Sinatra: A Voice In Time (1939-1952)
DELUXE 4-CD COLLECTION – FIRST BOX SET EVER TO GATHER COLUMBIA AND BRUNSWICK MATERIAL IN SAME PACKAGE WITH VICTOR AND BLUEBIRD
80 SONGS – 20 PER DISC – DIVIDED INTO CHRONOLOGICAL THEMES:
• Disc One – The Big Band Years: 1939-1942 (Harry James, Tommy Dorsey)
• Disc Two – Teen Idol: 1943-1949 (Bobby-soxer mania in Times Square!)
• Disc Three – The Great American Songbook: 1943-1947 (Standards forever)
• Disc Four – The Sound Of Things To Come: 1947-1952 (Capitol inspiration)
Includes two previously unreleased alternate takes and 11 previously unreleased radio airchecks.
Box set compiled and produced by Frank Sinatra reissue collaborators Didier C. Deutsch and Charles L. Granata; liner notes chapters written by Will Friedwald, Granata, Deutsch, and Nancy Sinatra.
4-hour-plus box set arrives in stores September 25, 2007, on Columbia/RCA Victor/Legacy.
“The war years were essential for my father. He represented something for so many young women whose fathers or brothers or husbands were away. There weren’t a whole lot of guys around! I love ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’ because it’s the perfect example of the vulnerability he had that made women want to take care of him: to be with him, hold him, and nurture him.”
– from the liner notes written by Nancy Sinatra
“The girls loved Sinatra, but did the boys have a choice? Whether you were a boy or girl in the ’40s, you eventually succumbed to the mystical power of Sinatra. Many men were drawn to him through the ardent passions of their sisters or girlfriends. Some were young servicemen who were grateful for the monthly cache of V-Discs that were dropped on the frontlines throughout the war. Sinatra was omnipresent on those discs.”
– from “Frank Sinatra: Teen Idol,” by Charles L. Granata, liner notes for Disc Two, Teen Idol: 1943-1949
The Voice. It wrapped itself around America – and then the world – but first, it won the hearts of every living, breathing member of the fair sex. None were immune, mothers and daughters, sisters and wives, especially those who stayed home during the Second World War, and dreamed their dreams, as The Voice provided the soundtrack of their lives. And then, when our soldiers returned from their duty, “the sentiments he conveyed in song embodied the deep emotions that boys and men of the greatest generation had long bottled up inside,” writes Charles L. Granata. The Voice was a catalyst through which, “begrudgingly at first, they confronted those repressed feelings. The soul searching made them better men, and even better lovers.”
The consummate artistry of Frank Sinatra (December 12, 1915-May 14, 1998) was a tsunami of change in the way Americans thought about popular music and the way they regarded their stars. It was a metamorphosis that took place in three major phases: his initial development as the boyish band singer with the orchestras of Harry James (in 1939, on Columbia and Brunswick Records) and Tommy Dorsey (1940-41, recording for Victor); then his emergence as a solo artist in 1942 (on Bluebird); and finally his explosion on Columbia from 1943 to 1952. During that time he was, quite simply, among the top entertainers on the scene – on records, on radio, in movies, and eventually on television – and the #1 personality to everyone under age 30.
For the first time in history, the merger of Sony Music and BMG Music enables the production of the first deluxe four-CD box set to encompass his music on the first formative record labels of his career, Columbia, Brunswick, Bluebird, and Victor. Contained are 80 songs – among them two impossibly rare previously unreleased alternate takes (“From The Bottom Of My Heart” with Harry James in 1939; and “All The Things You Are” in 1945) and 11 previously unreleased radio airchecks spanning 1943-52 (from such shows as Songs By Sinatra, The Vimms Vitamin Show, and Lucky Strike’s Your Hit Parade). In advance of next year’s 10th anniversary commemoration of his death, FRANK SINATRA: A VOICE IN TIME (1939-1952) will arrive in stores September 25th on Columbia/RCA Victor/Legacy, a division of SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.
Posted by: Nancy | Oct 13, 2007 7:46 PM | Comments(30)