2 that I like are from DCC - 1957 in concert and the second is the rat pack. On the second the songs are very good with Dean Martin IMYO stealing the show, both are recorded live.
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The 50's material with Capitol (my favorite, by far) was digitally remastered I think in the late 80s and released on both CD and Lp. I bought Only the Lonely, In the Wee Small Hours (mono), Songs for Young Lovers (mono), and several others on CD. There was a lot of lousy remastering done in those days, but, to my ear, the folks that did this Sinatra material got it right with these three, at least. I have used the first two of those as demo discs (among others) in listening sessions at hi-fi stores from time-to-time. (In fact, I used two of the three last night on the EMM CDSA that I borrowed to audition for the weekend, and they sound really good.)
Since that time, I think they may have been remastered again. The newer versions may sound great...I don't know. There's such an irritating tendency among some companies to assume that "remastering" means "turn up the treble till it hurts"...so, out of caution, I'm sticking with what I've got, for now.
If you like the Tommy Dorsey/Sinatra material (which I quite enjoy, myself), RCA reissued it in nicely done remasterings in 1994 (CD only, as far as I know). The material was released in a 5-CD box called "The Song is You." It's just a tad brighter than I prefer, but they somehow cleaned up the sound very nicely compared to a similar earlier edition. It's some of the most listenable early 40's material that I've heard.
Thank you for your help in ssuggesting Frank Sinatra CD's.
In the meantime I have been searching and found the reviews on Amazon.com very instructive. Many of the people
that reviewed the cd's of Sinatra really know his music and it was obvious after reading 80-90 in depth opinions that there are 2 cd's that seemed to be worth trying. Well for $47.00 which includes shipping I purchased the 2 c'd
"The Very best of Frank Sinatra", and the 3 CD "The Capitol
Years" Both Cd's had great sonics and content. The Very Best of Frank had songs that he recorded in the 60's and the Capitol cd's were songs that he recorded in the 50's. There are some repeats of songs on both cd's that he sung in the 50's and 60's. I enjoyed both cd's and highly recommend them to all.
All of you who enjoy Sinatra Live at the Sands;
I can't recommend enough Robbie Williams Swing when you're Winning (don't be cynical => rat Pack fans will be floored by this production which is with Count Basie Band, an asbolute GEM and stellar audiophile quality!)
If you enjoyed the above - then you will also definitely enjoy Robbie Live at the Albert Hall DVD. Your wife will especially enjoy it - so make sure you cosy up on the couch with a bottle of wine!
BTW - I am NOT a fan of any of Robbie's other stuff.
PPS - Robbie uses active PMC speakers - so if this album impresses you then try to audition some...
The Sinatra "Best of Capitol" box set. Came out in early 1990s.
And Capitol Studios LA is where Robbie Williams recorded his Swing tribute to the Rat Pack with Count Basie Band. I promise you it is the real deal - superb drumming from Harold Jones and engineered by the incomparable Al Schmitt. If you don't have it and you like Sinatra then don't be cynical as it is a refreshing and worthehile rework of some old favorites...