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Sinatra still great
on 1 February 2008
After the long and irratating introduction by Howard Cosell on track 1 (they could have fitted another song in instead) you soon realise that this is still a high class album.
After this poor start 'The Lady is a Tramp' and 'I Get A Kick Out of You' quickly rescue matters and show that Sinatra's voice was still in fine shape, if not quite as good as 10 or twenty years earlier. Hardly surprising though as he was approaching 60 when this recording was made. However that classic timbre and his marvellous phrasing compensate for any slight deterioation in his voice. This natural talent is undiminished and a always a joy to hear. The other part of this album thats great are the big band (Woody Herman) and the arrangements, which are all impeccable.
Apart from his immense talent the other aspect of Sinatra that I love is the credit he gives to the songwriters and arrangers, whose songs and arrangements he so wonderfully sings. So whether its Cole Porter, Stevie Wonder or Don Costa all are given credit by Sinatra.
This isn't as good as 'Live at the Sands' or 'Songs for Swinging Lovers', but those two great albums aside this is still Sinatra near his best and that means you should own this. There won't be another Sinatra...