A Voice In Time (1939-1952)

A Voice In Time (1939-1952)

by Frank Sinatra

CD(Remastered / Special Edition / Includes book)

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A smart, thoughtfully assembled four-CD collection, A Voice in Time charts the early development of Francis Albert Sinatra -- the standard by which all other classic American pop vocalists are measured. His journey to board chairmanship is charted from his first recordings with the Harry James Band in 1939 through his Victor years with Tommy Dorsey and finally during his extraordinary Columbia years, when he was teamed primarily with conductor/arranger Alex Stordahl and fashioned an extraordinary body of work that, amazingly, got even better when he moved to Capitol in 1953. The titles of the four discs pretty much tell the story: Disc 1, "The Big Band Years: 1939-1942," featured a young, even tentative Sinatra fronting James's and Dorsey's bands. The young voice is smooth and plaintive, but Sinatra sings with an emotional distance that would disappear when he started his solo career with Columbia and became, in the words of Disc 2's title, "Teen Idol: 1943-1952." Which is not to suggest Disc 1 is lesser Sinatra: His readings of "If I Didn't Care," "I'll Be Seeing You," the jaunty Irving Berlin gem "Blue Skies," and Cole Porter's "Night and Day" are strictly first-rank swooning material. Once into Disc 2, and on to Disc 3 ("The Great American Songbook," which starts with "All of Me" and goes on to collect work penned largely for film and Broadway by giants on the order of Carmichael, Arlen, Mercer, Berlin, Porter, the Gershwins, Kern, Hammerstein, et al.) and Disc 4 ("The Sound of Things to Come"), Sinatra increasingly asserts his personality on the lyrics; his phrasing becomes at once more precise and more rhythmically acute, and his emotional involvement in the material achieves a depth of feeling and nuance rarely approached by any other recording artist, ever. In Stordahl he had a studio alter ego who could challenge his artistry with both big, brassy arrangements ("When You're Smiling") and lush, heart-wrenching, string-driven charts ("Hello, Young Lovers," which drew a performance from Sinatra that is breathtakingly restrained and composed, as sung by a character whose broken heart hasn't killed his yearning for or memory of love; the impossibly winsome romantic testimony "We Kiss in a Shadow"; and the soaring, tender billet doux "My Girl" -- sequenced in a jaw-dropping trifecta on Disc 4). At the end of the time frame covered by this set, Sinatra was only three years away from his epic concept album for Capitol, The Wee Small Hours, but in the years charted on these discs, Ol' Blue Eyes wrote the book on 20th-century classic pop vocalizing. Historians and lovers alike can luxuriate in the treasures herein and get to the rest in due course.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2007
Label: Sony
UPC: 0886970966924
catalogNumber: 709669
Rank: 144327


Disc 1

  1. All or Nothing at All
  2. From the Bottom of My Heart
  3. If I Didn't Care
  4. Moon Love
  5. East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)
  6. I'll Be Seeing You
  7. Say It
  8. Blue Skies
  9. I'll Never Smile Again
  10. Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)
  11. This Love of Mine
  12. Oh, Look at Me Now!
  13. Just as Though You Were Here
  14. How About You?
  15. Imagination
  16. Frenesi
  17. Blue Moon
  18. Be Careful, It's My Heart
  19. The Song Is You
  20. Night and Day

Disc 2

  1. No Love, No Nothin'
  2. Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night in the Week)
  3. Oh! What It Seemed to Be
  4. You'll Never Know
  5. I've Got a Crush on You
  6. The Brooklyn Bridge
  7. Five Minutes More
  8. (It Seems to Me) I've Heard That Song Before
  9. The Trolley Song
  10. Time After Time
  11. Dream (When You're Feeling Blue)
  12. I Fall in Love Too Easily
  13. She's Funny That Way
  14. It's Been a Long, Long Time
  15. Dancing in the Dark
  16. I've Got You Under My Skin/Easy to Love
  17. Nancy (With the Laughing Face)
  18. Lover Come Back to Me
  19. Put Your Dreams Away (For Another Day)
  20. Again

