(2014) London

Frank Sinatra

... read moreA sequel of sorts to the previous New York and Vegas box sets, London is in some respects a super-expanded version of 1962's Sinatra Sings Great Songs from Great Britain, with the record anchoring the first disc of this three-CD/one-DVD box and outtakes from the album showing up on the second CD...

03:02′:26″ 47 Songs

Disk 1

1
The Very Thought Of You
Frank Sinatra
3:34
2
We'll Gather Lilacs In The Spring
Frank Sinatra
3:15
3
If I Had You
Frank Sinatra
4:07
4
Now Is The Hour
Frank Sinatra
2:51
5
The Gypsy
Frank Sinatra
3:21
6
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Frank Sinatra
3:54
7
A Garden In The Rain
Frank Sinatra
3:24
8
London By Night
Frank Sinatra
3:20
9
We'll Meet Again
Frank Sinatra
3:44
10
I'll Follow My Secret Heart
Frank Sinatra
3:16
11
Roses Of Picardy
Frank Sinatra
3:01
12
Introduction
Frank Sinatra
0:06
13
Sinatra On A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Frank Sinatra
0:30
14
Sinatra On The Gypsy
Frank Sinatra
0:21
15
Sinatra On We'll Meet Again
Frank Sinatra
0:15
16
Sinatra On A Garden In The Rain
Frank Sinatra
0:25
17
Sinatra On I'll Follow My Secret Heart
Frank Sinatra
0:25
18
Sinatra On The Very Thought Of You
Frank Sinatra
0:36
19
Sinatra On If I Had You
Frank Sinatra
0:21
20
Sinatra On We'll Gather Lilacs In The Spring
Frank Sinatra
0:25
21
Sinatra On Now Is The Hour
Frank Sinatra
0:21
22
Sinatra On London By Night
Frank Sinatra
0:15
23
End Credit
Frank Sinatra
0:28

Disk 2

1
The Very Thought Of You (Session Take)
Frank Sinatra
13:49
2
A Garden In The Rain (Session Take)
Frank Sinatra
3:57
3
London By Night (Session Take)
Frank Sinatra
17:24
4
The Gypsy (Session Take)
Frank Sinatra
12:47
5
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square (Session Take)
Frank Sinatra
8:44
6
We'll Meet Again (Session Take)
Frank Sinatra
7:25
7
Medley: I've Got The World On A String / Day In, Day Out / London By Night (Bbc Show Band Show/1953)
Frank Sinatra
14:30

Disk 3

1
Fly Me To The Moon (Live At Royal Albert Hall / 1984)
Frank Sinatra
2:20
2
The Lady Is A Tramp (Live At Royal Albert Hall / 1984)
Frank Sinatra
2:57
3
Come Rain Or Come Shine (Live At Royal Albert Hall / 1984)
Frank Sinatra
3:45
4
This Is All I Ask (Live At Royal Albert Hall / 1984)
Frank Sinatra
3:53
5
L.A. Is My Lady (Live At Royal Albert Hall / 1984)
Frank Sinatra
2:58
6
Pennies From Heaven (Live At Royal Albert Hall / 1984)
Frank Sinatra
4:04
7
Monologue (Live At Royal Albert Hall / 1984)
Frank Sinatra
2:58
8
Luck Be A Lady (Live At Royal Albert Hall / 1984)
Frank Sinatra
4:43
9
My Way (Live At Royal Albert Hall / 1984)
Frank Sinatra
2:55
10
Here's To The Band (Live At Royal Albert Hall / 1984)
Frank Sinatra
4:35
11
These Foolish Things (Live At Royal Albert Hall / 1984)
Frank Sinatra
3:55
12
Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry (Live At Royal Albert Hall / 1984)
Frank Sinatra
4:02
13
Don't Worry 'Bout Me (Live At Royal Albert Hall / 1984)
Frank Sinatra
3:36
14
New York, New York (Live At Royal Albert Hall / 1984)
Frank Sinatra
4:15
15
Strangers In The Night (Live At Royal Albert Hall / 1984)
Frank Sinatra
4:15
16
Mack The Knife (Live At Royal Albert Hall / 1984)
Frank Sinatra
4:41
17
Bows: You Are There (Live At Royal Albert Hall / 1984)
Frank Sinatra
1:43
Released 01 January 2014, This Compilation ℗ 2014 Frank Sinatra Enterprises LLC

Review

A sequel of sorts to the previous New York and Vegas box sets, London is in some respects a super-expanded version of 1962's Sinatra Sings Great Songs from Great Britain, with the record anchoring the first disc of this three-CD/one-DVD box and outtakes from the album showing up on the second CD; the rest of the set consists of BBC performances from 1953, spoken Sinatra introductions from a 1962 "Light Programme" special, and a full performance at Royal Albert Hall from 1984 on the third disc, while the DVD contains a previously unreleased filmed 1962 concert at Royal Festival Hall along with a 1970 performance at the same venue. It's a rather lavish celebration for a record that isn't wildly remembered as one of Sinatra's best. Frankly speaking, Sings Great Songs from Great Britain isn't remembered often at all, as it was something of a curiosity: it is the only album Frank recorded outside of the United States, working with arranger Robert Farnon and supported entirely by British musicians. Appropriately enough, the album only saw release in the U.K., in 1962, not appearing in the U.S. until a CD reissue in the '90s, where it wound up getting lost amidst all the other heavyweight '60s titles. Sings Great Songs from Great Britain isn't forceful, it's a subtle, insinuating record -- the kind of thing to turn to once all the great Sinatra albums have dimmed slightly, because that's when it'll sound rich and fresh. And so it is here with the box: now that it's placed on a handsome boxed pedestal, the lushness of Farnon's arrangements contrast nicely with Frank's slightly weary, weathered voice. It's also interesting to hear the session tapes on disc two, as they offer insight on how the conductor and singer collaborated, but the BBC sessions are even better: bold, robust performances that capture Sinatra on the cusp of his '50s revival (the spoken sessions from the special are little more than period curios). Finally, the third disc is pure Chairman of the Board shtick, all swinging Vegas brass that is fun but seems a little gauche compared to the rest of this fine, understated box. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine