There’s not a great deal I can say about Sinatra that people don’t already know, in fact, there’s nothing really. There are loads of books out there and documentaries, some paint him in a good light and some in a bad light, but like everybody, he was most likely a mix of both.
I was just browsing around the internet and stumbled across 8 Sinatra albums for sale for £10. That’s £1.25 each, so not exactly a big investment risk. I bough them. It was, in truth, a bit of an impulse buy but that’s ok. They arrived and were in varying conditions, some were really good, some really bad, about 50/50, although I think most of the bad can be saved with a good clean. Here are the first four:
The majority of the tracks on the first album, ‘ Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session! ‘ were cut on August 22nd & 23rd 1960, and this is a digitally enhanced re-release from 1984. The other three are ‘Sinatra for the Sophisticated’, a compilation album from 1966, ‘Nice ‘N’ Easy’, originally 1960 but this is 1972, ‘Sunday and Every Day’, from 1969, which is an interesting one when considering everything else that was going on musically in ’69. It’s a compilation, and there have been a lot of those, released in the same year as the first two Led Zeppelin albums, the first King Crimson, ‘Let it Bleed’ by the Rolling Stones and lots of others of note, making this album a release for ‘Old Folks’ pretty much, or so it seems. Track 4, ‘Close to you’ was recorded in 1943, imagine this amongst everything else that was going on:
So 24 years had passed between the original release and 1969, and a hell of a lot had happened in music, but Sinatra’s appeal always endured somehow. He had a loyal fan base and was still acquiring new fans, seemingly on a ten year cycle, having had comeback after comeback.
The other four albums are these:
I’m listening to ‘Songs for swinging lovers’ right now, which opens with ‘You make me feel so young’, a good start.
Here is the album on Apple Music:
or Spotify right here if you prefer:
Sometimes I like a bit of Sinatra, so these will be played now and again, my bet is it will be a Sunday afternoon accompanied by a gin and tonic, which is a very pleasant way indeed to spend some time.