Romance: Songs From the Heart Import
Romance: Songs From the Heart contains 21 of Sinatra's classic Capitol-era (1953-61) love songs digitally re-mastered (24-bit) from the original studio tapes and together for the first time on one CD. An unreleased version of "Nice 'N' Easy" and "If You Are But A Dream" (never-before commercially available on CD) complement the collection. Also included is "Try A Little Tenderness" made famous by Otis Redding and covered by Michael Buble.
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Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely
The Capitol Years
Songs for Swingin Lovers
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All of Frank's Capitol-era work is excellent, the best of his career. Which means you can't go wrong with any comp from Capitol. The inclusion of If You Are But a Dream has lifelong Sinatra collectors (like me) dancing in the aisles over this release.
Still, I can't award 5 stars, since those should be reserved for the best, and that would be any of his concept albums from the 1950s.
Foremost is The Voice. Sinatra was The Man with the Golden Throat. He had the ability to express more emotion through a song lyric than anyone before or since. Assuming you already know and love Sinatra's style, you certainly won't be disappointed with either the material selected for this disk or the quality of the sound.
There are lots of Sinatra compilations available these days, but this one is particularly notable for including songs that aren't readily available from other sources. For example, "If You Are But A Dream" was recorded in 1957, but has been unavailable on CD in the US until now. That in itself is worth the price of the CD. There is also a dramatic version of "Where or When" that begins simply with a single piano and transitions into a stunning payoff with the Nelson Riddle treatment of a full blown string section. My experience with CDs that promote "alternate takes" is that, while they can be amusing novelties, there was a very good reason why the alternate take went unused. However, the version of "Nice 'n' Easy" that's included here is absolutely lovely.
The songs on this CD have been beautifully remastered. Frank Sinatra was a perfectionist in the studio and it shows here on every track. What was state of the art recording fifty years ago cleans up very well. Frank never sounded better!
If you're tired of buying "Best Of..." sets that really aren't the best; or weary of compilations where you're distracted because the tracks are so scratchy you'd think they were recorded "live" in front of a convention of potato chip eaters, you'll be delighted with this CD!
Still unsurpassed interpretations of the Great American Songbook.
Will appeal to both die-hard and casual fans.