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London
     

London

by Frank Sinatra
 
A sequel of sorts to the previous New York and Vegas box sets, London is in some respects a super-expanded version of 1962's Sinatra Sings Great Songs from Great Britain, with the record anchoring the first disc of this three-CD/one-DVD box and outtakes from the album showing up on the second CD; the rest of the set

Overview

A sequel of sorts to the previous New York and Vegas box sets, London is in some respects a super-expanded version of 1962's Sinatra Sings Great Songs from Great Britain, with the record anchoring the first disc of this three-CD/one-DVD box and outtakes from the album showing up on the second CD; the rest of the set consists of BBC performances from 1953, spoken Sinatra introductions from a 1962 "Light Programme" special, and a full performance at Royal Albert Hall from 1984 on the third disc, while the DVD contains a previously unreleased filmed 1962 concert at Royal Festival Hall along with a 1970 performance at the same venue. It's a rather lavish celebration for a record that isn't wildly remembered as one of Sinatra's best. Frankly speaking, Sings Great Songs from Great Britain isn't remembered often at all, as it was something of a curiosity: it is the only album Frank recorded outside of the United States, working with arranger Robert Farnon and supported entirely by British musicians. Appropriately enough, the album only saw release in the U.K., in 1962, not appearing in the U.S. until a CD reissue in the '90s, where it wound up getting lost amidst all the other heavyweight '60s titles. Sings Great Songs from Great Britain isn't forceful, it's a subtle, insinuating record -- the kind of thing to turn to once all the great Sinatra albums have dimmed slightly, because that's when it'll sound rich and fresh. And so it is here with the box: now that it's placed on a handsome boxed pedestal, the lushness of Farnon's arrangements contrast nicely with Frank's slightly weary, weathered voice. It's also interesting to hear the session tapes on disc two, as they offer insight on how the conductor and singer collaborated, but the BBC sessions are even better: bold, robust performances that capture Sinatra on the cusp of his '50s revival (the spoken sessions from the special are little more than period curios). Finally, the third disc is pure Chairman of the Board shtick, all swinging Vegas brass that is fun but seems a little gauche compared to the rest of this fine, understated box.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/09/2014
Label:
Reprise / Umgd
UPC:
0602547035684
catalogNumber:
002200500
Rank:
8705

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. The Very Thought of You
  2. We'll Gather Lilacs
  3. If I Had You
  4. Now Is The Hour
  5. The Gypsy
  6. A Nightingale Sang n Berkeley Square
  7. A Garden In the Rain
  8. London By Night
  9. We'll Meet Again
  10. I'll Follow My Secret Heart
  11. Roses of Picardy
  12. Introduction
  13. Sinatra On a Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
  14. Sinatra On the Gypsy
  15. Sinatra On We'll Meet Again
  16. Sinatra On a Garden In the Rain
  17. Sinatra On I'll Follow My Secret Heart
  18. Sinatra On the Very Thought of You
  19. Sinatra On If I Had You
  20. Sinatra On We'll Gather Lilacs
  21. Sinatra On Now is the Hour
  22. Sinatra On London By Night
  23. End Credits

Disc 2

  1. The Very Thought of You
  2. A Garden In the Rain
  3. London By Night
  4. The Gypsy
  5. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
  6. We'll Meet Again
  7. Bbc Show Band Show : I've Got the World On a String/Day In, Day O

Disc 3

  1. Fly Me To the Moon
  2. The Lady is a Tramp
  3. Come Rain or Come Shine
  4. This is All I Ask
  5. L.A. is My Lady
  6. Pennies From Heaven
  7. Monologue
  8. Luck Be a Lady
  9. My Way
  10. Here's To the Band
  11. These Foolish Things
  12. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
  13. Don't Worry 'Bout Me
  14. New York, New York
  15. Strangers In the Night
  16. Mack the Knife
  17. Bows/You Are There

