Let's Be Frank: A Tribute to Sinatra

Let's Be Frank: A Tribute to Sinatra

     
 

So when is a tribute album not really a tribute album? When it's made up of tracks recorded over a period of years that were never originally intended to be part of a tribute album in the first place. None of the folks here -- everyone from Mel Tormé ("The Second Time Around"), Ella Fitzgerald ("The…  See more details below

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So when is a tribute album not really a tribute album? When it's made up of tracks recorded over a period of years that were never originally intended to be part of a tribute album in the first place. None of the folks here -- everyone from Mel Tormé ("The Second Time Around"), Ella Fitzgerald ("The Tender Trap"), and Billie Holiday ("All the Way") to ring-a-ding-ding pretenders to the throne like Buddy Greco ("The Lady Is a Tramp"), Jack Jones ("Strangers in the Night"), and Paul Anka ("My Way") -- ever did an actual Sinatra tribute album during his lifetime and all the tracks here were album filler, buried on a side two where they wouldn't get much comparison to the definitive reading by the Chairman of the Board. So with all that said and with this released less than a month after Sinatra's death in 1998 (although to be fair, it was compiled and annotated before his death), the odd thing is how well this collection actually does hang together. Nobody tries to cut Sinatra on his own turf here, and you walk away realizing what an enormous influence the man had on 20th century song interpretation and the majority of its practitioners. On that level, it's a true success.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/30/1998
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0076744011220
catalogNumber:
40112

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Anka   Track Performer
Lou Rawls   Track Performer
Chet Baker   Track Performer
Ella Fitzgerald   Track Performer
Buddy Greco   Track Performer
Cleo Laine   Track Performer
Oscar Peterson   Track Performer
Mel Tormé   Track Performer
Dinah Washington   Track Performer
Tutti Camarata   Track Performer
Della Reese   Track Performer
Jack Jones   Track Performer
McGuire Sisters   Track Performer
Matt Monro   Track Performer
Louis Armstrong   Track Performer
Billie Holiday   Vocals,Track Performer
Johnny Hartman   Track Performer
Carmen McRae   Vocals,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Paul Anka   Composer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Paul Santos   Art Direction
Joseph F. Laredo   Liner Notes
Jacques Revaux   Composer
Claude François   Composer
Gilles Thibault   Composer

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