Frank Sinatra | A Voice On Air (1935-1955) | CD Set

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In a matter befitting the 100th birthday of an American icon, comes the release of Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air (1935-1955), a historic 100+ track, 4-CD deluxe box set culled from an invaluable collection of rare radio broadcasts and rehearsals _ immaculately restored from the original recording masters for unprecedented high-fidelity sound.

 

Luxuriously packaged with a 60-page book, Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air (1935-1955) is an essential addition to Sinatra's voluminous discography, offering a unique glimpse into the formative period of America's first teen idol: Frank Sinatra, the man who became known the world over as "The Voice." Included in the book are an introductory essay by renowned singer, pianist and archivist Michael Feinstein; a personal remembrance by Frank's eldest daughter Nancy Sinatra and detailed essay by foremost Sinatra historian, author and box set producer Charles L. Granata.

 

In assembling this groundbreaking box set marking the first official release anthologizing Frank Sinatra's seminal radio performances, the producers have mined treasures from their own extensive Sinatra broadcast transcription collections and the world's most prestigious archives and sound recording repositories including The Library of Congress, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, the Paley Center for Media, the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative archive and The University of Colorado's Glenn Miller Archive. Included are dozens of rare photographs and recording artifacts that help to illustrate the scope of Sinatra's incredible radio career.

 

Meticulously restored and remastered in high-resolution from the original glass and aluminum radio transcription discs and magnetic tape masters by three-time Grammy winning recording engineer Andreas Meyer and Sinatra producer Charles L. Granata, these vintage, historic recordings _ most of them unheard since their original broadcast in the 1940s and 1950s _ sound more rich and vibrant than ever before. All of the warmth and vibrancy that are hallmarks of Frank Sinatra's vocal brilliance have been preserved, and showcased with unprecedented fidelity.

 

This breathtaking overview charts Frank Sinatra's evolution as a vocalist, and includes samples of his radio work from the first twenty years of his amazing career, from his first radio performance in 1935 (singing "S-H-I-N-E" with the Hoboken Four) to his last weekly series in 1955 (The Frank Sinatra Show, featuring ultra-rare performances with an in-studio quintet). From beginning to end, Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air (1935-1955) envelops the listener in the atmosphere surrounding the creation of these masterful radio performances in the 1930s, '40s and '50s.

 

This box set holds special significance _ both in Frank Sinatra's body of work, and as a special 100th Birthday tribute _ as it includes dozens of songs that were never officially recorded by Frank Sinatra, and dozens of unusual (and unrecorded) arrangements of Sinatra's most prized songs. Among the treasures included on the collection are Cole Porter's "Don't Fence Me In," Frank Loesser's "I Wish I Didn't Love You So," Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin's "Long Ago and Far Away," Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen's "Aren't You Glad You're You" and Richard Whiting, Leo Robin and Newell Chase's "My Ideal" _ all important classics from the Great American Songbook that Sinatra never recorded.

 

Then, there are priceless duets with Nat 'King' Cole ("Exactly Like You"), Benny Goodman ("I Only Have Eyes for You"), Peggy Lee ("You Brought A New Kind of Love to Me"), Metropolitan Opera star Dorothy Kirsten ("A Fine Romance"), Doris Day ("Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and "There's No Business Like Show Business" and Milton Berle ("It's De-Lovely") _ as well as songwriters Irving Berlin ("Alexander's Ragtime Band"), Johnny Mercer ("Ac-Cen-Tchu-Ate the Positive") and Louisiana Governor Jimmy Davis ("You Are My Sunshine"). Also included are seldom-heard program openings, closings, announcements and commercials _ PLUS twelve surprise bonus tracks that are sure to delight even the die-hard Sinatra fan!

