- This Sinatra release from 1963 has out of this world Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
- Forget the reissues – the stereo original we are offering here is the only way to go for rich, tubey, dynamic, musical sound
- Frank rerecorded some of his biggest hits in stereo for this album – the record is one Sinatra Classic after another
- Amazon 5 Stars: “Riddle’s arrangements are, as always, top-notch, and Sinatra is in fine, engaging form.”
Great bass and weight coupled with lots of space and correct tonality in the midrange add up to only one thing: Triple Plus or close to it sound on both sides!
Copies with rich lower mids and nice extension up top (to keep the strings from becoming shrill) did the best in our shootout, assuming they weren’t veiled or smeary of course. So many things can go wrong on a record! We know, we heard them all.
We know a fair bit about the man’s recordings at this point. As of today we’ve done commentaries for more than 21 different Sinatra shootouts, and that’s not even counting the ten or twenty other titles that either bombed or were sold off years ago.
If you have five or ten copies of a record and play them over and over against each other, the process itself teaches you what’s right and what’s wrong with the sound of the album. Once your ears are completely tuned to what the best pressings do well that the others do not do as well, using a few specific passages of music, it will quickly become obvious how well any given pressing reproduces those passages.
The process is simple enough. First you go deep into the sound. There you find something special, something you can’t find on most copies. Now, with the hard-won knowledge of precisely what to listen for, you are perfectly positioned to critique any and all pressings that come your way.
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
The Second Time Around
Young At Heart
All The Way
How Little It Matters How Little We Know
Pocketful Of Miracles
Oh! What It Seemed To Be
Call Me Irresponsible
Put Your Dreams Away
In the early ’60s, Columbia and Capitol were issuing collections of Frank Sinatra’s biggest hits, which tended to sell quite well. Sinatra’s Sinatra was the singer’s attempt to get a piece of that action for his new record label, Reprise. Arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle, the album is a collection of re-recorded versions of 12 of his favorite songs, including two new charts (“Nancy [With the Laughing Face]” and “Oh! What It Seemed to Be”). Some of his biggest hits and most famous songs are included in his picks, including “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “Young at Heart”.