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L.A. Is My Lady [Gatefold Cover]

1984 Qwest

Tracks

1. L.A. Is My Lady
2. The Best Of Everything
3. How Do You Keep The Music Playing?
4. Teach Me Tonight
5. It's All Right With Me
6. Mack The Knife
7. Until The Real Thing Comes Along
8. Stormy Weather
9. If I Should Lose You
10. A Hundred Years From Today
11. After You've Gone

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. . . my favorite, 'After You've Gone'–Frank Foster's chart is a screamer. Check out the trumpet's last note. It's a high A. The voice of Mack the Knife was done by bassist Major 'Mule' Holley.

'Q' did a nifty thing; he put FS with some new (to him) and slightly off-the-wall extremely talented arrangers: Sam Nestico, Frank Foster. Plus Torrie Zito and Joe Parnello (Pop's conductor). The title song was arranged by Dave Matthews, Jerry Hey, Torrie Zito, and Quincy–who also co-wrote the song with his wife Peggy Lipton, and Alan and Marilyn Bergman.

This project was a real family affair, and a true labor of love for Quincy–who is probably the sweetest man this side of heaven. I asked 'Q' to tell me about the making of
L.A. Is My Lady.

Quincy Jones: 'It's been a long time since I worked like this ["live" sessions] 'cause I go with 24 tracks, overdubbing this, stacking that–and it takes you three weeks a tune.

'It started when The Man came into my office at ten minutes after two, came straight in, opened his briefcase and took out his songs. When he walked out at four o'clock we had rehearsed, set twelve keys, and routined ten songs. An hour and fifty minutes–there's not too many singers who can do that!

'When we recorded at A&M in New York, I called the orchestra for three hours before. We rehearsed and set the balance. He came in at seven o'clock and so help me God, at eight twenty-eight he went home. We had done
four songs.

'The musicians . . . when they saw how quickly he recorded, they freaked out. But I knew after twenty-three years of working with him that the best thing to do was to have all of our stuff together, because many times Frank gives a great take and the orchestra hasn't even started yet. They can't catch up with him.

'Frank told me that night, "I can't believe that for forty-nine years I've been coming in, wasting my time, listening to a trumpet player ask an alto sax player, 'Do you have a G-natural in bar 59?'" He said, "This is wonderful!"

'All he had to do was call a number and we'd go straight to the first take. The musicians were like groupies, they were just listening to every note he sang.'

In answer to my question, 'Why has Dad survived where others haven't?' 'Q' said, 'God can't waste his time giving everybody something unique or original, so he just picked a few people. He picked a Louis Armstrong, he picked a Duke Ellington, he picked a Frank Sinatra, he picked a Michael Jackson. There's very few people who get that. You're talking about big stuff now. . . . And on top of it, Frank took the gift and developed it to its ultimate.

'He knows when to do his homework too. And he picks the right songs. Taste is one of the key words. Taste and style . . . I mean, the way he phrases . . . It freaks me, Nancy.'

