FRANK SINATRA A Live Collection

My fascination with Frank Sinatra began in the 70s, mostly as a kitsch interest sparked by his wonderfully awful 60s movies. But, his larger-than-life persona was always intriguing, even if it was hard to reconcile Sinatra The Artist – which he most certainly was – with Sinatra The Brute. His classic albums (In The Wee Small Hours, A Swingin’ Affair, Only The Lonely, and much of his Reprise work) are ripe for discovery by connoisseurs of any ilk willing to invest the time. But, what helped me to appreciate Sinatra was his live work, and I became a fanatic in the process – boring my rocker buddies over the years with these and other Francis Albert releases. The early bobby-soxer stuff is as dull to me as much of this might be to you, but Sinatra’s more mature voice from the 50s, 60s & 70s is like that of a soulful storyteller’s, whose nuance and inflection convey more than the words themselves. He could milk a simple phrase or a studied, smokey pause like nobody’s business, all while abusing his instrument with Jersey tough guy talk amidst effortless bouts of artistry. Note how, live, Frank substitutes a “hipper” variation of the lyric – often just a single word, just to mark his turf – but rarely before the second chorus or bridge. Like any true superstar, his magnetism made it all seem worthwhile. Above all, Sinatra was a slave to a good song, and it took him decades to finely hone his phrasing and instincts. To best understand his talent, just spend some time with his second-rate imitators to hear how it shouldn’t be done. But, there’s plenty of pudding below, if you’re at all interested in the proof.

Sinatra At The Sands (1966)
Classic Sinatra, in front of a brassy Count Basie Orchestra and a ringside audience, ready and eager to be in on every inside joke Frank reworks for the late show. This is where the 60s Sinatra legend is personified – utterly confident on his own turf, in front of a small drinking crowd at The Sands in Las Vegas, where he worked as a shareholder (his well-worn monologue even addresses remodeling costs). During the drinking ballad, “One For My Baby (And One More For The Road),” you’ll hear a pin drop-quiet barroom crowd hanging on Sinatra’s every nuance. And, if you’re of the age demographic that thinks Nirvana invented musical tension & release, listen to Frank chew the concept into stool-sized chunks (a year before Kurt was born) on the kickin’, Quincy Jones arrangement of “Fly Me To The Moon,” below. Amazon.

Come Fly With Me (3:45)
I’ve Got A Crush On You (2:43)
I’ve Got You Under My Skin (3:44)
The Shadow Of Your Smile (2:31)
Street Of Dreams (2:16)
One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) (4:41)
Fly Me To The Moon (2:51)
One O’Clock Jump (Instrumental) (0:54)
The Tea Break (Monologue) (11:48)
You Make Me Feel So Young (3:22)
All Of Me (2:56)
The September Of My Years (2:57)
Luck Be A Lady (4:40)
Get Me To The Church On Time (2:22)
It Was A Very Good Year (4:02)
Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me (3:19)
Makin’ Whoopee! (4:24)
Where Or When (2:46)
Angel Eyes (3:26)
My Kind Of Town (3:05)
A Few Last Words (Monologue) (2:31)
My Kind Of Town (Reprise) (1:00)
Sinatra And Sextet: Live In Paris (1962/1994)
When this first surfaced in 1994, it quickly became one of Sinatra’s best live releases, largely because there weren’t that many to choose from. A full, 25 song live concert from Paris, 1962. This show was actually part of a 30-city international tour to benefit hospitals and charities. Longtime pianist Bill Miller leads the vibes/piano/guitar sextet. France was lucky enough to toast the serious, artistic side of Sinatra, who made his Parisian debut with this show. In The States in 1962, however, Frank was busy living large via bad movies and the shenanigans of The Rat Pack. Amazon.

Introduction (By Charles Aznavour) (1:04)
Goody, Goody (1:12)
Imagination (2:26)
At Long Last Love (2:16)
Moonlight In Vermont (3:34)
Without A Song (2:42)
Day In-Day Out (2:41)
I’ve Got You Under My Skin (3:02)
I Get A Kick Out Of You (3:06)
The Second Time Around (2:49)
Too Marvelous For Words (1:49)
My Funny Valentine (2:57)
In The Still Of The Night (3:32)
April In Paris (2:40)
You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You (3:58)
They Can’t Take That Away From Me (1:53)
Chicago (That Toddling Town) (2:24)
Night And Day (4:21)
I Could Have Danced All Night (2:44)
One For My Baby (5:45)
A Foggy Day (2:16)
Ol’ Man River (3:52)
The Lady Is A Tramp (3:45)
I Love Paris (1:49)
Nancy (With The Laughing Face) (2:29)
Come Fly With Me (3:01)

