Sinatra Sings Cole Porter

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Take the greatest popular singer of the 20th century and pair him with the songs of one of America’s finest composers, and you can’t go far wrong. Culling studio and radio performance recordings from 1944 to 1951 (including unreleased recordings, alternative arrangements, and two songs never officially recorded by the vocalist), Sinatra Sings Cole Porter captures the singer at an early peak, and the composer in his prime. Sinatra gravitated to the sophistication of Porter’s work, and his admiration of such classics as “I Love You,” “I Concentrate on You,” “Just One of Those Things,” “Night and Day,” and “Begin the Beguine” is apparent from the first note. It’s also ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Take the greatest popular singer of the 20th century and pair him with the songs of one of America’s finest composers, and you can’t go far wrong. Culling studio and radio performance recordings from 1944 to 1951 (including unreleased recordings, alternative arrangements, and two songs never officially recorded by the vocalist), Sinatra Sings Cole Porter captures the singer at an early peak, and the composer in his prime. Sinatra gravitated to the sophistication of Porter’s work, and his admiration of such classics as “I Love You,” “I Concentrate on You,” “Just One of Those Things,” “Night and Day,” and “Begin the Beguine” is apparent from the first note. It’s also fascinating to hear Sinatra interpret such songs as “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” years before he recorded his more famous versions for Capitol Records. A gem of a collection.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
As the repository of the earliest phase of Frank Sinatra's solo career, 1943-1952, Columbia Records is usually thought to be at a disadvantage against the more accomplished work the singer recorded for Capitol Records and his own Reprise imprint. But in two albums released on the same day in 2003, Sinatra Sings Cole Porter and Sinatra Sings Gershwin, Columbia's Legacy division expands on its studio recordings of Sinatra by borrowing airchecks from the collection of Charles L. Granata, and thereby improves its holdings. Sinatra would not seem at first blush to be the ideal interpreter of Porter, if only because his rough-and-tumble background is always visible beneath his careful intonation, while Porter's lyrics are redolent of wealth and comic condescension. But Sinatra sang "Night and Day" in his first solo session in 1942 and went on to perform Porter throughout his career, often achieving near-definitive readings. The ground on which they met was intellectual rather than social: Porter was at heart a wit, and Sinatra understood the jokes, while emphasizing what emotional content there was, giving it a greater sincerity than the songwriter might have intended. This collection effectively mixes a bunch of studio recordings with previously unreleased radio performances that find Sinatra ranging over many different Porter moods. The singer can be appropriately smoldering on "I Concentrate on You" just after turning in a version of "Don't Fence Me In" for Your Hit Parade that captures its rambunctious mood even as he stumbles over the rapid-fire lyrics and shouts, "Too many words!" Equally playful and wordy is his duet with Rosemary Clooney on "Cherry Pies Ought to Be You," a piece of Porter patter that should be known better. This album is an excellent addition to Columbia's underrated Sinatra archive and a gift to the singer's fans. The sound quality is iffy on some of these aging tracks, but the material makes the release worthwhile.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972373225
  • Catalog Number: 723732
  • Sales rank: 6,679

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Sinatra Primary Artist
Phil Moore Conductor
Skitch Henderson Conductor
George Siravo Conductor
Axel Stordahl Conductor
Phil Moore Four Conductor
Mark Warnow Conductor
Technical Credits
Billy May Arranger
Phil Moore Arranger
Skitch Henderson Orchestra Director
George Siravo Arranger
Will Friedwald Liner Notes
Cole Porter Composer
Axel Stordahl Orchestra Director
Harry Archer Composer
Phil Moore Four Arranger
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Harlan Thompson Composer
Douglas Grabowski Packaging Manager
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very bad sound quality

    The sound quality is awful. It's better to listen to Sinatra in the 1950's and 1960's, when the recording equipment was better.

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