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Bono – Notes From the Chairman

Are we really saying this? Guess we are! Anyway, a very nice piece below from Bono in the NY Times.

He speaks about the duality of great songs, of great singers, interpretive skills, and New Years Eve, all in the context of the timeless Frank Sinatra and the timeless “My Way”.

Here’s a 1968 recording of the Chairman rattling off this classic, accompanied by loads of great Sinatra snapshots, including loads of Sinatra babes!


Christian Marclay, untitled collage, 1984. Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery

Once upon a couple of weeks ago …

I’m in a crush in a Dublin pub around New Year’s. Glasses clinking clicking, clashing crashing in Gaelic revelry: swinging doors, sweethearts falling in and out of the season’s blessings, family feuds subsumed or resumed. Malt joy and ginger despair are all in the queue to be served on this, the quarter-of-a-millennium mark since Arthur Guinness first put velvety blackness in a pint glass.

Interesting mood. The new Irish money has been gambled and lost; the Celtic Tiger’s tail is between its legs as builders and bankers laugh uneasy and hard at the last year, and swallow uneasy and hard at the new. There’s a voice on the speakers that wakes everyone out of the moment: it’s Frank Sinatra singing “My Way.” His ode to defiance is four decades old this year and everyone sings along for a lifetime of reasons. I am struck by the one quality his voice lacks: Sentimentality.

Is this knotted fist of a voice a clue to the next year? In the mist of uncertainty in your business life, your love life, your life life, why is Sinatra’s voice such a foghorn — such confidence in nervous times allowing you romance but knocking your rose-tinted glasses off your nose, if you get too carried away.

A call to believability.

A voice that says, “Don’t lie to me now.”

That says, “Baby, if there’s someone else, tell me now.”

Fabulous, not fabulist. Honesty to hang your hat on.

As the year rolls over (and with it many carousers), the emotion in the room tussles between hope and fear, expectation and trepidation. Wherever you end up, his voice takes you by the hand.

Now I’m back in my own house in Dublin, uncorking some nice wine, ready for the vinegar it can turn to when families and friends overindulge, as I am about to. Right by the hole-in-the-wall cellar, I look up to see a vision in yellow: a painting Frank sent to me after I sang “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” with him on the 1993 “Duets” album. One from his own hand. A mad yellow canvas of violent concentric circles gyrating across a desert plain. Francis Albert Sinatra, painter, modernista.

We had spent some time in his house in Palm Springs, which was a thrill — looking out onto the desert and hills, no gingham for miles. Plenty of miles, though, Miles Davis. And plenty of talk of jazz. That’s when he showed me the painting. I was thinking the circles were like the diameter of a horn, the bell of a trumpet, so I said so.

“The painting is called ‘Jazz’ and you can have it.”

I said I had heard he was one of Miles Davis’s biggest influences.

Little pithy replies:

“I don’t usually hang with men who wear earrings.”

“Miles Davis never wasted a note, kid — or a word on a fool.”

“Jazz is about the moment you’re in. Being modern’s not about the future, it’s about the present.”

I think about this now, in this new year. The Big Bang of pop music telling me it’s all about the moment, a fresh canvas and never overworking the paint. I wonder what he would have thought of the time it’s taken me and my bandmates to finish albums, he with his famous impatience for directors, producers — anyone, really — fussing about. I’m sure he’s right. Fully inhabiting the moment during that tiny dot of time after you’ve pressed “record” is what makes it eternal. If, like Frank, you sing it like you’ll never sing it again. If, like Frank, you sing it like you never have before.

If.

If you want to hear the least sentimental voice in the history of pop music finally crack, though — shhhh — find the version of Frank’s ode to insomnia, “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road),” hidden on “Duets.” Listen through to the end and you will hear the great man break as he truly sobs on the line, “It’s a long, long, long road.” I kid you not.

Like Bob Dylan’s, Nina Simone’s, Pavarotti’s, Sinatra’s voice is improved by age, by years spent fermenting in cracked and whiskeyed oak barrels. As a communicator, hitting the notes is only part of the story, of course.

Singers, more than other musicians, depend on what they know — as opposed to what they don’t want to know about the world. While there is a danger in this — the loss of naïveté, for instance, which holds its own certain power — interpretive skills generally gain in the course of a life well abused.

Want an example? Here’s an example. Take two of the versions of Sinatra singing “My Way.”