At Villa Venice, Chicago Vol. I
& Vol. II (1962)
The Rat Pack… where do you even begin? What amazes me most about these guys is that the audience – and The Pack themselves – actually believed that all this was the coolest of the cool. That, somehow, the brazen drunkenness (real or not), wife-cheating and negro humor was the height of sophistication and the epitome of a hip, swingin’ lifestyle. To hear it today, it all seems so… sad. But, in The Pack’s defense, the early 60s was the dawn of a new American era, with all new liberties, freedoms and excesses to explore. And, that’s what The Rat Pack was all about… exploring excess. Sinatra was a male fantasy role model, like Hugh Hefner, and crowds lucky enough to catch The Rat Pack live bore witness to a spectacle that will never happen again in this “enlightened” day and age, for better or worse. At The Villa Venice is a well-known 2CD bootleg that underground fans have long cherished, until Frank’s Estate got around to releasing the officially edited version, The Summit. Vol. I & Vol. 2 are both at Amazon, despite their bootleg status.
Now that the record biz has been decimated by online sharing, it appears all but legal to buy physical bootlegs these days.

Parody: When You’re Smiling/The Lady Is A Tramp (4:19
Comedy Monologue (3:35)
(I Left My Heart In) San Francisco (4:20)
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself A Letter) (1:41)
Medley: Volare/On An Evening In Roma (2:25)
Goody Goody
Chicago (2:14)
When Your Lover Has Gone (2:49)
Monologue (6:37)
Please Be Kind (4:00)
You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You (3:31)
What Kind Of Fool Am I?
Out Of This World (3:48)
Monologue (2:22)
Hey There (1:44)

Impressions Of Singers/All The Way (7:04)
Comedy By All Three (18:18)
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (1:03)
Too Marvelous For Words (0:48)
Pennies From Heaven (0:47)
A Foggy Day (1:29)
Comedy (1:19)
Embraceable You (1:59)
The Lady Is A Tramp (1:40)
Where Or When (1:08)
Impressions By All Three (3:52)
Birth Of The Blues (1:49)
Nancy (With The Laughing Face) (4:41)
Me And My Shadow (4:02)
Sam’s Song (3:00)
Birth Of The Blues/Closing By All Three (2:57)

The Summit-In Concert (1999)
As a result of the Sinatra Estate’s involvement, this is a heavily redacted version of the exact same Villa Venice concert, above, condensed to a single CD and released
in 1999 as an expensive gold disc produced by Tina Sinatra. The sound is better, but the editing robs listeners of the full, Rat Pack experience. Even though, it should be noted, The Pack’s repeat-listening value is severely limited to begin with, especially considering the jokes weren’t very funny the first time around. Still, it’s prime ’62 Rat Pack. Amazon.

Fanfare & Introduction (0:59)
Medley: When You’re Smiling/The Lady Is A Tramp (4:07)
(I Left My Heart In) San Francisco (3:18)
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself A Letter) (1:50)
Medley: Volare /On An Evening In Roma (2:28)
Goody Goody (1:34)
Chicago (2:16)
When Your Lover Has Gone (2:39)
Monologue (1:34)
You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You (2:29)
Out Of This World (3:52)
What Kind Of Fool Am I? (3:18)
Medley: She’s Funny That Way/Hey There (3:49)
Impressions Of Singers/All The Way (5:49)
A Toast/Movie Routine (6:38)
Medley (18:26)
Impressions Of Actors (3:29)
The Birth Of The Blues (2:29)
Me And My Shadow (3:05)
Sam’s Song/The Birth Of The Blues (Reprise) (4:37)

The Rat Pack Live At The Sands (1963/2001)
Great sounding live Rat Pack show from The Sands in Vegas, released in 2001. The recording and production is crisp, even if the jokes are as stale as the previous year’s. Musically, Frank is pretty much playing it straight, and his pals must have gotten the memo, because they don’t “drunkenly” interrupt his solo set as they did previously. The comedic patter has been rehearsed by time, even if the audience still thinks they’re seeing a wild, freeform show. To The Pack’s credit, it sounds it. A well recorded distillation of The Rat Pack experience for newcomers, though not as complete or chaotic as the early days. Amazon.

Fanfare And Introduction (0:25)
Medley: I Love Vegas (4:59)
Monologue (1:31)
June In January (3:21)
Monologue (1:44)
Via Veneto (2:15)
Medley: Volare/On An Evening In Roma (2:22)
Introduction: Ring-A-Ding Ding (Instrumental) (0:17)
I Only Have Eyes For You (2:16)
Call Me Irresponsible (2:12)
My Heart Stood Still (2:53)
Please Be Kind (2:36)
I Have Dreamed (2:56)
Luck Be A Lady (5:05)
Dialogue (7:28)
Medley: Marianne/Dance With A Dolly/You Are Too Beautiful (8:26)
The Lady Is A Tramp (4:01)
All The Way (Impressions) (5:40)
Dialogue (1:52)
Guys And Dolls (3:34)
The Oldest Established (Permanent Floating Crap Game In NY) (2:47)
Introductions (4:11)
The Oldest Established (Permanent Floating Crap Game In NY) (0:30)
Closing: Ring-A-Ding Ding (Instrumental) (1:00)

