Sessions with Sinatra: Frank Sinatra and the Art of Recording [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Sessions with Sinatra: Frank Sinatra and the Art of Recording

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Overview

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: 9781613742815
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 425,924
  • File size: 15 MB
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2002

    An invaluabale addition to the Sinatra shelf

    What an elegant book. It approaches Sinatra¿s remarkable career from the inside out, from the place that mattered most to him -- the recording studio. Granata makes you feel, as no other book quite does, the sensitivity of Sinatra¿s unique relationship with his craft.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2000

    Starts Out Great...Runs Outta Gas, Baby!

    While the premise of the book is what Sinatraphiles have been begging for for seemingly centuries,(we got fooled BADLY with the Freidwald pompous biography!!), Chuck falls short of the final goal of covering ALL of Sinatra's recording career in detail. He starts out slowly, builds to a fever pitch in the 50's and early 60's, then suddenly fades to a whimper after the 'Sinatra Jobim' album of 1967. Granted, there may have been a space issue here as Mr. S's recording career was so huge...but that's no excuse for a less than full coverage of the Man @ home in the recording studio. There are some great insights that even this longtime Sinatraphile had never heard or seen before...so it's worth the money. But, Chuckie, baby, you sold short!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 1999

    Into The Recording Studio with Sinatra

    At last!!!! After all these years, a book that actually takes you into the studio with the century's finest popular singer. Using interviews with arrangers, producers, musicians and engineers, Chuck Granata takes you behind the scenes of the making of such classic Sinatra albums as 'Only The Lonely,' 'Ring a Ding Ding,' and the Concert Sinatra.' It's as close as many of us will ever get to an actual Sinatra recording session. The biggest puzzle is why it took so many years for a book like this to materialize.

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