(2010) A Man And His Music

Frank Sinatra

... read moreReleased around his 50th birthday, A Man and His Music is an ambitious double-album set that provides a brief history of Frank Sinatra's career. Though the concept sounds quite promising in theory, the execution is somewhat lacking. Instead of using the original recordings -- which were made for RCA...

01:43′:04″ 32 Songs

Disk 1

1
Put Your Dreams Away (For Another Day)
Frank Sinatra
3:10
2
All Or Nothing
Frank Sinatra
4:26
3
I'll Never Smile Again
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2:49
4
There Are Such Things
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2:57
5
I'll Be Seeing You
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3:06
6
The One I Love (Belongs To Somebody Else)
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3:20
7
Polka Dots And Moonbeams
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4:32
8
Night And Day
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4:29
9
Oh! What It Seemed To Be
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2:29
10
Soliloquy
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8:04
11
Nancy (With The Laughing Face)
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4:21
12
The House I Live In
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4:40
13
From Here To Eternity (1965 Version)
Frank Sinatra
2:44

Disk 2

1
Come Fly With Me
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2:13
2
(How Little It Matters) How Little We Know
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2:15
3
Learnin' The Blues
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2:31
4
In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning (1965 Version)
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2:43
5
Young At Heart
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3:16
6
Witchcraft (1965 Version)
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2:52
7
All The Way
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3:54
8
Love And Marriage
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1:29
9
I've Got You Under My Skin
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3:26
10
Ring-A-Ding Ding
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1:07
11
The Second Time Around
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2:13
12
The Summit
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5:20
13
The Oldest Established (Permanent Floating Crap Game In New York)
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2:09
14
Luck Be A Lady
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2:25
15
Call Me Irresponsible
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2:45
16
Fly Me To The Moon
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2:30
17
Softly, As I Leave You
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2:57
18
My Kind Of Town (1965 Version)
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2:30
19
The September Of My Years
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3:22
Released 01 January 2010, ℗ 2010 Frank Sinatra Enterprises, LLC

Review

Released around his 50th birthday, A Man and His Music is an ambitious double-album set that provides a brief history of Frank Sinatra's career. Though the concept sounds quite promising in theory, the execution is somewhat lacking. Instead of using the original recordings -- which were made for RCA, Columbia, and Capitol, not his then-current label, Reprise -- Sinatra re-recorded the majority of the album's songs. That in itself isn't bad. Many of the new versions are quite enjoyable, with lively, inspired vocals. However, there is also narration from Sinatra that runs throughout the album. Although it does offer some amusing anecdotes and gives a sense of his long, complex history, the narration prevents the album from being a consistently engaging listen. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine