Thursday, March 05, 2015

Frank Sinatra’s Timeless Music Celebrated Worldwide with New, Career-Spanning ‘Ultimate Sinatra’ Centennial Collections from Capitol/UMe ‘Ultimate Sinatra’ CD, Digital, 2LP and 4CD/Digital Deluxe Editions Present Key Recordings Spanning Sinatra’s Years with Columbia, Capitol and Reprise, Together for the First Time

“I adore making records. I’d rather do that than almost anything else.” – Frank Sinatra

In celebration of Frank Sinatra’s centennial year, new, career-spanning collections of the entertainment icon’s timeless music have been compiled for worldwide CD and digital release on April 21 by Capitol/UMe. Available in 25-track CD, 26-track digital, 24-track 180-gram 2LP, and deluxe, 101-track 4CD and digital editions, Ultimate Sinatra presents key recordings spanning the Chairman of the Board’s recordings for Columbia, Capitol and Reprise, together for the first time. Both CD and digital editions also feature previously unreleased Sinatra recordings. Beginning today, Ultimate Sinatra’s CD, deluxe 4CD, 2LP vinyl and standard digital editions are available for preorder from Amazon, iTunes and Google Play.

“In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning”
The defining voice of the 20th century, Frank Sinatra enjoyed a legendary recording career that spanned six decades, beginning with his earliest session in 1939 and culminating with his last in 1993, for his world-renowned, multi-platinum Duets and Duets II albums. All of Ultimate Sinatra’s configurations open with “All Or Nothing At All,” recorded with Harry James and his Orchestra on August 31, 1939 during Sinatra’s first studio session. With that star-making session, Sinatra embarked on a three-year run of nearly 100 big band recordings with the Harry James and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras, followed by more than 50 years of sessions for Columbia (1943-1952), Capitol (1953-1962; 1993-1994), and his own Reprise label (1960-1988).

Ultimate Sinatra’s single-disc CD brims with 25 stellar recordings representing a cross-section of Sinatra’s unparalleled recording career. Led by “All Or Nothing At All” and closed with a previously unreleased alternate version of “Just In Time,” the collection is stacked with standouts, including “I’ll Never Smile Again” (1940), “I’ve Got The World On A String” (1953), “In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning” (1955), “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” (1956), “Come Fly With Me” (1957), “The Way You Look Tonight” (1964), “Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)” (1964), “Strangers In The Night” (1966), “My Way” (1968), and “Theme From New York, New York” (1979), among many more. The standard digital edition adds a 26th track, the boisterous “Chicago.”

Ultimate Sinatra’s 4CD and digital deluxe edition boasts 100 tracks celebrating 100 years (plus a never before released bonus track), including many more luminous recordings that reinforce Sinatra’s well-deserved moniker, The Voice. The chronological collection dives deeper into Sinatra’s musical world of iconic recordings, before closing with a previously unreleased rehearsal version of “The Surrey With The Fringe On Top” recorded in 1979. The deluxe edition also features an 80-page booklet with a new essay by Sinatra historian and author Charles Pignone, as well as rare photos and quotes from Frank Sinatra and his children, Nancy, Tina and Frank Jr., as well as Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Quincy Jones, and others.

Asked late in his career to name a favorite song or album, Sinatra said, “I’ve sung and recorded so many wonderful songs over the years, it would be impossible to name one in particular as my favorite. Many of them are special to me for one reason or another. It’s difficult to pick a favorite album. The ones that stick in my mind are Only The Lonely, Wee Small Hours, and Come Fly With Me because I think the orchestrator’s work and my work came together so well.”

Throughout 2015, the 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s birth (December 12, 1915) will be commemorated around the world with a new stage show, prestigious exhibitions, music, video and book releases, special partnerships, major television and film events along with a host of independent tributes and concerts.

The definitive FRANK SINATRA 100 App will provide fans with continuous updates on official Frank Sinatra centennial activities. The free to download app, available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and Android tablets, will continue to evolve with exclusive Sinatra 100 content and other updates.

An icon who forever epitomizes the American dream, Frank Sinatra continues to have an immeasurable influence on popular culture: music, film, art, theatre, fashion and beyond. Sinatra was a true one-of-a-kind personality whose incredible achievements continue to inspire greatness in others.

Throughout his six-decade career, Sinatra performed on more than 1,400 recordings and was awarded 31 gold, nine platinum, three double platinum and one triple platinum album by the Recording Industry Association of America. Sinatra demonstrated a remarkable ability to appeal to every generation and continues to do so; his artistry still influences many of today’s music superstars. He also appeared in more than 60 films and produced eight motion pictures.

