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The Capitol Years [Box] [Frank Sinatra] [CD Boxset] [3 discs]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. I've Got the World on a String
    2. Lean Baby
    3. I Love You
    4. South of the Border
    5. From Here to Eternity
    6. They Can't Take That Away From Me
    7. I Get a Kick Out of You
    8. Young at Heart
    9. Three Coins in a Fountain
    10. All of Me
    11. Taking a Chance on Love
    12. Someone to Watch Over Me
    13. What Is This Thing Called Love
    14. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
    15. Learnin' the Blues
    16. Our Town
    17. Love and Marriage
    18. (Love Is) The Tender Trap
    19. Weep They Will
    20. I Thought About You
    21. You Make Me Feel So Young
    22. Memories of You
    23. I've Got You Under My Skin
    24. Too Marvelous For Words
    25. Don't Like Goodbyes
    26. How Little We Know (How Little It Matters)
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Hey! Jealous Lover
    2. You're Sensational
    3. Close to You
    4. Stars Fell on Alabama
    5. I Got Plenty of Nothing
    6. I Wish I Were in Love Again
    7. Lady Is a Tramp, The
    8. Night and Day
    9. Lonesome Road, The
    10. If I Had You
    11. Where Are You
    12. I'm a Fool to Want You
    13. Witchcraft
    14. Something Wonderful Happens in Summer
    15. All the Way
    16. Chicago
    17. Let's Get Away From It All
    18. Autumn in New York
    19. Come Fly With Me
    20. Everybody Loves Somebody
    21. It's the Same Old Dream
    22. Put Your Dreams Away
    23. Here Goes
    24. Angel Eyes
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Ebb Tide
    2. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry
    3. Only the Lonely
    4. One For My Baby
    5. To Love and Be Loved
    6. I Couldn't Care Less
    7. Song Is You, The
    8. Just in Time
    9. Saturday Night Is the Loneliest Night
    10. Come Dance With Me
    11. French Foreign Legion
    12. One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else, The
    13. Here's That Rainy Day
    14. High Hopes
    15. When No One Cares
    16. I'll Never Smile Again
    17. I've Got a Crush on You
    18. Embraceable You
    19. Nice N' Easy
    20. I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me
    21. On the Sunny Side of the Street
    22. I've Heard That Song Before
    23. Almost Like Being in Love
    24. I'll Be Seeing You
    25. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 94317

  • Credits

    Capitol Records, the label for which Sinatra recorded many of his greatest albums in the 1950's, commemorates the singer's 75th birthday with this 3-disc set. Of the 75 chronologically-arranged tracks, about half appear on CD for the first time. The set includes a 36-page booklet with full color photos. Reprise, the label which Sinatra founded in 1960 and still records for, has also released a 4-disc box set anthology.
    In millennia to come, if evidence is required to substantiate the claim that Frank Sinatra was the finest singer of the 20th century, the three-disc CAPITOL YEARS set should settle the case. For the countless listeners to whom Sinatra spoke so eloquently, he was confidante, drinking buddy, philosopher, confessor, therapist, and more, as both his voice and his interpretive artistry reached their full maturation during his mid-1950s-to-early-'60s tenure at Capitol Records.
    It's almost difficult to believe that the man voicing the assured elan of "I've Got the World on a String" is the same harried soul who takes himself to task in the haunting welcome-to-my-nightmare ballad "I'm a Fool to Want You." Nevertheless, both the sensual intimations of "Embraceable You" and the sassy invitation of "Come Dance with Me" are equally powerful, not least on account of the growing simpatico of the arrangements, courtesy of giants such as Billy May and Nelson Riddle. As overwhelming as the artistic heft of THE CAPITOL YEARS box may be, the fact that many of these tracks are previously unreleased alternate takes makes Sinatra's gift seem just that much more sui generis.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (1/24/91) - 5 Stars - Classic - "...a definitive summary not only of Sinatra's most revealing vocal performances but also a smart compendium of some of the best songwriting of the prerock era..."
    Musician (3/91) - "...gem after gem...Sinatra's no-sweat soaring celebrated the familiar melodies; for the ballads there was the firm caress of the singer's baritone, a gorgeous instrument that managed to convey a tender strength and restraint--you could trust this guy, wallow a while in this worldly self-pity, but never sink..."
    Time Magazine (12/31/90) - Rated as one of the 10 best releases of 1990.
    New York Times (Publisher) (12/31/90) - "...the record of how one intelligent, willful, gifted sensualist with infinite resources for distraction felt the passage of time..."
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