The first was recorded in 1969 when the Chairman of the Board said to Paul Anka, who wrote the song for him: “I’m quitting the business. I’m sick of it. I’m getting the hell out.” In this reading, the song is a boast — more kiss-off than send-off — embodying all the machismo a man can muster about the mistakes he’s made on the way from here to everywhere.

In the later recording, Frank is 78. The Don Costa arrangement is the same, the words and melody are exactly the same, but this time the song has become a heart-stopping, heartbreaking song of defeat. The singer’s hubris is out the door. (This singer, i.e. me, is in a puddle.) The song has become an apology.

To what end? Duality, complexity. I was lucky to duet with a man who understood duality, who had the talent to hear two opposing ideas in a single song, and the wisdom to know which side to reveal at which moment.

This is our moment. What do we hear?

In the pub, on the occasion of this new year, as the room rises in a deafening chorus — “I did it my way” — I and this full house of Irish rabble-rousers hear in this staple of the American songbook both sides of the singer and the song, hubris and humility, blue eyes and red.

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Bono, lead singer of the band U2 and co-founder of the advocacy group ONE, is a contributing columnist for The Times.

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Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely (1958)

Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely
Released 1958
Recorded May 25-September 11, 1958 Capitol Studio A, Hollywood
Genre Vocal Jazz, Classic pop
Length 59:45
Label Capitol Records
Producer Voyle Gilmore

One of the definitive Sinatra collections! From back in the heyday of Frank’s wild years!

In fact one of Sinatra’s personal favourites!

Heartfelt songs sung from the heart. No bullshit or brouhaha!

Wonderful classically composed and structured songs wonderfully sung by the Chairman of the Board!

Seminal cover artwork too!

Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely (also known as Sings for Only the Lonely and simply Only the Lonely) was released in 1958.

Sinatra had planned to record this album with Gordon Jenkins, with whom he worked on Where Are You?, his previous all-ballads album.

However, since he was unavailable at the time of the sessions, Sinatra chose to work with Nelson Riddle, his original arranger at Capitol Records. A great fucking choice!

According to the book Sinatra: An American Classic, when asked at a New York party in the mid-1970s if he had a favorite album among his recordings, Sinatra unhesitatingly chose this one, For Only The Lonely!

One of several concept albums recorded by Sinatra in the 1950s, it is perhaps most notable as the most unambiguously bleak album of that decade.

There are no up-tempo numbers – in fact the only emotional lift is for the benefit of those who purchase the CD reissue, who are treated to an out-take of the Rodgers and Hart classic Where Or When, as well as a bonus take of “Sleep Warm“.

At the Grammy Awards of 1959 Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, and won the Grammy Award for Best Album Cover.

The jacket comes adorned with a clown portrait of Sinatra’s face; on the back of the album is another of Sinatra’s recurrent visual motifs, a lamppost.

Q placed this LP at #1 on the ’15 Greatest Stoner Albums of All Time’ .

Only the Lonely peaked at #1 on Billboard’s pop album chart during a 120 week chart-run.

Frank Sinatra Sings For Only the Lonely is a beautiful album of songs sung by the immortal Frank Sinatra. The voice is pure, the phrasing is perfect, and the pathos and passion in the lyrics are delivered as only Old Blue Eyes can. Nelson Riddle’s arrangements for this album are inspired. The sensitivity and flair with which he approaches each song, achieving a distinct and definitive interpretation of each one, is alone worth the price of this album.


-Sir Charlie Palmer

Tracklisting

1. “Only the Lonely” (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 4:10
2. “Angel Eyes” (Matt Dennis, Earl Brent) – 3:46
3. “What’s New?” (Bob Haggart, Johnny Burke) – 5:13
4. “It’s a Lonesome Old Town” (Harry Tobias, Charles Kisco) – 4:18
5. “Willow Weep for Me” (Ann Ronell) – 4:19
6. “Good-Bye” (Gordon Jenkins) – 5:45
7. “Blues in the Night” (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 4:44
8. “Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry” (Cahn, Jule Styne) – 4:00
9. “Ebb Tide” (Robert Maxwell, Carl Sigman) – 3:18
10. “Spring is Here” (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 4:47
11. “Gone with the Wind” (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson) – 5:15
12. “One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)” (Arlen, Mercer) – 4:23
13. “Sleep Warm” (Lew Spence, Marilyn Keith, Alan Bergman)
14. “Where or When” (Rodgers, Hart)

The last two songs are bonus tracks on the compact disc release and were conducted by Riddle.


