Sinatra Rarities: The Columbia Years

Sinatra Rarities: The Columbia Years

by Frank Sinatra



It's true that, as a representative disc of Frank Sinatra's rarest recordings, this 16-song CD doesn't do too much more than scratch the surface -- after all, Sinatra cut many dozens of sides for Columbia Records between 1943 and 1952 that never even made it to vinyl, and only appeared on 78-rpm discs. Still, the selection, carried out by Jonathan Schwartz, Joe McEwen, and James Isaacs, gives listeners a huge amount of bang for their buck, and the very existence of this CD represented a marked change for Columbia, which had heretofore neglected Sinatra's catalog beyond the core hits. This CD was something of an outgrowth of the 1986 six-LP/four-CD compilation entitled The Voice, and represented a conscious effort by the label to move beyond familiar territory. It's a sign of just what treasures were locked up in those vaults that everything on this CD was worthwhile as music, and not simply justified by its obscurity. The ravishing "Why Shouldn't I?" opens the CD on an incredibly strong note, showing off the most delicate and deceptively powerful aspect of Sinatra's intonation -- from there the collections jumps to the jaunty, swing-style "Two Hearts Are Better Than One," and the basic pattern of the collection juxtaposes ballads and rhythm numbers, all to great effect. His marvelous rich tones on "The Girl That I Marry" from Oklahoma! are followed by the bouncy "Could 'Ja?," and in short order "the Voice" washes over the listener amid string-drenched accompaniment on Victor Young and Ned Washington's "Stella by Starlight." The emphasis, as with the general direction of Sinatra's career at Columbia, is on lyricism, which this CD fairly oozes, with a "haunt count" that's often off the scale. Yet it ends in a completely different direction, on one of his most unexpected recordings, "Bim Bam Baby," a novelty tune that shows the growing influence of R&B as early as 1952. It's not what one buys a Sinatra CD for, especially from his Columbia years, but it makes this compilation downright eye-opening in terms of how it presents his voice in all of its range. The sound is excellent throughout, and this is a great complement to The Voice four-CD box -- indeed, even though the contents of this CD are fully contained on the subsequently released The Columbia Years (1943-1952): The Complete Recordings 12-CD set, the songs are unusual enough as a selection that it's still one to get, and a keeper.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074644423624
catalogNumber: 44236

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frank Sinatra   Primary Artist,Vocals
Marshall Royal   Saxophone
Dave Barbour   Guitar
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Buddy Morrow   Trombone
Babe Russin   Saxophone
Phil Moore   Piano,Conductor
Mitch Miller   Oboe
George Arus   Trombone
Robert Barene   Violin
Cy Bernard   Cello
John Best   Trumpet
Johnny Blowers   Drums
Harry Bluestone   Violin
Hoyt Bohannon   Trombone
Ernie Caceres   Saxophone
Mac Ceppos   Violin
Frank Chase   Saxophone
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Art Drelinger   Saxophone
Jack Dumont   Saxophone
Harold Feldman   Saxophone
Graham Forbes   Piano
Chuck Gentry   Saxophone
Gordon Griffin   Trumpet
Sid Harris   Violin
Allan Harshman   Viola
Julius Held   Violin
William Hymanson   Viola
Isadore Zir   Viola
Jules Jacob   Saxophone
Jenkins   Trombone
Armand Karpoff   Cello
George Kast   Violin
Jules Kinsler   Saxophone
Bob Kitsis   Piano
Bernard Kundell   Violin
Rebecca Lynch   Violin
Tony Miranda   French Horn
John Owens   Trumpet
Richard Perissi   Horn,French Horn
Raoul Poliakin   Violin
Leonard Posner   Violin
Jimmy Priddy   Trombone
Allan Reuss   Guitar
George Ricci   Cello
Robinson   Trumpet
Paul Robyn   Viola
Mischa Russell   Violin
John Ryan   Bass
Paul Shure   Violin
Anthony Sophos   Cello
Marshall Sosson   Violin
Phil Stephens   Bass
David Sterkin   Viola
Phil Stevens   Bass
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Axel Stordahl   Conductor
Fred Stulce   Saxophone
Julius Tannenbaum   Cello
Harry Urbont   Violin
Gerald Vinci   Violin
Vincent DeRosa   Horn
Samuel Cytron   Violin
Irving Horowitz   Oboe,Saxophone
Paul Ricci   Saxophone
Eleanor Slatkin   Cello
Donald Anderson   Trumpet
Solomon Deutsch   Viola
Ralph Hersh   Viola
Gerald Joyce   Violin
Sol Kindler   Violin
Leonard Mach   Trumpet
Felix Orlewitz   Violin
Pullman Pederson   Trombone
Herman Shertzer   Saxophone
Melvin "Red" Solomon   Trumpet
Tony Faso   Trumpet
Theodore Nash   Saxophone
Nick Pisani   Violin
William Spear   Viola
Olcott Vail   Violin
Harry Azen   Violin
Henry Beau   Saxophone
William Bloom   Violin
Harry Blostein   Violin
Emil Briano   Violin
Werner Callies   Violin
May Hogan Cambern   Harp
William Clifton   Piano
Murray Cohan   Saxophone
Fred Dornbach   Maracas,Saxophone
Peter Ellis   Violin
Alex Gershunoff   Saxophone
Fred Goerner   Cello
Matty Golizio   Guitar
Jack Greenberg   Saxophone
Dave Hallett   Trombone
Max Herman   Trumpet
Maurice Hershaft   Violin
Morris King   Violin
Emanuel Klein   Trumpet
Edward Kuczborski   Trombone
John Lausen   Trumpet
Simon Leutner   Trombone
Milton Lomask   Violin
Robert McGarity   Trombone
Mark McIntyre   Piano
Sam Middleman   Violin
William Miller   Piano
Maurice Perlmutter   Viola
Merle Pitt   Violin
Nat Polen   Drums
William Pritchard   Trombone
William Rausch   Trombone
Harry Schuchman   Saxophone
Joe Small   Saxophone
Zelly Smirnoff   Violin
Elmer Smithers   Trombone
Stanley Spiegelman   Viola
Abraham Weiss   Viola
Wesley Webb West   Steel Guitar
Rubin Zarchy   Trumpet
Ray Linn & the Chicago Stompers   Trumpet
Mark Levant   Violin
Arthur Shapiro   Bass
Leon Frengut   Viola
Wesley Heins   Trombone
Eugene Powers   Violin
George Seaburg   Trumpet
Helen Shomer   Violin
Arthur Berstein   Bass
Attair DErosa   French Horn
William Schaefer   Trombone
Jeff Alexander Choir   Track Performer
Wolfie Tannenbaum   Saxophone
John Muenzenberger   Saxophone
Arthur Smith Trio   Saxophone
Joe Siracusa   Drums
Robert Bain   Guitar
Julius Kinsler   Saxophone
Roland Dupont   Trombone
Thomas Mancini   Violin
David Frisna   Violin
John Barrow   French Horn
Bill Taylor   Violin
Frank Miller   Cello
Anthony Russo   Trombone

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Walter Bishop   Composer
Phil Moore   Arranger
Jonathan Schwartz   Liner Notes
Alec Wilder   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Jeff Alexander   Arranger
Josef Myrow   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Carroll Coates   Composer
Eddie Finckel   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
James Isaacs   Producer
Joe McEwen   Producer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Axel Stordahl   Arranger
Jule Styne   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Bill Carey   Composer
Eden Ahbez   Composer
Carl Fischer   Composer
Ray Linn & the Chicago Stompers   Contributor
Carey Fischer   Composer
Sammy Mysels   Composer

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