Disc 4

  1. Introduction
  2. Goody, Goody
  3. Imagination
  4. At Long Last Love
  5. Moonlight In Vermont
  6. Without a Song
  7. Day In, Day Out
  8. The Moon Was Yellow
  9. I've Got You Under My Skin
  10. I Get a Kick Out of You
  11. The Second Time Around
  12. Too Marvelous For Words
  13. My Funny Valentine
  14. In the Still of the Night
  15. My Blue Heaven
  16. April In Paris
  17. You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You
  18. Monologue & Band Introductions
  19. They Can't Take That Away From Me
  20. All the Way
  21. Chicago
  22. Night and Day
  23. Autumn Leaves
  24. I Could Have Danced All Night
  25. One For My Baby
  26. A Foggy Day
  27. The Lady is a Tramp
  28. Bows
  29. Ol' Man River
  30. You Make Me Feel So Young
  31. Nancy
  32. Come Fly With Me
  33. Bows
  34. You Make Me Feel So Young
  35. Pennies From Heaven
  36. I've Got You Under My Skin
  37. Something
  38. The Lady is a Tramp
  39. I Get Along Without You Very Well
  40. Didn't We?
  41. One For My Baby
  42. A Foggy Day
  43. I Will Drink the Wine
  44. I Have Dreamed
  45. My Kind of Town
  46. My Way

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frank Sinatra   Primary Artist
Robert Farnon   Conductor
Joe Parnello   Conductor
Bill Miller   Conductor
Robert Farnon & His Orchestra   Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Frank Sinatra   Introduction
Paul Anka   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
George Harrison   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Arranger,Composer
Quincy Jones   Arranger,Composer
Bert Kaempfert   Composer
Billy May   Arranger
Russ Morgan   Composer
Jimmy Campbell   Composer
Neal Hefti   Arranger
Ray Noble   Composer
Carroll Gibbons   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Noël Coward   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Paul Ryan   Composer
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
George Siravo   Arranger
Josef Myrow   Composer
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
John Kander   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Ken Barnes   Liner Notes
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Billy Byers   Arranger
Johnny Burke   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Carroll Coates   Composer
Don Costa   Arranger
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Robert Farnon   Arranger
Frank Foster   Arranger
Ernie Freeman   Arranger
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Lennie Hayton   Arranger
Jerry Hey   Arranger
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Arranger
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Fred Parris   Composer
Dan Peters   Video Editor
Cole Porter   Composer
Jacques Prévert   Composer
Billy Reid   Composer
Phil Silvers   Composer
Larry Stock   Composer
Axel Stordahl   Arranger
Jule Styne   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Paul Webster   Composer
Torrie Zito   Arranger
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Larry Walsh   Engineer
Peggy Jones   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
Joe Parnello   Arranger
Eddie Snyder   Composer
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Fred Ebb   Composer
Harry Sukman   Composer
Ted Shapiro   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Joseph Kosma   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Edgar Leslie   Composer
Reginald Connelly   Composer
John Blackburn   Composer
Fred Fisher   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer
Eric Maschwitz   Composer
Manning Sherwin   Composer
Karl Suessdorf   Composer
Claude François   Composer
Dorothy Stewart   Composer
Gilles Thibaut   Composer
Hughie Charles   Composer
James Dyrenforth   Composer
Hayden Wood   Composer
Dave Matthews   Arranger
Charles Pignone   Producer
Ivor Novello   Composer
Benny Green   Liner Notes
Billy Rose   Composer
Robert Finkelstein   Executive Producer
Sharman Howe   Composer
Maewa Kaihan   Composer
Alfred Nittoli   Composer
Matt Read   Art Direction
Avo Uvezian   Composer
Ross Parker   Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer
James Cavanagh   Composer
G. Whiting   Composer
Bart Howard   Composer
Charles Singleton   Composer
Arthur Schroeck   Composer
Jacques Abel Jules Revaud   Composer
Clemnet Scott   Composer
Meric De Silva   Authoring

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