From Nancy Sinatra's Book: Frank Sinatra: My Father

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1984 33-12" 1-25145 L.A. Is My Lady [Lent For Promotional Use Only] Qwest
1984 33-12" 1-25145 L.A. Is My Lady [Gatefold Cover] Qwest
1984 33-12" 1268 L.A. Is My Lady [Melodi Turkey Edition] Warner
1984 33-12" 21.029 Warner Bros. Promo Disco No. 12 * Other
1984 33-12" 3071 L.A. Is My Lady [WEA Venezuela Edition] Warner
1984 33-12" 36.200 L.A. Is My Lady [Série Super Luxo • WEA Discos Brazil Edition] Qwest
1984 33-12" 83804 Los Angeles Es Mi Novia [Argentina Edition] Qwest
1984 33-12" 925 145-1 L.A. Is My Lady [WEA Musik Germany Edition] Qwest
1984 33-12" 925145-1 L.A. Is My Lady [G.P.I.S.A. Greece Edition] Qwest
1984 33-12" CAN 925145-1 L.A. Is My Lady [General Music Co. Israel Edition] Qwest
1984 33-12" LDWB-6290 L.A. Is My Lady [WB Mexico Edition] Warner
1984 33-12" LL 925145-1 L.A. Is My Lady [Polygram Spain Edition] Qwest
1984 33-12" P-13027 L.A. Is My Lady [Warner-Pioneer Japan Edition] Qwest
1984 33-12" PS-253 WEA Top 100 Vol.16 Warner
1984 33-12" WBC 1574 L.A. Is My Lady [WB South Africa Edition] Warner
1984 8-Track Cart S140351 L.A. Is My Lady [Second Sequence • RCA Music Service] Qwest
1984 8-Track Cart W8-25145 L.A. Is My Lady [Third Sequence • Columbia House] Qwest
1984 Cassette 25145-4 L.A. Is My Lady [WEA Australia • Dolby HX-Pro - Cobalt High-Tech] Qwest
1984 Cassette 436-200 L.A. Is My Lady [Série Super Luxo Dolby • EMI Odeon Brazil Edition] Qwest
1984 Cassette 9 25145-4 E L.A. Is My Lady [Dolby HX-Pro] Qwest
1984 Cassette 92 5145-4 L.A. Is My Lady [WEA Italy • Dolby] Qwest
1984 Cassette 92 5145-4 L.A. Is My Lady [WEA Spain • Dolby] Qwest
1984 Cassette 92 51454 L.A. Is My Lady ["Super-Cassette"] Qwest
1984 Cassette 925 145-4 L.A. Is My Lady [Chromedioxide Cassette] Qwest
1984 Cassette 925 145-4 L.A. Is My Lady [WEA Greece Edition] Qwest
1984 Cassette 93804 Los Angeles Es Mi Novia [Dolby System • Argentina Edition] Qwest
1984 Cassette M5-1-25145 L.A. Is My Lady [Dolby Philippines Edition] Warner
1984 Cassette ZWB 1574 L.A. Is My Lady [WB South Africa Edition • Dolby] Warner
1984 Cassette WB Guide August 1984 Warner
1984 Promotional Video L.A. Is My Lady - Music Video Qwest
1986 Betamax MB400648 Portrait Of An Album Other
1986 VHS 253 Retrato De Un Album [Portrait Of An Album • Spain] Other
1986 VHS MV400648 Portrait Of An Album Other
1986 VHS SMV10648 Portrait Of An Album [U.K. Alternate Cover] Other
1986 Video LaserDisc G78M5515 Portrait Of An Album [with Obi] Other
1986 Video LaserDisc ML100648 Portrait Of An Album Other
1990 CD 925145-2 L.A. Is My Lady [BMG Ariola Discos Brazil Edition] Qwest
1990 CD WPCP-3604 L.A. Is My Lady [First Japan CD Edition with Obi] Qwest
1990 VHS Portrait Of An Album [Alternate Cover • Telemarketed Edition] Other
1997 CD 25145-2 L.A. Is My Lady Qwest
2008 CD 9788498156454 La Voz, Vol. 9: L.A. Is My Lady ["El País" Edition] Reprise
2008 CD The Frank Sinatra Collection, Vol. 9: L.A. Is My Lady ["Público" Edition] Reprise
2009 Download Digital Album L.A. Is My Lady [Digital Debut • Amazon MP3 & iTunes] Reprise
2010 CD/DVD 0602527513768 Frank Sinatra: The Reprise Years [38-Disc Set] Universal Music Group
2010 CD 2719999 L.A. Is My Lady Universal Music Group
2010 SHM-CD UICY-94604 L.A. Is My Lady Universal Music Group
2011 DVD 0602527620718 A Man And His Music Trilogy [Region 0] Universal Music Group
2011 Promotional Video A Man And His Music Trilogy - 2011 DVD Trailer Universal Music Group
2013 Download Digital Album L.A. Is My Lady Signature Sinatra/Universal
2013 Satellite Radio Broadcast L.A. Is My Lady: Nancy For Frank Show #229 Album Spotlight - April 28, 2013 SiriusXM
2013 Streaming Digital Album L.A. Is My Lady Signature Sinatra/Universal
2014 Satellite Radio Broadcast L.A. Is My Lady: Nancy For Frank Show #204/229 (Revised Repeat) Album Spotlight - April 20, 2014 SiriusXM
2015 Satellite Radio Broadcast L.A. Is My Lady: Nancy For Frank Show #229 (Revised Repeat) Album Spotlight - April 26, 2015 SiriusXM
2017 DVD EREDV1297 Portrait Of An Album + Sinatra Sings [EU Edition] Eagle Rock Entertainment
2017 DVD EV412977 Portrait Of An Album + Sinatra Sings Eagle Rock Entertainment
2017 Satellite Radio Broadcast L.A. Is My Lady: Nancy For Frank Show #353 Album Spotlight #5 - February 5, 2017 SiriusXM

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