Sinatra 100th: Ten Best Albums – No. 03
Since way back in January, we here at TCOTS have been celebrating Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday and, man, it’s been a swingin’ affair so far. We started by ticking off the 100 Best Performances of The Chairman Of The Board on CD and digital download, and now we’re ready for another supersonic flight where the air is so rarified: counting down the Top Ten Best Albums of Mr. Sinatra, because, above everything else, ol’ Francis Albert was about da albums for a good part of his career [we’ll be featuring one album per week and this will take us right-up to the big day: 12 December].
While he may not have invented the Concept Album [and that is a matter of some dispute], Frank certainly defined and brought the genre to near-Perfection, turning out a series of them that still move the Heart and thrill the Soul.
While time will not permit me to post audio for all the tracks, I’ll try to provide a nice sampler of the tunes I enjoy the most.
So…put your seat belts on and get ready for a real mothery time [and indulge in a little ‘Hey-Hey’, if you feel the urge].
Captain Frank will be your pilot and Bobby Bell your navigator.
Let’s get this bird soaring…
03 — Come Dance With Me
Recorded: 09, 22, 23 December 1958
Arranger: Billy May
Best Mastering* on CD/Digital Download: 2015 Hi-Res Digital, Stereo version [although, when you play it, you should kick down the top-end a bit]. A new mastering of this in Mono is long overdue.
Mastering Engineer: Unknown.
[favorite Performances in black]:
- “Come Dance with Me” (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 2:31
- “Something’s Gotta Give” (Johnny Mercer) – 2:38
- “Just in Time” (Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green) – 2:24
- “Dancing in the Dark” (Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz) – 2:26
- “Too Close for Comfort” (Jerry Bock, Larry Holofcener, George Weiss) – 2:34
- “I Could Have Danced All Night” (Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe) – 2:40
- “Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night of the Week)” (Cahn, Styne) – 1:54
- “Day In, Day Out” (Rube Bloom, Mercer) – 3:25
- “Cheek to Cheek” (Irving Berlin) – 3:06
- “Baubles, Bangles & Beads” (Robert Wright, George Forrest) – 2:46
- “The Song Is You” (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II) – 2:43
- “The Last Dance” (Cahn, Van Heusen) – 2:11
Hey there, cutes! Put on your dancin’ boots…and come dance with me!
Frank commands and we listen. And we’re in for a mothery time — a real gas, as another week goes past. But, in this case, Saturday Night ain’t gonna be the loneliest night of the week if you spin this platter at your pad.
If someone asks you for a good example of ‘Swingin’ Frank’, point them right here to this superb set of dance tunes.
Frank and Billy May and the band are having a ball and that comes through every tune. Come Dance With Me is straight-ahead, kick butt Swing.
The only sub-par tune on this album is the last one — The Last Dance is not one of Cahn and Van Heusen’s best moments, in fact, it is one of their worst compositions. What was needed here was a lilting slow dance. Instead what we get is a somewhat discordant dirge. Substitute, say, Dream [from the Nice ‘N’ Easy album] and the set will be brought to a fitting end.
But that’s a small complaint. Just play this disc and get your dancin’ fix and you’ll be swingin’ on a star.
So there, cutes…put on your Basie boots and come dance with me!
–For what is dancin’ but makin’ love set to music playin’?…
–Somewhere, somehow, someone’s gotta be kissed…
–I’ll never know what made it so, so exciting…
–Until I hear you at the door
‘Til you’re in my arms once more…
–Can’t you see it’s love, can there be any doubt…
–I hear music when I look at you…
See you next Weekend as we head-off again to Bobsville…and tell us your favorite albums in the Comments, Clyde.
Don’t forget to also keep checking out
Pundette’s Sinatra 100 countdown,
Ms Evi’s Sinatra Celebration,
& Mark Steyn’s Sinatra Songs Of The Century.
It’s a ring-a-ding world.
If you’re having trouble tracking down any of the masterings on this List, contact me at Robert[dot]Belvedere[at]gmail[dot]com and I might be able to help you.
*The links I’m providing for the best CD/Digital
masterings are not meant to be an endorsement of
the site linked to. I receive no enumeration or any
kind of considerations from them. They are linked
for informational purposes only.