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on 19 March 2016
In 1952 MCA and Columbia records dropped ‘has been’ Sinatra after a disastrous ‘partnership’ with record producer, Mitch Miller, responsible for such abominations as the excruciating, Mama Will Bark; a ‘duet’ with ‘Dagmar’! Fortunately, for posterity this was just the dark night before the dawn.
When Sinatra joined capitol a serendipitous event occurred that gave rise to two things; one of the most enduring legacies in the whole of popular music and, the beginning of what came to be known as the ‘concept’ album: in the spring of 1953, Sinatra joined forces with Nat King Cole’s musical director, one Nelson Riddle – and the rest is history! Beginning with, Songs for Young Lovers, from 1953 to 1961, Sinatra averaged over two album releases per year, ending with Sinatra Sings of Love and Things. This box set comprises arguably the epitome of even that collection: twelve original albums including many bonus tracks. You’ll find all of those standards that have come to be synonymous with Sinatra even if they’ve been covered countless times by other artists, some of which represent almost sheer perfection in terms of the seamless realization of voice, lyric, arrangement and orchestration.