Sinatra was awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards from The Recording Academy, The Screen Actors Guild and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), as well as the Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. Today, he remains a legend and an inspiration around the world for his contributions to culture and the arts.
Frank Sinatra: Ultimate Sinatra [CD, digital]
1. All Or Nothing At All
2. I’ll Never Smile Again
3. Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week)
4. Nancy (With The Laughing Face)
5. I’ve Got The World On A String
6. Young At Heart
7. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
8. Learnin’ The Blues
9. Love And Marriage
10. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
11. Witchcraft
12. All The Way
13. Come Fly With Me
14. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
15. The Way You Look Tonight
16. My Kind Of Town
17. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)
18. It Was A Very Good Year
19. Strangers In The Night
20. Summer Wind
21. That’s Life
22. My Way
23. Theme From New York, New York
24. Put Your Dreams Away
25. Just In Time (Alternate Version) – previously unreleased
Digital-only bonus track:
26. Chicago

Frank Sinatra: Ultimate Sinatra [2LP vinyl]
Side A
1. All Or Nothing At All
2. I’ll Never Smile Again
3. Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week)
4. Nancy (With The Laughing Face)
5. I’ve Got The World On A String
6. Young At Heart
7. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
Side B
1. Learnin’ The Blues
2. Love And Marriage
3. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
4. Witchcraft
5. All The Way
Side C
1. Come Fly With Me
2. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
3. The Way You Look Tonight
4. My Kind Of Town
5. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)
6. It Was A Very Good Year
Side D
1. Strangers In The Night
2. Summer Wind
3. That’s Life
4. My Way
5. Theme From New York, New York
6. Put Your Dreams Away

Frank Sinatra: Ultimate Sinatra [4CD, digital Deluxe Edition]
Disc 1
1. All Or Nothing At All
2. I’ll Never Smile Again
3. Street of Dreams
4. You’ll Never Know
5. If You Are But A Dream
6. Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week)
7. Nancy (With The Laughing Face)
8. Oh! What It Seemed To Be
9. Five Minutes More
10. Time After Time
11. Night And Day
12. The Song Is You
13. I’m A Fool To Want You
14. The Birth Of The Blues
15. Why Try To Change Me Now
16. I’ve Got The World On A String
17. Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me
18. My Funny Valentine
19. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
20. I Get A Kick Out Of You
21. Young At Heart
22. Last Night When We Were Young
23. Three Coins In The Fountain
24. Just One Of Those Things
25. All Of Me
26. Someone To Watch Over Me
27. I Get Along Without You Very Well
Disc 2
1. This Love Of Mine
2. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
3. Learnin’ The Blues
4. Love And Marriage
5. (Love Is) The Tender Trap
6. Love Is Here To Stay
7. You Make Me Feel So Young
8. Memories Of You
9. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
10. Too Marvelous For Words
11. (How Little It Matters) How Little We Know
12. I Couldn’t Sleep A Wink Last Night
13. I Wish I Were In Love Again
14. The Lady Is A Tramp
15. From This Moment On
16. Laura
17. Where Are You?
18. Witchcraft
19. Bewitched
20. All The Way
21. Moonlight In Vermont
22. Come Fly With Me
23. Put Your Dreams Away
24. Angel Eyes
25. Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
Disc 3
1. Only The Lonely
2. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
3. Something’s Gotta Give
4. Come Dance With Me
5. Here’s That Rainy Day
6. A Cottage For Sale
7. High Hopes
8. The Nearness Of You
9. I’ve Got A Crush On You
10. Nice ‘N’ Easy
11. When The World Was Young
12. In The Still Of The Night
13. The Second Time Around
14. Without A Song
15. Loved Walked In
16. Stardust
17. Come Rain Or Come Shine
18. The Girl Next Door
19. At Long Last Love
20. The Very Thought Of You
21. Pennies From Heaven
22. Ol’ Man River
23. I Have Dreamed
24. Luck Be A Lady
Disc 4
1. The Way You Look Tonight
2. My Kind Of Town
3. The Best Is Yet To Come
4. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)
5. Softly, As I Leave You
6. It Was A Very Good Year
7. September Of My Years
8. Moonlight Serenade
9. Strangers In The Night
10. Summer Wind
11. That’s Life
12. I Concentrate On You
13. The Girl From Ipanema
14. Drinking Again
15. Somethin’ Stupid (with Nancy Sinatra)
16. The World We Knew (Over And Over)
17. Cycles
18. My Way
19. Wave
20. All My Tomorrows
21. Forget To Remember
22. It Had To Be You
23. All Of You
24. Theme From New York, New York
25. The Surrey With The Fringe On Top (Rehearsal) – previously unreleased

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