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


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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: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,214 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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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Count Arthur on 27 May 2014
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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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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By T. C. Clark on 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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114 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Pantheon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 April 2014
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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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover on 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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Deefer on 7 Jun. 2014
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I was a little sceptical having never heard of the " Masterworks" label but I am glad I trusted the other glowing reviews and bought this absolute bargain. As stated elsewhere the sound quality is amazing -warm , intimate and detailed and without the harsh brightness that mars many remasters. I have been listening to Mr Sinatra on vinyl and cd for over 40 years and these are the best sounding discs I have heard.
During his stay at Capitol Records in the 50's Sinatra established himself as a supreme artist. Key to this was his new relationship with Nelson Riddle who created wonderful arrangements that inspired Frank to new heights in popular singing. As you listen to these early Capitol recordings you feel his excitement as he explores his new "adult" voice . The singing here is sublime , the stretching of notes thrilling and this coincided with improvements in sound technology which meant that no singer had ever been recorded so faithfully before.
As the 60's arrived he moved to Reprise and although there were still outstanding moments (the Jobim collaboraton and The Concert Sinatra album especially ) the voice began to decline, time had moved on and the impatient Sinatra seemed to lose interest in seeking excellence in his work.
A few minor quibbles . A small selection of songs from the two Gordon Jenkins albums Where Are You and No One Cares and also from Close To You are included as extras among these discs .I'd prefer to have these albums in their entirities and lose the 3 Reprise albums which could have been bumped onto a second Reprise only set.This would have the added bonus of making the current set more balanced and less swing heavy. The provenance of these extra tracks could also have been detailed more informatively in the sleevenotes.
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