The Main Event (1974)
The Main Event was an exciting, bombastic, live television broadcast, produced by Jerry Weintraub, filled with spectacle, pomp & circumstance and far too many boxing metaphors. The “event” was Sinatra’s return to the stage, just a couple of years after telling the world he was retiring. The show was seen by so many people, it’s often mistakenly considered the “epitome” of the Sinatra experience for those of a certain age. Though, the truth is, Frank was rusty here. He regained most of his chops in the coming years, but The Main Event was the last big live album of Frank’s career. Check out Sinatra’s tongue-ready, lyrical ad-lib in “Lady Is A Tramp…” “She loves the free, fine, wild, knocked-out, coo-coo, groovy wind in her hair…” You’re killin’ me, Frank. Amazon.

Main Event Tribute By Howard Cosell/Overture (3:12)
The Lady Is A Tramp (3:02)
I Get A Kick Out Of You (4:37)
Let Me Try Again (3:27)
Autumn In New York (2:46)
I’ve Got You Under My Skin (4:45)
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown (2:49)
Angel Eyes (8:33)
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (2:50)
The House I Live In (6:42)
My Kind Of Town (3:02)
My Way (4:57)

Live In Australia 1959 (1997)
For years this concert was only available as a bootleg entitled A Tour de Force, until Blue Note put it out as 1997’s Live In Australia, 1959. It’s unique, as Sinatra is heard here with a small, vibe-led, Red Norvo Quintet, recorded over two nights down under. The sound quality leaves a lot to be desired, especially for a Blue Note release, but the performance is a keeper. I ended up hanging onto my original 80s boot, just because it was hard to tell them apart. Listen for yourself on an easy going “Come Fly With Me,” below.

Perdido (0:28)
Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Instrumental) (5:09)
I Could Have Danced All Night (2:46)
Just One Of Those Things (2:30)
I Get A Kick Out Of You (3:05)
At Long Last Love (2:26)
Willow Weep For Me (3:50)
I’ve Got You Under My Skin (3:16)
Moonlight In Vermont (3:43)
The Lady Is A Tramp (4:41)
Sinatra Speaks (1:35)
Angel Eyes (2:54)
Come Fly With Me (2:54)
All The Way (2:41)
Dancing In The Dark (2:17)
One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) (5:14)
All Of Me (3:02)
On The Road To Mandalay (4:16)
Night And Day (4:16)

Seattle, Washington June 9, 1957 (1957)
A popular bootleg release for decades, until issued on a gold disc in 1999 by Sinatra’s Artanis label
as Sinatra ’57 – In Concert. The sound is pretty good for a boot, if not sonically deep, while Frank sounds totally relaxed, shaping a set comprised of mostly upbeat tunes, both smooth and swinging. This is about five years after Frank was dropped by Columbia Records. In 1953 Frank made a comeback in the film, From Here To Eternity, and signed to Capitol Records, sparking a major resurgence like no one had before him. As a result, Frank sounds confident here, not long before the debut of the totally arrogant Sinatra persona of the 60s. Another Sinatra bootleg that’s available at Amazon.

You Make Me Feel So Young (3:26)
It Happened In Monterey (2:34)
At Long Last Love (2:29)
I Get A Kick Out Of You (3:01)
Just One Of Those Things (3:19)
A Foggy Day (2:40)
The Lady Is A Tramp (3:26)
They Cant Take That Away From Me (1:52)
I Won’t Dance (3:47)
Sinatra Dialogue (4:54)
When Your Lover Has Gone (3:01)
Violets For Your Furs (3:33)
My Funny Valentine (2:41)
Glad To Be Unhappy (4:11)
One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) (4:09)
The Tender Trap (3:13)
Hey Jealous Lover (2:30)
I Got You Under My Skin (4:11)
Oh! Look At Me Now (3:14)

FrontSinatra ’57 – In Concert (Gold Disc) (1957/1999)
The official gold CD, Sinatra Estate release of the above bootlegged Seattle concert. Same song line up and virtually the same sound, though, the sonics are a bit better on this reissue. It was sourced from the same tapes, however, as the glitch heard 2 minutes into “Just One Of Those Things” is present on both bootleg and official releases. It’s expensive at Amazon, HERE.


Live From Las Vegas (1986/2005)
There’s some filler on this collection of material culled from a 1986 show at The Golden Nugget in Vegas, but it’s worth a listen to study how an old pro on the ropes keeps fighting. Sinatra’s voice was still solid in the mid 80s, but it was, naturally, showing signs of stress. His world tours were not helping matters. I saw him in 1991 and was kind of shocked by the degradation. Still, now that McCartney & The Stones have reset the age bar for the rock era, serious careerists should be taking notes from Sinatra about surviving in a chew ’em up business. After all, this is a guy whose career wrote virtually all of the rules of singing stardom – trailblazing everything from frenzied teenagers and iconic fame to cookie-cutter movies and the conquering of Las Vegas. Frank did it all, before Elvis and The Beatles, and kept singing for audiences up to his 80th birthday. We’ll have to wait and see if Jagger can make it to 2023. Amazon.

