Sinatra 100th: The Best Performances – 97-95
Here at TCOTS, we’re celebrating Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday by counting down what I think are his 100 best performances on Vinyl and CD. All of the songs on the List have been released on either one or both mediums. Interspersed with the countdown will be Honorable Mentions that didn’t make the List and a countdown of what I think our his best albums.
Francis Albert will be your pilot and Bobby Bell your navigator.
So sit back easy in your easy chair, fasten your seatbelts, and let’s take off in the blue…
97 — YOUNG AT HEART
Music & Lyrics: Carolyn Leigh, Johnny Richards
Recorded: 09 December 1953
Released as a Single; included in the compilation album This Is Sinatra!
This is my favorite version of this song because Frank had Sammy Cahn write special lyrics to honor psychiatry and re-entitled it Jung At Heart. I kid, I kid. While he did a lovely re-recording of YAH for Sinatra’s Sinatra [which just did not make this List], the original, which is the theme song for a charming movie musical of the same name, is still the performance where Frank sets the right balance between the sweetness and the truth conveyed by the music and lyrics.
96 — I CAN’T GET STARTED
Music & Lyrics: Ira Gershwin, Vernon Duke
Recorded: 26 March 1959
From the album No One Cares
Nothing beats the second Bunny Berigan version of this song [recorded: 07 August 1937] and, really, I don’t think Francis tried to. He takes it back to it’s roots as a plaintive ballad. The melancholy is quite heavy here and Sammy Cahn has updated the lyrics a bit [dig that IBM reference].
95 — THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME
Music & Lyrics: George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
Recorded: 10 April 1962
From the album Sinatra And Swingin’ Brass
A lively take on song Frank had done before, this version doesn’t work as well as the one of Songs For Young Lovers, but it’s still a charmer. It’s one of those upbeat songs that, as Pundette recently remarked regarding this kind of FAS performance, ‘just makes you feel good’.
See you next Friday as we head-off again to Bobsville.
Don’t forget to also keep checking out
Pundette’s Sinatra 100 countdown
& Mark Steyn’s.
It’s a swingin’ world.
If you’re having trouble tracking down any of the performances on this List, contact me at Robert[dot]Belvedere[at]gmail[dot]com and I might be able to help you.