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Frank Sinatra: Myth, Reality and a Critic Standing in Line at Arby’s

Read "Frank Sinatra: Myth, Reality and a Critic Standing in Line at Arby’s" reviewed by Steve Provizer

The mere act of re-releasing a 1960 Frank Sinatra album speaks to the fact that his name still creates ripples when tossed into the cultural pond; still has the power to inspire a reaction when other other vocal stars of yore have receded into distant memory. An ocean of ink has been spilled in portraits and musical criticism of the “Chairman of the Board," some of it merely respectful, most adulatory. Long ago, the rough, mafia-inflected edges were smoothed out ...

INTERVIEW

Chuck Granata: On Sinatra, The Beach Boys, and Johnny Mandel

Read "Chuck Granata: On Sinatra, The Beach Boys, and Johnny Mandel" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Chuck Granata is a record and radio producer, author, music historian and archivist. He has written four books on music and sound recording: Sessions with Sinatra: Frank Sinatra and the Art of Recording (Chicago Review Press, A Capella Books, 1999), Wouldn't it be Nice: Brian Wilson and the Making of the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds (Chicago Review Press, A Capella Books, 2003), Making Records: The Scenes Behind the Music (with legendary record producer Phil Ramone) (Hyperion Press, 2007) and the ...

Frank Sinatra: A Son of Immigrants Sings America's Heart

Read "Frank Sinatra: A Son of Immigrants Sings America's Heart" reviewed by Christine Passarella

Roots Sitting in my dining room, going through my childhood photos and mementos was like viewing a dream. I opened an envelope and pulled out a yellowed note in my father's sort of wild handwriting. The envelope said, written in my mother's exquisitely perfect handwriting, “Dad saved this, it's Frank Sinatra's dentist." On the card was the name of the dentist and a phone number. My mind immediately started to reflect on Sinatra's impact on my emotions throughout the stages ...

RADIO

Let's Talk About Me

Read "Let's Talk About Me" reviewed by H William Stine

This show has nothing to do with my personal life, so ignore the photo. How many songs can you think of with me in the title? I thought of this many to fill two hours: (Don't read the playlist if you want to guess the mystery vocalist.) Frank Sinatra “All of Me" from Swing Easy! Cassandra Mckinley “It's All Right with Me" from Right in Front of You Curtis Stigers “Come Fly with Me" from One More ...

BOOK REVIEW

The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums

Read "The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums" reviewed by Steve Provizer

The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums Will Friedwald 432 pages ISBN: 0307379078 Pantheon 2017 Will Friedwald has written a nice fat, fact-laden book, closely analyzing each song on the fifty-one albums he's chosen. Comparing his responses to one's own is interesting, but what really makes this book valuable is the extensive context he provides for each album. Friedwald has been operating in the world of jazz and pop vocals for ...

BOOK REVIEW

The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums

Read "The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums" reviewed by Roger Crane

The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums Will Friedwald 432 pages ISBN: 0307379078 Pantheon 2017 The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums is unique and Will Friedwald, who has extensive knowledge of and affection for singers and songs, has mined an area all his own. Sure, there are books about singers--jazz and pop--and reviews of their albums. Many of them are excellent, but I know of none that select 57 “great" albums and ...

FROM THE INSIDE OUT

New Sinatra DVD Collection: Beautiful Stories in Song

Read "New Sinatra DVD Collection: Beautiful Stories in Song" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

In September 2017, Eagle Rock Entertainment released the final three titles in The Frank Sinatra Collection, six shows and performances which collectively present highlights from four decades of studio, concert and television performances by The Chairman of the Board. The Royal Festival Hall (1962) & Live at Carnegie Hall captures Ol' Blue Eyes performing before royalty at a children's charity event in London, and in New York City's most famous concert hall. Live from Caesars Palace & The ...


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