Sessions with Sinatra: Frank Sinatra and the Art of Recording

Sessions with Sinatra: Frank Sinatra and the Art of Recording

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by Charles L. Granata
     
 

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Frank Sinatra was not only the greatest popular singer of the century-he was also the ultimate recording artist. In addition to introducing and perfecting a unique vocal style, he was also his own in-studio "producer," personally supervising every aspect of his recordings, from choosing the songs and arrangers to making minute adjustments in mike placement.… See more details below

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Frank Sinatra was not only the greatest popular singer of the century-he was also the ultimate recording artist. In addition to introducing and perfecting a unique vocal style, he was also his own in-studio "producer," personally supervising every aspect of his recordings, from choosing the songs and arrangers to making minute adjustments in mike placement. One of the thrills of listening to Sinatra is wondering how he did it-and this book explains it all, bringing the dedicated fan and the casual music lover alike into the recording studio to glimpse the fascinating working methods he introduced and mastered in his quest for recorded perfection. Featuring 100 photographs of Sinatra working with orchestras and arrangers, listening to playbacks, and, of course, singing, Sessions with Sinatra tells the whole story of how he created the Sinatra sound and translated the most intense personal emotions into richly worked-out songs of unrivalled expressiveness.

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Editorial Reviews

Cape Cod Times
[P]rovides a wealth of details about Frank Sinatra's days and nights in the studio. A fine companion to your Sinatra CD collection.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Granata, producer and director of Sinatra's Columbia recordings, offers a rare glimpse into the work that went into making the Sinatra sound. He covers all the technical details, from Sinatra's early pioneering of the microphone as instrument to transcripts of his many studio directions and casual late-night jokes. Granata summarizes the major recording eras in Sinatra's career, from the Columbia years (1943-1952) to his Duets work in the mid-1990s with singers such as Bono and Chrissie Hynde. With a foreword by adoring sound engineer Ramone and afterword by Nancy Sinatra, this testimony to Sinatra's studio time is weakened only by its unwavering homage. But much can be read between the lines. What is said (Sinatra is quoted, "You can never do anything in life quite on your own.... Making a record is as near as you can get to it") and what can be extrapolated (Sinatra did not, perhaps, appreciate the debt owed to songwriters, musicians, producers and arrangers) can make for good reading. Late in the book, Granata confesses, "Sinatra's personal relationships with the musicians were complex.... Maybe Sinatra feared the old adage, `Familiarity breeds contempt.'" It's evident throughout that Sinatra asserted his ideas and ego masterfully, creating his unique sound and image with an iron will. Those who enjoyed Bill Zehme's book on Sinatra's style, The Way You Wear Your Hat, will welcome this look at the technique, skills and behind-the-scenes action involved in one of the longest, most successful singing careers in U.S. history. 100 photographs. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Granata, a leading authority on Sinatra and a producer at Sony Music's Legacy Records, brings readers into the recording studio to glimpse the fascinating working methods Sinatra introduced in his quest for recorded perfection. He tells how Sinatra created his sound and translated the most intense emotions into richly worked songs of unrivaled expressiveness. Features some 100 b&w photos of Sinatra working in the studio. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556525094
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/2003
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
286,887
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author


Charles L. Granata is one of the world's experts on Sinatra, acts as the project director/producer for all of his Columbia recordings, and has completed hundreds of interviews with people who worked with Sinatra on his records. He lives in Livingston, New Jersey.

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