Chairman of the Board: Interpretations of Songs Made Famous by Frank Sinatra

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All Music Guide - Will Lerner
You can't argue with a great concept: Songs sung by Frank Sinatra are interpreted by a slew of indie rock and punk bands. A great concept, but one that makes for truly and gloriously unpredictable results. Chairman of the Board is, of course, not a perfect record, but it offers up some true gems. Sister Double Happiness does an appropriately languid, drunken version of "Summer Wind," and the Flaming Lips were made to cover "It Was a Very Good Year" -- the Oklahomans have always been good at poignant ballads, and Wayne Coyne's fragile vocals curl up perfectly around the nostalgic lyrics. Other highlights include Jawbox's brooding "I've Got You Under My Skin" and ...
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Grass Records (Dead), 10/28/1993, Audio CD, Very Good condition. Audio CD. Case Good. Booklet Very Good. 2 disc set. Case contains cut-out. Quality guaranteed! In original ... artwork/packaging unless otherwise noted. Read more Show Less

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All Music Guide - Will Lerner
You can't argue with a great concept: Songs sung by Frank Sinatra are interpreted by a slew of indie rock and punk bands. A great concept, but one that makes for truly and gloriously unpredictable results. Chairman of the Board is, of course, not a perfect record, but it offers up some true gems. Sister Double Happiness does an appropriately languid, drunken version of "Summer Wind," and the Flaming Lips were made to cover "It Was a Very Good Year" -- the Oklahomans have always been good at poignant ballads, and Wayne Coyne's fragile vocals curl up perfectly around the nostalgic lyrics. Other highlights include Jawbox's brooding "I've Got You Under My Skin" and Pitchblende's "Here's to the Losers," which is so dirge-y and messy that you believe the band is singing about itself as much as any of the characters described in the song. Surprisingly winning is Prisonshake's "I Wish I Were in Love Again"; nothing more than vocals, guitar, and finger snaps, it manages to capture the spirit of the song quite nicely, the clever lyrics coming to the fore as singer Douglas Enkler dons his best Sinatra voice it should be noted that most of the vocalists don't even attempt to sound like the Chairman. But that's not to say the album doesn't have its missteps -- it would be more surprising if a compilation like this didn't. "The Lady Is a Tramp" by Babe the Blue Ox is highly imaginative, but in the end it just sounds like an exercise in weirdness; "Come Fly With Me," as done by Samiam, seems to be an excuse for the boys to act goofy. And a band as good as Girls Against Boys could've done a little more with "My Funny Valentine"; as it is, it sounds like grunge by the numbers. Fortunately, the good far outweighs the bad heck, in this setting, even the bad is kind of good, and Chairman of the Board could introduce songs by greats such as Rodgers & Hart, Frank Loesser, and Sammy Cahn to listeners who never would've given them the time of day. An added plus: the cynical, witty liner notes by Penn Jillette.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/1993
  • Label: Grass Records (Dead)
  • UPC: 017531121227
  • Catalog Number: 1212

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Chicago
  2. 2 My Way - Kramer
  3. 3 The Summer Wind
  4. 4 Dream Away
  5. 5 The Lady Is a Tramp
  6. 6 No One Ever Tells You
  7. 7 Luck Be a Lady
  8. 8 The Tender Trap (Love Is)
  9. 9 I Won't Dance
  10. 10 Fly Me to the Moon
  11. 11 My Funny Valentine
  12. 12 I Wish I Were in Love Again
  13. 13 It Was a Very Good Year
  14. 14 Here's to the Losers
  15. 15 I've Got the World on a String
  16. 16 It Was a Very Good Year
  17. 17 Bim Bam Baby
  18. 18 Fly Me to the Moon
  19. 19 I Wish I Were in Love Again
  20. 20 All or Nothing at All
  21. 21 That's Life
  22. 22 Witchcraft
  23. 23 Call Me Irresponsible
  24. 24 I've Got You Under My Skin
  25. 25 Come Fly with Me
  26. 26 Luck Be a Lady
  27. 27 Somethin' Stupid
  28. 28 This Town
  29. 29 Stormy Weather
  30. 30 One for My Baby (And One Morefor the Road)
  31. 31 All or Nothing at All
  32. 32 Mack the Knife
  33. 33 How Little It Matters How Little We Know
  34. 34 The Coffee Song (They've Got an Awful Lot of Coffee in Brazil)
  35. 35 Strangers in the Night
  36. 36 One for My Baby (And One Morefor the Road)
  37. 37 Dream Away
  38. 38 Pretty Colors
  39. 39 One for My Baby (And One Morefor the Road)
  40. 40 The Way You Look Tonight
  41. 41 New York, New York
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Whirling Dervishes Track Performer
The Flaming Lips Track Performer
Crust Track Performer
Down by Law Track Performer
Indian Bingo Track Performer
Jawbox Track Performer
Kramer Track Performer
Samiam Track Performer
Screeching Weasel Track Performer
Sister Double Happiness Track Performer
Treepeople Track Performer
Viva Saturn Track Performer
Milk Track Performer
Cherubs Track Performer
Gnome Track Performer
Prisonshake Track Performer
Mind over Matter Track Performer
Girls Against Boys Track Performer
Lotion Track Performer
Nod Track Performer
Pitchblende Track Performer
Severin Track Performer
Small Track Performer
Swell Track Performer
Toadies Track Performer
Tulips Track Performer
Ed Hall Track Performer
Babe the Blue Ox Track Performer
Barnabys Track Performer
Red Footed Genius Track Performer
The Vindictives Track Performer
Alloy Track Performer
John's Black Dirt Track Performer
Mousetrap Track Performer
Poole Track Performer
Twitch Track Performer
Urban DK Track Performer
Dandelion Fire Track Performer
Lester Vegas Track Performer
Zonic Shockum Track Performer
Technical Credits
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Felicia Sanders Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Arthur Altman Composer
Fred Fisher Composer
Sammy Mysels Composer
Bart Howard Composer
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