A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening (Instrumental) (0:39)
I’ve Got The World On A String (2:25)
What Now My Love (2:44)
I Get A Kick Out Of You (4:59)
My Heart Stood Still (3:28)
Luck Be A Lady (5:04)
I’ve Got A Crush On You (2:32)
Mack The Knife (4:31)
Monologue (2:00)
The Girls I Never Kissed (4:03)
For Once In My Life (2:53)
Someone To Watch Over Me (3:47)
Maybe This Time (2:52)
I’ve Got You Under My Skin (4:22)
Only One To A Customer (3:45)
I Have Dreamed (3:23)
My Way (4:01)
New York, New York (3:56)
Bows (You Are There) (Instrumental) (0:44)

Sinatra 80th: Live In Concert (1987/1995)
This one lacks any recording information, so many naturally thought it was an 80th birthday celebration concert. In fact, it was released on Frank’s 80th birthday, while the music was mostly recorded in Dallas in 1987, with a few tracks coming from 1988, Detroit. Sinatra 72nd: In Concert, however, just didn’t have the same ring. By this time, Sinatra was working more modern material into his repertoire (two from Stevie Wonder, here), which always seemed to fit Frank like a cheap suit, especially when his 70 year old chops were waning. Many remember his attempts at The Beatles’ “Something” – complete with an ill-timed JACK! inserted into the lyric – a song he would repeatedly, and cluelessly, credit to Lennon & McCartney. This album, thankfully, does not sink that low. The “My Way” ending, however, is from the Duets album. WTF? Amazon.

You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
What Now My Love
My Heart Stood Still
What’s New
For Once In My Life
In The Still Of The Night
Maybe This Time
Where Or When
You Will Be My Music
Strangers In The Night
Angel Eyes
New York, New York
My Way

FrontLive At The Meadowlands (1985/2009)
Excellent sound, but a somewhat tired performance from the master. Probably why these tapes sat in the can for so many years until its 2009 release. Frank largely sticks to the classics here, and (thankfully) doesn’t fall into the modern composition trap (Stevie Wonder’s “For Once In My Life” is here, as is Frank’s latest, late 80s release, “L.A. Is My Lady”), but Sinatra sounds a little road-weary on some of these selections. Maybe life-weary would be more accurate, as his aging chops aren’t as elastic as they once were. But, there are still plenty of shining moments to be found here, as long as you’re not inclined to compare this 70 year old’s performance with the 50, or even 60 year old’s. Find Live At The Meadowlands at Amazon, HERE.

Overture (3:40)
Without A Song (4:13)
Where Or When (3:41)
For Once In My Life (2:48)
Nice ‘n’ Easy (3:00)
My Heart Stood Still (3:14)
Change Partners (3:45)
It Was A Very Good Year (4:52)
You Make Me Feel So Young (3:07)
The Gal That Got Away (4:23)
Theme From New York, New York (4:12)
Monologue (3:03)
Come Rain Or Come Shine (3:43)
Bewitched (3:36)
Moonlight In Vermont (3:53)
L.A. Is My Lady (3:07)
I’ve Got You Under My Skin (4:42)
Someone To Watch Over Me (3:10)
One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) (5:48)
Mack The Knife (4:21)
New York Bows (Theme From New York, New York) (1:18)

FrontSinatra: London – Live At The Royal Albert Hall (1984/2014)
Exuberant show from The Chairman, who sounds like he’s having a blast at this 1984 performance at the Royal Albert Hall. A big brassy band punctuates Frank’s bluster, and his chops are solid, freewheeling around the melodies and taking a few extra (fun) liberties with the lyrics. The song selection is pretty good for a mid-80s show, thankfully lacking some of Frank’s nods to modern songwriters (excepting “L.A. Is My Lady,” which FS was trying to establish as a new standard), but fans should be pleased with this one, even if it’s not a “must-have.” Part of a 3CD/1DVD set entitled Sinatra: London, HERE at Amazon.

