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  • Actors: Frank Sinatra, Howard Cosell, Woody Herman, Carol Channing, William Conrad
  • Directors: Bill Carruthers
  • Writers: Rich Eustis
  • Producers: Jerry Weintraub, Roone Arledge
  • Format: Black & White, Colour, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Warner Music Vision
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jan. 2002
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NVTU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,422 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Frank Sinatra captured live in performance at Madison Square Garden in 1974. Includes 'The Lady is a Tramp', 'My Kind of Town' and 'My Way'.

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This was for my twenty fifth wedding anniversary as a gift to my husband we had this on video many years ago was so pleased to find it on DVD quality and delivery was perfect Thankyou so much one happy husband would recommend this seller
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Cole on 19 Feb. 2006
Format: DVD
Disappointing. Old Blue Eyes still pushes the right buttons but although Madison Gardens is great for Ali it's not the venue for Francis Albert. Still worth a look anyway.
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By Ms. Paula Clements on 6 July 2015
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Amazing DVD.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Francis Albert, The Champ 17 May 2004
By Alejandra Vernon - Published on
Taped live in New York's Madison Square Garden on October 13th, 1974, Sinatra stands on a small stage encircled by an audience of 20,000 fans, and as Howard Cosell says in his intro, "celebrities are here in profusion", like Robert Redford, and his look-alike, N.Y.C. Mayor (1966-1973) John Lindsay; Sinatra says during the concert, "I have never felt so much love in one room in my whole life", and as one can see from the applause and outpouring of affection, he conquers them all.
Sinatra was 58 at the time, and his voice is far from the perfection of his younger years, but his incredible musicality shines through the occasional vocal crackle.

The band led by Don Costa is terrific, with brass blazing and crisp drum beats, and highlights for me are the jazzy, swinging "I've Got You Under My Skin", and one of my top 10 favorite songs, "Angel Eyes", which no one has been able to interpret as well as Sinatra; in this rendition he compensates for his diminished vocal power by making it a theater piece, and showing his acting his hands during this song, which are so dramatically expressive.
Those who seek the vocal excellence of Sinatra's youth should get one of his wonderful CDs instead (my choice is the extraordinary "Only the Lonely"), but true and faithful Sinatra fans will cherish this tape.
Total running time is 53 minutes.

Song list:
"The Lady is a Tramp"
"I Get a Kick Out of You"
"Let me Try Again"
"Autumn in New York"
"I've Got You Under My Skin"
"Bad, Bad Leroy Brown"
"Angel Eyes"
"You Are the Sunshine of My Life"
"The House I Live In"
"My Kind of Town"
"My Way"
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The key word here is ENERGY 22 July 2004
By J. Boreczky - Published on
Format: DVD
Frank definitely looks and sounds as if he has been doing alot of boozing and staying out late on this performance. What he lacks in vocal power in this performance, he makes up for in charisma and confidence. He cuts notes short, knowing his limitations. The highlight for me was his performance of Angel Eyes. His voice was perfect for the message in this song. As always Frank was classy and professional. I would recommend this more for the attitude and swagger that was Frank, than for his vocal capabilities during this particular performance.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Ignore the 'Sad State...' review 21 Feb. 2006
By D Wetterer - Published on
Format: DVD
I personally loved this DVD... those expecting 5.1 surround and HDTV quality video need their heads examined!!! REMEMBER... this was a live ABC special from 1974! DVD's didn't even exist, much less VHS... so this is what we get. Be thankful that the master tapes even existed to produce this for the home market.

I'm not sure I understand the "Sad State..." reviewer's intention. He has posted the same review (verbatim!) on each of the Sinatra Reprise concert DVD's, giving them each one star. The point of the rating system is to rate the DVD for what it is, not for what you believe the label should produce. Yes, it would be nice to get these all in a box set, but's review/rating system is NOT the place to express your opinion. Let the producer know!!!

This is certainly not Sinatra's best performance, but it's not his worst either. I just love the fact that it even exists on DVD!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Chairman rules the stage 24 Feb. 2010
By Bobby-head - Published on
Format: DVD
Ole blue eys owns New York city this night. He is the king in this fabulous performance by one of the greatest singing performers - ever! Other young pop singers today, who have no talent, except to fill the areanas with empty heads, need special effect fireworks on stage, back ground sissy dancing performers, lousey bands, electro strobe light flashing to cover up for that fact that these girls and boys today cannot stand even near Frank Sinatra's shadow.

All the Chairman of the Board needs is one spotlight, and a great arrangement back up band and he will melt your heart and rule the entertainment world. You know, in this show, he's not just singing to the elite of the big apple, who have come to hear and see the great one; he's also singing to the blue collar worker who saved his money to see this once in a life time great performance. Like Judy Garland he acts and performs his songs with great interpretation. We don't see this from the young kid singers of today.

Yes it was shot with the old color TV cameras and so it's not like blue-ray quaility but the sound is great and the artist is the best. A must have DVD. It has to be the best live performance of Mr. Sinatra.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Frank Sinatra-The Main Event 11 Feb. 2007
By R. Mason - Published on
Format: DVD
This is probably Sinatra's best live performance on DVD. Recorded in 1974 it buzzes with excitement from his entrance down the aisle at Madison square Garden till the last moment. His selection during the concert was well balanced and his interaction with the crowd delightful. The only thing missing was "New York, New York" but he released it a tad too late for this airing-around 1979. Overall a great buy. One Sinatra fans will play over and over I feel sure.
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