It’s nice to hear titles that had not been commercially recorded by Sinatra. Also, interesting to compare the V-Disc versions, distinguished by full Axel Stordahl accompaniments, with the commercial Columbia issues, mastered without orchestras, owing to the AF of M recording ban in place at the time.
I observe that the V-Discs improve with age. Do they work that way for you? Share your thoughts at our Songbook Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Sinatra-Songbook/360824020693370?ref=ts&fref=ts
Most consider the Capitol fifties to be Frank Sinatra’s most prolific on record. Thinking of this period, we are naturally drawn to the succession of album projects that would become masterworks, In the Wee Small Hours, Swing Easy, Only the Lonely, Songs for Swingin’ Lovers among them. You can see those album covers, as can I.
A great many of the Capitol singles were made before the famed Vine Street tower opened its doors, at the Melrose Avenue facility. It’s still there. Drive by some time. The address is 5515 Melrose.
Can you make out the Capitol signage? It used to read NBC. This was the network’s home before the completion of Radio City at Sunset and Vine.
Once Capitol moved to the Tower in 1956, KHJ Radio and Television set up shop on the premises. Accordingly, these call letters replaced the Capitol signage.
And to the left of the foreground telephone pole, what was then RKO Radio Pictures. The stage in the extreme left-hand corner was the legendary Citizen Kane stage. All this is now Paramount Pictures.
Through the fifties, Sinatra was associated with epic titles that would, in later years, find their way to compilation albums and CD’s. But first, Witchcraft, Young at Heart, I’ve Got the World on a String, Learnin’ the Blues and about ninety-five more songs were released as singles.
Frank approached these titles in a fashion distinctive of his concept album strategy. The singles are by no means less significant than the song titles that became part of his album projects. Each had their place. More about that on the radio.
Checkout the Capitol singles when we open Chapter Twenty-Three of THE SINATRA SONGBOOK, Saturday, March 1 at 6pm ET and Sunday, March 2 at 8am ET exclusively on Metromedia Radio (metromediaradio.net).
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The Singles Collection
This four-disc collection is superb! Great notes, handsome packaging. The Complete Capitol Singles Collection belongs on the shelf of every serious Sinatra collector.
to be continued…
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