Fly Me To The Moon (2:19)
The Lady Is A Tramp (2:58)
Come Rain Or Come Shine (3:45)
This Is All I Ask (3:53)
L.A. Is My Lady (2:58)
Pennies From Heaven (4:04)
Monologue (2:58)
Luck Be A Lady (4:42)
My Way (2:55)
Here’s To The Band (4:36)
These Foolish Things (3:55)
Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry (4:02)
Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me (3:36)
New York, New York (4:15)
Strangers In The Night (2:06)
Mack The Knife (4:41)
Bows/You Are There (1:40)

FrontLive At The Sands, November 1961
Live At The Sands, January/February 1966
Live At Caesar’s Palace, March 1982
Live At The Golden Nugget, April 1987

Study anything that’s “great” long enough, and you’ll learn to appreciate what makes it great in the first place. Be it Mozart, Citizen Kane or Kind Of Blue, quality makes itself known with the proper attention to detail. So, make no mistake about the greatness of Frank Sinatra. If you’re the type that views Sinatra as just some easy-listening phenom – an old man singing old songs for even older people – then you simply haven’t put in the time to know and understand what he does that others can’t. Factor in Frank’s personality, which makes it impossible for some to even hear his artistry, and it’s easy to see why there are very few fence-sitters when it comes to music’s first modern-day, love-him-or-hate-him superstar. Vegas, a 4CD/1DVD box set from 2006, is not necessarily the best place to begin your Frank edification, but it does provide a cross-examination of the changing phases of the second half of Sinatra’s career, via four live shows from Las Vegas in 1961, 1966, 1982 and 1987. In ’61, at The Sands Hotel, Sinatra had just fought his way back from show biz oblivion, almost single-handedly turning Las Vegas into the entertainment capital of the world – with himself as top dog. By 1966, Frank’s arrogance was in full swing, as was his vocal prowess and showmanship – even if he did tend to sell his artistry out for recycled drinking jokes a little too often. 1982 (at Ceasar’s Palace) find’s Frank in flashback mode, revisiting material from early in his career with his still rich, fine-wine vocals, as cameos from Dino and daughter Nancy boost the “event” appeal. While 1987 (at The Golden Nugget) begins to suggest the decline, as Sinatra makes uncomfortable compromises with modern music and his own aging chops (which are still solid, btw, singing better at 71 than McCartney does) – as Vegas’ very DNA morphs around him. But, oh… to have been able to witness Sinatra, ringside in the mid 60s, fronting the Count Basie Orchestra for a hair-raising rendition of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”… that’s the stuff dreams and legends are made of. Find Vegas (with the DVD that’s not included here) at Amazon, HERE.

Introduction – Announcement (0:27)
The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else (2:39)
Don’t Cry Joe (2:34)
Imagination (2:43)
Moonlight In Vermont (3:07)
Without A Song (2:46)
In The Still Of The Night (3:27)
Here’s That Rainy Day (2:39)
The Moon Was Yellow (2:35)
Monologue (2:40)
You Make Me Feel So Young (2:46)
The Second Time Around (2:52)
River, Stay ‘Way From My Door (3:50)
The Lady Is A Tramp (3:40)
Just One Of Those Things (4:11)
You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You (4:08)
Bows (1st) (0:41)
Young At Heart (2:00)
Witchcraft (1:30)
On The Road To Mandalay (2:50)
Bows (2nd) (0:44)
Sinatra Speaks On Segregation In Nevada 1:38

Introductions (1:24)
Come Fly With Me (3:03)
I’ve Got A Crush On You (3:00)
I’ve Got You Under My Skin (3:27)
The September Of My Years (3:04)
Street Of Dreams (2:13)
Fly Me To The Moon (2:49)
Monologue (8:34)
You Make Me Feel So Young (3:16)
The Shadow Of Your Smile (2:40)
Get Me To The Church On Time (2:27)
Luck Be A Lady (4:35)
It Was A Very Good Year (3:51)
Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me (3:16)
My Kind Of Town (2:54)
Introductions (4:40)
My Kind Of Town (Reprise) (1:44)
Sinatra Speaks On Working With Count Basie (1:13)

Get Me To The Church On Time (2:29)
I Get A Kick Out Of You (5:35)
I Can’t Get Started (3:05)
Without A Song (3:49)
Hey Look, No Crying (3:50)
The Lady Is A Tramp (3:50)
Monologue (3:00)
Night And Day (2:33)
All Or Nothing At All (3:21)
The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else (3:15)
These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You) (2:25)
Somethin’ Stupid (with Nancy Sinatra) (6:11)
Theme From New York, New York (4:41)
Bows (0:56)

I’ve Got The World On A String (2:39)
At Long Last Love (2:32)
Witchcraft (2:44)
The Gal That Got Away, It Never Entered My Mind (6:52)
For Once In My Life (3:06)
My Heart Stood Still (3:23)
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (2:47)
Monologue (1:46)
Spring Is Here (3:27)
What Now My Love? (2:37)
I Get Along Without You Very Well (4:09)
Pennies From Heaven (3:42)
Angel Eyes (7:45)
Mack The Knife (4:23)
Bows (1:17)


  • Willard
    July 15, 2011 - 08:54 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • arclight
    April 25, 2012 - 18:53 | Permalink

    Ring-a-ding-ding, and thank you, W.