 

Track Listings:

 

CD 1:

1. Vintage Radio Tuning In / Major Bowes' Show Opening / S-H-I-N-E _ The Hoboken Four

2. Fred Allen introduces Frank Sinatra and the Four Sharps / Exactly Like You _ The Four Sharps / Fred Allen

3. Moon Love _ Frank Sinatra with Harry James and His Orchestra

4. Fame and Fortune Show Opening: I'm Getting Sentimental Over You / Marie _ Frank Sinatra with Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

5. Deep Night _ Frank Sinatra with Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

6. Ruth Lowe Interview / I'll Never Smile Again / Fame and Fortune Show Opening: I'm Getting Sentimental Over You _ Frank Sinatra / Tommy Dorsey, Horace Heidt & Ruth Lowe / Frank Sinatra with Tommy Dorsey & his Orchestra and the Pied Pipers

7. Frenesi _ Frank Sinatra with Tommy Dorsey & his Orchestra and the Pied Pipers

8. East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)

9. Carnaval de Broadway Opening: I'm Getting Sentimental Over You / The One I Love _ Frank Sinatra with Tommy Dorsey & his Orchestra and the Pied Pipers

10. Say It / Carnaval de Broadway Closing: I'm Getting Sentimental Over You _ Frank Sinatra with Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

11. She's Funny That Way _ Frank Sinatra with David Broekman & the Treasury Ensemble

12. I Don't Believe in Rumors _ Frank Sinatra with David Broekman & the Treasury Ensemble

13. Medley: I'll String Along with You / As Time Goes By _ Frank Sinatra with Lyn Murray & his Orchestra

14. That Old Black Magic _ Frank Sinatra with Walter Gross & His Orchestra

15. I Heard You Cried Last Night _ Frank Sinatra with Mark Warnow & The Hit Parade Orchestra

16. For Me and My Gal _ Frank Sinatra with Mark Warnow & The Hit Parade Orchestra

17. Moonlight Mood _ Frank Sinatra with Mark Warnow & The Hit Parade Orchestra

18. There Are Such Things _ Frank Sinatra with Mark Warnow & The Hit Parade Orchestra

19. Broadway Bandbox Show Opening / All or Nothing at All (orchestral) _ Frank Sinatra with Raymond Scott & His Orchestra

20. My Heart Stood Still _ Frank Sinatra with Raymond Scott & His Orchestra

21. The Right Kind of Love _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra

22. Close to You _ Frank Sinatra with Raymond Paige & his Orchestra

23. As Time Goes By _ Frank Sinatra with Mark Warnow & The Hit Parade Orchestra

24. It's De-Lovely _ Frank Sinatra & Milton Berle with Raymond Scott & His Orchestra

25. Nature's Remedy Commercial _ Fred Cole

 

CD 2:

1. Songs by Sinatra Show Opening: This Love of Mine / Paper Doll _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & his Orchestra and the Bobby Tucker Singers / Frank Sinatra & Everett Clark with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra and the Bobby Tucker Singers

2. Kiss Me Again _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & his Orchestra and the Bobby Tucker Singers

3. If Loveliness Were Music _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & his Orchestra and the Bobby Tucker Singers

4. Lover Come Back to Me / Songs by Sinatra Show Closing: Put Your Dreams Away _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & his Orchestra and the Bobby Tucker Singers / Frank Sinatra & Everett Clark with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra and the Bobby Tucker Singers

5. My Heart Tells Me _ Frank Sinatra with Mark Warnow & The Hit Parade Orchestra

6. My Ideal _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra

7. News Bulletin / Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower Briefing / President Franklin D. Roosevelt Address of D-Day (Excerpts) / Music for Millions Introduction & Buy a Piece of the Peace _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra / Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower & President Franklin D. Roosevelt

8. Frank Sinatra D-Day Announcement / The Frank Sinatra Show Opening: This Love of Mine / Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra / Frank Sinatra with Mark Warnow & The Hit Parade Orchestra

9. Frank Sinatra Commentary on Special D-Day Broadcast / America the Beautiful _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra / Frank Sinatra

