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on 19 April 2017
This is not Sinatra's best album of all time by all means. but it goes down relatively well with the audience over all because of his ill health . He will forever be remembered for his inhabitance and his charisma towards music. He has got to be the best American male singer to hit the music scene.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 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...
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on 17 February 2003
...except, perhaps for She Shot Me Down.
With the possible exception of Trilogy, this is the only worthwhile album of the 70s for Frank lovers, except for collecting purposes.
By LA is My Lady, a suprisingly mediocre album, considering the players, producers and Quincy Joneses that were involved, Frank was in fleeing, failing voice. The next, and last live album, Sinatra 80th Live in Concert, sees Sinatra struggling and scraping through a number of the songs, the last of the voice nearly gone.
But this album is far from that saddening sight. After having been retired for a few years, this was probably the last time we captured the treasure of Frank's voice. He is electric from start to finish. With the Woody Herman orchestra thundering behind him, and 20,000 ecstatic people stamping and shaking in front of him, the atmosphere here is exciting, to say the least.
Howard Cosell's introduction over the Sinatra overture is a little silly indeed, but by the time Sinatra actually comes out into "The great arena", nobody is listening to him anyway, the audiences cheers having drowned him out before Frank even appears. These cheers just swell and grow until a lost voice just says "Ladies and gentlemen, from here on in, it's Frank Sinatra!"
And from there on in, it is. It's a shame the best track on the album, "The Lady Is A Tramp" is the first one. This new Billy Byers arrangement is just scintillating. Sinatra's voice has deepened severely, and occasionally, he does waver slightly, missing notes here and there. But his charm and swagger are still there, bigger than before. It would seem he has reinvented himself. A new giant. A new master of phrasing and wit.
The album continues through some great tracks: "I Get A Kick Out Of You", "Autumn in New York". And some really great tracks: "I've Got You Under My Skin", which has Frank's voice soaring into the sky on the last reprised chorus.
The new Riddle arrangement of "My Kind Of Town" is not as good as the original Riddle one, but it is still a lovely work of art. The modulation in the middle doesn't have the excitement of the one on the Sands album, which was altered slightly by Quincy Jones, but it ends in an appropriate toe-tapping climax.
It's not the frank of the 50s, or the Frank of the early 60s, but it's still Frank and it's still a really great album, and one any self respecting frank fan, or any music fan in the world should have.
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on 7 January 2001
The technical quality, atmosphere and content of this album are such that you feel you are one of the audiance. Recorded in 1974 live, the build up and tribute introduction by Howard Cosell (track 1, 3 minutes) is a classic and scene setting foundation for what is to come. F.S. starts singing on track 2 bursting into the The Lady is a Tramp to the extacy of the expectant audiance. Of the few live concert albums available from F.S. this is a classic collection of popular standards and anthems performed live to a hot and buzzing audiance of the public and fellow stars. If this CD is for a gift or for yourself, the recipient will wear it out playing it over and over again. A video tape of the event is also available but the pictures in your head from listening to this ablbum are as good an experiance as you need. Tip, play loud!
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on 6 September 2010
Past his best vocally, but at his peak as a performer Sinatra could still whip up an audience to a frenzy, as he does here.Cole Porter's I've Got You Under My Skin is particularly well received, but the DVD version differs from the CD version where the "Where does it hurt ya baby" ad lib works a lot better than the "Old black magic" one on the DVD.
A very enjoyable concert from one of the best song stylists ever.
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on 9 March 2010
This really is Frank at his best, singing superb arrangements of great songs to an adoring audience. From the unsual first track which bizarrely uses a sports broadcaster to give a rousing three minute introduction to the great man. It's strange yet somehow totally appropriate as it sets the scene for what follows. The whole point about this is that it is live. We are used to hearing Frank Sinatra songs but the live element gives them all an extra dimension as he interacts with his audience and they respond ecstatically.

Listen to this and you will regret never seeing the man in concert but at least you will get a good idea what it must have been like when he was, as he is here, in his pomp!
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on 18 June 2010
BOMBAST! HYPERBOLE! LIVE! MADISON SQUARE GARDEN! SINATRA! WHAT A HOOP-LA GREETED THIS LIVE TV CONCERT AND SUBSEQUENT ALBUM IN 1974, SHORTLY AFTER THE 'GREAT COMEBACK'.IT WAS ACTUALLY BERATED BY CRITICS AT THE TIME WHO ATTACKED THE GREAT MAN FOR HIS MACHO DISPLAY OF SHOWBUSINESS POWER AND A FADING VOICE. WHAT NONSENSE. NO WONDER SINATRA VIRTUALLY STOPPED RECORDING DURING THE FOLLOWING DECADE. BUT ALL THIS MISSES THE POINT ENTIERLY. HERE WAS THE GREATEST OF ALL POPULAR SINGERS APPEARING BEFORE OVER 20,000 SCREAMING, DEVOTED FANS IN A WORLD FAMOUS STADIUM, GIVING HIS ALL, ABSORBING A MAGICAL ATMOSPHERE AND GIVING BACK THE LOVE HE WAS RECEIVING IN EQUAL MEASURE. YES, THE VOICE IS A BIT GRAVELLY AND NOT ALWAYS TOTALLY FOCUSED. YES, THERE ARE FORGETTABLE PERFORMANCES - 'BAD, BAD, LEROY BROWN' STICKS OUT. BUT REALLY, IT DOESN'T MATTER. THE ATMOSPHERE IS FANTASTIC. THE WOODY HERMAN BAND IS WAILING AND,AT LEAST WHEN FRANK JUMPS INTO HIS EVERLASTING CLASSICS - 'SKIN','TRAMP', 'THE HOUSE I LIVE IN' AND A SUPERB 'MY WAY' YOU ARE BACK AMONG THE BOBBYSOXERS OF THE 1940'S, SAVOURING THE INEVITABLE PHRASING, THE SEXY SLURS, BIG VOCAL CLIMAXES AND THE VERY PRESENCE OF A LEGEND. THIS IS A PIECE OF HISTORY YOU MUST OWN AS A SINATRA FAN OR EVEN AS A CURIOUS YOUNGER FAN. YOU WILL EXPERIENCE WHAT FRANK SINATRA WAS ALL ABOUT WITH THIS RECORDING. [NOT IMPORTANT IS THAT THE ACTUAL ALBUM MIXES RECORDINGS FROM VARIOUS CONCERTS AT ABOUT THIS TIME, SO WHAT? IT'S BRILLIANT.AND IF YOU CAN OBTAIN THE LIVE DVD RECORDING - ALL THE BETTER.]THIS IS THE EPITOME OF 'THE CONCERT YEARS' PERIOD OF SINATRA'S CAREER. IT'S NOT ART (1950'S CAPITOL CLASSICS), NOR RAT PACK GLAMOUR, IT'S JUST SINATRA! SINATRA! SINATRA! YOU'LL EITHER LOVE IT OR LOATH IT. HOPEFULLY THE FORMER.
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on 9 February 2016
Anyone who was a fan of Frank Sinatra would love this Live cd. He is brilliant as usual and a great entertainer. I only had Let me try again on vinyl but now I can listen to it again. Would highly recommend.
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on 8 January 2014
Brilliant album sound quality not brilliant but it was recorded in 1974, but it includes some of the great mans classics
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on 22 June 2015
very disappointed only 3 tracks worth listening to.
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