  • James A. Naismith
    April 30, 2012 - 10:20 | Permalink


  • Anonymous
    July 27, 2012 - 18:26 | Permalink

    A jazz musician once asked me what I thought of Sinatra. “Great voice; wrong cultural context” was my answer. It still is, though I’m curious enough about Sinatra at the Sands to check it out. Thanks for everything on your great blog.

  • July 28, 2012 - 09:51 | Permalink

    Good to see you active again Willard, thanks.

  • buzzbabyjesus
    July 28, 2012 - 21:18 | Permalink

    I can’t do Frank. He just pisses me off. But I’m curious about some of this. Your enthusiasm counts for something.

  • buzzbabyjesus
    July 28, 2012 - 21:21 | Permalink

    My parents dragged me to see him behind the “Orange Curtain” back in 84?. Herb Alpert opened. “Luck Be A Lady” irritated the shit out of me.

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  • Duke!
    July 31, 2012 - 19:03 | Permalink

    I’m of an age where I don’t think of Sinatra as camp, retro, or ironic – he just seems like a pair of white shoes and matching belt. But if a guy like Willard, with his impeccable taste in music, sees something in Frank, I’ll give it a shot.

    Thanks for these and everything else.

    • Willard
      July 31, 2012 - 22:00 | Permalink

      Watch it. It’s tough to scrape impeccable taste off your shoes.

  • August 3, 2012 - 12:21 | Permalink

    Always frank Always great. THANX!!!!!!!!

  • September 30, 2012 - 11:52 | Permalink

    Sinatra was friggin’ AWESOME! Absolutely the BEST! To me, there was never anyone else like him nor wil there ever be again. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Rafael
    January 11, 2013 - 00:34 | Permalink


  • tom
    September 14, 2013 - 22:40 | Permalink

    your a pretty stupid person if you think Sinatra was a brute.

    give us all one example of that clown face.

    • Willard
      September 14, 2013 - 23:49 | Permalink

      Putting a woman through a plate glass window then paying her off to keep quiet about it. You’re obviously not very well read about Frank, are you?

  • Max
    December 9, 2013 - 21:39 | Permalink

    That voice! What a fabulous Great selection to hear him live.
    Thank You so much Mister Willard.
    I will treasure these records.

    • Willard
      December 9, 2013 - 22:03 | Permalink

      Cool… I’ve got some more coming up this week.

  • RoBurque
    December 13, 2013 - 05:36 | Permalink

    Sinatra’s voice was one of the great instruments of the 20th century. There was a reason why jazz musicians loved him. The same way they loved Bilie Holiday: phrasing.

    Great post, Cap’n. THANK YOU!

  • mike
    December 26, 2013 - 03:30 | Permalink

    best singer that ever lived thanks

    • joe.materek
      January 15, 2014 - 15:14 | Permalink

      I totally agree. no one comes close to singing with the emotion that he does. there are better voices but no better singers

  • Sebastian
    January 8, 2014 - 13:29 | Permalink

    thanks for so much!

  • joe materek
    January 14, 2014 - 15:03 | Permalink

    as a man he had many flaws. we all do but ours are not under a 24 hour watch. it is amazing to me that this skinny itiian from the dregs of Hoboken nj would be singing for kings, queens and presidents. I too was born in Hoboken. there is a sense of truth being born there. i make no excuses for him but how would you react if the world was at your feet, I think it is not normal to be adored my hundreds of millions of people and be expected to act normal. all I know is he is the one and best singer whose every word and every emotion is conveyed in every song. as a singer ,in my opinion no one….no one can touch him. from his swinging numbers to the long and sorrowful notes held throughout with the utmost clarity,,,,he was the best. and he knew it. so big deal. the guy could be a louse. when I am singing aklong with a record I see no louse I see and hear fun and sadness and uplifting spirits and a cool self confidence I imagine for myself as I swing along.
    there is no write or wrong. it is only my opinion. am glad I found out about him when I was 9. 48 years ago. the man was simply electric on stage. charisma personified.

    • Willard
      January 14, 2014 - 15:12 | Permalink

      I’ve got no issue with Frank’s shit side. The reply above was to some other guy who obviously has his head in the sand about Sinatra’s dark side. Personally, I view it all as a part of what made him interesting. The previous commenter, unlike yourself, was just completely clueless.

  • joe.materek
    January 14, 2014 - 15:27 | Permalink

    I totally agree. he was a wise ass even as a youngster. his mother carried a lot of weight in hoboken and she would at times demand that he sing. he had Italian goons around him which allowed him to say whatever he wanted to whomever he wanted to. the fight he started, his over confidence in who he was and his need to show he had style and class caused him trouble. believe me. if he stayed true to his Hoboken roots he could have been
    not just one f te most admired singers but one of the most admired people of the 20th century. who are we to judge. but ill tell you ..if you are the kind of guy who tries to go through life having as much fun as you possibly can…….then you have to be envious of all the gifts of life he was offered. fortunatly, through all of the money he earned he sure has to be respected for his generosity. I think he was a complex man with a gift from God. he was no better or worse than anyone else. MY 99,000$ QUESTION IS…..IS HE IN HEAVEN OR HELL. GOTTA WONDER. may have had fun for most of his 82 years but hell is ETERNITY.

