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Sinatra 100th: Best Performances – Honorable Mentions 01

01 March 2015 @ 00:59

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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, but, as promised, we’re also celebrating those tracks [‘Honorable Mentions’] that just didn’t make the List.

As with the 100 Best, Francis Albert will be your pilot and Bobby Bell your navigator.

So sit back easy in your easy chair, pour yourself your favorite libation, and let’s go for an aural ride to the stars…

HM01 — Hidden Persuasion

Music & Lyrics: Wainwright Churchill III
Recorded: 31 August 1960
Released as a Single; included in the compilation album The Complete Capitol Singles Collection

Frank was known for finger-snapping along with a tune when the mood swung him. This one may be the ultimate Sinatra Snapping track.  I can understand why — it’s so damn infectious.

HM02 — East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon)

Music & Lyrics: Brooks Bowman
Recorded: 03 May 1961
From the album I Remember Tommy

A celebration of Love, East Of The Sun captures the joy of being in love, and no one could communicate that better than Francis Albert Sinatra. Sy Oliver’s arrangement is him at his best, this master Arranger doing what made him one of the greatest at his Art.

UPDATE on 20MAR2015: Mark Steyn’s, per usual, excellent take has just been published.

HM03 — It Started All Over Again

Music & Lyrics: Carl Fischer, Bill Carey
Recorded: 03 May 1961
From the album I Remember Tommy

And, when you hear this for the first time, you get the urge to hear it all over again…and again.

HM04 — Don’t Cry Joe

Music & Lyrics: Al Piantados, Joe Marsala
Recorded: 23 May 1961
From the album Swing Along with Me (Sinatra Swings)

I just finally discovered the joys of this one while listening to Swing Along With Me all the way through for the first time in years.  Man…it’s a thriller.

See you next time when we’ll take another short helicopter-hop to Bobsville.

Don’t forget to also keep checking out
Pundette’s Sinatra 100 countdown
& Mark Steyn’s Sinatra Songs Of The Century.
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.


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