10. Frank Sinatra Dedication to Canadian Soldiers at Rockcliffe Hospital, Ontario / I'll Be Seeing You (Rehearsal) _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra

11. Frank Sinatra Dedication to Soldiers at Halloran Hospital, Staten Island, NY / The Way You Look Tonight _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra

12. It Had to Be You _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra

13. Don't Fence Me In _ Frank Sinatra & Eileen Barton with Axel Stordahl & his Orchestra

14. Lonely Love _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra

15. Long Ago and Far Away _ Frank Sinatra with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra

16. Songs by Sinatra Opening: Night and Day / Aren't You Glad You're You _ Frank Sinatra, June Hutton & The Pied Pipers with Axel Stordahl & his Orchestra

17. It Might as Well be Spring _ Frank Sinatra, June Hutton & The Pied Pipers with Axel Stordahl & his Orchestra

18. Birthday Greetings for Frank Sinatra's 30th Birthday / Frank Sinatra introduces June Hutton / Button Up Your Overcoat _ Frank Sinatra, June Hutton & The Pied Pipers with Axel Stordahl & his Orchestra

19. Day by Day _ Frank Sinatra, June Hutton & The Pied Pipers with Axel Stordahl & his Orchestra

20. Lily Belle _ Frank Sinatra, June Hutton & The Pied Pipers with Axel Stordahl & his Orchestra

21. Ol' Man River / Songs by Sinatra Show Closing: Put Your Dreams Away _ Frank Sinatra, June Hutton & The Pied Pipers with Axel Stordahl & his Orchestra

22. Comedy Sketch: The Battle of the Century _ Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope & Bing Crosby

23. Songs by Sinatra Old Gold –Yankee Doodle Dandy" Commercial _ Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra

24. The Frank Sinatra Show Vimms Vitamin Commercial _ Frank Sinatra

25. Songs by Sinatra Max Factor Commercial _ Frank Sinatra

 

CD 3:

1. Songs by Sinatra Show Opening: Night and Day / I'm an Old Cowhand / Tumblin' Tumbleweeds _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra

2. Along the Navajo Trail _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra

3. Frank Sinatra Introduction to –Home on the Range" / Home on the Range _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra

4. Frank Sinatra Introduces Louisiana Gov. Jimmie Davis / You Are My Sunshine _ Frank Sinatra & Gov. Jimmie Davis with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra

5. Frank Sinatra introduces Nat –King" Cole / Exactly Like You _ Frank Sinatra with Nat –King" Cole & the King Cole Trio

6. Frank Sinatra introduces Slim Gaillard / Cement Mixer (Put-ti Put-ti) _ Frank Sinatra & Slim Gaillard with the Slim Gaillard Trio / Frank Sinatra & Slim Gaillard

7. You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me _ Frank Sinatra & Peggy Lee with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra

8. I Only Have Eyes for You _ Frank Sinatra & Benny Goodman with the Benny Goodman Sextet

9. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra

10. Don't Forget Tonight Tomorrow _ Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra

11. Sweet Lorraine _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra

12. Personality _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra

13. Who's Sorry Now? _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra

14. Don't Marry That Girl _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra

15. A Salute to Al Jolson Show Opening & George Jessel Introduces Frank Sinatra / Rock-a-Bye Your Baby _ Frank Sinatra with Morris Stoloff & his Orchestra

16. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra

17. These Foolish Things (parody) _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra

18. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra

19. Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better) _ Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Durante & Garry Moore with Roy Bargy & his Orchestra

20. Frank Sinatra Introduces Irving Berlin / Alexander's Ragtime Band _ Frank Sinatra & Irving Berlin with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra / Frank Sinatra & Irving Berlin

21. Help Me to Help My Neighbor / Irving Berlin Commentary on Frank Sinatra Winning the Jefferson Award _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra / Irving Berlin