Disc 3

  1. All of Me
  2. Sweet Lorraine
  3. Body and Soul
  4. All the Things You Are
  5. Embraceable You
  6. These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)
  7. Stormy Weather
  8. Begin the Beguine
  9. There Will Never Be Another You
  10. As Time Goes By
  11. The Nearness of You
  12. Stella by Starlight
  13. I Get a Kick out of You
  14. That Old Black Magic
  15. One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)
  16. It Had to Be You
  17. What'll I Do?
  18. Laura
  19. September Song
  20. Ol' Man River

Disc 4

  1. The Birth of the Blues
  2. April in Paris
  3. American Beauty Rose
  4. Lover
  5. The Continental
  6. Should I (Reveal)
  7. When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles with You) [From Meet Danny
  8. It All Depends on You
  9. Bye Bye Baby
  10. I Could Write a Book
  11. Autumn in New York
  12. If Only She'd Looked My Way
  13. Hello, Young Lovers
  14. We Kiss in a Shadow
  15. My Girl
  16. Love Me
  17. Farewell, Farewell to Love
  18. Walking in the Sunshine
  19. Why Try to Change Me Now
  20. I'm a Fool to Want You

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frank Sinatra   Primary Artist,Vocals
Pied Pipers   Guest Appearance
Will Bradley   Trombone
Bobby Hackett   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Mitch Miller   Conductor
Connie Haines   Guest Appearance
George Siravo   Conductor
Harry Sosnik   Conductor
Axel Stordahl   Conductor
Whippoorwills   Guest Appearance
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra   Guest Appearance
Mark Warnow   Conductor
Ray Charles Singers   Guest Appearance
Jeff Alexander Choir   Guest Appearance
Ken Lane Singers   Guest Appearance
Four Hits And A Miss   Guest Appearance
Vimms Vocalists   Guest Appearance
David Broekman   Guest Appearance
Bobby Tucker Singers   Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Ray Conniff   Arranger
Percy Faith   Arranger
Arthur Baker   Arranger
Sy Oliver   Arranger
Harold Arlen   Composer
Mitch Miller   Arranger
Nancy Sinatra   Liner Notes
George Siravo   Arranger
Jerome Kern   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Didier C. Deutsch   Liner Notes
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
David Raksin   Composer
Axel Stordahl   Arranger
Fred Stulce   Arranger
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Arranger
Henry Beau   Arranger
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Charles Granata   Liner Notes
William Gottlieb   Memorabilia
Clifford R. Burwell   Composer
S.K. Russell   Composer
A. Domínguez   Composer
Jeremy Holiday   Package Manager
Joel Herron   Composer
Morty Berk   Composer
Maria P. Marulanda   Art Direction

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A Voice In Time (1939-1952) 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have idolized Sinatra since I was seven years old. That's darn near 50 years. This compilation is nothing short of incredible. Some of the recordings I have never heard before! I can't thank the family enough for putting it together for us to enjoy. And in such a gorgeous package with a beautiful book. If you love Sinatra even half as much as I do, you MUST have this. I can't say enough good things about it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, I should have played the samples. I quickly bought this, and just hate the sound quality. The remastering does hardly anything. A lot of this is from old records. There are so many better recordings of Sinatra, like the Reprise recordings in stereo. This collection is going in my recycle bin.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are a lot of songs from the 1940's, when recording equipment wasn't all that good. He sounds muffled on a lot of songs because of the recording equipment. I prefer to listen to Sinatra in the 1950's, when the recording equipment made his voice sound clear. I also think the songs he did in the 1950's had better arrangements and lyrics. Frank's "Classic Sinatra" CD is better than any of this, as is Frank's "80th: All the best." People who want to get into Sinatra's music may not want to hear him anymore if they hear his voice muffled.
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