Ultimate Sinatra (summer reading/listening)

frank sinatraIn high school I was a hip hop addict and my buddy Gino was a Sinatra fan. We would go back and forth, I’d dis Frank and would tell me “just sit and listen…really listen to him.” It was 10 years after I graduated high school that I finally took G’s advice and listened to Frank Sinatra…really sat and listened to him. His voice was tremendous and I became an instant fan. Soon after I had the whole family listening to him. Love him or hate him, there is no denying, Sinatra was The Voice of the last century.

If Frankie was alive today he would be 100 this year, so I decided to celebrate the Sinatra centennial by adding a biography of the jazz/pop vocalist to my summer reading list. The library had a few on the shelf so I grabbed the biggest one and jumped in. I’m working my way through the massive 700 page bio titled, Frank: The Voice by James Kaplan. The biographer does a good job at reporting the facts but at times Kaplan can’t stop himself  from offering his own psychoanalysis of Sinatra. It’s well written so I can let that slide and feel pretty good about recommended it.

Always on the lookout for SinatSinatrara albums when I’m create digging for vinyl in thrift stores or online I decided a year is a long time to look without any results. After a deal fell through where I was to buy a stack of albums I went online and pre-ordered the centennial vinyl collection. If you’re a fan order it now and get it before Father’s Day.



Frank Sinatra: Ultimate Sinatra [2LP vinyl]

Side A

1. All Or Nothing At All

2. I’ll Never Smile Again

3. Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week)

4. Nancy (With The Laughing Face)

5. I’ve Got The World On A String

6. Young At Heart

7. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning

Side B

1. Learnin’ The Blues

2. Love And Marriage

3. I’ve Got You Under My Skin

4. Witchcraft

5. All The Way

Side C

1. Come Fly With Me

2. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)

3. The Way You Look Tonight

4. My Kind Of Town

5. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)

6. It Was A Very Good Year

Side D

1. Strangers In The Night

2. Summer Wind

3. That’s Life

4. My Way

5. Theme From New York, New York

6. Put Your Dreams Away

Bonus track download: (via included voucher)


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