  • joe.materek
    January 14, 2014 - 17:01 | Permalink

    Willard,i totally agree. that sinister volatile side of him and the power he accumulated by the demand for his services as well as the owner of his own record company along with his wealth made him almost untouchable as a man if you liked his singing. while his talent is unquestioned….is aura was like no one else maybe with the exception of elvis. but elvis was unable to handle the power and the adulation of the populous. and elvis was around for 20 years. Sinatra persona just kept getting bigger and bigger 20,30,40,50 years into his career. UNFREAKING UNBELEIVABLE.

    • Willard
      January 14, 2014 - 19:14 | Permalink

      The truth is… not many people get that big and that powerful without being a something of a dick. Frank happened to be a big one sometimes, but that happens. The guys who manage to make it to the top, squeaky clean – like a Tom Hanks, for instance – are the exceptions to the rule. Frank just had a big ego and a chip on his shoulder who was a lot like some of the old movie studio owners when it came to wielding power. You can find just as many people who love Frank for his generosity (from charity work to civil rights) as you can people who found themselves on the short end of his stick. But, like you say… his foibles were more public than most people’s, too. Big deal. We’ve all got both sides in us, he just indulged his a little more than most. The previous commenter who wanted to pretend that Frank was nothing but an angel, and who can’t hear anything negative about his hero, is the kind of human that scares me more. That’s just being divorced from reality. At least Frank KNEW what he was doing, even if he wasn’t the nicest guy in the room 24/7. Frank’s larger than life persona – his good AND bad – is the reason why so many people on planet Earth wanted to be in the same room with him.

      • jomo
        July 11, 2014 - 17:36 | Permalink

        was reading the comments.
        you like to appear as if you knew what you are talking about and you keep repeating how bad of a guy Sinatra was.
        you claim he pushed a woman through a glass door and paid to hush it up.
        well…..THAT NEVER HAPPENED.
        a woman as a guest at Sinatra home during a party actually did fall into glass and Sinatra not only was not responsible but accompanied her to the hospital and payed all the bills.
        and unlike your response to someone who asked for an example…I BEING A HUGE FAN HAVE READ EVERY BOOK IN PRINT ABOUT SINATRA.

        it NEVER happened.

        i suggest you stop posting stuff to fill some need you have since like the other guy…you can not offer a single example of what you claim.

        and if you insist on your continued lying…site the book where it is written…i notice you couldn’t do it the first time.

        • Willard
          July 11, 2014 - 17:56 | Permalink

          I “couldn’t” cite a source?
          Now… you see how easy it is to mis-characterize something and get it completely wrong?
          The fact is, no one asked me to.

          According to YOUR account, the story is true except for whether she fell or was pushed. You can also quibble about whether paying all her bills was paying her off or not. Your Nancy Sinatra airbrushed version may be accurate and it may not be. The more commonly known version you’re quibbling with is from “Sinatra: The Life,” by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan. If you’d really read “EVERY BOOK IN PRINT,” you’d already know that, wouldn’t you? Obviously you haven’t.

          I suggest you can keep your cheap psycho-analysis to yourself. I’m a fan of Sinatra myself, I’m just not as blinded by his charisma and star power to the point of being an apologist for him, like some are, only to pretend he was a choirboy like the original commenter who started this. Unless you were THERE (and you weren’t)… you’re just as clueless as the rest of us. To pretend otherwise would be an embarrassment.

          • perrinyone
            July 26, 2014 - 16:55 | Permalink

            Wow, Willard, what a blithering idiot, huh? Some people are freaking ingrates. This stuff is posted here for FREE. What a colicky baby.

            My favorite line is “i suggest you stop posting stuff to fill some need you have “, wow…..please, Willard, don’t take that suggestion.

            Jomo, So-called Jomo. By the way, Jomo, the word is “cite” not “site”. I “suggest” you stop being a little sycophant, reading 10,000 Sinatra books.

            Sinatra diehards have always been the most obnoxious people, ever notice? The nits we pick, huh Jomo? It’s so funny that of all the things to rage about on the internet THIS is what you’ve arrived at.

            Oh, wait, I know who that guy is! It’s Joe Piscopo!

            Hey, just so you know, Willard, the link for the Rat Pack at the Sands is down, that’s why I came here in the first place!

            • perrinyone
              July 26, 2014 - 17:01 | Permalink

              PS: Jomo, how about the time he got banned from the casino and got decked in his big mouth, I don’t remember which Sinatra book I read that in (I’ve read a few myself, sorry we don’t keep footnotes in our brain), but it’s a pretty famous story.

              Whatever, he could be a great guy too. Drunks are often obnoxious.