22. Frank Sinatra Introduces Johnny Mercer / Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive _ Frank Sinatra & Johnny Mercer with Axel Stordahl & his Orchestra

23. Your Hit Parade Show Opening: Lucky Day / (It's Going to Be A) Great Day _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & The Hit Parade Orchestra

24. I Wish I Didn't Love You So _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & The Hit Parade Orchestra

25. Take Me Out to the Ball Game _ Frank Sinatra & Doris Day with Axel Stordahl & The Hit Parade Orchestra

26. There's No Business Like Show Business _ Frank Sinatra & Doris Day with Axel Stordahl & The Hit Parade Orchestra

27. Serenade of the Bells _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & The Hit Parade Orchestra

28. Frank Sinatra Receives the Modern Screen Ed Sullivan Award and the 1946 –Radio Father of the Year Award" / Come Rain or Come Shine _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra

29. Songs by Sinatra Show Closing: Put Your Dreams Away _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra

 

CD 4:

1. Haunted Heart _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & The Hit Parade Orchestra

2. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra

3. I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & The Hit Parade Orchestra

4. Nature Boy _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & The Hit Parade Orchestra

5. Little White Lies _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & The Hit Parade Orchestra

6. On a Slow Boat to China _ Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & The Hit Parade Orchestra

7. Light Up Time Show Opening: Lucky Day / It All Depends on You _ Frank Sinatra with Johnny Green & his Orchestra

8. Some Enchanted Evening _ Frank Sinatra & Dorothy Kirsten with Johnny Green & his Orchestra

9. Full Moon and Empty Arms _ Frank Sinatra & Dorothy Kirsten with Jeff Alexander & his Orchestra

10. It's Only a Paper Moon _ Frank Sinatra with Ziggy Elman & his Orchestra

11. Mad About You _ Frank Sinatra with Ziggy Elman & his Orchestra

12. A Fine Romance _ Frank Sinatra & Dorothy Kirsten with Ziggy Elman & his Orchestra

13. Dean Martin introduces Frank Sinatra / I've Got a Crush on You _ Frank Sinatra with Dick Stabile & His Orchestra / Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra

14. Why Try to Change Me Now _ Frank Sinatra with Harry Sosnik & the Savings Bond Orchestra

15. Birth of the Blues _ Frank Sinatra with Harry Sosnik & the Savings Bond Orchestra

16. To Be Perfectly Frank Show Opening: Walking and Whistlin' the Blues / I've Got the World on a String _ Frank Sinatra with quintet accompaniment feat. Graham Forbes / Frank Sinatra with the Sinatra Symphonette feat. Bill Miller

17. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm _ Frank Sinatra with quintet accompaniment feat. Graham Forbes

18. A Hundred Years from Today _ Frank Sinatra with quartet accompaniment feat. Graham Forbes

19. This Can't Be Love _ Frank Sinatra with quintet accompaniment feat. Graham Forbes

20. Them There Eyes / To Be Perfectly Frank Closing: Walkin' and Whistlin' the Blues _ Frank Sinatra with quintet accompaniment feat. Graham Forbes

21. The Frank Sinatra Show Opening: Young at Heart / Tenderly _ Frank Sinatra with Graham Forbes

22. Hello, Young Lovers _ Frank Sinatra with Graham Forbes

23. It's Alright with Me _ Frank Sinatra with Graham Forbes

24. Our Love Is Here to Stay / The Frank Sinatra Show Closing: Put Your Dreams Away _ Frank Sinatra feat. Graham Forbes

25. Gary Crosby Introduces Frank Sinatra / Sam's Song (The Happy Tune) _ Frank Sinatra & Gary Crosby with John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra

26. Half as Lovely (Twice as True) _ Frank Sinatra with John Scott Trotter & his Orchestra

27. Light Up Time / Lucky Strike –LSMFT" Commercial _ Frank Sinatra

28. Frank Sinatra sings Bobbi Home Permanent / White Rain Commercials _ Frank Sinatra