Personnel

* Frank Sinatra – Vocals
* Nelson Riddle – Arranger
* Felix Slatkin – Conductor
* Bill Miller – Piano
* Gus Bivona – Alto Sax (Track 12 “One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)”)

Here be Frankie

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October 3, 2008 Posted by | Frank Sinatra, Music_ClassicSong, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Halcion Daze: Music To Soothe The ’60s Housewife


Halcion Daze: Music To Soothe The ’60s Housewife
Various Artists
Mp3 / Mediafire

A wonderful collection compiled by the excellent plagueofangels who writes about it thusly;

Just to review… This all started, innocently enough, with:

“… a DORIS DAY song should always be followed by a DEAN MARTIN song which should always be followed by a ROSEMARY CLOONEY song. LOUIS PRIMA… PATTI PAGE… BOBBY DARIN… CONNIE FRANCIS… NAT KING COLE… DINAH WASHINGTON… and so on….”

And this is where it ends. I managed to get just about everybody in (sorry, Louis Prima; “Jump, Jive an’ Wail” just missed the cut), though not necessarily in the originally intended order. This took more hours than I care to count to compile. I hope you’ll find it a worthwhile diversion from our usual fare ….

Left-click [HERE] to download the vintage ditties. (’60s-styled cocktails & Quaaludes optional.)

Tracklisting

01 Percy Faith And His Orchestra – Theme From “A Summer Place”
02 Perry Como – Magic Moments
03 Doris Day – Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
04 Dean Martin – Sway
05 Rosemary Clooney – Mambo Italiano
06 Claudio Villa – Tic Ti, Tic Ta
07 Patti Page – Conquest
08 Elvis Presley – Surrender
09 Shirley Bassey – Gone
10 Bobby Darin – Mack The Knife
11 Peggy Lee – Fever
12 Louis Armstrong – Kiss Of Fire
13 Nina Simone – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
14 Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Put A Spell On You
15 Roy Orbison – Mean Woman Blues
16 Connie Francis – Fallin’
17 Tom Jones – Delilah
18 Dusty Springfield – You Don’t Own Me
19 Andy Williams – Music To Watch Girls By
20 Lesley Gore – Maybe I Know
21 Bobby Vinton – Mr. Lonely
22 Marlene Dietrich – Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
23 Scott Walker – Next
24 Edith Piaf – Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien
25 Frank Sinatra – That’s Life
26 Dinah Washington – Cry Me A River
27 Keely Smith – What Is This Thing Called Love?
28 Nat King Cole – L-O-V-E

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September 11, 2008 Posted by | Dusty Springfield, Edith Piaf, Frank Sinatra, Marlene Dietrich, Music_Chanson, Music_Country, Music_Pop, Music_Soul, Rosemary Clooney, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

VA – The Best Beatles Tribute (2007)

VA – The Best Beatles Tribute (2007)
177 MB | VA | MP3 @ 256 Kbps VBR | Stereo | 44.1 Hz

We know nothing about the origins of this rather strange collection. But we are big Beatles fans!

We’re not sure what eclectic means – cos we never been having no schooling or word learning neither, back there in our cabin!! – but this selection is truly fucking eclectic!

Ranging a vast spectrum from the sublime (The Smiths, Michael Penn, Aimee Mann, David Bowie, Frank Sinatra, Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Healey, et al) to the ridiculous (Phil Fucking Collins, Elton Fucking John, Bee Gees, Ben Folds,Styx et al), this is the proverbial “mixed bag”!!

Some interesting versions here, however. Thank Satan though for the ability to delete tracks!

What the hell is The Doors’ Light My Fire going in here?

Did Ringo really write Light My Fire? Yap, he probably did!

liar, fire, mire, pyre, fire, higher, fire, mire …. pure genius!!