              Great interview with Paul Anka in 2005 I believe, on Howard Stern, in which he dished a little dirt about how Frank could be once he got some boozey booze in him. There you go, I just cited an eyewitness account. Maybe Jomo should go caterwaul to Paul Anka, I’m sure he’d love to hear from him.

            • Willard
              July 26, 2014 - 18:20 | Permalink

              Thanks perrinyone. New link up.

  • joe.materek
    January 14, 2014 - 20:21 | Permalink

    yeah, but unfortunately most of the time he didn’t want to be in the room with them.
    the other individual who was not aware of sinatra.s ugly anger is probably a casual Sinatra fan and enjoys his music but has simply not studied the man. maybe he is just tired of reading so much bull crap put out there by people. also Sinatra suffered from depression. I saw him many times in concert and I can remember two times when he was freaking mean. the first time he tore apart RONA BARRAT from the stage in carnige hall. called her a two buck whore. of course we all applauded. the second time he was a douche. a girl snapped his picture before he was about to start his first song. he stopped and he told her in a very annoyed tone…I SAID NO MORE PICTURES. this young gal, about 30 was brought to tears, it was obvious she adored him. he was a mean when he was drunk. I also heard him go on for about two minutes how much of an ass marlon brando was because he was given the role of sky masterson in guys and dolls and got to sing luck be a lady.t
    I spoke with Patsy from Patseys restaurant in nyc. he told me that Sinatra constantly told him just to keep his mouth closed and they would be friends forever. he took me uptairs where the Sinatra party would usually go for an after concert dinner and drinks. e said it would get loud and wild and booze just kept pouring. said Sammy davis was with frank many times and was all over the place. from things I read there were people even in his circle that did not really enjoy hanging with him as his mood could change on a dime and once he got angry there was little chance he would come back to earth.

    • Willard
      January 14, 2014 - 21:19 | Permalink

      If it was the only thing that mattered, we wouldn’t be spending so much space discussing everything else but his music.

  • joe.materek
    January 15, 2014 - 10:25 | Permalink

    we are discussing it today. HOWEVER, 50 years from now they will only be discussing his phrasing, emotional interpretation ,breath control. tenderly held soft notes, swingability and of coarse… the arrangements. Most people under 25 do not even know who Sinatra is so as time goes on, the people talking about him will be discussing his music. Additionally, 50 years from now with the way the world is heading, his tantrums will most likely seem tame.
    stay well. I am glad I came upon your site. I have enjoyed communicating with you. Sinatra has always been a favorite topic for me to discuss since I was nine. And having the good blessed fortune to see him in concert about 20 times has proven to be one of the highlights of my life. I wish you “THE BEST OF EVERYTHING”. Regards,, Joe

  • Herb Stark
    July 4, 2014 - 14:10 | Permalink

    Anyone know where I can get a copy of Sinatra Singing ‘Lover Come Back To Me’ with a small jazz group (Vinnie Falcone). I think it’s a bootleg cd from a Vegas performance in 1978. It’s a must-have! E-mail reply.

  • December 28, 2014 - 05:24 | Permalink

    A well written and thoughtful overview of FS’s live albums. Much has been written about FS
    off stage, and I suggest anybody who has an interest in him should read “Frank” by James
    Kaplan. It is in the same league as Peter Guarnick’s definitive biography on Elvis, it is THAT

    As for the live recordings, all of them have been surpassed by “Live In Seattle June 1957” which has just been given an official release after 57 years ! Why it is taken so long for this
    magnificent set to emerge after so many years is a mystery, because this is the Voice at the
    top of his game. It knocks the previous contender “Live In Paris 1962” into another place
    altogther. Beg, steal or borrow, short of having a time machine to view FS in the 1950s,
    this sublime set is the one live FS album all music lovers should own.

  • Duane
    January 27, 2015 - 21:07 | Permalink

    Thank you Will!!

  • Jeff
    April 3, 2015 - 15:12 | Permalink

    I am looking for an audio download of Sinatra’s Concert For The Americas with Buddy Rich orchestra. Anyone have this?

  • Anonymous
    April 7, 2015 - 14:50 | Permalink

    Does anyone have a link to Sinatra’s “Retirement” concert from Los Angeles in 1971?

  • Jeff
    April 7, 2015 - 16:30 | Permalink

    It is on You Tube.

  • Anonymous
    April 21, 2015 - 19:57 | Permalink

    Glad to read that Sinatra still moves so many people :) . It may help to be a dick to get somewhere, but it’s no must. Coltrane, for example, maybe not the easiest person to get along with, but well okay.

  • GarthJeff
    September 19, 2015 - 07:39 | Permalink

    About Francis, I think Don Rickles says it best:-

    • Willard
      December 26, 2015 - 23:38 | Permalink

      Rickles had two-ton balls. Frank may have laughed about his “connections” in private, but in public, he didn’t really like it being played up. Rickles gets away with murder here.

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