Top Artists – Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra – Strangers In The Night – What to Listen For

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Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of the album.

What to listen for you ask? The superb engineering of LEE HERSCHBERG and EDDIE BRACKETT! The sound is, in a word, luscious.

Man, this record has more TUBEY MAGIC than any Sinatra record I can remember playing.

Find me a Sinatra CD, any Sinatra CD, that sounds like this and I will eat it.

If you want to know what the best sounding Sinatra records sound like, this is your chance. Folks, in my opinion it simply does not get any better than a killer Hot Stamper pressing of Strangers In The Night. (more…)

Sinatra At The Sands – My Introduction to Audiophile Sound

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  • This superb 2 LP set boasts excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on all four sides! 
  • Truly one of the greatest live albums of all time, recorded late at night in the big room at the Sands Hotel in Vegas
  • This is Basie and Sinatra in their natural habitat and in their prime, putting on the show of a lifetime – quiet vinyl too
  • “Basie and the orchestra are swinging and dynamic, inspiring a textured, dramatic, and thoroughly enjoyable performance from Sinatra … the definitive portrait of Frank Sinatra in the ’60s.” – AMG

This double album presents Sinatra and Basie at the height of their powers, in a setting especially conducive to both men’s music, the big room at the Sands Hotel in Vegas. If you missed it — and I’m sure most all of us did — here’s your chance to go back in time and be seated with the beautiful people front row center. This two disc all tube-mastered analog set is practically the only way you’ll ever be able to hear the greatest vocalist of his generation — in his prime no less — fronting one of the swingingest big bands of the time.

You Are There

The presence and immediacy here are staggering. Turn it up and Frank is right between your speakers, putting on the performance of a lifetime. (more…)

Frank Sinatra – September of My Years – More Rhino Mediocrity

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Sonic Grade: C-

The originals are better and not that hard to find.  Skip the orange label reissues.

Check out our Heavy Vinyl Scorecard to read all about the latest winners and losers. 

 

Frank Sinatra – The Voice (Isn’t What It Should Be) on Heavy Vinyl

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Sonic Grade: D

Hall of Shame pressing and another Classic Records LP debunked.

There is a boatload of TUBEY MAGIC to be heard on the early pressings, due no doubt to the fact that they are mastered with tube equipment, but not much on this Classic repress. The difference is striking.

 

Frank Sinatra – Softly, As I Leave You – Our White Hot Shootout Winner


Our White Hot Shootout Winner for 2018

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  • With an insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) side one and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side two, this early stereo pressing was the best copy we played in our most recent shootout
  • Big, rich and natural, the new material on this album was recorded in 1964, with Sinatra’s voice in very fine form
  • About as quiet as we can find them — Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • “The highlight of the record was the hit title song, which featured a subdued but forceful and steady backbeat. The rhythm itself was indicative of Sinatra’s effort to accept the new popular music.”

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This original Reprise LP has the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s missing from the later reissues. It gives you the sense that Frank Sinatra is right in front of you. (more…)

Frank Sinatra – Come Swing With Me!


Our White Hot Shootout Winner for 2018

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  • This 1961 original Capitol stereo pressing boasts incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • On this early pressing you’ll hear Billy May’s arrangements – just brass, no strings or winds – blasting behind Sinatra like never before
  • This was Sinatra’s final swing session with Capitol and on a pressing as good as this one you can tell he and the band are having a blast
  • Allmusic: “…his intense, speedy energy gives the album an edge that distinguishes the record… it [has] enough genuine gems to make it necessary.”

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Frank Sinatra – My Kind of Broadway – Our White Hot Shootout Winner for 2017


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  • This killer copy has a Triple Plus (A+++) side one backed with a Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side two
  • Superb Tubey Magical mid-’60s Sinatra sound which was recorded in various sessions from 1961 to 1965
  • The sound on this original Reprise is richer, fuller and, importantly, SMOOTHER than most of the other pressings we played
  • Allmusic: “When Sinatra delivers, as he does on the show-stopper “Luck Be a Lady,” the results are pretty spectacular…”

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The knock on this album is that with nine different arrangers and tracks recorded in different years, consistency is not its strong suit.

But is that really fair? Allmusic complained about the performances and arrangements but we certainly wouldn’t call any track here second rate. Most of the album strikes us as Sinatra at his best. (more…)

The Recordings of Frank Sinatra – These Are Some that Didn’t Make the Grade

The Recordings of Frank Sinatra

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These are just some of the recordings by Frank Sinatra that we’ve auditioned recently and found wanting. Without going into specifics we’ll just say these albums suffer from poor performances, poor sound, or both, and therefore do not deserve a place in your collection, and may even belong in our Hall of Shame

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Frank Sinatra Albums with Hot Stampers
Frank Sinatra Albums We’ve Reviewed

 

Frank Sinatra – Sings Days of Wine and Roses & more

Some sections on our site are hard to find. Here’s one with lots of cool records in it:

Forgotten Vocal Classics

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Frank Sinatra – Sings Days of Wine and Roses & more

A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame .

Presented with the less-than-captivating cover and title of Days of Wine and Roses, we were put off by our first impression; that of a budget thrown-together compilation, brought even lower by the fairly generic shot of Old Blue Eyes on the cover. We didn’t think an album that looked like this could possibly contain the swinging (or deeply emotional, both are fine with us) Sinatra music we’ve grown to love from his best Capitol- and Reprise-era releases.

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A textbook case of Live and Learn if there ever was one.

It’s true, we admit to having judged this book by its cover back in 2014. We frankly didn’t see much potential, but that was before we had played it. Then, and only then, were we able to recognize and appreciate what a superbly recorded classic Sinatra album it was.

It’s our favorite kind of record. According to conventional wisdom it’s not worth anyone’s time. Instead it’s one of the best of the Sinatra releases from the mid-’60s (and, as we noted above, sonically right up at the top of all his albums).

For our first Hot Stamper listing in 2014 we had written:

One of the best sounding Reprise-era Sinatra recordings we know of.

Having just listened to a slough of top Sinatra titles, I feel it’s my duty to inform the record buying public — at least that small fraction of the public that comes to this site — that the above statement is somewhat inaccurate. It should have read: (more…)

Yes, It Took Us Ten Years to Do Two Shootouts for This Album

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The Concert Sinatra

If you’re looking for quiet vinyl and good sound on this title I don’t think we will have anything for you for the foreseeable future. But of course you never know, we could luck into some killer copies on any one of our regular record hunting days. It’s pure luck to find any early stereo copy in good shape, let alone one that has the right stampers, the right sound and good surfaces. Each of our last two shootouts took us five years to make happen if that tells you anything.

This Reprise Tri-Color stereo pressing has killer Hot Stamper sound on both sides, which means it came out on top in our recent shootout, only the second we’ve done since 2006 (!).

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