British soul legend Seal sings a remarkable duet with one of the most iconic artists in history, Frank Sinatra, on a new version of the Christmas classic, ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’, due for release as a single on 8 December.
The dream collaboration, granted by Frank Sinatra Enterprises, features Seal and Frank, singing their duet side by side, in perfect harmony, creating a unique, one-off single, just in time for the festive period. Originally written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie, the track was first performed in 1934 and over the years has been covered by over 200 artists, sold millions of copies, and gone on to become the archetypal Christmas standard, known the world over.
The single continues Seal’s recent affiliation with Ol’ Blue Eyes, following his album Standards, which featured legendary pianist Randy Waldman. The album also includes other legends, Chuck Berghofer (bass player with Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles) and Greg Fields (drummer with Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder).
Speaking of his Sinatra collaboration, Seal said: “To play with Frank’s musicians on Standards was quite something, but to perform with the man himself is beyond words.”
The Standards songs were recorded in the famous Capitol Records (the very studio where Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat “King” Cole and many others have recorded), and United Studios, which was established by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.
The sound of Seal’s new album is also shaped by three renowned collaborators: Grammy-nominated British producer Nick Patrick (who has worked with luminaries including Tina Turner and Marvin Gaye and enjoyed huge chart success with his pioneering Elvis orchestral albums), multi Grammy-nominated arranger Chris Walden, and legendary engineer Don Murray.
It’s a natural successor to his series of soul records, made a decade ago which sold over 5 million copies around the world. Standards bears Seal’s signature, velvety warm vocals bring to life classics made popular by Frank Sinatra (such as ‘Luck Be A Lady’, ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’ and ‘It Was A Very Good Year’), Ella Fitzgerald (‘I’m Beginning to See The Light’) and Nina Simone (‘I Put A Spell on You’). Elsewhere, there are lush orchestral moments captured on ‘Smile’ (Charlie Chaplin) and the Cole Porter gem, ‘Love For Sale.’
Frank Sinatra’s Ultimate Christmas is also available now, a new collection featuring 20 iconic holiday favourites from Sinatra’s Capitol and Reprise vaults, on exclusive limited edition 2LP white vinyl, 180-g heavyweight 2LP black vinyl, CD, download and streaming formats.
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