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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 (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 480 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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45 of 45 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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67 of 68 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not quite a bootleg! 17 Jun 2014
By James B. Spink HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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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10 of 10 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The master at work
Brilliant collectors item from the master Sinatra
Published 7 days ago by John Northfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A Masterpiece
Published 11 days ago by Judy de Bondt
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality, Superb value.
The above says it all. If you don't have any Sinatra albums, there is no better way to start. As for me, a great way to replace worn out vinyl without breaking the bank. Buy!
Published 25 days ago by Brian O'Connor
5.0 out of 5 stars What a bargain!
I don't buy myself much stuff and up til' this only had a 'best of' Sinatra CD. After watching a Sinatra doc on TV i decided to expand my Sinatra experience with this box set. Read more
Published 27 days ago by GeneralCromwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinatra albums
I've ben a Sinatra fan since age 16. I am now 76. All I had was LP records of Frank but now I have his finest recordings again ! Can't beat em' !!!!
Ty
Published 28 days ago by Tyrone H. Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Frankabulous !
First off, this is truly a BARGAIN!
You just can't go wrong for this price. There are many Sinatra cds out there which are to be kind, very ordinary and at worst, dross which... Read more
Published 1 month ago by niall corr
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinatra's best
This contains most of Sinatra's albums from his best period. If you already have his "Eight Classic ALbums" and "Nine Classic Albums" collections from Real Gone... Read more
Published 1 month ago by E
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old Frank
Bought as a present as very good value and the result was perfect with the whole set of well loved themes
Published 1 month ago by I. F. Riddle
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice and Easy!
This was my first ever Frank Sinatra purchase. I'd been warned away from these kind of sets, but to be honest it's brilliant. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark H
5.0 out of 5 stars Instant musical history....
This has all the greatest albums Sinatra made, and is great value for money...been playing them since I got it, and still haven't heard all the tracks... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. J. H. Wheeler
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