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Frank Sinatra: London [Box]

Track List

>Very Thought of You, The
>We'll Gather Lilacs
>If I Had You
>Now Is the Hour
>Gypsy, The
>Nightingale Sang n Berkeley Square, A
>Garden in the Rain, A
>London by Night
>We'll Meet Again
>I'll Follow My Secret Heart
>Roses of Picardy
>Introduction
>Sinatra on a Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
>Sinatra on the Gypsy
>Sinatra on We'll Meet Again
>Sinatra on a Garden in the Rain
>Sinatra on I'll Follow My Secret Heart
>Sinatra on the Very Thought of You
>Sinatra on If I Had You
>Sinatra on We'll Gather Lilacs
>Sinatra on Now Is the Hour
>Sinatra on London by Night
>End Credits
>Very Thought of You, The
>Garden in the Rain, A
>London by Night
>Gypsy, The
>Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, A
>We'll Meet Again
>Bbc Show Band Show [Live]: I've Got the World on a String/Day In, Day Out/London by Night
>Fly Me to the Moon
>Lady Is a Tramp, The
>Come Rain or Come Shine
>This Is All I Ask
>L.A. Is My Lady
>Pennies from Heaven
>Monologue
>Luck Be a Lady
>My Way
>Here's to the Band
>These Foolish Things
>Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry
>Don't Worry 'Bout Me
>New York, New York
>Strangers in the Night
>Mack the Knife
>Bows/You Are There
>Introduction
>Goody, Goody
>Imagination
>At Long Last Love
>Moonlight in Vermont
>Without a Song
>Day In, Day Out
>Moon Was Yellow, The
>I've Got You Under My Skin
>I Get a Kick Out of You
>Second Time Around, The
>Too Marvelous for Words
>My Funny Valentine
>In the Still of the Night
>My Blue Heaven
>April in Paris
>You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You
>Monologue & Band Introductions
>They Can't Take That Away from Me
>All the Way
>Chicago
>Night and Day
>Autumn Leaves
>I Could Have Danced All Night
>One for My Baby
>Foggy Day, A
>Lady Is a Tramp, The
>Bows
>Ol' Man River
>You Make Me Feel So Young
>Nancy
>Come Fly with Me
>Bows
>You Make Me Feel So Young
>Pennies from Heaven
>I've Got You Under My Skin
>Something
>Lady Is a Tramp, The
>I Get Along Without You Very Well
>Didn't We?
>One for My Baby
>Foggy Day, A
>I Will Drink the Wine
>I Have Dreamed
>My Kind of Town
>My Way

Album Notes

Audio Mixer: Larry Walsh.

Liner Note Authors: Benny Green ; Ken Barnes.

Recording information: CTS Studios, Bayswater, London, England (06/01/1962); Royal Festival Hall, London, England (06/01/1962); The Royal Albert Hall, London, England (06/01/1962); CTS Studios, Bayswater, London, England (06/1962); Royal Festival Hall, London, England (06/1962); The Royal Albert Hall, London, England (06/1962); CTS Studios, Bayswater, London, England (09/21/1984); Royal Festival Hall, London, England (09/21/1984); The Royal Albert Hall, London, England (09/21/1984); CTS Studios, Bayswater, London, England (11/16/1970); Royal Festival Hall, London, England (11/16/1970); The Royal Albert Hall, London, England (11/16/1970).

Arrangers: Joe Parnello; Don Costa; Ernie Freeman; Dave Matthews ; Frank Foster ; George Siravo; Gordon Jenkins; Jerry Hey; Johnny Mandel; Lennie Hayton; Neal Hefti; Nelson Riddle; Quincy Jones; Torrie Zito; Billy Byers; Axel Stordahl; Billy May.

A sequel of sorts to the previous New York and Vegas box sets, London is in some respects a super-expanded version of 1962's Sinatra Sings Great Songs from Great Britain, with the record anchoring the first disc of this three-CD/one-DVD box and outtakes from the album showing up on the second CD; the rest of the set consists of BBC performances from 1953, spoken Sinatra introductions from a 1962 "Light Programme" special, and a full performance at Royal Albert Hall from 1984 on the third disc, while the DVD contains a previously unreleased filmed 1962 concert at Royal Festival Hall along with a 1970 performance at the same venue. It's a rather lavish celebration for a record that isn't wildly remembered as one of Sinatra's best. Frankly speaking, Sings Great Songs from Great Britain isn't remembered often at all, as it was something of a curiosity: it is the only album Frank recorded outside of the United States, working with arranger Robert Farnon and supported entirely by British musicians. Appropriately enough, the album only saw release in the U.K., in 1962, not appearing in the U.S. until a CD reissue in the '90s, where it wound up getting lost amidst all the other heavyweight '60s titles. Sings Great Songs from Great Britain isn't forceful, it's a subtle, insinuating record -- the kind of thing to turn to once all the great Sinatra albums have dimmed slightly, because that's when it'll sound rich and fresh. And so it is here with the box: now that it's placed on a handsome boxed pedestal, the lushness of Farnon's arrangements contrast nicely with Frank's slightly weary, weathered voice. It's also interesting to hear the session tapes on disc two, as they offer insight on how the conductor and singer collaborated, but the BBC sessions are even better: bold, robust performances that capture Sinatra on the cusp of his '50s revival (the spoken sessions from the special are little more than period curios). Finally, the third disc is pure Chairman of the Board shtick, all swinging Vegas brass that is fun but seems a little gauche compared to the rest of this fine, understated box. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine



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