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Great Songs From Great Britain [CD]

Frank Sinatra Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Jan 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B002Z8HVS4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,461 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EMOTION RECOLLECTED IN TRANQUILITY 10 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
All the world's great arrangers---most of whom got to work with Frank Sinatra (the rest wish they had)---are (or were) American. With one exception: Canadian-born Robert Farnon. At last report, Bob was still alive and well, and living at "La Falaise" on the Channel Island of Guernsey (a letter with only that address can reach him). Now 85, he still makes the occasional foray into London to do what he's always done best.

Andre Previn, told the late, great lyricist Johnny Mercer that "Robert Farnon is the greatest living string arranger in the world." The great ones who admit to Farnon's influence have included Nelson Riddle, Don Costa, Quincy Jones, Marty Paich, Neil Hefti, Torrie Zito and Johnny Mandel (just to name the best who worked with Frank Sinatra), plus, (among those who didn't, but wished they had) Henry Mancini, Roger Kellaway, John ("Star Wars") Williams, Patrick Williams and British-born Jeremy Lubbock.

Great popular singers who share that opinion, include Sarah Vaughn and Tony Bennett. The list of musicians who feel the same way is too long, but start with pianists Herbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson and George Shearing.

Sinatra's voice on "Great Songs from Great Britain" may be functioning at only 80 per cent (my estimate) but it's still better than on some of his some later recordings, and no worse than on his roughest days at Capitol in the 50s. Listen again to the Billy May "Come Fly With Me" CD and the lone Nelson Riddle arranged song Cole Porter's "I Love Paris. "Sure, it's "rough" (was Frank up all night?) but still, you love it, right? Same with this CD: Precisely because he's the greatest interpreter of popular song, Sinatra makes adjustments to his delivery, transforming weaknesses into strengths before your very ears. Fascinating!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid Sinatra meets Brilliant Britain 20 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
1962 was without question the finest year for Sinatra's voice, the balance of warmth, strength, agility and ease of note hitting was never better, listen to the great albums from this year if you are in any doubt (Sinatra and Swingin' Brass, Sinatra and Strings, All Alone). Sinatra's concerns about his voice being tired after a long concert tour are ill founded, and if anything, these ballads are in fact bettered by that slightly weary tone. He also graces us with a wonderful more rounded diction on certain phrases, see his annunciation of the lyric "humble" in "if I had you" for an clear example.

The song selection on this album is wonderful, we see what is to my mind, the finest rendition of "The Very Thought of You", "London By Night" and "If I had you" that have ever been recorded, with "If I had you" being different, yet in my opinion, better than previously very good Sinatra recordings of this song. The charm of the album in my opinion is "a Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square", a beautiful song which Sinatra outdoes himself on. I heard it yesterday when I got the album for the first time and smiled to myself in sheer awe of the performance. A very Crosby like performance of this great standard, however a better, or at least equal, version than either Crosby or Nat King Cole achieved.

The quality of the album is very high, we saw a few iffy reprise recordings in regard to sound quality, however this is among the best of any Sinatra album. We get a wonderful projected feel from Sinatra, as if he is right in the forefront. This gives the album a strong and clear vocal, with a romantic and moody accompaniment from the arrangements.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super songs superbly sung! 6 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is another excellent collection of quintessentially British songs from the master, Frank Sinatra.
I now have it on CD after many years of owning the LP record.

I have always found it hard to understand why Frank wouldn't allow this collection to be released in the States for so long, unless he felt, on reflection, that an American audience would not be familiar enough with the material to fully appreciate it. Certainly the arrangements and recording are first class. OK, it's not the Great American Songbook but it has a lovely charm to it and Frank's treatment of the songs is beautiful.

If you haven't got it then treat yourself - you WON'T be disappointed!

Another fast delivery from Amazon - well done!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE COLLECTION 5 Mar 2010
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An album we somehow missed the first time around.
Definitely worth waiting for this second digital remastering.
Originally made in 1962 every track is breathtaking.
Sinatra at his very best interpreting the beautiful Robert Farnon Orchestra arrangements.
From the sumptuous strings accompanying his version of 'A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square' through to his superb rendering of 'London By Night'.'The Gypsy'
'If I Had You' there is nothing to fault on this CD.
A must have purchase for anyone enjoying the voice of Frank Sinatra singing Great Songs From Great Britain supported by such a very fine orchestra such as the Robert Farnon Orchestra.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An American In London 2 May 2012
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Strange indeed to hear Sinatra singing Great Songs From Great Britain. Pleasant though many of them are they collectively emerge as being rather small beer compared with The Great American Songbook, of which the singer was such a wonderful exponent. Among the eleven tracks, which run for no more than 38 minutes (short rations indeed), numbers such as Now Is The Hour and Roses Of Picardy are not really suitable material for the singer. The Very Thought Of You (a true classic), A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square and London By Night are better propositions but because the songs are all slowish ballads a certain monotony prevails. The distinctly fulsome liner notes by the late Benny Green fail to give a single mention to the eminent arranger and conductor Robert Farnon and, indeed, there is more than a slight implication that the singer ran the whole show himself. The lush arrangements are the sort one suspects the great Nelson Riddle might have provided had the album been recorded in the United States. Sympathy for Mr Farnon, then, to add to the other reservations. Still - that incomparable voice remains.
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5.0 out of 5 stars London by night
It was not released in the U.S. until many years later, this series of British songs, all very good and in my opinion the best sounding recording ever made ​​in any of Frank, at... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Eric Mascarin Perigault
5.0 out of 5 stars Top 5 Sinatra Album for a Song!
Utterly Gorgeous and Rare Sinatra Album.

Arranged and Conducted by Anglicised-Canadian Legend Robert Farnon. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Car Boy
4.0 out of 5 stars These really are great songs
This recording has had its critics. But as someone who has grown up with these songs I really do enjoy Sinatra's tribute to them along with the arrangements by Robert Farnon. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Peter Bye
4.0 out of 5 stars Sinatra sings
I'm a fan of Frank Sinatra, so although his voice isn't at his best here, the songs he has chosen are still given his style and phrasing, & make lovely listening.
Published on 17 April 2012 by ScottishDancer
5.0 out of 5 stars the best from the best
One of the best albums by Frank Sinatra,British songs by British composers,played by British bands.All in all can`t fault it.Enjoy.
Published on 3 Mar 2012 by sapper fgw
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok Sinatra
"Sinatra sings great songs from Great Britain" is a fairly middling Sinatra album from the early 60's. It's not a bad album but just very so so. Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2010 by Mr. Russell C. Witheyman
5.0 out of 5 stars Old blue eyes!
Very good service, item arrived the next day. It made a lovely birthday gift and my friend was very pleased with it. Thank you.
Published on 4 Oct 2010 by Jayvee
4.0 out of 5 stars sinatra sings great songs from great britain
Great songs by great singer and teriffic backing orcestra lead by Bob Farnon . K W
Published on 30 Aug 2010 by K. Worthington
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Sinatra
Let me firstly commit heresy - I am not one of those who think everything Sinatra recorded was sensational. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2010 by Edward Sammons
5.0 out of 5 stars music
a great cd which i hadnt known about so was really pleased when i saw it come up on amazon as my husband is a great sinatra fan
Published on 27 April 2010 by hohum
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