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The 1954-1961 Albums - 15 complete albums [Box set, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered]

Frank Sinatra Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 9
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Masterworks
  • ASIN: B00J0YABJ2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,291 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 complete original Sinatra albums and 43 bonus tracks on a limited edition 9CD box set. Legendary records from Frank Sinatra's golden age as a popular sophisticated vocalist released on Capitol with three on the singer's own label Reprise with accompaniment from orchestras conducted by Nelson Riddle, Billy May and Johnny Mandel.

Digitally remastered. Includes detailed booklet

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW 16 April 2014
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This a truly great box set,comes in a sturdy box with an informative booklet detailing the Albums and giving an insight into Franks battles with capitol Records,The albums come in cardboard slip covers featuring the original artwork,and the cover his most productive period with great arrangers such as Nelson Riddle and Billy May et al.What is fantastic is the remastering which has been done really well breathing new life into fantastic recordings.This box set is a must have if your a big fan or just a lover of great music GET IT NOW!
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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value & Sound 14 April 2014
By Pantheon TOP 500 REVIEWER
I'm not really a fanatic fan of Mr. Sinatra. More of a casual listener. However, I was recently given a Greatest Hits CD and really enjoyed it. So, when I saw this set being released - and at such a good price - I decided to get it.

I'm really glad I did.

Excellent sound - according to the box 44.1KHz 16-Bit CDs. All remastered.
Each CD is housed in a cardboard sleeve with the original release artwork. The outer box is thick cardboard (clamshell style).

The contents are:
Disc 1: Swing Easy! / Songs for Young Lovers (plus 12 bonus tracks)
Disc 2: In the Wee Small Hours (plus 8 bonus tracks)
Disc 3: Songs for Swingin' Lovers! (plus 11 bonus tracks)
Disc 4: Only the Lonely (plus 7 bonus tracks)
Disc 5: Come Dance with Me! / Come Fly with Me (plus 3 bonus tracks)
Disc 6: Nice 'n' Easy / Look to Your Heart
Disc 7: Sinatra's Swingin' Session!!! / A Swingin' Affair (plus 2 bonus tracks)
Disc 8: Come Swing with Me! / Sing Along with Me
Disc 9: Ring-a-Ding Ding! / I Remember Tommy...

Box states that this is a 'De-Luxe Edition'. If you're a fan and don't have these albums this is a great way to get some of Sinatra's best.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant 27 May 2014
By TheDoc
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Let me start by saying that if you are already a Sinatra fan that the recording quality of these CDs is excellent. Some of the albums from the 50s are not quite as good as those from the 60s but they are still surprisingly good, especially when you consider how the recording quality of many pop albums from the 50s or 60s (or even the 70s in some cases) can be so very poor. It is claimed that these have all been re-mastered and I can believe the claim - they are simply brilliant.

The bonus tracks are not from poorly recorded live concerts or takes that weren't considered for inclusion on any of the albums, they are just as good as anything else in the set. Some are single releases, for example 'Chicago' and so they are definitely a bonus.

OK now, if you are not a confirmed fan of 'old blue eyes' then you should be, imo he was the greatest 'American Songbook' singer of all time. At the time of these recordings he had much competition from great singers like Tony Bennett, Ella Fitgerald, Sammy Davis Jnr, Billy Eckstine et al. But sadly there is no one today who can compete with these recordings, please forget the likes of Robbie Williams and Rod Stewart they simply are not in the game compared to Sinatra.

The quality of songs in this set speaks for itself, composers like the Gershwins, Irving Berlin, Sammy Kahn, Gus Cahn, Jimmy van Heusen, Johnny Mercer, Jerome Kergy, Hoagy Carmichael - the list goes on. Just beautiful songs - music and lyrics!

Then we have the quality of the musicians. This set feature the Orchestras of Nelson Riddle, Johnny Mandel and Billy May.

Summing up then: This box set is about as good as gets and at £100 it would be great value - but just look at the current price.

Go on buy it. Go on, Go on, Go on, Go on, Go on, Go on, Go on, Go on, Go on, Go on, Go on!
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It never entered my mind..." 14 April 2014
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...that this would be so darn good.I bought it as a pig in a poke,with low expectations,never having heard of the label,but what a surprise I had.Certainly the best sounding Frank I've EVER come across, but as the previous reviewer said it's 16 bit,I must correct this...it is 24bit,although info on the box could be misinterpreted.This may not necessarily result in additional audible detail,but the 24 bit resolution gives a warmer,more analog sound,and is superb. Approx.11 hours or more of music,with some of his very best LP's and bonus material included.Whether it's upbeat,jaunty swinging Sinatra,or the melancholy of Wee Small Hours,here's a great collection,sure to satisfy the ardent enthusiast as much as the less dedicated fan.
However Eurosceptic you may be,this will surely make you a Frank-ophile!

PS Makin' Whoopee is one the best,wittiest,most cynical(or realistic,if you prefer) songs about romance ever written,I wonder whose decision, when originally recording it,it was to excise the faithlessness and divorce verses?For anyone interested in hearing the full version,there are two great versions to be had,one by Ricky Lee Jones and Dr.John,and another by Michelle Pfeiffer in The Fabulous Baker Boys movie.Great stuff!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not quite a bootleg! 17 Jun 2014
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Although this set from "Masterworks" is not a bootleg it is, however, far from an official release. It falls into the grey area where recorded music falls out of copyright and into the public domain. Until last year, in the UK, that period was 50 years from release - that period was challenged by various artists when it was realised that the fifty year period was rapidly approaching the sixties back-catalogues of many of them. The copyright period was successfully extended to 70 years in the UK under what became known as "Cliff's Law" as Cliff Richard was one of the campaigns leading lights. However, the law was not applied retrospectively so material that had already entered the public domain remains there. That is why there are many collections like this one that end around the year 1962!

Studying this set from top to bottom will not reveal its origin but a bit of research online suggests it is produced in Spain. The companies producing this type of collection do not usually have access to the original record company's master tapes so have to rely on "other sources" - generally vinyl records. So my guess would be that this collection has been dubbed from the original albums then fed through some clever computer software before being transferred to CD. That being said the end result is very good and although they don't take any credit for it the compilers have produced a really good package!

Assuming that these recordings are vinyl transfers would explain why the sound is as uncompressed as it is and many listeners are really going to enjoy them - even with a few imperfections! So if you understand that this is not an official release by any of Sinatra's record companies and are happy to accept it for what it is then I have no hesitation in recommending it as a good-sounding and great value collection.
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An excellent collection of some of Sinatras best work.
Published 10 days ago by fredw
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding......A MUST HAVE FOR MUSIC LOVERS.
This set is quite simply.........FANTASTIC. i'm a Sinatra collector, so i already own all these tracks on official Capitol CD sets, but i just could not resist buying this as the... Read more
Published 11 days ago by SieDen
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Can't really vouch for the sound quality yet, as I only bought it yesterday. However, even if it isn't quite up to the standard most reviews suggest, its still clearly a... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Mark One
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous quality sound.
Just bought this, tremendous value and what a sharp crystal clear sound especially on the stereo CDs , I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this collection any Sinatra fans, or anyone... Read more
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Published 13 days ago by Sailor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I already had most of these albums but this boxed set is fabulous
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