Friday, July 03, 2009

Classic Sinatra

"His songs are his home and he lets you in, but you know that to sing like that you've got to have lost a couple of fights. To know tenderness and romance you've got to have had your heart broken."

-Frank Sinatra, as described by Bono
upon receiving the Grammy Legend Award

So looking back through the archives, I realized that Frank Sinatra's music has appeared in fourteen different posts over the last three years. Fourteen and counting I should say, as I'm not planning on putting him aside and hitting endsville anytime soon. At this point, I'm not sure I have anything left to say about Ol' Blue Eyes that I haven't already admitted, but go back and read for yourself if you'd like to see what I've already penned.

I'm sure that in many of you readers' eyes, Sinatra made music for a couple generations back, and that's fine. But if you've never given the man a chance, you might be surprised and find out why he is the titan of 20th century music that he is. The man knew how to win, how to live life to the fullest, and to celebrate life from one cuff link to the other. More importantly, as Bono summed up above, he know how to lose, and still come back out of his corner swinging.

A little over a year ago I wrote about Nothing But the Best, a collection of twenty two tracks from his Reprise years that although nowhere near complete, was a nice place to start for his best songs from that period in his career. Well tonight I'm sharing a similar, more recent release with you, Classic Sinatra II. Compiled as a follow-up to double platinum selling Classic Sinatra, this album culls twenty one tracks from his Capitol years (the label he was at before he founded Reprise Records under Warner Brothers Records), including one unreleased track, This Can't Be Love. Just as with Nothing But the Best, it's clearly impossible to gather all of his greatest work on one disc from this period, and for a more thorough job, do yourself a favor and get yourself the three disc set The Capitol Years. BUT, if you don't want to listen to three full discs, Classic Sinatra II is a great place to head.

Visit his official website and this release's label Capitol Records.

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