Tracklisting

01. Aerosmith – Come Together
02. Aerosmith – Helter Skelter
03. Aimee Mann – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
04. Aimee Mann and Michael Penn – Two of Us
05. Badfinger – Come And Get It
06. Bee Gees – A Day In The Life
07. Ben Folds – Golden Slumbers
08. Ben Harper – I Am Sam Soundtrack-Strawberry Fields Forever
09. David Bowie – Penny Lane
10. Earth Wind And Fire – Got to get you into my life
11. Elton John – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
12. Eyes – Good Day Sunshine
13. Frank Sinatra – Something
14. Grateful Dead – Jerry Garcia Band – Dear Prudence
15. Jeff Beck & George Martin – A day in the life
16. Jeff Healey Band – Yer Blues
17. Jimi Hendrix – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
18. Joe Cocker – Let it Be
19. Joe Cocker – She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
20. Joe Cocker – With a little help from my friend
21. Joe Cocker – Something
22. Michael Hedges – Mother Nature’s Son
23. Michael Hedges – Tomorrow Never Knows
24. Michael Hedges – While my Guitar Gently Weeps
25. Phil Collins – Tomorrow Never Knows
26. Spooky Tooth – I Am The Walrus
27. Steve Wariner – Get Back
28. Stevie Ray Vaughn – Taxman
29. Styx – I Am The Walrus
30. The Family Cat – Across the Universe
31. The Smiths – Across The Universe
32. The Tingling Mother’s Circus – Yellow Submarine
33. The Doors – Light My Fire
34. Todd Rundgren & BourgeoisTagg – Tomorrow Never Knows live
35. Toto – While My Guitar Gently Weep
36. Tuck & Patti – Honey Pie

Here not be the beats;

PART 1

PART 2

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August 31, 2008 Posted by | Aimee Mann, David Bowie, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Michael Penn, The Beatles, The Smiths | 1 Comment

High Society – Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly (1956)

High Society – Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly (1956)
Soundtrack | MP3 320 kbps | 78 MB


Tracklisting

01. High Society (Overture) Orchestra – Cole Porter Orchestra
02. High Society Calypso – Louis Armstrong
03. Little One – Bing Crosby
04. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire – Celeste Holm, Frank Sinatra
05. True Love – Bing Crosby, Gary Kelly, Grace Kelly
06. You’re Sensational – Frank Sinatra
07. I Love You Samantha – Bing Crosby
08. Now You Have Jazz – Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby
09. Well Did You Evah – Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra
10. Mind If I Make Love to You – Frank Sinatra

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June 24, 2008 Posted by | Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Grace Kell, Louis Armstrong, Music_OST, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Frank Sinatra – In Concert ’57 DCC Gold CD Wave and 320k.

Frank Sinatra – In Concert ’57
released 1999
DCC Gold CD Wave and 320k.

This is a 24 carat gold disc featuring a previously unreleased live performance by the Chairman Of The Board.

A whopping 19 tracks, including ‘I Get A Kick Out Of You’, ‘The Lady Is A Tramp’, ‘My Funny Valentine’ and ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’.

This was released on the Sinatra family’s Artanis label as a limited edition release, with each copy individually numbered.

Reviews;

Despite their close working relationship on a number of landmark albums, arranger-bandleader Nelson Riddle rarely appeared onstage with Frank Sinatra. This disc captures one of those concerts, a legendary Seattle show with a set list drawn mainly from the string of classic LPs the singer was in the midst of making. In fine voice and emotional shading from “I Won’t Dance” to “One for My Baby,” Sinatra gives a dynamic, magnetic performance that makes one wish for a time machine. Far more rewarding than DCC’s recent refurbishing of a Sinatra-Martin-Davis club gig on The Summit: In Concert, Sinatra ’57 is a must.

I’m going to keep this short and simple. I first heard this recording a few years ago on a tape. I have always treasured it. Now, it’s a bit disappointing (in a greedy way) to have to share it with the world. This remastered version is top notch! If you love Frank, believe me you will kick yourself if you don’t get your hands on this limited edition.

-Appropriated reviews.

Tracklisting

1. Introduction/You Make Me Feel So Young
2. It Happened In Monterey
3. At Long Last Love
4. I Get A Kick Out Of You
5. Just One Of Those Things
6. A Foggy Day
7. The Lady Is A Tramp
8. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
9. I Won’t Dance
10. Sinatra Dialogue
11. When Your Lover Has Gone
12. Violets For Your Furs
13. My Funny Valentine
14. Glad To Be Unhappy
15. One For My Baby
16. The Tender Trap
17. Hey Jealous Lover
18. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
19. Oh! Look At Me Now

Here quite Frankly is Frankie!

Wave – 652mb. EAC.

At 320k – 149mb. dMC Audio.
No Passwords, no compression.
Careful of spaces!
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June 20, 2008 Posted by | Frank Sinatra, Music_ClassicSong, _MUSIC | Leave a comment