception. I give my mother a lot of credit for her willingness to hang in there for over a decade. It seems that record companies prefer to keep things in litigation for as long as possible because most people don’t have the resources to stick it out. This tactic generally works, because the majority of artists settle out of court for far less than they’re due.” Mary was in the courtroom with her mother, Kathryn Crosby, when the verdict was read.
Bing Crosby, who died in 1977, recorded exclusively for Decca Records from August 1934 until December 1955. The Decca catalog was later obtained by MCA Records, which ultimately became part of Universal Music Group. Among Crosby’s 1200 recordings for Decca is “White Christmas”, the best selling record of all time. The Guinness Book of World Records
reports worldwide sales for Crosby’s recording of the song at over 100 million copies. “White Christmas” has entered the American pop charts twenty separate times. The vast catalog of Bing Crosby’s non-Decca recordings is currently being issued through Collectors’ Choice Music and Mosaic Records.
Bing Crosby has sold close to one billion records, tapes, compact discs and digital downloads around the world. He may be the biggest selling recording artist of all time. Only The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson can rival his sales figures. Crosby had sold 200 million records by 1960 and the figure had doubled by 1980. Crosby is the most recorded performer in history, having made over 2000 commercial recordings and approximately 4000 radio programs in addition to an extensive list of film and television appearances. He scored 38 number one records – more than The Beatles (24) and Elvis Presley (18). His recordings reached the charts 396 times - more than Frank Sinatra (209) and Elvis Presley (149) combined. Crosby’s closest rival is Paul Whiteman (220) with whose orchestra he sang early in his career.
For additional information about Bing Crosby visit: www.bingcrosby.com
Bing Crosby is on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bing-Crosby/44544738326
The Bing Crosby Archive Series is available from Collectors’ Choice Music at:
The Bing Crosby CBS Radio Recordings 1954-56 from Mosaic Records is available at:
For information about the pubic broadcasting special, The Legendary Bing Crosby visit:
Sing it Out to Swing it Out!
Francis Albert Sinatra/Antonio Carlos Jobim
The Complete Reprise Recordings
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The Complete Reprise Recordings compiles every tune—all 20—that America's supreme vocalist recorded with Brazil's preeminent composer during their legendary late 1960s summits. The first ten comprise the famous, fantastic Francis Albert Sinatra / Antonio Carlos Jobim album arranged and orchestrated by Claus Ogerman, released by Reprise in 1967. Sinatra and Jobim reconvened two years later, with Eumir Deodato replacing Ogerman as arranger, to record 10 more tunes for a second Sinatra-Jobim album that the Chairman withdrew from the market as soon as it was shipped (we'll explain why). Seven of those tunes later appeared as the first side of Sinatra & Company, released by Reprise in 1971; this new compilation unveils the other three—"Bonita," "Desafinado (Off Key)" and "The Song of the Sabia"—for the first time.
Few moments in music are more beautiful and magical than the softly strummed guitar, sighing horns and whispered drums that introduce you to "The Girl From Ipanema," and "Change Partners" stands among Sinatra's best Irving Berlin interpretations. But unless you've experienced the magic and wonder of that first Sinatra/Jobim release, it is almost impossible to explain in words how beautifully its music floats and sways. Since many such words have already been written, we can concentrate on the newly released music instead.
Deodato contributes several fantastic arrangements. He mixes the principals' wordless vocals into the rhythm track of "Drinking Water (Agua de Beber)," bouncing them across the stereo channels, and also serves up the funkiest half-gospel, half-Brazilian piano with which Sinatra ever recorded. Deodato casts Sinatra's voice upon a simply perfect "Wave," with calling acoustic guitars and strings, answering flutes, and Sinatra snuggling down deep in his register with supreme control (and even some extracurricular funky bass/drum "four" play in the fade). Jobim, Deodato and Sinatra vocally and instrumentally illuminate "Someone to Light Up My Life" into a polished, golden glow. That one really should have been a hit.
— Chris M. Slawecki
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