Three New Compilations Complete ‘The Frank Sinatra Collection’
The final three titles in Eagle Rock Entertainment’s The Frank Sinatra Collection will be released on DVD and digitally on 8 September. They comprise a total of six concerts and specials to complete this definitive collection of performances, on license from Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE), by the artist regularly cited as the 20th century’s greatest entertainer.
The titles in the upcoming final releases are The Royal Festival Hall (1962) / Live At Carnegie Hall; Live From Caesars Palace / The First 40 Years; and Portrait Of An Album / Sinatra Sings.
The Royal Festival Hall (1962) / Live At Carnegie Hall combines full-length shows by Sinatra at two of the most famous concert venues in the world. At the Festival Hall show of 1 June 1962, part of the artist’s worldwide fundraising tour for children’s charities, he is accompanied by the Bill Miller Sextet. The repertoire includes ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin,’ ‘I Get A Kick Out Of You’ and ‘I Could Have Danced All Night.’
June 1980’s Live At Carnegie Hall captures Sinatra at the famed New York venue performing with a full orchestra in the wake of his Trilogy release. Songs from it in his set include ‘Street Of Dreams,’ ‘The Song Is You’ and the much-loved ‘Theme From New York, New York’ along with other favourites from his catalogue.
Live From Caesars Palace / The First 40 Years were both filmed at the Las Vegas nightspot in the late 1970s. The first, from May 1978, contains relaxed performances of such classics as ‘All Of Me’ and ‘Someone To Watch Over Me.’ The second, from December 1979, celebrates Sinatra’s first 40 years in show business. The glittering gala tribute features Sammy Davis Jr, Cary Grant, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Gene Kelly, Harry James, Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn. Frank himself takes the stage for a finale including ‘I’ve Got The World On A String’ and ‘It Was A Very Good Year.’
Completing the set is a combination of Portrait Of An Album, from 1984, and the compilation programme Sinatra Sings. The first tracks Sinatra’s recording of his L.A. Is My Lady album with producer Quincy Jones and contains full studio performances and interviews with Jones, Lionel Hampton, lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman and engineer Phil Ramone. The film also contains Michael Jackson’s studio visit during which he met Sinatra.
Sinatra Sings, narrated by Frank’s daughter Tina, collects many memorable moments from the singer’s career on television, in the studio and in concert, from the 1950s to the 1980s. Songs include ‘Fly Me To The Moon,’ ‘Witchcraft,’ ‘Strangers In The Night’ and ‘The Lady Is A Tramp.’
The Royal Festival Hall (1962) / Live At Carnegie Hall, Live From Caesars Palace / The First 40 Years and Portrait Of An Album / Sinatra Sings are due for release on 8 September.